Impurities in spin-Peierls systems including lattice relaxation
P. Hansen, D. Augier, J. Riera, D. Poilblanc
Physical Review B (Condensed Matter)
The effects of magnetic and non-magnetic impurities in spin-Peierls systems are investigated allowing for lattice relaxation and quantum fluctuations. We show that, in isolated chains, strong bonds form next to impurities, leading to the appearance of magneto-elastic solitons. Generically, these solitonic excitations do not bind to impurities. However, interchain elastic coupling produces an attractive potential at the impurity site which can lead to the formation of bound states. In addition,
... e predict that small enough chain segments do not carry magnetic moments at the ends.