Volume 86, Number 2, April 2009
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||30 April 2009|
Geometric-phase-effect tunnel-splitting oscillations in single-molecule magnets with fourth-order anisotropy induced by orthorhombic distortion
Department of Physics, Amherst College - Amherst, MA 01002-5000, USA
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 20 March 2009
We analyze the interference between tunneling paths that occurs for a spin system with both fourth-order and second-order transverse anisotropy. Using an instanton approach, we find that as the strength of the second-order transverse anisotropy is increased, the tunnel splitting is modulated, with zeros occurring periodically. This effect results from the interference of four tunneling paths connecting easy-axis spin orientations and occurs in the absence of any magnetic field.
PACS: 75.45.+j – Macroscopic quantum phenomena in magnetic systems / 75.50.Xx – Molecular magnets / 03.65.Vf – Phases: geometric; dynamic or topological
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