Low Temperature Physics: 38, 819 (2012); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4752094 (7 pages)
Физика Низких Температур: Том 38, Выпуск 9 (Сентябрь 2012), c. 1032-1040    ( к оглавлению , назад )

Spin dynamics of S = 1/2 Heisenberg chains with a staggered transverse field: electron spin resonance studies (Review Article)

S.A. Zvyagin

Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory (HLD), Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, 01328 Dresden, Germany
E-mail: s.zvyagin@hzdr.de

Received April 18, 2012


In this article I review recent achievements on experimental studies of magnetic excitations in the copper pyrimidine dinitrate [PM–Cu(NO3)2(H2O)2]n (PM = pyrimidine), an S = 1/2 antiferromagnetic chain material with alternating g-tensor and the Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya interaction, by means of high-field electron spin resonance (ESR). Due to this alternation, in the 1D critical regime this material exhibits a field-induced gap. The excitation spectrum is formed by solitons and their bound states, breathers, and can be effectively described using the sine-Gordon model. With increasing temperature, the soliton-breather regime can be suppressed, resulting in a substantial evolution of ESR parameters. These changes can be described using a new theoretical concept recently proposed for S = 1/2 AF chains with a staggered transverse field. High magnetic field induces a transition into spin-polarized state with the excitation spectrum formed by magnons. Nonmonotonous behavior of the field-induced gap is observed in the vicinity of saturation field. The experimental data are compared with results of existing theoretical approaches, revealing an excellent agreement with the predictions.

PACS: 75.40.Gb Dynamic properties (dynamic susceptibility, spin waves, spin diffusion, dynamic scaling, etc.);
PACS: 76.30.–v Electron paramagnetic resonance and relaxation;
PACS: 75.10.Jm Quantized spin models, including quantum spin frustration.

Key words: antiferromagnetic chain, electron spin resonance, Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, high magnetic field.