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Development of spin-wave-like dispersive excitations below the pseudogap temperature in the high-temperature superconductor La$$_{2-x}$$Sr$$_{x}$$CuO$$_{4}$$

Matsuura, Masato*; Kawamura, Sho*; Fujita, Masaki*; Kajimoto, Ryoichi  ; Yamada, Kazuyoshi*

Inelastic neutron scattering measurements of magnetic excitations in hole-doped high-$$T_c$$ cuprates La$$_{2-x}$$Sr$$_{x}$$CuO$$_{4}$$ ($$x = 0$$ and 0.075) have been performed over a wide temperature range of 5 $$sim$$ 500 K extending beyond the pseudogap temperature of $$sim$$360 K for $$x = 0.075$$. For $$x = 0$$, the two-dimensional spin-wave excitations at low temperatures are thermally robust and the dispersion is slightly softened on heating up to $$T = 400$$ K. For $$x = 0.075$$, the spin-wave-like excitations in the upper part of the hourglass-shaped dispersion remain at $$T = 300$$ K. However, further heating above $$T = 400$$ K induces a broad ridge centered at $$(1/2, 1/2)$$; thereby the hourglass-shaped dispersion becomes blurred above the pseudogap temperature. The localized spin nature of magnetic excitations below $$T^*$$ suggests that the pseudogap is related to a proximity to a Mott insulator rather than being a precursor of Cooper pairs.



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Category:Materials Science, Multidisciplinary



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