We use an instanton approximation to the continuous-time spin coherent-state path integral to obtain the tunnel splitting of classically degenerate ground states. We show that provided the fluctuation determinant is carefully evaluated, the path integral expression is accurate to order O(1/j). We apply the method to the LMG model and to the molecular magnet Fe8 in a transverse field.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics