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Title: Electronic and optical properties of Si1-yCy alloys
Authors: Theodorou, George Os 
Tsegas, George 
Kelires, Pantelis C. 
Keywords: Alloys
Monte Carlo method
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: APS American Physical Society
Source: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics,1999, Volume 60, Issue 16, Pages 11494-11502
Abstract: We investigate the electronic and optical properties of free-standing and epitaxially strained Si1-yCy alloys. We first determine the microscopic atomic structure of the alloys using the semi-grand-canonical Monte Carlo method and empirical interatomic potentials. For the calculation of the electronic and optical properties of the alloys we employ a supercell geometry and an empirical tight-binding model, which was fitted to reproduce the relevant band structures obtained from first-principles calculations. Our approach allows for a thorough investigation of C alloying and strain effects on the band gap, the band offsets, the effective masses of the upper valence and lowest conduction bands, and the optical properties. Our results are in very good agreement with experiment.
ISSN: 1098-0121
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.60.11494
Rights: © 1999 The American Physical Society.
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