Title: Review of NMR studies of nanoscale molecular magnets composed of geometrically frustrated antiferromagnetic triangles

Authors: Yuji Furukawa

Addresses: Ames Laboratory and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames Iowa, 50014, USA

Abstract: This article presents a comprehensive review of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies performed on three nanoscale molecular magnets with different novel configurations of geometrically frustrated antiferromagnetic (AFM) triangles: (1) the isolated single AFM triangle K6[V15As6O42(H2O)]·8H2O (in short V15), (2) the spin ball [Mo72Fe30O252(Mo2O7(H2O))2(Mo2O8H2(H2O)) (CH3COO)12(H2O)91]·150H2O (in short Fe30 spin ball), and (3) the twisted triangular spin tube [(CuCl2tachH)3Cl]Cl2 (in short Cu3 spin tube). In V15t, from 51V NMR spectra, the local spin configurations were directly determined in both the nonfrustrated total spin ST = 3/2 state at higher magnetic fields (H ge; 2.7 T) and the two nearly degenerate ST = 1/2 ground states at lower magnetic fields (H ≤ 2.7 T). The dynamical magnetic properties of V15 were investigated by proton spin-lattice relaxation rate (1/T1) measurements. In the ST = 3/2 state, 1/T1 shows thermally activated behaviour as a function of temperature. On the other hand, the temperature independent behaviour of 1/T1 at very low temperatures is observed in the frustrated ST = 1/2 ground state. Possible origins for the peculiar behaviour of 1/T1 will be discussed in terms of magnetic fluctuations due to spin frustrations. In Fe30, static and dynamical properties of Fe3+ (s = 5/2) have been investigated by proton NMR spectra and 1/T1 measurements. From the temperature dependence of 1/T1, the fluctuation frequency of the Fe3+ spins is found to decrease with decreasing temperature, indicating spin freezing at low temperatures. The spin freezing is also evidenced by the observation of a sudden broadening of 1H NMR spectra below 0.6 K. Finally, 1H NMR data in Cu3 will be described. An observation of magnetic broadening of 1H NMR spectra at low temperatures below 1 K directly revealed a gapless ground state. The 1/T1 measurements revealed a usual slow spin dynamics in the Cu3 spin tube.

Keywords: frustrated spin systems; antiferromagnetic traingles; nanomagnets; nuclear magnetic resonance; NMR; nuclear spin lattice relaxation rates; spin dynamics; nanotechnology; review; nanoscale molecular magnets; temperature dependence; spin freezing; magnetic fluctuations.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNT.2016.080351

International Journal of Nanotechnology, 2016 Vol.13 No.10/11/12, pp.845 - 869

Published online: 16 Nov 2016 *

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