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Magnetic Properties of Crystalline and Amorphous Phase-Change Materials Doped with 3d Impurities



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First-principles study of the structural and magnetic properties of cubic and amorphous phase-change materials doped with 3d impurities. We find that Co- and Ni-doped Ge2Sb2Te5 is non-magnetic, whereas Cr- and Mn-doped Ge2Sb2Te5 is magnetic and exhibits a significant magnetic contrast between the two phases in the ferromagnetic configuration. These results are explained in terms of differences in local structure and hybridization of the impurity d-orbitals with the host states.