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Polyanisotropic Magnetoelectric Coupling in an Electrically Controlled Molecular Spin Qubit

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posted on 2019-12-09, 18:18 authored by Jérôme Robert, Nathalie Parizel, Philippe Turek, Athanassios K. Boudalis
Two molecular spin qubits are studied with pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy under electric fields to assess their magnetoelectric (ME) couplings and electric spin control. [Fe3O­(PhCOO)6(py)3]­ClO4·py (Fe3) is characterized by strong Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya interactions (DMI) which induce important magnetoanisotropy, whereas the DMI in [Cr3O­(PhCOO)6(py)3]­ClO4·0.5py (Cr3) is 1–2 orders of magnitude weaker. Fe3 is observed to demonstrate a clear ME effect, whose intensity shows an unprecedented dependence on the molecular orientation within the electric field E (electroanisotropy) and on the relative orientations of the molecular z axis, the Zeeman field B0 and E (magnetoelectric anisotropy). The electric control in Fe3 is shown to be coherent, and the ME effect exhibits complex dynamics characterized by saturation and oscillatory effects. On the other hand, Cr3 exhibits no discernible ME effect, which correlates well with its negligible DMI.