A Multiferroic Molecular Magnetic Qubit

19 Sep 2019  ·  Alexander I Johnson, M. Fhokrul Islam, Carlo M. Canali, Mark R Pederson ·

The chiral $Fe_3O(NC_5H_5)_3(O_2CC_6H_5)_6$ molecular cation, with C$_3$ symmetry, is composed of three six-fold coordinated spin-carrying Fe$^{3+}$ cations that form a perfect equilateral triangle. Experimental reports demonstrating the spin-electric effect in this system also identify the presence of a magnetic uni-axis and suggest that this molecule may be a good candidate for an externally controllable molecular qubit... Here we demonstrate, using standard density-functional methods, that the spin-electric behavior of this molecule could be even more interesting as there are energetically competitive reference states associated with both high and low local spins (S=5/2 vs. S=1/2) on the Fe$^{3+}$ ions. Each of these structures allow for spin-electric ground states. We find that qualitative differences in the broadening of the Fe(2s) and O(1s) core levels and the single-spin anisotropy Hamiltonian may be used to confirm whether the high-spin manifold is lower in energy than the low-spin manifold. read more

PDF Abstract
No code implementations yet. Submit your code now


Materials Science Atomic and Molecular Clusters Chemical Physics