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Dislocations in diamond: Electron energy-loss spectroscopy

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Patrick Briddon


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Electron energy-loss (EEL) spectroscopy performed near dislocation cores is one of the few experimental techniques that can yield valuable information about the electronic levels associated with dislocations. In this study, we present experimental observations of low-loss EEL spectroscopy acquired on grain boundary dislocations in a CVD diamond film. We interpret these results using ab initio calculations, where we model low-loss and core-excitation EEL spectra acquired on various dislocation cores in diamond and compare them with bulk spectra. We consider in particular the 60degrees glide, 60degrees shuffle, and 1/2 [110] screw dislocations, as well as the 30degrees and 90degrees partial glide dislocations and a 90degrees shuffle vacancy structure. The simulations show the absence of deep gap states for the more stable partial dislocations but there are characteristic changes to the low-loss EEL spectrum in the 6-12 eV region. Such changes are consistent with experimental spectra acquired from grain boundary dislocations found in boron doped CVD diamond.

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Author(s): Fall CJ, Blumenau AT, Jones R, Briddon PR, Frauenheim T, Gutierrez-Sosa A, Bangert U, Mora AE, Steeds JW, Butler JE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review B

Year: 2002

Volume: 65

Issue: 20

ISSN (print): 1098-0121

ISSN (electronic): 1550-235X

Publisher: American Physical Society


DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.65.205206


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