Friday, February 3, 2012

1202.0006 (Marc Montull et al.)

Magnetic Response in the Holographic Insulator/Superconductor Transition    [PDF]

Marc Montull, Oriol Pujolàs, Alberto Salvio, Pedro J. Silva
We study the magnetic response of holographic superconductors exhibiting an
insulating "normal" phase. These materials can be realized as a CFT
compactified on a circle, which is dual to the AdS Soliton geometry. We study
the response under i) magnetic fields and ii) a Wilson line on the circle.
Magnetic fields lead to formation of vortices and allows one to infer that the
superconductor is of type II. The response to a Wilson line is in the form of
Aharonov-Bohm-like effects. These are suppressed in the holographic
conductor/superconductor transition but, instead, they are unsuppressed for the
insulator case. Holography, thus, predicts that generically insulators display
stronger Aharonov-Bohm effects than conductors. In the fluid-mechanical limit
the AdS Soliton is interpreted as a supersolid. Our results imply that
supersolids display unsuppressed Aharonov-Bohm (or "Sagnac") effects - stronger
than in superfluids.
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