Optical Sum Rule in Finite Bands Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • In a single finite electronic band the total optical spectral weight or optical sum carries information on the interactions involved between the charge carriers as well as on their band structure. It varies with temperature as well as with impurity scattering. The single band optical sum also bears some relationship to the charge carrier kinetic energy and, thus, can potentially provide useful information, particularly on its change as the charge carriers go from normal to superconducting state. Here we review the considerable advances that have recently been made in the context of high $T_c$ oxides, both theoretical and experimental.

publication date

  • December 5, 2006