First-principles calculations of pseudolocal vibrational modes: The case of Cu and Cu pairs in Si

SK Estreicher, D West, J Goss, S Knack and J Weber
Physical Review Letters

Pseudolocal vibrational modes (pLVMs) are defect-related vibrational modes which are localized despite being below the phonon maximum. Such modes are sometimes seen as phonon replicas in photoluminescence spectra. The pLVMs associated with two copper-related defects are calculated from first-principles density-functional theory in periodic supercells. The localization of the pLVMs is quantified using the magnitude of the eigenvectors of the dynamical matrix.

Go back