Systematic study of Mn-doping trends in optical properties of (Ga,Mn)As


We report on a systematic study of optical properties of (Ga,Mn)As epilayers spanning the wide range of accessible MnGa dopings. The material synthesis was optimized for each nominal Mn doping in order to obtain films which are as close as possible to uniform uncompensated (Ga,Mn)As mixed crystals. We observe a broad maximum in the mid-infrared absorption spectra whose position exhibits a prevailing blueshift for increasing Mn doping. In the visible range, a peak in the magnetic circular dichroism also shifts with increasing Mn doping. The results are consistent with the description of ferromagnetic (Ga,Mn)As based on the microscopic valence band theory. They also imply that opposite trends seen previously in the optical data on a limited number of samples are not generic and cannot serve as an experimental basis for postulating the impurity band model of ferromagnetic (Ga,Mn)As

Joint laboratory of opto-spintronics of FZU and Charles University has been responsible for the work concept, sample growth and fabrication, experiments and theory.

Measured reflection MCD data in samples with different (Ga,Mn)As epilayer thickness and nominal Mn doping 1.5% (a), 12.5% (b). (c) Theoretical thickness dependence of the MCD spectra at 1% effective doping. (d) Transmission and reflection MCD measurements in a 7% nominally doped 230 nm thick freestanding (Ga,Mn)As epilayer.