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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences


Publication details for Kasper Peeters

Peeters, Kasper, Powell, Jonathan & Zamaklar, Marija (2009). Exploring colourful holographic superconductors. Journal of High Energy Physics 2009(09): 101.

Author(s) from Durham


We explore a class of holographic superconductors built using non-abelian condensates on probe branes in conformal and non-conformal backgrounds. These are shown to exhibit behaviour of the specific heat which resembles that of heavy fermion compounds in the superconducting phase. Instead of showing BCS-like exponential behaviour, the specific heat is polynomial in the temperature. It exhibits a jump at the critical temperature, in agreement with real-world superconductors. We also analyse the behaviour of the energy gap and the AC and DC conductivities, and find that the systems can be either semi-conducting or metallic just above the critical temperature.