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Separating the ferromagnetic and glassy behavior within the metal-organic magnet

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.92.184431 DOI Help

Authors: Adam Berlie (Durham University; ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility) , Ian Terry (Durham University) , Marek Szablewski (Durham University) , Sean Giblin (Cardiff University)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Physical Review B , VOL 92

State: Published (Approved)
Published: November 2015
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 2101

Abstract: An in-depth study of the metal-organic magnet Ni(TCNQ)2 was conducted where the deuterated form was synthesised both to attempt to alter the magnetic properties of the material and to be advantageous in techniques such as neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy. Deuteration saw a 3 K increase in TC with magnetization and heat capacity measurements demonstrating a spin wave contribution at low temperatures confirming the 3D nature of the ferromagnetic state shown by Ni(TCNQ−D4)2. AC susceptibility results suggest there is a glassy component associated with the magnetically ordered state, though muon spectroscopy measurements did not support the presence of a spin glass state. Instead muon spectroscopy at zero magnetic field indicated the presence of two magnetic transitions, one at 20 K and another below 6 K; the latter is likely due to the system entering a quasistatic regime, similar to what one might expect of a superspin or cluster glass. Neutron diffraction measurements further supported this by revealing very weak magnetic Bragg peaks suggesting that the magnetism may have a short coherence length and be confined to small grains or clusters. The separation of the ferromagnetic and glassy magnetic components of the material's properties suggest that this system may show promise as a metal-organic magnet which is easily modified to change its magnetic properties, providing larger grain sizes can be synthesized.

Subject Areas: Physics, Materials


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