Applied Physics Letters

A p-type Heusler compound: Growth, structure, and properties of epitaxial thin NiYBi films on MgO(100)

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Epitaxial semiconducting NiYBi thin films were directly prepared on MgO(100) substrates by magnetron sputtering. The intensity ratio of the (200) and (400) diffraction peaks, I(200)/I(400) = 2.93, was close to the theoretical value (3.03). The electronic structure of NiYBi was calculated using wien2k, and a narrow indirect band gap of width of 210 meV was found. The valence band spectra of the films obtained by linear dichroism in hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy exhibit clear structures that are in good agreement with the calculated band structure of NiYBi. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.