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Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering study of the spin and charge excitations in the overdoped superconductor $La_{1.77} Sr_{0.23} CuO_4$


Monney, C; Schmitt, T; Matt, C E; Mesot, J; Strocov, V N; Lipscombe, O J; Hayden, S M; Chang, J (2016). Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering study of the spin and charge excitations in the overdoped superconductor $La_{1.77} Sr_{0.23} CuO_4$. Physical Review B, 93(7):075103.

Abstract

We present a resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) study of spin and charge excitations in overdoped $La_{1.77} Sr_{0.23} CuO_4$ along two high-symmetry directions. The line shape of these excitations is analyzed and they are shown to be highly overdamped. Their spectral weight and damping are found to be strongly momentum dependent. Qualitative agreement between these observations and a calculated random-phase approximation susceptibility is obtained for this overdoped compound, implying that a significant contribution to the RIXS signal stems from a continuum of charge excitations. Furthermore, this suggests that the spin excitations in the overdoped regime can be captured qualitatively by an itinerant picture. Our calculations also predict a low-energy spin-excitation branch to exist along the nodal direction near the zone center. With the energy resolution of the present experiment, this branch is not resolvable, but we show that the next generation of high-resolution spectrometers will be able to test this prediction.

Abstract

We present a resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) study of spin and charge excitations in overdoped $La_{1.77} Sr_{0.23} CuO_4$ along two high-symmetry directions. The line shape of these excitations is analyzed and they are shown to be highly overdamped. Their spectral weight and damping are found to be strongly momentum dependent. Qualitative agreement between these observations and a calculated random-phase approximation susceptibility is obtained for this overdoped compound, implying that a significant contribution to the RIXS signal stems from a continuum of charge excitations. Furthermore, this suggests that the spin excitations in the overdoped regime can be captured qualitatively by an itinerant picture. Our calculations also predict a low-energy spin-excitation branch to exist along the nodal direction near the zone center. With the energy resolution of the present experiment, this branch is not resolvable, but we show that the next generation of high-resolution spectrometers will be able to test this prediction.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:11 Jan 2017 16:20
Last Modified:11 Jan 2017 16:20
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:2469-9950
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.93.075103

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