An ODMR study of a luminescence excitation process in ZnSe:Fe

K. P. O'Donnell*, K. M. Lee, G. D. Watkins

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The authors report ODMR (optically detected magnetic resonance) studies of near infrared luminescence from nominally undoped cubic ZnSe. The magnetic resonances of shallow donors and isolated Fe3+ ions are detected in a prominent band at 980 nm. A similar band in ZnS has recently been identified by Skowronski and Liro (1981, 1982) as the internal 3T1 to 5E transition of Fe2+. It is concluded that ODMR detects the radiationless distant shallow donor to Fe3+ deep donor electron transfer. This process creates the excited Fe2+(3T 1) state which in turn emits the 980 nm photon in a transition to the 5E ground state.

Original languageEnglish
Article number007
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physics C: Solid State Physics
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1983


  • optically detected magnetic resonance
  • cubic ZnSe
  • ZnSe
  • ODMR


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