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Title: Many-body effects in the spin-polarized electron transport through graphene nanoislands

Spin-polarized electron transport through zigzag-edged graphene nanoislands is studied within the framework of the Pariser-Parr-Pople Hamiltonian. By including both short- and long-range electron-electron interactions, the electron conductance is calculated self-consistently for the hexagonal model on various substrates from which we are able to identify the effects of the many-body interactions in the electron transport. For the system in its lowest antiferromagnetic (AFM) state, the long-range interactions are shown to have negligible effect on the electron transport in the low-energy region in which the conductance is found quenched mainly by the short-range interactions. As the system is excited to its second AFM state, the short- and long-range interactions are found to have opposite effects on the electron transmission, i.e., the electron transmission is found to increase with either the suppression of the long-range interactions or the enhancement of the short-range interactions. When the system moves further into the ferromagnetic state, the conductance becomes spin dependent and its resonance is shown to exhibit a blue shift in an environment with stronger long-range interactions. The distinct impact of short- and long-range electron-electron interactions are attributed to their different effects on the spin polarization in the model system.
Authors:
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  1. State Key Laboratory of Surface Physics and Department of Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22278139
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; ANTIFERROMAGNETISM; ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; ELECTRON-ELECTRON COUPLING; ELECTRONS; FERROMAGNETISM; GRAPHENE; HAMILTONIANS; INTERACTION RANGE; MANY-BODY PROBLEM; RESONANCE; SPIN; SPIN ORIENTATION; SUBSTRATES