Electron correlations and the minority-spin band gap in half-metallic Heusler alloys
SourcePhysical Review Letters, 96, 13, (2006), pp. 137203-1-137203-4
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Theory of Condensed Matter
Physical Review Letters
SubjectTheory of Condensed Matter
Electron-electron correlations affect the band gap of half-metallic ferromagnets by introducing nonquasiparticle states just above the Fermi level. In contrast with the spin-orbit coupling, a large asymmetric nonquasiparticle spectral weight is present in the minority-spin channel, leading to a peculiar finite-temperature spin depolarization effects. Using recently developed first-principle dynamical mean-field theory, we investigate these effects for the half-metallic ferrimagnetic Heusler compound FeMnSb. We discuss depolarization effects in terms of strength of local Coulomb interaction U and temperature in FeMnSb. We propose Ni1-xFexMnSb alloys as a perspective materials to be used in spin-valve structures and for experimental search of nonquasiparticle states in half-metallic materials.
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