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.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 14 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics