Within density functional theory, full-potential linearized augmented plane wave calculations have been performed to study the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the Co2MnGe Heusler compound. As a result of the semiconducting (metallic) character found in the minority (majority) band structure, this material is predicted to be half-metallic, with an integer magnetic moment of 5 μB. This peculiar property, highly desired for spintronics applications, stimulated the study of the Co2 MnGe/GaAs interface. Our calculations show that the predicted band offset is not suitable for spin-injection and that, due to interface states, the half-metallicity is lost in proximity to the junction.
- Band offset
- Half-metallic ferromagnet
- Interface states
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)