Suppression of spin-exciton state in hole overdoped iron-based superconductors

C. H. Lee, K. Kihou, J. T. Park, Kazumasa Horigane, K. Fujita, F. Waßer, N. Qureshi, Y. Sidis, Jun Akimitsu, M. Braden

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Abstract

The mechanism of Cooper pair formation in iron-based superconductors remains a controversial topic. The main question is whether spin or orbital fluctuations are responsible for the pairing mechanism. To solve this problem, a crucial clue can be obtained by examining the remarkable enhancement of magnetic neutron scattering signals appearing in a superconducting phase. The enhancement is called spin resonance for a spin fluctuation model, in which their energy is restricted below twice the superconducting gap value (2Δ s), whereas larger energies are possible in other models such as an orbital fluctuation model. Here we report the doping dependence of low-energy magnetic excitation spectra in Ba1-xKxFe2As2 for 0.5 <x <0.84 studied by inelastic neutron scattering. We find that the behavior of the spin resonance dramatically changes from optimum to overdoped regions. Strong resonance peaks are observed clearly below 2Δ s in the optimum doping region, while they are absent in the overdoped region. Instead, there is a transfer of spectral weight from energies below 2δs to higher energies, peaking at values of 3δs for x = 0.84. These results suggest a reduced impact of magnetism on Cooper pair formation in the overdoped region.

Original languageEnglish
Article number23424
JournalScientific Reports
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 23 2016
Externally publishedYes

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    Lee, C. H., Kihou, K., Park, J. T., Horigane, K., Fujita, K., Waßer, F., Qureshi, N., Sidis, Y., Akimitsu, J., & Braden, M. (2016). Suppression of spin-exciton state in hole overdoped iron-based superconductors. Scientific Reports, 6, [23424]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep23424