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Pimenov, Dimitri; Mandal, Ipsita; Piazza, Francesco; Punk, Matthias (2018): Non-Fermi liquid at the FFLO quantum critical point. In: Physical Review B, Vol. 98, No. 2, 24510
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When a 2D superconductor is subjected to a strong in-plane magnetic field, Zeeman polarization of the Fermi surface can give rise to inhomogeneous FFLO order with a spatially modulated gap. Further increase of the magnetic field eventually drives the system into a normal metal state. Here, we perform a renormalization group analysis of this quantum phase transition, starting from an appropriate low-energy theory recently introduced in phys. Rev. B 93, 085112 (2016). We compute one-loop flow equations within the controlled dimensional regularization scheme with fixed dimension of Fermi surface, expanding in epsilon = 5/2 - d. We find a new stable non-Fermi-liquid fixed point and discuss its critical properties. One of the most interesting aspects of the FFLO non-Fermi-liquid scenario is that the quantum critical point is potentially naked, with the scaling regime observable down to arbitrary low temperatures. In order to study this possibility, we perform a general analysis of competing instabilities, which suggests that only charge density wave order is enhanced in the vicinity of the quantum critical point.