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Highpressure study of thermodynamic parameters of diamondtype structured crystals using interatomic Morse potentials
Journal of Engineering and Applied Science volume 68, Article number: 17 (2021)
Abstract
In this work, we have determined the mean square relative displacement, elastic constant, anharmonic effective potential, correlated function, local force constant, and other thermodynamic parameters of diamondtype structured crystals under highpressure up to 14 GPa. The parameters are calculated through theoretical interatomic Morse potential parameters, by using the sublimation energy, the compressibility, and the lattice constant in the expanded Xray absorption fine structure spectrum. Numerical results agree well with the experimental values and other theories.
Introduction
Highpressure research is a very active research field. Recent progress has been recently made in characterizing elastic, mechanical, and other physical properties of material [1,2,3]. The use of interatomic Morse potentials in Expanded Xray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) theory to study thermodynamic parameters under highpressure currently also attracts the attention of materials scientists.
In EXAFS spectra with the anharmonic effects, the anharmonic Morse potential [4] is suitable for describing the interaction and oscillations of atoms in the crystals [5]. In the EXAFS theory, photoelectrons are emitted by the absorber scattered by surrounded vibrating atoms. This thermal oscillation of atoms contributes to the EXAFS spectra, especially the anharmonic EXAFS [6, 7], which is affected by these spectra's physical information. In the EXAFS spectrum analysis, the parameters of interatomic Morse potential are usually extracted from the experiment. Because experimental data are not available in many cases, a theory is necessary to deduce interatomic Morse potential parameters. The only calculation has been carried out for cubic crystals by using anharmonic correlated Einstein model [8]. The results have been used actively for calculating EXAFS thermodynamic parameters [9] and are reasonable with those extracted from EXAFS data [10]. Therefore, the requirement for calculation of the anharmonic interatomic Morse interaction potential due to thermal disorder for other structures is essential.
The purpose of this study is to expand a method to calculate the interatomic Morse potential parameters using the energy of sublimation, the compressibility, and the lattice constant with the effect of the disorder of temperature. The received interatomic Morse potential parameters are used to calculate the mean square relative displacement (MSRD), mean square displacement (MSD), elastic constant, anharmonic interatomic effective potential, and effective local force constant for diamondtype (DIA) structure crystals such as silicon (Si), germanium (Ge), and SiGe semiconductor. Numerical results are in agreement with the experimental values and other theories [10,11,12,13,14].
Diamond’s cubic structure is in the Fd3m space group, which follows the facecentered cubic Bravais lattice (Fig. 1). The lattice describes the repeat pattern, for diamond cubic crystals, the lattice of two tetrahedrally bonded atoms in each primitive cell, separated by 1/4 of the width of the unit cell in each dimension. The diamond lattice can be viewed as a pair of intersecting facecentered cubic lattices, with each separated by 1/4 of the width of the unit cell in each dimension. The atomic packing factor of the diamond cubic structure is π√3/16, significantly smaller (indicating a less dense structure) than the packing factors for the facecenteredcubic lattices. The first, second, third, fourth, and fifthnearestneighbor distances in units of the cubic lattice constant are √3/4, √2/2, √11/4, 1, and √19/4, respectively.
Methods

This study uses the theoretical method to calculate the parameter of interatomic Morse potential.

Using the obtained interatomic Morse potential parameters to determine state equations, calculate some thermodynamic parameters that depend on temperature and pressure for some pure and doped crystals with a cubic structure.

