The scaled-invariant Planckian metal and quantum criticality in Ce1−xNdxCoIn5

Yung Yeh Chang, Hechang Lei, C. Petrovic*, Chung Hou Chung*

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The mysterious Planckian metal state, showing perfect T-linear resistivity associated with universal scattering rate, 1/τ = αkBT/ℏ with α ~ 1, has been observed in the normal state of various strongly correlated superconductors close to a quantum critical point. However, its microscopic origin and link to quantum criticality remains an outstanding open problem. Here, we observe quantum-critical T/B-scaling of the Planckian metal state in resistivity and heat capacity of heavy-electron superconductor Ce1−xNdxCoIn5 in magnetic fields near the edge of antiferromagnetism at the critical doping xc ~ 0.03. We present clear experimental evidences of Kondo hybridization being quantum critical at xc. We provide a generic microscopic mechanism to qualitatively account for this quantum critical Planckian state within the quasi-two dimensional Kondo-Heisenberg lattice model near Kondo breakdown transition. We find α is a non-universal constant and depends inversely on the square of Kondo hybridization strength.

Original languageEnglish
Article number581
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023


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