Campus Units

Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

3-1-2010

Journal or Book Title

Physical Review B

Volume

81

Issue

9

First Page

094509

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevB.81.094509

Abstract

Optimally doped single crystals of Ba(Fe1-xMx)(2)As-2 (M=Co, Ni) were irradiated with 1.4 GeV Pb-208(56+) ions at fluences corresponding to matching fields of B-phi=0.1, 0.5, 1, and 2 T. Magneto-optical imaging has been used to map the distribution of the magnetic induction in the irradiated samples. The imaging is complemented by the magnetization measurements. The results show a substantial enhancement of the apparent critical current densities as revealed by the much larger Bean penetration fields and an increase in the hysteretic magnetization. However, the effect depends on the compound, temperature, and applied magnetic field. In Ba(Fe0.926Co0.074)(2)As-2 crystals, at 15 K and low fields, the enhancement appears to scale with the irradiation dose at a rate of about 0.27 MA.cm(-2) T-1, whereas in Ba (Fe0.954Ni0.046)(2)As-2 crystals, higher irradiation doses are less effective. Our results suggest that moderate irradiation with heavy ions is an effective way to homogeneously enhance the current-currying capabilities of pnictide superconductors.

Comments

This article is published as Prozorov, R., M. A. Tanatar, B. Roy, N. Ni, S. L. Bud’ko, P. C. Canfield, J. Hua, U. Welp, and W. K. Kwok. "Magneto-optical study of Ba (Fe 1− x M x) 2 As 2 (M= Co and Ni) single crystals irradiated with heavy ions." Physical Review B 81, no. 9 (2010): 094509. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.81.094509. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Physical Society

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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