Observation of a hidden hole-like band approaching the fermi level in K-doped iron selenide superconductor

Masanori Sunagawa, Kensei Terashima, Takahiro Hamada, Hirokazu Fujiwara, Tetsushi Fukura, Aya Takeda, Masashi Tanaka, Hiroyuki Takeya, Yoshihiko Takano, Masashi Arita, Kenya Shimada, Hirofumi Namatame, Masaki Taniguchi, Katsuhiro Suzuki, Hidetomo Usui, Kazuhiko Kuroki, Takanori Wakita, Yuji Muraoka, Takayoshi Yokoya

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One of the ultimate goals of the study of iron-based superconductors is to identify the common feature that produces the high critical temperature (Tc). In the early days, based on a weak-coupling viewpoint, the nesting between hole- and electron-like Fermi surfaces (FSs) leading to the so-called s± state was considered to be one such key feature. However, this theory has faced a serious challenge ever since the discovery of alkali-metal-doped FeSe (AFS) superconductors, in which only electron-like FSs with a nodeless superconducting gap are observed. Several theories have been proposed, but a consistent understanding is yet to be achieved. Here we show experimentally that a hole-like band exists in KxFe2-ySe2, which presumably forms a hole-like Fermi surface. The present study suggests that AFS can be categorized in the same group as iron arsenides with both hole- and electron-like FSs present. This result provides a foundation for a comprehensive understanding of the superconductivity in iron-based superconductors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number073704
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 15 2016

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