Induced magnetism of carbon atoms at the graphene/Ni(111) interface

Weser, M.; Rehder, Y.; Horn, K.; Sicot, M.; Fonin, M.; Preobrajenski, A. B.; Voloshina, E. N.; Goering, E.; Dedkov, Yu. S.
January 2010
Applied Physics Letters;1/4/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 1, p012504
Academic Journal
We report an element-specific investigation of electronic and magnetic properties of the graphene/Ni(111) system. Using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, the occurrence of an induced magnetism of the carbon atoms in the graphene layer is observed. We attribute this magnetic moment to the strong hybridization between C π and Ni 3d valence band states. The net magnetic moment of carbon in the graphene layer is estimated to be in the range of 0.05–0.1 μB per atom.


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