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Point-contact spectroscopy in Co-doped CaFe2As2: nodal superconductivity and topological Fermi surface transition

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We performed point-contact Andreev-reflection spectroscopy measurements in Ca(Fe1−x Co x )2As2 single crystals with effective x = 0.060 ± 0.005. The spectra of a b-plane contacts show a zero-bias maximum and broad shoulders at about 5–6 meV. Their fit with the three-dimensional Blonder–Tinkham–Klapwijk (BTK) model (making use of an analytical expression for the Fermi surface that mimics the one calculated from first principles) shows that this compound presents a large isotropic gap on the quasi-2D electronlike Fermi surface sheets and a smaller anisotropic (possibly nodal) gap on the 3D holelike Fermi surface pockets centered at the Z point in the Brillouin zone. These results nicely fit into the theoretical picture for the appearance of nodal superconductivity in 122 compounds.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2012


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