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On the diffusion of NV defects in diamond

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


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Besides their importance for quantum information processing, NV defects are crucial agents for the diffusion and aggregation of nitrogen in diamond. In the absence of transition metals, it is thought that the first stage of nitrogen aggregation, where close neighbour nitrogen pairs are formed, is mediated by NV defects. Here we use density functional theory to explore the barriers to NV diffusion. We conclude that the barrier is around 5?eV when there is a ready source of vacancies and that this barrier is weakly dependent on pressure.

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Author(s): Pinto H, Jones R, Palmer DW, Goss JP, Briddon PR, Oberg S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physica Status Solidi A

Year: 2012

Volume: 209

Issue: 9

Pages: 1765-1768

Print publication date: 19/07/2012

ISSN (print): 1862-6300

ISSN (electronic): 1862-6319

Publisher: Wiley - VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA


DOI: 10.1002/pssa.201200050


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270197EU project DIAMANT-Diamond based atomic nanotechnologies (FP7)