Using general symmetry arguments and model calculations we analyze the superconducting gap in materials with multiple Fermi-surface pockets, with applications to iron pnictides. We show that the gap in the pnictides has an extended s -wave symmetry but is either nodeless or has nodes, depending on the interplay between intraband and interband interactions. We argue that the nodes in the gap emerge without a phase transition as the tendency toward a spin-density-wave order gets weaker. These findings provide a way to reconcile seemingly conflicting results of numerical and experimental studies of the pnictides.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Oct 29 2009|