Evidence for Weakly Correlated Oxygen Holes in the Highest- Tc Cuprate Superconductor HgBa2Ca2Cu3 O8+δ

A. Chainani, M. Sicot, Y. Fagot-Revurat, G. Vasseur, J. Granet, B. Kierren, L. Moreau, M. Oura, A. Yamamoto, Y. Tokura, D. Malterre

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Abstract

We study the electronic structure of HgBa2Ca2Cu3O8+δ (Hg1223; Tc=134 K) using photoemission spectroscopy (PES) and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Resonant valence band PES across the O K edge and Cu L edge identifies correlation satellites originating in O 2p and Cu 3d two-hole final states, respectively. Analyses using the experimental O 2p and Cu 3d partial density of states show quantitatively different on-site Coulomb energy for the Cu site (Udd=6.5±0.5 eV) and O site (Upp=1.0±0.5 eV). Cu2O7-cluster calculations with nonlocal screening explain the Cu 2p core level PES and Cu L-edge XAS spectra, confirm the Udd and Upp values, and provide evidence for the Zhang-Rice singlet state in Hg1223. In contrast to other hole-doped cuprates and 3d-transition metal oxides, the present results indicate weakly correlated oxygen holes in Hg1223.

Original languageEnglish
Article number057001
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume119
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 31
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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