Metastable zinc-blende MgS structure: Combined experimental and theoretical study

C. Bocchi, A. Catellani, F. Germini, L. Nasi, J. K. Morrod, K. A. Prior, G. Calestani

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MgS/ZnSe/GaAs multilayers with the MgS thickness ranging from 20 to 140 nm were grown at 300°C by molecular-beam epitaxy on [001] GaAs substrates. The samples were studied by using several x-ray methods and transmission electron microscopy. The coexistence of metastable zinc-blende (ZB) and rocksalt MgS structural phases was evidenced and discussed. The analysis of reciprocal space maps of the x-ray intensity distribution around asymmetrical reciprocal-lattice nodes allowed us to determine the strain status of the MgS layers and to show that the ZB-MgS phase was pseudomorphic also in the case of the thickest film. The lattice parameter of the pure ?-MgS phase ranging between 0.56333< aMgS <0.56367 nm was obtained by extrapolation from x-ray diffraction data and predicted ab initio elastic constants, taking into account that there was a Zn incorporation during the MgS growth estimated in the range 0.005= xZn =0.02. © 2009 The American Physical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Article number235310
JournalPhysical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2009


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