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Ramón Cuadrado Del Burgo

Postdoctoral Researcher
COFUND P-sphere
Theory and Simulation



  • Graphene-based synthetic antiferromagnets and ferrimagnets

    Gargiani P., Cuadrado R., Vasili H.B., Pruneda M., Valvidares M. Nature Communications; 8 (1, 699) 2017. 10.1038/s41467-017-00825-9. IF: 12.124

    Graphene-spaced magnetic systems with antiferromagnetic exchange-coupling offer exciting opportunities for emerging technologies. Unfortunately, the in-plane graphene-mediated exchange-coupling found so far is not appropriate for realistic exploitation, due to being weak, being of complex nature, or requiring low temperatures. Here we establish that ultra-thin Fe/graphene/Co films grown on Ir(111) exhibit robust perpendicular antiferromagnetic exchange-coupling, and gather a collection of magnetic properties well-suited for applications. Remarkably, the observed exchange coupling is thermally stable above room temperature, strong but field controllable, and occurs in perpendicular orientation with opposite remanent layer magnetizations. Atomistic first-principles simulations provide further ground for the feasibility of graphene-spaced antiferromagnetic coupled structures, confirming graphene's direct role in sustaining antiferromagnetic superexchange-coupling between the magnetic films. These results provide a path for the realization of graphene-based perpendicular synthetic antiferromagnetic systems, which seem exciting for fundamental nanoscience or potential use in spintronic devices. © 2017 The Author(s).

  • Multiscale modeling of spin transport across a diffuse interface

    Chureemart J., Cuadrado R., Chureemart P., Chantrell R.W. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials; 443: 287 - 292. 2017. 10.1016/j.jmmm.2017.07.085. IF: 2.630

    We present multiscale calculations to describe the spin transport behavior of the Co/Cu bilayer structure including the effect of the interface. The multiscale approach introduces the connection between the ab initio calculation used to describe the electronic structure of the system and the generalized spin accumulation model employed to describe the spin transport behavior. We have applied our model to atomically smooth and diffuse interfaces. The results demonstrate the huge importance of the use of first principle calculations, not only due to the interfacial coordinates optimization but also the magnetic and electronic properties obtained through the electronic structure. The system including the effect of interface with and without the charge fluctuation are studied. The results indicate that changes of electronic structure at the Co/Cu interface give rise to an interfacial resistance distributed over several atomic planes, similar to the effect of interface diffusion. We argue that even atomically smooth Co/Cu interfaces have properties analogous to a diffuse interface due to the variation of electronic structure at the interface. © 2017 The Authors

  • Voltage-Induced Coercivity Reduction in Nanoporous Alloy Films: A Boost toward Energy-Efficient Magnetic Actuation

    Quintana A., Zhang J., Isarain-Chávez E., Menéndez E., Cuadrado R., Robles R., Baró M.D., Guerrero M., Pané S., Nelson B.J., Müller C.M., Ordejón P., Nogués J., Pellicer E., Sort J. Advanced Functional Materials; 27 (32, 1701904) 2017. 10.1002/adfm.201701904. IF: 12.124

    Magnetic data storage and magnetically actuated devices are conventionally controlled by magnetic fields generated using electric currents. This involves significant power dissipation by Joule heating effect. To optimize energy efficiency, manipulation of magnetic information with lower magnetic fields (i.e., lower electric currents) is desirable. This can be accomplished by reducing the coercivity of the actuated material. Here, a drastic reduction of coercivity is observed at room temperature in thick (≈600 nm), nanoporous, electrodeposited Cu–Ni films by simply subjecting them to the action of an electric field. The effect is due to voltage-induced changes in the magnetic anisotropy. The large surface-area-to-volume ratio and the ultranarrow pore walls of the system allow the whole film, and not only the topmost surface, to effectively contribute to the observed magnetoelectric effect. This waives the stringent “ultrathin-film requirement” from previous studies, where small voltage-driven coercivity variations were reported. This observation expands the already wide range of applications of nanoporous materials (hitherto in areas like energy storage or catalysis) and it opens new paradigms in the fields of spintronics, computation, and magnetic actuation in general. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • First-principles study of the Fe | MgO(0 0 1) interface: Magnetic anisotropy

    Bose T., Cuadrado R., Evans R.F.L., Chepulskii R.V., Apalkov D., Chantrell R.W. Journal of Physics Condensed Matter; 28 (15, 156003) 2016. 10.1088/0953-8984/28/15/156003. IF: 2.209

    We present a systematic first-principles study of Fe | MgO bilayer systems emphasizing the influence of the iron layer thickness on the geometry, the electronic structure and the magnetic properties. Our calculations ensure the unconstrained structural relaxation at scalar relativistic level for various numbers of iron layers placed on the magnesium oxide substrate. Our results show that due to the formation of the interface the electronic structure of the interface iron atoms is significantly modified involving charge transfer within the iron subsystem. In addition, we find that the magnetic anisotropy energy increases from 1.9 mJ m-2 for 3 Fe layers up to 3.0 mJ m-2 for 11 Fe layers. © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  • In-plane/out-of-plane disorder influence on the magnetic anisotropy of Fe1- yMnyPt-L10 bulk alloy

    Cuadrado R., Liu K., Klemmer T.J., Chantrell R.W. Applied Physics Letters; 108 (12, 123102) 2016. 10.1063/1.4944534. IF: 3.142

    The random substitution of a non-magnetic species instead of Fe atoms in FePt-L10 bulk alloy will permit to tune the magnetic anisotropy energy of this material. We have performed by means of first principles calculations a study of Fe1- yMnyPt-L10 (y = 0.0, 0.08, 0.12, 0.17, 0.22, and 0.25) bulk alloy for a fixed Pt concentration when the Mn species have ferro-/antiferromagnetic (FM,AFM) alignment at the same(different) atomic plane(s). This substitution will promote several in-plane lattice values for a fixed amount of Mn. Charge hybridization will change compared to the FePt-L10 bulk due to this lattice variation leading to a site resolved magnetic moment modification. We demonstrate that this translates into a total magnetic anisotropy reduction for the AFM phase and an enhancement for the FM alignment. Several geometric configurations were taken into account for a fixed Mn concentration because of different possible Mn positions in the simulation cell. © 2016 AIP Publishing LLC.