Magnetism, superconductivity, and pairing symmetry in iron-based superconductors

A. V. Chubukov, D. V. Efremov, I. Eremin

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We analyze antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in novel Fe-based superconductors within the itinerant model of small electron and hole pockets near (0,0) and (π,π). We argue that the effective interactions in both channels logarithmically flow toward the same values at low energies; i.e., antiferromagnetism and superconductivity must be treated on equal footing. The magnetic instability comes first for equal sizes of the two pockets, but loses to superconductivity upon doping. The superconducting gap has no nodes, but changes sign between the two Fermi surfaces (extended s-wave symmetry). We argue that the T dependencies of the spin susceptibility and NMR relaxation rate for such a state are exponential only at very low T, and can be well fitted by power laws over a wide T range below Tc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number134512
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number13
StatePublished - Oct 10 2008

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