Thursday, June 20, 2013

1306.4377 (Hsueh-Hui Kuo et al.)

Measurement of the elastoresistivity coefficients of the underdoped
iron-arsenide Ba(Fe$_{0.975}$Co$_{0.025}$)$_2$As$_2$

Hsueh-Hui Kuo, Scott C. Riggs, Ian R. Fisher
A novel method is presented for measuring terms in the elastoresistivity tensor $m_{ij}$ of single crystal samples with tetragonal symmetry. The technique is applied to a representative underdoped Fe-arsenide, Ba(Fe$_{0.975}$Co$_{0.025}$)$_2$As$_2$, revealing an anomalously large and anisotropic elastoresistance in comparison to simple metals. The $m_{66}$ coefficient follows a Curie-Weiss temperature dependence, providing direct evidence that the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural phase transition that occurs at $T_s$ = 97.5 K in this material is not the result of a true-proper ferro-elastic transition. Rather, the material suffers a pseudo-proper transition for which the lattice strain is not the primary order parameter.
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