How to probe the spin contribution to momentum relaxation in topological insulators.

Nat Commun 9 (2018) 56-

M-S Nam, BH Willams, Y Chen, S Contera, S Yao, M Lu, Y-F Chen, GA Timco, CA Muryn, REP Winpenny, A Ardavan

Topological insulators exhibit a metallic surface state in which the directions of the carriers' momentum and spin are locked together. This characteristic property, which lies at the heart of proposed applications of topological insulators, protects carriers in the surface state from back-scattering unless the scattering centres are time-reversal symmetry breaking (i.e. magnetic). Here, we introduce a method of probing the effect of magnetic scattering by decorating the surface of topological insulators with molecules, whose magnetic degrees of freedom can be engineered independently of their electrostatic structure. We show that this approach allows us to separate the effects of magnetic and non-magnetic scattering in the perturbative limit. We thereby confirm that the low-temperature conductivity of SmB6 is dominated by a surface state and that the momentum of quasiparticles in this state is particularly sensitive to magnetic scatterers, as expected in a topological insulator.

Coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity in separate layers of the iron-based superconductor Li1-xFex(OH)Fe1-ySe

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 95 (2017) ARTN 134419

CV Topping, FKK Kirschner, SJ Blundell, PJ Baker, DN Woodruff, F Schild, H Sun, SJ Clarke

Broken rotational symmetry on the Fermi surface of a high-Tc superconductor

npj Quantum Materials 2 (2017)

BJ Ramshaw, N Harrison, SE Sebastian, S Ghannadzadeh, KA Modic, DA Bonn, WN Hardy, R Liang, PA Goddard

Room-temperature helimagnetism in FeGe thin films.

Scientific reports 7 (2017) 123-

SL Zhang, I Stasinopoulos, T Lancaster, F Xiao, A Bauer, F Rucker, AA Baker, AI Figueroa, Z Salman, FL Pratt, SJ Blundell, T Prokscha, A Suter, J Waizner, M Garst, D Grundler, G van der Laan, C Pfleiderer, T Hesjedal

Chiral magnets are promising materials for the realisation of high-density and low-power spintronic memory devices. For these future applications, a key requirement is the synthesis of appropriate materials in the form of thin films ordering well above room temperature. Driven by the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, the cubic compound FeGe exhibits helimagnetism with a relatively high transition temperature of 278 K in bulk crystals. We demonstrate that this temperature can be enhanced significantly in thin films. Using x-ray scattering and ferromagnetic resonance techniques, we provide unambiguous experimental evidence for long-wavelength helimagnetic order at room temperature and magnetic properties similar to the bulk material. We obtain α intr = 0.0036 ± 0.0003 at 310 K for the intrinsic damping parameter. We probe the dynamics of the system by means of muon-spin rotation, indicating that the ground state is reached via a freezing out of slow dynamics. Our work paves the way towards the fabrication of thin films of chiral magnets that host certain spin whirls, so-called skyrmions, at room temperature and potentially offer integrability into modern electronics.

Combining microscopic and macroscopic probes to untangle the single-ion anisotropy and exchange energies in an S=1 quantum antiferromagnet

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 95 (2017) ARTN 134435

J Brambleby, JL Manson, PA Goddard, MB Stone, RD Johnson, P Manuel, JA Villa, CM Brown, H Lu, S Chikara, V Zapf, SH Lapidus, R Scatena, P Macchi, Y-S Chen, L-C Wu, J Singleton

Formation of Hubbard-like bands as a fingerprint of strong electron-electron interactions in FeSe

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 95 (2017) ARTN 081106

MD Watson, S Backes, AA Haghighirad, M Hoesch, TK Kim, AI Coldea, R Valenti

Quantum-critical spin dynamics in a Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid studied with muon-spin relaxation

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 95 (2017) ARTN 020402

JS Moller, T Lancaster, SJ Blundell, FL Pratt, PJ Baker, F Xiao, RC Williams, W Hayes, MM Turnbul, CP Landee

Adiabatic physics of an exchange-coupled spin-dimer system: Magnetocaloric effect, zero-point fluctuations, and possible two-dimensional universal behavior

