Among the factors determining the quantum coherence of the spin in molecular magnets are the presence and the nature of nuclear spins in the molecule. We have explored modifying the nuclear-spin environment in Cr7Ni-based molecular nanomagnets by replacing hydrogen atoms with deuterium or the halogen atoms, fluorine or chlorine. We find that the spin coherence, studied at low temperatures by pulsed electron-spin resonance, is modified by a range of factors, including nuclear spin and magnetic moment, changes in dynamics owing to nuclear mass, and molecular morphology changes.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2014|