Normal-state spin dynamics in the iron-pnictide superconductors BaFe 2(As1-xPx)2 and Ba(Fe 1-xCox)2As2 probed with NMR measurements

Y. Nakai, T. Iye, Shunsaku Kitagawa, K. Ishida, S. Kasahara, T. Shibauchi, Y. Matsuda, H. Ikeda, T. Terashima

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The NMR results in iron pnictides BaFe2(As1-xP x)2 and Ba(Fe1-xCox) 2As2 are analyzed based on the self-consistent renormalization (SCR) spin-fluctuation theory. The temperature dependence of the NMR relaxation rate T1-1 as well as the electrical resistivity is well reproduced by a SCR model where two-dimensional antiferromagnetic (AF) spin fluctuations are dominant. The successful description of the crossover feature from non-Fermi-liquid to Fermi-liquid behavior strongly suggests that low-lying spin fluctuations in BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 and Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 possess an itinerant AF nature, and that chemical substitution in the two compounds tunes the distance of these systems to an AF quantum critical point. The close relationship between spin fluctuations and superconductivity is discussed compared with the other unconventional superconductors, cuprate and heavy fermion superconductors. In addition, it is suggested that magnetism and lattice instability in these pnictides are strongly linked via orbital degrees of freedom.

Original languageEnglish
Article number174507
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - May 10 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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