Spin waves in antiferromagnetic FeF2

M T Hutchings, B.D. Rainford, H J Guggenheim

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    Abstract

    Spin-wave dispersion in antiferromagnetic FeF2 has been investigated by inelastic neutron scattering using a chopper time-of-flight spectrometer. The single mode observed has a relatively flat dispersion curve rising from 53 cm-1 at the zone centre to 79 cm-1 at the zone boundary. A spin Hamiltonian which includes a single-ion anisotropy constant D (Hsi=-DSiz2), three exchange parameters Jl(Hex12=JlS1.S2) and dipolar interactions has been fitted to the measured energies. The authors find D=6.46 (+0.29, -0.10) cm-1, J1 (coupling neighbouring ions along the c axis)=-0.048 (+or-0.060) cm-1, j2 (coupling neighbouring ions at the corner and body centre of the cell)=+3.64(+or-0.10) cm-1, and J3 (coupling neighbouring ions along the a axis)=+0.194 (+0.060) cm-1.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Physics C: Solid State Physics
    Volume3
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)307-322
    ISSN0022-3719
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1970

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