Enhancement of the london penetration depth in pnictides at the onset of spin-density-wave order under superconducting dome

A. Levchenko, M. G. Vavilov, M. Khodas, A. V. Chubukov

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Abstract

Recent measurements of the doping dependence of the London penetration depth λ(x) at low T in clean samples of isovalent BaFe 2(As1-xPx)2 at Tc [Hashimoto et al., Science 336, 1554 (2012)SCIEAS0036-8075] revealed a peak in λ(x) near optimal doping x=0.3. The observation of the peak at T c, points to the existence of a quantum critical point beneath the superconducting dome. We associate such a quantum critical point with the onset of a spin-density-wave order and show that the renormalization of λ(x) by critical magnetic fluctuations gives rise to the observed feature. We argue that the case of pnictides is conceptually different from a one-component Galilean invariant Fermi liquid, for which correlation effects do not cause the renormalization of the London penetration depth at T=0.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number177003
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume110
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 25 2013

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