Spin dynamics of a J1-J2 antiferromagnet and its implications for iron pnictides

Pallab Goswami*, Rong Yu, Qimiao Si, Elihu Abrahams

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Motivated by the recent observation of antiferromagnetic correlations in the paramagnetic phase of iron pnictides, we study the finite-temperature spin dynamics of a two-dimensional J1-J2 antiferromagnet. We consider the paramagnetic phase in the regime of a (π,0) collinear ground state, using the modified spin wave theory. Below the mean-field Ising transition temperature, we identify short-range anisotropic antiferromagnetic correlations. We show that the dynamical structure factor S(q,ω) contains elliptic features in the momentum space, and determine its variation with temperature and energy. Implications for the spin-dynamical experiments in the iron pnictides are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number155108
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number15
StatePublished - Oct 12 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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