Magnetic behavior in zinc oxide zigzag nanoribbons

Andrés R. Botello-Méndez, Florentino López-Urías, Mauricio Terrones, Humberto Terrones

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We use first principles calculations to investigate the magnetic properties of zinc oxide nanoribbons with zigzag-terminated edges. The polarized spin density of states is calculated as a function of the nanoribbons width and thickness. All nanoribbons formed by a single layer exhibit a magnetic behavior independently of the width. By analyzing the charge density and spin density, we determine that the oxygen-dominated edge exhibits unpaired spins. When the thickness of the ribbons is increased, a magnetic moment is observed only for specific thicknesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1562-1565
Number of pages4
JournalNano letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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