Applied Physics Letters
The effects of lattice mismatch strain and atomic size mismatch strain on surface reconstructions are analyzed using density functional theory. These calculations demonstrate the importance of an explicit treatment of alloying when calculating the energies of alloyed surface reconstructions. Lattice mismatch strain has little impact on surface dimer ordering for the α2(2×4) reconstruction of GaAs alloyed with In. However, atomic size mismatch strain induces the surface In atoms to preferentially alternate position, which, in turn, induces an alternating configuration of the surface anion dimers. These results agree well with experimental data for α2(2×4) domains in InGaAs∕GaAs surfaces.
Bickel, Jessica E.; Modine, Normand A.; Van der ven, Anton; and Millunchick, Joanna Mirecki, "Atomic Size Mismatch Strain Induced Surface Reconstructions" (2008). Physics Faculty Publications. 191.
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