Tuesday, July 9, 2013

1307.2138 (Franziska Hummel et al.)

Weak magnetism and the Mott-state of vanadium in superconducting

Franziska Hummel, Yixi Su, Anatoliy Senyshyn, Dirk Johrendt
We report neutron scattering data and DFT calculations of the stoichiometric iron-arsenide superconductor Sr2VO3FeAs. Rietveld refinements of neutron powder patterns confirm the ideal composition without oxygen deficiencies. Experiments with polarized neutrons prove weak magnetic ordering in the V-sublattice of Sr2VO3FeAs at ~ 45 K with a probable propagation vector q = (1/8,1/8,0). The ordered moment of ~ 0.1 muB is too small to remove the V-3d bands from the Fermi level by magnetic exchange splitting, and much smaller than predicted from a recent LDA+U study. By using DFT calculations with a GGA+EECE functional we recover the typical quasi-nested Fermi-surface even without magnetic moment. From this we suggest that the V-atoms are in a Mott-state where the electronic correlations are dominated by on-site Coulomb-repulsion which shifts the V-3d states away from the Fermi energy. Our results are consistent with photoemission data and clearly reveal that Sr2VO3FeAs is a typical iron-arsenide superconductor with quasi-nested hole- and electron-like Fermi surface sheets, and constitutes no new paradigm. We suggest that intrinsic electron-doping through V3+/V4+ mixed valence is responsible for the absence of SDW ordering.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.2138

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