Hall effect and Fermi surface reconstruction via electron pockets in the high-Tc cuprates
Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University - P.O. Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand
Received: 10 December 2015
Accepted: 26 January 2016
The mechanism by which the Fermi surface of high-Tc cuprates undergoes a dramatic change from a large hole-like barrel to small arcs or pockets on entering the pseudogap phase remains a question of fundamental importance. Here we calculate the normal-state Hall coefficient from the resonating-valence-bond spin-liquid model developed by Yang, Rice and Zhang. In this model, reconstruction of the Fermi surface occurs via an intermediate regime where the Fermi surface consists of both hole- and electron-like pockets. We find that the doping (x) dependence of the Hall number transitions from to (x) over this narrow doping range. At low temperatures, a switch from a downturn to an upturn in the Hall coefficient signals the departure of the electron-like pockets from the Fermi surface.
PACS: 74.25.Jb – Electronic structure (photoemission, etc.) / 74.72.Kf – Pseudogap regime / 74.25.F- – Transport properties
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