Holographic superconductor/insulator transition at zero temperature

Tatsuma Nishioka, Shinsei Ryu, Tadashi Takayanagi

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We analyze the five-dimensional AdS gravity coupled to a gauge field and a charged scalar field. Under a Scherk-Schwarz compactification, we show that the system undergoes a superconductor/insulator transition at zero temperature in 2 + 1 dimensions as we change the chemical potential. By taking into account a confinement/deconfinement transition, the phase diagram turns out to have a rich structure. We will observe that it has a similarity with the RVB (resonating valence bond) approach to high-T c superconductors via an emergent gauge symmetry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number131
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • AdS-CFT correspondence
  • Black holes in string theory


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