Presence of X-Ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism Signal for Zero-Magnetization Antiferromagnetic State

Norimasa Sasabe, Motoi Kimata, Tetsuya Nakamura

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Abstract

X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) is generally not observed for antiferromagnetic (AFM) states because XMCD signals from the antiparallelly coupled spins cancel each other. In this Letter, we theoretically show the presence of an XMCD signal from compensated two-dimensional triangle AFM structures on a Kagome lattice. The calculation reveals the complete correspondence between the XMCD spectra and the sign of the spin chirality: The XMCD signal only appears when the spin chirality is negative. This XMCD signal originates from the different absorption coefficients of the three sublattices reflecting different charge density anisotropies and directions of spin and orbital magnetic moments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number157402
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume126
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Apr 16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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