Exploring quasiparticles in high- T c cuprates through photoemission, tunneling, and x-ray scattering experiments
Torre, Emanuele G. Dalla
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CitationTorre, Emanuele G Dalla, Yang He, David Benjamin, and Eugene Demler. 2015. “Exploring Quasiparticles in High- TcCuprates through Photoemission, Tunneling, and x-Ray Scattering Experiments.” New Journal of Physics17 (2): 022001. https://doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/17/2/022001.
AbstractOne of the key challenges in the field of high-temperature superconductivity is understanding the nature of fermionic quasiparticles. Experiments consistently demonstrate the existence of a second energy scale, distinct from the d-wave superconducting gap, that persists above the transition temperature into the 'pseudogap' phase. One common class of models relates this energy scale to the quasiparticle gap due to a competing order, such as the incommensurate 'checkerboard' order observed in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and resonant elastic x-ray scattering (REXS). We develop a minimal phenomenological model that allows us to quantitatively describe STMand REXS experiments and discuss their relation with photoemission spectroscopy. Experimental signatures of the incommensurate order are explained in terms of scattering of short-lived quasiparticles from local impurities. Weidentify the unknown second energy scale with the inverse lifetime of the quasiparticles, refocusing questions about the nature of the pseudogap phase to the study of the origin of inelastic scattering.
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