Anomalous femtosecond quasiparticle dynamics of hidden order state in URu<inf>2</inf>Si<inf>2</inf>
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AbstractAt T0=17.5 K an exotic phase emerges from a heavy fermion state in URu2Si2. The nature of this hidden order (HO) phase has so far evaded explanation. Formation of an unknown quasiparticle (QP) structure is believed to be responsible for the massive removal of entropy at the HO transition, however, experiments and ab initio calculations have been unable to reveal the essential character of the QP. Here we use femtosecond pump-probe time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (tr-ARPES) to elucidate the ultrafast dynamics of the QP. We show how the Fermi surface is renormalized by shifting states away from the Fermi level at specific locations, characterized by vector q110=0.56±0.08 Å-1. Measurements of the temperature-time response reveal that, upon entering the HO, the QP lifetime in those locations increases from 42 fs to few hundred fs. The formation of the long-lived QPs is identified here as a principal actor of the HO. © 2011 American Physical Society.
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Has partPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
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