Neutron scattering from magnetic polymers

M. F. Thorpe

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Some of the static and dynamic properties of a simple magnetic polymer are calculated. The localized magnetic moments on each monomer interact via a nearest-neighbor Heisenberg exchange. While k→-independent quantities, like the free energy and the spin-wave density of states are independent of polymer conformation, k→-dependent quantities like the wave-vector-dependent susceptibility χ(k→) and the neutron scattering law S(k→,ω) can yield useful information about the polymer conformation statistics. Explicit expressions are derived for these quantities for a freely jointed polymer chain. It is shown that the inverse correlation length in a ferromagnetic polymer, which can be determined from χ(k→), goes as T12. The neutron scattering law S(k→,ω) measures essentially the spin-wave density of states at low temperatures although there is some weak k→ dependence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2186-2193
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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