Contact: Justin Eure
DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory
Caption: These images show the distribution of the valence electrons in the samples explored by the Brookhaven Lab collaboration -- both feature a central iron layer sandwiched between arsenic atoms. The tiny red clouds (more electrons) in the undoped sample on the left (BaFe2As2) reveal the weak charge quadrupole of the iron atom, while the blue clouds (fewer electrons) around the outer arsenic ions show weak polarization. The superconducting sample on the right (doped with cobalt atoms), however, exhibits a strong quadrupole in the center and the pronounced polarization of the arsenic atoms, as evidenced by the large, red balloons.
Credit: Brookhaven National Lab
Usage Restrictions: With credit.
Related news release: Superconductivity in orbit: Scientists find new path to loss-free electricity