Nanoscale Structure in AgSbTe<inf>2</inf> Determined by Diffuse Elastic Neutron Scattering

TitleNanoscale Structure in AgSbTe2 Determined by Diffuse Elastic Neutron Scattering
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsED Specht, J Ma, O Delaire, JD Budai, AF May, and EA Karapetrova
JournalJournal of Electronic Materials
Start Page1536
Pagination1536 - 1539
Date Published06/2015

Diffuse elastic neutron scattering measurements have confirmed that AgSbTe2 has a hierarchical structure, with defects on length scales from nanometers to microns. While scattering from this mesoscale structure is consistent with previously proposed structures in which Ag and Sb order on a NaCl lattice, more diffuse scattering from nanoscale structures suggests a structural rearrangement in which hexagonal layers form a combination of (ABC), (ABA), and (AAB) polytypes. Consequently, the AgCrSe2 structure is the best-fitting model for the local atomic arrangements.

Short TitleJournal of Electronic Materials