TY - JOUR

T1 - Length mismatch in random semiconductor alloys. I. General theory for quaternaries

AU - Cai, Y.

AU - Thorpe, M. F.

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PY - 1992

Y1 - 1992

N2 - We have studied the length-mismatch problem in random semiconductor alloys. In this paper, the first of three, we obtain an analytic solution for the quaternary zinc-blende alloys A1-xBxC1-yDy. The solution incorporates the effects of the lattice via topological rigidity parameters and is exact under the assumptions that the force parameters do not vary from site to site, and that the unstrained atomic radii are additive. We obtain the mean bond lengths for the nearest and next-nearest neighbors. We also show that the length-distribution functions for the nearest-neighbor bonds AC, AD, BC, and BD are identical apart from shifts in the centers and weights. Results have been checked against computer simulations. Special cases of this theory are the pseudobinary alloys such as Ga1-xInxAs, which are discussed in paper II, and the binary alloys Si1-xGex, either crystalline or amorphous, which are discussed in paper III.

AB - We have studied the length-mismatch problem in random semiconductor alloys. In this paper, the first of three, we obtain an analytic solution for the quaternary zinc-blende alloys A1-xBxC1-yDy. The solution incorporates the effects of the lattice via topological rigidity parameters and is exact under the assumptions that the force parameters do not vary from site to site, and that the unstrained atomic radii are additive. We obtain the mean bond lengths for the nearest and next-nearest neighbors. We also show that the length-distribution functions for the nearest-neighbor bonds AC, AD, BC, and BD are identical apart from shifts in the centers and weights. Results have been checked against computer simulations. Special cases of this theory are the pseudobinary alloys such as Ga1-xInxAs, which are discussed in paper II, and the binary alloys Si1-xGex, either crystalline or amorphous, which are discussed in paper III.

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U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevB.46.15872

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevB.46.15872

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0001535393

SN - 0163-1829

VL - 46

SP - 15872

EP - 15878

JO - Physical Review B

JF - Physical Review B

IS - 24

ER -