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Abstract The microscopic origins of emergent behaviours in condensed matter systems are encoded in their excitations. In ordinary magnetic materials, single spin-flips give rise to collective dipolar magnetic excitations called magnons. Likewise, multiple spin-flips can give rise to multipolar magnetic excitations in magnetic materials with spin S ≥ 1. Unfortunately, since most experimental probes are governed by dipolar selection rules, collective multipolar excitations have generally remained elusive. For instance, only dipolar magnetic excitations have been observed in isotropic S = 1 Haldane spin systems. Here, we unveil a hidden quadrupolar constituent of the spin dynamics in antiferromagnetic S = 1 Haldane chain material Y 2 BaNiOmore »Free, publicly-accessible full text available December 1, 2023
Abstract<p>Data files for the manuscript "Quadrupolar magnetic excitations in an isotropic spin-1 antiferromagnet".</p> <p>Reference: A. Nag, A. Nocera, S. Agrestini, M. Garcia-Fernandez, A. C. Walters, Sang-Wook Cheong, S. Johnston, and Ke-Jin Zhou, "Quadrupolar magnetic excitations in an isotropic spin-1 antiferromagnet". arXiv:2111.03625 (2021).</p> <p>Preprint: arXiv:2111.03625 (2021), URL: https://arxiv.org/abs/2111.03625</p>
We explore the existence of the collective orbital excitations, orbitons, in the canonical orbital system KCuF3 using the Cu L3-edge resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. We show that the nondispersive highenergy peaks result from the Cu2þ dd orbital excitations. These high-energy modes display good agreement with the ab initio quantum chemistry calculation, indicating that the dd excitations are highly localized. At the same time, the low-energy excitations present clear dispersion. They match extremely well with the two-spinon continuum following the comparison with Müller ansatz calculations. The localized dd excitations and the observation of the strongly dispersive magnetic excitations suggest that themore »