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Hard antinodal gap revealed by quantum oscillations in the pseudogap regime of underdoped high-T$_{c}$ superconductors

Hartstein, Máté; Hsu, Yu-Te; Modic, Kimberly A.; Porras, Juan; Loew, Toshinao; Tacon, Matthieu Le 1; Zuo, Huakun; Wang, Jinhua; Zhu, Zengwei; Chan, Mun K.; McDonald, Ross D.; Lonzarich, Gilbert G.; Keimer, Bernhard; Sebastian, Suchitra E.; Harrison, Neil
1 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Abstract (englisch):

An understanding of the missing antinodal electronic excita-tions in the pseudogap state is essential for uncovering the physics of the underdoped cuprate high-temperature super-conductors. The majority of high-temperature experiments performed thus far, however, have been unable to discern whether the antinodal states are rendered unobservable due to their damping or whether they vanish due to their gap-ping. Here, we distinguish between these two scenarios by using quantum oscillations to examine whether the small Fermi surface pocket, found to occupy only 2% of the Brillouin zone in the underdoped cuprates, exists in isolation against a majority of completely gapped density of states spanning the antinodes, or whether it is thermodynamically coupled to a background of ungapped antinodal states. We find that quantum oscillations associated with the small Fermi surface pocket exhibit a signature sawtooth waveform characteristic of an isolated two-dimensional Fermi surface pocket. This finding reveals that the antinodal states are destroyed by a hard gap that extends over the majority of the Brillouin zone, placing strong constraints on a drastic underlying origin of quasiparticle disappearance over almost the entire Brillouin zone in the pseudogap regime.

DOI: 10.1038/s41567-020-0910-0
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Quantenmaterialien und -technologien (IQMT)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 05.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1745-2473, 1745-2481
KITopen-ID: 1000119751
HGF-Programm 43.21.01 (POF III, LK 01) Quantum Correlations in Condensed Matter
Erschienen in Nature physics
Verlag Nature Research
Band 16
Seiten 841–847
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 25.05.2020
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