Slave bosons are commonly introduced in order to implement an infinite Hubbard U by means of a local constraint. The usual starting point for investigations within this scheme is a mean-field theory in which the constraint is taken to be global. This approximate treatment of the constraint is studied in the context of a two-band Hubbard model, and it is shown that (i) the ground state has a significant number of doubly occupied sites, despite the infinite on-site repulsion in the original model, and (ii) there is an unphysical tendency for pairing. However, it is found that if the local constraint is retained for the insulator at half filling, then mean-field theory gives the correct result that the double occupancy is zero.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics