Investigating the physics of 2D magnetism
Two-dimensional (2D) magnetic materials have been of interest to physicists as much for their unique physics as for the possibility of pushing magnetic devices to their fundamental physical limits. The EU-funded NanoMagnO project will shed further light on the physics underlying the magnetism of 2D materials and specifically the interplay between magnetism and mechanics. Researchers will explore how mechanical strains modify the magnetic behaviour of the 2D monolayers chromium triiodide (CrI3) and chromium(III) bromide (CrBr3). These layered magnetic materials will aid detailed studies on the magnetic coupling between different atomically thin layers in Van der Waals heterostructures. Researchers will then fabricate nanomechanical resonators based on CrI3 and CrBr3 to study the quantum back action of the magnetic measurement process.