A term first coined by Mott back in 1968 a "pseudogap" is the depletion of the electronic density of states at the Fermi level, and pseudogaps have been observed in many systems. However, since the discovery of the high-temperature superconductors (HTSC) in 1986, the central role attributed to the pseudogap in these systems has meant that by many researchers now associate the term pseudogap exclusively with the HTSC phenomenon. Recently, the problem has got a lot of new attention with the rediscovery of two distinct energy scales ("two-gap scenario") and charge density waves patterns in the cuprates. Despite many excellent reviews on the pseudogap phenomenon in HTSC, published from its very discovery up to now, the mechanism of the pseudogap and its relation to superconductivity are still open questions. The present review represents a contribution dealing with the pseudogap, focusing on results from angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and ends up with the conclusion that the pseudogap in cuprates is a complex phenomenon which includes at least three different "intertwined" orders: spin and charge density waves and preformed pairs, which appears in different parts of the phase diagram. The density waves in cuprates are competing to superconductivity for the electronic states but, on the other hand, should drive the electronic structure to vicinity of Lifshitz transition, that could be a key similarity between the superconducting cuprates and iron-based superconductors. One may also note that since the pseudogap in cuprates has multiple origins there is no need to recoin the term suggested by Mott. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

In this review we discuss a wide range of topological properties of electron quasiparticles in Dirac and Weyl semimetals. Their nontrivial topology is quantified by a monopole-like Berry curvature in the vicinity of Weyl nodes, as well as by the energy and momentum space separations between the nodes. The momentum separation, which is also known as the chiral shift, is one of the key elements of this review. We show that it can be dynamically generated in Dirac materials in a background magnetic field. We also pay a special attention to various forms of interplay between the background electromagnetic fields and the topological characteristics of Dirac and Weyl semimetals. In particular, we discuss their signature features in the transport of the electric and chiral charges, heat, as well as the quantum oscillations associated with the Fermi arc states. The origin of the dissipative transport of the Fermi arc states is critically examined. Finally, a consistent chiral kinetic theory for the description of Weyl semimetals is reviewed and its applications are demonstrated.

We have investigated theoretically band structure of spin waves in magnonic crystals with periodicity in one- (1D), two- (2D) and three-dimensions (3D). We have solved Landau-Lifshitz equation with the use of plane wave method, finite element method in frequency domain and micromagnetic simulations in time domain to find the dynamics of spin waves and spectrum of their eigenmodes. The spin wave spectra were calculated in linear approximation. In this paper we show usefulness of these methods in calculations of various types of spin waves. We demonstrate the surface character of the Damon-Eshbach spin wave in 1D magnonic crystals and change of its surface localization with the band number and wavenumber in the first Brillouin zone. The surface property of the spin wave excitation is further exploited by covering plate of the magnonic crystal with conductor. The band structure in 2D magnonic crystals is complex due to additional spatial inhomogeneity introduced by the demagnetizing field. This modifies spin wave dispersion, makes the band structure of magnonic crystals strongly dependent on shape of the inclusions and type of the lattice. The inhomogeneity of the internal magnetic field becomes unimportant for magnonic crystals with small lattice constant, where exchange interactions dominate. For 3D magnonic crystals, characterized by small lattice constant, wide magnonic band gap is found. We show that the spatial distribution of different materials in magnonic crystals can be explored for tailored effective damping of spin waves. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

Linear wave equations on flat-band networks host compact localized eigenstates (CLS). Nonlinear wave equations on translationally invariant flat-band networks can host compact discrete breathers-time-periodic and spatially compact localized solutions. Such solutions can appear as one-parameter families of continued linear compact eigenstates, or as discrete sets on families of non-compact discrete breathers, or even on purely dispersive networks with fine-tuned nonlinear dispersion. In all cases, their existence relies on destructive interference. We use CLS amplitude distribution properties and orthogonality conditions to derive existence criteria and stability properties for compact discrete breathers as continued CLS.

