Edge effects on optically detected magnetic resonance of vacancy defects in hexagonal boron nitride

A. Sajid, Kristian S. Thygesen, Jeffrey R. Reimers, Michael J. Ford

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The chemical and structural nature of defects responsible for quantum emission in hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) remain unknown. Optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) measured from these defects was reported in two recent papers. In one case, the ODMR was tentatively attributed to the negatively charged boron vacancy, VB−. Here we show how the key optical and magnetic properties vary with location within the bulk and along edges of h-BN sheets for this and the negatively charged nitrogen vacancy, VN−. Sign changes of the axial zero-field interaction parameter D are predicted, as well interchange of singlet and triplet ground states. Based on the latest experimental information, we assign the observed ODMR signal to bulk VB−. The other observed ODMR has some features reminiscent of our calculations for VN− edge defects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number153
Number of pages8
JournalCommunications Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

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