Spin polarization of the split Kondo state

Kirsten Von Bergmann, Markus Ternes, Sebastian Loth, Christopher P. Lutz, Andreas J. Heinrich

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Abstract

Spin-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy is employed to quantitatively determine the spin polarization of the magnetic field-split Kondo state. Tunneling conductance spectra of a Kondo-screened magnetic atom are evaluated within a simple model taking into account inelastic tunneling due to spin excitations and two Kondo peaks positioned symmetrically around the Fermi energy. We fit the spin state of the Kondo-screened atom with a spin Hamiltonian independent of the Kondo effect and account for Zeeman splitting of the Kondo peak in the magnetic field. We find that the width and the height of the Kondo peaks scales with the Zeeman energy. Our observations are consistent with full spin polarization of the Kondo peaks, i.e., a majority spin peak below the Fermi energy and a minority spin peak above.

Original languageEnglish
Article number076601
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume114
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Feb 2015

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