Electronic and magnetic properties of the Co2MnAl/Au interface: relevance of the Heusler alloy termination

Authors
Makinistian, Leonardo; Albanesi, Eduardo Aldo
Publication Year
2015
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
We present ab initio calculations of electronic and magnetic properties of the ferromagnetic metal/normal metal (F/N) interface of the Heusler alloy Co2MnAl and gold. Two structural models are implemented: one with the ferromagnet slab terminated in a pure cobalt plane ("Co2-t"), and the other with it terminated with a plane of MnAl ("MnAl-t"). The relaxed optimum distance between the slabs is determined for the two models before densities of states, magnetic moments, and the electric potential are resolved and analysed layer by layer through the interface. Complementary, calculations for the free surfaces of gold and the Heusler alloy (for both models, Co2-t and MnAl-t) are performed for a better interpretation of the physics of the interface. We predict important differences between the two models, suggesting that both terminations are to be expected to display sensibly different spin injection performances.
Fil: Makinistian, Leonardo. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico San Luis. Instituto de Física Aplicada; Argentina. Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos. Facultad de Ingeniería; Argentina
Fil: Albanesi, Eduardo Aldo. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico San Luis. Instituto de Física Aplicada; Argentina. Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos. Facultad de Ingeniería; Argentina
Subject
HEUSLER ALLOYS
N/F INTERFACES
SPINTRONICS
Física de los Materiales Condensados
Ciencias Físicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
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