Enhanced alignment of Mn-12-acetate micro-crystals Academic Article uri icon


  • A dilute Mn12-acetate suspension composed of microscopic single crystals and single molecules in isopropanol was used for magnetic studies of Mn12-acetate single molecule magnets. We observed magnetic properties of the frozen Mn12-acetate suspension similar to large single crystals, specifically several sharp steps in the low-temperature hysteresis loop, indicating significantly enhanced alignment as compared to prior studies of micro-crystals. The greater the external magnetic field during alignment, the sharper the steps were in the low-temperature hysteresis loops, indicating that this method can be used for continuous control of alignment. A magnetic field of 0.5 T was sufficient to align the micro-crystals in the organic solvent to a degree previously observed only in much larger single crystals. 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Seo, D., Teizer, W., Zhao, H., & Dunbar, K. R.

complete list of authors

  • Seo, D||Teizer, W||Zhao, H||Dunbar, KR

publication date

  • January 1, 2007 11:11 AM