Ga interstitials in GaAs (IGa) are studied using the local-orbital ab initio code SIESTA in a supercell of 216+1 atoms. Starting from eight different initial configurations, we find five metastable structures: the two tetrahedral sites in addition to the 110- split[Ga-As], 111- split[Ga-As], and 110- split[Ga-Ga]. Studying the competition between various configuration and charges of IGa at T=0 K, we find that predominant gallium interstitials in GaAs are charged +1, neutral, or at most -1 depending on doping conditions and prefer to occupy the tetrahedral configuration where it is surrounded by Ga atoms. Our results are in excellent agreement with recent experimental results concerning the dominant charge of IGa, underlining the importance of finite size effects in the calculation of defects.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Jul 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics