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Exchange constants and spin dynamics in Mn₁₂-acetate

Honecker, A. ; Fukushima, N. ; Normand, Bruce ; Chaboussant, G. ; Güdel, Hans-Ulrich

In: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 2005, vol. 290-291, p. 966-969

We have obtained new inelastic neutron scattering (INS) data for the molecular magnet Mn₁₂-acetate which exhibit at least six magnetic peaks in the energy range 5–35 meV. These are compared with a microscopic Heisenberg model for the 12 quantum spins localised on the Mn ions, coupled by four inequivalent magnetic exchange constants. A fit to the magnetic susceptibility under the constraint... More

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    Summary
    We have obtained new inelastic neutron scattering (INS) data for the molecular magnet Mn₁₂-acetate which exhibit at least six magnetic peaks in the energy range 5–35 meV. These are compared with a microscopic Heisenberg model for the 12 quantum spins localised on the Mn ions, coupled by four inequivalent magnetic exchange constants. A fit to the magnetic susceptibility under the constraint that the spin of the ground state be S=10 yields two dominant exchange constants of very similar value, J1≈J2≈65 K (≈5.5 meV), and two smaller exchange constants J3 and J4. We compute the low-lying excitations by exact numerical diagonalisation and demonstrate that the parameters determined from the ground state and susceptibility fit provide qualitative agreement with the excitations observed by INS.