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Magnon pairs and spin-nematic correlation in the spin Seebeck effect

Hirobe, Daichi*; Sato, Masahiro*; Hagihara, Masato*   ; Shiomi, Yuki*; Masuda, Takatsugu*; Saito, Eiji

Investigating exotic magnetic materials with spintronic techniques is effective at advancing magnetism as well as spintronics. In this work, we report unusual field-induced suppression of the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) in a quasi-one-dimensional frustrated spin-$$frac{1}{2}$$ magnet LiCuVO$$_4$$, known to exhibit spin-nematic correlation in a wide range of external magnetic field $$B$$. The suppression takes place above $$|B| gtrsim 2$$ T in spite of the $$B$$-linear isothermal magnetization curves in the same $$B$$ range. The result can be attributed to the growth of the spin-nematic correlation while increasing $$B$$. The correlation stabilizes magnon pairs carrying spin 2, thereby suppressing the interfacial spin injection of SSE by preventing the spin-1 exchange between single magnons and conduction electrons at the interface. This interpretation is supported by integrating thermodynamic measurements and theoretical analysis on the SSE.

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