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EPR and theoretical studies of positively charged carbon vacancy in 4H-SiC
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2004 (English)Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The carbon vacancy is a dominant defect in 4H-SiC, and the "E15" electron-paramagnetic-resonance (EPR) spectrum originates from positively charged carbon vacancies (VC+) at quasicubic sites. The observed state for EI5, however, has been attributed to a motional-averaged state with the C3v symmetry, and its true atomic structure has not been revealed so far. We here report low temperature (<40 K) EPR measurements on EI5 and show that this center has a C1h-symmetric structure due to Jahn-Teller distortion. We also performed ab inito calculations of the hyperfine tensors for EI5, and obtained a good agreement between experiment and theory in not only their principal values but also their principal axis directions. A good agreement was also demonstrated for the EI6 center (hexagonal-site VC+) in this paper. The transition from EI5(C1h) to EI5(C3v) was found to be thermally activated and its activation energy was measured as 0.014 eV.

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2004. Vol. 70, no 23
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-41122DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.70.235212Local ID: 55225OAI: diva2:261972
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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