Department of Physics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

6-29-2006

Publication Source

Physical Review B

Volume

73

Start Page

214446-1

Last Page

214446-24

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevB.73.214446

Abstract

We present a detailed study of the magnetic structure and spin waves in the Fe jarosite compound KFe3(SO4)2(OH)6 for the most general Hamiltonian involving one- and two-spin interactions which are allowed by symmetry. We compare the calculated spin-wave spectrum with the recent neutron scattering data of Matan et al. for various model Hamiltonians which include, in addition to isotropic Heisenberg exchange interactions between nearest (J1) and next-nearest (J2) neighbors, single-ion anisotropy and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interactions. We concluded that DM interactions are the dominant anisotropic interaction, which not only fits all the splittings in the spin-wave spectrum but also reproduces the small canting of the spins out of the Kagomé plane. A brief discussion of how representation theory restricts the allowed magnetic structure is also given.

Comments

At the time of publication, author Taner Yildirim was affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Currently, he is a faculty member in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Date Posted: 12 August 2015

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