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Unveiling spin-dependent unoccupied electronic states of Co$$_{2}$$MnGe (Ga) film via Ge (Ga) $$L_{2,3}$$ absorption spectroscopy

Yoshikawa, Tomoki*; Antonov, V. N.*; Kono, Takashi*; Kakoki, Masaaki*; Sumida, Kazuki; Miyamoto, Koji*; Takeda, Yukiharu; Saito, Yuji; Goto, Kazuki*; Sakuraba, Yuya*; Hono, Kazuhiro*; Ernst, A.*; Kimura, Akio*

X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectroscopy were applied at the Ge (Ga) $$L_{2,3}$$ edge to unravel the spin-resolved unoccupied electronic states of Co$$_{2}$$MnGe (Ga). Complicated spectral features were observed in both XAS and XMCD spectra. For their interpretation, we compared the experimental XAS and XMCD spectra with the calculated Ge (Ga) 4$$s$$ and 4$$d$$ orbital partial density of states. The comparison enabled a qualitative explanation of the XMCD spectra as the difference between the majority and minority-spin unoccupied density of states summed over the 4$$s$$ and 4$$d$$ orbitals. Our finding provides a new approach to uncover the spin-split partial density of states above the Fermi level.

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