A Fermi Liquid Electronic Structure and the Nature of the Carriers in High-Tc Cuprates: A Photoemission Study

A. J. Arko, R. S. List, R. J. Bartlett, S. W. Cheong, Z. Fisk, J. D. Thompson, C. G. Olson, A. B. Yang, R. Liu, C. Gu, B. W. Veal, J. Z. Liu, A. P. Paulikas, K. Vandervoort, H. Claus, J. C. Campuzano, J. E. Schriber, N. D. Shinn

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We have performed angle-integrated and angle-resolved photoemission measurements at 20 K on well-characterized single crystals of high Tc cuprates (both 1:2:3-type and 2:2:1:2-type) cleaved in situ, and find a relatively large, resolution limited Fermi edge which shows large amplitude variations with photon energy, indicative of band structure final state effects. The lineshape of the spectra of the 1:2:3 materials as a function of photon energy are well reproduced by band structure predictions, indicating a correct mix of 2p and 3d orbitals in the calculations, while the energy positions of the peaks agree with calculated bands to within approx;;0.5 eV. This may yet prove to reflect the effects of Coulomb correlation. We nevertheless conclude that a Fermi liquid approach to conductivity is appropriate. Angle-resolved data, while still incomplete, suggest agreement with the Fermi surface predicted by the LDA calculations. A BCS-like energy gap is observed in the 2:2:1:2 materials, whose magnitude is twice the weak coupling BCS value (i.e., 2Δ approx;; 7kTc).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-290
Number of pages9
JournalPhysica Scripta
Issue numberT31
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics


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