Suppression of superconductivity in FeSe films under tensile strain

Nie, Y. F.; Brahimi, E.; Budnick, J. I.; Hines, W. A.; Jain, M.; Wells, B. O.
June 2009
Applied Physics Letters;6/15/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 24, p242505
Academic Journal
We have studied the effect of tensile strain on the superconductivity in FeSe films. 50, 100, and 200 nm FeSe films were grown on MgO, SrTiO3, and LaAlO3 substrates by using a pulsed laser deposition technique. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the tetragonal phase is dominant in all of our FeSe films. The 50 nm FeSe films on MgO and SrTiO3 are under tensile strain, while the 50 nm FeSe film on LaAlO3 and the other thick FeSe films are unstrained. Superconducting transitions have been observed in unstrained FeSe films with Tonset≈8 K, which is close to the bulk value. However, no sign of superconductivity has been observed in FeSe films under tensile strain down to 5 K. This is evidence to show that tensile strain suppresses superconductivity in FeSe films.


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