Correlated vortex pinning in slightly orthorhombic twinned Ba(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2 single crystals: Possible shift of the vortex-glass/liquid transition

TitleCorrelated vortex pinning in slightly orthorhombic twinned Ba(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2 single crystals: Possible shift of the vortex-glass/liquid transition
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBermudez MM, Pasquini G, Bud'ko SL, Canfield PC
Journal TitlePhysical Review B
Volume87
Pages054515
Date Published02
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1098-0121
Accession NumberWOS:000315480600007
Keywordsboundaries, disks, fields, high-temperature superconductors, LATTICE, susceptibility, vortices, yba2cu3o7-delta
Abstract

The interest in twin-boundary (TB) planes as a source of vortex pinning has been recently renewed with the discovery of the new iron-arsenide pnictide superconductors. In the family of compounds Ba(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2 a structural transition from a tetragonal to orthorhombic lattice takes place for compounds with x < x(cr) similar to 0.065. Approaching the critical doping, domain structure shrinks with sizes ultimately becoming comparable to vortex cores. In this work we investigate the changes in anisotropy produced by subtle differences in the Co doping level, in the neighborhood of the structural transition, in good-quality single crystals. Using a scaling approach we are able to determine the angular regions where correlated or uncorrelated disorder prevails. In the tetragonal samples (x > x(cr)) there is no twinning and we find good agreement with the expected scaling function under uncorrelated disorder, with small anisotropy values similar to those reported in the literature. We show that in the orthorhombic samples (x < x(cr)), TBs act as correlated disorder in a broad angular range. We propose that the observed angular dependence could be due to an increase in the vortex liquid-glass transition temperature. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.054515

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DOI10.1103/PhysRevB.87.054515