Electronic, magnetic and transport properties of rare-earth monopnictides

Chun Gang Duan, R. F. Sabirianov, W. N. Mei, P. A. Dowben, S. S. Jaswal, E. Y. Tsymbal

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Abstract

The electronic structures and magnetic properties of many rare-earth monopnictides are reviewed in this article. Possible candidate materials for spintronics devices from the rare-earth monopnictide family, i.e.high polarization (nominally half-metallic) ferromagnets and antiferromagnets, are identified. We attempt to provide a unified picture of the electronic properties of these strongly correlated systems. The relative merits of several ab initio theoretical methods, useful in the study of the rare-earth monopnictides, are discussed. We present our current understanding of the possible half-metallicity, semiconductor-metal transitions, and magnetic orderings in the rare-earth monopnictides. Finally, we propose some potential strategies to improve the magnetic and electronic properties of these candidate materials for spintronics devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number315220
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Volume19
Issue number31
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 8 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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