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Microstructural and optical emission properties of diamond multiply twinned particles

: Lebedev, Vadim; Yoshikawa, Taro; Schreyvogel, Christoph; Kirste, Lutz; Weippert, Jürgen; Kunzer, Michael; Graff, Andreas; Ambacher, Oliver


Journal of applied physics 127 (2020), Nr.2, Art. 025303, 12 S.
ISSN: 0021-8979
ISSN: 1089-7550
Fraunhofer IAF ()
Fraunhofer IMWS ()

Multiply twinned particles (MTPs) are fascinating crystallographic entities with a number of controllable properties originating from their symmetry and cyclic structure. In the focus of our studies are diamond MTPs hosting optically active defects—objects demonstrating high application potential for emerging optoelectronic and quantum devices. In this work, we discuss the growth mechanisms along with the microstructural and optical properties of the MTPs aggregating a high-density of “silicon-vacancy” complexes on the specific crystal irregularities. It is demonstrated that the silicon impurities incite a rapid growth of MTPs via intensive formation of penetration twins on {100} facets of regular octahedral grains. We also show that the zero-phonon-line emission from the Si color centers embedded in the twin boundaries dominates in photo- and electroluminescence spectra of the MTP-based light-emitting devices defining their steady-state optical properties.