Test of fermi liquid theory with terahertz conductivity measurements of MnSi

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Date created: 
2020-07-13
Identifier: 
etd20964
Keywords: 
Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, Fermi liquid theory, Extended Drude model
Abstract: 

I present terahertz time-domain spectroscopy measurements of the dynamical conductivity of MnSi, which I compare to Fermi liquid theory at low temperatures and low frequencies. I also describe a new methodology for terahertz time-domain data analysis, developed to perform this comparison, which has higher sensitivity to fit quality than earlier methods. Within the extended Drude model framework, the conductivity scattering rate exhibits quadratic dependence on both frequency and temperature, as expected in Fermi liquid theory. However, the joint dependence of the scattering rate on frequency and temperature deviates from the standard functional form associated with Fermi liquid theory, as observed previously in other materials. I find better agreement with two alternative models, which are also motivated by Fermi liquid theory but that rely on slightly different assumptions. These observations offer a way to reconcile Fermi liquid theory with the observed conductivity of real materials.

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Thesis
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This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Supervisor(s): 
J. Steven Dodge
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Science: Department of Physics
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) Ph.D.
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