Unusual magnetic behavior in a chiral-based magnetic memory device

Oren Ben-Dor, Shira Yochelis, Israel Felner*, Yossi Paltiel

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


In recent years chiral molecules were found to act as efficient spin filters. Using a multilayer structure with chiral molecules magnetic memory was realized. Observed rare magnetic phenomena in a chiral-based magnetic memory device was reported by O-Ben Dor et. al in Nature Commun, 4, 2256 (2013). This multi-layered device is built from α-helix L-polyalanine (AHPA-L) adsorbed on gold, Al2O3 (7 nm) and Ni (30 nm) layers. It was shown that certain temperature range the FC branch crosses the magnetic peak (at 55 K) observed in the ZFC curve thus ZFC>FC. We show here that in another similar multi-layered material, at low applied field, the ZFC curve lies above the FC one up to 70 K. The two features have the same origin and the crucial necessary components to exhibit them are: AHPA-L and 30 nm Ni layered thick. Similar effects were also reported in sulfur doped amorphous carbon. A comparison between the two systems and the ingredients for these peculiar observations is discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number60613
Pages (from-to)259-263
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier B.V.


  • Chiral magnetic memory
  • Multi-layered device
  • Unusual magnetic properties


Dive into the research topics of 'Unusual magnetic behavior in a chiral-based magnetic memory device'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this