The electronic structure of the magnetic semiconductor GaCrN, and the effect of Si doping on it have been investigated by photoemission and soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy. We have confirmed that Cr in GaN is predominantly trivalent when substituting for Ga and that Cr 3 states appear within the band gap of GaN just above the N 2-derived valence-band maximum. As a result of Si doping, downward shifts of the core levels (except for Cr 2) and the formation of new states near the Fermi level were observed, which we attribute to the upward chemical-potential shift and the formation of a small amount of Cr species caused by electron doping. Possibility of Cr-rich cluster growth by Si doping are discussed based on the spectroscopic and magnetization data.
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