Superconductivity and its mechanism in an ab initio model for electron-doped LaFeAsO

Takahiro Misawa, Masatoshi Imada

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Abstract

Two families of high-temperature superconductors whose critical temperatures are higher than 50 K are known. One are the copper oxides and the other are the iron-based superconductors. Comparisons of mechanisms between these two in terms of common ground as well as distinctions will greatly help in searching for higher T c superconductors. However, studies on mechanisms for the iron family based on first principles calculations are few. Here we first show that superconductivity emerges in the state-of-the-art numerical calculations for an ab initio multi-orbital model of an electron-doped iron-based superconductor LaFeAsO, in accordance with experimental observations. Then the mechanism of the superconductivity is identified as enhanced uniform density fluctuations by one-to-one correspondence with the instability towards inhomogeneity driven by first-order antiferromagnetic and nematic transitions. Despite many differences, certain common features with the copper oxides are also discovered in terms of the underlying orbital-selective Mottness found in the iron family.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6738
JournalNature communications
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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Superconductivity and its mechanism in an ab initio model for electron-doped LaFeAsO. / Misawa, Takahiro; Imada, Masatoshi.

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