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Hydrogen-related photoluminescent centers in SiC

Prezzi, D. and Eberlein, T.A.G. and Jones, R. and Hourahine, B. and Briddon, P.R. and Öberg, S. (2004) Hydrogen-related photoluminescent centers in SiC. Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 70 (20). ISSN 1098-0121

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Abstract

Local density functional calculations are used to investigate models of the center responsible for a prominent set of luminescent lines with zero-phonon lines around 3.15 eV in hydrogen rich 4H-SiC and previously attributed to VSi-H. We find that the electronic structure of this defect and the character of its vibrational modes are inconsistent with this assignment. In contrast, a H2 * center, bound to a carbon anti-site, is more stable than the isolated molecule and possesses a donor level close to that observed for the H-lines. Moreover, its vibrational modes are in good agreement with experiment. A possible mechanism for the radiation enhanced quenching of the defect is discussed.