Detecting topological quantum phase transitions via the c-function
EntityUAM. Departamento de Física Teórica
PublisherAmerican Physical Society
10.1103/PhysRevD.103.026009Physical Review D 103.2 (2021): 026009
ISSN2470-0010 (print); 2470-0029 (online)
ProjectGobierno de España. SEV-2012-0249
SubjectsGravitation; Entanglement; Ads/Cft Correspondence; Física
Rights© 2021 authors
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We propose the c-function as a new and accurate probe to detect the location of topological quantum critical points. As a direct application, we consider a holographic model which exhibits a topological quantum phase transition between a topologically trivial insulating phase and a gapless Weyl semimetal. The quantum critical point displays a strong Lifshitz-like anisotropy in the spatial directions, and the quantum phase transition does not follow the standard Landau paradigm. The c-function robustly shows a global feature at the quantum criticality and distinguishes, with great accuracy, the two separate zero temperature phases. Taking into account the relation of the c-function with the entanglement entropy, we conjecture that our proposal is a general feature of quantum phase transitions and that it is applicable beyond the holographic framework
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