Magnetic Binary Silicide Nanostructures

Ilan Goldfarb*, Federico Cesura, Matan Dascalu

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In spite of numerous advantageous properties of silicides, magnetic properties are not among them. Here, the magnetic properties of epitaxial binary silicide nanostructures are discussed. The vast majority of binary transition-metal silicides lack ferromagnetic order in their bulk-size crystals. Silicides based on rare-earth metals are usually weak ferromagnets or antiferromagnets, yet both groups tend to exhibit increased magnetic ordering in low-dimensional nanostructures, in particular at low temperatures. The origin of this surprising phenomenon lies in undercoordinated atoms at the nanostructure extremities, such as 2D (surfaces/interfaces), 1D (edges), and 0D (corners) boundaries. Uncompensated superspins of edge atoms increase the nanostructure magnetic shape anisotropy to the extent where it prevails over its magnetocrystalline counterpart, thus providing a plausible route toward the design of a magnetic response from nanostructure arrays in Si-based devices, such as bit-patterned magnetic recording media and spin injectors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800004
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number41
StatePublished - 11 Oct 2018


FundersFunder number
Wolfson Applied Materials Research Centre
Weizmann Institute of Science
Israel Science Foundation1321/13
Tel Aviv University


    • epitaxial growth
    • magnetic silicides
    • nanostructures
    • scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)
    • superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID)


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