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Noble-gas species are important impurities in the geological analysis of natural diamond and are also used in ion implantation on the basis of chemical inertness. We present the results of density functional simulations of noble-gas atoms in diamond. We show that interstitial species are relatively mobile under geological conditions but require annealing above ~700 K for laboratory-based experiments. In addition, with the exception of interstitial helium and neon, the noble-gas atoms are able to react chemically with the diamond due to the compact diamond lattice. This is of particular significance in terms of ion implanted material where noble-gas species trapped in lattice vacancies are electrically active and stable to high temperatures.
Author(s): Goss JP, Eyre RJ, Briddon PR, Mainwood A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Physical Review B
ISSN (print): 1098-0121
ISSN (electronic): 1550-235X
Publisher: American Physical Society
Notes: Article no. 085204
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