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Empirical one-electron model of optical transitions in Cu-doped ZnS and CdS


Peka,  Pavel
Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;


Schulz,  Hans-Joachim
Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Peka, P., & Schulz, H.-J. (1994). Empirical one-electron model of optical transitions in Cu-doped ZnS and CdS. Physica B-Condensed Matter, 193(1), 57-65. doi:10.1016/0921-4526(94)90052-3.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-8E2C-7
Optical absorption and emission processes in the paradigmatic wide-gap II-VI compounds ZnS: Cu and CdS: Cu find an unconstrained interpretation in a plain strong-field model of light-induced electronic processes which depicts the charge states Cu2+ (d9) and Cu+ (d10), viz. their internal and charge transfer transitions. A variety of observed spectroscopic features between the UV and the IR regions are included, supplemented by some tentative assignments and/or predictions. Among the phenomena covered are the blue (B-Cu), green (G-Cu) and orange-red (R-Cu) emission bands of ZnS and their homologues in CdS. Novel near-infrared luminescence bands in ZnS peaking near 7200 and 9200 cm-1 are tentatively assigned to radiative hole-recombination at a Cu acceptor state and to the t52e3 → t42e4 internal transitions of Cu3+ (d8), respectively. Participation of a native donor turns out to be essential for some of the processes covered. Formation of deep-acceptor-bound excitons is demonstrated for several absorptive and emissive optical transitions.