Monitoring transitions between antiferromagnetic states of individual molecules

16 Jul 2021  ·  Claire Besson, Philipp Stegmann, Michael Schnee, Zeila Zanolli, Simona Achilli, Nils Wittemeier, Asmus Vierck, Robert Frielinghaus, Paul Kögerler, Janina Maultzsch, Pablo Ordejón, Claus M. Schneider, Alfred Hucht, Jürgen König, Carola Meyer ·

Spin-electronic devices are poised to become part of mainstream microelectronic technology. Downsizing them, however, faces the intrinsic difficulty that as ferromagnets become smaller, it becomes more difficult to stabilize their magnetic moment... Antiferromagnets are much more stable, and thus research on antiferromagnetic spintronics has developed into a fast-growing field. Here, we provide proof of concept data that allows us to expand the area of antiferromagnetic spintronics to the hitherto elusive level of individual molecules. In contrast to all previous work on molecular spintronics, our detection scheme of the molecule's spin state does not rely on a magnetic moment. Instead, we use the step-like transitions between several distinct current levels caused by transitions between different antiferromagnetic states of an individual molecule grafted onto a carbon nanotube. We find that in the absence of an orbital momentum the antiferromagnetic spin states of the molecules show coherent superposition. read more

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