Ab initio investigation of the non-collinear magnetic structure and the lowest magnetic excitations in dysprosium triangles
The unusual magnetism exhibited by dysprosium triangles [Dy3(μ3-OH)2L3Cl2(H2O)4][Dy3(μ3-OH)2L3Cl(H2O)5]Cl5·19H2O is explained using the recently developed ab initio methodology for the simulation of magnetic properties of complexes. The local anisotropy axes on the dysprosium sites are found to lie in the plane of the Dy3 triangle and to make angles of ca. 120° with each other. The small antiferromagnetic exchange interaction between sites leads to a non-magnetic Kramers doublet in the ground state of the complex. The arrangement of the local magnetization vectors in this state is close to toroidal. By contrast, the lowest excited states are characterized by a huge magnetic moments of ca. 20 μB and show very different behavior of magnetization for fields applied along and perpendicular to the plane of the Dy3 triangle.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 3rd International Symposium on Molecular Materials (MOLMAT)