Spin correlations in the two-dimensional spin-5/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet Rb2MnF4

Y. S. Lee, M. Greven, B. O. Wells, R. J. Birgeneau, G. Shirane

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We report a neutron scattering study of the instantaneous spin correlations in the two-dimensional spin S = 5/2 square-lattice Heisenberg antiferromagnet Rb2MnF4. The measured correlation lengths are quantitatively described, with no adjustable parameters, by high-temperature series expansion results and by a theory based on the quantum self-consistent harmonic approximation. Conversely, we find that the data, which cover the range from about 1 to 50 lattice constants, are outside of the regime corresponding to renormalized classical behavior of the quantum non-linear σ model. In addition, we observe a crossover from Heisenberg to Ising critical behavior near the Néel temperature; this crossover is well described by a mean-field model with no adjustable parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Physical Journal B
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998


  • 75.10.Jm Quantized spin models
  • 75.25.+z Spin arrangements in magnetically ordered materials (including neutron and spin-polarized electron studies, synchrotron-source X-ray scattering, etc.)
  • 75.30.Gw Magnetic anisotropy


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