Magnetic excitations in Cu6 and Mn6 hexagons embedded in D3d-symmetric polyoxotungstates

Noa Zamstein, Alex Tarantul, Boris Tsukerblat

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In this article we reconsider the discussion of the magnetic measurements for the two novel polyoxotungstates, (n-BuNH3)12[(CuCl) 6(AsW9O33)2]·6H2O and (n-BuNH3)12[(MnCl)6(SbW9O 33)2]·6H2O, which have been synthesized and characterized by Yamase et al. (Inorg.Chem. 2006, 45, 7698). Analysis of the magnetic susceptibility and magnetization for Cu612+ and Mn612+ hexagons based on the exact diagonalization of isotropic exchange Hamiltonian shows that the best-fit first-neighbor coupling parameters are J = 35 and 0.55 cm-1, respectively, while the second-neighbor interactions are very small. These values exceed considerably those obtained by Yamase et al. (J = 8.82 and 0.14 cm-1) on the basis of the Kambe-Van Vleck formula that is inappropriate for six-membered rings. We also got perfect fits to the experimental data for the field dependence of magnetization at 1.8 K. The results imply the importance of axial anisotropy, which is shown to be especially pronounced for the Mn612+ cluster. We discuss also the symmetry assignments of exchange multiplets to the exact SΓ terms (full spin, S, and irreducible representation, Γ, of the point group) and correlate the results with the selection rules for the anisotropic magnetic contributions. The antisymmetric exchange is shown to appear in orbitally degenerate multiplets as a first-order perturbation and gives rise to an easy axis of magnetization along the C6 axis. Evaluation of the Zeeman levels shows that the field applied in the plane of the hexagon fully reduces the effect of the antisymmetric exchange.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8851-8858
Number of pages8
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number21
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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