Nonequilibrium conductivity at quantum critical points

A. M. Berridge*, A. G. Green

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Quantum criticality provides an important route to revealing universal nonequilibrium behavior. A canonical example of a critical point is the Bose-Hubbard model, which we study under the application of an electric field. A Boltzmann transport formalism and ε expansion are used to obtain the nonequilibrium conductivity and current noise. This approach allows us to explicitly identify how a universal nonequilibrium steady state is maintained, by identifying the rate-limiting step in balancing Joule heating and dissipation to a heat bath. It also reveals that the nonequilibrium distribution function is very far from a thermal distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number220512
JournalPhysical Review. B, Condensed matter and materials physics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2013


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