Effects of Transition Metal Substitutions on the Incommensurability and Spin Fluctuations in BaFe2As2 by Elastic and Inelastic Neutron Scattering

TitleEffects of Transition Metal Substitutions on the Incommensurability and Spin Fluctuations in BaFe2As2 by Elastic and Inelastic Neutron Scattering
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKim MG, Lamsal J, Heitmann TW, Tucker GS, Pratt DK, Khan SN, Lee YB, Alam A, Thaler A, Ni N, Ran S, Bud'ko SL, Marty KJ, Lumsden MD, Canfield PC, Harmon BN, Johnson DD, Kreyssig A, McQueeney RJ, Goldman AI
Journal TitlePhysical Review Letters
Volume109
Pages167003
Date Published10
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0031-9007
Accession NumberWOS:000310004300010
Keywordsalloys, commensurate, high-temperature superconductivity
Abstract

The spin fluctuation spectra from nonsuperconducting Cu-substituted, and superconducting Co-substituted, BaFe2As2 are compared quantitatively by inelastic neutron scattering measurements and are found to be indistinguishable. Whereas diffraction studies show the appearance of incommensurate spin-density wave order in Co and Ni substituted samples, the magnetic phase diagram for Cu substitution does not display incommensurate order, demonstrating that simple electron counting based on rigid-band concepts is invalid. These results, supported by theoretical calculations, suggest that substitutional impurity effects in the Fe plane play a significant role in controlling magnetism and the appearance of superconductivity, with Cu distinguished by enhanced impurity scattering and split-band behavior.

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DOI10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.167003
Alternate JournalPhys. Rev. Lett.