Berlin 2012 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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MA: Fachverband Magnetismus

MA 22: Joint Session "Topological Insulators II" (jointly with DS, HL, O, TT)

MA 22.12: Vortrag

Mittwoch, 28. März 2012, 12:30–12:45, EB 301

Graphene nanoribbons with Au induced spin-orbit effects: a DFT study — •Gustav Bihlmayer and Stefan Blügel — Peter Grünberg Institut & Institute for Advanced Simulation, Forschungszentrum Jülich and JARA, 52425 Jülich, Germany

Historically, the prediction of a topological protection of the edge state of a zig-zag graphene nanoribbon (ZGNR) was at the beginning of the field of topological insulators. Unfortunately, a realization of this system is prevented by (i) the extremely small spin-orbit coupling (SOC) in graphene and (ii) the tendency towards formation of antiferromagnetically coupled edge states in ZGNRs.

New experimental and theoretical results show that SOC effects can be enhanced by substrates and/or adatoms with a large atomic number, so that up to 100 meV spin-splitting can be realized in the graphene. Additionally, hybridization with the substrate changes also the localization of the edge state and its tendency towards antiferromagnetic ordering. Density functional theory calculations of Au supported graphene (with and without adatoms) and ZGNRs will illustrate these effects and point the way towards a realization of a ZNGR with a topologically protected edge state.

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