Structure of Sn1−xGex random alloys as obtained from the coherent potential approximation

Jiji Thomas Joseph Pulikkotil, A. Chroneos, Udo Schwingenschlögl

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Abstract

The structure of the Sn1−xGex random alloys is studied using density functional theory and the coherent potential approximation. We report on the deviation of the Sn1−xGex alloys from Vegard’s law, addressing their full compositional range. The findings are compared to the related Si1−xGex alloys and to experimental results. Interestingly, the deviation from Vegard’s law is quantitatively and qualitatively different between the Sn1−xGex and Si1−xGex alloys. An almost linear dependence of the bulk modulus as a function of composition is found for Si1−xGex, whereas for Sn1−xGex the dependence is strongly nonlinear.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)036105
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume110
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 10 2011

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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