Singularities in the optical response of cuprates

A. Abanov, Andrey V. Chubukov, J. Schmalian

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We argue that the detailed analysis of the optical response in cuprate superconductors allows one to verify the magnetic scenario of superconductivity in cuprates. As for strong coupling charge carriers to antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations, the second derivative of optical conductivity should contain detectable singularities at 2Δ + Δspin, 4Δ, and 2Δ + 2Δspin, where Δ is the amplitude of the superconducting gap, and Δs is the resonance energy of spin fluctuations measured in neutron scattering. We argue that there is a good chance that these singularities have already been detected in the experiments on optimally doped Y-Ba-Cu-O.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number180510
Pages (from-to)1805101-1805104
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2001


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