Voltage-induced ferromagnetism in a diamagnet

Jeff Walter, Bryan Voigt, Ezra Day-roberts, Kei Heltemes, Rafael M. Fernandes, Turan Birol, Chris Leighton

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Increasingly impressive demonstrations of voltage-controlled magnetism have been achieved recently, highlighting potential for low-power data processing and storage. Magnetoionic approaches appear particularly promising, electrolytes and ionic conductors being capable of on/off control of ferromagnetism and tuning of magnetic anisotropy. A clear limitation, however, is that these devices either electrically tune a known ferromagnet or electrically induce ferromagnetism from another magnetic state, e.g., antiferromagnetic. Here, we demonstrate that ferromagnetism can be voltage-induced even from a diamagnetic (zero-spin) state suggesting that useful magnetic phases could be electrically induced in "nonmagnetic" materials. We use ionic liquid-gated diamagnetic FeS2 as a model system, showing that as little as 1 V induces a reversible insulator-metal transition by electrostatic surface inversion. Anomalous Hall measurements then reveal electrically tunable surface ferromagnetism at up to 25 K. Density functional theory-based modeling explains this in terms of Stoner ferromagnetism induced via filling of a narrow eg band.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberabb7721
Pages (from-to)eabb7721
JournalScience Advances
Issue number31
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

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This work was primarily supported by the NSF through the University of Minnesota (UMN) MRSEC under DMR-1420013. Parts of the work were carried out in the Characterization Facility, UMN, which receives partial support from NSF through the MRSEC program. Portions of this work were also conducted in the Minnesota Nano Center, which is supported by the NSF through the National Nano Coordinated Infrastructure Network under NNCI-1542202. The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute is acknowledged for providing resources that contributed to the research results reported.

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