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Theory of magnetic deflagration taking into account dipolar-controlled spin tunneling has been applied to the realistic model of molecular magnet Mn_12 Ac. At small transverse field, the front speed v has tunneling maxima on the bias field B_z reflecting those of the molecular spin's relaxation rate calculated from the density-matrix equation. At high transverse field, spin tunneling directly out of the metastable ground state leads to front speeds that can exceed the speed of sound. Both for the weak and strong transverse field, the spatial profile of the deflagration front near tunneling resonances shows a front of tunneling that triggers a burning front behind it.


This work was originally published in Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, available at DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.094403

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