Microwave emission from a crystal of molecular magnets: The role of a resonant cavity

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We discuss the effects caused by a resonant cavity around a sample of a magnetic molecular crystal (such as Mn12-Ac), when a time-dependent external magnetic field is applied parallel to the easy axis of the crystal. We show that the back action of the cavity field on the sample significantly increases the possibility of microwave emission. This radiation process can be supperradiance or a maserlike effect, depending on the strength of the dephasing. Our model provides further insight into the theoretical understanding of the bursts of electromagnetic radiation observed in recent experiments accompanying the resonant quantum tunneling of magnetization. The experimental findings up to now can all be explained as being a maser effect rather than superradiance. The results of our theory scale similarly to the experimental findings, i.e., with increasing sweep rate of the external magnetic field, the emission peaks are shifted toward higher field values.

Original languageEnglish
Article number214430
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - dec. 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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