Magnetic properties and diffusion of adatoms on a graphene sheet

Petri O. Lehtinen, A. S. Foster, A. Ayuela, A. Krasheninnikov, K. Nordlund, R. M. Nieminen

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We use ab initio methods to calculate the properties of adatom defects on a graphite surface. By applying a full spin-polarized description to the system we demonstrate that these defects have a magnetic moment of about 0.5μB and also calculate its role in diffusion over the surface. The magnetic nature of these intrinsic carbon defects suggests that it is important to understand their role in the recently observed magnetism in pure carbon systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number017202
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Carbon
  • DFT
  • Magnetic


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