ARPES in the normal state of the cuprates: Comparing the marginal Fermi-liquid and spin-fluctuation scenarios
Los Alamos National Laboratory - Los Alamos,
NM 87545, USA
2 Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI 53706, USA
Accepted: 22 January 2002
We address the issue whether ARPES measurements of the spectral function near the Fermi surface in the normal state of near optimally doped cuprates can distinguish between the marginal Fermi-liquid scenario and the spin-fluctuation scenario. We argue that the data for momenta near the Fermi surface are equally well described by both theories, but this agreement is nearly meaningless as in both cases one has to add to a large constant of yet unknown origin. We show that the data can be well fitted by keeping only this constant term in the self-energy. To distinguish between the two scenarios, one has to analyze the data away from the Fermi surface, when the intrinsic piece in becomes dominant.
PACS: 74.10.+v – Occurrence, potential candidates / 74.20.Fg – BCS theory and its development / 74.25.-q – General properties; correlations between physical properties in normal and superconducting states
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