Orbital fluctuation theory in iron pnictides: Effects of As-Fe-As bond angle, isotope substitution, and Z2 -orbital pocket on superconductivity

Tetsuro Saito, Seiichiro Onari, Hiroshi Kontani

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Abstract

We study the pairing mechanism in iron pnictide superconductors based on the five-orbital Hubbard-Holstein model. Due to Fe-ion oscillations, the s -wave superconducting (SC) state without sign reversal (s++ -wave state) is induced by orbital fluctuations by using realistic model parameters. The virtue of the present theory is that the famous empirical relation between Tc and the As-Fe-As bond angle is automatically explained since the electron-phonon coupling that creates the orbital fluctuations is the strongest when the As4 tetrahedron is regular. The negative iron isotope effect is also reproduced. In addition, the magnitude of the SC gap on hole pockets is predicted to be rather insensitive to the corresponding d orbital (xz/yz or z2 orbital), which is consistent with the recent bulk-sensitive angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) measurement for (Ba,K) Fe2 As2 and BaFe2 ( As,P) 2. These obtained results indicate that the orbital fluctuation mediated s++ -wave state is a plausible candidate for iron pnictides.

Original languageEnglish
Article number144510
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume82
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 14 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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