A deposition model to simulate the growth of doped rare gas crystals is used. The study involves organic molecules with a single intramolecular hydrogen bond such as malonaldehyde, 2chloromalonaldehyde and acetylacetone as impurities. Different trapping sites were obtained depending on the rare gas properties for a given impurity, and depending on the molecular size and shape for a given crystal. Simulations were carried out by using classical molecular dynamics methods including an anharmonic thermal correction, to take into account the zero point movement of the crystal. The results are correlated to spectroscopic data previously achieved for these systems by steady state IR spectroscopy.

The temperature dependence of the linear thermal expansion coefficients (LTEC) of a single crystal of α-(BEDT-TTF)2NH4Hg(SCN)4 where BEDT-TTF is bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene was studied by the method of precision capacitive dilatometry in the temperature range 2-250 K along the crystallographic direction b (perpendicular to the crystal layers). Negative values of LTEC were found below 4 K. Probably it is due to charge fluctuations as the temperature approaches the temperature of transition to the superconducting state Tc. It has been suggested that the bends on temperature dependence of LTEC observed in the temperature range 25-45 K are related to order-disorder arrangement of NH 4 + ions. Weak maximum of the LTEC, detected at a temperature of about 200-220 K, can be caused by the processes of charge redistribution and the associated intermolecular interaction fluctuations.

Structure and coordinate dependence of the reflected wave, as well as boundary conditions for quasi-particles of graphene and the two dimensional electron gas in sheets with abrupt lattice edges are obtained and analyzed by the Green's function technique. In particular, the reflection wave function contains terms inversely proportional to the distance to the graphene lattice edge. The Dirac equation and the momentum dependence of the wave functions of the quasi-particles near the conical points are also found by the perturbation theory with degeneracy in terms of the Bloch functions taken at the degeneracy points. The developed approach allows to formulate the validity criteria for the Dirac equation in a rather simple way.

We review the recent experimental advancements in the realization and understanding of magnetic droplet solitons generated by spin transfer torque in orthogonal nanocontact based spin torque nanooscillators (STNOs) fabricated on extended spin valves and spin valve nanowires. The magnetic droplets are detected and studied using the STNO microwave signal and its resistance, the latter both quasistatically and time-resolved. The droplet nucleation current is found to have a minimum at intermediate magnetic field strengths and the nature of the nucleation changes gradually from a single sharp step well above this field, mode-hopping around the minimum, and continuous at low fields. The mode-hopping and continuous transitions are ascribed to droplet drift instability and re-nucleation at different time scales, which is corroborated by time-resolved measurements. We argue that the use of tilted anisotropy fixed layers could reduce the nucleation current further, move the nucleation current minimum to lower fields, and potentially remove the need for an applied magnetic field altogether. Finally, evidence of an edge mode droplet in a nanowire is presented. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

The charge carrier overheating effect was studied in the p-type Si0.4Ge0.6/Ge/Si0.4Ge0.6 heterostructure with two subband occupy. The temperature dependences of hole-phonon relaxation time τ h - ph sat weak magnetic fields demonstrated transition of the 2D system from regime of “partial inelasticity” characterized by dependence τ h - ph − 1 ∝ T2 to regime of small-angle scattering, described by dependence τ h - ph − 1 ∝ T5 with temperature increase. But in higher magnetic fields the dependence τ h - ph − 1 ∝ T3 manifests itself on dependences τh-ph(Th-ph). The possible explanations of such dependences are discussed. PACS: 72.15.Lh Relaxation times and mean free path; 72.20. My Galvanomagnetic and other magnetotransport effects; 72.20. −i Conductivity phenomena in semiconductors and insulators.

