Single-electron transport in a three-ion magnetic molecule modulated by a transverse field
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Phys.-Condes. Matter
single-electron transport; single-molecule magnets; Berry phase; SPIN; SUPEREXCHANGE; INTERFERENCE; NANOMAGNETS; ANISOTROPY; CRYSTAL; CENTERS; Physics, Condensed Matter
We study single-electron transport in a three-ion molecule with strong uniaxial anisotropy and in the presence of a transverse magnetic field. Two magnetic ions are connected to each other through a third, nonmagnetic ion. The magnetic ions are coupled to ideal metallic leads and a back gate voltage is applied to the molecule, forming a field-effect transistor. The microscopic Hamiltonian describing this system includes inter-ion hopping, on-site repulsions and magnetic anisotropies. For a range of values of the parameters of the Hamiltonian, we obtain an energy spectrum similar to that of single-molecule magnets in the giant spin approximation where the two states with maximum spin projection along the uniaxial anisotropy axis are well separated from other states. In addition, upon applying an external in-plane magnetic field, the energy gap between the ground and first excited states of the molecule oscillates, going to zero at certain special values of the field, analogous to the diabolical points resulting from Berry phase interference in the giant spin model. Thus, our microscopic model provides the same phenomenological behavior expected from the giant spin model of a single-molecule magnet but with direct access to the internal structure of the molecule, thus making it more appropriate for realistic electronic transport studies. To illustrate this point, the nonlinear electronic transport in the sequential tunneling regime is evaluated for values of the field near these degeneracy points. We show that the existence of these points has a clear signature in the I-V characteristics of the molecule, most notably the modulation of excitation lines in the differential conductance.
Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter
"Single-electron transport in a three-ion magnetic molecule modulated by a transverse field" (2014). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 6015.