Optical absorption spectra, microcathodoluminescence (MCL) spectra, and electrical properties of GaMnN films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy with Mn concentration in the range of 3 to 10 at.% were studied. Optical absorption and MCL spectra show the presence of strong bands corresponding to the transition from the Mn acceptors near E c-2eV to the conduction band. The other strong band observed in MCL measurements was the blue band peaked near 2.9 eV and associated with the transition from the valence band to deep donors with a level near E c-0.5eV. All GaMnN samples were shown to be lightly n-type which suggests close self-compensation of the Mn acceptors by some native defect donors. A plausible scenario is that such compensating donors could be due to nitrogen vacancies and that the E c-0.5eV donor defects are complexes between the Mn acceptors and the nitrogen vacancy donors.
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