Antiferromagnetic Conic Refraction of Sound in Hematite
In a trigonal easy-plane -Fe2O3 antiferromagnet magnetic-field-dependent conic refraction due to the renormalization of the coefficients of elasticity effective magnetoelastic interaction is experimentally found in addition to the conventional internal conic refraction of the transverse elastic waves propagating along the trigonal C3 axis. It is shown that the deflection angle () of the energy flow from the C3 axis upon the internal conic refraction does not depend on the value of the magnetic field applied in the basis plane (HC3) and is a constant value determined by the correlation of the C14 and C44 coefficients of elasticity. The deflection angle of the energy flow upon the antiferromagnetic conic refraction () increases with increase in the field and tends to the value at large H values. The obtained results agree well with the theory of this phenomenon in antiferromagnets and support its conclusions.
S.A. Migachev et al., "Antiferromagnetic Conic Refraction of Sound in Hematite", Solid State Phenomena, Vols. 168-169, pp. 173-176, 2011