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Density-functional study of small interstitial clusters in Si: Comparison with experiments

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alexandra Carvalho, Dr Jose Coutinho, Professor Patrick Briddon


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Local density functional calculations are carried out on models of tri- and tetra-self-interstitial clusters in Si. Electrical levels and local vibrational modes (LVMs) of the defects are found. The latter are compared with recent experiments detailing the isotopic shifts of LVM frequencies associated with phonon replicas of the W- and X-photoluminescence lines, attributed to I3 ad I4, respectively. While the ground state I4 structure accounts well for the measured optical and electrical data, the most stable I3 aggregates either show no gap states, or the lack for LVMs that could be linked with the W-line. Instead, this optical center can be linked to a metastable form of I3. © 2005 The American Physical Society.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Carvalho A, Jones R, Coutinho J, Briddon PR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review B

Year: 2005

Volume: 72

Issue: 15

ISSN (print): 1098-0121

ISSN (electronic): 1550-235X

Publisher: American Physical Society


DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.72.155208

Notes: Article no. 155208 5 pages


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