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Phys Rev Lett. 2009 Oct 9;103(15):157401. Epub 2009 Oct 8.

Magnetoelastic coupling through the antiferromagnet-to-ferromagnet transition of quasi-two-dimensional [Cu(HF2)(pyz)2]BF4 using infrared spectroscopy.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996, USA.


We investigated magnetoelastic coupling through the field-driven transition to the fully polarized magnetic state in quasi-two-dimensional [Cu(HF2)(pyz)2]BF4 by magnetoinfrared spectroscopy. This transition modifies out-of-plane ring distortion and bending vibrational modes of the pyrazine ligand. The extent of these distortions increases with the field, systematically tracking the low-temperature magnetization. These distortions weaken the antiferromagnetic spin exchange, a finding that provides important insight into magnetic transitions in other copper halides.

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