"Spectroscopic Evidence for Electron-Boson Coupling in Electron-Doped Sr2IrO4"

Yong Hu: Xiang Chen, S.-T. Peng, C. Lane, M. Matzelle, Z.-L. Sun, M. Hashimoto, D.-H. Lu, E. F. Schwier, M. Arita, T. Wu, R. S. Markiewicz, K. Shimada, X.-H. Chen, Z.-X. Shen, A. Bansil, S. D. Wilson, and J.-F. He; Physical Review Letters, 11/21/19.

Additional Authors: Xiang Chen, S.-T. Peng, C. Lane, M. Matzelle, Z.-L. Sun, M. Hashimoto, D.-H. Lu, E. F. Schwier, M. Arita, T. Wu, R. S. Markiewicz, K. Shimada, X.-H. Chen, Z.-X. Shen, A. Bansil, S. D. Wilson, and J.-F. He

Abstract:

The pseudogap, d-wave superconductivity and electron-boson coupling are three intertwined key ingredients in the phase diagram of the cuprates. Sr2IrO4 is a 5d-electron counterpart of the cuprates in which both the pseudogap and a d-wave instability have been observed. Here, we report spectroscopic evidence for the presence of the third key player in electron-doped Sr2IrO4: electron-boson coupling. A kink in nodal dispersion is observed with an energy scale of ∼50  meV. The strength of the kink changes with doping, but the energy scale remains the same. These results provide the first noncuprate platform for exploring the relationship between the pseudogap, d-wave instability, and electron-boson coupling in doped Mott insulators.