01 October 2014
The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of 3\(d\) transition metal (TM) atoms (Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn) adsorbed germanene are addressed using density functional theory. Based on the adsorption energy, TM atoms prefer to occupy at the hollow site for all the cases. The obtained values of the total magnetic moment vary from 0.97 \(\mu_B\) to 4.95 \(\mu_B\) in case of Sc to Mn-adsorption, respectively. A gap of 74 meV with a strongly enhanced splitting of 67 meV is obtained in case of Sc-adsorption, whereas metallic states are obtained in case of Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Co. Non-magnetic states are realized for Ni, Cu, and Zn-adsorption. Moreover, semiconducting nature is obtained for non-magnetic cases with a gap of 26 to 28 meV. Importantly, it is found that V-adsorbed germanene can host the quantum anomalous Hall effect. The obtained results demonstrate that TM atoms and nearest neighbour Ge atoms are ferro-magnetically ordered in the cases of V, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn, while anti-ferromagnetic ordering is obtained for Sc, Ti, and Cr. In addition, the effects of the coverage of all TM atoms on the electronic structure and the ferro-magnetic and anti-ferro-magnetic coupling in case of Mn are examined. The results could help to understand the effect of TM atoms in a new class of two-dimensional materials beyond graphene and silicene.