Magnon-polaron excitations in the noncollinear antiferromagnet Mn3Ge

Sukhanov, A. S.; Pavlovskii, M. S.; Bourges, Ph; Walker, H. C.; Manna, K.; Felser, C.; Inosov, D. S. Source: PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 99 (21):10.1103/PhysRevB.99.214445 JUN 28 2019

We present detailed inelastic neutron scattering measurements of the noncollinear antiferromagnet Mn3Ge. Time-of-flight and triple-axis spectroscopy experiments were conducted at the temperature of 6 K, well below the high magnetic ordering temperature of 370 K. The magnetic excitations have a 5-meV gap and display an anisotropic dispersive mode reaching 90 meV at the boundaries of the magnetic Brillouin zone. The spectrum at the zone center shows two additional excitations that demonstrate characteristics of both magnons and phonons. Ab initio lattice-dynamics calculations show that these can be associated with the magnon-polaron modes resulting from the hybridization of the spin fluctuations and the low-energy optical phonons. The observed magnetoelastic coupling agrees with the previously found negative thermal expansion in this compound and resembles the features reported in the spectroscopic studies of other antiferromagnets with similar noncollinear spin structures.