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Spin-communication channels between Ln(III) bis-phthalocyanines molecular nanomagnets and a magnetic substrate

Candini, A.; Klar, D.; Marocchi, S.; Corradini, V.; Biagi, R.; De Renzi, V.; Del Pennino, U.; Troiani, F.; Bellini, V.; Klyatskaya, S.; Ruben, M.; Kummer, K.; Brookes, N.B.; Huang, H.; Soncini, A.; Wende, H.; Affronte, M.

Abstract (englisch): Learning the art of exploiting the interplay between different units at the atomic scale is a fundamental step in the realization of functional nano-architectures and interfaces. In this context, understanding and controlling the magnetic coupling between molecular centers and their environment is still a challenging task. Here we present a combined experimental-theoretical work on the prototypical case of the bis(phthalocyaninato)-lanthanide(III) (LnPc2) molecular nanomagnets magnetically coupled to a Ni substrate. By means of X-ray magnetic circular dichroism we show how the coupling strength can be tuned by changing the Ln ion. The microscopic parameters of the system are determined by ab-initio calculations and then used in a spin Hamiltonian approach to interpret the experimental data. By this combined approach we identify the features of the spin communication channel: the spin path is first realized by the mediation of the external (5d) electrons of the Ln ion, keeping the characteristic features of the inner 4 f orbitals unaffected, then through the organic ligand, acting as a bridge to the external world.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Nanotechnologie (INT)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.1038/srep21740
ISSN: 2045-2322
KITopen ID: 1000053805
HGF-Programm 43.21.04; LK 01
Erschienen in Scientific Reports
Band 6
Seiten 21740
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