Competing superconducting and magnetic order parameters and field-induced magnetism in electron doped Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2

Jacob Larsen, B. Mencia Uranga, G. Stieber, S. L. Holm, C. Bernhard, T. Wolf, Kim Lefmann, B. M. Andersen, C. Niedermayer

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Abstract

We have studied the magnetic and superconducting properties of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 as a function of temperature and external magnetic field using neutron scattering and muon spin rotation. Below the superconducting transition temperature the magnetic and superconducting order parameters coexist and compete. A magnetic field can significantly enhance the magnetic scattering in the superconducting state, roughly doubling the Bragg intensity at 13.5 T. We perform a microscopic modelling of the data by use of a five-band Hamiltonian relevant to iron pnictides. In the superconducting state, vortices can slow down and freeze spin fluctuations locally. When such regions couple they result in a long-range ordered antiferromagnetic phase producing the enhanced magnetic elastic scattering in agreement with experiments.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review B Condensed Matter
Volume91
Pages (from-to)024504
Number of pages9
ISSN0163-1829
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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