Coupling magnetic molecules on a superconductor

Peter Liljeroth

Shawulienu's results on controlled coupling of magnetic molecules on a superconductor out in Nano Letters.

Magnetic impurities have a dramatic effect on superconductivity by breaking the time-reversal symmetry and inducing so-called Yu-Shiba-Rusinov (YSR) low energy bound states within the superconducting gap. The spatial extent of YSR states is greatly enhanced in 2D systems, which should facilitate the formation of coupled states. We have observed YSR states on single cobalt phthalocyanine (CoPC) molecules on a 2D superconductor NbSe2 using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS).  We used STM lateral manipulation to create controlled CoPc dimers and demonstrate the formation of coupled YSR states.The demonstration of coupled YSR states is promising for realization of novel topological states predicted in YSR lattices.  


The results are published in Nano Letters.