Itinerant Theory of Exchange Constants in Diluted Co-Based Semimagnetic Semiconductors
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The exchange constants in diluted semimagnetic semiconductors with Co are much larger than in the Mn doped systems. To explain this, we use a semiquantitative, tight binding version of the coherent potential approach and calculate the electronic structure of II-VI mixed semiconductors containing Co and Mn. The exchange constants are deduced from energies of spin reversal processes. The presence of the Co 3d states at the top of the valence band leads to the observed enhancement of the exchange coupling.
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