We report angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy on optimally doped high-Tc superconductor La1.85Sr0.15CuO4 (Tc = 37 K) to elucidate the character of low-energy excitations in the superconducting state. We find a clear evidence for the emergence of a sharp superconducting quasiparticle peak below Tc together with opening of a superconducting gap at off-nodal region, while no signature of a quasiparticle peak is observed at (π, 0). From the comparison of spectral lineshape and energy dispersion between the nodal and the off-nodal region, we conclude that there are two characteristic energy scales (70 and 20 meV) in the superconducting state of optimally doped La1.85Sr0.15CuO4.
- Electronic structure
- High-T superconductor
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering