Thursday, February 21, 2013

1302.4867 (S. P. Bayrakci et al.)

Lifetimes of antiferromagnetic magnons in two and three dimensions:
experiment, theory, and numerics

S. P. Bayrakci, D. A. Tennant, Ph. Leininger, T. Keller, M. C. R. Gibson, S. D. Wilson, R. J. Birgeneau, B. Keimer
A high-resolution neutron spectroscopic technique is used to measure momentum-resolved magnon lifetimes in the prototypical two- and three-dimensional antiferromagnets Rb2MnF4 and MnF2, over the full Brillouin zone and a wide range of temperatures. We rederived theories of the lifetime resulting from magnon-magnon scattering, thereby broadening their applicability beyond asymptotically small regions of wavevector and temperature. Corresponding computations, combined with a small contribution reflecting collisions with domain boundaries, yield excellent quantitative agreement with the data.
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