Two-photon momentum density in La2-xSrxCuO4 and Nd2-xCexCuO4

P. Blandin, S. Massidda, B. Barbiellini, T. Jarlborg, P. Lerch, A. A. Manuel, L. Hoffmann, M. Gauthier, W. Sadowski, E. Walker, M. Peter, Jaejun Yu, Arthur J Freeman

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We present calculations of the electron-positron momentum density for the high-Tc superconductors La2-xSrxCuO4 and Nd2-xCexCuO4, together with experimental two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) for Nd2-xCexCuO4. The calculations are based on first-principles electronic structure obtained using the full-potential linearized augmented-plane-wave and the linear muffin-tin orbital methods. Our results indicate a non-negligible overlap of the positron wave function with the CuO2 plane electrons responsible for the Fermi surfaces in these compounds. Therefore, these compounds may be well suited for investigating Fermi-surface-related effects. After the folding of umklapp terms according to Lock, Crisp, and West, the predicted Fermi-surface breaks are mixed with strong effects induced by the positron wave function in La2-xSrxCuO4, while their resolution is better in Nd2-xCexCuO4. A comparison of our calculations with the most recent experimental results for La2-xSrxCuO4 shows good agreement. For Nd2-xCexCuO4 good agreement is observed between theoretical and experimental 2D-ACAR profiles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-397
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1992


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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Blandin, P., Massidda, S., Barbiellini, B., Jarlborg, T., Lerch, P., Manuel, A. A., Hoffmann, L., Gauthier, M., Sadowski, W., Walker, E., Peter, M., Yu, J., & Freeman, A. J. (1992). Two-photon momentum density in La2-xSrxCuO4 and Nd2-xCexCuO4. Physical Review B, 46(1), 390-397.