Possibility of vortex lattice structural phase transition in the superconducting pnictide Ba(Fe0.925Co0.075) 2As2

R. Kopeliansky*, A. Shaulov, B. Ya Shapiro, Y. Yeshurun, Baruch Rosenstein, J. J. Tu, L. J. Li, G. H. Cao, Z. A. Xu

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Abstract

We present magnetic measurements in a single crystal of the newly discovered superconducting iron-pnictide Ba(Fe0.925Co 0.075)2As2. The magnetization loops exhibit a second magnetization peak (SMP) similar to that observed in most high-temperature superconductors (HTSs). Magnetic relaxation measurements reveal a minimum in the normalized relaxation rate, S=dlnM/dlnt, located in between the SMP onset and the peak fields. The SMP in HTSs is commonly associated with the vortex order-disorder phase transition. However, in Ba(Fe 0.925Co0.075)2As2 the onset and peak fields, as well as the minimum point in S, exhibit strong temperature dependence down to low temperatures, excluding the possibility for such a transition. We suggest that the SMP in Ba(Fe0.925Co 0.075)2As2 is associated with a vortex structural phase transition from rhombic to square lattice taking place at field and temperatures corresponding to the minimum point of S. A theoretical fit to the transition line, based on a recent theoretical model for vortex structural phase transition, shows good agreement with the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number092504
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume81
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 Mar 2010

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