Magnetic excitations in underdoped Ba(Fe 1-xCo x) 2As 2 with x=0.047

G. S. Tucker, R. M. Fernandes, H. F. Li, V. Thampy, N. Ni, D. L. Abernathy, S. L. Bud'Ko, P. C. Canfield, D. Vaknin, J. Schmalian, R. J. McQueeney

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The magnetic excitations in the paramagnetic-tetragonal phase of underdoped Ba(Fe 0.953Co 0.047) 2As 2, as measured by inelastic neutron scattering, can be well described by a phenomenological model with purely diffusive spin dynamics. At low energies, the spectrum around the magnetic ordering vector Q AFM consists of a single peak with elliptical shape in momentum space. At high energies, this inelastic peak is split into two peaks across the direction perpendicular to Q AFM. We use our fittings to argue that such a splitting is not due to incommensurability or propagating spin-wave excitations, but is rather a consequence of the anisotropies in the Landau damping and in the magnetic correlation length, both of which are allowed by the tetragonal symmetry of the system. We also measure the magnetic spectrum deep inside the magnetically ordered phase, and find that it is remarkably similar to the spectrum of the paramagnetic phase, revealing the strongly overdamped character of the magnetic excitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number024505
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 6 2012


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