Effects of Co substitution on thermodynamic and transport properties and anisotropic H-c2 in Ba(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2 single crystals

TitleEffects of Co substitution on thermodynamic and transport properties and anisotropic H-c2 in Ba(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2 single crystals
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsNi N, Tillman ME, Yan JQ, Kracher A, Hannahs ST, Bud'ko SL, Canfield PC
Journal TitlePhysical Review B
Volume78
Pages214515
Date Published12
ISBN Number1098-0121
Accession NumberISI:000262244400096
Keywordsbarium compounds, cobalt compounds, electrical resistivity, iron compounds, magnetic transitions, phase diagrams, phase separation, solid-state phase transformations, superconducting critical field, superconducting materials, thermodynamic properties
Abstract

Single crystalline samples of Ba(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2 with x < 0.12 have been grown and characterized via microscopic, thermodynamic, and transport measurements. With increasing Co substitution, the thermodynamic and transport signatures of the structural (high-temperature tetragonal to low-temperature orthorhombic) and magnetic (high-temperature nonmagnetic to low-temperature antiferromagnetic) transitions are suppressed at a rate of roughly 15 K/% Co. In addition, for x >= 0.038 superconductivity is stabilized, rising to a maximum T-c of approximately 23 K for x approximate to 0.07 and decreasing for higher x values. The T-x phase diagram for Ba(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2 indicates that either superconductivity can exist in both low-temperature crystallographic phases or that there is a structural phase separation. Anisotropic superconducting upper critical-field data [H-c2(T)] show a significant and clear change in anisotropy between samples that have higher temperature structural phase transitions and those that do not. These data show that the superconductivity is sensitive to the suppression of the higher temperature phase transition.

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DOI10.1103/Physrevb.78.214515