We report a neutron-scattering study of the dynamic spin correlations in Rb2MnF4, a two-dimensional spin-5/2 antiferromagnet. By tuning an external magnetic field to the value for the spin-flop line, we reduce the effective spin anisotropy to essentially zero, thereby obtaining a nearly ideal two-dimensional isotropic antiferromagnet. From the shape of the quasielastic peak as a function of temperature, we demonstrate dynamic scaling for this system and find a value for the dynamical exponent z. We compare these results to theoretical predictions for the dynamic behavior of the two-dimensional Heisenberg model, in which deviations from z=1 provide a measure of the corrections to scaling.
We report a neutron scattering study of the spin correlations for the spin-5/2 two-dimensional antiferromagnet Rb2MnF4 in an external magnetic field. Choosing fields near the system’s bicritical point, we tune the effective anisotropy in the spin interaction to zero, constructing an ideal S = 5/2 Heisenberg system. The correlation length and structure factor amplitude are closely described by the semiclassical theory of Cuccoli 'et al.' over a broad temperature range, but show no indication of approaching the low-temperature renormalized classical regime of the quantum nonlinear sigma model.