Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and UV-VUV luminescence at the Be 1s edge in BeO

A. Kikas, T. Kaambre, K. Kooser, I. Kuusik, V. Kisand, E. Nommiste, M. Kirm, E. Feldbach, V. Ivanov, V. Pustovarov, Indrek Martinson

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We carried out a combined study of UV-VUV luminescence and resonant x-ray emission from BeO single crystals with incident photon energies in the vicinity of the Be 1s absorption edge. The x-ray emission spectra show that at the Be 1s photoabsorption edge the lattice relaxation processes in the excitation site take place already on the timescale of the radiative decay of the core excitation. Comparison of the x-ray emission and the luminescence spectra indicates that the maximum energy loss of the process of lattice relaxation during the decay of inner-shell holes is similar to the loss that occurs in the self-trapping process of valence excitons. The possible decay channels of core excitations have been discussed and the mechanism for the creation of 5.2 eV luminescence at the photoabsorption resonances has been suggested.
TidskriftJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
StatusPublished - 2010

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