Electrically Controllable Magnetism in Twisted Bilayer Graphene

Tutkimustuotos: Lehtiartikkelivertaisarvioitu


  • Luis A. Gonzalez-Arraga
  • Jose Lado

  • Francisco Guinea
  • Pablo San-Jose


  • IMDEA Institute
  • QuantaLab
  • International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory
  • University of Manchester
  • CSIC


Twisted graphene bilayers develop highly localized states around AA-stacked regions for small twist angles. We show that interaction effects may induce either an antiferromagnetic or a ferromagnetic (FM) polarization of said regions, depending on the electrical bias between layers. Remarkably, FM-polarized AA regions under bias develop spiral magnetic ordering, with a relative 120° misalignment between neighboring regions due to a frustrated antiferromagnetic exchange. This remarkable spiral magnetism emerges naturally without the need of spin-orbit coupling, and competes with the more conventional lattice-antiferromagnetic instability, which interestingly develops at smaller bias under weaker interactions than in monolayer graphene, due to Fermi velocity suppression. This rich and electrically controllable magnetism could turn twisted bilayer graphene into an ideal system to study frustrated magnetism in two dimensions.


JulkaisuPhysical Review Letters
TilaJulkaistu - 5 syyskuuta 2017
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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