Abstracts 2004

Abstract of Publication No. 488

G. Chaboussant, A. Sieber, S. Ochsenbein, H.-U. Güdel, M. Murrie, A. Honecker, N. Fukushima and B. Normand
Exchange interactions and high-energy spin states in Mn12-acetate
Phys. Rev. B 70, 104422/1-16 (2004)      Full Text (PDF)      DOI-Link     

Abstract: We perform inelastic neutron scattering measurements on the molecular nanomagnet Mn12-acetate to measure the excitation spectrum up to 45  meV (500  K). We isolate magnetic excitations in two groups at 5–6.5  meV (60–75  K) and 8–10.5  meV (95–120  K), with higher levels appearing only at 27  meV  (310  K) and 31  meV  (360  K). From a detailed characterization of the transition peaks we show that all of the low-energy modes appear to be separate S = 9 excitations above the S = 10 ground state, with the peak at 27  meV  (310  K) corresponding to the first S = 11 excitation. We consider a general model for the four exchange interaction parameters of the molecule. The static susceptibility is computed by high-temperature series expansion and the energy spectrum, matrix elements, and ground-state spin configuration by exact diagonalization. The theoretical results are matched with experimental observation by inclusion of cluster anisotropy parameters, revealing strong constraints on possible parameter sets. We conclude that only a model with dominant exchange couplings J1 J2 5.5  meV  (65  K) and small couplings J3 J4 0.6  meV  (7  K) is consistent with the experimental data.

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