Magnetic properties of Cd1-xMnxTe/C nanocrystals

Sayan Bhattacharyya, D. Zitoun, A. Gedanken

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Mn doped CdTe nanocrystals coated by carbon (Cd1-xMn xTe/C) were synthesized by a one-step, kinetically controlled solid state reaction under autogenic pressure at elevated temperatures. Electron microscopic analysis confirmed that the 40-52 nm Cd1-xMn xTe core was encapsulated by a 6-9 nm carbon shell. The efficient doping by Mn2+ in the zinc blende Cd1-xMnxTe lattice, up to an atomic ratio of Mn/Cd of 0.031, was confirmed from electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) experiments. In the case of higher doping, it is likely that manganese is partially expelled to the nanocrystal surface. All the doped samples exhibit ferromagnetism at room temperature. The lowest doped sample has the highest magnetic moment (1.91 ± 0.02 μB/Mn). The more concentrated samples exhibit weaker ferromagnetic interactions, probably due to an incomplete coupling between carriers in the host CdTe semiconductor and dopant spins.

Original languageEnglish
Article number075703
Issue number7
StatePublished - 18 Feb 2011


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