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Realization of Random-Field Ising Ferromagnetism in a Molecular Magnet
Chemistry Faculty Publications
  • Bo Wen
  • P Subedi
  • Lin Bo
  • Y Yeshurun
  • M P Sarachik
  • A D Kent
  • A J Millis
  • Christos Lampropoulos, University of North Florida
  • G Christou
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The longitudinal magnetic susceptibility of single crystals of the molecular magnet Mn12-acetate obeys a Curie-Weiss law, indicating a transition to a ferromagnetic phase at ∼0.9 K. With increasing magnetic field applied transverse to the easy axis, a marked change is observed in the temperature dependence of the susceptibility, and the suppression of ferromagnetism is considerably more rapid than predicted by mean-field theory for an ordered single crystal. Our results can instead be fit by a Hamiltonian for a random-field Ising ferromagnet in a transverse magnetic field, where the randomness derives from the intrinsic distribution of locally tilted magnetic easy axes known to exist in Mn12-acetate crystals, suggesting that Mn12-acetate is a realization of the random-field Ising model in which the random field may be tuned by a field applied transverse to the easy axis.

Originally published in Physical Review B, 82, 014406, 2010

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Bo Wen, P Subedi, Lin Bo, Y Yeshurun, et al.. "Realization of Random-Field Ising Ferromagnetism in a Molecular Magnet" (2010)
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