Distribution of internal transverse magnetic fields in a Mn12-based single molecule magnet

E. Del Barco, A. D. Kent, N. E. Chakov, L. N. Zakharov, A. L. Rheingold, D. N. Hendrickson, G. Christou

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    A distribution of internal transverse magnetic fields has been observed in single molecule magnet Mn12-BrAc in the pure magnetic quantum tunneling (MQT) regime. Magnetic relaxation experiments at 0.4 K are used to produce a hole in the distribution of transverse fields whose angle and depth depend on the orientation and amplitude of an applied transverse “digging field.” The presence of such transverse magnetic fields can explain the main features of resonant MQT in this material, including the tunneling rates, the form of the relaxation and the absence of tunneling selection rules. We propose a model in which the transverse fields originate from a distribution of tilts of the molecular magnetic easy axes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jan 30 2004

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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