Structural and electronic properties of -Sn, CdTe, and their [001] monolayer superlattices

A. Continenza, A. J. Freeman

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Abstract

A systematic study of the structural and electronic properties of -Sn, CdTe, and their [001] monolayer superlattices (namely, SnTe2Cd, SnCd2Te, and Sn2CdTe) using the total-energy local-density all-electron full-potential linearized augmented-plane-wave method is presented. Our results show that (i) good agreement with experiment is obtained for the ground-state properties of the pure constituents; (ii) compensated Sn2CdTe is unstable with respect to phase separation; (iii) the substitution of Sn for Te is energetically the most unfavorable; (iv) large tetragonal distortions are found when Sn is substituted for Cd, while bond-length conservation is found when Sn replaces Te; (v) all the structures studied show (within the local-density approximation) a direct band gap higher than that of pure -Sn; (vi) in all the structures considered, the direct gap is favored over the indirect -L gap.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8951-8961
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume43
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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