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A planar C3Ca2 film: a novel 2p Dirac half metal

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The exploration of Dirac materials is a great challenge in condensed matter physics and material chemistry. In this paper we present a novel 2D magnetic graphene-like Dirac material with a Honeycomb–Kagome (HK) lattice, named as C3Ca2. The ground state of C3Ca2 is a half-metal with a 100% spin polarized Dirac cone locating exactly at the Fermi level in the metallic spin channel, and has a large band gap in the insulating spin channel. In particular, C3Ca2 has 2p magnetism with the Dirac cones mainly contributed by pxy orbitals of C atoms, instead of 3d magnetism or pz dominated Dirac cones in other HK or Kagome materials, and it is robust against spin–orbit coupling and biaxial strains. The mechanism of magnetism could be understood by double exchange between carbon anions, using Ca2+ cations as bridges. These outstanding properties of C3Ca2 indicate it to be a promising 2D material for applications in spintronics.

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The article was received on 16 Jun 2017, accepted on 21 Jul 2017 and first published on 24 Jul 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02700A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017,5, 8504-8508
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    A planar C3Ca2 film: a novel 2p Dirac half metal

    W. Ji, B. Zhang, S. Zhang, C. Zhang, M. Ding, P. Li and P. Wang, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 8504
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02700A

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