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Functional renormalization group study of iron-based superconductors


We apply the fermion functional renormalization group method to study the pairing symmetry and pairing mechanism of the iron-based
superconductors. Using realistic tight-binding model of Fe d-orbitals fitted to band structure calculations and natural local interactions, we
find an electronic-driven superconducting pairing instability. For the doping and interaction parameters we have examined, extended s-wave($s
\pm$) pairing, whose order parameter takes on opposite sign on the electron and hole Fermi surfaces, is always the most favorable pairing
symmetry. The pairing mechanism is the inter-Fermi-surface pair scattering generated by the antiferromagnetic correlation.
We will also briefly discuss methods to detect this unconventional

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