Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Physics and Astronomy

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In this thesis we try to understand the unconventional superconducting mechanism on cuprates and organic superconductors (or sodium cobaltates) which can be modeled by a two-dimensional square- and triangular-lattice Hubbard model respectively. The formation of the superconducting dome requires explanations of feasible scenarios. Generally speaking, pairing strength is provided by magnetic fl_x001D_uctuations in the strongly correlated region and the structure of the Fermi surface in this region will favor superconducting pairings with a certain type of symmetry. For the cuprate physics, a superconducting dome composed of d-wave pairings has been identified experimentally. We study the Hubbard model on square lattices and _x001C_find that the pairing strength is originated from anti-ferromagnetic instabilities, and the nearly nested Fermi surface with the square symmetry further supports the d-wave pairing. Moreover, our results show there is a quantum critical point (QCP) beneath the superconducting dome. The QCP is a zero-temperature instability which separates the Fermi liquid and pseudogap regions and exhibits the quantum _x001D_fluctuations which may lead to a high superconducting transition temperature. Above the QCP, a V-shape marginal Fermi liquid region associated with the quantum critical phenomena is also identi_x001C_fied. Using next-nearest-neighbor hopping, chemical potential, and temperature as control parameters, there is a line of Lifshitz transition associated with the change of topology of the Fermi surface. Along the Lifshitz line with t'<=0, the marginal Fermi liquid region prevails, the peak of density of states crosses the Fermi level, and the bare d-wave pairing susceptibility shows a universal scaling with the exponent consistent with theoretical proposals. For the triangular-lattice Hubbard model in the strongly correlated region, we _x001C_find a d+id superconducting pairing on the hole-doped side of the phase diagram. Here the pairing strength comes from the instabilities of the anti-ferromagnetic order (120-degree-spin structure), and the nested hexagon-deformed Fermi surface with the triangular symmetry further boosts the d+id symmetry. Due to the strong competition between electronic interactions and geometric frustrations, the superconductivity and other novel features of the system equal to or above half fi_x001C_lling requires future studies. The numerical tool we apply to study these systems is the dynamical cluster approximation with continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo as the solver. Our approach includes nonlocal correlations embedded in a mean _x001C_field host and is a most up-to-date and reliable approach in dealing with the above mentioned strongly correlated systems valid in the thermodynamic limit. Our _x001C_findings shine light on future investigations of the nature of the unconventional superconductivity in the Hubbard model.



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Committee Chair

Jarrell, Mark