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Quantum criticality and the formation of a putative electronic liquid crystal in Sr3Ru2O7

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A. P. Mackenzie, J. A. N. Bruin, R. A. Borzi, A. W. Rost, S. A. Grigera

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Abstract

We present a brief review of the physical properties of Sr3Ru2O7, in which the approach to a magnetic-field-tuned quantum critical point is cut off by the formation of a novel phase with transport characteristics consistent with those of a nematic electronic liquid crystal. Our goal is to summarise the physics that led to that conclusion being drawn, describing the key experiments and discussing the theoretical approaches that have been adopted. Throughout the review we also attempt to highlight observations that are not yet understood, and to discuss the future challenges that will need to be addressed by both experiment and theory.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-214
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity
Volume481
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

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  • Ruthenates, Electronic nematic, Quantum criticality, Strongly correlated electrons, BILAYER RUTHENATE SR3RU2O7, QUALITY SINGLE-CRYSTALS, HIGH LANDAU-LEVELS, PHASE-FORMATION, MAGNETIC-FIELD, FERMI-SURFACE, METAMAGNETISM, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY, INSTABILITY, PRESSURE

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