Wednesday, June 5, 2013

1306.0521 (R. M. Fernandes et al.)

Scaling between magnetic and lattice fluctuations in iron-pnictide

R. M. Fernandes, A. E. Böhmer, C. Meingast, J. Schmalian
The phase diagram of the iron arsenides is dominated by a magnetic and a structural phase transition, which need to be suppressed in order for superconductivity to appear. The proximity between the two transition temperature lines indicates correlation between these two phases, whose nature remains unsettled. Here, we find a scaling relation between nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and shear modulus data in the tetragonal phase of electron-doped $\mathrm{Ba(Fe_{1-x}Co_{x})_{2}As_{2}}$ compounds. Because the former probes the strength of magnetic fluctuations while the latter is sensitive to orthorhombic fluctuations, our results provide strong evidence for a magnetically-driven structural transition.
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