Effect of symmetry breaking on short-wavelength acoustic phonons in the chiral magnet MnSi

Y. Nii, Y. Hirokane, T. Koretsune, D. Ishikawa, A. Q.R. Baron, Y. Onose

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Abstract

We have investigated the effects of spatial-inversion and time-reversal symmetry breaking on the acoustic phonon branches in chiral MnSi using high-resolution inelastic x-ray scattering and first-principles calculations. We find a momentum-transfer-dependent (q-dependent) splitting between transverse phonon bands having angular momentum parallel or antiparallel to q. This is understood by a phenomenological theory using a gyrotropic tensor. We observed no significant impact from the time-reversal symmetry breaking induced by a magnetic field (energy shifts < 0.3 meV). This suggests the effect of time-reversal symmetry breaking is small or is restricted to a very-low-energy regime in this material, possibly due to small spin-orbit interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL081101
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume104
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Aug 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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