Importance of the Fermi-surface topology to the superconducting state of the electron-doped pnictide Ba(Fe(1-x)Co(x))(2)As(2)

TitleImportance of the Fermi-surface topology to the superconducting state of the electron-doped pnictide Ba(Fe(1-x)Co(x))(2)As(2)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsLiu C, Palczewski AD, Dhaka RS, Kondo T, Fernandes RM, Mun ED, Hodovanets H, Thaler AN, Schmalian J, Bud'ko SL, Canfield PC, Kaminski A
Journal TitlePhysical Review B
Volume84
Pages020509
Date Published07
ISBN Number1098-0121
Accession NumberWOS:000293128300004
Abstract

We used angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and thermoelectric power to study the poorly explored, highly overdoped side of the phase diagram of Ba( Fe(1-x)Co(x))(2)As(2) high-temperature superconductor. Our data demonstrate that several Lifshitz transitions-topological changes of the Fermi surface-occur for large x. The central hole barrel changes to ellipsoids that are centered at Z at x similar to 0.11 and subsequently disappear around x similar to 0.2; changes in thermoelectric power occur at similar x values. T(c) decreases and goes to zero around x similar to 0.15-between the two Lifshitz transitions. Beyond x = 0.2 the central pocket becomes electron-like and superconductivity does not exist. Our observations reveal the importance of the underlying Fermiology in electron-doped iron arsenides. We speculate that a likely necessary condition for superconductivity in these materials is the presence of the central hole pockets rather than nesting between central and corner pockets.

DOI10.1103/PhysRevB.84.020509