Advanced Materials

Magneto-Optical Investigations of Nanostructured Materials Based on Single-Molecule Magnets Monitor Strong Environmental Effects


  • We acknowledge financial support from Italian MURST (FIRB-RBNE-033-KMA and PRIN grants), German DFG (SPP1137) and the EC through the Human Potential Program RTN-QUEMOLNA (FP6-504880) and NE-MAGMANET (FP6-NMP3-CT-2005-515767). We thank Prof. A. Rettori for many pleasant and stimulating discussions, M. Bonini for SAXS measurements, and F. Di Benedetto for the SEM images. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the authors.


The magnetization of single-molecule magnets (SMMs) in non-crystalline materials is probed using high-sensitivity magneto-optical techniques. The environment strongly influences the magnetic properties and dramatically changes the spin dynamics. Comparison between different materials indicates the phonon bath as a possible source of the effect. These results indicate the importance of the environment when designing and modeling SMM-based spintronic devices.

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