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Magnetic and structural transitions in La0.4Na0.6Fe2As2 single crystals
Physical Review B
  • J.-Q. Yan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • S. Nandi, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • B. Saparov, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • P. Čermák, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • Y. Xiao, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • Y. Su, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • W. T. Jin, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • A. Schneidewind, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • Th. Brückel, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
  • R. W. McCallum, Iowa State University
  • T. A. Lograsso, Iowa State University
  • B. C. Sales, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • D. G. Mandrus, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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La0.4Na0.6Fe2As2 single crystals have been grown out of an NaAs flux in an alumina crucible and characterized by measuring magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, specific heat, as well as single-crystal x-ray and neutron diffraction. La0.4Na0.6Fe2As2 single crystals show a structural phase transition from a high-temperature tetragonal phase to a low-temperature orthorhombic phase at Ts=125 K. This structural transition is accompanied by an anomaly in the temperature dependence of electrical resistivity, anisotropic magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat. Concomitant with the structural phase transition, the Fe moments order along the a direction with an ordered moment of 0.7(1) μB at T=5 K. The low-temperature stripe antiferromagnetic structure is the same as that in other AFe2As2 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds. La0.5−xNa0.5+xFe2As2 provides a material platform for the study of iron-based superconductors where the electron-hole asymmetry could be studied by simply varying the La/Na ratio.

This article is from Phys. Rev. B 91, 024501, doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.024501. Posted with permission.

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J.-Q. Yan, S. Nandi, B. Saparov, P. Čermák, et al.. "Magnetic and structural transitions in La0.4Na0.6Fe2As2 single crystals" Physical Review B Vol. 91 Iss. 2 (2015) p. 024501
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