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Magneto-optical response of Chromium trihalide monolayers: chemical trends

Abstract

Chromium trihalides (CrI3, CrBr3 and CrCl3) form a prominent family of isostructural insulating layered materials in which ferromagnetic order has been observed down to the monolayer. Here we provide a comprehensive computational study of magneto-optical properties that are used as probes for the monolayer ferromagnetic order: magnetic circular dichroism and magneto-optic Kerr effect. Using a combination of density functional and Bethe-Salpeter theories, we calculate both the optical absorption and the magneto-optical Kerr angle spectra, including both excitonic effects and spinorial wave functions. We compare the magneto-optical response of the chromium trihalides series and we find that its strength is governed by the spin-orbit coupling of the ligand atoms (I, Br, Cl).

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Submitted
13 Mar 2020
Accepted
13 May 2020
First published
14 May 2020

J. Mater. Chem. C, 2020, Accepted Manuscript
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Magneto-optical response of Chromium trihalide monolayers: chemical trends

A. Molina-Sánchez, G. Catarina, D. Sangalli and J. Fernandez-Rossier, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2020, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/D0TC01322F

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