High Energy Scales in the Optical Self-Energy of the Cuprate Superconductors
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Using optical spectroscopy with a derivative technique, we find for the high Tc cuprate Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta (Bi-2212) evidence for a new high energy scale at 900 meV beyond the two previously well-known ones at roughly 50 and 400 meV. The intermediate scale at 400 meV has recently been seen in angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments along the nodal direction as a large kink. In YBa2Cu3O6.50, the three energy scales are shifted to lower energy relative to Bi-2212 and we observe the emergence of a possible new high energy feature at 600 meV.
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