The downward shift of the electron chemical potential μ with hole doping in La2-xSrxCuO4 has been deduced from the shifts of photoemission and inverse-photoemission spectra. While the shift is large (∼1.5eV/hole) in overdoped samples, it is suppressed (<0.2 eV/hole) in underdoped samples, implying a divergent charge susceptibility near the metal-insulator transition. In the overdoped regime, the μ and the electronic specific heat coefficient γ are consistently explained within Fermi-liquid theory, whereas the same analysis gives unphysical results in the underdoped regime, indicating the breakdown of the Fermi-liquid picture in the underdoped regime.
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