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Title: Resonant spin tunneling in randomly oriented nanospheres of Mn 12 acetate

We report measurements and theoretical analysis of resonant spin tunneling in randomly oriented nanospheres of a molecular magnet. Amorphous nanospheres of Mn₁₂ acetate have been fabricated and characterized by chemical, infrared, TEM, X-ray, and magnetic methods. Magnetic measurements have revealed sharp tunneling peaks in the field derivative of the magnetization that occur at the typical resonant field values for the Mn₁₂ acetate crystal in the field parallel to the easy axis.Theoretical analysis is provided that explains these observations. We argue that resonant spin tunneling in a molecular magnet can be established in a powder sample, without the need for a single crystal and without aligning the easy magnetization axes of the molecules. This is confirmed by re-analyzing the old data on a powdered sample of non-oriented micron-size crystals of Mn₁₂ acetate. In conclusion, our findings can greatly simplify the selection of candidates for quantum spin tunneling among newly synthesized molecular magnets.
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  1. Univ. de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain)
  2. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)
  3. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  4. Esfera Univ. Autonoma Barcelona, Bellaterra (Spain)
  5. Esfera Univ. Autonoma Barcelona, Bellaterra (Spain); Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA), Barcelona (Spain)
  6. Lehman College, The City Univ. of New York, Bronx, NY (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121; PRBMDO; R&D Project: PM032; KC0202010
Grant/Contract Number:
SC00112704; AC02-98CH10886
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 91; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States