THz spectroscopy & THz EPR

sub mm wave / THz Spectroscopy THz Electron Paramagentic Resonance at THz Beamline


Main science drivers are investigations in spin coupling energies of high spin transition metal and rare earth ions. Spin coupling energies are sensitive probes of the electronic structure and determine magnetic properties of compounds with unpaired electron spins. The latter are highly desired pieces of information, as high spin paramagnetic ions determine the function of many vital catalytic processes in proteins and synthetic complexes, as well as the properties of systems with large exchange couplings, e.g. single molecule magnets, energy materials or strongly correlated solids.


THz spectroscopy and EPR - Scientific Applications

THz spectroscopy and EPR - Scientific Applications

List of publications


Time-resolved studies, IR Spectroscopy

Assigned to beamline(s)


Station data
Temperature range 1.6-300 K
Pressure Range For details contact the station scientist.
Detector 1.6 K (pumped) and 4.2K Si-Bolometer, InSb-HEB, DTGS, Ultrafast Schottky Diode (ACST)
Manipulators Sample VTI in OXFORD Magnet Spectromag 4000
Sample holder compatibility For details contact the station scientist.
Resolution 0.0063 1/cm
Magnetic field +/- 11 Tesla


Frequency Domain Fourier Transform THz-EPR (FD-FT THz-EPR)

EPR is capable of providing unique information on magnetic structure-function relationships of materials containing unpaired electron spins. However, conventional single frequency EPR frequently fails in cases where spin transition energies exceed the quantum energy of the spectrometer (typically < 4 cm-1). Recently, we have demonstrated that CSR [1-2] based FD-FT THz-EPR [3] provides a unique tool to overcome this restriction.  Our novel approach allows for EPR excitations over a broad energy (3 cm-1 – 150 cm-1) and magnetic field range (-11 T - +11 T) in a single spectrometer. FD-FT THz-EPR has been successfully applied to high spin ions in single molecule magnets [4, 5, 6] catalytic mononuclear integer HS TMI complexes [7] and very recently even in proteins [8] and in strongly correlated solid state systems [9].  



References / Latest Publications

[1] M. Abo-Bakr, et al. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2003, 90, 094801.

[2] K. Holldack, et al. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2006, 96, 054801.

[3] A. Schnegg, et al. Phys. Chem. Chem.  Phys., 2009, 11, 6820.

[4] K. S. Pedersen, et al. Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 6918

[5] J. Dreiser, et al. Chem.  Eur.  J.,2011,  17, 7492.

[6] J. Dreiser, et al. Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 3693.

[7] A. P. Forshaw, et al. Inorg. Chem., 2013,  52, 144.

[8] J. Nehrkorn, et al., Mol. Phys.,2013,  111 (18-19), 2696.

[9] N. E. Massa ,et al. J. Phys.: Condensed Matter, 2013,  25 ,235603.