EPR study of Cu(II) dopant ions in single crystals of bis(L-asparaginato)Zn(II)
SANTANA, RC; SANTOS, MG; CUNHA, RO; FERREIRA, KD; CARVALHO, JF; RAFAEL CALVO
JOURNAL OF PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF SOLIDS
Año: 2006 vol. 67 p. 745 - 745
We report an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study at 33.9 GHz and room temperature of oriented single crystal samples of Bis(L-asparaginato)Zn(II) doped with Cu(II). The variation of the spectra with magnetic field orientation was measured in three crystal planes (a*b, bc and a*c, with a*=bxc). These spectra display two groups of four peaks arising from the hyperfine interaction with the ICu=3/2 nuclear spins of copper. They were assigned to Cu(II) ions in two lattice sites related by a 180° rotation around the b-crystal axis. The g and hyperfine coupling (A) tensors of the Cu(II) ions were evaluated from the single crystal data. Some indeterminacy in the assignment of the signals was avoided measuring the EPR spectrum of a powder sample. Their principal values are g1 = 2.060(1), g2 = 2.068(2), g3 = 2.283(2), and A1 = 0.1x10-4, A2 = 13x10-4 and A3 = 165x10-4 cm-1. The eigenvectors corresponding to g3 and to A3 are coincident within the experimental error; the other eigenvectors are rotated 5.6° in the perpendicular plane. Considering the crystal structure of Bis(L-asparaginato)Zn(II), our EPR results indicate that the Cu(II) impurities replace Zn(II) ions in the host crystal. We propose a molecular model based on the EPR data and the structural information, and analyse the results comparing the measured values with those obtained in similar systems.