Magnetic Order and Dynamics in Stripe-Ordered La2-xSrxNiO4

Research paper by A. T. Boothroyd, P. G. Freeman, D. Prabhakaran, M. Enderle, J. Kulda

Indexed on: 29 Aug '03Published on: 29 Aug '03Published in: Physics - Strongly Correlated Electrons


We have studied magnetic correlations in several compositions of stripe-ordered La2-xSrxNiO4. In this paper we show how polarized-neutron scattering has helped uncover important features of the magnetic ordering and spin dynamics. In particular, polarization analysis has enabled us (1) to characterize a spin reorientation transition, (2) to identify anisotropy gaps in the spin excitation spectrum, and (3) to investigate an anomalous dip in the spin-wave intensity suggestive of coupling between collective spin and charge excitations.