Closing the pseudogap quietly
Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University - P.O. Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand
Received: 26 June 2015
Accepted: 31 August 2015
The physical properties of hole-doped cuprate high-temperature superconductors are heavily influenced by an energy gap known as the pseudogap whose origin remains a mystery second only to that of superconductivity itself. A key question is whether the pseudogap closes at a temperature . The absence of a specific heat anomaly, together with persistent entropy losses up to 300 K, have long suggested that the pseudogap does not vanish at . However, amid a growing body of evidence from other techniques pointing to the contrary we revisit this question. Here we investigate if, by adding a temperature dependence to the pseudogap energy and quasiparticle lifetime in the resonating-valence-bond spin-liquid model of Yang, Rice and Zhang, we can close the pseudogap quietly in the specific heat.
PACS: 74.25.Bt – Thermodynamic properties / 74.25.Jb – Electronic structure (photoemission, etc.) / 74.72.Kf – Pseudogap regime
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