We discuss how Anderson's ideas of nominal and real valence can be incorporated into the current discussion of heavy electron quantum criticality. In the heavy electron phase, the nominal valence of a screened magnetic ion differs from its real valence by one unit. We identify this discrepancy with the formation of a positively charged background we call the Kondo pseudo-potential. At the quantum critical point, the sudden collapse of the heavy electron Fermi surface can be identified with the return of the nominal to the real valence. This leads to the interesting idea that the heavy electron quantum critical point may involve locally critical charge degrees of freedom. We discuss how this might come about within a large N Schwinger boson scheme.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Kondo lattice
- Quantum criticality