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Neutron-Diffraction Measurements of Magnetic Order and a Structural Transition in the Parent BaFe2As2 Compound of FeAs-Based High-Temperature Superconductors

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Author(s)

Qingzhen Huang, Yiming Qiu, Wei Bao, Mark Green, Jeffrey Lynn, Y. C. Gasparovic, T. Wu, G. Wu, X. H. Chen

Abstract

The recent discovery of superconductivity in (Ba,K)Fe2As2, which crystallizes in the ThCr2Si2 (122) structure as compared with the LnFeAsO (Ln is lanthanide) systems that possess the ZrCuSiAs (1111) structure, demonstrates the exciting potential of the FeAs-based materials for high-TC superconductivity. Here we report neutron diffraction studies that show a tetragonal-to-orthorhombic distortion associated with the onset of q= (101) antiferromagnetic order in BaFe2As2, with a saturation moment 0.87(3)μB per Fe that is orientated along the longer a axis of the ab planes. The simultaneous first-order structural and magnetic transition is in contrast with the separated transitions previously reported in the 1111-type materials. The orientational relation between magnetic alignment and lattice distortion supports a multiorbital nature for the magnetic order.
Citation
Physical Review Letters
Volume
101

Keywords

neutron diffraction, magnetic order, structural phase tranition, iron-based superconductor

Citation

Huang, Q. , Qiu, Y. , Bao, W. , Green, M. , Lynn, J. , Gasparovic, Y. , Wu, T. , Wu, G. and Chen, X. (2008), Neutron-Diffraction Measurements of Magnetic Order and a Structural Transition in the Parent BaFe2As2 Compound of FeAs-Based High-Temperature Superconductors, Physical Review Letters, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=610015 (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created December 17, 2008, Updated March 21, 2024