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Oh, Yoon Seok
Laboratory for Strong Correlation in Quantum Materials
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  • Multiferroic
  • Ferroelectric
  • Quantum Magnetism

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Evidence of a universal and isotropic 2 Δ/k B T C ratio in 122-type iron pnictide superconductors over a wide doping range

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Evidence of a universal and isotropic 2 Δ/k B T C ratio in 122-type iron pnictide superconductors over a wide doping range
Author
Zhang, XiaohangOh, Yoon SeokLiu, YongYan, LiqinSaha, Shanta R.Butch, Nicholas P.Kirshenbaum, KevinKim, Kee HoonPaglione, JohnpierreGreene, Richard L.Takeuchi, Ichiro
Keywords
ANDREEV REFLECTION SPECTROSCOPY; GAP; BA0.6K0.4FE2AS2; SYMMETRY
Issue Date
2010-07
Publisher
AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Citation
PHYSICAL REVIEW B, v.82, no.2, pp.020515 -
Abstract
We have systematically investigated the doping and the directional dependence of the gap structure in the 122-type iron pnictide superconductors by point contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy. The studies were performed on single crystals of Ba1-xKxFe2As 2(x=0.29, 0.49, and 0.77) and SrFe1.74 Co0.26 As2 with a sharp tip of Pb or Au pressed along the c -axis or the ab -plane direction. The conductance spectra obtained on highly transparent contacts clearly show evidence of a robust superconducting gap. The normalized curves can be well described by the Blonder-Tinkham-Klapwijk model with a lifetime broadening. The determined gap value scales very well with the transition temperature, giving the 2Δ/ kB TC value of ∼3.1. The results suggest the presence of a universal coupling behavior in this class of iron pnictides over a broad doping range and independent of the sign of the doping. Moreover, conductance spectra obtained on c -axis junctions and ab -plane junctions indicate that the observed gap is isotropic in these superconductors. © 2010 The American Physical Society.
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10.1103/PhysRevB.82.020515
ISSN
2469-9950
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