Publication Date

6-6-2018

Department

Ames Laboratory, Physics and Astronomy

Campus Units

Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory

Report Number

IS-J 9665

DOI

10.1088/1361-648X/aabef9

Journal Title

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter

Volume Number

30

Issue Number

22

First Page

225602

Abstract

Doping evolution of the superconducting gap anisotropy was studied in single crystals of 4d-electron doped Ba(Fe1-xRhx)(2)As-2 using tunnel diode resonator measurements of the temperature variation of the London penetration depth Delta lambda(T). Single crystals with doping levels representative of an underdoped regime x = 0.039 (T-c = 15.5 K), close to optimal doping x = 0.057 (T-c = 24.4 K) and overdoped x = 0.079 (T-c = 21.5 K) and x = 0.131 (T-c = 4.9 K) were studied. Superconducting energy gap anisotropy was characterized by the exponent, n, by fitting the data to the power-law, Delta lambda = AT(n). The exponent n varies non-monotonically with x, increasing to a maximum n = 2.5 for x = 0.079 and rapidly decreasing towards overdoped compositions to 1.6 for x = 0.131. This behavior is qualitatively similar to the doping evolution of the superconducting gap anisotropy in other iron pnictides, including hole-doped (Ba,K) Fe2As2 and 3d-electron-doped Ba(Fe,Co)(2)As-2 superconductors, finding a full gap near optimal doping and strong anisotropy toward the ends of the superconducting dome in the T-x phase diagram. The normalized superfluid density in an optimally Rh-doped sample is almost identical to the temperature-dependence in the optimally doped Ba(Fe,Co)(2)As-2 samples. Our study supports the universal superconducting gap variation with doping and s(+/-) pairing at least in iron based superconductors of the BaFe2As2 family.

Language

en

Department of Energy Subject Categories

75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY

Publisher

Iowa State University Digital Repository, Ames IA (United States)

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