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Title: Isotropic in-plane quenched disorder and dilution induce a robust nematic state in electron-doped pnictides

The phase diagram of electron-doped pnictides is studied varying the temperature, electronic density, and isotropic in-plane quenched disorder strength and dilution by means of computational techniques applied to a three-orbital (xz,yz,xy) spin-fermion model with lattice degrees of freedom. In experiments, chemical doping introduces disorder but in theoretical studies the relationship between electronic doping and the randomly located dopants, with their associated quenched disorder, is difficult to address. Moreover, in this publication, the use of computational techniques allows us to study independently the effects of electronic doping, regulated by a global chemical potential, and impurity disorder at randomly selected sites. Surprisingly, our Monte Carlo simulations reveal that the fast reduction with doping of the N eel TN and the structural TS transition temperatures, and the concomitant stabilization of a robust nematic state, is primarily controlled in our model by the magnetic dilution associated with the in-plane isotropic disorder introduced by Fe substitution. In the doping range studied, changes in the Fermi surface produced by electron doping affect only slightly both critical temperatures. Our results also suggest that the specific material-dependent phase diagrams experimentally observed could be explained as a consequence of the variation in disorder profiles introduced by the different dopants.more » Finally, our findings are also compatible with neutron scattering and scanning tunneling microscopy, unveiling a patchy network of locally magnetically ordered clusters with anisotropic shapes, even though the quenched disorder is locally isotropic. Our study reveals a remarkable and unexpected degree of complexity in pnictides: the fragile tendency to nematicity intrinsic of translational invariant electronic systems needs to be supplemented by quenched disorder and dilution to stabilize the robust nematic phase experimentally found in electron-doped 122 compounds.« less
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  1. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Journal Name:
Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 92; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States