Optical properties of Zn1-xMnxSe (x≤0.78) epilayers

W. K. Hung, M. Y. Chern, Y. F. Chen, W. C. Chou, C. S. Yang, C. C. Cheng, J. L. Shen

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The optical properties of Zn1-xMnxSe with x up to 0.78 grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs (001) substrates are reported. The complex dielectric functions ε=ε1+iε2 are obtained by spectroscopic ellipsometry in the photon range from 3.5 to 5.5 eV at room temperature. The critical-point energies E1 and E11 for x ≤ 0.52 are determined by fitting the calculated second-derivative spectra of ε to the standard line shape. For the sample with x = 0.78, the peak position in the ε2 spectrum is taken as an estimate for E1. While the fundamental band gap E0 increases with x, the E1 and E11 energies decrease almost linearly with x. Comparing our results with those of the other experimental and theoretical studies, we consider the sp-d hybridization between the Mn 3d level and the sp band states to be an important factor affecting the band structures at the L point in the Brillouin zone over the whole range of Mn concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-315
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 16 Oct 2001


  • A. Semiconductors
  • D. Electronic band structure
  • D. Optical properties


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