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Dynamics of the Formation of the Nitrogen-Vacancy Center in Diamond

  • Amihai Silverman (a1), Joan Adler (a2) and Rafi Kalish (a2) (a3)

Abstract

We present results of simulations of the energetics and dynamics involved in the realization of the NV (nitrogen-vacancy) center in diamond. We use the self-consistent charge-density functional tight-binding approximation and show that when the nitrogen resides on a single substitutional site, it fails to attract a vacancy, hence no NV center can be formed. However, if it occupies a split interstitial site and two vacancies reside on the second or third neighbor sites, an NV center will form following annealing at temperatures as low as 300°C and 650°C, respectively. These results provide guidelines to experimentalists on how to increase the efficiency of NV formation in diamond.

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*Corresponding author. Email addresses:amihai@tx.technion.ac.il (A. Silverman), phr76ja@tx.technion.ac.il (J. Adler), kalish@si.technion.ac.il (R. Kalish)

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Dynamics of the Formation of the Nitrogen-Vacancy Center in Diamond

  • Amihai Silverman (a1), Joan Adler (a2) and Rafi Kalish (a2) (a3)

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