In order to reveal the role of carrier doping in the iron-based superconductors, we investigated the transport properties of the oxygen-deficient iron-arsenides LnFeAsO1-y (Ln=La, Ce, Pr and Nd) over a wide doping range. We found that the effect of doping in this system is mainly on the carrier scattering rather than carrier density, quite distinct from that in high-Tc cuprates. In the case of La system with lower Tc, the low temperature resistivity is dominated by T2 term and fairly large magnetoresistance is observed. On the other hand, in the Nd system with higher Tc, carriers are subject to stronger scattering showing nearly T-linear resistivity and small magnetoresistance. Such strong scattering appears intimately correlated with high-Tc superconductivity in the iron-based system.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics