Mn 3d electrons in the valence band of Mn/Ge0.9Mn0.1Te- a resonant photoemission study

Mieczyslaw A. Pietrzyk 1Bogdan J. Kowalski 1Bronislaw A. Orlowski 1Wojciech Knoff 1Victor Osinniy 1Iwona A. Kowalik 1Tomasz Story 1Robert L. Johnson 2

1. Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics, al. Lotników 32/46, Warszawa 02-668, Poland
2. University of Hamburg, Institute for Experimental Physics, Luruper Chausse 149, Hamburg D-22761, Germany


We present the results of the electronic band structure study of Ge0.9Mn0.1Te epitaxial layer surface, clean and enriched in Mn by in situ deposition. GeMnTe is a ferromagnet with a relatively high Curie temperature (up to 140 K) strongly dependent on Mn concentration.

The Ge0.9Mn0.1Te layers were grown on BaF2 (111) substrates by an MBE method with use of GeTe, Te2 and Mn solid sources, at the substrate temperature of 450oC. The sample surface was protected against interaction with ambient atmosphere (during transfer to the photoelectron spectrometer) by a layer of amorphous tellurium. Prior the photoemission experiments, the tellurium layer was removed by sputtering and annealing. The Mn overlayers were deposited in situ at room temperature.

The valence band and shallow core levels of Mn/Ge0.9Mn0.1Te were investigated by means of resonant photoemission spectroscopy. This experimental technique is a tool enabling determination of the emission of electrons from the transition metal 3d orbitals. Therefore, the sets of photoemission spectra were measured for the photon energy range covering the energy of the Mn 3p®3d transition. They were acquired for the clean surface of Ge0.9Mn0.1Te sample, after evaporation of 0.5 ML Mn and after annealing. The annealing was carried out in order to induce the diffusion of Mn atoms into the Ge0.9Mn0.1Te crystal. The Mn 3d states contribution occurred in the upper part of the valence band, with a maximum at the binding energy of about 4 eV. The shape of the spectra corresponds to the emission from Mn ions occupying the lattice sites with octahedral coordination. Deposition of Mn and annealing the system lead to an increase of Mn 3d feature intensity. This proves that diffusing Mn ions occupy the same sites in the lattice as those introduced during the layer growth, increasing the Mn contents in the subsurface layer.

We acknowledge support by MSHE (Poland) grants N202 101 31/0749 and 1 P03 B053 26.


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Presentation: Poster at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2007, Symposium I, by Mieczyslaw A. Pietrzyk
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2007

Submitted: 2007-05-17 10:22
Revised:   2009-06-07 00:44