Microscopic theory of resonant soft-x-ray scattering in materials with charge order: The example of charge stripes in high-temperature cuprate superconductors

David Benjamin, Dmitry Abanin, Peter Abbamonte, Eugene Demler

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Abstract

We present a microscopic theory of resonant soft-x-ray scattering that accounts for the delocalized character of valence electrons. Unlike past approaches based on local form factors, our functional determinant method treats realistic band structures. This method builds upon earlier theoretical work in mesoscopic physics and accounts for excitonic effects as well as the orthogonality catastrophe arising from interaction between the core hole and the valence band electrons. We show that the two-peak structure observed near the O K edge of stripe-ordered La1.875Ba0.125CuO4 is due to dynamical nesting within the canonical cuprate band structure. Our results provide evidence for reasonably well-defined, high-energy quasiparticles in cuprates and establish resonant soft-x-ray scattering as a bulk-sensitive probe of the electron quasiparticles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number137002
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume110
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 26 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy

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