Effective three-particle interactions in low-energy models for multiband systems

Stefan A. Maier, Carsten Honerkamp

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We discuss different approximations for effective low-energy interactions in multiband models for weakly correlated electrons. In the study of Fermi-surface instabilities of the conduction band(s), the standard approximation consists only keeping those terms in the bare interactions that couple only to the conduction band(s), while corrections due to virtual excitations into bands away from the Fermi surface are typically neglected. Here, using a functional renormalization group approach, we present an improved truncation for the treatment of the effective interactions in the conduction band that keeps track of the generated three-particle interactions (six-point term) and hence allows one to include important aspects of these virtual interband excitations. Within a simplified two-patch treatment of the conduction band, we demonstrate that these corrections can have a rather strong effect in parts of the phase diagram by changing the critical scales for various orderings and the phase boundaries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number064520
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

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