Impact on Interface Spin Polarization of Molecular Bonding to Metallic Surfaces
We have studied the repercussion of the molecular adsorption mechanism on the electronic properties of the interface between model nonmagnetic or magnetic metallic surfaces and metallo-organic phthalocyanines molecules (Pcs). Our intertwined x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments and computational studies reveal that manganese Pc (MnPc) is physisorbed onto a Cu(001) surface and retains the electronic properties of a free molecule. On the other hand, MnPc is chemisorbed onto Co(001), leading to a dominant direct exchange interaction between the Mn molecular site and the Co substrate. By promoting an interfacial spin-polarized conduction state on the molecule, these interactions reveal an important lever to tailor the spintronic properties of hybrid organic-metallic interfaces.
Swiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Wolfgang-Gaede-Strasse 1, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany