Absence of half-metallicity in defect-free digital magnetic heterostructures delta-doped with Cr and Mn
2011 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 83, no 12, 125107- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We present the results of combined density functional and many-body calculations of the electronic and magnetic properties of the defect-free digital ferromagnetic heterostructures obtained by doping GaAs with Cr and Mn. While the local-density approximation +U predicts half-metallicity in these defect-free delta-doped heterostructures, we demonstrate that local many-body correlations captured by dynamical mean-field theory induce within the minority-spin channel nonquasiparticle states just above E-F. As a consequence of the existence of these many-body states the half-metallic gap is closed and the carriers' spin polarization is significantly reduced. Below the Fermi level the minority-spin highest valence states are found to localize more on the GaAs layers, being independent of the type of electronic correlations considered. Thus, our results confirm the confinement of carriers in these delta-doped heterostructures, having a spin polarization that follows a different temperature dependence than the magnetization. We suggest that polarized hot-electron photoluminescence experiments might uncover evidence for the existence of many-body states within the minority-spin channel and elucidate their finite-temperature behavior.
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2011. Vol. 83, no 12, 125107- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-151650DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.125107ISI: 000288532400003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-151650DiVA: diva2:411022