Electric Field-Controlled Magnetization in GaAs/AlGaAs Heterostructures-Chiral Organic Molecules Hybrids

Eilam Z.B. Smolinsky, Avner Neubauer, Anup Kumar, Shira Yochelis, Eyal Capua, Raanan Carmieli, Yossi Paltiel, Ron Naaman*, Karen Michaeli

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We study GaAs/AlGaAs devices hosting a two-dimensional electron gas and coated with a monolayer of chiral organic molecules. We observe clear signatures of roomerature magnetism, which is induced in these systems by applying a gate voltage. We explain this phenomenon as a consequence of the spin-polarized charges that are injected into the semiconductor through the chiral molecules. The orientation of the magnetic moment can be manipulated by low gate voltages, with a switching rate in the megahertz range. Thus, our devices implement an efficient, electric field-controlled magnetization, which has long been desired for their technical prospects.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1139-1145
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 7 Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Y.P. and R.N. acknowledge the partial support of the Volkswagen Foundation, the Israel Ministry of Science, and the John Templeton Foundation; K.M. acknowledges the support of the Israel Science Foundation Grant No. 1889/16.

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© 2019 American Chemical Society.


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