Amorphous silicon hexaboride: a first-principles study


DURANDURDU M.

PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE, cilt.98, ss.2723-2733, 2018 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 98 Konu: 30
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/14786435.2018.1503425
  • Dergi Adı: PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.2723-2733

Özet

We report for the first time the atomic structure, electronic structure and mechanical properties of amorphous silicon hexaboride (a-SiB6) based on first-principles molecular dynamics simulation. The a-SiB6 model is generated from the melt and predominantly consists of pentagonal pyramid-like configurations and B-12 icosahedral molecules, similar to what has been observed in most boron-rich materials. The mean coordination number of B and Si atoms are 5.47 and 4.55, respectively. The model shows a semiconducting behaviour with a theoretical bandgap energy of 0.3eV. The conduction tail states are found to be highly localised and hence the n-type doping is suggested to be more difficult than the p-type doping for a-SiB6. The bulk modulus and Vickers hardness of a-SiB6 are estimated to be about 118 and 13-17GPa, respectively.