Magnetic properties of first-row element-doped ZnS semiconductors : a density functional theory investigation

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Title: Magnetic properties of first-row element-doped ZnS semiconductors : a density functional theory investigation
Authors: Long, Run
English, Niall J.
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Date: 22-Sep-2009
Online since: 2011-01-14T14:53:31Z
Abstract: Based on first-principles calculations, we have investigated the magnetic properties of the first-row element-doped ZnS semiconductors. Calculations reveal that Be, B, and C dopants can induce magnetic, while N cannot lead to spin polarization in ZnS. A possible explanation was rationalized from the elements’ electronegativity and interaction between dopant atoms and host atoms. The total magnetic moments are 2.00, 3.16, and 2.38 μB per 2 x 2 x 2 supercell for Be, B, and C doping, respectively, and ferromagnetic coupling is generally observed in these cases. The ferromagnetism of Be-, B-, and C-doped ZnS can be explained by hole-mediated s-p or p-p interactions’ coupling mechanisms. However, the clustering effect was found to be in Be-, B-, and C-doped ZnS but the degree is more obvious in the former two cases than in latter case. Analysis revealed that C-doped ZnS displays better potential ferromagnetic behavior than Be- and B-doped ZnS due to its half-metallic characteristic.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: American Physical Society
Journal: Physical Review B
Volume: 80
Issue: 11
Start page: 115212
Copyright (published version): 2009 The American Physical Society
Keywords: ZnSDopedFerromagnetic coupling
Subject LCSH: Zinc sulfide
Doped semiconductors
Magnetic couplings
DOI: 10.1103/PHYSREVB.80.115212
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Solar Energy Conversion (SEC) Cluster Research Collection
Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering Research Collection

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