We study the electronic screening mechanisms of the effective Coulomb on-site repulsion in hole-doped Sr14Cu24O41 compared to undoped La6Ca8Cu24O41 using polarization dependent high-resolution resonant inelastic x-ray scattering at Cu M edges. By measuring the energy of the effective Coulomb on-site repulsion and the spin excitations, we estimate superexchange and hopping matrix element energies along rungs and legs, respectively. Interestingly, hole doping locally screens the Coulomb on-site repulsion reducing it by as much as 25%. We suggest that the increased ratio of the electronic kinetic to the electronic correlation energy contributes to the local superexchange mediated pairing between holes.
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