We argue that salient experimental features of the magnetic excitations in the spin-density-wave phase of iron-based superconductors can be understood within an itinerant model. We identify a minimal model and use a multiband random-phase approximation treatment of the dynamical spin susceptibility. Weakly damped spin waves are found near the ordering momentum and it is shown how they dissolve into the particle-hole continuum. We show that ellipticity of the electron bands accounts for the anisotropy of the spin waves along different crystallographic directions and the spectral gap at the momentum conjugated to the ordering one. We argue that our theory agrees well with the existing neutron scattering data.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Apr 21 2010|