Magnetic fluctuations and superconductivity in LaFeAsO1-xF x under pressure as seen via 75As NMR

T. Nakano, N. Fujiwara, Y. Kamihara, M. Hirano, H. Hosono, H. Okada, H. Takahashi

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The relationship between antiferromagnetic (AF) fluctuation and superconductivity was investigated in the La1111 series, LaFeAsO1-x Fx (x=0, 0.05, 0.08, 0.10, and 0.14) by examining nuclear relaxation rates (1/ T1) at both ambient pressure and 3.0 GPa. The results show that the critical doping level at which low-frequency AF fluctuation vanishes is around the optimally doped regime (x∼0.10). Although the AF fluctuation is enhanced by applying pressure in the underdoped regime (0.05≤x<0.10), the increase in critical transition temperature (Tc) is small, whereas Tc remarkably increases in the overdoped regime (x=0.14), implying that the AF fluctuation is less important to the high- Tc mechanism than the density of states at the electron pocket. The x dependence of T c at 3.0 GPa is similar to that of R1111 (R=Ce, Pr, Nd, etc.) with Tc ≥40 K at ambient pressure. The relationship between T c and the pnictogen height or lattice constant indicates that pressure application is equivalent to full rare-earth substitution. This equivalence suggests that high Tc above 40 K is realized when the AF fluctuation is absent.

Original languageEnglish
Article number172502
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov 4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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