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Physical Review B 82,10 (2010)


The electronic structure of LaFeAsO, a parent compound of iron-arsenic superconductors, is studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. By examining its dependence on photon energy, polarization, and sodium dosing, both the bulk and the surface contributions are identified. We find that a bulk band moves toward high binding energies below the structural transition temperature, and shifts smoothly across the spin-density-wave transition by about 25 meV. Our data suggest that the band reconstruction may play a crucial role in the spin-density-wave and the structural transitions. For the surface states, both the LaO-terminated and FeAs-terminated components are revealed. Certain small band shifts are observed for the FeAs-terminated surface states in the spin-density-wave state, which might be a reflection of the bulk electronic-structure reconstruction. Moreover, sharp quasiparticle peaks quickly rise at low temperatures, indicating drastic reduction in the scattering rate. A kink structure in one of the surface band is shown to be possibly related to the enhanced electron-phonon interactions on the polar surface.

Date of this Version

September 2010



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