Polarized luminescence and transient optical absorption (TOA) induced by pulsed electron irradiation in beryllium oxide crystals were studied. Exponential stages with decay times τ = 6.5 ms were observed to exist in luminescence bands at 4.0, 5.0, and 6.7 eV, which coincide in spectral composition and polarization characteristics with the luminescence of self-trapped excitons (STEs) of two types. The formation efficiency of centers with a 6.5-ms decay time is comparable to that of triplet STEs. The general characteristics of the kinetics and the decay times of the TOA of these centers do not depend on electron fluence and are governed by the monomolecular recombination process. The spectra of TOA centers with a decay time of 6.5 ms were found to be similar to those of V-type hole centers and STE hole components. The mechanism by which recombination of closely spaced, spatially correlated Frenkel pairs, Be+ and V- centers, brings about an exponential component with a 6.5-ms decay time in the luminescence of STEs of two types in BeO is discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials