Effect Of Phases On The Energetics Of Pristine InP Nanowires: An Ab-initio Approach 

Pankaj Srivastava1*, Avaneesh Kumar1, Neeraj K. Jaiswal2 , Varun Sharma1

1Nanomaterials Research Group, ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM),Gwalior 474015, India

2Discipline of Physics, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM),Jabalpur 482005, India

Adv. Mater. Lett., 2016, 7 (10), pp 831-835

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2016.6240

Publication Date (Web): Aug 01, 2016

E-mail:pankajs@iiitm.ac.in

Abstract


We have investigated the electronic and structural properties of pristine Zinc-blende type InP nanowires (NWs) by using ab-initio approach. We have considered the effect of phases by taking NWs of 7 Å radii in three phases viz. (100), (110), (111). It is revealed that the electronic properties of NWs are highly affected by the wire phases. NW in (100) phase is found to be semiconducting with an indirect band gap of 0.71 eV whereas it becomes semi-metallic and metallic in other two phases. Thus, the nature of nanowires is observed as a function of NW phases. Further, energetic feasibility of InP NWs strongly dependent on their growth phase.

Keywords

Semiconductor nanowire, ab-initio calculation, DFT, electronic properties, zinc-blende.

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