Ferromagnetism in doped semiconductors without magnetic ions

R. N. Bhatt, Erik Nielsen

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While ferromagnetism has been obtained above 100 K in doped semiconductors with magnetic ions such as Ga1-xMnxAs, bulk doped semiconductors in the absence of magnetic ions have shown no tendency towards ferromagnetism. We re-examine the nonmagnetic doped semiconductor system at low carrier densities in terms of a generalized Hubbard model. Using exact diagonalization of the many-body Hamiltonian for finite clusters, we find that the system exhibits significant ferromagnetic tendencies at nanoscales, in a region of parameter space not accessible to bulk systems, but achievable in quantum dots and heterostructures. Implications for studying these effects in experimentally realizable systems, as well as the possibility of true (macroscopic) ferromagnetism in these systems is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4595-4606
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Issue number25-26
StatePublished - Oct 20 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • Disordered Hubbard model
  • Nagaoka ferromagnetism
  • Quantum dots
  • Shallow impurities


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