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Substrate-determined exchange interactions between an STM tip and an adatom

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Tao,  Kun
Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Stepanyuk,  V. S.
Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Tao, K., Yu, Y., Zhang, W., Jia, C., Xue, D., & Stepanyuk, V. S. (2018). Substrate-determined exchange interactions between an STM tip and an adatom. Physical Review B, 97(22): 224411. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.97.224411.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-2E72-4
Abstract
By performing ab initio calculations, we reveal an unexpected behavior of the exchange interactions between the Fe STM tip and the Fe adatom on Cu(001) and on a Cu2N monolayer on Cu(001) surfaces [denoted as Cu2N/Cu(001)]. A tip-adatom distance-dependent antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic transition and antiferromagnetic exchange interactions between the tip and the adatom are found for these two junctions, respectively. We demonstrate that the different exchange interactions in these systems are determined by the competition between the tip-adatom and the adatom-substrate interactions. Based on transport calculations, we found that the spin polarization and magnetoresistance in the junction on the Cu(001) system and on the Cu2N/Cu(001) system depend on the tip-adatom distance.