Optically detected magnetic resonance of the zinc vacancy in ZnS

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

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Optical detection of magnetic resonance (ODMR) is reported for the single negative charge state, VZn -, of the isolated zinc vacancy in ZnS. Produced by 2.5 MeV electron irradiation, it is detected in a distant donor-acceptor (DA) pair luminescent band at 570 nm in which the vacancy acts as the acceptor. Excitation and emission spectral dependences of the VZn - ODMR signals are analyzed in terms of a configurational coordinate model. We conclude that the double acceptor level (VZn =/VZn -) is located ∼1.1 eV from the valence band edge and that the trigonal Jahn-Teller relaxation energy for the VZn - state is ∼0.5 eV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-883
Number of pages3
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1982


  • optically detected magnetic resonance
  • ODMR
  • ZnSe


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