We use inelastic neutron scattering to measure the spin wave dispersion throughout the Brillouin zone of the double-exchange ferromagnet La0.7Pb0.3MnO3. Magnons with energies as high as 95 meV are directly observed and an unexpectedly simple Heisenberg Hamiltonian, with solely a nearest-neighbor coupling of 8.79+/-0.21 meV, accounts for the entire dispersion relation. The calculated Curie temperature for this local moment Hamiltonian overestimates the measured Curie point (355 K) by only 15%. Raising temperature yields unusual broadening of the high frequency spin waves, even within the ferromagnetic phase.
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