Iron-based Superconductors: Materials, Properties and Mechanisms, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Iron-based Superconductors

Materials, Properties and Mechanisms, 1st Edition

Edited by Nan Lin Wang, Hideo Hosono, Pengcheng Dai

Jenny Stanford Publishing

562 pages | 32 Color Illus. | 205 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2012-11-19
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From fundamental physics point of view, iron-based superconductors have properties that are more amenable to band structural calculations. This book reviews the progress made in this fascinating field. With contributions from leading experts, the book provides a guide to understanding materials, physical properties, and superconductivity mechanism aspects, and is important for students and beginners to have an overall view of the recent progress in this active field.


"In February 2008, Dr Hosono and coworkers broke the striking news that they had found a new superconductor, LaFeAsO1–xFx with Tc = 26 K. This news immediately spread out in the world, and soon after its Tc was increased to 55 K. This breakthrough rekindled the superconducting research, which was in the state of a dying fire after the discovery of Cu oxide superconductor in 1988 and MgB2 in 2001. This book presents a comprehensive review on the present status of Fe-pnictide superconductors, including the material, a variety of experimental results (photoemission, neutron scattering, NMR, etc.), theory, and so forth."

—Dr. Jun Akimitsu - Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan

"This timely book covers important developments in both experiments and theory and provides a much needed summary of the recent efforts in this active area of research. It addresses the original arsenic-based compounds and the ideas proposed to understand their magnetic and superconducting properties, with a variety of results from neutrons, photoemission, optics, nuclear magnetic resonance, and other techniques. The balance between early and recent developments establishes this book as an excellent source of information for both beginners and advanced researchers."

—Prof. Elbio Ruben Dagotto - University of Tennessee, USA

"The timely appearance of the first review volume on iron-based superconductors will greatly promote research on this exciting subject. The authors’ undisputable expertise guarantees its lasting value. It will serve as the primary reference for research students and all newcomers to this thriving field."

—Prof. Lu Yu - Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Table of Contents

Iron-Based Superconductors: Discovery and Progress in Materials

Hideo Hosono


Small History on Discovery and Progress in Parent Materials

Crystal Structure of Parent Materials

Parent Material and Superconductivity

Unique Characteristics of FeSCs

Single Crystal

Thin Film

Summary and Relevant New Superconductors

Synthesis and Physical Properties of the New Potassium Iron Selenide Superconductor

R. Hu, E. D. Mun, D. H. Ryan, K. Cho, H. Kim, H. Hodovanets, W. E. Straszheim, M. A. Tanatar, R. Prozorov, W. N. Rowan-Weetaluktuk, J. M. Cadogan, M.M. Altarawneh, C. H. Mielke, V. S. Zapf, S. L. Budko, and P. C. Canfield


Experimental Methods

Crystal Growth and Stoichiometry

Physical Properties of Single Crystals of K0.80Fe1.76Se2


Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy of Iron Pnictides

Takafumi Sato, Pierre Richard, Kosuke Nakayama, Takashi Takahashi, and Hong Ding


Experimental Results

Concluding Remarks and Summary

Quantum Oscillations in Iron Pnictide Superconductors

Suchitra E. Sebastian

Quantum Oscillations

Magnetic Field Dependence

Temperature Dependence

Iron Pnictide Superconductors

Quantum Oscillations in Antiferromagnetic Parent Iron Pnictides

Quantum Oscillations in Overdoped Paramagnetic Iron Pnictides

Cuprates and Iron Pnictides: Electronic Structure Comparison


Optical Investigation on Iron-Based Superconductors

Nan-LinWang and Zhi-Guo Chen


Introduction About Optical Properties of Solids

Optical Studies on the Parent Compounds

Multi-Components vs. Extended Drude Model Analysis of Optical Conductivity

Electron Correlations in the Fe-Pnictides/Chalcogenides

Anisotropic Charge Dynamics

Optical Properties of Iron-Based Superconductors Below Tc

Antiferromagnetic Spin Fluctuations in the Fe-Based Superconductors

Shiliang Li and Pengcheng Dai


Antiferromagnetism in Parent Compounds

Magnetic Excitations in the Superconducting State

Magnetic Excitations in the Normal State


Review of NMR Studies on Iron-Based Superconductors

Kenji Ishida and Yusuke Nakai


NMR Basics

NMR Experimental Results on Iron-Based Superconductors


Material Specific Model Hamiltonians and Analysis on the Pairing Mechanism

Kazuhiko Kuroki


Model Hamiltonian Construction

Spin Fluctuations and Antiferromagnetism


Material Dependence

Concluding Remarks and Perspectives

The Antiferromagnetic Phase of Iron-Based Superconductors: An Itinerant Approach

Johannes Knolle and Ilya Eremin


A Primer: Single-Band Hubbard Model

Magnetic Order in Ferropnictides

SpinWaves in Itinerant Multiorbital Systems

Discussion and Conclusion

Magnetism in Parent Compounds of Iron-Based Superconductors

Jiangping Hu


Experimental Results on the Parent Compounds of Iron-Based Superconductors

Theoretical Models

Electronic Nematism and the Interplay Between Lattice, Spin and Orbital


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics
SCIENCE / Spectroscopy & Spectrum Analysis