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Acceptor level of nitrogen in diamond and the 270-nm absorption band

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jon Goss, Professor Patrick Briddon



The 270-nm optical-absorption band is seen in a wide variety of diamonds but there are conflicting opinions about its relationship with the common substitutional nitrogen center. Here we use density-functional theory to show that in addition to a deep donor level, substitutional nitrogen has an acceptor level lying in the gap, which is involved in the 270 nm transition. Specifically we show that the calculated level and its stress response are consistent with those of the 270 nm defect. This indicates that substitutional nitrogen in diamond has three charge states and not two as has been commonly assumed. We also show that Ns+ has an absorption band with a peak around 270 nm and hence can account for the lack of correlation between the 270-nm band and Ns0 in those diamonds containing centers which compensate nitrogen. Finally, we discuss the origin of the 271-nm absorption feature and suggest that the nitrogen-hydrogen center is a strong candidate.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jones R, Goss JP, Briddon PR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review B

Year: 2009

Volume: 80

Issue: 3

Date deposited: 06/05/2010

ISSN (print): 1098-0121

ISSN (electronic): 1550-235X

Publisher: American Physical Society


DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.033205

Notes: Article no. 033205 4 pages


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