Momentum-resolved inelastic resonant x-ray scattering is used to map the doping evolution of bulk electronic modes in the doped Mott insulator class Nd2-x Cex CuO4. As the doping induced antiferromagnet/superconductor (AFM/SC) transition is approached, we observe an anisotropic redistribution of the spectral weight of collective excitations over a large energy scale along the Γ→ (π,π) direction, whereas the modes exhibit broadening (∼1eV) with relatively little softening along Γ→ (π,0) with respect to the parent Mott state (x=0). Our study reveals a closing of the charge gap in the vicinity of the zone center even though the mode softening and spectral redistribution involve an unusually large energy scale over the full Brillouin zone. The collective behavior of modes in the vicinity of the AFM/SC critical transition is demonstrated.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Aug 15 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics