Inelastic neutron scattering and frequency-domain magnetic resonance studies of S=4 and S=12 Mn-6 single-molecule magnets

O. Pieper, T. Guidi, S. Carretta, J. van Slageren, F. El Hallak, B. Lake, P. Santini, G. Amoretti, H. Mutka, M. Koza, M. Russina, A. Schnegg, C. J. Milios, E. K. Brechin, A. Julia, J. Tejada

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Abstract

We investigate the magnetic properties of three Mn-6 single-molecule magnets by means of inelastic neutron scattering and frequency domain magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The experimental data reveal that small structural distortions of the molecular geometry produce a significant effect on the energy-level diagram and therefore on the magnetic properties of the molecule. We show that the giant spin model completely fails to describe the spin-level structure of the ground spin multiplets. We analyze theoretically the spin Hamiltonian for the low-spin Mn-6 molecule (S=4) and we show that the excited S multiplets play a key role in determining the effective energy barrier for the magnetization reversal, in analogy to what was previously found for the two high spin Mn-6 (S=12) molecules [S. Carretta et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 157203 (2008)].

Original languageEnglish
Article number174420
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume81
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010

Keywords

  • TARGETED STRUCTURAL DISTORTION
  • JAHN-TELLER ISOMERISM
  • ANISOTROPY BARRIER
  • SPIN EXCITATIONS
  • RELAXATION
  • CLUSTERS
  • FAMILY
  • INTERFERENCE
  • V-15

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