P-type surface doping of diamond: a first-principles study

J P Goss, B Hourahine, R Jones, M I Heggie, P R Briddon

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Surface p-type conduction in diamond has been linked to an aqueous layer on a hydrogenated surface. We have used local density function theory to examine the electronic properties of molecular adsorbates on diamond surfaces. We find that a wide range of adsorbates are able to transfer an electron from the valence band into the molecule, facilitating hole conduction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8973-8978
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2001


  • p-type
  • diamond
  • hydrogenated surface
  • local density function theory
  • electronic properties
  • molecular absorbates
  • valence band
  • hole conduction


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