Site-specific kondo effect at ambient temperatures in iron-based molecules

Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Sep 7;99(10):106402. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.106402. Epub 2007 Sep 5.


Kondo resonances are a very precise measure of spin-polarized transport through magnetic impurities. However, the Kondo temperature, indicating the thermal range of stability of the magnetic properties, is very low. By contrast, we find for iron phthalocyanine a Kondo temperature in spectroscopic measurements which is well above room temperature. It is also shown that the signal of the resonance depends strongly on the adsorption site of the molecule on a gold surface. Experimental data are verified by extensive numerical simulations, which establish that the coupling between iron states and states of the substrate depends strongly on the adsorption configuration.