Charge-injection induced magnetism and half metallicity in single-layer hexagonal group III/V (BN, BP, AlN, AlP) systems

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Original languageEnglish
Article number093109
Journal / PublicationApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


Based on the first-principles calculations, we predict that strong ferromagnetism and half metallicity can be induced via charge injection in single-layer hexagonal boron nitride (BN) and BN nanoribbons. This phenomenon can be understood based on the Stoner criterion and the relationship between induced magnetic moment and charge density. Other group-III/V two-dimensional honeycomb systems such as boron phosphide (BP), aluminum nitride (AlN), and aluminum phosphide (AIP) exhibit similar ferromagnetic behavior upon charge injection. Like BN, the single-layer hexagonal AlN can be converted to a half metal at certain positive charge states. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.

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