Kumar, S. and Joshi, Suman and Joshi, B. and Auluck, S. (2015) Thermodynamical and electronic properties of BxAl1-xN alloys: A first principle study. Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, 86. pp. 101-107. ISSN 0022-3697

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A series of first principle calculations were carried out to investigate thermodynamical, electronic and optical properties of cubic BxAl1-xN ordered alloys using supercell approach within density functional theory (DFT). Here we calculate the lattice constants using van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) at several concentrations (x) of boron. We find that the vdW-DF prediction shows slightly better agreement with experiment in contrast to local density approximation (LDA)/generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The results show that the direct energy band gap (Gamma(v)-Gamma(c)) has strong nonlinear dependence on the concentration (x). At x=0.04 and 0.84,BxAl1-xN has a phase transition from direct to an indirect band gap semiconductor. To describe the alloys' solubility, formation enthalpy were calculated and fitted to quadratic function to obtain interaction parameter. The calculated T-x phase diagram shows a broad miscibility gap with a high critical temperature equal to 3063 K. The calculated dielectric function is explained in terms of band structure and density of states and compared with the available experimental data, showing good agreement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alloys Electronic materials Semiconductors Ab initiocalculations Thermodynamic properties Optical properties
Subjects: Chemistry
Applied Physics/Condensed Matter
Depositing User: Dr. Rajpal Walke
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 08:13
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 08:13
URI: http://npl.csircentral.net/id/eprint/2049

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