Isotope effects and temperature-dependence studies on vibrational lifetimes of interstitial oxygen in silicon

K. K. Kohli, Gordon Davies, N. Q. Vinh, D. West, S. K. Estreicher, T. Gregorkiewicz, I. Izeddin, K. M. Itoh

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Vibrational lifetimes of the asymmetric stretch mode (1136 cm-1) of oxygen in silicon are measured using pump-probe spectroscopy and calculated by ab initio theory. We find that increasing the isotope of the nearest-neighbouring silicon atom increases the lifetime of the vibration. This isotope-dependence establishes the participation of the ν1 (613 cm-1) local vibrational mode in the decay of the ν3 (1136 cm-1) mode. Temperature-dependence measurements show the low-energy ν2 (29 cm-1) mode governs the repopulation rates for the ground state. We also analyze the temperature-dependence of transitions of excited states of the ν2 vibration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-204
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1



  • Infrared absorption
  • Interstitial oxygen
  • Lifetime
  • Local modes
  • Silicon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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