Holographic superconductors with z=2 Lifshitz scaling

Yanyan Bu

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We use gauge/gravity duality to explore strongly coupled superconductors with dynamical exponent z=2. In the probe limit we numerically establish background solutions for the matter fields and plot the condensate versus the dimensionless temperature. We then investigate electromagnetic perturbations in order to compute the ac conductivity and also calculate the spectral function. Our results for the condensate and conductivity are qualitatively similar to those of the anti-de Sitter (AdS) superconductor. However, we find that (for both the s-wave and p-wave) the condensate does not approach a constant at very low temperature and the conductivity goes to 1 from below but never exceeds it in the high frequency limit, in contrast to the AdS black hole. We do not see a peak at nonzero frequency in the imaginary part of the ac conductivity along the x direction for the p-wave case. These features are due to the nontrivial dynamical exponent. To be specific, the black hole geometry considered in this work is anisotropic between space and time, very different from the Schwarzschild-AdS black hole, which results in different asymptotic behaviors of temporal and spatial components of gauge fields than those in the Schwarzschild-AdS black hole.

Original languageEnglish
Article number046007
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 20 Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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