Lattice distortion mediated paramagnetic relaxation in high-spin high-symmetry molecular magnets

Anupam Garg*

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Abstract

Field-dependent maxima in the relaxation rate of the magnetic molecules Mn12-Ac and Fe8-tacn have commonly been ascribed to some resonant tunneling phenomena. We argue instead that the relaxation is purely due to phonons. The rate maxima arise because of a Jahn-Teller-like distortion caused by the coupling of phonons to degenerate Zeeman levels of the molecule at the top of the barrier. The binding energy of the distorted intermediate states lowers the barrier height and increases the relaxation rate. A nonperturbative calculation of this effect is carried out for a model system. An approximate result for the field variation near a maximum is found to agree reasonably with experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1513-1516
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume81
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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