Doping evolution of superconducting gaps and electronic densities of states in Ba(Fe1−xCox)2As2 iron pnictides
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Institut für Festkörperphysik - 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany, EU
2 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
3 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Physikalisches Institut - 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany, EU
Accepted: 11 August 2010
An extensive calorimetric study of the normal- and superconducting-state properties of Ba(Fe1−xCox)2As2 is presented for 0<x<0.2. The normal-state Sommerfeld coefficient increases (decreases) with Co doping for x<0.06 (x>0.06), which illustrates the strong competition between magnetism and superconductivity to monopolize the Fermi surface in the underdoped region and the filling of the hole bands for overdoped Ba(Fe1−xCox)2As2. All superconducting samples exhibit a residual electronic density of states of unknown origin in the zero-temperature limit, which is minimal at optimal doping but increases to the normal-state value in the strongly under- and over-doped regions. The remaining specific heat in the superconducting state is well described using a two-band model with isotropic s-wave superconducting gaps.
PACS: 74.70.Xa – Pnictides and chalcogenides / 74.25.Bt – Thermodynamic properties / 65.40.Ba – Heat capacity
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