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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Magnetic properties of GaN/MnxGa1-xN digital heterostructures: First-principles and Monte Carlo calculations
Author: Marques, M
Ferreira, LG
Teles, LK
Scolfaro, LMR
Furthmuller, J
Bechstedt, F
Abstract: The energetic and magnetic properties of wurtzite GaN/MnxGa1-xN digital heterostructures are investigated by first-principles total energy calculations, within the spin density-functional theory, and Monte Carlo simulations. In a wurtzite GaN model sample, periodic in the c axis, we replace a GaN monolayer (a plane) by a plane with composition MnxGa1-xN, and study its properties for varying the GaN spacer layer thickness and Mn concentration x. The 100% MnN monolayer possesses an antiferromagnetic (AFM) ground state when, in the periodic sample, it is isolated from the other MnN monolayers by more than four GaN spacer layers. The case of submonolayers (x < 1) is studied by Monte Carlo simulations based on an Ising Hamiltonian, whose parameters are obtained from ab initio calculations on five configurations. At 700 degrees C, up to the concentration of 8% Mn, the two-dimensional (2D) alloy is stable. However, above this concentration, there is a strong tendency to the formation of MnN clusters with an AFM ground state defined by ferromagnetic Mn rows coupled antiferromagnetically with other Mn rows. The behavior of the magnetization with the temperature is completely different in these two concentration regimes, with the 2D MnN cluster being very stable, whereas the 2D alloy presents low magnetic transition temperatures.
Country: EUA
Editor: American Physical Soc
Citation: Physical Review B. American Physical Soc, v. 73, n. 22, 2006.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.73.224409
Date Issue: 2006
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