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Separating the ferromagnetic and glassy behavior within the metal-organic magnetNi(TCNQ)2

Berlie, Adam, Terry, Ian, Szablewski, Marek and Giblin, Sean ORCID: 2015. Separating the ferromagnetic and glassy behavior within the metal-organic magnetNi(TCNQ)2. Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 92 , 184431. 10.1103/PhysRevB.92.184431

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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 T C 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−D 4 ) 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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: American Physical Society
ISSN: 1098-0121
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 09:46

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