Gate-Controllable Magneto-optic Kerr Effect in Layered Collinear Antiferromagnets

Phys Rev Lett. 2016 Dec 23;117(26):267203. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.267203. Epub 2016 Dec 23.


Using symmetry arguments and a tight-binding model, we show that for layered collinear antiferromagnets, magneto-optic effects can be generated and manipulated by controlling crystal symmetries through a gate voltage. This provides a promising route for electric field manipulation of the magneto-optic effects without modifying the underlying magnetic structure. We further demonstrate the gate control of the magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) in bilayer MnPSe_{3} using first-principles calculations. The field-induced inversion symmetry breaking effect leads to gate-controllable MOKE, whose direction of rotation can be switched by the reversal of the gate voltage.