Molecular and spin dynamics in the paramagnetic endohedral fullerene Gd3N@C80

B. Náfrádi, Á Antal, Á Pásztor, L. Forró, L. F. Kiss, T. Fehér, É Kováts, S. Pekker, A. Jánossy

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Gd3N@C80 endohedral fullerene, a starting material for a potential magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent, is investigated by high-frequency electron spin resonance (ESR) and SQUID magnetometry. The magnetic moments of the three Gd ions of the endohedral Gd3N molecule are ferromagnetically aligned at low temperatures and are uncorrelated at high temperatures. The 4 T broad 210 and 315 GHz ESR spectra measured at 2 K are well-described by a single transition between the lowest Zeeman levels of static molecules shifted by fine structure effects. At higher temperatures there is a gradual transition to a rotating state. At ambient temperatures the rotation frequency is much larger than the fine structure broadening, and a single ESR line is observed at a gyromagnetic ratio of g = 1.995.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3291-3296
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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