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Effect of magnetism on lattice dynamics in SrFe$$_2$$As$$_2$$ using high-resolution inelastic X-ray scattering

Murai, Naoki*; Fukuda, Tatsuo; Kobayashi, Tatsuya*; Nakajima, Masamichi*; Uchiyama, Hiroshi*; Ishikawa, Daisuke*; Tsutsui, Satoshi*; Nakamura, Hiroki; Machida, Masahiko; Miyasaka, Shigeki*; Tajima, Setsuko*; Baron, A. Q. R.*

Phonon spectra of detwinned SrFe$$_2$$As$$_2$$ crystals, as measured by inelastic X-ray scattering, show clear anisotropyaccompanying the magnetostructural transition at 200 K. We model the mode splitting using magnetic DFT calculations, including a phenomenological reduction in force-constant anisotropy that can be attributed to magnetic fluctuations. This serves as a starting point for a general model of phonons in this material applicable to both the antiferromagnetically ordered phase and the paramagnetic phase. Using this model, the measured splitting in the magnetic phase below T$$_N$$, and the measured phonon linewidth, we set a lower bound on the mean magnetic fluctuation frequency above T$$_N$$ at 210 K.

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