Exchange interaction between localized magnetic moments mediated by free charge carriers is responsible for a non-monotonic dependence of the low-temperature energy band-gap in dilute magnetic semiconductors. We found that in weakly doped Mn-ZnO films, increasing the exchange interaction by increasing the concentration of free charge carriers results in a red-shift of the near-band-edge emission peak at room temperature. An increase of Mn concentration widens the band gap, and a blue-shift prevails. Exchange interaction can be used to tune the room-temperature optical properties of the wide-band gap semiconductor ZnO.
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