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Comparative study of structural and electronic properties of GaSe and InSe polytypes

Abstract : Equilibrium crystal structures, electron band dispersions, and bandgap values of layered GaSe and InSe semiconductors, each being represented by four polytypes, are studied via first-principles calculations within the density functional theory. A number of practical algorithms to take into account dispersion interactions are tested, from empirical Grimme corrections to many-body dispersion schemes. Due to the utmost technical accuracy achieved in the calculations, nearly degenerate energy-volume curves of different polytypes are resolved, and the conclusions concerning the relative stability of competing polytypes drawn. The predictions are done as for how the equilibrium between different polytypes will be shifted under the effect of hydrostatic pressure. The band structures are inspected under the angle of identifying features specific for different polytypes and with respect to modifications of the band dispersions brought about by the use of modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) scheme for the exchange-correlation potential. As another way to improve the predictions of bandgaps values, hybrid functional calculations according to the HSE06 scheme are performed for the band structures, and the relation with the mBJ results are discussed. Both methods nicely agree with the experimental results and with state-of-the-art GW calculations. Some discrepancies are identified in cases of close competition between the direct and indirect gap (e.g., in GaSe); moreover, the accurate placement of bands revealing relatively localized states is slightly different according to mBJ and HSE06 schemes.
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Juliana Srour, Michaël Badawi, Fouad El Haj Hassan, A.V. Postnikov. Comparative study of structural and electronic properties of GaSe and InSe polytypes. Journal of Chemical Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2018, 149, pp.054106 (2018). ⟨10.1063/1.5030539⟩. ⟨hal-02903135⟩



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