Magnetic self-organized atomic laminate from first principles and thin film synthesis

A. S. Ingason*, A. Mockute, M. Dahlqvist, F. Magnus, S. Olafsson, U. B. Arnalds, B. Alling, I. A. Abrikosov, B. Hjörvarsson, P. O.Å Persson, J. Rosen

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The first experimental realization of a magnetic Mn+1AX n (MAX) phase, (Cr0.75Mn0.25)2GeC, is presented, synthesized as a heteroepitaxial single crystal thin film, exhibiting excellent structural quality. This self-organized atomic laminate is based on the well-known Cr2GeC, with Mn, a new element in MAX phase research, substituting Cr. The compound was predicted using first-principles calculations, from which a variety of magnetic behavior is envisaged, depending on the Mn concentration and Cr/Mn atomic configuration within the sublattice. The analyzed thin films display a magnetic signal at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number195502
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2013


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