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Effect of pressure-driven local structural rearrangement on the superconducting properties of FeSe0.5Te0.5

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Bendele M., Guguchia Z., von Rohr F., Irifune T., Shinmei T., Kantor I., Pascarelli S., Joseph B., Marini C.,
Project Interplay between the superconductivity and magnetism in cuprate and Fe-based superconductors
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Volume (Issue) 90(17)
Page(s) 174505
Title of proceedings PHYSICAL REVIEW B
DOI 10.1103/physrevb.90.174505


The pressure dependence of the superconducting transition temperature T-c, the local structure, and the electronic properties of the iron chalcogenide superconductor FeSe0.5Te0.5 was investigated by means of SQUID magnetometry and site-selective polarized x-ray absorption spectroscopy at the iron and selenium K-edges. The measurements reveal a discontinuous decrease of the local bond distances by crossing a tetragonal to monoclinic structural phase transition at p(S) similar to 2.7 GPa. The electronic structure, however, evolves evenly, but the superconducting properties are highly affected by changes in the local structure. These results underline the close connection of the lattice and the superconductivity in the iron-based superconductors.