Effect of interlayer coupling on the coexistence of antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in Fe pnictide superconductors: A study of Ca0.74(1) La0.26(1)(Fe1-x Cox) As2 single crystals

Shan Jiang, Lian Liu, Michael Schütt, Alannah M. Hallas, Bing Shen, Wei Tian, Eve Emmanouilidou, Aoshuang Shi, Graeme M. Luke, Yasutomo J. Uemura, Rafael M. Fernandes, Ni Ni

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Abstract

We report the transport, thermodynamic, muon spin relaxation, and neutron study of the Ca0.74(1)La0.26(1)(Fe1-xCox)As2 single crystals, mapping out the temperature-doping level phase diagram. Upon Co substitution on the Fe site, the structural and magnetic phase transitions in this 112 compound are suppressed and superconductivity up to 20 K occurs. Our measurements of the superconducting and magnetic volume fractions show that these two phases coexist microscopically in the underdoped region, in contrast to the related Ca10(Pt3As8)((Fe1-xPtx)2As2)5 (10-3-8) compound, where coexistence is absent. Supported by model calculations, we discuss the differences in the phase diagrams of the 112 and 10-3-8 compounds in terms of the FeAs interlayer coupling, whose strength is affected by the character of the spacer layer, which is metallic in the 112 compound and insulating in the 10-3-8 compound.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number174513
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume93
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - May 23 2016

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Funding Information:
acknowledges the support from the Humboldt Foundation. R.M.F. is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, under Award No. DE-SC0012336. Work at McMaster was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. A.M.H. acknowledges support from the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program. N.N. thanks useful discussion with G. Kotliar

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© 2016 American Physical Society.

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