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Evidence of precursor orthorhombic domains well above the electronic nematic transition temperature in Sr(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2

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Kaneko, U. F. [1] ; Piva, M. M. [2] ; Jesus, C. B. R. [2, 3] ; Saleta, M. E. [2, 4] ; Urbano, R. R. [2] ; Pagliuso, P. G. [2] ; Granado, E. [2]
Total Authors: 7
[1] Brazilian Ctr Res Energy & Mat CNPEM, Brazilian Synchrotron Light Lab LNLS, BR-13083100 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Campinas UNICAMP, Gleb Wataghin Inst Phys, BR-13083859 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Fed Sergipe, Programa Posgrad Fis, Campus Prof Jose Aluisio de Campos, BR-49100000 Sao Cristovao, Sergipe - Brazil
[4] Consejo Nacl Invest Cient & Tecn, Ctr Atom Bariloche, CNEA, RA-8400 San Carlos De Bariloche, Rio Negro - Argentina
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER; v. 31, n. 49 DEC 11 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Raman scattering, synchrotron x-ray diffraction, specific heat, resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements were performed in Sr(Fe1-xCox)(2)As-2{[}x = 0.20(3)] single crystals with superconducting critical temperature T-c = 22 K and two additional transitions at 132 and 152 K observed in both specific heat and resistivity data. A quasielastic Raman signal with B-2g symmetry (tetragonal cell) associated with electronic nematic fluctuations is observed. Crucially, this signal shows maximum intensity at T-o similar to 132 K, marking the nematic transition temperature. X-ray diffraction shows evidence of coexisting orthorhombic and tetragonal domains between T-nem and T-nem similar to 152 K, implying that precursor orthorhombic domains emerge over an extended temperature range above T-nem. While the height of the quasielastic Raman peak is insensitive to T-o, the temperature-dependence of the average nematic fluctuation rate indicates a slowing down of the nematic fluctuations inside the precursor orthorhombic domains. These results are analogous to those previously reported for the LaFeAsO parent oxypnictide (Kaneko et al 2017 Phys. Rev. B 96 014506). We propose a scenario where the precursor orthorhombic phase may be generated within the electronically disordered regime (T > T-nem) as long as the nematic fluctuation rate is sufficiently small in comparison to the optical phonon frequency range. In this regime, the local atomic structure responds adiabatically to the electronic nematic fluctuations, creating a net of orthorhombic clusters that, albeit dynamical for T > T-nem, may be sufficiently dense to sustain long-range phase coherence in a diffraction process up to T-o. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/10581-1 - Emergent phenomena in reduced dimension systems
Grantee:Pascoal Jose Giglio Pagliuso
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 15/15665-3 - Studies of orbital differentiation effects in the magnetic and superconducting properties of FeAs based compounds
Grantee:Mário Moda Piva
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)