Two-component approach for thermodynamic properties in diluted magnetic semiconductors

Malcolm P. Kennett, Mona Berciu, R. N. Bhatt

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We examine the feasibility of a simple description of Mn ions in III-V diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS's) in terms of two species (components), motivated by the expectation that the Mn-hole exchange couplings are widely distributed, especially for low Mn concentrations. We find, using distributions indicated by recent numerical mean field studies, that the thermodynamic properties (magnetization, susceptibility, and specific heat) cannot be fit by a single coupling as in a homogeneous model, but can be fit well by a two-component model with a temperature dependent number of "strongly" and "weakly" coupled spins. This suggests that a two-component description may be a minimal model for the interpretation of experimental measurements of thermodynamic quantities in III-V DMS systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115308
Pages (from-to)1153081-11530811
Number of pages10377731
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 15 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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