Optical conductivity, Raman response and the correlation strength of high temperature copper-oxide superconductors
Luca de Medici
Thu, Jan. 10th 2008, 11:00
Petit Amphi, LPS Bât. 510, Orsay
High temperature copper-oxide-based superconductivity is obtained by adding carriers to insulating ``parent compounds''. It is widely believed the parent compounds are ``Mott'' insulators, in which the lack of conduction arises from the blocking effect due to anomalously strong electron-electron repulsion, and that the unusual properties of Mott insulators are responsible for high temperature superconductivity. I present a comparison of optical conductivity and Raman measurements and theoretical calculations which challenges this belief. The analysis indicates that the correlation strength in the cuprates is not as strong as previously believed, that the materials are not properly regarded as Mott insulators, that antiferromagnetism is essential to obtain the insulating state and, by implication, that antiferromagnetism is essential to the properties of the doped metallic and superconducting state as well.