We construct black hole solutions to the Yang-Mills equations in an AdS 4-Schwarzschild background which exhibit superconductivity. What makes these backgrounds p-wave superconductors is that the order parameter is a vector, and the conductivities are strongly anisotropic in a manner that is suggestive of a gap with nodes. The low-lying excitations of the normal state have a relaxation time which grows rapidly as the temperature decreases, consistent with the absence of impurity scattering. A numerical exploration of quasinormal modes close to the transition temperature suggests that p-wave backgrounds are stable against perturbations analogous to turning on a p+ip gap, whereas p+ip-wave configurations are unstable against turning into pure p-wave backgrounds.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- 1/N expansion
- AdS-CFT correspondence
- Black holes
- Strong coupling expansion