Cs2CuCl4 is known to possess a quantum spin-liquid phase with antiferromagnetic interaction below 2.8 K. We report the observation of a new metastable magnetic phase of the triangular frustrated quantum spin system Cs2CuCl4 induced by the application of hydrostatic pressure. We measured the magnetic properties of Cs2CuCl4 following the application and release of pressure after 3 days. We observed a previously unknown ordered magnetic phase with a transition temperature of 9 K. Furthermore, the recovered sample with new magnetic ground state possesses an equivalent crystal structure to the uncompressed one with antiferromagnetic quantum spinliquid phase.

Conventional Josephson metal-insulator-metal devices are inherently underdamped and exhibit hysteretic current-voltage response due to a very high subgap resistance compared to that in the normal state. At the same time, overdamped junctions with single-valued characteristics are needed for most superconducting digital applications. The usual way to overcome the hysteretic behavior is to place an external low-resistance normal-metal shunt in parallel with each junction. Unfortunately, such solution results in a considerable complication of the circuitry design and introduces parasitic inductance through the junction. This paper provides a concise overview of some generic approaches that have been proposed in order to realize internal shunting in Josephson heterostructures with a barrier that itself contains the desired resistive component. The main attention is paid to self-shunted devices with local weak-link transmission probabilities that are so strongly disordered in the interface plane that transmission probabilities are tiny for the main part of the transition region between two super-conducting electrodes, while a small part of the interface is well transparent. We discuss the possibility of realizing a universal bimodal distribution function and emphasize advantages of such junctions that can be considered as a new class of self-shunted Josephson devices promising for practical applications in superconducting electronics operating at 4.2 K.

This paper concerns an investigation of the spin wave excitations in magnetic nanoparticles. We provide a detailed derivation of the theoretical method for the determination of the normal modes of confined magnetic systems based on a discrete lattice of magnetic moments. The method is based on the damping-free Landau-Lifshitz equation and general enough to be utilized for the magnetic system of any dimensionality, magnetic structure, shape, and size. As an example we explore the influence of the competition between exchange and dipolar interactions on the spectrum of normal modes as well as on the stability of the vortex state in two-dimensional nanorings. We show the lowest-frequency mode to be indicative of the dipolar-to-exchange iterations ratio. We also study behavior of the fundamental mode and present the influence of both, the discreteness of the lattice and the dipolar-to-exchange iterations ratio, on its hybridization with azimuthal modes. We complete the paper with a selective review of the spin wave excitations in circular dots to compare with the results obtained for the rings. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

The dependence of radiation-induced dc magnetoconductivity oscillations on the microwave polarization is theoretically studied for a two-dimensional system of strongly interacting electrons formed on the surface of liquid helium. Two different theoretical mechanisms of magnetooscillations (the displacement and inelastic models) are investigated. We found that both models are similarly sensitive to a change of circular polarization, but they respond differently to a change of linear polarization. Theoretical results are compared with the recent observation of a photoconductivity response at cyclotron-resonance harmonics.

Raman spectroscopy is combined with lattice dynamic calculations to investigate the magnetic and structural properties of the 6H-perovskite compounds Ba3MSb2O9 (M = Zn, Co and Cu). Unlike the nonmagnetic Ba3ZnSb2O9 compound, the magnetic counterparts Ba3MSb2O9 (M = Co and Cu) show both lattice anomalies for temperatures below 100 K and develop highly correlated spin states below 50 K. This is ascribed to an instability of conventional magnetic excitations for the equilateral triangular antiferromagnet Ba3CoSb2O9 and a coexistence of spin-orbital liquid and random singlet state for the decorated honeycomb compound Ba3CuSb2O9 containing a nearly identical volume fraction of hexagonal and orthorhombic phases. Our results demonstrate that Ba3MSb2O9 provides a rich reservoir for hosting diverse magnetic and structural phases as a function of the metal ion M.

