Vibrational signatures for the identification of single-photon emitters in hexagonal boron nitride

C. Linderälv, W. Wieczorek, and P. Erhart
Physical Review B 103, 115421 (2021)
doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.103.115421
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Color centers in h-BN are among the brightest emission centers known yet the origins of these emission centers are not well understood. Here, using first-principles calculations in combination with the generating function method, we systematically elucidate the coupling of specific defects to the vibrational degrees of freedom. We show that the lineshape of many defects exhibits strong coupling to high frequency phonon modes and that CN, CB, CB-CN dimer and VB can be associated with experimental lineshapes. Our detailed theoretical study serves as a guide to identify optically active defects in h-BN that can suit specific applications in photonic-based quantum technologies, such as single photon emitters, hybrid spin-photon interfaces, or spin-mechanics interfaces.