Crystallization of bi doped Sb8Te2

Robert E. Simpson, Paul J. Fons, Alex Kolobov, Masashi Kuwahara, Junji Tominaga

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A rotating disc technique has been applied to measure the crystallization rate dependence of Sb8Te2 on bismuth. The laser amorphised state shows an order of magnitude increase in crystallization rate upon doping with 8 at.% bismuth. This is consistent with static measurements on as-deposited films. Ab-initio methods were used to relax a long period, Sb2 Te3, stacking model. The X-ray diffraction pattern was calculated from the relaxed structure and found to be consistent with experimental data; the lattice parameters of the relaxed structures were a = 4:22Å and c = 32:80Å in the case of the undoped film, a = 4:22 { 4:23Å and c = 32:78 { 33:00Å for a Bi concentration of 5.5 at. %. The calculated bulk modulus was found to increase upon doping with Bi; suggesting an increase in the crystalline viscosity. The increased crystallization rate is therefore explained in terms of either a decrease in viscosity in the amorphous phase or a reduction in the surface tension of crystalline nuclei upon doping with Bi.

Original languageEnglish
Article number03A062
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number3 PART 2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Mar
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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