Quantum nucleation in a single-chain magnet

W. Wernsdorfer, R. Clérac, C. Coulon, L. Lecren, H. Miyasaka

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The field sweep rate (v=dH/dt) and temperature (T) dependence of the magnetization reversal of a single-chain magnet is studied at low temperatures. As expected for a thermally activated process, the nucleation field (Hn) increases with decreasing T and increasing v. The set of Hn(T,v) data is analyzed with a model of thermally activated nucleation of magnetization reversal. Below 1 K, Hn becomes temperature independent but remains strongly sweep rate dependent. In this temperature range, the reversal of the magnetization is induced by a quantum nucleation of a domain wall that then propagates due to the applied field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number237203
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 2


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