Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory
Journal or Book Title
Physical Review B
We present a 75As nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and resistivity study of the effect of 5.5 MeV proton irradiation on the optimal electron doped (x=0.068) and overdoped (x=0.107) Ba(Fe1−xRhx)2As2 iron based superconductors. While the proton induced defects only mildly suppress the critical temperature and increase residual resistivity in both compositions, sizable broadening of the NMR spectra was observed in all the irradiated samples at low temperature. The effect is significantly stronger in the optimally doped sample where the Curie Weiss temperature dependence of the line width suggests the onset of ferromagnetic correlations coexisting with superconductivity at the nanoscale. 1/T2 measurements revealed that the energy barrier characterizing the low energy spin fluctuations of these compounds is enhanced upon proton irradiation, suggesting that the defects are likely slowing down the fluctuations between (0,π) and (π,0) nematic ground states.
American Physical Society
Moroni, M.; Gozzelino, L.; Ghigo, G.; Tanatar, Makariy A.; Prozorov, Ruslan; Canfield, Paul C.; and Carretta, P., "Effect of proton irradiation on the normal-state low-energy excitations of Ba(Fe1-xRhx)(2)As-2 superconductors" (2017). Physics and Astronomy Publications. 521.