First-principles optical spectra for F centers in MgO

Phys Rev Lett. 2012 Mar 23;108(12):126404. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.126404. Epub 2012 Mar 20.


The study of the oxygen vacancy (F center) in MgO has been aggravated by the fact that the positively charged and the neutral vacancy (F+ and F0, respectively) absorb at practically identical energies. Here we apply many-body perturbation theory in the G0W0 approximation and the Bethe-Salpeter approach to calculate the optical absorption and emission spectrum of the oxygen vacancy in all three charge states. We observe unprecedented agreement between the calculated and the experimental optical absorption spectra for the F0 and F+ center. Our calculations reveal that not only the absorption but also the emission spectra of different charge states peak at nearly the same energy, which leads to a reinterpretation of the F center's optical properties.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation
  • Magnesium Oxide / chemistry*
  • Models, Chemical
  • Models, Molecular
  • Optics and Photonics / methods*
  • Oxygen / chemistry*
  • Quantum Theory
  • Spectrum Analysis / methods


  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Oxygen