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VOLUME 108 | ISSUE 5 | PAGE 359
Asymmetric tunneling conductance and the non-Fermi liquid behavior of strongly correlated Fermi systems
Abstract
Tunneling differential conductivity (or resistivity) is a sensitive tool to experimentally test the non-Fermi liquid behavior of strongly correlated Fermi systems. In the case of common metals the Landau-Fermi liquid theory demonstrates that the differential conductivity is a symmetric function of bias voltage V. This is because the particle-hole symmetry is conserved in the Landau-Fermi liquid state. When a strongly correlated Fermi system turns out to be near the topological fermion condensation quantum phase transition, its Landau-Fermi liquid properties disappear so that the particle-hole symmetry breaks making the differential tunneling conductivity to be asymmetric function of V. This asymmetry can be observed when a strongly correlated metal is in its normal, superconducting or pseudogap states. We show that the asymmetric part of the dynamic conductance does not depend on temperature provided that the metal is in its superconducting or pseudogap states. In normal state the asymmetric part diminishes at rising temperatures. Under the application of magnetic field the metal transits to the Landau-Fermi liquid state and the differential tunneling conductivity becomes a symmetric function of V. These findings are in good agreement with recent experimental observations.