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The muonium donor in rutile TiO2 and comparison with hydrogen

Authors: R. C. Vil√£o, R. B. L. Vieira, H. V. Alberto, J. M. Gil, A. Weidinger, R. L. Lichti, B. B. Baker, P. W. Mengyan, and J. S. Lord

Ref.: Phys. Rev. B 92 (2015)

Abstract: Muonium, a positive muon and an electron, is often used as an experimentally accessible substitute for hydrogen in materials research. In semiconductors and insulators, a large amount of information on the hydrogen behavior is deduced from this analogy; however, it is seldom demonstrated that this procedure is justified. We show here, via a comparison of the hyperfine interactions, that in TiO2 muonium and hydrogen form the same configuration with the same basic electronic structure. A detailed description of the bonding characteristics of the muon to the Ti3+ polaron is presented. The special role of muon motion within the so-called oxygen channel in the rutile structure, which occurs at a lower temperature than for hydrogen, is emphasized.

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.92.081202