R. M. Geilhufe“Quantum buckling in metal-organic framework materials”


Metal–organic frameworks are porous materials composed of metal ions or clusters coordinated by organic molecules. As a response to applied uniaxial pressure, molecules with a straight shape in the framework start to buckle. At sufficiently low temperatures, this buckling has a quantum nature described by a superposition of degenerate buckling states. Buckling states of adjacent molecules couple in a transverse field Ising type behavior. Based on the example of the metal organic framework topology MOF-5, we derived the phase diagram under applied strain, showing a normal phase, a parabuckling phase, and a ferrobuckling phase. At zero temperature, quantum phase transitions between the three phases can be induced by strain. This novel type of order opens a new path toward strain induced quantum phases.


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