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Phase-transition-induced defect formation in III-V semiconductors

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)814-817
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1993


We present experimental and theoretical evidence for the creation of inversion domain boundaries (IDB's) at structural phase transitions in III-V semiconductors. A novel use of anomalous high-pressure powder x-ray diffraction with an image plate area detector allows for the study of weak difference scattering, the absence of which is attributed to IDB's. As a test of this, ab initio total energy pseudopotential calculations, including both ionic relaxation and boundary layer expansion, have been performed on a particular type of possible defect-a (110) IDB in InSb. © 1993 The American Physical Society.

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