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Decoration of nitrogen vacancies by oxygen atoms in boron nitride nanotubes
journal contributionposted on 01.01.2010, 00:00 authored by M Petravic, R Peter, I Kavre, Luhua LiLuhua Li, Ying (Ian) ChenYing (Ian) Chen, L J Fan, Y W Yang
Decoration of nitrogen vacancies by oxygen atoms has been studied by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) around B K-edge in several boron nitride (BN) structures, including bamboo-like and multi-walled BN nanotubes. Breaking of B-N bonds and formation of nitrogen vacancies under low-energy ion bombardment reduces oxidation resistance of BN structures and promotes an efficient oxygen-healing mechanism, in full agreement with some recent theoretical predictions. The formation of mixed O-B-N and B-O bonds is clearly identified by well-resolved peaks in NEXAFS spectra of excited boron atoms.