Simulation of the Atomic and Electronic Structure of Oxygen Vacancies and Polyvacancies in ZrO2

T. V. Perevalov

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Abstract

Cubic, tetragonal, and monoclinic phases of zirconium oxide with oxygen vacancies and polyvacancies are studied by quantum chemical modeling of the atomic and electronic structure. It is demonstrated that an oxygen vacancy in ZrO2 may act as both an electron trap and a hole one. An electron added to the ZrO2 structure with an oxygen vacancy is distributed between two neighboring Zr atoms and is a bonding orbital by nature. It is advantageous for each subsequent O vacancy to form close to the already existing ones; notably, one Zr atom has no more than two removed O atoms related to it. Defect levels from oxygen polyvacancies are distributed in the bandgap with preferential localization in the vicinity of the oxygen monovacancy level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-427
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics of the Solid State
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

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