Mott gap collapse in lightly hole-doped Sr2âˆ’xKxIrO4
The evolution of Sr2IrO4 upon carrier doping has been a subject of intense interest, due to its similarities to the parent cuprates, yet the intrinsic behaviour of Sr2IrO4 upon hole doping remains enigmatic. Here, we synthesize and investigate hole-doped Sr2âˆ’xKxIrO4 utilizing a combination of reactive oxide molecular-beam epitaxy, substitutional diffusion and in-situ angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. Upon hole doping, we observe the formation of a coherent, two-band Fermi surface, consisting of both hole pockets centred at (Ï€, 0) and electron pockets centred at (Ï€/2, Ï€/2). In particular, the strong similarities between the Fermi surface topology and quasiparticle band structure of hole- and electron-doped Sr2IrO4 are striking given the different internal structure of doped electrons versus holes. Â© 2020, The Author(s).