Geometric characterization of a singly charged oxygen vacancy on a single-crystalline MgO(001) film by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy

Phys Rev Lett. 2005 May 13;94(18):186101. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.186101. Epub 2005 May 12.


Electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of singly charged surface oxygen vacancies (F or color centers) formed by electron bombardment on a single-crystalline MgO film under UHV conditions are reported. The embedding of the defect in a well-defined geometrical environment allows not only for the determination of the magnetic quantities but also, in conjunction with STM studies, for the geometrical assignment of the observed signal to color centers located on the edges of the MgO film.