Chromium doped zinc telluride thin films with various doping concentrations are fabricated by magnetron sputtering. These films are ferromagnetic and the Curie temperature increases with Cr concentration. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and magnetic circular dichroism characterizations show that the films are free of Cr1-x Tex impurities and the ferromagnetism is intrinsic. The transport study shows that the resistivity and magnetoresistance are governed by variable range hopping at low temperatures. A negative magnetoresistance as large as -57% is observed at 5 K. The magnetoresistance and its temperature dependence can be well explained by a model involving an increase in the localization length of carriers with a magnetic field in the hopping region. An anomalous Hall effect is also observed and a possible origin of the sign difference between the anomalous Hall resistance and ordinary Hall resistance is discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Apr 15 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics