On-line SPICE-SPIN+X Seminars

On-line Seminar: 03.05.2023 - 15:00 CEST

Spin-orbit coupling: an endless source of exotic phenomena in 2D magnets

Silvia Picozzi, D'Annunzio University

During the last decades, the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) has played an increasingly crucial role in condensed matter physics, thanks to its relevance as a rich microscopic mechanism from the fundamental point of view and as a driving force for innovative spintronic applications on the technological side. Combined with the global thrust towards miniaturization and with the ubiquitous research in two-dimensional (2D) materials, the talk will focus on the modelling of 2D magnets with emphasis on SOC-induced effects. In particular, I will focus on the magnetic and ferroelectric properties of transition-metal monolayers (mostly halides) and discuss the role of SOC in the magnetoelectric coupling. The reports of multiferroicity in NiI2 layers [1], obtained via a joint theory-experiments approach down to the single-layer limit, show the potentiality of cross-coupling phenomena in van der Waals magnets. If time permits, other recent examples – such as SOC-induced effects in CrSBr monolayers - will be discussed.

[1] Song, Q., Occhialini, C.A., Ergecen, E., Ilyas, B., Amoroso, D., Barone, P., Kapeghian, J., Watanabe, K., Taniguchi, T., Botana, A. S., Picozzi, S., Gedik, N., Comin, R., Evidence for a single-layer van der Waals multiferroic, Nature 602, 601 (2022)

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