Sr2VO3FeAs: A nanolayered bimetallic iron pnictide superconductor
Department of Display and Semiconductor Physics, Korea University - Jochiwon, Chungnam 339-700, Korea
2 Department of Physics, University of California - Davis, CA 95616, USA
Accepted: 3 March 2010
One of the unifying concepts in the iron-pnictide superconductors, both for the mechanism of magnetic ordering and of unconventional order parameter character, has been the electron and hole Fermi surfaces that are approximately nested. Using the density functional methods that have predicted Fermi surfaces correctly in SrFe2P2, we find that the recently reported superconducting Sr2VO3FeAs, with Tc = 37 K and no apparent competition between magnetism and superconductivity, possesses different Fermi surface geometry and character than previous classes of iron pnictides. The intervening layer (a V bilayer) gives rise to bands that cross the Fermi level. Coupling to the FeAs layer is small except for interaction along the zone boundary, however that coupling degrades the Fermi surface nesting. Sr2VO3FeAs, with its alternating layers of open-shell atoms, deserves further close study that should help to understand the origin of the properties of iron pnictide compounds.
PACS: 74.70.Xa – Pnictides and chalcogenides / 74.20.Pq – Electronic structure calculations / 71.18.+y – Fermi surface: calculations and measurements; effective mass, g factor
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