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ABSTRACT

We address quantum oscillation experiments in high $T_c$ superconductors and the evidence from these experiments for a pseudogap versus a Fermi liquid phase at high magnetic fields. As a concrete alternative to a Fermi liquid phase, the pseudogap state we consider derives from earlier work within a Gor'kov-based Landau level approach. Here the normal state pairing gap in the presence of high fields is spatially non-uniform, incorporating small gap values. These, in addition to $d$-wave gap nodes, are responsible for the persistence of quantum oscillations. Important here are methodologies for distinguishing different scenarios. To this end we examine the temperature dependence of the oscillations. Detailed quantitative analysis of this temperature dependence demonstrates that a high field pseudogap state in the cuprates may well ``masquerade'' as a Fermi liquid.

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