Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:00pm
703 Northwest Corner Building
Weizmann Institute of Science
The superconductor-insulator transition exhibits a remarkable duality symmetry directly relating the resistance measured in the superconducting regime to the conductance measured in the insulator. This symmetry points to a deep relation between these two seemingly-opposing phases. At very low temperatures (below 200 mK for our amorphous indium-oxide films) this beautiful symmetry is severely violated. We demonstrate that this violation is associated with the emergence of a new insulating ground-state in which the electrons are effectively decoupled from the host phonons. We further show that duality symmetry can be effectively restored by driving the system out of equilibrium.
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