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Title: Crossover from impurity to valence band in diluted magnetic semiconductors: Role of Coulomb attraction by acceptors

Abstract

The crossover between an impurity band (IB) and a valence band (VB) regime as a function of the magnetic impurity concentration in a model for diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMSs) is studied systematically by taking into consideration the Coulomb attraction between the carriers and the magnetic impurities. The density of states and the ferromagnetic transition temperature of a spin-fermion model applied to DMSs are evaluated using dynamical mean-field theory and Monte Carlo (MC) calculations. It is shown that the addition of a square-well-like attractive potential can generate an IB at small enough Mn doping x for values of the p-d exchange J that are not strong enough to generate one by themselves. We observe that the IB merges with the VB when x>=xc where xc is a function of J and the Coulomb strength V. Using MC simulations, we demonstrate that the range of the Coulomb attraction plays an important role. While the on-site attraction, which has been used in previous numerical simulations, effectively renormalizes J for all values of x, an unphysical result, a nearest-neighbor range attraction renormalizes J only at very low dopings, i.e., until the bound holes wave functions start to overlap. Thus, our results indicate that themore » Coulomb attraction can be neglected to study Mn-doped GaSb, GaAs, and GaP in the relevant doping regimes, but it should be included in the case of Mn-doped GaN, which is expected to be in the IB regime.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [2]
  1. Florida State University
  2. ORNL
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
931866
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review B; Journal Volume: 76
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; COULOMB FIELD; IMPURITIES; MAGNETIC SEMICONDUCTORS; MEAN-FIELD THEORY; TRANSITION TEMPERATURE; VALENCE; WAVE FUNCTIONS; MONTE CARLO METHOD; GALLIUM ARSENIDES; GALLIUM PHOSPHIDES; GALLIUM ANTIMONIDES; DOPED MATERIALS; MANGANESE

Citation Formats

Popescu, Florentin, Sen, Cengiz, Dagotto, Elbio R, and Moreo, Adriana. Crossover from impurity to valence band in diluted magnetic semiconductors: Role of Coulomb attraction by acceptors. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.76.085206.
Popescu, Florentin, Sen, Cengiz, Dagotto, Elbio R, & Moreo, Adriana. Crossover from impurity to valence band in diluted magnetic semiconductors: Role of Coulomb attraction by acceptors. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.76.085206.
Popescu, Florentin, Sen, Cengiz, Dagotto, Elbio R, and Moreo, Adriana. Mon . "Crossover from impurity to valence band in diluted magnetic semiconductors: Role of Coulomb attraction by acceptors". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.76.085206.
@article{osti_931866,
title = {Crossover from impurity to valence band in diluted magnetic semiconductors: Role of Coulomb attraction by acceptors},
author = {Popescu, Florentin and Sen, Cengiz and Dagotto, Elbio R and Moreo, Adriana},
abstractNote = {The crossover between an impurity band (IB) and a valence band (VB) regime as a function of the magnetic impurity concentration in a model for diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMSs) is studied systematically by taking into consideration the Coulomb attraction between the carriers and the magnetic impurities. The density of states and the ferromagnetic transition temperature of a spin-fermion model applied to DMSs are evaluated using dynamical mean-field theory and Monte Carlo (MC) calculations. It is shown that the addition of a square-well-like attractive potential can generate an IB at small enough Mn doping x for values of the p-d exchange J that are not strong enough to generate one by themselves. We observe that the IB merges with the VB when x>=xc where xc is a function of J and the Coulomb strength V. Using MC simulations, we demonstrate that the range of the Coulomb attraction plays an important role. While the on-site attraction, which has been used in previous numerical simulations, effectively renormalizes J for all values of x, an unphysical result, a nearest-neighbor range attraction renormalizes J only at very low dopings, i.e., until the bound holes wave functions start to overlap. Thus, our results indicate that the Coulomb attraction can be neglected to study Mn-doped GaSb, GaAs, and GaP in the relevant doping regimes, but it should be included in the case of Mn-doped GaN, which is expected to be in the IB regime.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.76.085206},
journal = {Physical Review B},
number = ,
volume = 76,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}
}