Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Optical conductivity of superconducting Rb2Fe4Se5 single crystals

Physics Reveiw B 85, 100504(R) (2012)

A. Charnukha1J. Deisenhofer2D. Pröpper1M. Schmidt2Z. Wang2Y. Goncharov2,3A. N. Yaresko1V. Tsurkan2,4B. Keimer1A. Loidl2, and A. V. Boris1 

1Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, D-70569 Stuttgart, Germany
2Experimental Physics V, Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg, D-86159 Augsburg, Germany
3Institute of General Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, 119991 Moscow, Russia
4Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, MD-2028 Chisinau, R. Moldova


We report the complex dielectric function of high-quality nearly-stoichiometric Rb2Fe4Sesingle crystals withTc=32 K determined by wide-band spectroscopic ellipsometry and time domain transmission spectroscopy in the spectral range of 1 meV≤ω≤6.5 eV at temperatures of 4 K≤T≤300 K. This compound simultaneously displays a superconducting and a semiconducting optical response. It reveals a direct band gap of ≈ 0.45 eV determined by a set of spin-controlled interband transitions. Below 100 K, in the lowest terahertz spectral range, we observe a clear metallic response characterized by the negative dielectric permittivity ɛ1 and bare (unscreened) ωpl≈100 meV. At the superconducting transition, this metallic response exhibits a signature of a superconducting gap below 8 meV. Our findings suggest a coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism in this compound as two separate phases.

THz Pulsed Imaging and Spectroscopy

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