Spin superlattice formation in ZnSe-based diluted magnetic semiconductor heterostructures

B. T. Jonker, Wu-Ching Chou, A. Petrou, J. Warnock

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We have observed spin-polarized confinement of both electrons and holes in ZnSe-based single and multiple quantum well structures. The samples were grown by molecular beam epitaxy with 100 A Zn0 99Fe0.0lSe barriers and 100–200 A ZnSe wells. In these systems, the band offsets are very small, so that the large spin-splitting of the diluted magnetic semiconductor levels dominates the alignment of both the conduction and valence bands, permitting magnetic field-tunable confinement. Magnetoreflectivity measurements show a pronounced asymmetry of the heavy hole spin-splitting, a signature of spin-dependent quantum confinement. The relative phase and near-unity intensity ratio of the “spin-up” and “spin-down” excitons confirm localization of spin-up carriers to the ZnSe wells and spin-down carriers to the ZnFeSe layers, producing a field-tunable “spin-superlattice.” These results will be compared to those obtained for higher magnetic ion concentrations in the barriers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1458-1461
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1992


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