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D. M. Pajerowski, C. R. Rotundu , J. W. Lynn, R. J. Birgeneau. Measurement of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 critical-magnetic exponents for x = 0. 039, 0. 022, and 0. 021. Physical Review B, 87, p. 134507, 2013.

Abstract: We present temperature dependent magnetic neutron diffraction measurements on Ba(Fe1−xCox)2As2 for x=0.039, 0.022, and 0.021 as-grown single crystals. Our investigations probe the behavior near the magnetic tricritical point in the (x,T) plane, xtr≈0.022, as well as systematically exploring the character of the magnetic phase transition across a range of doping values. All samples show long-range antiferromagnetic order that may be described near the transition by simple power laws, with β=0.3060.060 for x=0.039, β=0.2080.005 for x=0.022, and β=0.1980.009 for x=0.021. For the x=0.039 sample, the data are reasonably well described by the order parameter exponent β=0.326 expected for a three-dimensional Ising model while the x=0.022 and x=0.021 samples are near the β=0.25 value for a tricritical system in the mean-field approximation. These results are discussed in the context of existing experimental work and theoretical predictions.

Keywords: tricritical point, Co-doped BaFe2As2, iron arsenide superconductors

URL: http://prb.aps.org/abstract/PRB/v87/i13/e134507

Posted by Costel R Rotundu

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