Spin-Dependent Phenomena in (Ga,Mn)As Heterostructures
P. Sankowski and P. Kacman
Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warszawa, Poland
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Received: 17 06 2006;
A model for spin-dependent tunneling in semiconductor heterostructures, which combines a multi-orbital empirical tight-binding approach with a Landauer-Büttiker formalism, is presented. Using this approach we explain several phenomena observed in modulated structures of (Ga,Mn)As, i.e., large values of the electron current spin polarization in magnetic Esaki- Zener diode and the high tunneling magnetoresistance ratio. Next, the relevance of this theory to assess the tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance effect is studied. The results of applying the tight-binding model to describe the recently observed interlayer exchange coupling in (Ga,Mn)As-based superlattices are also shown.
DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.110.139
PACS numbers: 75.50.Pp, 72.25.Hg, 73.40.Gk