Spin-density study of the silicon divacancy

M. Pesola, J. von Boehm, S. Pöykkö, R.M. Nieminen

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The possible charge states of the silicon divacancy V2 are studied using the local spin-density pseudopotential method. The ionic coordinates are relaxed without any symmetry constraints. We obtain the formation and binding energies as well as the ionization levels from total-energy calculations and use them to discuss several experiments. We find using the 216-atom-site supercell that V02 and V−2 have a “mixed” structure that includes both pairing and resonant-bond characters, V02 being more of the pairing type and V−2 more of the resonant-bond type.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1106-1109
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • defect in silicon
  • structure

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