Fully relativistic calculation of magnetic properties of Fe, Co, and Ni adclusters on Ag(100)

B. Lazarovits, L. Szunyogh, P. Weinberger

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We present first-principles calculations of the magnetic moments and magnetic anisotropy energies of small Fe, Co, and Ni clusters on top of a Ag(100) surface as well as the exchange-coupling energy between two single adatoms of Fe or Co on Ag(100). The calculations are performed fully relativistically using the embedding technique within the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method. The magnetic anisotropy and the exchange-coupling energies are calculated by means of the force theorem. In the case of adatoms and dimers of iron and cobalt we obtain enhanced spin moments and, especially, unusually large orbital moments, while for nickel our calculations predict a complete absence of magnetism. For larger clusters, the magnitudes of the local moments of the atoms in the center of the cluster are very close to those calculated for the corresponding monolayers. Similar to the orbital moments, the contributions of the individual atoms to the magnetic anisotropy energy strongly depend on the position, hence, on the local environment of a particular atom within a given cluster. We find strong ferromagnetic coupling between two neighboring Fe or Co atoms and a rapid, oscillatory decay of the exchange-coupling energy with increasing distance between these two adatoms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104441
Pages (from-to)1044411-1044418
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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