Time-dependent two-magnon scattering was previously proposed as a mechanism to explain the large magnitude of the ferrimagnetic resonance (FMR) linewidth of barium ferrite as a function of frequency. In the present work, it is shown that a quantum mechanical mechanism like the Kasuya-Le Craw process (KL) but with the phonon excitation replaced by a single-particle excitation of a trigonal site iron ion, which moves in an anharmonic potential well, gives a linewidth contribution of less than a tenth of an Oersted and proportional to the frequency, as in the KL mechanism. We conclude, based on this work and our previous work on the KL mechanism, that neither of these mechanisms can explain the observed FMR linewidths in barium ferrite at any frequency.


Originally published in Journal of Applied Physics 72, 612 (1992). DOI:10.1063/1.351841 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.351841).


quantum mechanical mechanism, Kasuya-Le Craw process, KL, barium ferrite, trigonal site single particle excitations, FMR

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Ferromagnetic resonance, Scattering (Physics), Spin waves


Electromagnetics and photonics


American Institute of Physics

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