Exact critical theory of the two-impurity Kondo model

  • Affleck I
  • Ludwig A
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Abstract

The two-impurity Kondo Hamiltonian is known to possess a multicritical point separating stable Fermi-liquid phases in which the two impurities either form a singlet or else are screened by the conduction electrons. We propose an exact critical theory for this non-Fermi-liquid multicritical point, using conformal field theory methods, which predicts all critical properties including the finite-size spectrum, specific heat, susceptibilities, renormalization-group behavior, residual entropy, scattering matrix, and local pair Green's function.

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  • Ian Affleck

  • Andreas W.W. Ludwig

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