Angular momentum conservation and phonon spin in magnetic insulators

Andreas Rückriegel, Simon Streib, Gerrit E.W. Bauer, Rembert A. Duine

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We develop a microscopic theory of spin-lattice interactions in magnetic insulators, separating rigid-body rotations and the internal angular momentum, or spin, of the phonons, while conserving the total angular momentum. In the low-energy limit, the microscopic couplings are mapped onto experimentally accessible magnetoelastic constants. We show that the transient phonon spin contribution of the excited system can dominate over the magnon spin, leading to nontrivial Einstein-de Haas physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104402
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar 1


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