Effect of spin-orbit interaction on a magnetic impurity in the vicinity of a surface

L Szunyogh, G Zaránd, S Gallego, MC Muñoz, BL Györffy

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Abstract

We propose a new mechanism for surface-induced magnetic anisotropy to explain the thickness dependence of the Kondo resistivity of thin films of dilute magnetic alloys. The surface anisotropy energy, generated by spin-orbit coupling on the magnetic impurity itself, is an oscillating function of the distance d from the surface and decays as 1/d2. Numerical estimates based on simple models suggest that this mechanism, unlike its alternatives, gives rise to an effect of the desired order of magnitude.
Translated title of the contributionEffect of spin-orbit interaction on a magnetic impurity in the vicinity of a surface
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume96 (6, 067204)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

Bibliographical note

Publisher: American Physical Society

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