We report inelastic neutron-scattering measurements of the spin dynamics in the layered hexagonal magnet 2H-AgNiO2, which has stacked triangular layers of antiferromagnetically coupled Ni2+ spins (S=1) ordered in a collinear alternating stripe pattern. We observe a broad band of magnetic excitations above a small gap of 1.8 meV and extending up to 7.5 meV, indicating strongly dispersive excitations. The measured dispersions of the boundaries of the powder-averaged spectrum can be quantitatively explained by a linear spin-wave dispersion for triangular layers with antiferromagnetic nearest- and weak next-nearest-neighbor couplings, a strong easy-axis anisotropy, and additional weak interlayer couplings. The resulting dispersion relation has global minima not at magnetic Bragg wave vectors but at symmetry-related soft points and we attribute this anomalous feature to the strong competition between the easy-axis anisotropy and the frustrated antiferromagnetic couplings. We have also calculated the quantum corrections to the dispersion relation to order 1/S in spin-wave theory by extending the work of Chubukov and Jolicoeur [Phys. Rev. B 46, 11137 (1992)] and find that the presence of easy-axis anisotropy significantly reduces the quantum renormalizations predicted for the isotropic model.
|Translated title of the contribution||Spin dynamics of frustrated easy-axis triangular antiferromagnet 2H-AgNiO2 explored by inelastic neutron scattering|
|Pages (from-to)||014421-1 - 014421-4|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2009|