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A story of high-temperature ferromagnetism in semiconductors

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Abstract

The comprehensive search for multifunctional materials has resulted in the discovery of semiconductors and oxides showing ferromagnetic features persisting to room temperature. In this tutorial review the methods of synthesis of these materials, as well as the application of element-specific nano-analytic tools, particularly involving synchrotron radiation and electron microscopy, are described and shown to reveal the presence of nano-scale phase separations. Various means to control the aggregation of magnetic cations are discussed together with the mechanisms accounting for ferromagnetism of either condensed or diluted magnetic semiconductors. Finally, the question of whether high temperature ferromagnetism is possible in semiconductors not containing magnetic ions is touched upon.

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The article was received on 16 Mar 2009 and first published on 02 Dec 2009


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B905352M
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010,39, 528-539
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    A story of high-temperature ferromagnetism in semiconductors

    A. Bonanni and T. Dietl, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010, 39, 528
    DOI: 10.1039/B905352M

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