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Deep ultraviolet (UV) photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy was employed to study the luminescence properties of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) crystal powders after annealing the samples at different temperatures in the range of 100–900 ÅãC for 1 h in ambient air. The PL spectrum from the h-BN powder samples annealed around 700 ÅãC showed strong luminescence intensity at 5.49 eV along with enhanced phonon-assisted band-edge emission at 5.90 eV. Additionally, it revealed sharp atomic-like emission lines in UV region at 4.10, 4.12, 4.14, and 4.16 eV with line widths less than 1 nm from the annealed samples which were not present in the unannealed samples. Power- and temperature-dependent PL measurements of the sharp atomic-like emission lines exhibited robust nature of the energy peak positions. Based on the theoretical reports, the sharp emission lines could be carbon-related defects.


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