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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jose Coutinho,
Professor Patrick Briddon
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Density functional modelling studies of the single vacancy in large Ge clusters are presented. We take a careful look at the origin of Jahn-Teller instabilities as a function of the vacancy net charge, resulting in a variety of structural relaxations. By comparing electron affinities of the vacancy with those from defects with well established gap states, we were able to estimate three acceptor states for the vacancy at E(-/0) ≤ Ev+0.2 eV, E(≤/-) ≤ Ec-0.5 eV and eV. As opposed to the Si vacancy, the defect in Ge is not a donor. We also show that these dissimilarities have fundamental consequences for the electronic/atomic picture of other centres, such as transition metals in germanium crystals. © 2005 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Author(s): Coutinho J, Jones R, Torres VJB, Barroso M, Oberg S, Briddon PR
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
ISSN (print): 0953-8984
ISSN (electronic): 1361-648X
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd
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