We describe a systematic study of the exchange coupling between a magnetically hard metallic ferromagnet (MnAs) and a magnetically soft ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga1-x Mnx As) in bilayer and trilayer heterostructures. An exchange spring model of MnAs/ Ga1-x Mnx As bilayers accounts for the variation in the exchange-bias field with layer thickness and composition. We also present evidence for hole-mediated interlayer exchange coupling in MnAs/p-GaAs/ Ga1-x Mnx As trilayers and study the dependence of the exchange-bias field on the thickness of the spacer layer.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 25 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics