Imaging the Formation of High-Energy Dispersion Anomalies in the ActinideUCoGa5

Tanmoy Das, Tomasz Durakiewicz, Jian-Xin Zhu, John J. Joyce, John L. Sarrao, Matthias J. Graf
2012 Physical Review X  
We use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) to image the emergence of substaintial dispersion anomalies in the electronic renormalization of the actinide compound UCoGa_5 which was presumed to belong to a conventional Fermi liquid family. Kinks or abrupt breaks in the slope of the quasiparticle dispersion are detected both at low (∼130 meV) and high (∼1 eV) binding energies below the Fermi energy, ruling out any significant contribution of phonons. We perform numerical calculations
more » ... to demonstrate that the anomalies are adequately described by coupling between itinerant fermions and spin fluctuations arising from the particle-hole continuum of the spin-orbit split 5f states of uranium. These anomalies are resemble the 'waterfall' phenomenon of the high-temperature copper-oxide superconductors, suggesting that spin fluctuations are a generic route toward multiform electronic phases in correlated materials as different as high-temperature superconductors and actinides.
doi:10.1103/physrevx.2.041012 fatcat:hnshasvujrh5veem4uk37zm6pa