The powder neutron diffraction technique has been used for the direct observation of magnetic scattering below a Curie temperature of ∼ 14 K in the fullerene-based molecular ferromagnet Eu6C60. Europium is in the divalent state with a magnetic moment of 7.1(3) μB per atom, and the configurational symmetry of the magnetic structure is body-centered cubic. Close contacts between Eu2+ and neighboring C60 units provide the signature of orbital hybridization, which can evidently account for the conducting and magnetic properties of the material.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry