Melting of vortex lattice in the magnetic superconductor RbEuFe4As4

A. E. Koshelev, K. Willa, R. Willa, M. P. Smylie, J. K. Bao, D. Y. Chung, M. G. Kanatzidis, W. K. Kwok, U. Welp

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Abstract

The iron-based superconductors are characterized by strong fluctuations due to high transition temperatures and small coherence lengths. We investigate fluctuation behavior in the magnetic iron-pnictide superconductor RbEuFe4As4 by calorimetry and transport. We find that the broadening of the specific-heat transition in magnetic fields is very well described by the lowest-Landau-level scaling. We report calorimetric and transport observations for vortex-lattice melting, which is seen as a sharp drop of the resistivity and a step of the specific heat at the magnetic-field-dependent temperature. The melting line in the temperature-magnetic field plane lies noticeably below the upper-critical-field line and its location is in quantitative agreement with theoretical predictions without fitting parameters. Finally, we compare the melting behavior of RbEuFe4As4 with other superconducting materials showing that thermal fluctuations of vortices are not as prevalent as in the high-temperature superconducting cuprates, yet they still noticeably influence the properties of the vortex matter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094518
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume100
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 12 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Koshelev, A. E., Willa, K., Willa, R., Smylie, M. P., Bao, J. K., Chung, D. Y., Kanatzidis, M. G., Kwok, W. K., & Welp, U. (2019). Melting of vortex lattice in the magnetic superconductor RbEuFe4As4. Physical Review B, 100(9), [094518]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.100.094518