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We combine magnetic circular dichroism and photoconductivity with prior optical absorption and first principles calculations to unravel spin-charge interactions in the high Curie temperature magnet CoFe2O4. In addition to revising the bandgap hierarchy, we reveal a broad set of charge transfer excitations in the spin down channel which are sensitive to the metamagnetic transition involving the spin state on Co centers. We also show photoconductivity that depends on an applied magnetic field. These findings open the door for the creation and control of spin-polarized electronic excitations from the minority channel charge transfer in spinel ferrites and other earth-abundant materials.
Holinsworth, Brian S., Nathan C. Harms, Shiyu Fan, Dipanjan Mazumdar, Arun Gupta, Stephen A. McGill, and Janice L. Musfeldt. “Magnetic Field Control of Charge Excitations in CoFe2O4.” APL Materials 6 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5021792.