Control of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at the Fe/MgO interface by phthalocyanine insertion

Takeshi Kawabe, Shoya Sakamoto, Takuya Tsukahara, Yoshinori Kotani, Kentaro Toyoki, Emi Minamitani, Yoshio Miura, Tetsuya Nakamura, Atsufumi Hirohata, Shinji Miwa

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Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at an interface between Fe and MgO with Co-phthalocyanine (CoPc) adsorption has been investigated. We find that the CoPc adsorption at an Fe/MgO interface increases the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy energy (PMA) while maintaining the voltage-controlled magnetic anisotropy effect. By performing X-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy measurements, we reveal that the CoPc adsorption induces hole accumulation at the Fe surface. The origin of the PMA enhancement is attributed to the increased orbital magnetic moment anisotropy of the Fe atoms.
Original languageEnglish
Article number184414
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2022

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