Robust antiferromagnetic spin waves across the metal-insulator transition in hole-doped BaMn2As2

Ramazanoğlu M. K., SAPKOTA A., PANDEY A., LAMSAL J., Abernathy D. L., Niedziela J. L., ...More

PHYSICAL REVIEW B, vol.95, no.22, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 95 Issue: 22
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1103/physrevb.95.224401
  • Journal Name: PHYSICAL REVIEW B
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


BaMn2As2 is an antiferromagnetic insulator where a metal-insulator transition occurs with hole doping via the substitution of Ba with K. The metal-insulator transition causes only a small suppression of the Neel temperature ( T-N) and the ordered moment, suggesting that doped holes interact weakly with the Mn spin system. Powder inelastic neutron scattering measurements were performed on three different samples of Ba1-x K-x Mn2As2 with x = 0, 0.125, and 0.25 to study the effect of hole doping and metallization on the spin dynamics. We compare the neutron intensities to a linear spin-wave theory approximation to the J(1)-J(2)-J(c) Heisenberg model. Hole doping is found to introduce only minor modifications to the exchange energies and spin gap. The changes observed in the exchange constants are consistent with the small drop of TN with doping.