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Europium Cyclooctatetraene Nanowire Carpets: A Low-Dimensional, Organometallic, and Ferromagnetic Insulator

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posted on 04.02.2019, 00:00 by Felix Huttmann, Nico Rothenbach, Stefan Kraus, Katharina Ollefs, Lucas M. Arruda, Matthias Bernien, Danny Thonig, Anna Delin, Jonas Fransson, Kurt Kummer, Nicholas B. Brookes, Olle Eriksson, Wolfgang Kuch, Thomas Michely, Heiko Wende
We investigate the magnetic and electronic properties of europium cyclooctatetraene (EuCot) nanowires by means of low-temperature X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS). The EuCot nanowires are prepared in situ on a graphene surface. STS measurements identify EuCot as an insulator with a minority band gap of 2.3 eV. By means of Eu M5,4 edge XMCD, orbital and spin magnetic moments of (−0.1 ± 0.3)­μB and (+7.0 ± 0.6)­μB, respectively, were determined. Field-dependent measurements of the XMCD signal at the Eu M5 edge show hysteresis for grazing X-ray incidence at 5 K, thus confirming EuCot as a ferromagnetic material. Our density functional theory calculations reproduce the experimentally observed minority band gap. Modeling the experimental results theoretically, we find that the effective interatomic exchange interaction between Eu atoms is on the order of millielectronvolts, that magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy is roughly half as big, and that dipolar energy is approximately ten times lower.