Spectroscopic ellipsometry study of the diluted magnetic semiconductor system Zn(Mn,Fe,Co)Se

Y. D. Kim, S. L. Cooper, M. V. Klein, B. T. Jonker

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Single-crystal films of (001)Zn1-xAxSe (A=Mn, Fe, Co) (0≤x<0.14) grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on (001)GaAs have been studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry in the 3.5-5.5 eV photon-energy range. Using fits of the E1 and E1+Δ1 peaks with a standard analytic expression, we find that the linewidths increase with x for all samples, the energies increase with x for Zn1-xFexSe and Zn1-xCoxSe, and the energies decrease with x for Zn1-xMnxSe. A model describing the effects of the sp-d exchange interaction on the L point band-gap energy is developed and applied. We find that the strength of the energy correction due to this interaction, which is proportional to the product of the square of the exchange integrals and the magnetic susceptibility of the material, is largest in Mn-doped and smallest in Co-doped ZnSe. While the sp-d exchange interaction model is consistent with the composition dependence of the E1 and E1+Δ1 band-gap energies in Zn1-xMnxSe, it does not describe the behavior observed in Zn1-xFexSe and Zn1-xCoxSe. We show that an sp-d hybridization model, which includes the location of the energy levels of the magnetic impurity d levels, can account for the composition dependence of E1 and E1+Δ1 band-gap energies of all three materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1732-1742
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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