Although the analysis of electron energy loss near-edge structure provides a tool for experimentally probing the density of unoccupied states, a detailed comparison with simulations is necessary in order to understand the origin of individual peaks. This paper presents a density functional theory based technique for predicting the N K edge for ternary (quasibinary) nitrogen alloys by adopting a core hole approach, a methodology that has been successful for binary nitride compounds. It is demonstrated that by using the spectra of binary compounds for optimizing the core hole charge (0.35?e for cubic Ti 1-xAlxN and 0.45?e for wurtzite AlxGa 1-xN), the predicted spectra evolutions of the ternary alloys agree well with the experiments. The spectral features are subsequently discussed in terms of the electronic structure and bonding of the alloys.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Apr 20 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics