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Magnetic properties for metastable negative-U defects in amorphous semiconductors
Author(s): Nikolai T. Bagraev; Lev N. Blinov; Vladimir V. Romanov
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Paper Abstract

Optically induced metastable centers are studied in As2S3 chalcogenide glasses using the magnetic susceptibility technique for 3.5 K <EQ T <EQ 300 K. The temperature dependencies of the magnetic susceptibility ((chi) ) exhibit spin instability of both a hole center localized at a nonbonding lone pair chalcogen orbital and an electron center formed by an As p orbital. The (chi) fatigue at low temperatures is shown to result from the negative-U dissociation of paramagnetic states 2DO yields D- + D+ that causes also the absence of an ESR signal before illumination. Irradiation with light whose energy corresponds to the Urbach tail of the absorption edge is found to result in a growing (chi) signal that is due to optically induced paramagnetic states revealed also by the EPR signals: D- + D+ + hv yields 2DO, whereas subsequent irradiation with infrared light in the mid-gap bleaches both the optically induced magnetic susceptibility and ESR signal to its cold dark efficiency. Metastable properties for paramagnetic states located in the gap of As2S3 are discussed in the framework of the negative-U reaction that is accompanied by the restoration of the PL and the fatigue of the ESR signals and the magnetic susceptibility value.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2001
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4348, Fourth International Workshop on Nondestructive Testing and Computer Simulations in Science and Engineering, (1 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417633
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Nikolai T. Bagraev, A.F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute (Russia)
Lev N. Blinov, St. Petersburg State Technical Univ. (Russia)
Vladimir V. Romanov, St. Petersburg State Technical Univ. (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4348:
Fourth International Workshop on Nondestructive Testing and Computer Simulations in Science and Engineering
Alexander I. Melker, Editor(s)

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