SCIENCE CHINA Materials, Volume 62 , Issue 9 : 1357-1362(2019) https://doi.org/10.1007/s40843-019-9438-7

BaTh2Fe4As4(N0.7O0.3)2: An iron-based superconductor stabilized by inter-block-layer charge transfer

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  • ReceivedMay 8, 2019
  • AcceptedMay 8, 2019
  • PublishedMay 10, 2019



the National Key Research and Development Program of China(2017YFA0303002)

the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China(2019FZA3004)


This work was supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2017YFA0303002) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China (2019FZA3004).

Interest statement

The authors declare no competing financial interest.

Contributions statement

Cao GH designed the experiment, discussed the results and wrote the paper. Wang ZC and Wang C also contributed the research idea and discussed the results. Shao YT synthesized the samples, performed the structural characterizations and physical property measurements with assistance from Li BZ, Wu SQ, Wu JF, Ren Z, Qiu SW, and Rao C.

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Ye-Ting Shao is currently a graduate student at the Department of Physics, Zhejiang University. His research focuses on the explorations and physical property measurements of novel superconductors.

Guang-Han Cao is a professor at the Department of Physics, Zhejiang University. He received his PhD degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1995, and then became a postdoctoral fellow in Zhejiang University where he has stayed until present. He visited the National Institute for Materials Sciences, Japan, from 1999 to 2001, and he also worked as a visiting professor at the Institute of Solid State Physics of the University of Tokyo in 2011. His research interests include the exploratory synthesis, structural characterizations and physical-property measurements of novel superconductors and other related materials.

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Experimental details and supporting data are available in the online version of the paper.


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  • Figure 1

    XRD patterns of the BaTh2Fe4As4(N1−xOx)2 samples with x = 0 (bottom) and 0.3 (top). Shown on the right is the expected crystal structure that is stabilized by the charge transfer from the 1111-type block to the 122-type one.

  • Figure 2

    Rietveld refinement of the powder XRD of BaTh2Fe4As4(N0.7O0.3)2 from which the crystal structure was determined (shown in the right-hand inset). The middle inset shows the structural parameters of the Fe2As2 layer.

  • Figure 3

    Temperature dependence of resistivity for the BaTh2Fe4As4-(N0.7O0.3)2 polycrystalline sample. The solid pink line represents the data fitting with the formula shown (n = 1.87). The upper-left inset shows the superconducting transitions under external magnetic fields, and the lower-right inset plots the upper critical field (Hc2) defined in the text.

  • Figure 4

    Temperature dependence of magnetic susceptibility (a) and specific heat (b) for BaTh2Fe4As4(N0.7O0.3)2. The top inset shows a close-up for the onset superconducting transition. The bottom inset plots the specific-heat difference, from which a bulk superconducting transition at ~22 K is revealed.

  • Figure 5

    Field dependence of Hall resistance of the BaTh2Fe4As4-(N0.7O0.3)2 sample. The inset plots the Hall coefficient (RH) as a function of temperature.

  • Table 1   Crystallographic data for BaThFeAs(NO) (space group: 4/, No. 139) at room temperature. The lattice parameters are = and =


















































    The occupancy of each atom was fixed to be 1.0 in the Rietveld refinement. b) The B factors of As2 and N/O were fixed to avoid an unphysical negative value.


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