Fresh and aged melt-grown or gas-phase grown CdI2 crystals are studied by means of low-temperature photoluminescence spectroscopy. Noticeable transformations of emission spectra are observed after long-term aging. The formation of nanostructures containing cadmium oxide and cadmium hydroxide as well as the changes in local surrounding of iodine atoms and the possible growth of polytypic modifications of CdI2 are taken into account when considering the diversity of optical spectra.

We report on the experimental observation of energy accumulation near the high frequency boundary of the inertial range in the spectrum of turbulence in a system of capillary waves on the surface of liquid hydrogen driven by a harmonic force. The effect is manifested as a local maximum in the spectrum of pair correlation function of the surface elevation. This phenomenon is dynamical and can be seen only during reconfiguration of the turbulent cascade caused by waves generation of below the driving frequency.

By the use of the Rayleigh method we have calculated the angular dependence of the reflectivity and the efficiencies of several other diffracted orders when the periodically corrugated surface of an isotropic elastic medium is illuminated by a volume acoustic wave of shear horizontal polarization. These dependencies display the signatures of Rayleigh and Wood anomalies, usually associated with the diffraction of light from a metallic grating. The Rayleigh anomalies occur at angles of incidence at which a diffracted order appears or disappears; the Wood anomalies here are caused by the excitation of the shear horizontal surface acoustic waves supported by the periodically corrugated surface of an isotropic elastic medium. The dispersion curves of these waves in both the nonradiative and radiative regions of the frequency-wavenumber plane are calculated, and used in predicting the angles of incidence at which the Wood anomalies are expected to occur.

It is shown that usually used theoretical model for double-layer heterostructures as a pseudospin ferromagnet does not explain the observed two-dimensional spectrum. Its existence is possible when neglecting Coulomb interaction destroying two-dimensional structures and can be realized only in a strong magnetic field. That is connected also with the plain vortex lattices forming in strong magnetic fields due to thermodynamic instability. This model gives reasonable explanations of various observed effects depending on the filling of the corresponding bands. In particular in this work we show that in double-layer heterostructures a large interlayer conductance really observed can exist.

Fermi surface properties in rare earth (R) and actinide (An) compounds of RX3 (X: Al, Ga, In, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb), AnX3, RTIn5 (T: transition metal), and AnTGa5 are clarified as a function of the number of valence electrons. The electronic state can be changed by applying pressure and magnetic field. A change of Fermi surface properties associated with the metamagnetic behavior and the quantum critical point is also clarified precisely, together with the split Fermi surfaces in the non-centrosymmetric crystal structure, and the de Haas–van Alphen oscillations in the superconducting mixed state. In the quantum critical point region, the conduction electrons, or quasi-particles, are of an f-electron character, with heavy effective masses of 10–100 m 0 (m 0 is the rest mass of an electron) and condense into the unconventional (anisotropic) superconducting state.

The heat capacity at constant pressure of fullerite C60 has been investigated using an adiabatic calorimeter in a temperature range from 1.2 to 120 K. Our results and literature data have been analyzed in a temperature interval from 0.2 to 300 K. The contributions of the intramolecular and lattice vibrations into the heat capacity of C60 have been separated. The contribution of the intramolecular vibration becomes significant above 50 K. Below 2.3 K the experimental temperature dependence of the heat capacity of C60 is described by the linear and cubic terms. The limiting Debye temperature at T→0 K has been estimated (Θ0 = 84.4 K). In the interval from 1.2 to 30 K the experimental curve of the heat capacity of C60 describes the contributions of rotational tunnel levels, translational vibrations (in the Debye model with Θ0 = 84.4 K), and librations (in the Einstein model with ΘE,lib = 32.5 K). It is shown that the experimental temperature dependences of heat capacity and thermal expansion are proportional in the region from 5 to 60 K. The contribution of the cooperative processes of orientational disordering becomes appreciable above 180 K. In the high-temperature phase the lattice heat capacity at constant volume is close to 4.5 R, which corresponds to the high-temperature limit of translational vibrations (3 R) and the near-free rotational motion of C60 molecules (1.5 R).