A photomagnetic organized thin film consisting of an amphiphilic azobenzene, a smectite clay, and Prussian Blue has been prepared by utilizing the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method and an ion-exchange reaction. The magnetic LB films were revealed to possess an organized layered structure, and reversible photoisomerization of the azobenzene was observed even in the LB films. Upon photoillumination at 2 K, reversible changes in the magnetization were realized with the value of ca. 11%. This photoswitching in the magnetization is due to changes in the electrostatic field induced by photoisomerization of the azobenzene. A large photoinduced change in the magnetization would be owing to the highly ordered structure of the LB films. In order to verify the correlation between the film structure and photoswitching efficiency, the LB films have been fabricated in other condition. As results, it is confirmed that the packing state of the azobenzene plays an important and crucial role in accomplishment of the highly efficient photomagnetic switching.
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