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 95 (2017) ARTN 024404

J Brambleby, PA Goddard, J Singleton, M Jaime, T Lancaster, L Huang, J Wosnitza, CV Topping, KE Carreiro, HE Tran, ZE Manson, JL Manson

The key ingredients of the electronic structure of FeSe

Annual Reviews of Condensed Matter Physics, Vol. 9, 2018 (2017)

AI Coldea, MD Watson

FeSe is a fascinating superconducting material at the frontier of research in condensed matter physics. Here we provide an overview on the current understanding of the electronic structure of FeSe, focusing in particular on its low energy electronic structure as determined from angular resolved photoemission spectroscopy, quantum oscillations and magnetotransport measurements of single crystal samples. We discuss the unique place of FeSe amongst iron-based superconductors, being a multi-band system exhibiting strong orbitally-dependent electronic correlations and unusually small Fermi surfaces, prone to different electronic instabilities. We pay particular attention to the evolution of the electronic structure which accompanies the tetragonal-orthorhombic structural distortion of the lattice around 90 K, which stabilizes a unique nematic electronic state. Finally, we discuss how the multi-band multi-orbital nematic electronic structure has an impact on the understanding of the superconductivity, and show that the tunability of the nematic state with chemical and physical pressure will help to disentangle the role of different competing interactions relevant for enhancing superconductivity.

Suppression of electronic correlations by chemical pressure from FeSe to FeS

Phys. Rev. B 96, 121103(R) (2017) American Physical Society (2017)

P Reiss, MD Watson, TK Kim, AA Haghighirad, DN Woodruff, M Bruma, SJ Clarke, AI Coldea

Iron-based chalcogenides are complex superconducting systems in which orbitally-dependent electronic correlations play an important role. Here, using high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we investigate the effect of these electronic correlations outside the nematic phase in the tetragonal phase of superconducting FeSe1-xSx (x = 0; 0:18; 1). With increasing sulfur substitution, the Fermi velocities increase significantly and the band renormalizations are suppressed towards a factor of 1.5-2 for FeS. Furthermore, the chemical pressure leads to an increase in the size of the quasi-two dimensional Fermi surface, compared with that of FeSe, however, it remains smaller than the predicted one from first principle calculations for FeS. Our results show that the isoelectronic substitution is an effective way to tune electronic correlations in FeSe1-xSx, being weakened for FeS with a lower superconducting transition temperature. This suggests indirectly that electronic correlations could help to promote higher-Tc superconductivity in FeSe.

La2SrCr2O7: Controlling the Tilting Distortions of n = 2 Ruddlesden-Popper Phases through A-Site Cation Order.

Inorganic chemistry 55 (2016) 8951-8960

R Zhang, BM Abbett, G Read, F Lang, T Lancaster, TT Tran, PS Halasyamani, SJ Blundell, NA Benedek, MA Hayward

Structural characterization by neutron diffraction, supported by magnetic, SHG, and μ(+)SR data, reveals that the n = 2 Ruddlesden-Popper phase La2SrCr2O7 adopts a highly unusual structural configuration in which the cooperative rotations of the CrO6 octahedra are out of phase in all three Cartesian directions (ΦΦΦz/ΦΦΦz; a(-)a(-)c(-)/a(-)a(-)c(-)) as described in space group A2/a. First-principles DFT calculations indicate that this unusual structural arrangement can be attributed to coupling between the La/Sr A-site distribution and the rotations of the CrO6 units, which combine to relieve the local deformations of the chromium-oxygen octahedra. This coupling suggests new chemical "handles" by which the rotational distortions or A-site cation order of Ruddlesden-Popper phases can be directed to optimize physical behavior. Low-temperature neutron diffraction data and μ(+)SR data indicate La2SrCr2O7 adopts a G-type antiferromagnetically ordered state below TN ∼ 260 K.

Evidence for unidirectional nematic bond ordering in FeSe

Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics American Physical Society (2016)

MD Watson, TK Kim, LC Rhodes, M Eschrig, M Hoesch, AA Haghighirad, AI Coldea

The lifting of $d_{xz}$-$d_{yz}$ orbital degeneracy is often considered a hallmark of the nematic phase of Fe-based superconductors, including FeSe, but its origin is not yet understood. Here we report a high resolution Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy study of single crystals of FeSe, accounting for the photon-energy dependence and making a detailed analysis of the temperature dependence. We find that the hole pocket undergoes a fourfold-symmetry-breaking distortion in the nematic phase below 90~K, but in contrast the changes to the electron pockets do not require fourfold symmetry-breaking. Instead, there is an additional separation of the existing $d_{xy}$ and $d_{xz/yz}$ bands - which themselves are not split within resolution. These observations lead us to propose a new scenario of "unidirectional nematic bond ordering" to describe the low-temperature electronic structure of FeSe, supported by a good agreement with 10-orbital tight binding model calculations.

Unconventional Superconductivity in the Layered Iron Germanide YFe(2)Ge(2).

Physical review letters 116 (2016) 127001-

J Chen, K Semeniuk, Z Feng, P Reiss, P Brown, Y Zou, PW Logg, GI Lampronti, FM Grosche

The iron-based intermetallic YFe_{2}Ge_{2} stands out among transition metal compounds for its high Sommerfeld coefficient of the order of 100  mJ/(mol K^{2}), which signals strong electronic correlations. A new generation of high quality samples of YFe_{2}Ge_{2} show superconducting transition anomalies below 1.8 K in thermodynamic, magnetic, and transport measurements, establishing that superconductivity is intrinsic in this layered iron compound outside the known superconducting iron pnictide or chalcogenide families. The Fermi surface geometry of YFe_{2}Ge_{2} resembles that of KFe_{2}As_{2} in the high pressure collapsed tetragonal phase, in which superconductivity at temperatures as high as 10 K has recently been reported, suggesting an underlying connection between the two systems.

Magnetic properties of and : Magnetic hysteresis with coercive fields of up to 55 T

Physical Review B 94 (2016)

J Singleton, JW Kim, CV Topping, A Hansen, E-D Mun, S Chikara, I Lakis, S Ghannadzadeh, P Goddard, X Luo, YS Oh, S-W Cheong, VS Zapf

Fourier space derivation of the demagnetization tensor for uniformly magnetized objects of cylindrical symmetry


F Lang, SJ Blundell

Modeling the angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations of Fermi surfaces with hexagonal symmetry

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 93 (2016) ARTN 245105

JCA Prentice, AI Coldea

The Parent Li(OH)FeSe Phase of Lithium Iron Hydroxide Selenide Superconductors.

Inorganic chemistry 55 (2016) 9886-9891

DN Woodruff, F Schild, CV Topping, SJ Cassidy, JN Blandy, SJ Blundell, AL Thompson, SJ Clarke

Lithiation of hydrothermally synthesized Li1-xFex(OH)Fe1-ySe turns on high-temperature superconductivity when iron ions are displaced from the hydroxide layers by reductive lithiation to fill the vacancies in the iron selenide layers. Further lithiation results in reductive iron extrusion from the hydroxide layers, which turns off superconductivity again as the stoichiometric composition Li(OH)FeSe is approached. The results demonstrate the twin requirements of stoichiometric FeSe layers and reduction of Fe below the +2 oxidation state as found in several iron selenide superconductors.

Magnetic phase diagram of La2−xSrxCoO4 revised using muon-spin relaxation

Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics American Physical Society (2016)

RC Williams, F Xiao, T Lancaster, R De Renzi, G Allodi, S Bordignon, PG Freeman, FL Pratt, SR Giblin, JS Moeller, SJ Blundell, AT Boothroyd, D Prabhakaran

Unconventional magnetism on a honeycomb lattice in alpha-RuCl3 studied by muon spin rotation

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 94 (2016) ARTN 020407

F Lang, PJ Baker, AA Haghighirad, Y Li, D Prabhakaran, R Valenti, SJ Blundell

Transverse field muon-spin rotation measurement of the topological anomaly in a thin film of MnSi

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 93 (2016) ARTN 140412

T Lancaster, F Xiao, Z Salman, IO Thomas, SJ Blundell, FL Pratt, SJ Clark, T Prokscha, A Suter, SL Zhang, AA Baker, T Hesjedal