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Infrared investigation of the charge ordering pattern in the organic spin ladder candidate (DTTTF)(2)Cu(mnt)(2)

Musfeldt, J. ; Mas-Torrent, M. ; Rovira, C. ; Dias, J. C. ; Henriques, R. T. ; Almeida, M.

Solid State Communications Vol. 10, Nº 12, pp. 1740 - 1744, December, 2008.

ISSN (print): 0038-1098
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Journal Impact Factor: 1,557 (in 2008)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1016/j.solidstatesciences.2008.01.011

We measured the variable temperature infrared response of the spin ladder candidate (DTTTF)(2)Cu(mnt)(2) in order to distinguish between two competing ladder models, rectangular versus zigzag, proposed for this family of materials. The distortion along the stack direction below 235 K is consistent with a doubling along b through the metal-insulator transition. While this would agree with either of the ladder models, the concomitant transverse distortion rules out the rectangular ladder model and supports the zigzag scenario. Intramolecular distortions within the DTTTF building block molecule also give rise to on-site charge asymmetry.