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Phonon thermal transport in Bi2Te3 from first principles
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Boston Coll, MA 02467 USA.
2014 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 90, no 13, 134309- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We present first-principles calculations of the thermal and thermal transport properties of Bi2Te3 that combine an ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) approach to calculate interatomic force constants (IFCs) along with a full iterative solution of the Peierls-Boltzmann transport equation for phonons. The newly developed AIMD approach allows determination of harmonic and anharmonic interatomic forces at each temperature, which is particularly appropriate for highly anharmonic materials such as Bi2Te3. The calculated phonon dispersions, heat capacity, and thermal expansion coefficient are found to be in good agreement with measured data. The lattice thermal conductivity, kappa(l), calculated using the AIMD approach nicely matches measured values, showing better agreement than the kappa(l) obtained using temperature-independent IFCs. A significant contribution to kappa(l) from optic phonon modes is found. Already at room temperature, the phonon line shapes show a notable broadening and onset of satellite peaks reflecting the underlying strong anharmonicity.

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American Physical Society , 2014. Vol. 90, no 13, 134309- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-112479DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.90.134309ISI: 000343944100002OAI: diva2:766756

Funding Agencies|Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) project "Isotopic Control for Ultimate Material Properties"; Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) [SRL10-002]; S3TEC; U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences [DE-SC0001299/DE-FG02-09ER46577]

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