Magnetoelectric coupling in zigzag graphene nanoribbons

J. Jung, A. H. MacDonald

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Zigzag graphene nanoribbons can have magnetic ground states with ferromagnetic, antiferromagnetic, or canted configurations, depending on carrier density. We show that an electric field directed across the ribbon alters the magnetic state, favoring antiferromagnetic configurations. This property can be used to prepare ribbons with a prescribed spin-orientation on a given edge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number195408
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number19
StatePublished - 5 May 2010


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