Combined effects of pressure and Ru substitution on BaFe(2)As(2)

TitleCombined effects of pressure and Ru substitution on BaFe(2)As(2)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKim SK, Torikachvili MS, Colombier E, Thaler A, Bud'ko SL, Canfield PC
Journal TitlePhysical Review B
Date Published10
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1098-0121
Accession NumberWOS:000296289500013
Keywordsgauge, hydrostatic limits, manganin, sn, superconductivity

The ab plane resistivity of Ba(Fe(1-x)Ru(x))(2)As(2) (x = 0.00, 0.09, 0.16, 0.21, and 0.28) was studied under nearly hydrostatic pressures, up to 7.4 GPa, in order to explore the T - P phase diagram and to compare the combined effects of isoelectronic Ru substitution and pressure. The parent compound BaFe(2)As(2) exhibits a structural/magnetic phase transition near 134 K. At ambient pressure, progressively increasing Ru concentration suppresses this phase transition to lower temperatures at an approximate rate of similar to 5 K/% Ru correlated with the emergence of superconductivity. By applying pressure to this system, a similar behavior is seen for each concentration: the structural/magnetic phase transition is further suppressed and superconductivity induced and ultimately, for larger x Ru and P, suppressed. A detailed comparison of the T - P phase diagrams for all Ru concentrations shows that 3 GPa of pressure is roughly equivalent to 10% Ru substitution. Furthermore, due to the sensitivity of Ba(Fe(1-x)Ru(x))(2)As(2) to pressure conditions, the melting of the liquid media, 4 : 6 light mineral oil : n-pentane and 1 : 1 isopentane : n-pentane, used in this study could be readily seen in the resistivity measurements. This feature was used to determine the freezing curves for these media and to infer their room temperature, hydrostatic limits: 3.5 and 6.5 GPa, respectively.

Alternate JournalPhys. Rev. B