Comparative review on thin film growth of iron-based superconductors

Yoshinori Imai, Fuyuki Nabeshima, Atsutaka Maeda

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Since the discovery of the novel iron-based superconductors, both theoretical and experimental studies have been performed intensively. Because iron-based superconductors have a smaller anisotropy than high-Tc cuprates and a high superconducting transition temperature, there have been a lot of researchers working on the film fabrication of iron-based superconductors and their application. Accordingly, many novel features have been reported in the films of iron-based superconductors, for example, the fabrication of the epitaxial film with a higher Tc than bulk samples, the extraction of the metastable phase which cannot be obtained by the conventional solid state reaction, and so on. In this paper, we review the progress of research on thin film fabrications of iron-based superconductors, especially the four categories: LnFeAs(O,F) (Ln = Lanthanide), AEFe2As2 (AE = Alkaline-earth metal), FeCh (Ch = Chalcogen), and FeSe monolayer. Furthermore, we focus on two important topics in thin films of iron-based superconductors; one is the substrate material for thin film growth on the iron-based superconductors, and the other is the whole phase diagram in FeSe1−xTex which can be obtained only by using film-fabrication technique.

Original languageEnglish
Article number25
Pages (from-to)1-33
Number of pages33
JournalCondensed Matter
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep
Externally publishedYes


  • Film fabrication
  • Iron-based superconductors
  • Phase diagram

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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