Perpendicular anisotropy of ultrathin epitaxial cobalt films on graphene

Abstract : Graphene is attractive for spintronics due to its long spin life time and high mobility. So far only thick and polycrystalline slabs have been used as ferromagnetic electrodes. We report the growth of flat, epitaxial ultrathin Co films on graphene. These display perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in the thickness range 0.5-1nm, which is confirmed by theory. PMA, epitaxy and ultrathin thickness bring new perspectives for graphene-based spintronic devices such as the zero-field control of an arbitrary magnetization direction, band matching between electrodes and graphene, and interface effects such as Rashba and electric field control of magnetism.
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Chi Vo-Van, Zoukaa Kassir-Bodon, Hongxing Yang, Johann Coraux, Jan Vogel, et al.. Perpendicular anisotropy of ultrathin epitaxial cobalt films on graphene. New Journal of Physics, Institute of Physics: Open Access Journals, 2010, 12, pp.103040. ⟨10.1088/1367-2630/12/10/103040⟩. ⟨hal-00470565⟩

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