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Influence of radiation defects on exciton-magnon interactions in nickel oxide
Author(s): Nina Mironova-Ulmane; Vera Skvortsova; Alexei Kuzmin; Ilmo Sildos
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Paper Abstract

Influence of radiation defects on the optical absorption spectrum of nickel oxide (NiO) was studied at 6 K in the near-IR energy range of 7750-8300 cm-1 corresponding to the magnetic-dipole transition 3A2g(F)->3T2g(F) at nickel sites. NiO single crystals grown by the method of chemical transport reactions on the MgO(100) substrates were irradiated by the neutron fluences up to 5x1018 cm-2. Two sharp lines were observed at the low-energy side of the band: the peak at 7805 cm-1 is assigned to the pure exciton transition, whereas the peak at 7845 cm-1, to the exciton-magnon excitation that occurs at the Brillouin zone-center (BZC). An increase of the defect concentration at higher fluences results in the lowering of the magnon-satellite-peak intensity. The long-wavelength BZC magnon absorption is sensitive to the long- range magnetic ordering, which becomes destroyed in the presence of the radiation defects. Therefore, the observed decrease of the peak intensity is attributed to the decrease of the spin-spin correlation length due to inhomogeneous broadening.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5946, Optical Materials and Applications, 59460D (12 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.639158
Show Author Affiliations
Nina Mironova-Ulmane, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
Vera Skvortsova, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
Alexei Kuzmin, Univ. of Latvia (Latvia)
Ilmo Sildos, Univ. of Tartu (Estonia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5946:
Optical Materials and Applications
Arnold Rosental, Editor(s)

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