physica status solidi (b)
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Editor: Stefan Hildebrandt (Editor-in-Chief), Sabine Bahrs (Deputy Editor)
Online ISSN: 1521-3951
Nitrides as spintronic materials
The Guest Editors of the Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors (ICNS-5), Hiroshi Amano and Takashi Udagawa, have nominated the invited presentation by Tomasz Dietl  as Editor's Choice of the present issue of physica status solidi (b). This paper is a progress report on spintronics-related issues in Mn-based III-nitrides as potential diluted magnetic semiconductors.The cover picture shows the computed values of the Curie temperature for various p-type III–V compounds containing 5% of Mn in the S = 5/2 high spin state and 3.5 × 1020 holes per cm3, predicting that TC should exceed room temperature in the Mn-based nitrides.Thomas Dietl is head of the Low-Temperature Physics Group and professor at the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is one of the most experienced researchers in the area of ferromagnetic semiconductors, spin-related phenomena and other current topics of semiconductor physics with many publications and invited talks at conferences and seminars world-wide.The full Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors (ICNS-5) are published in physica status solidi (c) – conferences and critical reviews, Vol. 0, No. 7 (November 2003) (ISBN 3-527-40489-9). Conference papers can also be found in phys. stat. sol. (a) 200, No. 1 (2003).