Carbon-induced magnetic properties and anomalous Hall effect in Co2Mn2 C thin films with L10 -like structures

Shinji Isogami, Yohei Kota, Hideyuki Yasufuku, Keiji Oyoshi, Masahiko Tanaka, Yukiko K. Takahashi

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Co2Mn2C thin films were synthesized via vacuum carburization of the host CoMn alloy films based on a conventional gas-solid reaction to demonstrate the effect of C, a common light element, on the magnetic and spintronic materials. The crystal structure transitioned from the disordered face-centered-cubic CoMn to the L10-like Co2Mn2C, for which the lattice constant increased from 0.356 to 0.378 nm. The C 1s x-ray photoemission spectra of the Co2Mn2C film indicated hybridization in C-Co and C-Mn and a homogeneous concentration of C in the film. The enhancement of both the saturation magnetization and the anomalous Hall conductivity (σxy) was induced by C, attributing to the magnetic transition to the ferrimagnetic spin order. The surface flatness and high σxy are promising characteristics for spintronic applications such as the spin-anomalous Hall effect. The atom- and spin-resolved density of states (DOS) via first-principles calculations revealed that face-centered Mn(II) and Co could be significantly influenced by C because of p-d hybridization, resulting in enhanced spin polarization of the DOS at the Fermi level of ∼0.82. These results demonstrate that the use of C could be an essential way to boost material properties in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number014411
JournalPhysical Review Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jan
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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