Magnetic nanoscale laminates with tunable exchange coupling from first principles
2011 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 84, no 22, 220403- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The M(n+1)AX(n) (MAX) phases are nanolaminated compounds with a unique combination of metallic and ceramic properties, not yet including magnetism. We carry out a systematic theoretical study of potential magnetic MAX phases and predict the existence of stable magnetic (Cr(1-x)Mn(x))(2)AlC alloys. We show that in this system ferromagnetically ordered Mn layers are exchange coupled via nearly nonmagnetic Cr layers, forming an inherent structure of atomic-thin magnetic multilayers, and that the degree of disorder between Cr and Mn in the alloy can be used to tune the sign and magnitude of the coupling.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Physical Society , 2011. Vol. 84, no 22, 220403- p.
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73313DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.220403ISI: 297763300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-73313DiVA: diva2:472079