Zobelli, A., Ewels, C. P., Gloter, A. & Seifert, G. (2007) Vacancy migration in hexagonal boron nitride. Phys. Rev. B, 75 094104.
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Numéro d'identification (ISBN etc.): 1098-0121
Clé BibTeX: Zobelli2007a
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Mots-clés: bn, construction, Defects, elastic band method, graphite, minimum energy paths, nanotubes, nitrogen analogs, saddle-points, semiconductors
Créateurs: Ewels, Gloter, Seifert, Zobelli
Collection: Phys. Rev. B
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Activation energies and reaction paths for diffusion and nucleation of mono- and divacancy defects in hexagonal boron nitride layers are theoretically investigated. Migration paths are derived using the nudged elastic band method combined with density-functional-based techniques. We find a different behavior for migration of single boron and nitrogen vacancies with the existence of intermediate metastable states along the migration paths. The temperature dependence of entropic and vibrational contributions to the free Gibbs energies is explicitly taken in account. A rich phase diagram for vacancy migration is then obtained. Boron vacancies are first thermally activated and can migrate to form more stable BN divacancies. At high temperatures, the divacancies can further be activated. In the contrary, nitrogen vacancy migration is energetically unfavorable within all the temperature range below the melting point of h-BN.
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