Compare the theoretical results with experimental data.
Methodology
The ε(r_{ij}) potential of atoms i and j separated by a distance r_{ij} is given in by the Morse function:
where 1/α describes the width of the potential, D is the dissociation energy (ε(r_{0}) = − D); r_{0} is the equilibrium distance of the two atoms.
To obtain the potential energy of a large crystal whose atoms are at rest, it is necessary to sum Eq. (1) over the entire crystal. It is quickly done by selecting an atom in the lattice as origin, calculating its interaction with all others in the crystal, and then multiplying by N/2, where N is the total number of atoms in a crystal. Therefore, the potential E is given by:
Here r_{j} is the distance from the origin atom to the jth atom. It is beneficial to describe the following quantities:
where m_{j}, n_{j}, l_{j} are position coordinates of atoms in the lattice. Substitute the Eq. (3) into Eq. (2), the potential energy can be rewritten as:
The first and second derivatives of the potential energy of Eq. (4) concerning a, we have:
At absolute zero T = 0, a_{0} is the value of a for which the lattice is in equilibrium, then E(a_{0}) gives the energy of cohesion, \( {\left[\frac{dE}{da}\right]}_{a_0}=0 \), and \( {\left[\frac{d^2E}{da^2}\right]}_{a_0} \)is related to the compressibility [15]. That is,
where E_{0}(a_{0}) is the energy of sublimation at zero pressure and temperature,
and the compressibility is given by [8]
where V_{0} is the volume at T = 0 and κ_{0} is compressibility at zero temperature and pressure. The volume per atom V/N is related to the lattice constant a by
Substituting Eq. (10) into Eq. (9) the compressibility is formulated by
Using Eq. (5) to solve Eq. (8), we obtain
From Eqs. (4, 6, 7, 11), we derive the relation
Solving the system of Eq. (12, 13), we obtain α and r_{0}. Using α and Eq. (4) to solve Eq. (7), we have D. The interatomic Morse potential parameters D, α depend on the compressibility κ_{0}, the energy of sublimation E_{0}, and the lattice constant a. These values of all crystals are available already [16].
Next, we apply the above expressions to claculate the equation of state and elastic constants. It is possible to calculate the state equation from the potential energy E. If we assumed that the Debye model could express the thermal section of the free energy, then the Helmholtz energy is given by [8]
where k_{B} is Boltzmann constant, and θ_{D} is Debye temperature.
Using Eqs. (14, 15), we derive the equation of state as
where γ_{G} is the Grüneisen parameter, and V is the volume.
After transformations, the Eq. (16) is resulted as
The equation of state (17) contains the obtained interatomic Morse potential parameters; c is a constant and has value according to the structure of the crystal.
An elastic tensor describes the elastic properties of a crystal in the crystal’s motion equation. The nonvanishing components of the elastic tensor are defined as elastic constants. They are given for crystals of lattice structure by [17]:
Hence, the derived elastic constants contain the interatomic Morse potential parameters.
Next, apply to calculate of anharmonic interatomic effective potential and local force constant in EXAFS theory. The expression for the anharmonic EXAFS function [2] is described by
where A(k) is scattering amplitude of atoms, φ(K) is the total phase shift of photoelectron, and k and λ are wave number and mean free path of the photoelectron, respectively. The σ^{(n)} are the cumulants; they describe asymmetric of anharmonic interatomic Morse potential, due to the average of the function e^{−2ikr}, ℜ = < r>, and r is the instantaneous bond length between absorber and backscatter atoms at T temperature.
For describing anharmonic EXAFS, effective anharmonic potential [9] of the system is derived which in the current theory is expanded up to the third order and given by
Here, k_{eff} is the effective local force constant, and k_{3eff} is the cubic parameter characterizing the asymmetry in the pair interatomic Morse potential, and x is the deviation of instantaneous bond length between the two atoms from equilibrium. The correlated model defined as the oscillation of a pair of particles with M_{1} and M_{2} mass. Their vibration influenced by their neighbors atoms given by the sum in Eq. (24), where the sum i is over absorber (i = 1) and backscatterer (i = 2), and the sum j is over all their near neighbors, excluding the absorber and backscatterer themselves whose contributions are described by the term E(x). The advantage of this model is a calculation based on including the contributions of the nearest neighbors of absorber and backscatter atoms in EXAFS. The anharmonic interatomic effective potential Eq. (26) has the form
Applying interatomic Morse potential given by Eq. (1) expanded up to 4th order around its minimum point
From Eqs. (26)–(28), we obtain the anharmonic effective potential E_{eff}, effective local force constant k_{eff}, anharmonic parameters k_{3eff} for lattice crystals presented in terms of our calculated interatomic Morse potential parameters D and α.
In Eq. (25), σ^{(n)} is cumulants, in which σ^{2}(T) is the DebyeWaller factor (DWF) or MSRD [9]. In the diffraction or Xray absorption, the DWF has a form similar u^{2}(T). In the EXAFS spectrum, DWF is regarded as to correlated averages over the relative displacement of σ^{2}(T) for a pair of atoms, while neutron diffraction allude to the MSD u^{2}(T) of an atom [18]. From σ^{2}(T) and u^{2}(T), the correlated function C_{R}(T) to describe the effects of correlation in the vibration of atoms can be deduced. Using the anharmonic correlated Debye model (ACDM), the MSRD σ^{2}(T) has the form [19]:
