Electrodynamics of the nodal metal state in weakly doped high- Tc cuprates


Journal Article

We report on the detailed analysis of the infrared (IR) conductivity of two prototypical high- Tc systems Y Ba2 Cu3 Oy and La2-x Srx Cu O4 throughout the complex phase diagram of these compounds. Our focus in this work is to thoroughly document the electromagnetic response of the nodal metal state which is initiated with only a few holes doped in parent antiferromagnetic systems and extends up to the pseudogap boundary in the phase diagram. The key signature of the nodal metal is the two-component conductivity: the Drude mode at low energies followed by a resonance in mid-IR. The Drude component can be attributed to the response of coherent quasiparticles residing on the Fermi arcs detected in photoemission experiments. The microscopic origin of the mid-IR band is yet to be understood. A combination of transport and IR data uncovers fingerprints of the Fermi liquid behavior in the response of the nodal metal. The comprehensive nature of the data sets presented in this work allows us to critically re-evaluate common approaches to the interpretation of the optical data. Specifically we re-examine the role of magnetic excitations in generating electronic self-energy effects through the analysis of the IR data in a high magnetic field. © 2005 The American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lee, YS; Segawa, K; Li, ZQ; Padilla, WJ; Dumm, M; Dordevic, SV; Homes, CC; Ando, Y; Basov, DN

Published Date

  • August 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 5

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-235X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1098-0121

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevB.72.054529

Citation Source

  • Scopus