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Title: Local atomic and magnetic structure of dilute magnetic semiconductor (Ba,K)(Zn,Mn)2As2

We studied the atomic and magnetic structure of the dilute ferromagnetic semiconductor system (Ba,K)(Zn,Mn)2As2 through atomic and magnetic pair distribution function analysis of temperature-dependent x-ray and neutron total scattering data. Furthermore, we detected a change in curvature of the temperature-dependent unit cell volume of the average tetragonal crystallographic structure at a temperature coinciding with the onset of ferromagnetic order. We also observed the existence of a well-defined local orthorhombic structure on a short length scale of ≲5Å, resulting in a rather asymmetrical local environment of the Mn and As ions. Finally, the magnetic PDF revealed ferromagnetic alignment of Mn spins along the crystallographic c axis, with robust nearest-neighbor ferromagnetic correlations that exist even above the ferromagnetic ordering temperature. Finally, we discuss these results in the context of other experiments and theoretical studies on this system.
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  1. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Physics
  2. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
  3. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing (China). Inst. of Physics
  4. Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany). Julich Center for Neutron Science
  5. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics; Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Dept.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950; PRBMDO; R&D Project: PM032; KC0202010
Grant/Contract Number:
SC00112704; SC0012704
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 94; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States