Quantification of Interfacial Electron-Phonon Coupling from Photoemission Replica Bands in a High-Tc Superconductor

The observation of replica bands by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy enables the study of electron-phonon coupling at low carrier densities, particularly in monolayer FeSe/SrTiO3. Theoretical work suggests that the electrons in the ultra-thin FeSe layer couple to optical phonons in the SrTiO3 substrate that thereby contributes to the enhanced superconducting pairing temperature. So far, the inherent fragility of such single-layer thick materials and the weak intensity of replica features has limited the quantitative evaluation of their nature.