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Phys Rev Lett. 2009 May 8;102(18):187206. Epub 2009 May 7.

Itinerant magnetic excitations in antiferromagnetic CaFe2As2.

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Ames Laboratory USDOE, Ames, Iowa 50011 USA.

Abstract

Neutron scattering measurements of the magnetic excitations in single crystals of antiferromagnetic CaFe2As2 reveal steeply dispersive and well-defined spin waves up to an energy of approximately 100 meV. Magnetic excitations above 100 meV and up to the maximum energy of 200 meV are however broader in energy and momentum than the experimental resolution. While the low energy modes can be fit to a Heisenberg model, the total spectrum cannot be described as arising from excitations of a local moment system. Ab initio calculations of the dynamic magnetic susceptibility suggest that the high energy behavior is dominated by the damping of spin waves by particle-hole excitations.

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