All Physics Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Physical Review B

Volume

8

Issue

6

Publication Date

1973

First Page

2906

Last Page

2915

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevB.8.2906

Abstract

Linear-combination-of-atomic-orbitals-molecular-orbitals cluster calculations using the extended Hückel theory are carried out for the interstitial carbon in the diamond lattice. The results suggest that the interstitial configuration is not the tetrahedral or hexagonal site, as has been previously assumed, but is instead an "interstitialcy" configuration, i.e., either a split- 〈100〉 interstitial (which our results favor) or a bond-centered interstitial. The predicted minimum-energy configuration changes with charge state, suggesting that the interstitial in the diamond lattice is a possible example of the Bourgoin mechanism of athermal migration of a defect in the presence of ionizing radiation.

Comments

Published by American Physical Society in Physical Review B. Publisher PDF available for download through link above.