Stability of the Zhang-Rice Singlet with Doping in Lanthanum Strontium Copper Oxide Across the Superconducting Dome and above

N. B. Brookes, G. Ghiringhelli, A. M. Charvet, A. Fujimori, T. Kakeshita, H. Eisaki, S. Uchida, T. Mizokawa

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Abstract

The spin character of the states at the top of the valence band in doped La2-xSrxCuO4 (x=0.03, 0.07, 0.15, 0.22, and 0.30) has been investigated using spin-polarized resonant photoemission. A clear Zhang-Rice singlet (ZRS) is observed at all doping levels. Its stability and polarization are preserved as a function of doping, suggesting that the concept of the ZRS can be used across a wide doping range and up to the metallic nonsuperconducting overdoped regime. The results are significant for theoretical models that use the ZRS approximation and for the understanding of the peculiar interplay between the ZRS and the remaining localized spins.

Original languageEnglish
Article number027002
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume115
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 7

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