Phase transformation of 6H-SiC at high pressure: An ab initio constant-pressure study

Eker S., Durandurdu M.

EPL, vol.84, no.2, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 84 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1209/0295-5075/84/26003
  • Journal Name: EPL
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: No


We apply a constant-pressure ab initio technique to investigate the high-pressure phase transformation of 6H-SiC and show that it transforms into a rocksalt structure. This phase change proceeds in two stages: 6H-SiC is first compressed along the c-direction and then it undergoes a shear deformation on the a-b planes. This transformation mechanism is quite similar to that of the wurtzite-to-rocksalt observed in 2H-SiC but there is no metastable phase identified along this path. The 6H-to-RS phase transition is also analyzed from the energy volume calculations. The computed transition parameters agree well with the experimental data. Copyright (C) EPLA, 2008