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Title: Scaling of the Stress and Temperature Dependence of the Optical Anisotropy in Ba(Fe 1-x Co x ) 2As 2

We revisit our recent investigations of the optical properties in the underdoped regime of the title compounds with respect to their anisotropic behavior as a function of both temperature and uniaxial stress across the ferro-elastic tetragonal-to-orthorhombic transition. By exploiting a dedicated pressure device, we can tune and control uniaxial stress in situ thus changing the degree of detwinning of the samples in the orthorhombic SDW state as well as pressure-inducing an orthorhombicity in the paramagnetic tetragonal phase. Here we discover a hysteretic behavior of the optical anisotropy; its stress versus temperature dependence across the structural transition bears testimony to the analogy with the magnetic-field versus temperature dependence of the magnetization in a ferromagnet when crossing the Curie temperature. In this context, we find furthermore an intriguing scaling of the stress and temperature dependence of the optical anisotropy in Ba(Fe 1-xCo x) 2As 2.
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  1. Federal Inst. of Technology, Zurich (Switzerland). Laboratorium fur Festkorperphysik
  2. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States). Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Science (SIMES); Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Geballe Lab. for Advanced Materials; Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Applied Physics
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Journal Name:
Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 29; Journal Issue: 12; Journal ID: ISSN 1557-1939
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; Iron-pnictide superconductors; Nematic phase; Optical properties
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