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Magnetism-dependent phonon anomaly in LaFeAsO observed via inelastic x-ray scattering

TitleMagnetism-dependent phonon anomaly in LaFeAsO observed via inelastic x-ray scattering
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsHahn, SE, Tucker, GS, Yan, JQ, Said, AH, Leu, BM, McCallum, RW, Alp, EE, Lograsso, TA, McQueeney, RJ, Harmon, BN
JournalPhysical Review B
Date Published03
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1098-0121
Accession NumberWOS:000316792300003
Keywordsbrillouin-zone integrations, high-temperature superconductivity, iron-pnictides

The phonon dispersion was measured at room temperature along (0,0, L) in the tetragonal phase of LaFeAsO using inelastic x-ray scattering. Spin-polarized first-principles calculations imposing various types of antiferromagnetic order are in better agreement with the experimental results than nonmagnetic calculations, although the measurements were made well above the magnetic ordering temperature, T-N. Splitting observed between two A(1g) phonon modes at 22 and 26 meV is only reproduced in spin-polarized calculations. Magnetostructural effects similar to those observed in the AFe(2)As(2) (A = Ca, Sr, Ba, Eu) materials are present in LaFeAsO. The inclusion of Fe spin is necessary to find reasonable agreement of the calculations with the measured spectrum well above T-N. On-site Fe and As force constants show significant softening compared to nonmagnetic calculations, however an investigation of the real-space force constants associates the magnetoelastic coupling with a complex renormalization instead of softening of a specific pairwise force. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.104518

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