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Similar zone-center gaps in the low-energy spin-wave spectra of Na1-delta FeAs and BaFe2As2
- Similar zone-center gaps in the low-energy spin-wave spectra of Na1-delta FeAs and BaFe2As2
- Park, JT[Park, J. T.]; Friemel, G[Friemel, G.]; Loew, T[Loew, T.]; Hinkov, V[Hinkov, V.]; Li, Y[Li, Yuan]; Min, BH[Min, B. H.]; Sun, DL[Sun, D. L.]; Ivanov, A[Ivanov, A.]; Piovano, A[Piovano, A.]; Lin, CT[Lin, C. T.]; Keimer, B[Keimer, B.]; Kwon, YS[Kwon, Y. S.]; Inosov, DS[Inosov, D. S.]
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- Min, BH[Min, B. H.]; Kwon, YS[Kwon, Y. S.]
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- Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 86(2)
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- We report results of inelastic-neutron-scattering measurements of low-energy spin-wave excitations in two structurally distinct families of iron-pnictide parent compounds: Na 1-δFeAs and BaFe 2As 2. Despite their very different values of the ordered magnetic moment and Néel temperatures, T N, in the antiferromagnetic state both compounds exhibit similar spin gaps of the order of 10 meV at the magnetic Brillouin-zone center. The gap opens sharply below T N, with no signatures of a precursor gap at temperatures between the orthorhombic and magnetic phase transitions in Na 1-δFeAs. We also find a relatively weak dispersion of the spin-wave gap in BaFe 2As 2 along the out-of-plane momentum component, q z. At the magnetic zone boundary (q z=0), spin excitations in the ordered state persist down to ∼20 meV, which implies a much smaller value of the effective out-of-plane exchange interaction, J c, as compared to previous estimates based on fitting the high-energy spin-wave dispersion to a Heisenberg-type model. © 2012 American Physical Society.
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