Natural nanostructure and superlattice nanodomains in AgSbTe<inf>2</inf>

TitleNatural nanostructure and superlattice nanodomains in AgSbTe2
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCE Carlton, R De Armas, J Ma, AF May, O Delaire, and Y Shao-Horn
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Pagination144903 - 144903
Date Published04/2014

AgSbTe2 has long been of interest for thermoelectric applications because of its favorable electronic properties and its low lattice thermal conductivity of ∼0.7 W/mK. In this work, we report new findings from a high-resolution transmission electron microscopy study revealing two nanostructures in single crystal Ag1-xSb1+xSb 2+x (with x = 0, 0.1, 0.2); (i) a rippled natural nanostructure with a period of ∼2.5-5 nm and (ii) superlattice ordered nanodomains consistent with cation ordering predicted in previous density functional theory studies. These nanostructures, combined with point-defects, probably serve as sources of scattering for phonons, thereby yielding a low lattice thermal conductivity over a wide temperature range. © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

Short TitleJournal of Applied Physics