"?-magnetism and transport in graphene nanostructures"

Who: Thomas Frederiksen, Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC)

Place: nanoGUNE seminar room, Tolosa Hiribidea 76, Donostia - San Sebastian

Date: Monday, 3 April 2023, 11:00

?-magnetism and transport in graphene nanostructures 

Thomas Frederiksen1,2 

1 Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain 2 Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science, Bilbao, Spain

Atomic-scale control over size, shape, and composition of graphene nanostructures has become a reality through on-surface synthesis whereby suitably designed precursor molecules are assembled and reacted on a metal substrate under vacuum conditions. This has led to the realization of fascinating open-shell nanographenes and nanoribbons with interesting topological, magnetic, and electron transport properties [1].

In this talk I will provide an overview of the emerging field of ?- magnetism in graphene-based nanostructures and present some of our theoretical contributions to understand various scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments [2-5]. The emergence of localized electron spins in such structures appears promising for applications in quantum technologies, provided that the interaction between them as well as with their environment can be controlled. In this regard I will briefly discuss our efforts to quantify hyperfine interactions to spinful 13C and 1H nuclei, an essential ingredient to understand electron spin decoherence [6].

Finally, I will present a theoretical study of electron and spin transport in multi-terminal devices composed of crossed graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) and the proposal to operate them as spin-polarizing electron beam splitters [7].

[1] D. G. de Oteyza and T. Frederiksen, Carbon-based nanostructures as a versatile platform for tunable ?-magnetism, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 34, 443001 (2022).

[2] J. Li, S. Sanz, M. Corso, D. J. Choi, D. Peña, T. Frederiksen, and J. I. Pascual, Single spin localization and manipulation in graphene open-shell nanostructures, Nat. Commun. 10, 200 (2019).

[3] N. Friedrich, P. Brandimarte, J. Li, S. Saito, S. Yamaguchi, I. Pozo, D. Peña, T. Frederiksen, A. Garcia-Lekue, D. Sánchez-Portal, and J. I. Pascual, Magnetism of topological boundary states induced by boron substitution in graphene nanoribbons, Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 146801 (2020). 

[4] J. Hieulle, S. Castro, N. Friedrich, A. Vegliante, F. Romero Lara, S. Sanz, D. Rey, M. Corso, T. Frederiksen, J. I. Pascual, D. Peña, On-surface synthesis and collective spin excitations of a triangulene-based nanostar, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 60, 25224-25229 (2021). 

[5] T. Wang, S. Sanz, J. Castro-Esteban, J. Lawrence, A. Berdonces-Layunta, M. S. G. Mohammed, M. Vilas-Varela, M. Corso, D. Peña, T. Frederiksen, D. G. de Oteyza, Magnetic interactions between radical pairs in chiral graphene nanoribbons, Nano Lett. 22, 164-171 (2022). 

[6] S. Sengupta, T. Frederiksen, and G. Giedke, Hyperfine interactions in open-shell planar sp2-carbon nanostructures, arXiv:2303.11422

[7] S. Sanz, N. Papior, G. Giedke, D. Sánchez-Portal, M. Brandbyge, and T. Frederiksen, Spin-polarizing electron beam splitter from crossed graphene nanoribbons, Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 037701 (2022).  

Host: E. Artacho

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