Volume 87, Number 5, September 2009
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||23 September 2009|
Coherent spin rotation in the presence of a phonon-bottleneck effect
Physics Department and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University 1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310, USA
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 28 August 2009
A characteristic of spin reversal in the presence of phonon bottleneck is the deviation of the magnetization cycle from a reversible function into an opened hysteresis cycle. In recent experiments on molecular magnets (e.g. and ), the zero-field level repulsion was sufficiently large to ensure an otherwise adiabatic passage through zero-field and the magnetization curves can be described by using only a phonon-bottleneck model. Here, we generalize the phonon-bottleneck model into a model able to blend the non-adiabatic dynamics of spins with the presence of a non-equilibrium phonon bath. In this simple phenomenological model, Bloch equations are written in the eigenbasis of the effective spin Hamiltonian, considered to be a two-level system at low temperatures. The relaxation term is given by the phonon-bottleneck mechanism. To the expense of calculus time, the method can be generalized to multi-level systems, where the notion of Bloch sphere does not apply but the density matrix formalism is still applicable.
PACS: 75.45.+j – Macroscopic quantum phenomena in magnetic systems / 75.50.Xx – Molecular magnets / 75.10.Jm – Quantized spin models
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