Ferromagnetism and luminescence of diluted magnetic semiconductors GaGdN and AlGdN

Shuichi Emura, Masahiro Takahashi, Hiroyuki Tainbo, Akira Suzuki, T. Nakamura, Yi Kai Zhou, Shigehiko Hasegawa, Hajime Asahi

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The magnetic characteristics of the dilute magnetic system GaGdN are investigated mainly by soft-X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) in the energy range of 1160-1240 eV. The strong MCD signals up to 30 % at 15K are observed. The temperature dependence of the signal intensity is not on a simple Curie-Weiss curve but depicts a three-step curve. A step around 40-100K suggests a new magnetic phase. The luminescence spectrum of GaGdN at low temperature is divided into three parts consisting of two broad bands around 432 nm and 503 nm and a sharp peak at 652 nm. This sharp line is assigned to the intra-transition of the f-f orbital owing to the weak temperature dependence of the intensity and the peak position. AlGdN grown by molecular beam epitaxy produces luminescence at 318.5 nm. X-ray absorption fine structure is examined to survey the occupancy of the Gd ion in the grown specimens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-60
Number of pages12
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2008 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 2008 Dec 22008 Dec 4


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