Tuesday, April 23, 2013

1304.5794 (Yu Song et al.)

Uniaxial pressure effect on structural and magnetic phase transitions in
NaFeAs and its comparison with as-grown and annealed BaFe$_2$As$_2$

Yu Song, Scott V. Carr, Xingye Lu, Chenglin Zhang, Zachary C. Sims, N. F. Luttrell, Songxue Chi, Yang Zhao, Jeffrey W. Lynn, Pengcheng Dai
We use neutron scattering to study the effect of uniaxial pressure on the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural ($T_s$) and paramagnetic-to-antiferromagnetic ($T_N$) phase transitions in NaFeAs and compare the outcome with similar measurements on as-grown and annealed BaFe$_2$As$_2$. In previous work on as-grown BaFe$_2$As$_2$, uniaxial pressure necessary to detwin the sample was found to induce a significant increase in zero pressure $T_N$ and $T_s$. However, we find that similar uniaxial pressure used to detwin NaFeAs and annealed BaFe$_2$As$_2$ has a very small effect on their $T_N$ and $T_s$.Since transport measurements on these samples still reveal resistivity anisotropy above $T_N$ and $T_s$, we conclude that such anisotropy cannot be due to uniaxial strain induced $T_N$ and $T_s$ shifts, but must arise from intrinsic electronic anisotropy in these materials.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.5794

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