Hidden charge- 2e boson: Experimental consequences for doped Mott insulators

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We show here that many of the normal state properties of the cuprates can result from the new charge 2e bosonic field which we have recently shown to exist in the exact low-energy theory of a doped Mott insulator. In particular, the (1) midinfrared band including the nonvanishing of the restricted f -sum rule in the Mott insulator, (2) T2 contribution to the thermal conductivity, (3) pseudogap, (4) bifurcation of the electron spectrum below the chemical potential, as recently seen in angle-resolved photoemission, (5) insulating behavior away from half-filling, (6) high- and low-energy kinks in the electron dispersion, and (7) T -linear resistivity all derive from the charge 2e bosonic field. We also calculate the inverse dielectric function and show that it possesses a sharp quasiparticle peak and a broad particle-hole continuum. The sharp peak is mediated by a new charge e composite excitation formed from the binding of a charge 2e boson and a hole and represents a distinctly new prediction of this theory. It is this feature that is responsible for the dynamical part of the spectral weight transferred across the Mott gap. We propose that electron-energy loss spectroscopy at finite momentum and frequency can be used to probe the existence of such a sharp feature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104524
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 25 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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