First-principles prediction of a new class of ferromagnetic semiconductors

Yu Jun Zhao*, A. J. Freeman

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Ferromagnetism in I-III-VI2 chalcopyrite semiconductors is predicted to arise from holes provided by Mn doping in the illustrative case of CuGaSe2. The first-principles calculations within the generalized gradient approximation to density functional theory demonstrate that Mn substitutes for Ga sites in CuGaSe2 with a formation energy that is ∼0.25 eV lower than that for Cu sites. Ferromagnetic CuGa1-xMn(x)Se2 is found to be a half-metallic material with a magnetic moment of 4 μB per Mn for x≥0.25, and its estimated Curie temperature is more than 110 K. We suggest that higher Curie temperatures may be achieved for this new class of ferromagnetic semiconductors based on Mn-doped I-III-VI2 chalcopyrites by employing other materials with a smaller lattice constant such as CuGaSe2 and CuAlSe2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-150
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 2002


  • Chalcopyrites
  • Ferromagnetism
  • Semiconductors
  • Theoretical calculations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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