We investigate the hierarchy of local correlation and hybridization effects in metal-organic molecules adsorbed on metals. Using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and ligand field multiplet calculations, we demonstrate that the 3d electronic ground state of monolayer metal-phthalocyanine (CoPc, FePc) on Au(111) is given by the coherent superposition of two charge states, dnE+dn +1, where E represents a substrate electron antiferromagnetically coupled to the central metal ion and dn the many-body ionic orbital configuration of the unperturbed molecule. These results differ from previous models of hybrid metal-organic systems and provide a consistent description of their magnetic moments and Kondo physics in terms of spin and orbital multiplicity. © 2011 American Physical Society.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Jun 2011|