Incoherent transport for phases that spontaneously break translations

  • Aristomenis Donos
  • Jerome P. Gauntlett
  • Tom Griffin
  • Vaios Ziogas
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


We consider phases of matter at finite charge density which spontaneously break spatial translations. Without taking a hydrodynamic limit we identify a boost invariant incoherent current operator. We also derive expressions for the small frequency behaviour of the thermoelectric conductivities generalising those that have been derived in a translationally invariant context. Within holographic constructions we show that the DC conductivity for the incoherent current can be obtained from a solution to a Stokes flow for an auxiliary fluid on the black hole horizon combined with specific thermodynamic quantities associated with the equilibrium black hole solutions.


Holography and condensed matter physics (AdS/CMT) Gauge-gravity correspondence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Particle Theory and Department of Mathematical SciencesDurham UniversityDurhamU.K.
  2. 2.Blackett Laboratory, Imperial CollegeLondonU.K.

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