The energy splitting of the low-lying levels has been investigated on two magnetic molecular clusters Fe-6 and Fe-10 by means of low-temperature zero-field specific-heat measurements. Significant deviations from the usual C similar to T-2 law were observed above the maximum of the main Schottky anomalies as a result of nonnegligible contributions from the excited spin states with S>1 and the estimated lattice contributions follow a phenomenological power law C/R similar to T-alpha with alpha-2.7 for both these compounds. The singlet-triplet energy gaps evaluated by the Schottky anomaly, T-0=19.2 K for Fe6 and 4.56 K for Fe-10, are smaller than what we can estimate by a simplified spin-Hamiltonian approach in the strong exchange approximation and using the energy levels obtained by the high-field magnetization and susceptibility measurements. This discrepancy asks for a more complex description of the low-lying states of these molecular clusters, beyond the strong exchange approximation. At very low temperatures T<<1 K, two low-energy Schottky anomalies were also observed in Fe-10, probably due to a small fraction of defected rings or to hyperfine contributions.
|Anno di pubblicazione:||1999|
|Titolo:||Low-temperature specific heat of Fe-6 and Fe-10 molecular magnets|
|Autori:||Affronte M; Lasjaunias JC; Cornia A; Caneschi A|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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