Ultrafast Dynamics of Localized Magnetic Moments in the Unconventional Mott Insulator Sr2IrO4

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Journal Article


Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Volume 28, p.32LT01 (2016)

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We report a time-resolved study of the ultrafast dynamics of the magnetic moments formed by the Jeff = 1/2 states in Sr2IrO4 by directly probing the localized iridium 5d magnetic state through resonant x-ray diffraction. Using optical pump–hard x-ray probe measurements, two relaxation time scales were determined: a fast fluence-independent relaxation is found to take place on a time scale of 1.5 ps, followed by a slower relaxation on a time scale of 500 ps–1.5 ns.