Decay of core excitations in bulk h-BN studied with resonant Auger spectroscopy

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Abstract

Non-radiative decay of core excitations at the B 1s and N 1s absorption edges of bulk hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) has been studied with resonant Auger spectroscopy. In order to reproduce the bulk properties of the sample while keeping it electrically conducting, we have grown reasonably thick (more than 20nm) polycrystalline films of h-BN on a Ni(111) surface by thermal cracking of borazine vapor. The probability of the participator Auger process in the non-radiative decay of the B 1s(-1) pi* and N 1s(-1) pi* excitations has been found to be very high (31%) and rather low (below 0.5%), respectively. The drastic difference between the participator Auger decay probabilities of these two excitations has been explained in terms of different localization of the electrons promoted into the lowest unoccupied pi* state on the cationic (B) and anionic (N) sites.

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Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)59-64
TidskriftJournal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena
Volym148
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2005
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa