Magnetic quantum tunneling in Ca3Co2O6 studied by ac susceptibility: Temperature and magnetic-field dependence of the spin-relaxation time
UNSPECIFIED. (2004) Magnetic quantum tunneling in Ca3Co2O6 studied by ac susceptibility: Temperature and magnetic-field dependence of the spin-relaxation time. PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 70 (21). -. ISSN 1098-0121Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.70.214439
The geometrically frustrated spin-chain compound Ca3Co2O6 was recently found to exhibit properties suggesting the phenomenon of quantum tunneling of the magnetization (QTM). The present paper addresses this issue by investigating the temperature and magnetic-field dependence of the characteristic spin-relaxation time tau. This study is based on the analysis of the out-of-phase ac magnetic susceptibility of single crystals. The overall behavior is found to support the occurrence of QTM in Ca3Co2O6: (i) saturation of tau at low T; (ii) observation of identical tau values in the magnetic fields corresponding to the steps in the M vs H curve at low T; (iii) existence of a dip centered at zero field in the tau vs H curve at low T. These QTM-like features found in Ca3Co2O6 are compared to those previously reported in other materials such as single-molecular magnets.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QC Physics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||PHYSICAL REVIEW B|
|Publisher:||AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOC|
|Number of Pages:||7|
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