Pomeranchuk and topological Fermi surface instabilities from central interactions

Jorge Quintanilla, Andrew Schofield

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We address at the mean field level the emergence of a Pomeranchuk instability in a uniform Fermi liquid with central particle-particle interactions. We find that Pomeranchuk instabilities with all symmetries except l=1 can take place if the interaction is repulsive and has a finite range r(0) of the order of the interparticle distance. We demonstrate this by solving the mean field equations analytically for an explicit model interaction, as well as numerical results for more realistic potentials. We find in addition to the Pomeranchuk instability other, subtler phase transitions in which the Fermi surface changes topology without rotational symmetry breaking. We argue that such interaction-driven topological transitions may be as generic to such systems as the Pomeranchuk instability.
Original languageEnglish
Article number115126
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2006


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