Electronic structure of (Ga,Mn)As revisited
Journal article, 2017

The detailed nature of electronic states mediating ferromagnetic coupling in dilute magnetic semiconductors, specifically (Ga,Mn)As, has been an issue of long debate. Two confronting models have been discussed emphasizing host band versus impurity band carriers. Using angle resolved photoemission we show that the electronic structure of the (Ga,Mn)As system is significantly modified from that of GaAs throughout the valence band. Close to the Fermi energy, the presence of Mn induces a strong mixing of the bulk bands of GaAs, which results in the appearance of a highly dispersive band in the gap region of GaAs. For Mn concentrations above 1% the band reaches the Fermi level, and can thus host the delocalized holes needed for ferromagnetic coupling. Overall, our data provide a firm evidence of delocalized carriers belonging to the modified host valence band.

band structure

magnetic coupling

dilute magnetic semiconductors


Janusz Kanski

Chalmers, Physics

Lars Ilver

Chalmers, Physics

K. Karlsson

University of Skövde

I. Ulfat

University of Karachi

M. Leandersson

Lund University

J. Sadowski

Lund University

Polish Academy of Sciences

I. Di Marco

Uppsala University

New Journal of Physics

1367-2630 (ISSN)

Vol. 19 Feb. Article no. 023006 - 023006

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Condensed Matter Physics



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