Thermodynamics and magnetic excitations in quantum spin trimers: Applications for the understanding of molecular magnets
Molecular magnets provide a playground of interesting phenomena and interactions that have direct applications for quantum computation and magnetic systems. A general understanding of the underlying geometries for molecular magnets therefore generates a consistent foundation for which further analysis and understanding can be established. Using a Heisenberg spin-spin exchange Hamiltonian, we investigate the evolution of magnetic excitations and thermodynamics of quantum spin isosceles trimers (two sides J and one side αJ) with increasing spin. For the thermodynamics, we produce exact general solutions for the energy eigenstates and spin decomposition, which can be used to determine the heat capacity and magnetic susceptibility quickly. We show how the thermodynamic properties change with α coupling parameters and how the underlying ground state governs the Schottky anomaly. Furthermore, we investigate the microscopic excitations by examining the inelastic neutron scattering excitations and structure factors. Here, we illustrate how the individual dimer subgeometry governs the ability for probing underlying excitations. Overall, we feel these calculations can help with the general analysis and characterization of molecular magnet systems.
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Brumfield, Amelia and Haraldsen, Jason T., "Thermodynamics and magnetic excitations in quantum spin trimers: Applications for the understanding of molecular magnets" (2019). UNF Faculty Publications. 955.