Similarly, for the anharmonic Debye model, u^{2}(T) have been determined as:
where a is the lattice constant, ω(q) and q are the frequency and phonon wavenumber, and M is the mass of composite atoms.
Results and discussion
To receive the interatomic Morse potential parameters, we need to calculate the parameter c in Eq. (10). The space lattice of the diamond is the fcc. The primordial basis has two identical atoms connected with each point of the fcc lattice, one atom at (0 0 0) position, which has the atomic Wyckoff positions for the predicted phases at the ambient condition of 4a, and one atom at (1/4 1/4 1/4) with the atomic Wyckoff positions of 8c. Thus, the conventional unit cube contains eight atoms so that we obtain the value c = 1/4 for this structure.
Applying the above derived expressions, we calculate thermal parameters for DIA structure crystals (Si, Ge, and SiGe) using the lattice constants [11], the energy of sublimation [15], and the compressibility [20].
The numerical results of the interatomic Morse potential parameters are presented in Tables 1 and 3. The theoretical values of D, α fit well with the experimental values [10, 14]. The elastic constants c_{i}, effective spring force constants k_{eff} and effective spring cubic parameters k_{3eff} calculated by interatomic Morse potential parameters for Si, Ge, and their alloys are presented in Tables 2 and 3 and compared to the experimental values [11, 15].
The calculated results for the state equation are illustrated in Fig. 2 for Si crystal and Fig. 3 for Ge crystal compared to the experimental ones (dashed line) [10] represented by an extrapolation procedure of the measured data. They show a good agreement between theoretical and experimental results, especially at low pressure.
Figures 4 and 5 illustrate good agreement of the anharmonic interatomic effective potentials for Si, Ge, and SiGe semiconductor calculated by using the present theory (solid line), and the experiment values obtained from interatomic Morse potential parameters of J. C. Slater (solid line and symbol □) [10], and simultaneously show strong asymmetry of these potentials due to the anharmonic contributions in atomic vibrations of these DIA structure crystals which are illustrated by their anharmonic shifting from the harmonic terms (dashed line).
Figures 6 and 7 shows dependence on pressure and temperature of MSRD σ^{2}(T) and MSD u^{2}(T) for Si and Ge crystals. MSRD and MSD linear proportional to the temperature T at high temperatures so the classical limit can be applied. At low temperatures, the curves of MSRD and MSRD for Si and Ge contain zeropoint energy contributions; this is a quantum effect. The calculated results of MSRD and MSD for the Si, Ge crystals agree well with the values of the experiment [10]. Thus, it is possible to deduce that the present proceduce for diamondtype structure crystals such as Si, Ge crystals is reasonable.
Conclusions
In this work, a calculation method of interatomic Morse potential parameters and application for DIA and fcc structure crystals have been developed based on the calculation of volume and number of an atom in each basic cell and the sublimation energy, compressibility, and lattice constant. The results have applied to the mean square relative displacement, mean square displacement, the state equation, the elastic constants, anharmonic interatomic effective potential, correlated function, and local force constant in EXAFS theory.
Derived equation of state and elastic constants satisfy all standard conditions for these values, for example, all elastic constants are positive. The interatomic Morse potentials obtained satisfy all their basic properties. They are reasonable for calculating and analyzing the anharmonic interatomic effective potentials describing anharmonic effects in EXAFS theory. This procedure can be generalized to the other crystal structures based on calculating their volume and number of an atom in each elementary cell.
Reasonable agreement between our calculated results and the experimental data show the efficiency of the present procedure. The calculation of potential atomic parameters is essential for estimating and analyzing physical effects in the EXAFS technique. It can solve the problems involving any deformation and of atom interaction in the diamond structure crystals.
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Abbreviations
 EXAFS:

Expanded Xray Absorption Fine Structure
 MSRD:

Mean square relative displacement
 MSD:

Mean square displacement
 DIA:

Diamondtype
 FCC:

Facecentered cubic
 DWF:

DebyeWaller factor
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DBN (corresponding author) analyzed the structural data and conceptualized and wrote the manuscript. HPT collected the experimental data, and read, analyzed, and edited the errors in the manuscript. All authors have read and approved the manuscript.
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Professor Duc Ba Nguyen is a senior lecturer and researcher of Tan Trao University, Tuyen Quang, Vietnam. He had many studies that have been published in ISI, Scopus on the field of XAFS spectroscopy, and the material structure.

Hiep Trinh Phi is a lecturer and researcher of Tan Trao University, Tuyen Quang, Vietnam. He studies XAFS spectroscopy and the material structure and has some published in the journal of science.
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Nguyen, D.B., Trinh, H.P. Highpressure study of thermodynamic parameters of diamondtype structured crystals using interatomic Morse potentials. J. Eng. Appl. Sci. 68, 17 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s4414702100015x
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