Journal or Book Title
Physical Review Letters
Inelastic neutron scattering is employed to investigate the impact of electronic nematic order on the magnetic spectra of LaFeAsO and Ba(Fe0.953Co0.047)2As2. These materials are ideal to study the paramagnetic-nematic state, since the nematic order, signaled by the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic transition at TS, sets in well above the stripe antiferromagnetic ordering at TN. We find that the temperature-dependent dynamic susceptibility displays an anomaly at TS followed by a sharp enhancement in the spin-spin correlation length, revealing a strong feedback effect of nematic order on the low-energy magnetic spectrum. Our findings can be consistently described by a model that attributes the structural or nematic transition to magnetic fluctuations, and unveils the key role played by nematic order in promoting the long-range stripe antiferromagnetic order in iron pnictides.
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.
Zhang, Qiang; Fernandes, Rafael M.; Lamsal, Jagat; Yan, Jiaqiang; Chi, Songxue; Tucker, Gregory S.; Pratt, Daniel K.; Lynn, Jeffrey W.; McCallum, R. William; Canfield, Paul C.; Lograsso, Thomas A.; Goldman, Alan I.; Vaknin, David; and McQueeney, Robert J., "Neutron-Scattering Measurements of Spin Excitations in LaFeAsO and Ba(Fe0.953Co0.047)2As2: Evidence for a Sharp Enhancement of Spin Fluctuations by Nematic Order" (2015). Ames Laboratory Publications. 255.