Incommensurate spin density wave in Co-doped BaFe2As2
CEA, Centre de Saclay, DSM/IRAMIS/Service de Physique de l'Etat Condensé 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France, EU
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Accepted: 16 March 2010
57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy measurements are presented in the underdoped Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 series for x = 0.014 (Tc < 1.4 K) and x = 0.03 and 0.045 (Tc 2 and 12 K, respectively). The spectral shapes in the so-called spin density wave (SDW) phase are interpreted in terms of incommensurate modulation of the magnetic structure, and allow the shape of the modulation to be determined. In undoped BaFe2As2, the magnetic structure is commensurate, and we find that incommensurability is present at the lowest doping level (x = 0.014). As Co doping increases, the low-temperature modulation progressively loses its “squaredness” and tends to a sine-wave. The same trend occurs for a given doping level, as temperature increases. We find that a magnetic hyperfine component persists far above the SDW transition, its intensity being progressively tranferred to a paramagnetic component on heating.
PACS: 74.70.Xa – Pnictides and chalcogenides / 75.30.Fv – Spin-density waves / 76.80.+y – Mössbauer effect; other γ-ray spectroscopy
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