Point Defects in Blue Phosphorene

Minglei Sun, Jyh Pin Chou, Alice Hu, Udo Schwingenschlögl

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Using first-principles calculations, we investigate selected defects in blue phosphorene (BlueP). For a single-vacancy (SV) defect, a 5-9 structure is energetically favorable, and for a double-vacancy defect, a 5-8-5 or 555-777 structure is. A P adatom favors the top adsorption site. Scanning tunneling microscopy images are simulated to aid the experimental identification of the defects. Formation of a Stone-Wales defect is found to be most likely, but it can be reverted by thermal annealing. Calculated migration and transformation barriers show that a SV defect can migrate easily. Both a SV defect and a P adatom induce a magnetic moment, thus turning BlueP into a magnetic semiconductor. It turns out that all of the defects under investigation enhance the ability of BlueP to absorb sunlight.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8129-8135
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number19
StatePublished - Sep 19 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The research reported in this publication was supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and
Technology (KAUST).


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