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Phys Rev Lett. 2019 Feb 15;122(6):066802. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.066802.

Enhanced Superconducting State in FeSe/SrTiO_{3} by a Dynamic Interfacial Polaron Mechanism.

Zhang S1,2, Wei T3, Guan J1,2, Zhu Q1,2, Qin W3, Wang W1, Zhang J4, Plummer EW4, Zhu X1,2,5, Zhang Z3, Guo J1,2,5.

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1
Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics and Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China.
2
School of Physical Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China.
3
International Center for Quantum Design of Functional Materials (ICQD), Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, and Synergetic Innovation Center of Quantum Information and Quantum Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, China.
4
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808, USA.
5
Songshan Lake Materials Laboratory, Dongguan, Guangdong 523808, China.

Abstract

The observation of substantially enhanced superconductivity of single-layer FeSe films on SrTiO_{3} has stimulated intensive research interest. At present, conclusive experimental data on the corresponding electron-boson interaction is still missing. Here we use inelastic electron scattering spectroscopy and angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy to show that the electrons in these systems are dressed by the strongly polarized lattice distortions of the SrTiO_{3}, and the indispensable nonadiabatic nature of such a coupling leads to the formation of dynamic interfacial polarons. Furthermore, the collective motion of the polarons results in a polaronic plasmon mode, which is unambiguously correlated with the surface phonons of SrTiO_{3} in the presence of the FeSe films. A microscopic model is developed showing that the interfacial polaron-polaron interaction leads to the superconductivity enhancement.

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