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Ren, Z., Zhu, Z., Jiang, S., Xu, X., Tao, Q., Wang, C., Feng, C., Cao, G. & Xu, Z. an. (2008). Antiferromagnetic transition in EuFe2As2: a possible parent compound for superconductors. Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 78 (5), 052501-1-052501-4.


Ternary iron arsenide EuFe2 As2 with ThCr2 Si2 -type structure has been studied by magnetic susceptibility, resistivity, thermopower, Hall, and specific-heat measurements. The compound undergoes two magnetic phase transitions at about 200 and 20 K, respectively. The former was found to be accompanied with a slight drop in magnetic susceptibility (after subtracting the Curie-Weiss paramagnetic contribution), a rapid decrease in resistivity, a large jump in thermopower, and a sharp peak in specific heat with decreasing temperature, all of which point to a spin-density-wave-like antiferromagnetic transition. The latter was proposed to be associated with an A -type antiferromagnetic ordering of Eu2+ moments. Comparing with the physical properties of the isostructural compounds BaFe2 As2 and SrFe2 As2, we expect that superconductivity could be induced in EuFe2 As2 through appropriate doping.



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