Reversible magnetic switching of high-spin molecules on a giant Rashba surface
Resumen: The quantum mechanical screening of a spin via conduction electrons depends sensitively on the environment seen by the magnetic impurity. A high degree of responsiveness can be obtained with metal complexes, as the embedding of a metal ion into an organic molecule prevents intercalation or alloying and allows for a good control by an appropriate choice of the ligands. There are therefore hopes to reach an “on demand” control of the spin state of single molecules adsorbed on substrates. Hitherto one route was to rely on “switchable” molecules with intrinsic bistabilities triggered by external stimuli, such as temperature or light, or on the controlled dosing of chemicals to form reversible bonds. However, these methods constrain the functionality to switchable molecules or depend on access to atoms or molecules. Here, we present a way to induce bistability also in a planar molecule by making use of the environment. We found that the particular “habitat” offered by an antiphase boundary of the Rashba system BiAg2 stabilizes a second structure for manganese phthalocyanine molecules, in which the central Mn ion moves out of the molecular plane. This corresponds to the formation of a large magnetic moment and a concomitant change of the ground state with respect to the conventional adsorption site. The reversible spin switch found here shows how we can not only rearrange electronic levels or lift orbital degeneracies via the substrate, but even sway the effects of many-body interactions in single molecules by acting on their surrounding.
Idioma: Inglés
DOI: 10.1038/s41535-018-0126-z
Año: 2018
Publicado en: npj quantum materials 3 (2018), 53 [7 pp.]
ISSN: 2397-4648

Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EUR/ERDF/EFA194-16TNSI
Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EUR/INTERREG-V-POCTEFA-2014-2020
Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/MINECO/MAT2016-78293-C6-6R
Tipo y forma: Article (Published version)
Área (Departamento): Área Física Materia Condensada (Dpto. Física Materia Condensa.)

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