Magnetic edge anisotropy in graphenelike honeycomb crystals

J. L. Lado, J. Fernández-Rossier

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The independent predictions of edge ferromagnetism and the quantum spin Hall phase in graphene have inspired the quest of other two-dimensional honeycomb systems, such as silicene, germanene, stanene, iridates, and organometallic lattices, as well as artificial superlattices, all of them with electronic properties analogous to those of graphene, but a larger spin-orbit coupling. Here, we study the interplay of ferromagnetic order and spin-orbit interactions at the zigzag edges of these graphenelike systems. We find an in-plane magnetic anisotropy that opens a gap in the otherwise conducting edge channels that should result in large changes of electronic properties upon rotation of the magnetization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number027203
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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