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Growth of the optical conductivity in the Cu-O planes


We have studied the development of the optical conductivity as electrons are added to the Cu-O planes in Pr2-xCexCuO4-by varying x(0x0.2). In the metallic phases, contributions to the optical conductivity below 3 eV arise from three sources: mobile carriers, mid-infrared excitations, and charge-transfer excitations. The mobile carrier spectral weight grows roughly linearly with x, while the mid-infrared band appears to evolve at low doping via a transfer of spectral weight from the charge-transfer band. Comparing these results with hole doping in La2-xSrxCuO4- indicates an electron-hole symmetry that is not anticipated by standard charge-transfer insulator models. © 1990 The American Physical Society.

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