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Photoionization absorption and zero-field spin splitting of acceptor-bound magnetic polaron in p-type Hg1-xMnxTe single crystals

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Zhu, Liangqing ; National Laboratory for Infrared Physics, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 200083 Shanghai, China ; Shao, Jun ; Lin, Tie ; Lu, Xiang
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Temperature-dependent magnetic (2–300 K), DC Hall (10–300 K), and infrared transmission (11.5–300 K) measurements are performed on a series of p-type Hg1-xMnxTe (0.12 ≤ x ≤ 0.26) single crystals in the spin-glass regime. Photoionization absorption (PIA) of acceptor-bound magnetic polarons (acceptor-BMPs) is observed to evolve with temperature, which is better accounted for by the classical oscillator model than by the quantum defect method. At low temperatures, p-type Hg1-xMnxTe manifests distinct phenomena of paramagnetic enhancement, negative magnetoresistance, and decrease of the effective binding energy and blueshift of the PIA of the acceptor-BMPs with nearly the same degree as temperature declines. A spin-splitting model is proposed, which can well reproduce the experimentally observed zero-field spin splitting of the acceptor-BMP level at low temperatures and the increase of the spin splitting as temperature drops. The results suggest that the acceptor-BMPs in Hg1-xMnxTe may have potential applications in light-driven polaronic memories, tunable far-infrared lasers, and detectors.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:111 ,  Issue: 8 )