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Chin. Phys. B, 2015, Vol. 24(11): 117204    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/24/11/117204

Transport properties of zigzag graphene nanoribbons adsorbed with single iron atom

Yang Yu-E, Xiao Yang, Yan Xiao-Hong, Dai Chang-Jie
Department of Applied Physics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 211106, China
Abstract  We have performed density-functional calculations of the transport properties of the zigzag graphene nanoribbon (ZGNR) adsorbed with a single iron atom. Two adsorption configurations are considered, i.e., iron adsorbed on the edge and on the interior of the nanoribbon. The results show that the transport features of the two configurations are similar. However, the transport properties are modified due to the scattering effects induced by coupling of the ZGNR band states to the localized 3d-orbital state of the iron atom. More importantly, one can find that several dips appear in the transmission curve, which is closely related to the above mentioned coupling. We expect that our results will have potential applications in graphene-based spintronic devices.
Keywords:  graphene nanoribbon      transport properties      iron adatom  
Received:  19 April 2015      Revised:  11 June 2015      Published:  05 November 2015
PACS:  72.80.Vp (Electronic transport in graphene)  
  72.25.-b (Spin polarized transport)  
  73.20.Hb (Impurity and defect levels; energy states of adsorbed species)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374162 and 51032002) and the Key Project of the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2011AA050526).
Corresponding Authors:  Xiao Yang     E-mail:

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Yang Yu-E, Xiao Yang, Yan Xiao-Hong, Dai Chang-Jie Transport properties of zigzag graphene nanoribbons adsorbed with single iron atom 2015 Chin. Phys. B 24 117204

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