We analyze the influence of quantum critical fluctuations on single-particle excitations at the onset of incommensurate 2kF charge- or spin-density wave order in two-dimensional metals. The case of a single pair of hot spots at high symmetry positions on the Fermi surface needs to be distinguished from the case of two hot spot pairs. We compute the fluctuation propagator and the electronic self-energy perturbatively in leading order. The energy dependence of the single-particle decay rate at the hot spots obeys non-Fermi-liquid power laws, with an exponent 2/3 in the case of a single hot spot pair, and exponent one for two hot spot pairs. The prefactors of the linear behavior obtained in the latter case are not particle-hole symmetric.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 21 Oct 2014|