Superconductivity due to massless boson exchange in the strong-coupling limit

Andrey V. Chubukov, Jörg Schmalian

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We solve the problem of fermionic pairing mediated by a massless boson in the limit of large coupling constant. At weak coupling, the transition temperature is exponentially small and superconductivity is robust against phase fluctuation. In the strong coupling limit, the pair formation occurs at a temperature of the order of the Fermi energy, however, the actual transition temperature is much smaller due to phase and amplitude fluctuations of the pairing gap. Our model calculations describe superconductivity due to color magnetic interactions in quark matter and in systems close to a ferromagnetic quantum critical point with Ising symmetry. Our strong-coupling results are, however, more general and can be applied to other systems as well, including the antiferromagnetic exchange in 2D used for description of the cuprates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number174520
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005


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