Spin excitations in hole-overdoped iron-based superconductors

Kazumasa Horigane, K. Kihou, K. Fujita, R. Kajimoto, K. Ikeuchi, S. Ji, Jun Akimitsu, C. H. Lee

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Understanding the overall features of magnetic excitation is essential for clarifying the mechanism of Cooper pair formation in iron-based superconductors. In particular, clarifying the relationship between magnetism and superconductivity is a central challenge because magnetism may play a key role in their exotic superconductivity. BaFe2As2 is one of ideal systems for such investigation because its superconductivity can be induced in several ways, allowing a comparative examination. Here we report a study on the spin fluctuations of the hole-overdoped iron-based superconductors Ba1-xKxFe2As2 (x = 0.5 and 1.0; Tc = 36 K and 3.4 K, respectively) over the entire Brillouin zone using inelastic neutron scattering. We find that their spin spectra consist of spin wave and chimney-like dispersions. The chimney-like dispersion can be attributed to the itinerant character of magnetism. The band width of the spin wave-like dispersion is almost constant from the non-doped to optimum-doped region, which is followed by a large reduction in the overdoped region. This suggests that the superconductivity is suppressed by the reduction of magnetic exchange couplings, indicating a strong relationship between magnetism and superconductivity in iron-based superconductors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number33303
JournalScientific Reports
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 12 2016

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superconductivity
iron
chimneys
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wave dispersion
Brillouin zones
inelastic scattering
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Horigane, K., Kihou, K., Fujita, K., Kajimoto, R., Ikeuchi, K., Ji, S., ... Lee, C. H. (2016). Spin excitations in hole-overdoped iron-based superconductors. Scientific Reports, 6, [33303]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep33303

Spin excitations in hole-overdoped iron-based superconductors. / Horigane, Kazumasa; Kihou, K.; Fujita, K.; Kajimoto, R.; Ikeuchi, K.; Ji, S.; Akimitsu, Jun; Lee, C. H.

In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 6, 33303, 12.09.2016.

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Horigane, K, Kihou, K, Fujita, K, Kajimoto, R, Ikeuchi, K, Ji, S, Akimitsu, J & Lee, CH 2016, 'Spin excitations in hole-overdoped iron-based superconductors', Scientific Reports, vol. 6, 33303. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep33303
Horigane K, Kihou K, Fujita K, Kajimoto R, Ikeuchi K, Ji S et al. Spin excitations in hole-overdoped iron-based superconductors. Scientific Reports. 2016 Sep 12;6. 33303. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep33303
Horigane, Kazumasa ; Kihou, K. ; Fujita, K. ; Kajimoto, R. ; Ikeuchi, K. ; Ji, S. ; Akimitsu, Jun ; Lee, C. H. / Spin excitations in hole-overdoped iron-based superconductors. In: Scientific Reports. 2016 ; Vol. 6.
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