Ordering tendencies in octahedral MgO-ZnO alloys

Mahdi Sanati, Alex Zunger, Gus W. Hart

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Isostructural II-VI alloys whose components are either rocksalt stable (e.g., CaO-MgO) or zincblende stable (e.g., ZnS-ZnSe) are known to be thermodynamically unstable at low temperatures, showing a miscibility gap and no bulk ordering. In contrast, we show that heterostructural MgO-ZnO is stable, under certain conditions, in the sixfold-coordinated structure for Zn concentrations below 67%, giving rise to spontaneously ordered alloys. Using first-principles calculations, we explain the origin of this stability, the structures of their low-temperature ordered phases, short-range-order patterns, and their optical band-gap properties.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number15
StatePublished - Oct 15 2003


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