Journal article

An electrostatic model for the determination of magnetic anisotropy in dysprosium complexes

Nicholas F Chilton, David Collison, Eric JL McInnes, Richard EP Winpenny, Alessandro Soncini



Understanding the anisotropic electronic structure of lanthanide complexes is important in areas as diverse as magnetic resonance imaging, luminescent cell labelling and quantum computing. Here we present an intuitive strategy based on a simple electrostatic method, capable of predicting the magnetic anisotropy of dysprosium(III) complexes, even in low symmetry. The strategy relies only on knowing the X-ray structure of the complex and the well-established observation that, in the absence of high symmetry, the ground state of dysprosium(III) is a doublet quantized along the anisotropy axis with an angular momentum quantum number mJ=±(15)/2. The magnetic anisotropy axis of 14 low-symmetry mon..

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Awarded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the EPSRC (UK). N.F.C. thanks the University of Manchester for a President's Doctoral Scholarship and Mr. J.P.S. Walsh for assistance with figures. R.E.P.W. thanks The Royal Society for a Wolfson research merit award.