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Experimental and ab initio study of Ta-doped ZnO semiconductor

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500/1-001 - Main Auditorium (CERN)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium

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CH - 1211 Geneva 23 Switzerland
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POSTER Semiconductors, Metals and Insulators

Speakers

Mr Diego Richard (Departamento de Física and Instituto de Física La Plata (IFLP, CONICET-UNLP), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CC 67, 1900 La Plata, Argentina.) Mr Emiliano Luis Muñoz (Departamento de Física and Instituto de Física La Plata (IFLP, CONICET-UNLP), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CC 67, 1900 La Plata, Argentina.)

Description

In the last years, ab initio calculations performed in the framework of the Density Functional Theory (DFT) have been successfully applied to the study of doped oxide semiconductors. The Full-Potential Augmented Plane Wave plus local orbitals (FP-APW+lo) method enables to determine the Electric-Field-Gradient tensor (EFG) at impurity sites localized in cation sites of the host structure with very good precision. From an ab initio - experimental study, the electronic structure and structural relaxations produced by the inclusion of the Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) tracers in the host system can be determined [1,2,3] . In this work, we present PAC results in polycrystalline ZnO semiconductor implanted with (181Hf→)181Ta probes. The FP-APW+lo calculations in Ta-doped ZnO were carried out using the supercell method and varying self-consistently the charge state of the impurity. Ta is a triple donor impurity with respect to Zn2+ in ZnO and thus it can loose 1, 2 o 3 donor electrons under certain circumstances. The comparison between the experimental EFG results and our ab initio predictions suggests that the Ta impurity may be in a completely ionized charge state, i.e., with the 3 donor electrons removed from the impurity.

Summary

References
[1] Anisotropic Relaxations Introduced by Cd Impurities in Rutile TiO2: First-Principles Calculations and Experimental Support
L.A. Errico, G. Fabricius, M. Rentería, P. de la Presa, and M. Forker.
Physical Review Letters 89, 55503 (2002).
[2] Metal Impurities in an Oxide: Ab Initio Study of Electronic and Structural Properties of Cd in Rutile TiO2
L.A. Errico, G. Fabricius, and M. Rentería.
Physical Review B 67, 144104 (2003).
[3] Metal Impurities in an Oxide: Ab Initio Study of Electronic and Structural Properties of Cd in Rutile TiO2
G. N. Darriba, L. A. Errico, P. D. Eversheim, G. Fabricius, and M. Rentería.
Physical Review B 79, 115213 (2009).

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Primary authors

Mr Diego Richard (Departamento de Física and Instituto de Física La Plata (IFLP, CONICET-UNLP), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CC 67, 1900 La Plata, Argentina.) Mr Emiliano Luis Muñoz (Departamento de Física and Instituto de Física La Plata (IFLP, CONICET-UNLP), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CC 67, 1900 La Plata, Argentina.)

Co-authors

Prof. Mario Rentería (Departamento de Física and Instituto de Física La Plata (IFLP, CONICET-UNLP), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CC 67, 1900 La Plata, Argentina.) Dr Paul-Dieter Eversheim (Helmholtz-Institut für Strahlen- und Kernphysik (H-ISKP),Universität Bonn, Nussallee 1416, 53115 Bonn, Germany.)

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