Tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural phase transition at 90K in the superconductor Fe1.01Se

T. M. McQueen, A. J. Williams, P. W. Stephens, J. Tao, Y. Zhu, V. Ksenofontov, F. Casper, C. Felser, R. J. Cava

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In this Letter we show that superconducting Fe1.01Se undergoes a structural transition at 90K from a tetragonal to an orthorhombic phase but that nonsuperconducting Fe1.03Se does not. High resolution electron microscopy at low temperatures further reveals an unexpected additional modulation of the crystal structure of the superconducting phase that involves displacements of the Fe atoms, and that the nonsuperconducting composition shows a different, complex nanometer-scale structural modulation. Finally, we show that magnetism is not the driving force for the phase transition in the superconducting phase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number057002
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 6 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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