Peculiar magnetism of transition metal cluster compounds

Malik, Vikas ; Yadav, C. S. ; Rastogi, Ashok ; Kumar, Deepak (2013) Peculiar magnetism of transition metal cluster compounds EPL (Europhysics Letters), 101 (6). p. 67008. ISSN 0295-5075

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We discuss a class of solids which have in their structure fairly separated tetrahederal clusters of transition metals: vanadium and molybednum. With decreasing temperature these compounds undergo a structural transition from cubic to rhombohederal phase at a temperature Ts, followed by a transition to a ferromagnetic phase at a lower temperarure Tc. Magnetic measurements indicate the presence of moments of spin half per cluster. Between Tc and Ts susceptibility shows large departures from Curie-Weiss behavior and specific heat has an unusually large non-phononic contribution. We present a model in which each cluster acts as a unit associated with a magnetic moment of spin half and a structural degree of freedom related to distortions of the tetrahedron. Our model accounts for all the observed features including effects due to external pressure and magnetic field.

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