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Effect of crystalline disorder on quantum tunneling in the single-molecule magnet Mn12 benzoate

AuthorsCarbonera, Chiara; Luis, Fernando; Sánchez-Marcos, J. ; Camón, Agustín; Chaboy, Jesús; Ruiz Molina, Daniel ; Imaz, Inhar
Issue Date2010
PublisherAmerican Physical Society
CitationPhysical Review B 81(1): 014427 (2010)
AbstractWe report a detailed study of the effects that crystalline disorder has on the magnetic relaxation and quantum tunneling of Mn12 benzoate clusters. Thanks to the absence of interstitial molecules in the crystal structure of this molecular compound, we have been able to isolate the influence of long-range crystalline disorder. For this, we compare results obtained under two extreme situations: a crystalline sample and a nearly amorphous material. The results show that crystalline disorder affects little the anisotropy, magnetic relaxation, and quantum tunneling of these materials. It follows that disorder is not a necessary ingredient for the existence of magnetic quantum tunneling. The results unveil, however, a subtle influence of crystallinity via the modification of the symmetry of dipole-dipole interactions. The faster tunneling rates measured for the amorphous material are accounted for by a narrower distribution of dipolar bias in this material, as compared with the crystalline sample.
Description10 páginas, 9 figuras, 1 tabla.-- PACS number(s): 75.45.+j, 75.50.Xx, 75.60.Jk, 75.50.Kj.-- et al.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.81.014427
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