Anisotropic thermal expansion of AEFe(2)As(2) (AE = Ba, Sr, Ca) single crystals

TitleAnisotropic thermal expansion of AEFe(2)As(2) (AE = Ba, Sr, Ca) single crystals
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBud'ko SL, Ni N, Canfield PC
Journal TitlePhilosophical Magazine
Volume90
Pages1219-1227
Date Published03
ISBN Number1478-6435
Accession NumberISI:000276638300009
Keywordsanisotropy, iron-arsenides, structural phase transition, thermal expansion
Abstract

We report anisotropic thermal expansion of the parent, AEFe(2)As(2) (AE = Ba, Sr, and Ca), compounds. Above the structural/antiferromagnetic phase transition anisotropy of the thermal expansion coefficients is observed, with the coefficient along the a-axis being significantly smaller than the coefficient for the c-axis. The high temperature (200K <= T <= 300 K) coefficients themselves have similar values for the compounds studied. The sharp anomalies associated with the structural/antiferromagnetic phase transitions are clearly seen in the thermal expansion measurements. For all three pure compounds, the 'average' a-value increases and the c-lattice parameter decreases on warming through the transition, with the smallest change in the lattice parameters observed for SrFe2As2. The data are in general agreement with the literature data from X-ray and neutron diffraction experiments.

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