Epitaxial growth and properties of cobalt-doped ZnO on α-Al 2O3 single-crystal substrates

A. C. Tuan, J. D. Bryan, A. B. Pakhomov, V. Shutthanandan, S. Thevuthasan, D. E. McCready, D. Gaspar, M. H. Engelhard, J. W. Rogers, K. Krishnan, D. R. Gamelin, S. A. Chambers

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    Co-doped ZnO(CoxZn1-xO) is of potential interest for spintronics due to the prediction of room-temperature ferromagnetism. We have grown epitaxial CoxZn1-xO films on Al2O 3(012) substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition using a liquid precursor delivery system. High concentrations of Co(x≥0.35) can be uniformly incorporated into the film without phase segregation. Co is found to be in the +2 oxidation state, independent of x, by both surface-sensitive core-level x-ray photoemission and bulk-sensitive optical absorption spectroscopies. This material can be grown n-type by the deliberate incorporation of oxygen vacancies, but not by inclusion of ∼1 at. % Al. Semiconducting films remain ferromagnetic up to 350 K. In contrast films without oxygen vacancies are insulating and nonmagnetic, suggesting that exchange interaction is mediated by itinerant carriers. The saturation and remanent magnetization on a per Co basis was very small (<0.1 μB/Co), even in the best films. The dependence of saturation magnetization, as measured by optical magnetic circular dichroism, on magnetic field and temperature, agrees with the theoretical Brillouin function, demonstrating that the majority of the Co(II) ions behave as magnetically isolated S=3/2 ions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)054424-1-054424-9
    JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2004


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    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Tuan, A. C., Bryan, J. D., Pakhomov, A. B., Shutthanandan, V., Thevuthasan, S., McCready, D. E., Gaspar, D., Engelhard, M. H., Rogers, J. W., Krishnan, K., Gamelin, D. R., & Chambers, S. A. (2004). Epitaxial growth and properties of cobalt-doped ZnO on α-Al 2O3 single-crystal substrates. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 70(5), 054424-1-054424-9. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.70.054424