Scaling between magnetic and lattice fluctuations in iron pnictide superconductors

Rafael M. Fernandes, Anna E. Böhmer, Christoph Meingast, Jörg Schmalian

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The phase diagram of the iron arsenides is dominated by a magnetic and a structural phase transition, which need to be suppressed in order for superconductivity to appear. The proximity between the two transition temperature lines indicates correlation between these two phases, whose nature remains unsettled. Here, we find a scaling relation between nuclear magnetic resonance and shear modulus data in the tetragonal phase of electron-doped Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 compounds. Because the former probes the strength of magnetic fluctuations while the latter is sensitive to orthorhombic fluctuations, our results provide strong evidence for a magnetically driven structural transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number137001
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 24 2013


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