The pseudogap state in high- superconductors: an infrared study Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We report on a study of the electromagnetic response of three different families of high-T_c superconductors that in combination allowed us to cover the whole doping range from under- to overdoped. The discussion is focused on the ab-plane charge dynamics in the {\it pseudogap state} which is realized in underdoped materials below a characteristic temperature T^*; a temperature that can significantly exceed the superconducting transition temperature T_c. We explore the evolution of the pseudogap response by changing the doping level, by varying the temperature from the above to below T^*, or by introducing impurities in the underdoped compounds. We employ a memory-function analysis of the ab-plane optical data that allows us to observe the effect of the pseudogap most clearly. We compare the infrared data with other experimental results, including c-axis optical response, dc transport, and angular resolved photoemission.

publication date

  • November 25, 1996