A momentum-dependent perspective on quasiparticle interference in Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+δ

I. M. Vishik, E. A. Nowadnick, W. S. Lee, Z. X. Shen, B. Moritz, T. P. Devereaux, K. Tanaka, T. Sasagawa, T. Fujii

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Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) probes the momentum-space electronic structure of materials and provides invaluable information about the high-temperature superconducting cuprates. Likewise, scanning tunnelling spectroscopy (STS) reveals the cuprates real-space inhomogeneous electronic structure. Recently, researchers using STS have exploited quasiparticle interference (QPI)wave-like electrons that scatter off impurities to produce periodic interference patternsto infer properties of the quasiparticles in momentum space. Surprisingly, some interference peaks in Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+δ (Bi-2212) are absent beyond the antiferromagnetic zone boundary, implying the dominance of a particular scattering process. Here, we show that ARPES detects no evidence of quasiparticle extinction: quasiparticle-like peaks are measured everywhere on the Fermi surface, evolving smoothly across the antiferromagnetic zone boundary. This apparent contradiction stems from differences in the nature of single-particle (ARPES) and two-particle (STS) processes underlying these probes. Using a simple model, we demonstrate extinction of QPI without implying the loss of quasiparticles beyond the antiferromagnetic zone boundary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)718-721
Number of pages4
JournalNature Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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