Indirect chiral magnetic exchange through Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya-enhanced RKKY interactions in manganese oxide chains on Ir(100)

@article{Schmitt2019IndirectCM,
  title={Indirect chiral magnetic exchange through Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya-enhanced RKKY interactions in manganese oxide chains on Ir(100)},
  author={Martin Schmitt and Paolo Moras and Gustav Bihlmayer and Ryan Cotsakis and Matthias Vogt and Jeannette Kemmer and Abderrezak Belabbes and Polina M. Sheverdyaeva and Asish K. Kundu and Carlo Carbone and Stefan Bl{\"u}gel and Matthias Bode},
  journal={Nature Communications},
  year={2019},
  volume={10}
}
Localized electron spins can couple magnetically via the Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yosida interaction even if their wave functions lack direct overlap. Theory predicts that spin–orbit scattering leads to a Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya type enhancement of this indirect exchange interaction, giving rise to chiral exchange terms. Here we present a combined spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy, angle-resolved photoemission, and density functional theory study of MnO2 chains on Ir(100). Whereas we… 

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