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Phys Rev Lett. 2006 Dec 15;97(24):247003. Epub 2006 Dec 15.

Interplay of externally doped and thermally activated holes in La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO4 and their impact on the pseudogap crossover.

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NHMFL, Florida State University, 1800 East Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32310, USA.


We presented the recent Hall effect data for a number of carriers in La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO4 as the sum of two components: the temperature independent term n0(x), which is due to external doping, and the thermally activated contribution. Their balance determines the crossover temperature T*(x) from the marginal Fermi liquid to pseudogap regime. The activation energy Delta(x) for thermally excited carriers equals the energy between the Fermi surface "arc" and the band bottom, as seen in angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments. Other implications for the (T, x)-phase diagram of cuprates are also discussed.

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