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Bounded Luttinger liquids as a universality class of quantum critical behavior

We show that one-dimensional quantum systems with gapless degrees of freedom and open boundary conditions form a universality class of quantum critical behavior, which we propose to call ''bounded Luttinger liquids." They share the following properties with ordinary (periodic) Luttinger liquids: the absence of fermionic quasiparticle excitations, charge-spin separation, and anomalous power-law correlations with exponents whose scaling relations are parametrized by a single coupling constant per degree of freedom, K-nu. The values of K-nu are independent of boundary conditions, but the representation of the critical exponents in terms of these K-nu's depends on boundary conditions. We illustrate these scaling relations by exploring general rules for boundary critical exponents derived earlier using the Bethe ansatz solution of the one-dimensional Hubbard model together with boundary conformal held theory, and the theory of Luttinger liquids in finite-size systems. We apply this theory to the photoemission properties of the organic conductors (TMTSF)(2)X, where TMTSF is tetramethyltetraselenafulvalene, and X = ClO9, PF6, ReO4, and discuss to what extent the assumption of finite strands with open boundaries at the sample surface can reconcile the experimental results with independent information on the Luttinger-liquid state in these materials.


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