Holographic duality and the resistivity of strange metals

Richard A. Davison, Koenraad Schalm, Jan Zaanen

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We present a strange metal, described by a holographic duality, which reproduces the famous linear resistivity of the normal state of the copper oxides, in addition to the linear specific heat. This holographic metal reveals a simple and general mechanism for producing such a resistivity, which requires only quenched disorder and a strongly interacting, locally quantum critical state. The key is the minimal viscosity of the latter: unlike in a Fermi liquid, the viscosity is very small and therefore is important for the electrical transport. This mechanism produces a resistivity proportional to the electronic entropy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number245116
JournalPhysical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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