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Size- and strain-dependent electronic structures in H-passivated Si [112] nanowires

Huang, Li and Lu, Ning and Yan, Jia-An and Chou, M. Y. and Wang, Cai-Zhuang and Ho, Kai-Ming (2008) Size- and strain-dependent electronic structures in H-passivated Si [112] nanowires. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 112 (40). pp. 15680-15683.

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Using first-principles calculations within density functional theory, we have investigated the electronic properties of H-passivated Si nanowires (SiNWs) oriented along the 112 direction, with the atomic geometries retrieved via global search using genetic algorithm. We show that [112] SiNWs have an indirect band gap in the ultrathin diameter regime, whereas the energy difference between the direct and indirect fundamental band gaps progressively decreases as the wire size increases, indicating that larger [112] SiNWs could have a quasi-direct band gap. We further show that this quasi-direct gap feature can be enhanced when applying uniaxial compressive stress along the wire axis. Moreover, our calculated results also reveal that the electronic band structure is sensitive to the change of the aspect ratio of the cross sections.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanoelectronics
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
ID Code:1191
Deposited By:Anuj Seth
Deposited On:16 Dec 2008 14:51
Last Modified:19 Jan 2009 12:13

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