Vibrational modes and electronic properties of nitrogen defects in silicon

JP Goss, I Hahn, R Jones, PR Briddon and S Öberg
Physical Review B

Nitrogen impurities form complexes with native defects such as vacancies and self-interstitials in silicon which are stable to high temperatures. These complexes can then suppress the formation of large vacancy and self-interstitial clusters. However, there is little known about their properties. We use first-principles density-functional theory to the determine the local vibrational modes, electrical levels and stability of a range of nitrogen-interstitial and vacancy complexes. Tentative assignments of the ABC photoluminescence line and the trigonal SL6 EPR center are made to substitutional-nitrogen pair and the substitutional-nitrogen-vacancy complex.

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