Anomalous thermal decoherence in a quantum magnet measured with neutron spin echo spectroscopy

F. Groitl, T. Keller, K. Rolfs, D. A. Tennant, K. Habicht
2016 Physical review B  
The effect of temperature dependent asymmetric line broadening is investigated in Cu(NO$_3$)$_2\cdot$2.5D$_2$O, a model material for a 1-D bond alternating Heisenberg chain, using the high resolution neutron-resonance spin-echo (NRSE) technique. Inelastic neutron scattering experiments on dispersive excitations including phase sensitive measurements demonstrate the potential of NRSE to resolve line shapes, which are non-Lorentzian, opening up a new and hitherto unexplored class of experiments
more » ... ss of experiments for the NRSE method beyond standard line width measurements. The particular advantage of NRSE is its direct access to the correlations in the time domain without convolution with the resolution function of the background spectrometer. This novel application of NRSE is very promising and establishes a basis for further experiments on different systems, since the results for Cu(NO$_3$)$_2\cdot$2.5D$_2$O are applicable to a broad range of quantum systems.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.93.134404 fatcat:qybflwgn6fhg5fzdffoodcwbpi