Work function anisotropy and surface stability of half-metallic CrO(2)

J. J. Attema*, M. A. Uijttewaal, G. A. de Wijs, R. A. de Groot

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Insight in the interplay between work function and stability is important for many areas of physics. In this paper, we calculate the anisotropy in the work function and the surface stability of CrO(2), a prototype half-metal, and find an anisotropy of 3.8 eV. An earlier model for the relation between work function and surface stability is generalized to include the transition-metal oxides. We find that the lowest work function is obtained for surfaces with the most electropositive element, whereas the stable surfaces are those containing the element with the lowest valency. Most CrO(2) surfaces considered remain half-metallic, thus the anisotropy in the work function can be used to realize low resistance, half-metallic interfaces.

Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftPhysical Review. B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Nummer van het tijdschrift16
StatusPublished - apr.-2008

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