Reconstruction of band structure induced by electronic nematicity in an fese superconductor

K. Nakayama, Y. Miyata, G. N. Phan, T. Sato, Y. Tanabe, T. Urata, K. Tanigaki, T. Takahashi

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We have performed high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy on an FeSe superconductor (Tc∼8K), which exhibits a tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural transition at Ts∼90K. At low temperature, we found splitting of the energy bands as large as 50 meV at the M point in the Brillouin zone, likely caused by the formation of electronically driven nematic states. This band splitting persists up to T∼110K, slightly above Ts, suggesting that the structural transition is triggered by the electronic nematicity. We have also revealed that at low temperature the band splitting gives rise to a van Hove singularity within 5 meV of the Fermi energy. The present result strongly suggests that this unusual electronic state is responsible for the unconventional superconductivity in FeSe.

Original languageEnglish
Article number237001
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec 5

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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