Hydrostatic-pressure tuning of magnetic, nonmagnetic, and superconducting states in annealed Ca(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2

Gati, E.
Kohler, S.
Guterding, D.
Wolf, B.
Knoner, S.
Ran, S.
Bud’ko, Sergey
Canfield, Paul
Lang, M.
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We report on measurements of the magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistance under He-gas pressure on single crystals of Ca(Fe1−xCox)2As2. We find that for properly heat-treated crystals with modest Co concentration, x = 0.028, the salient ground states associated with iron-arsenide superconductors, i.e., orthorhombic/antiferromagnetic (o/afm), superconducting, and nonmagnetic collapsed-tetragonal (cT) states can be accessed all in one sample with reasonably small and truly hydrostatic pressure. This is possible owing to the extreme sensitivity of the o/afm (for T≤ Ts,N) and superconducting (T≤Tc) states against variation of pressure, disclosing pressure coefficients of dTs,N/dP=−(1100±50) K/GPa and dTc/dP=−(60±3) K/GPa, respectively. Systematic investigations of the various phase transitions and ground states via pressure tuning revealed no coexistence of bulk superconductivity (sc) with the o/afm state which we link to the strongly first-order character of the corresponding structural/magnetic transition in this compound. Our results, together with literature results, indicate that preserving fluctuations associated with the o/afm transition to low enough temperatures is vital for sc to form.


This article is published as Gati, E., S. Köhler, D. Guterding, B. Wolf, S. Knöner, S. Ran, S. L. Bud'ko, P. C. Canfield, and M. Lang. "Hydrostatic-pressure tuning of magnetic, nonmagnetic, and superconducting states in annealed Ca(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2." Physical Review B 86, no. 22 (2012): 220511. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.86.220511. Posted with permission.