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First-principles study on ferromagnetism in 4H-SiC codoped with Al and Mn

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The electronic structures and magnetic properties in 4H-SiC codoped with Al and Mn have been investigated systematically based on density functional theory. Our results show that (Al,Mn)-codoping introduces spin-polarized hole states in 4H-SiC. The codoped system prefers the ferromagnetic state and the magnetization energy is larger than some of the known room-temperature diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMSs), indicating high RT ferromagnetism for (Al,Mn): 4H-SiC can be expected. The ferromagnetic property is mainly attributed to the 3d orbitals of Mn. Besides that the coupling of Mn–C–Mn also plays important roles in enhancing ferromagnetism in the case with more than one Mn atom. Our study explains the intrinsic factors inducing magnetism in 4H-SiC, which may provide a promising approach for preparing DMSs.

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The article was received on 12 Mar 2018, accepted on 04 May 2018 and first published on 07 May 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ01171K
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018,42, 9393-9397
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    First-principles study on ferromagnetism in 4H-SiC codoped with Al and Mn

    L. Lin, L. Zhu, R. Zhao, H. Tao, J. Huang, Y. Xu and Z. Zhang, New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 9393
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ01171K

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