Radio-frequency spectroscopy of the low-energy spectrum of the magnetic molecule Cr12 Cu2

Catalin Martin, Larry Engelhardt, Michael L. Baker, Grigore A. Timco, Floriana Tuna, Richard E P Winpenny, Philip L W Tregenna-Piggott, Marshall Luban, Ruslan Prozorov

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    We present tunnel diode oscillator (TDO) measurements of dynamic magnetic susceptibility, inelastic neutron-scattering (INS) measurements, and theoretical predictions based on quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations for a magnetic molecule system, Cr12 Cu2. The TDO measurements show not only ground-state level crossings (as can also be observed in low-temperature dc magnetization measurements) but also clear evidence of crossings between certain excited energy levels. These TDO results are in excellent agreement with our theoretical predictions for a Heisenberg Hamiltonian and are further confirmed by our INS measurements. Our present findings demonstrate that the TDO technique is a valuable magnetic spectroscopic tool for studying magnetic molecules, and that the QMC method is a valuable tool for predicting properties of computationally demanding systems such as Cr12 Cu2. © 2009 The American Physical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number100407
    JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2009


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