Split Ga vacancies and the unusually strong anisotropy of positron annihilation spectra in β-Ga2 O3

Antti Karjalainen, Vera Prozheeva, Kristoffer Simula, Ilja Makkonen, Vincent Callewaert, Joel B. Varley, Filip Tuomisto

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Abstract

We report a systematic first-principles study on positron annihilation parameters in the β-Ga2O3 lattice and Ga monovacancy defects complemented with orientation-dependent experiments of the Doppler broadening of the positron-electron annihilation. We find that both the β-Ga2O3 lattice and the considered defects exhibit unusually strong anisotropy in their Doppler broadening signals. This anisotropy is associated with low symmetry of the β-Ga2O3 crystal structure that leads to unusual kind of one-dimensional confinement of positrons even in the delocalized state in the lattice. In particular, the split Ga vacancies recently observed by scanning transmission electron microscopy produce unusually anisotropic positron annihilation signals. We show that in experiments, the positron annihilation signals in β-Ga2O3 samples seem to be often dominated by split Ga vacancies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number195207
Number of pages20
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume102
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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