Nearly Perfect Spin Filter Based on a Wire of Half-Metallic (η5-C5H5)Ti(η8-C8H8)Ti Units

Author:X.X. Publish:2016/2/20

Abstract:Organic molecular devices show strong potential for future nanoelectronics applications, many of which require multifunction capability. Organometallic (η5-C5H5)Ti(η8-C8H8)Ti clusters are one of the few molecular material clusters that have been synthesized experimentally. Here we present a theoretical study of the spin-polarized transport on the clusters of (η5-C5H5)Ti(η8-C8H8)Ti by using nonequilibrium Green’s functions combined with the density-functional theory. Results indicate that one-dimensional, organic (η5-C5H5)Ti(η8-C8H8)Ti wire has unique half-metallic properties with 100% spin polarization near the Fermi level in the ground state. We predict that finite-layer (η5-C5H5)Ti(η8-C8H8)Ti clusters coupled to gold electrodes exhibit a near-perfect spin-filter effect. Furthermore, due to the large spin coherence originated from its organic nature, these devices possess a spin-valve effect with large magnetoresistance. Our findings suggest that such a multifunctional molecular device is an excellent candidate for future moleculebased spintronic applications.

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