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Epitaxial Mn2Sb thin films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on (001) GaAs and their magnetic and magneto-optical properties

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4 Author(s)
Miyanishi, S. ; Joint Research Center for Atom Technology, National Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, 1-1-4 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305, Japan ; Akinaga, H. ; Van Roy, W. ; Tanaka, K.

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We have succeeded in growing monocrystalline ferrimagnetic Mn2Sb thin films on (001) GaAs by molecular-beam epitaxy. From the reflection high-energy electron and x-ray diffraction patterns, the orientation of Mn2Sb films grown on (001) GaAs substrates was found to be with the c axis normal to the surface. This direction is also the easy magnetization direction as determined by superconducting quantum interference device measurements at room temperature. Magneto-optical spectra of these films showed a much larger magneto-optical Kerr effect than bulk data from the infrared to the blue wavelength region. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:70 ,  Issue: 15 )