|Title||Molecular dynamics simulations of the formation of 1D spin-valves from stretched Au-Co and Pt-Co nanowires|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Cortes-Huerto R, Sondon T., Saùl A|
|Journal||J. Phys.: Condens. Matter|
|Issue||Special issue: Break junctions|
We have performed molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of stretched Aux-Co1 - x and Ptx-Co1 - x nanowires to investigate the formation of bimetallic monoatomic wires between two electrodes. We have considered nanowires with two concentrations x = 0.2 and 0.8, aspect ratio of 13, a cross section of 1 nm(2) and a wide range of temperatures (from 10 to 400 K). For the MD simulations we have used a semi-empirical interatomic potential based on the second moment approximation (SMA) of the density of states to the tight-binding Hamiltonian.For Au-Co alloys, Au atoms tends to migrate towards the narrowed region to form almost pure Au wires. In the PtCo case the formed chains usually consist of Pt enriched alternating structures. The most striking result is probably the Au(0.2)-Co(0.8) alloy where pure monoatomic Au chains form between two Co electrodes constituting a potential 1D spin valve. Despite the known ease with which the 5d metals (Pt, Ir, and Au) form monoatomic chains (MACS), our results show that in the presence of Co (x = 0.2), the percentage of chain formation is higher than in the Pt and Au rich cases (x = 0.8).