Structural, dynamical, and electronic properties of the liquid and amorphous phase of the In2Te3 compound have been studied by means of density functional molecular dynamics simulations. This system is of interest as a phase change material, undergoing a fast and reversible change between the crystalline and amorphous phases upon heating. It can be seen as a constituent of ternary InSbTe alloys which are receiving attention for application in electronic phase change memories. Amorphous models of In2Te3300-atom large have been generated by quenching from the melt by using different exchange and correlation functionals and different descriptions of the van der Waals interaction. It turns out the local bonding geometry of the amorphous phase is mostly tetrahedral with corner and edge sharing tetrahedra similar to those found in the crystalline phases of the InTe, In2Te3, and In2Te5 compounds. Benchmark calculations on the crystalline α phase of In2Te3 in the defective zincblend geometry have also been performed. The calculations reveal that the high symmetric F43m structure inferred experimentally from x-ray diffraction for the α phase must actually result from a random distribution of Te-Te bonds in different octahedral cages formed by the coalescence of vacancies in the In sublattice.
Dragoni, D., Gabardi, S., & Bernasconi, M. (2017). First-principles study of the liquid and amorphous phases of In2Te3. PHYSICAL REVIEW MATERIALS, 1(3), 1-14 [10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.1.035603].
|Citazione:||Dragoni, D., Gabardi, S., & Bernasconi, M. (2017). First-principles study of the liquid and amorphous phases of In2Te3. PHYSICAL REVIEW MATERIALS, 1(3), 1-14 [10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.1.035603].|
|Tipo:||Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico|
|Carattere della pubblicazione:||Scientifica|
|Presenza di un coautore afferente ad Istituzioni straniere:||No|
|Titolo:||First-principles study of the liquid and amorphous phases of In2Te3|
|Autori:||Dragoni, D; Gabardi, S; Bernasconi, M|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Rivista:||PHYSICAL REVIEW MATERIALS|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.1.035603|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|