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Title: Three-dimensional phonon population anisotropy in silicon nanomembranes

Abstract

Nanoscale single crystals possess modified phonon dispersions due to the truncation of the crystal. The introduction of surfaces alters the population of phonons relative to the bulk and introduces anisotropy arising from the breaking of translational symmetry. Such modifications exist throughout the Brillouin zone, even in structures with dimensions of several nanometers, posing a challenge to the characterization of vibrational properties and leading to uncertainty in predicting the thermal, optical, and electronic properties of nanomaterials. Synchrotron x-ray thermal diffuse scattering studies find that freestanding Si nanomembranes with thicknesses as large as 21 nm exhibit a higher scattering intensity per unit thickness than bulk silicon. In addition, the anisotropy arising from the finite thickness of these membranes produces particularly intense scattering along reciprocal-space directions normal to the membrane surface compared to corresponding in-plane directions. These results reveal the dimensions at which calculations of materials properties and device characteristics based on bulk phonon dispersions require consideration of the nanoscale size of the crystal.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
OSTI Identifier:
1416337
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 96; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

McElhinny, Kyle M., Gopalakrishnan, Gokul, Holt, Martin V., Czaplewski, David A., and Evans, Paul G. Three-dimensional phonon population anisotropy in silicon nanomembranes. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.96.014301.
McElhinny, Kyle M., Gopalakrishnan, Gokul, Holt, Martin V., Czaplewski, David A., & Evans, Paul G. Three-dimensional phonon population anisotropy in silicon nanomembranes. United States. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.96.014301
McElhinny, Kyle M., Gopalakrishnan, Gokul, Holt, Martin V., Czaplewski, David A., and Evans, Paul G. 2017. "Three-dimensional phonon population anisotropy in silicon nanomembranes". United States. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.96.014301.
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title = {Three-dimensional phonon population anisotropy in silicon nanomembranes},
author = {McElhinny, Kyle M. and Gopalakrishnan, Gokul and Holt, Martin V. and Czaplewski, David A. and Evans, Paul G.},
abstractNote = {Nanoscale single crystals possess modified phonon dispersions due to the truncation of the crystal. The introduction of surfaces alters the population of phonons relative to the bulk and introduces anisotropy arising from the breaking of translational symmetry. Such modifications exist throughout the Brillouin zone, even in structures with dimensions of several nanometers, posing a challenge to the characterization of vibrational properties and leading to uncertainty in predicting the thermal, optical, and electronic properties of nanomaterials. Synchrotron x-ray thermal diffuse scattering studies find that freestanding Si nanomembranes with thicknesses as large as 21 nm exhibit a higher scattering intensity per unit thickness than bulk silicon. In addition, the anisotropy arising from the finite thickness of these membranes produces particularly intense scattering along reciprocal-space directions normal to the membrane surface compared to corresponding in-plane directions. These results reveal the dimensions at which calculations of materials properties and device characteristics based on bulk phonon dispersions require consideration of the nanoscale size of the crystal.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.96.014301},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1416337}, journal = {Physical Review B},
issn = {2469-9950},
number = 1,
volume = 96,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {7}
}

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