Level crossings and zero-field splitting in the {Cr8}-cubane spin cluster studied using inelastic neutron scattering and magnetization

D. Vaknin, V. O. Garlea, F. Demmel, E. Mamontov, H. Nojiri, C. Martin, I. Chiorescu, Y. Qiu, P. Kögerler, J. Fielden, L. Engelhardt, C. Rainey, M. Luban

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Abstract

Inelastic neutron scattering (INS) in variable magnetic field and high-field magnetization measurements in the millikelvin temperature range were performed to gain insight into the low-energy magnetic excitation spectrum and the field-induced level crossings in the molecular spin cluster {Cr 8}-cubane. These complementary techniques provide consistent estimates of the lowest level-crossing field. The overall features of the experimental data are explained using an isotropic Heisenberg model, based on three distinct exchange interactions linking the eight CrIII paramagnetic centers (spins s = 3/2), that is supplemented with a relatively large molecular magnetic anisotropy term for the lowest S = 1 multiplet. It is noted that the existence of the anisotropy is clearly evident from the magnetic field dependence of the excitations in the INS measurements, while the magnetization measurements are not sensitive to its effects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number466001
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Volume22
Issue number46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov 24

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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