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Photoinduced changes of reflectivity in single crystals of YBa2Cu3O6.5 (Ortho II)

  • Author(s): Segre, Gino P.
  • Gedik, Nuh
  • Orenstein, Joseph
  • Bonn, Doug A.
  • Liang, Ruixing
  • Hardy, Walter N.
  • et al.

We report measurements of the photoinduced change in reflectivity of an untwinned single crystal of YBa2Cu3O6.5 in the ortho II structure. The decay rate of the transient change in reflectivity is found to decrease rapidly with decreasing temperature and, below Tc, with decreasing laser intensity. We interpret the decay as a process of thermalization of antinodal quasiparticles, with a rate determined by inelastic scattering of quasiparticle pairs.

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