Spectroscopic properties of oxygen vacancies in monoclinic HfO2 calculated with periodic and embedded cluster density functional theory

D. Muñoz Ramo, J. L. Gavartin, A. L. Shluger, and G. Bersuker
Phys. Rev. B 75, 205336 – Published 24 May 2007


We have calculated the electronic structure and spectroscopic properties of the oxygen vacancy in different charge states in the monoclinic phase of HfO2. Periodic and embedded cluster calculations using density functional theory and a hybrid density functional reproduce the band gap of this material with good accuracy and predict the positions of the one-electron energy levels corresponding to five charge states of the vacancy in the band gap. The optical transition energies as well as optical and thermal ionization energies into the conduction band for all vacancy charge states and the g tensor for electron spin resonance (ESR) active states are calculated. We discuss the relation of the calculated properties to metrology of vacancies using spectroscopic ellipsometry, ESR, and electrical stress measurements.

  • Figure
  • Figure
  • Figure
  • Figure
  • Figure
  • Figure
  • Figure
  • Received 22 December 2006


©2007 American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

D. Muñoz Ramo, J. L. Gavartin, and A. L. Shluger

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom and London Centre for Nanotechnology, 17-19 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH, United Kingdom

G. Bersuker

  • SEMATECH, 2706 Metropolis Drive, Austin, Texas 78741, USA

Article Text (Subscription Required)

Click to Expand

References (Subscription Required)

Click to Expand

Vol. 75, Iss. 20 — 15 May 2007

Reuse & Permissions
Access Options
Physics Next Workshops
March 20, 2017

The American Physical Society is initiating a new series of international workshops. These Physics Next workshops will be aimed at fostering new and emerging areas of physics research, focusing on topics that straddle traditional subject boundaries and are starting to “emerge from the noise.”

The first workshop is titled “Physics Next: Materials Design and Discovery,” and will take place on May 15 -17, 2017. More information.

Authorization Required




Sign up to receive regular email alerts from Physical Review B

Log In



Article Lookup

Paste a citation or DOI

Enter a citation