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Tuning the Exchange Bias on a Single Atom from 1 mT to 10 T

Yang, Kai; Paul, William; Natterer, Fabian D.; Lado, Jose L.; Bae, Yujeong; Willke, Philip ORCID iD icon; Choi, Taeyoung; Ferrón, Alejandro; Fernández-Rossier, Joaquín; Heinrich, Andreas J.; Lutz, Christopher P.


Shrinking spintronic devices to the nanoscale ultimately requires localized control of individual atomic magnetic moments. At these length scales, the exchange interaction plays important roles, such as in the stabilization of spin-quantization axes, the production of spin frustration, and creation of magnetic ordering. Here, we demonstrate the precise control of the exchange bias experienced by a single atom on a surface, covering an energy range of four orders of magnitude. The exchange interaction is continuously tunable from milli-eV to micro-eV by adjusting the separation between a spin-1/2 atom on a surface and the magnetic tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). We seamlessly combine inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) and electron spin resonance (ESR) to map out the different energy scales. This control of exchange bias over a wide span of energies provides versatile control of spin states, with applications ranging from precise tuning of quantum state properties, to strong exchange bias for local spin doping. In addition we show that a time-varying exchange interaction generates a localized AC magnetic field that resonantly drives the surface spin. ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Physikalisches Institut (PHI)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsjahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000119963
Umfang 13 S.
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 06.06.2019
Nachgewiesen in arXiv
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