We have performed ultrahigh-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy of (Bi,Pb)2Sr2CuO6 by using a newly developed xenon-plasma light source to clarify the origin of the pseudogap (PG). We determined the comprehensive momentum and temperature dependences of the superconducting (SC) gap and the PG, and revealed a smooth evolution of the PG from the SC gap. We also found a linear scaling behavior of the characteristic PG temperature with the SC gap size regardless of the momentum location. These experimental results strongly suggest that the observed PG is caused by the precursor pairing.
- Superconducting gap