Magneto-optics in pure and defective Ga1-x Mnx As from first principles

S. Picozzi*, A. Continenza, M. Kim, A. J. Freeman

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The magneto-optical properties of Ga1-x Mnx As including their most common defects were investigated with precise first-principles density-functional full-potential linearized augmented plane wave calculations in order to: (i) elucidate the origin of the features in the Kerr spectra in terms of the underlying electronic structure; (ii) perform an accurate comparison with experiments; and (iii) understand the role of the Mn concentration and occupied sites in shaping the spectra. In the substitutional case, our results show that most of the features have an interband origin and are only slightly affected by Drude-type contributions, even at low photon energies. While not strongly affected by the Mn concentration for the intermediately diluted range (x∼10%), the Kerr factor shows a marked minimum (up to 1.5°) occurring at a photon energy of ∼0.5 eV. For interstitial Mn, the calculated results bear a striking resemblance to the experimental spectra, pointing to the comparison between simulated and experimental Kerr angles as a valid tool to distinguish different defects in the diluted magnetic semiconductors framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number235207
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number23
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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