Evidence for a Pseudogap in UnderdopedBi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δandYBa2Cu3O6.50from In-Plane Optical Conductivity Measurements Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The real part of the in-plane optical self-energy data in underdoped Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+delta} (Bi-2212) and ortho II YBa2Cu3O6.5 contains new and important information on the pseudogap. Using a theoretical model approach, a major new finding is that states lost below the pseudogap Delta_{pg} are accompanied by a pileup of states just above this energy. The pileup along with a sharp mode in the bosonic spectral function leads to an unusually rapid increase in the optical scattering rate as a function of frequency and a characteristically sloped peak in the real part of the optical self-energy. These features are not found in optimally doped and overdoped samples and represent the clearest signature so far in the in-plane optical conductivity of the opening of a pseudogap.

publication date

  • May 2, 2008