Using first-principles calculations, we study the magnetic properties of a Co monolayer on a Pt(111) surface with a capping monolayer of selected 5d elements (Re, Os, Ir, Pt, and Au). First we determine the tensorial exchange interactions and magnetic anisotropies characterizing the Co monolayer for all considered systems. We find a close relationship between the magnetic moment of the Co atoms and the nearest-neighbor isotropic exchange interaction, which is attributed to the electronic hybridization between the Co and the capping layers, in the spirit of the Stoner picture of ferromagnetism. The Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction is decreased for all overlayers compared to the uncapped Co/Pt(111) system, while even the sign of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction changes in the case of the Ir overlayer. We conclude that the variation of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction is well correlated with the change of the magnetic anisotropy energy and of the orbital moment anisotropy. The unique influence of the Ir overlayer on the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction is traced by scaling the strength of the spin-orbit coupling of the Ir atoms in Ir/Co/Pt(111) and by changing the Ir concentration in the Au1-xIrx/Co/Pt(111) system. Our spin dynamics simulations indicate that the magnetic ground state of Re/Co/Pt(111) thin film is a spin spiral with a tilted normal vector, while the other systems are ferromagnetic.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics