Metamagnetic phase transition of the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg icosahedron

Autor(en): Schroder, C
Schmidt, HJ
Schnack, J 
Luban, M
Stichwörter: MAGNETS; Physics; Physics, Multidisciplinary; SIMULATIONS
Erscheinungsdatum: 2005
Herausgeber: AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOC
Journal: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS
Volumen: 94
Ausgabe: 20
Zusammenfassung: 
The observation of hysteresis effects in single molecule magnets like Mn-12-acetate has initiated ideas of future applications in storage technology. The appearance of a hysteresis loop in such compounds is an outcome of their magnetic anisotropy. In this Letter we report that magnetic hysteresis occurs in a spin system without any anisotropy, specifically where spins mounted on the vertices of an icosahedron are coupled by antiferromagnetic isotropic nearest-neighbor Heisenberg interaction giving rise to geometric frustration. At T=0 this system undergoes a first-order metamagnetic phase transition at a critical field B-c between two distinct families of ground state configurations. The metastable phase of the system is characterized by a temperature and field dependent survival probability distribution.
ISSN: 00319007
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.207203

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