Molecular dynamics study of the thermal expansion coefficient of silicon

Nejat Pishkenari, H ; Sharif University of Technology | 2016

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2016.08.027
  3. Publisher: Elsevier, B. V , 2016
  4. Abstract:
  5. Due to the growing applications of silicon in nano-scale systems, a molecular dynamics approach is employed to investigate thermal properties of silicon. Since simulation results rely upon interatomic potentials, thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) and lattice constant of bulk silicon have been obtained using different potentials (SW, Tersoff, MEAM, and EDIP) and results indicate that SW has a better agreement with the experimental observations. To investigate effect of size on TEC of silicon nanowires, further simulations are performed using SW potential. To this end, silicon nanowires of different sizes are examined and their TEC is calculated by averaging in different directions ([100], [110], [111], and [112]) and various temperatures. Results show that as the size increases, due to the decrease of the surface effects, TEC approaches its bulk value
  6. Keywords:
  7. Interatomic potential ; Molecular dynamics ; Silicon ; Thermal expansion coefficient
  8. Source: Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics ; Volume 380, Issue 48 , 2016 , Pages 4039-4043 ; 03759601 (ISSN)
  9. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0375960116306119