Fabrication and characterization of hybrid ferromagnetic-organic heterostructures for spintronics application

Benini, Mattia (2022) Fabrication and characterization of hybrid ferromagnetic-organic heterostructures for spintronics application, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Fisica, 34 Ciclo. DOI 10.48676/unibo/amsdottorato/10358.
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Recent research in the field of organic spintronics highlighted the peculiar spin-dependent properties of the interface formed by an organic semiconductor (OSC) chemisorbed over a 3d ferromagnetic metal, also known as spinterface. The hybridization between the molecular and metallic orbitals, typically π orbitals of the molecule and the d orbitals of the ferromagnet, give rise to spin dependent properties that were not expected by considering the single components of interfaces, as for example the appearance of a magnetic moment on non-magnetic molecules or changes in the magnetic behavior of the ferromagnet. From a technological viewpoint these aspects provide novel engineering schemes for spin memory and for spintronics devices, featuring unexpected interfacial magnetoresistance, spin-filtering effects and even modulated magnetic anisotropy. Applications of these concepts to devices require nevertheless to transfer the spinterface effects from an ideal interface to room temperature operating thin films. In this view, my work presents for the first time how spinterface effects can be obtained even at room temperature on polycrystalline ferromagnetic Co thin films interfaced with organic molecules. The considered molecules were commercial and widely used in the field of organic electronics: Fullerene (C60), Gallium Quinoline (Gaq3) and Sexithiophene (T6). An increase of coercivity, up to 100% at room temperature, has been obtained on the Co ultra-thin films by the deposition of an organic molecule. This effect is accompanied by a change of in-plane anisotropy that is molecule-dependent. Moreover the Spinterface effect is not limited to the interfacial layer, but it extends throughout the whole thickness of the ferromagnetic layer, posing new questions on the nature of the 3d metal-molecule interaction.

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Benini, Mattia
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Spintronics, Spinterface, Cobalt, C60, Gaq3, thin films magnetism
Data di discussione
15 Giugno 2022

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