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Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 143–150 | Cite as

Theoretical Predictions of Electronic Structure and Half-Metallic Ferromagnetism in Al1−x Mn x P Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors

  • M. Boutaleb
  • B. Doumi
  • A. Sayede
  • A. Tadjer
  • A. Mokaddem
Original Paper

Abstract

The structural, electronic, and half-metallic ferromagnetic properties of ordered zinc blende Al 1−x Mn x P diluted magnetic semiconductors with concentrations (x = 0.0625, 0.125, and 0.25) are studied using first-principle calculations of density functional theory in order to seek out the possibility to use these materials for the spin injection in the field of spintronic applications. The electronic structures of Al 1−x Mn x P at all concentrations exhibit a half-metallic ferromagnetic behavior with 100 % magnetic spin polarization and half-metallic gap. While, the analysis of partial densities of states reveals that strong hybridization between 3p (P) and 3d (Mn) partially filled states dominates the gap, which stabilizes the ferromagnetic state configuration associated with double-exchange mechanism. Also, the magnetic proprieties prove an integer total magnetization of 4 u B that confirms the half-metallic ferromagnetic feature of Al 1−x Mn x P compounds.

Keywords

Spintronics Half-metallic ferromagnetism pd exchange mechanism Mn-doped AlP 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Boutaleb
    • 1
  • B. Doumi
    • 1
  • A. Sayede
    • 2
  • A. Tadjer
    • 1
  • A. Mokaddem
    • 3
  1. 1.Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science Laboratory, Physics DepartmentDjillali Liabes University of Sidi Bel-AbbesSidi Bel-AbbesAlgeria
  2. 2.Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide (UCCS), UMR CNRS 8181, Faculté des SciencesUniversité d’ArtoisLensFrance
  3. 3.Faculty of Physics, Department of Materials and ComponentsU.S.T.H.B.AlgiersAlgeria

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