Thermal conductivity of Si nanowires with faulted stacking layers

Zhan, Haifei, Zhang, Yingyan, Bell, John M., & Gu, YuanTong (2014) Thermal conductivity of Si nanowires with faulted stacking layers. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 47(1), pp. 1-5.

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Faulted stacking layers are ubiquitously observed during the crystal growth of semiconducting nanowires (NWs). In this paper, we employ the reverse non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation to elucidate the effect of various faulted stacking layers on the thermal conductivity (TC) of silicon (Si) NWs. We find that the stacking faults can greatly reduce the TC of the Si NW. Among the different stacking faults that are parallel to the NW's axis, the 9R polytype structure, the intrinsic and extrinsic stacking faults (iSFs and eSFs) exert more pronounced effects in the reduction of TC than the twin boundary (TB). However, for the perpendicularly aligned faulted stacking layers, the eSFs and 9R polytype structures are observed to induce a larger reduction to the TC of the NW than the TB and iSFs. For all considered NWs, the TC does not show a strong relation with the increasing number of faulted stacking layers. Our studies suggest the possibility of tuning the thermal properties of Si NWs by altering the crystal structure via the different faulted stacking layers.

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ID Code: 65205
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: thermal conductivity, Si nanowire, stacking faults, density of states, molecular dynamics
DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/47/1/015303
ISSN: 1361-6463
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MATERIALS ENGINEERING (091200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > NANOTECHNOLOGY (100700)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2013 23:33
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2015 04:26

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