Ali Hallal

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We report on first-principles calculations of spin-dependent properties in graphene induced by its interaction with a nearby magnetic insulator (europium oxide, EuO). The magnetic proximity effect results in spin polarization of graphene π orbitals by up to 24%, together with a large exchange-splitting band gap of about 36 meV. The position of the Dirac(More)
Spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM) attracts extensive attentions due to its non-volatility, high density and low power consumption. The core device in STT-MRAM is CoFeB/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), which possesses a high tunnel magnetoresistance ratio as well as a large value of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy(More)
We report strongly enhanced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of Co films by graphene coating from both first-principles and experiments. Our calculations show that graphene can dramatically boost the surface anisotropy of Co films up to twice the value of its pristine counterpart and can extend the out-of-plane effective anisotropy up to(More)
We propose a conceptually new way to gather information on the electron bands of buried metal(semiconductor-)insulator interfaces. The bias dependence of low frequency noise in Fe1−xVx=MgO= Feð0 < x < 0.25Þ tunnel junctions shows clear anomalies at specific applied voltages, reflecting electron tunneling to the band edges of the magnetic electrodes. The(More)
The nucleation and growth of carbon on catalytically active metal surfaces is one of the most important techniques to produce nanomaterials such as graphene or nanotubes. Here it is shown by in situ electron microscopy that fullerene-like spherical clusters with diameters down to 0.4 nm and thus much smaller than C60 grow in a polymerized state on Co, Fe,(More)
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