Magnetotransport properties of the diluted ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga,Mn)As

Natalia Lebedeva, S. Novikov, T. Saloniemi, Pekka Kuivalainen

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We have studied experimentally the magnetotransport properties of a p-type diluted ferromagnetic semiconductor Ga1–xMnxAs by measuring the resistivity and Hall-effect as a function of temperature in various magnetic fields. The Ga1–xMnxAs thin films with thickness 1µm were grown on semi-insulating GaAs substrates by using a low temperature molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) technique and varying the Mn concentration between x=0.02 and x=0.05. The samples with x ≤ 0.03 showed insulating behaviour at low temperatures (resistivity ~1/T), whereas the samples with x ≥ 0.04 showed metallic behaviour (a finite resistivity at low temperatures). In the metallic samples the exchange interaction between the hole spins in the valence band and the spins of the Mn 3d electrons was manifested in the anomalous Hall-effect (AHE), from which the ferromagnetic transition temperature TC = 30K was estimated. Further, a resistivity peak appeared at TC in the metallic samples. The AHE can be explained by the wellknown theory for the Hall-effect in ferromagnetic conductors, where the AHE is proportional to the average spin-polarization of the magnetic lattice. The resistivity vs. temperature can be described accurately by a model, where a transport mechanism for disordered heavily doped semiconductors is combined with the spin disorder scattering processes due to the exchange interaction. This model explains both the resistivity peak at TC in the metallic samples and the temperature dependence of the resistivity in the semiconducting samples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-87
JournalPhysica Scripta
Publication statusPublished - 2004
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
Event20th Nordic Semiconductor Meeting, NSM20 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 25 Aug 200327 Aug 2003


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