Magnetic Oxide Semiconductors

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Abstract

In 2000, it was theoretically predicted that ferromagnetism (FM) at high temperature could be obtained in many semiconductors such as ZnO, GaAs, GaN, etc., if we dope Mn plus a certain concentration of holes into these systems. The magnetic ordering in those compounds was suggested to originate from the Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yoshida interaction of localized moments of dopants via 2p holes or 4s electrons. Inspired by this idea, many experimentalists have tried to dope transition metals (TM) into many oxides such as ZnO, TiO2, SnO2, In2O3, etc., with the hope to obtain room temperature FM in semiconductors, in order to be able to exploit both charge and spin in the same devices. Actually, room temperature FM was observed; however, the phenomenon is not exactly as what theorists have proposed. The finding of FM in undoped HfO2 thin films in 2004 has first given some alert to the magnetism community to rejudge the real role that a dopant indeed plays. More recently, experimental observations of FM for various oxides such as TiO2, HfO2, In2O3, ZnO, CeO2, Al2O3, and MgO in low-dimensional structures have confirmed that FM is certainly possible for undoped oxide semiconductors. It was suggested that FM might stem from oxygen vacancies and/or defects that were formed at the surface and interfaces.

Research on very thin films and nanoparticles of Diluted Magnetic Oxide semiconductors (DMSO) has pointed out that downscaling magnetic oxide semiconductors to nanometer scale should be an important step, in order to make them ferromagnetic. It opens a door to exploit the bright side of nano-world in this field of spintronics.

The domain of DMSO research still requires a lot of efforts of the world wide research groups toward higher levels with the hope to bring it closer to a realization of spintronic devices based on DMSO materials.

Keywords

Oxygen Vacancy TiO2 Film Impurity Band Magnetic Force Microscopy SnO2 Film 
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List of Abbreviations

CTF

Charge transfer ferromagnetism

DMS

Diluted magnetic semiconductors

DMSO

Diluted magnetic semiconducting oxides

DOS

Density of states

EF

Fermi level

FM

Ferromagnetism

LAO

LaAlO3

M(H)

Magnetization versus magnetic field

M(T)

Magnetization versus temperature

MFM

Magnetic force microscopy

Ms

Saturated magnetization

RBS

Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy

RKKY

Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yoshida

STO

SrTiO3

Tc

Curie temperature

TM

Transition metal

W

Bandwidth

XAS

X-ray absorption spectroscopy

XMCD

X-ray magnetic circular dichroism

XRD

X-ray diffraction

Notes

Acknowledgments

The author would like to thank J. Sakai, A. Hassini, A. Ruyter, N. Poirot, V. Brize, N. Q. Huong, A. Barla, C-K. Park, and J-H. Song for their co-work and then contributions in experiments that lead to our results in the DMSO field. The work on ZrO2 and writing of this Chapter were supported by project 3348–20100041 of the National Research Foundation of Korea. The work on C-doped SnO2 was supported by project 3348–20100016 of SNU R&D Foundation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomySeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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