Relaxation in the 3D ordered CoTAC spin chain by quantum nucleation of 0D domain walls

Lhotel, E.
Khatsko, E. N.
Paulsen, C.
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We have shown that resonant quantum tunnelling of the magnetisation (QTM), until now observed only in 0D cluster systems (SMMs), occurs in the molecular Ising spin chain, CoTAC ([(CH_3)_3NH]CoCl_3 - 2H_2O) which orders as a canted 3D-antiferromagnet at T_C=4.15 K. This effect was observed around a resonant like field value of 1025 Oe. We present here measurements of the relaxation of the magnetisation as a function of time, from the zero field cooled (ZFC) antiferromagnet state and from the saturated ferromagnet state. We show that, at the resonant field, the relaxation from the saturated state occurs in a complicated process, whereas, surprisingly, in the case of the ZFC state, the relaxation is exponential.
Comment: 4 pages, 5 figures, LT25 proceedings
Condensed Matter - Materials Science, Condensed Matter - Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics