Fermion Condensation, T-Linear Resistivity, and Planckian Limit
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We explain recent challenging experimental observations of universal scattering rate related to the linear-temperature resistivity exhibited by a large corps of both strongly correlated Fermi systems and conventional metals. We show that the observed scattering rate in strongly correlated Fermi systems like heavy fermion metals and high-Tc superconductors stems from phonon contribution that induce the linear temperature dependence of a resistivity. The above phonons are formed by the presence of flat band, resulting from the topological fermion condensation quantum phase transition. We emphasize that so-called Planckian limit, widely used to explain the above universal scattering rate, may occur accidentally as in conventional metals its experimental manifestations (e.g., scattering rate at room and higher temperatures) are indistinguishable from those generated by the well-know phonons being the classic lattice excitations. Our results are in good agreement with experimental data and show convincingly that the topological fermion condensation quantum phase transition can be viewed as the universal agent explaining the very unusual physics of strongly correlated Fermi systems.
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We thank V. A. Khodel for stimulating discussions.
This work was partly supported by Office of Energy Research and Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, United States Department of Energy.
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