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Phys Rev Lett. 2011 Mar 25;106(12):127005. Epub 2011 Mar 24.

Structural origin of apparent Fermi surface pockets in angle-resolved photoemission of Bi₂Sr(2-x)La(x)CuO(6+δ).

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School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9SS, United Kingdom.


We observe apparent hole pockets in the Fermi surfaces of single-layer Bi-based cuprate superconductors from angle-resolved photoemission. From detailed low-energy electron diffraction measurements and an analysis of the angle-resolved photoemission polarization dependence, we show that these pockets are not intrinsic but arise from multiple overlapping superstructure replicas of the main and shadow bands. We further demonstrate that the hole pockets reported recently from angle-resolved photoemission [Meng et al., Nature (London) 462, 335 (2009)] have a similar structural origin and are inconsistent with an intrinsic hole pocket associated with the electronic structure of a doped CuO₂ plane.

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