Lifshitz superfluid hydrodynamics

Shira Chapman, Carlos Hoyos, Yaron Oz

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We construct the first order hydrodynamics of quantum critical points with Lifshitz scaling and a spontaneously broken symmetry. The fluid is described by a combination of two flows, a normal component that carries entropy and a super-flow which has zero viscosity and carries no entropy. We analyze the new transport effects allowed by the lack of boost invariance and constrain them by the local second law of thermodynamics. Imposing time-reversal invariance, we find eight new parity even transport coefficients. The formulation is applicable, in general, to any superfluid/superconductor with an explicit breaking of boost symmetry, in particular to high T c superconductors. We discuss possible experimental signatures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number27
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Global Symmetries
  • Phenomenological Models
  • Space-Time Symmetries
  • Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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