Heterostructures that integrate conventional semiconductors with ferromagnetic semiconductors and ferromagnetic metals are important for developing a framework for semiconductor spintronics. We describe recent efforts to study 'hybrid' ferromagnetic/semiconductor heterostructures that combine conventional III-V and II-VI semiconductors with the ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga,Mn)As and the ferromagnetic metal MnAs. We focus on the characteristics of two novel classes of heterostructures: (a) (Ga,Mn)As/AlAs/MnAs magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) that provide an all-electrical scheme for probing spin injection from metals into GaAs and (b) n-ZnSe/(Ga,Mn)As heterojunction diodes that surprisingly exhibit a magnetically-driven photoconductivity.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry