Momentum Dependence of the Nematic Order Parameter in Iron-Based Superconductors

H. Pfau, S. D. Chen, M. Yi, M. Hashimoto, C. R. Rotundu, J. C. Palmstrom, T. Chen, P. C. Dai, J. Straquadine, A. Hristov, R. J. Birgeneau, I. R. Fisher, D. Lu, Z. X. Shen

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The momentum dependence of the nematic order parameter is an important ingredient in the microscopic description of iron-based high-temperature superconductors. While recent reports on FeSe indicate that the nematic order parameter changes sign between electron and hole bands, detailed knowledge is still missing for other compounds. Combining angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy with uniaxial strain tuning, we measure the nematic band splitting in both FeSe and BaFe2As2 without interference from either twinning or magnetic order. We find that the nematic order parameter exhibits the same momentum dependence in both compounds with a sign change between the Brillouin center and the corner. This suggests that the same microscopic mechanism drives the nematic order in spite of the very different phase diagrams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number066402
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 7 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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