Holes in the valence band of superconducting boron-doped diamond film studied by soft x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy

Jin Nakamura, Nobuyoshi Yamada, Kazuhiko Kuroki, Tamio Oguchi, Kozo Okada, Yoshihiko Takano, Masanori Nagao, Isao Sakaguchi, Tomohiro Takenouchi, Hiroshi Kawarada, Rupert C C Perera, David L. Ederer

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    Carbon- and boron-2p states of superconducting and non-superconducting boron-doped diamond (BDD) samples are measured using soft X-ray emission and absorption spectroscopy (XES and XAS) near C- and B-K edges. The electronic structure of B 2p does not show a marked boron-doping dependence, except that a considerable amount of in-gap state in empty states is observed. In C-K XAS spectra, two peaks H and I are observed around the Fermi level. The H peak is attributed to 2p state of carbon first-nearest neighboring to the dopant boron atoms (1NN-C), and the I peak to 2p state of carbon further than 1NN-C from an impurity boron. Incoherent (normal-excitation) XES spectra do not show a large chemical shift by B-doping, but its intensity just below the valence band maximum (VBM) decreases with B-doping. It cannot be interpreted within a simple rigid band model. An elastic peak of I-excited C-K XES spectrum and the width of I-peak of C-K XAS spectrum suggest that impurity state is localized in non-superconducting BDD but is not in superconducting BDD. Namely impurity state of superconducting BDD is merged with the valence band, and holes in the merged state play an important role in the occurrence of superconductivity of BDD.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number054711
    JournalJournal of the Physical Society of Japan
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2008 May



    • Boron-doped diamond
    • Impurity state
    • Superconductivity
    • X-rays absorption spectroscopy
    • X-rays emission spectroscopy

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    • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Nakamura, J., Yamada, N., Kuroki, K., Oguchi, T., Okada, K., Takano, Y., Nagao, M., Sakaguchi, I., Takenouchi, T., Kawarada, H., Perera, R. C. C., & Ederer, D. L. (2008). Holes in the valence band of superconducting boron-doped diamond film studied by soft x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy. Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 77(5), [054711]. https://doi.org/10.1143/JPSJ.77.054711