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The Kondo Lattice Model

Author: Mireille Lavagna, Catherine Pepin
Url: http://arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/9903093
Format: Ps, Pdf
Category: Kondo Model
Pages: 27
Clicks: 1344

In this lecture, we review the experimental situation of heavy Fermions with emphasis on the existence of a quantum phase transition (QPT) and related non-Fermi liquid (NFL) effects. We overview the Kondo lattice model (KLM) which is believed to describe the physics of those systems. After recalling the existing theories based on large-N expansion and various N=2 schemes, we present two alternative approaches: (i) a spin fluctuation-Kondo functional integral approach treating the spin-fluctuation and Kondo effects on an equal footing, and (ii) a supersymmetric theory enlarging the usual fermionic representation of the spin into a mixed fermionic-bosonic representation in order to describe the spin degrees of freedom as well as the Fermi-liquid type excitations. This kind of approaches may open up new prospects for the description of the critical phenomena associated to the quantum phase transition in Heavy-Fermion systems.

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