Strain effects on the electronic structure of the iron selenide superconductor
1 Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences - Okólna 2, 50-422 Wrocław, Poland, EU
2 Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences - al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw, Poland, EU
Received: 4 September 2012
Accepted: 6 November 2012
The influence of various strains on the crystal and electronic structures of superconducting FeSe has been studied ab initio. We consider changes in the Fermi surface nesting with a vector Q = (0.5,0.5) × (2π/a) as crucial for rising superconductivity (SC) mediated by spin fluctuations (SF). Our results indicate that the c-axis–strained FeSe exhibits the most imperfect nesting, which enhances SF and, hence, also SC. In turn, the ab-plane compressive strain slightly weakens this nesting while the tensile strain destroys it completely. These findings are consistent with earlier reported experimental dependences of the superconducting transition temperatures on strain in FeSe thin films.
PACS: 74.20.Pq – Electronic structure calculations / 74.62.Fj – Effects of pressure / 74.70.Xa – Pnictides and chalcogenides
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