Doping-dependent superconducting gap anisotropy in the two-dimensional pnictide Ca 10(Pt 3As 8)[(Fe 1-xPt x) 2As 2] 5

K. Cho, M. A. Tanatar, H. Kim, W. E. Straszheim, N. Ni, R. J. Cava, R. Prozorov

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Abstract

The characteristic features of the Ca 10(Pt 3As 8)[(Fe 1-xPt x) 2As 2] 5 (the "10-3-8" phase) superconductor are triclinic symmetry, high anisotropy, and a clear separation of superconducting and antiferromagnetic regions in the T versus doping (x) phase diagram, which enables the superconducting gap to be studied without complications due to the coexisting magnetic order. The London penetration depth, measured on the underdoped side of the superconducting "dome" (x= 0.028, 0.041, 0.042, and 0.097), shows behavior remarkably similar to other Fe-based superconductors, exhibiting a robust power law, Δλ(T)=ATn. The exponent n decreases from 2.36 (x= 0.097, close to the optimal doping) to 1.7 (x= 0.028, a heavily underdoped composition), suggesting that the superconducting gap becomes more anisotropic at the dome edge. A similar trend is found in the lower anisotropy BaFe 2As 2 ("122") -based superconductors, implying that it is an intrinsic property, unrelated to the coexistence of magnetic order and superconductivity or the anisotropy of the normal state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number020504
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume85
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 18 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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