The lattice locations and electronic configurations of Fe in 57Co/57Fe implanted ZnO (to (5‐6) × 1014 Fe/cm−2) have been studied by 57Fe Mössbauer emission spectroscopy. The spectra acquired upon room temperature implantation show ∼20% of the probe atoms as Fe2+ on perturbed Zn sites and the remaining fraction as Fe2+ in damage sites of interstitial character. After annealing at 773 K, ∼20% remain on crystalline sites, while the damage fraction has partly disappeared and instead a ∼30% fraction occurs as high‐spin Fe3+, presumably in precipitates. This suggests that precipitation of Co/Fe in ZnO likely takes place at relatively low temperatures, thus explaining some of the discrepancies in the literature regarding magnetic properties of 3d metal‐doped ZnO.
American Institute of Physics
23 Jan 2012
Volume: 100 Issue: 4 Pages: 042109
Applied Physics Letters