Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering Study of Excitations in Cuprate Superconductors

Sep 9, 2019, 2:45 PM
Invited Talk Invited Talk


Laura Chaix (Institut Néel, CNRS)


The mechanism of high-TC superconductivity in cuprates remains an unsolved question since its discovery in 1986. Answering the question of its microscopic origin turns out to be a great challenge, complexity arises from the coexistence of several phases along with the superconductivity. While it has been argued that spin fluctuations may be crucial for forming superconductivity [1], abundant experimental observations also demonstrate a strong electronic coupling to the lattice [2]. Although electron-phonon coupling may not be the main origin of the Cooper pairing, its role across the phase diagram is still controversial, particularly in the under-doped region [3]. A direct way to probe the electron-phonon coupling has emerged thanks to the recent progress made in high resolution Resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS), which now allows to resolve phonons [4, 5]. Theoretical studies suggested that the RIXS phonon cross-section directly reflects the momentum-dependent electron-phonon coupling strength [6]. In this talk, we will focus on the dynamical properties of the under-doped cuprate Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ. Low energy excitations were investigated using RIXS at the Cu L3-edge with an energy resolution of 40-45 meV [5]. In the quasi-elastic region, an incommensurate charge density wave (CDW) was observed in this system, confirming its existence in this compound. In addition, this RIXS study resolved the bond-stretching phonon in the energy-momentum space. Importantly, it also revealed that the phonon dispersion changes at the CDW wave-vector indicating that the CDW unambiguously affects the lattice. RIXS measurements on another superconducting cuprate, Ca2-xNaxCuO2Cl2, will be also discussed [7].

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[7] L. Chaix, et al., in preparation.

Topic 7. Excitations of strongly correlated electron systems

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Laura Chaix (Institut Néel, CNRS)

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