A new cubic prototype structure in the IV-VI monochalcogenide system: a DFT study

Elad Segev, Uri Argaman, Ran E. Abutbul, Yuval Golan, Guy Makov

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A new cubic binary phase was recently discovered in the IV-VI monochalcogenides: tin monosulfide and tin monose-lenide. Here, we explored the possible materials design space for this phase across groups IV-VI. The structure and properties of this new phase, the π phase, including mechanical and thermodynamic stability and band gap width, were studied using density functional theory across the monochalcogenide systems of groups IV-VI. The structure of the new π phase was interpreted in terms of a distorted rock-salt structure, and the bonding between the 64 atoms of the unit cell was elucidated. It was found that the π phase is mechanically stable in germanium sulfide and germanium selenide and unstable in the tellurides. The energy differences between the π phase and the stable orthorhombic structures were very small, suggesting that the π phase could be thermodynamically accessible in monochalcogenide nanoparticles. The band gaps of the new phase were found to range from 1.0-1.4 eV, which may be attractive for a variety of photovoltaic and photosensing applications, in particular for GeS, which uniquely has a direct band gap in the π phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1751-1761
Number of pages11
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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