High-energy fluctuation spectra in cuprates from infrared optical spectroscopy Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Coupling of the charge carriers in the high temperature superconducting oxides to bosonic modes has been widely reported using a variety of experimental probes. These include angular resolved photoemission (ARPES), scanning tunnelling spectroscopy (STS), Raman scattering (RS) and infrared optical spectroscopy (IRS). The energy scale investigated has been mostly limited to a relatively small range up to 300 meV or so. Although some ARPES experiments report boson structure up to 800 meV in the dressed electron dispersion curves the data are not analyzed to recover the spectral density of the fluctuation spectrum. We have extended to higher energies up to 2.2 eV the usual maximum entropy technique used to invert optical data so as to obtain an electron-boson spectral density. This has required that we include in our inversions, the calculated (LDA) particle-hole symmetrized energy dependent electronic density of states (DOS). Our analysis reveals that significant spectral weight remains in the fluctuation spectra up to 2.2 eV in the Bi-2212 family and to 1.2 eV in Bi-2201 for all doping levels considered.

publication date

  • January 8, 2014