Nodal Quasiparticle Meltdown in Ultra-High Resolution Pump-Probe Angle-Resolved Photoemission

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High-T{sub c} cuprate superconductors are characterized by a strong momentum-dependent anisotropy between the low energy excitations along the Brillouin zone diagonal (nodal direction) and those along the Brillouin zone face (antinodal direction). Most obvious is the d-wave superconducting gap, with the largest magnitude found in the antinodal direction and no gap in the nodal direction. Additionally, while antin- odal quasiparticle excitations appear only below T{sub c}, superconductivity is thought to be indifferent to nodal excitations as they are regarded robust and insensitive to T{sub c}. Here we reveal an unexpected tie between nodal quasiparticles and superconductivity using high resolution time- ... continued below

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Graf, Jeff; Jozwiak, Chris; Smallwood, Chris L.; Eisaki, H.; Kaindl, Robert A.; Lee, Dung-Hai et al. June 3, 2011.

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High-T{sub c} cuprate superconductors are characterized by a strong momentum-dependent anisotropy between the low energy excitations along the Brillouin zone diagonal (nodal direction) and those along the Brillouin zone face (antinodal direction). Most obvious is the d-wave superconducting gap, with the largest magnitude found in the antinodal direction and no gap in the nodal direction. Additionally, while antin- odal quasiparticle excitations appear only below T{sub c}, superconductivity is thought to be indifferent to nodal excitations as they are regarded robust and insensitive to T{sub c}. Here we reveal an unexpected tie between nodal quasiparticles and superconductivity using high resolution time- and angle-resolved photoemission on optimally doped Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}}#14;. We observe a suppression of the nodal quasiparticle spectral weight following pump laser excitation and measure its recovery dynamics. This suppression is dramatically enhanced in the superconducting state. These results reduce the nodal-antinodal dichotomy and challenge the conventional view of nodal excitation neutrality in superconductivity. The electronic structures of high-Tc cuprates are strongly momentum-dependent. This is one reason why the momentum-resolved technique of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) has been a central tool in the #12;field of high-temperature superconductivity. For example, coherent low energy excitations with momenta near the Brillouin zone face, or antinodal quasiparticles (QPs), are only observed below T{sub c} and have been linked to superfluid density. They have therefore been the primary focus of ARPES studies. In contrast, nodal QPs, with momenta along the Brillouin zone diagonal, have received less attention and are usually regarded as largely immune to the superconducting transition because they seem insensitive to perturbations such as disorder, doping, isotope exchange, charge ordering, and temperature. Clearly, finding any strong dependencies of the nodal QPs will alter the conventional view and enrich our understanding of high temperature superconductivity. Time resolution through pump-and-probe techniques adds a new dimension to ARPES by directly measuring how the electronic structure of a material responds to perturbations on femtosecond time scales. Here we report a unique ultrafast time-resolved ARPES study of a high-T{sub c} cuprate superconductor. Compared to previous time-resolved studies, the primary advantage of this work is an unprecedented momentum (angular) resolution ({Delta}#1;k~ #24;0.003 vs. 0.05 {#23;Angstrom}{sup -1}), on par with that of state-of-the-art ARPES. This has allowed the time-resolved measurement of signi#12;cantly sharper QP spectral peaks with strikingly larger peak-to-background ratios than previously reported.16 Additionally, a lower pump fluence is used (<40{micro}#22;J/cm{sup 2} vs. #24;100#22;{micro}J/cm{sup 2}), which reduces pump-induced sample temperature increase and related thermal smearing of spectral features. This allows us to uncover a surprising meltdown of nodal QP spectral weight following pump laser excitation. This meltdown is only observed in the superconducting state and for QPs with binding energy less than the kink energy,19 revealing a link between nodal QPs and superconductivity.

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  • Journal Name: Nature Physics; Journal Volume: 7; Journal Issue: 10

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  • Report No.: LBNL-5124E
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-05CH11231
  • DOI: 10.1038/nphys2027 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1051533
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Graf, Jeff; Jozwiak, Chris; Smallwood, Chris L.; Eisaki, H.; Kaindl, Robert A.; Lee, Dung-Hai et al. Nodal Quasiparticle Meltdown in Ultra-High Resolution Pump-Probe Angle-Resolved Photoemission, article, June 3, 2011; Berkeley, California. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc838231/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.