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Thermodynamics of the metal-insulator transition in the extended Hubbard model

Malte Schüler, Erik G. C. P. van Loon, Mikhail I. Katsnelson, Tim O. Wehling

SciPost Phys. 6, 067 (2019) · published 14 June 2019


In contrast to the Hubbard model, the extended Hubbard model, which additionally accounts for non-local interactions, lacks systemic studies of thermodynamic properties especially across the metal-insulator transition. Using a variational principle, we perform such a systematic study and describe how non-local interactions screen local correlations differently in the Fermi-liquid and in the insulator. The thermodynamics reveal that non-local interactions are at least in parts responsible for first-order metal-insulator transitions in real materials.

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