Lifetimes of antiferromagnetic magnons in two and three dimensions

Ph. Leininger, T. Keller, and B. Keimer
A high-resolution neutron technique is used to measure magnon lifetimes in the prototypical 2D and 3D antiferromagnets Rb2MnF4 and MnF2, over the full Brillouin zone and a wide range of temperatures. We rederived theories of the lifetime from magnon-magnon scattering, for application beyond asymptotically small regions of q and T. Our computations, plus a small contribution from collisions with domain boundaries, yield excellent quantitative agreement with the data. Comprehensive understanding of magnon lifetimes in simple antiferromagnets provides a foundation for research on complex magnets.

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