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. © SISSA 2012.
|Journal||Journal of High Energy Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 11 May 2012|
- Gauge-gravity correspondence
- Holography and condensed matter physics (AdS/CMT)
- Spontaneous symmetry breaking