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Title: Thermal conductivity in large-J two-dimensional antiferromagnets: Role of phonon scattering

Different types of relaxation processes for magnon heat current are discussed, with a particular focus on coupling to three-dimensional phonons. There is thermal conductivity by these in-plane magnetic excitations using two distinct techniques: Boltzmann formalism within the relaxation-time approximation and memory-function approach. Also considered are the scattering of magnons by both acoustic and optical branches of phonons. We demonstrate an accord between the two methods, regarding the asymptotic behavior of the effective relaxation rates. It is strongly suggested that scattering from optical or zone-boundary phonons is important for magnon heat current relaxation in a high-temperature window of ΘD≲T<< J.
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States)
  2. Technical Univ. Braunschweig (Germany)
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Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
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Journal Volume: 92; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121: PRBMDO
American Physical Society
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United States