Title: Ion Distribution Preferences in Ternary Crystals ZnxCd1−xTe, Zn1−xHgxTe and Cd1−xHgxTe
Authors: ROBOUCH B.v.KUTCHERENKO I.CESTELLI GUIDI M.KISIEL AndrejMARCELLI A.ROBOUCH PiotrPICCININI M.NUCARA A.TRIBOULET R.BURATTINI E.CEBULSKI J.SHEREGII E.POLIT J.
Citation: EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL B vol. 84 no. 2 p. 183-195
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC67518
ISSN: 1434-6028
URI: http://www.springerlink.com/content/237465m6t6121271/
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC67518
DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2011-20575-1
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Similar ternary semiconductors are sometimes associated with widely different structures characterized by different site occupation preferences. We have used far-infrared (FIR) spectra to determine the site occupation preference coefficients for three ternary semiconductor alloys: ZnCdTe, ZnHgTe and CdHgTe and, in the case of ZnHgTe, have validated it by X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis. While ZnCdTe spectra exhibit the canonical configuration with eight phonon lines free of vibrational defect lines and only a slight departure from a random ion distribution, CdHgTe spectra show the eight canonical phonon modes plus an additional vibrational defect line and constant preference coefficients. In contrast, two defect lines and only four modes characterize ZnHgTe spectra, as extreme preferences prevent the formation of two of the five expected tetrahedral configuration arrangements. Moreover, for this system, comparison with EXAFS data points out the vibrational nature of both the extra lines. The analysis clearly shows that assuming a Bernoulli distribution of the component configurations of semiconductors may lead to wrong assessments of the evolution of its properties with relative content.
JRC Institute:Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements

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