Physics of the Solid State

, Volume 60, Issue 12, pp 2311–2343 | Cite as

MnGa Acceptor Center in GaAs (Review)

  • N. S. AverkievEmail author
  • A. A. Gutkin


The model of the MnGa acceptor in GaAs in which initial ground state of a coupled hole Γ8 is changed due to the antiferromagnetic exchange interaction with five 3d electrons of the Mn core is described. The acceptor energy spectrum and the wave functions of its states and also their changes under action of deformations, electric and magnetic fields are considered. Expressions are presented for the description of various properties of isolated MnGa acceptors in GaAs, and the data of some experiments (changes in the \({\text{Mn}}_{{{\text{Ga}}}}^{{\text{0}}}\) luminescence and absorption spectra and polarization under uniaxial pressures and in magnetic field, EPR spectra, temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility, circular polarization of photoluminescence during excitation by polarized light in magnetic field, etc.) are analyzed. It is demonstrated that, in some cases, it is necessary to take into account the existence of random electric and strain fields splitting the acceptor states in the crystal. The analysis results show that this model agrees well with most of the experimental results. The exchange interaction constant is in the range of 3–5 meV.



We are grateful to N.A. Romanov, V.F. Sapega, and K.F. Shtel’makh for fruitful and useful discussions.

This work was supported in part by the Russian Scientific Foundation (project 14-42-00015 (theoretical calculations and estimations)) and the Program of the Presidium of RAS No. 9 “Terahertz optoelectronics and spintronics.”


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