Antiferromagnetic Spin Fluctuations in Cuprate Superconductors

  • J. M. Tranquada
  • G. Shirane
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 246)


In this paper we will discuss the results of some neutron scattering studies of antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations in the superconductors YBa2Cu3O6+x and La2-x Sr x CuO4. We begin by discussing spin wave measurements in the antiferromagnetic phases of these compounds and comparisons between experimental and theoretical results for the spin-1/2 Heisenberg model in two dimensions. Next, recent studies of antiferromagnetic excitations in metallic and superconducting phases are described. In particular, the topics of incommensurate scattering, the temperature dependence of the spin susceptibility, and the existence of spin fluctuations at temperatures below the superconducting transition temperature will be covered. Finally, we consider the connection between neutron scattering measurements and studies of nuclear spin relaxation rates obtained by nuclear magnetic resonance. The paper concludes with a short summary.


Spin Fluctuation Inelastic Cross Section Dynamical Structure Factor Differential Scattering Cross Section Inverse Correlation Length 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Tranquada
    • 1
  • G. Shirane
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentBrookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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