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Molecular Magnet Induced Transformative Effects in Molecular Spintronics Devices: A Monte Carlo Study

  • Christopher D’Angelo (a1) and Pawan Tyagi (a2)

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Molecular spintronics devices (MSDs) are capable of harnessing the controllable transport and magnetic properties of molecular device elements and are highly promising candidates for revolutionizing computer logic and memory. A MSD is typically produced by placing magnetic molecule(s) between the two ferromagnetic electrodes. Recent experimental studies show that the molecules produced unprecedented strong exchange couplings between the two ferromagnets, leading to intriguing magnetic and transport properties in a MSD. Future development of MSDs will critically depend on obtaining an in-depth understanding of the molecule induced exchange coupling and its impact on MSD’s switchability and temperature stability. However, the large size of MSD systems and unsuitable device designs are the two biggest hurdles in theoretical and experimental studies of magnetic attributes produced by molecules in a MSD. This research theoretically studies the MSD by performing Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) studies, which have the capacity to tackle large systems- such as MSD based on magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) test bed. The MTJ based MSD has the distinctive advantage that MTJ test bed can be subjected to experimental magnetic characterizations before and after transforming it into a MSD by bridging the molecules of interest between the two metal electrodes of a MTJ. Hence the result of our MCS can be verified experimentally.

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