We present the room-temperature ferromagnetism in the (Ga,Mn)N films grown on n-type GaN templates by plasma-enhanced molecular beam epitaxy for semiconductor spintronic device applications. Despite of the possible interface effects between the (Ga,Mn)N layers and n-type GaN templates, the (Ga,Mn)N films were found to exhibit the ferromagnetic ordering above room temperature. The magnetic force microscopy identified the magnetic domains with the different magnetic orientations at room temperature, indicating the existence of the ferromagnetic long-range ordering. In Raman spectra, an additional peak at 578 cm -1 was observed, which is attributed to the local vibration of substitutional Mn in the (Ga,Mn)N lattice. Therefore, it is believed that the ferromagnetic ordering in (Ga,Mn)N is due to the carrier-mediated Ruderman-Kittle-Kasuya-Yosida interaction.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films