First-principles modeling of the magneto-optical response in inhomogeneous systems

Fabio Ricci*, Franco D'Orazio, Alessandra Continenza, Franco Lucari, Arthur J. Freeman

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We develop an ab initio computational approach to calculate the magneto-optical Kerr effect spectra of layered and nanogranular compounds as a function of several structural and geometrical parameters: (i) composition, (ii) film thickness, and (iii) position, thickness, and number of the nonmagnetic interlayers. The case of nanoparticles in a matrix is treated within the effective-medium approximation and compared to a model (alternating composition layers approximation) that considers different compounds in a thin-film multilayered structure. The magneto-optical filter-amplifier effect of a nonmagnetic overlayer or interlayer and the dependence of the Kerr response on the specific sample composition suggest that our computational approach is a good starting point to build up structures with the desired magneto-optical characteristics and can be used to interpret experimental spectra to single out the microscopic structure and composition of the sample. The model is applied to the Mn-Ge binary system, considering both Mn5 Ge3 as a film or in a nanoparticle arrangement and Mnx Ge1-x diluted semiconductor as possible phases in pure form or intermixed with Ge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number134411
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number13
StatePublished - Oct 14 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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