Optical model-solution to the competition between a pseudogap phase and a charge-transfer-gap phase in high-temperature cuprate superconductors
Originally published in Physical Review B v.81 (2010): 174504. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.81.174504
We present a theoretical framework for a quantitative understanding of the full doping dependence of the optical spectra of the cuprates. In accord with experimental observations, the computed spectra show how the high-energy charge-transfer (CT) gap features persist in the overdoped regime even after the midinfrared (MIR) peak originating from the pseudogap has collapsed in a quantum critical point. In this way, we reconcile the opposing tendencies of the MIR and CT peaks to shift in opposite directions in the optical spectra with increasing doping. The competition between the pseudogap and the CT gap also results in rapid loss of spectral weight in the high energy region with doping.
Tanmoy Das, R. S. Markiewicz, and A. Bansil. "Optical model-solution to the competition between a pseudogap phase and a charge-transfer-gap phase in high-temperature cuprate superconductors" Physics Faculty Publications (2010).
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rmarkiewicz/14