Description: Positive muon spin rotation and relaxation measurements have been carried out on the antiferromagnets, pure MnF/sub 2/ and site-diluted (Mn/sub 0.5/Zn/sub 0.5/)F/sub 2/, above and below the Neel temperature T/sub N/ using single-crystal specimens. Two different muon signals have been found in the pure MnF/sub 2/; with the precession frequency nu/sub A/ = 1.3 GHz for the site A and nu/sub B/ = 152 MHz for the site B measured in zero external magnetic field at T = 5 K. We propose a picture that the signal from the A site represents the ''muonium'' state, and discuss the characteristic features of muonium in magnetic materials. The spin relaxation rate 1/T/sub 1/, measured in zero external field, decreases rapidly with decreasing temperature below T/sub N/. The mechanism of the spin relaxation above T/sub N/ is explained by the exchange fluctuations of the Mn moments, while below T/sub N/ by the Raman scattering of spin waves. At the same normalized temperature T/T/sub N/, 1/T/sub 1/ observed in the diluted (Mn/sub 0.5/Zn/sub 0.5/)F/sub 2/ is significantly larger than that in the pure MnF/sub 2/ below T/sub N/. The difference between the pure and diluted systems is related to the large spectral weight of low-energy magnons in (Mn/sub 0.5/Zn/sub 0.5/)F/sub 2/ found by neutron scattering.
Date: January 1, 1986
Creator: Uemura, Y.J.; Keitel, R.; Senba, M.; Kiefl, R.F.; Kreitzman, S.R.; Noakes, D.R. et al.
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