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Spin-orbit coupling: an endless source of complex magnetism

Date: Monday June 20th, 11:30 (sharp)

Room: S3 Seminar Room, 3rd floor, Physics building
Link (Google Meet): https://meet.google.com/gcs-qyyq-iog

Title: Spin-orbit coupling: an endless source of complex magnetism

Speaker: Silvia Picozzi CNR-SPIN, Chieti

Abstract: During the last decades, the spin-orbit interaction has played an increasingly crucial role in condensed matter physics, thanks to its relevance as a rich microscopic mechanism from the fundamental point of view and as a driving force for innovative spintronic applications on the technological side. Combined with the global thrust towards miniaturization and with the ubiquitous research in two-dimensional (2D) materials, the talk will focus on the modelling of magnets towards the 2D limit. In particular, after a general overview on spin-orbit coupling (SOC) in ferroics, I will focus on the magnetic and ferroelectric properties of transition-metal monolayers (mostly halides) and discuss the role of SOC in the magnetoelectric coupling. The recent reports of multiferroicity in NiI2 layers [1], obtained via a joint theory-experiments approach down to the single-layer limit, show the potentiality of cross-coupling phenomena in van der Waals magnets.

[1] Song, Q., Occhialini, C.A., Ergecen, E., Ilyas, B., Amoroso, D., Barone, P., Kapeghian, J., Watanabe, K., Taniguchi, T., Botana, A. S., Picozzi, S., Gedik, N., Comin, R., Evidence for a single-layer van der Waals multiferroic, Nature 602, 601 (2022)

Marco Gibertini (FIM, UNIMORE) marco.gibertini@unimore.it
Claudia Cardoso (S3, CNR-NANO) claudiamaria.pereiracardoso@unimore.it

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