The double life of electrons in magnetic iron pnictides as revealed by NMR
H. H. Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol - Tyndall Av, BS8-1TL, Bristol, UK, EU
Accepted: 29 October 2010
We present a phenomenological, two-fluid approach to understanding the magnetic excitations in Fe pnictides, in which a paramagnetic fluid with gapless, incoherent particle-hole excitations coexists with an antiferromagnetic fluid with gapped, coherent spin wave excitations. We show that this two-fluid phenomenology provides an excellent quantitative description of NMR data for magnetic “122” pnictides, and argue that it finds a natural justification in LSDA and spin density wave calculations. We further use this phenomenology to estimate the maximum renormalisation of the ordered moment that can follow from low-energy spin fluctuations in Fe pnictides. We find that this is too small to account for the discrepancy between ab initio calculations and neutron scattering measurements.
PACS: 75.50.Ee – Antiferromagnetics / 76.60.Es – Relaxation effects / 67.80.dk – Magnetic properties, phases, and NMR
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