Publication Date

2-28-2019

Department

Ames Laboratory; Physics and Astronomy

Campus Units

Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory

OSTI ID+

1498711

Report Number

IS-J 9848

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevB.99.064515

Journal Title

Physical Review B

Volume Number

99

Issue Number

6

First Page

064515

Abstract

Evidence of nematic effects in the mixed superconducting phase of slightly underdoped Ba(Fe1−xCox)2As2 is reported. We have found strong in-plane resistivity anisotropy for crystals in different strain conditions. For these compositions, there is no magnetic long-range order, so the description may be ascribed to the interplay between the superconducting and nematic order parameters. A piezoelectric-based apparatus is used to apply tensile or compressive strain to tune nematic domain orientation in order to examine intrinsic nematicity. Measurements are done under a rotating magnetic field, and the analysis of the angular dependence of physical quantities identifies the cases in which the sample is detwinned. Furthermore, the angular dependence of the data allows us to evaluate the effects of nematicity on the in-plane superconductor stiffness. Our results show that although nematicity contributes in a decisive way to the conduction properties, its contributions to the anisotropy properties of the stiffness of the superconducting order parameter is not as significant in these samples.

DOE Contract Number(s)

DMR 1725401; AC02-07CH11358

Language

en

Department of Energy Subject Categories

36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY

Publisher

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

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