Precise tuning of the Curie temperature of (Ga,Mn)As-based magnetic semiconductors by hole compensation: Support for valence-band ferromagnetism

Zhou, Shengqiang and Li, Lin and Yuan, Ye and Rushforth, A.W. and Chen, Lin and Wang, Yutian and Böttger, R. and Heller, R. and Zhao, Jianhua and Edmonds, K.W. and Campion, R.P. and Gallagher, B.L. and Timm, C. and Helm, M. (2016) Precise tuning of the Curie temperature of (Ga,Mn)As-based magnetic semiconductors by hole compensation: Support for valence-band ferromagnetism. Physical Review B, 94 (7). 075205-1. ISSN 2469-9969

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Abstract

For the prototype diluted ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga,Mn)As, there is a fundamental concern about the electronic states near the Fermi level, i.e., whether the Fermi level resides in a well-separated impurity band derived from Mn doping (impurity-band model) or in the valence band that is already merged with the Mn-derived impurity band (valence-band model). We investigate this question by carefully shifting the Fermi level by means of carrier compensation. We use helium-ion implantation, a standard industry technology, to precisely compensate the hole doping of GaAs-based diluted ferromagnetic semiconductors while keeping the Mn concentration constant. We monitor the change of Curie temperature (TC) and conductivity. For a broad range of samples including (Ga,Mn)As and (Ga,Mn)(As,P) with various Mn and P concentrations, we observe a smooth decrease of TC with carrier compensation over a wide temperature range while the conduction is changed from metallic to insulating. The existence of TC below 10 K is also confirmed in heavily compensated samples. Our experimental results are naturally explained within the valence-band picture.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Shengqiang Zhou, Lin Li, Ye Yuan, A. W. Rushforth, Lin Chen, Yutian Wang, R. Böttger, R. Heller, Jianhua Zhao, K. W. Edmonds, R. P. Campion, B. L. Gallagher, C. Timm, and M. Helm Phys. Rev. B 94, 075205 – Published 15 August 2016
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.94.075205
Depositing User: Rushforth, Andrew
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 10:56
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2016 11:05
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37051

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