Ge[sub 1 - x]Mn[sub x] heteroepitaxial quantum dots: Growth, morphology, and magnetism
Heteroepitaxial Ge1-xMnx quantum dots (QDs) were grown on Si (001) by molecular beam epitaxial co-deposition, with x = 0 to 0.10, in order to explore the interaction between Mn content, surface morphological evolution, and magnetism. Morphological evolution typical of the Ge/Si (001) system was observed, where the effect of Mn on surface morphology is surprisingly minimal at low Mn content, with no obvious surface morphological indicators of second phase formation. As the Mn content increases, secondary phase formation becomes evident, appearing to heterogeneously nucleate on or within Ge QDs. Still higher Mn concentrations lead to extensive second phase formation interspersed with an array of Ge QDs. Although ferromagnetism up to 220 K is observed, likely arising from intermetallic precipitates, there is no clear evidence for room-temperature ferromagnetism associated with a dilute magnetic solution phase.