Giant anisotropy of Gilbert damping in a Rashba honeycomb antiferromagnet

M. Baglai, R. J. Sokolewicz, A. Pervishko, M. I. Katsnelson, O. Eriksson, D. Yudin, M. Titov

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    Giant Gilbert damping anisotropy is identified as a signature of strong Rashba spin-orbit coupling in a two-dimensional antiferromagnet on a honeycomb lattice. The phenomenon originates in spin-orbit-induced splitting of conduction electron subbands that strongly suppresses certain spin-flip processes. As a result, the spin-orbit interaction is shown to support an undamped nonequilibrium dynamical mode that corresponds to an ultrafast in-plane Néel vector precession and a constant perpendicular-To-The-plane magnetization. The phenomenon is illustrated on the basis of a two-dimensional s-d-like model. Spin-orbit torques and conductivity are also computed microscopically for this model. Unlike Gilbert damping, these quantities are shown to reveal only a weak anisotropy that is limited to the semiconductor regime corresponding to the Fermi energy staying in the close vicinity of the antiferromagnetic gap.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number104403
    JournalPhysical Review B
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2020


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