Fast muon spin relaxation in ferromagnetism of potassium clusters in zeolite A

Takehito Nakano, Jun Matsumoto, Truong Cong Duan, Isao Watanabe, Takao Suzuki, Takayuki Kawamata, Alex Amato, Francis L. Pratt, Yasuo Nozue

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Potassium clusters arrayed in zeolite A are known to show ferromagnetic properties at low temperatures. A remarkable decrease in the initial asymmetry was observed previously below the Curie temperature in zero-field μ SR by using pulsed muons. In the present work by using dc muons, we clearly observed the fast decay component which was assigned to the decrease in the initial asymmetry in the previous pulsed muon experiment. The relaxation rate amounts to ≃ 20 μ s- 1 which corresponds to ≃ 200 Oe in the random static field. This value cannot be explained by the ordinary dipole field, but by the Fermi-contact interaction with electrons in K clusters. The fast decay is easily quenched by applying a weak longitudinal field of ≃ 10 Oe. The low field decoupling of the fast decay component can be explained by the magnetization by the spin-canting mechanism of antiferromagnet under the assumption that some muons stop near the oxygen in 8-membered ring of zeolite framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-633
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number5-7
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Alkali-metal cluster
  • Fermi-contact interaction
  • Ferromagnetism
  • Zeolite
  • μ SR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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