Based on XRD data testifying that the M ions occupy substitutional sites, transmittance measurement are discussed in comparison to electronic structure calculations for M-doped Al2O3 with M = V, Mn, and Cr. The M 3d states are found approximatively 2 eV above the top of the host valence band. The fundamental band gap of Al2O3 is further reduced in the V and Mn cases due to a splitting of the narrow band at the Fermi energy. Nevertheless the measured transmittance in the visible range remains high in all three cases. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Acknowledgements: We thank S. Boudin for the help with the transmittance measurements, and W. Prellier for insightful discussions. M.C.C., M.F., U.L., and R.F. gratefully acknowledge the Region Basse-Normandie and the Ministere de la Recherche for financial support. C.S. thanks the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for financial support (TRR 80).
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