Robustness of s-Wave Pairing in Electron-Overdoped A1-yFe2-xSe2 (A=K, Cs)

Physical Review X 09/2011; 1(1). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.1.011009
Source: arXiv

ABSTRACT Using self-consistent mean-field and functional renormalization-group approaches, we show that s-wave pairing symmetry is robust in the heavily electron-doped iron chalcogenides AFe2-xSe2, where A=K, Cs. Recent neutron scattering experiments suggest that the effective nearest-neighbor spin exchange may be ferromagnetic in chalcogenides. This is different from the iron pnictides, where the nearest-neighbor magnetic exchange coupling is believed to be antiferromagnetic and leads to strong competition between s-wave and d-wave pairing in the electron-overdoped region. Our finding of a robust s-wave pairing in (K, Cs)Fe2-xSe2 differs from the d-wave pairing result obtained by other theories where nonlocal bare interaction terms and the next-to-nearest-neighbor J2 term are underestimated. Detecting the pairing symmetry in (K, Cs)Fe2-xSe2 may hence provide important insights regarding the mechanism of superconducting pairing in iron-based superconductors.

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