Monday, July 8, 2013

1307.1608 (S. Thirupathaiah et al.)

Why $T_c$ of (CaFeAs)$_{10}$Pt$_{3.58}$As$_8$ is twice as high as

S. Thirupathaiah, T. Stürzer, V. B. Zabolotnyy, D. Johrendt, B. Büchner, S. V. Borisenko
Recently discovered (CaFe$_{1-x}$Pt$_x$As)$_{10}$Pt$_3$As$_8$ and (CaFeAs)$_{10}$Pt$_{4-y}$As$_8$ superconductors are very similar materials having the same elemental composition and structurally similar superconducting FeAs slabs. Yet the maximal critical temperature achieved by changing Pt concentration is approximately twice higher in the latter. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy(ARPES) we compare the electronic structure of their optimally doped compounds and find drastic differences. Our results highlight the sensitivity of critical temperature to the details of fermiology and point to the decisive role of band-edge singularities in the mechanism of high-$T_c$ superconductivity.
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