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The electronic structure of the tetrachedral N2 centre and of the neutral vacancy in diamond

Stoneham, AM; (1966) The electronic structure of the tetrachedral N2 centre and of the neutral vacancy in diamond. Proceedings of the Physical Society , 88 (1) 135 -147. 10.1088/0370-1328/88/1/317. Green open access

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Abstract

The N2 centre, a tetrachedral array of four F centres, and the neutral vacancy in diamond present similar theoretical problems. Their electronic structure has been calculated by a molecular orbital approach using one-electron wave functions centred on the geometric centre of the defect. The results are compared with those based on functions which are linear combinations of atomic orbitals (LCAO). We conclude that in LiF and KC1 the ground state of the N2 centre is 5A2 and the centre is not responsible for the N2 band, although it should give rise to spin resonance. For the diamond vacancy the ground state is 3T1 or possibly 1E. Previous calculations using LCAO wave functions give a 1E ground state for diamond. Possible ways of observing these centres are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: The electronic structure of the tetrachedral N2 centre and of the neutral vacancy in diamond
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1088/0370-1328/88/1/317
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0370-1328/88/1/317
Language: English
Additional information: Text made available to UCL Discovery by kind permission of IOP Publishing, 2012
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > London Centre for Nanotechnology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/59772
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