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Density-functional calculations of carbon doping in III-V compound semiconductors

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This article reports the results of investigations based on local-density-functional theory into the relative formation energies for single substitutional carbon atoms in nine m-V compound semiconductors. The calculations are performed using a supercell formalism derived from the AIMPRO real-space cluster method. Only a very slight trend is discernible down the periodic table. When a metal atom is replaced with carbon, it is energetically least favorable in the phosphides, very marginally lower energy in the arsenides, and approximate to 0.5-0.7 eV lower in the antimonides. The situation is approximately reversed when a P, As, or Sb atom is substituted by a C atom: for the In compounds the energy is approximate to 0.4-0.8 eV higher than for the Al and Ga compounds.

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Author(s): Latham CD, Jones R, Oberg S, Briddon PR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter

Year: 2001

Volume: 63

Issue: 15

Pages: ARTN 155202

ISSN (print): 0163-1829

ISSN (electronic): 1095-3795

Publisher: American Physical Society


DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.63.155202


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