Micromagnetometry of two-dimensional ferromagnets

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The study of atomically thin ferromagnetic crystals has led to the discovery of unusual magnetic behaviour and provided insight into the magnetic properties of bulk materials. However, the experimental techniques that have been used to explore ferromagnetism in such materials cannot probe the magnetic field directly. Here, we show that ballistic Hall micromagnetometry can be used to measure the magnetization of individual two-dimensional ferromagnets. Our devices are made by van der Waals assembly in such a way that the investigated ferromagnetic crystal is placed on top of a multi-terminal Hall bar made from encapsulated graphene. We use the micromagnetometry technique to study atomically thin chromium tribromide (CrBr3). We find that the material remains ferromagnetic down to monolayer thickness and exhibits strong out-of-plane anisotropy. We also find that the magnetic response of CrBr3 varies little with the number of layers and its temperature dependence cannot be described by the simple Ising model of two-dimensional ferromagnetism.

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Fig. 1: Graphene-based Hall micromagnetometry.
Fig. 2: Magnetic hysteresis in few-layer CrBr3.
Fig. 3: Movement of domain walls in monolayer CrBr3.
Fig. 4: Temperature dependence of ferromagnetism in 2D CrBr3.
Fig. 5: Monolayer CrBr3 in tilted magnetic fields.

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This work was supported by the European Research Council, the Graphene Flagship and Lloyd’s Register Foundation. M.K. was partly supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (grant 2018R1A6A3A03010943). W.K., D.G.H. and A.I.B. were supported by the Graphene NowNANO Doctoral Training Programme. J.H.E. and S.L. acknowledge support from the NSF (grant CMMI 1538127).

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M.K. and P.K. carried out the project and analysed the experimental data. A.K.G. suggested and supervised the project. P.K., J.B. and S.G.X. fabricated devices. M.K., A.I.B. and W.K. performed electrical and superconducting quantum interference device measurements. D.G.H. and S.J.H. provided transmission electron microscopy analysis. M.K. performed the finite-element simulations. J.K. and P.A.M. provided theoretical support. S.L. and J.H.E. supplied hBN crystals. M.K., P.K., K.S.N., I.V.G., J.B. and A.K.G. wrote the manuscript. All of the authors contributed to discussions.

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