Magnetic properties and spin dynamics of 3d-4f molecular complexes

TitleMagnetic properties and spin dynamics of 3d-4f molecular complexes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKhuntia P, Mariani M, Mahajan AV, Lascialfari A, Borsa F, Pasatoiu TD, Andruh M
Journal TitlePhysical Review B
Date Published11/29
ISBN Number1098-0121
Accession NumberISI:000297474000009
Keywordslattice relaxation, ligands, series, temperature

We present the magnetic properties of three recently synthesized binuclear molecular complexes [NiNd], [NiGd], and [ZnGd] investigated by dc magnetization and proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements. The high-temperature magnetic properties are related to the independent paramagnetic behavior of the two magnetic metal ions within the binuclear entities both in [NiNd] and [NiGd]. On lowering the temperature, the formation of a magnetic dimer, with a low-spin ground state due to antiferromagnetic interaction (J/k(B) approximate to -25 K) between Ni(2+) and Nd(3+), is found in the case of [NiNd], while in [NiGd], a ferromagnetic interaction (J/k(B) approximate to 3.31 K) between the magnetic ions leads to a high-spin (S = 9/2) ground state. The temperature dependence of the proton nuclear spin lattice relaxation rate T(1)(-1) in [NiNd] is driven by the fluctuation of the hyperfine field at the nuclear site due to relaxation of the magnetization. At high temperatures, the independent Ni(2+) and Nd(3+) spins fluctuate fast, while at low temperatures, we observe a slowing down of the fluctuation in the total magnetization of the dimer because of the insurgence of antiferromagnetic spin correlations. The relaxation mechanism in [NiNd] at low temperatures is interpreted by a single temperature-dependent correlation frequency omega(c) alpha T(3.5), which reflects the lifetime broadening of the exchange-coupled spins via spin-phonon interaction. The proton NMR signal in [NiGd] could just be detected at room temperature due to the shortening of relaxation times when T is decreased. The magnetic properties of [ZnGd] are the ones expected from a weakly interacting assembly of isolated moments except for anomalies in the susceptibility and NMR results below 15 K, which currently cannot be explained.

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Alternate JournalPhys Rev B