"Influence of magnetism and correlation on the spectral properties of doped Mott insulators"

Yao Wang: Brian Moritz, Cheng-Chien Chen, Thomas P. Devereaux,2 and Krzysztof Wohlfeld; Physical Review B, 03/12/18.

Additional Authors: Brian Moritz, Cheng-Chien Chen, Thomas P. Devereaux,2 and Krzysztof Wohlfeld


Unraveling the nature of the doping-induced transition between a Mott insulator and a weakly correlated metal is crucial to understanding novel emergent phases in strongly correlated materials. For this purpose, we study the evolution of spectral properties upon doping Mott insulating states by utilizing the cluster perturbation theory on the Hubbard and tJ-like models. Specifically, a quasifree dispersion crossing the Fermi level develops with small doping, and it eventually evolves into the most dominant feature at high doping levels. Although this dispersion is related to the free-electron hopping, our study shows that this spectral feature is, in fact, influenced inherently by both electron-electron correlation and spin-exchange interaction: the correlation destroys coherence, while the coupling between spin and mobile charge restores it in the photoemission spectrum. Due to the persistent impact of correlations and spin physics, the onset of gaps or the high-energy anomaly in the spectral functions can be expected in doped Mott insulators.