Lifshitz hydrodynamics

Carlos Hoyos, Bom Soo Kim, Yaron Oz

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We construct the hydrodynamics of quantum critical points with Lifshitz scaling. There are new dissipative effects allowed by the lack of boost invariance. The formulation is applicable, in general, to any fluid with an explicit breaking of boost symmetry. We use a Drude model of a strange metal to study the physical effects of the new transport coefficient. It can be measured using electric fields with non-zero gradients, or via the heat production when an external force is turned on. The resistivity is proportional to the drag coefficient, scaling arguments fix it to be linear in the temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number145
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Phenomenological models
  • Space-time symmetries


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