Stability of the Wurtzite Structure

Peter Lawætz

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An analysis of available data for 20 wurtzite compounds of the ANB8-N type shows that the stability as compared with zinc blende is closely connected with deviations of the c / a ratio from the ideal value of 1.633. A simple qualitative model is proposed to account for this feature. The variation in c / a is then correlated with the charge parameter ZC / ℏωp, where Z is the (effective) valence, C Phillips's electronegativity difference, and ℏωp the plasma energy of the free-valence-electron gas. The results indicate that c / a may be predicted with an uncertainty of 0.1%.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review B Condensed Matter
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)4039-4045
Publication statusPublished - 1972

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Copyright (1972) by the American Physical Society.


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