The magnetic properties of mono- and dierbium(Er) metallofullerenes have been studied by means of a synchrotron soft X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (SXMCD) technique. The effective magnetic moment of the Er ions has been estimated to be 8.48 μB and is independent of the number of Er ions encapsulated inside the fullerene cage. These Er metallofullerenes exhibit an antiferromagnetic-like behavior at low temperatures that is stronger in Er@C82(C2v isomer) monometallofullerene than in Er 2OC82(C2v and Er2C 2OC82(C2v,) dimetallofullerenes. The result suggests that the unpaired spin on the monometallofullerene cages causes an indirect magnetic interaction between Er 4f spins of neighboring metallofullerenes. Furthermore, we have found that the Weiss temperatures of the metallofullerene remain the same even when one of the Er ions in Er 2C2OC82(Cs) is replaced by a nonmagnetic Y ion (i.e., ErYC2@C82). The results indicate that interaction between the two Er ions in the same fullerene cage does not contribute significantly to the overall magnetic properties.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films