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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-04-14
    Description: In artificial multiferroics hybrids consisting of ferromagnetic La 0.7 Sr 0.3 MnO 3 (LSMO) and ferroelectric BaTiO 3 epitaxial layers, net Ti moments are found from polarized resonant soft x-ray reflectivity and absorption. The Ti dichroic reflectivity follows the Mn signal during the magnetization reversal, indicating exchange coupling between the Ti and Mn ions. However, the Ti dichroic reflectivity shows stronger temperature dependence than the Mn dichroic signal. Besides a reduced ferromagnetic exchange coupling in the interfacial LSMO layer, this may also be attributed to a weak Ti-Mn exchange coupling that is insufficient to overcome the thermal energy at elevated temperatures.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-04-15
    Description: We report the magnetic and optical properties of CuCr 2 O 4 thin films fabricated by atomic layer deposition (ALD) from Cu(thd) 2 , Cr(acac) 3 , and ozone; we deposit 200 nm thick films and anneal them at 700 °C in oxygen atmosphere to crystallize the spinel phase. A ferrimagnetic transition at 140 K and a direct bandgap of 1.36 eV are determined for the films from magnetic and UV-vis spectrophotometric measurements. Electrical transport measurements confirm the p-type semiconducting behavior of the films. As the ALD technique allows the deposition of conformal pin-hole-free coatings on complex 3D surfaces, our CuCr 2 O 4 films are interesting material candidates for various frontier applications.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-04-30
    Description: Single nanowires of two manganese oxide polymorphs (α-MnO 2 and todorokite manganese oxide), which display a controlled size variation in terms of their square structural tunnels, were isolated onto nanofabricated platforms using dielectrophoresis. This platform allowed for the measurement of the electronic conductivity of these manganese oxides, which was found to be higher in α-MnO 2 as compared to that of the todorokite phase by a factor of ∼46. Despite this observation of substantially higher electronic conductivity in α-MnO 2 , the todorokite manganese oxide exhibited better electrochemical rate performance as a Li-ion battery cathode. The relationship between this electrochemical performance, the electronic conductivities of the manganese oxides, and their reported ionic conductivities is discussed for the first time, clearly revealing that the rate performance of these materials is limited by their Li + diffusivity, and not by their electronic conductivity. This result reveals important new insights relevant for improving the power density of manganese oxides, which have shown promise as a low-cost, abundant, and safe alternative for next-generation cathode materials. Furthermore, the presented experimental approach is suitable for assessing a broader family of one-dimensional electrode active materials (in terms of their electronic and ionic conductivities) for both Li-ion batteries and for electrochemical systems utilizing charge-carrying ions beyond Li + .
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-14
    Description: The tailoring of molecular weight distribution and the functional group density of vinyl-terminated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) by molecular beam deposition is demonstrated herein. Thermally evaporated PDMS and its residue are characterized using gel permeation chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance. Thermal fragmentation of vinyl groups occurs for evaporation temperatures above 487 K (214 °C). At a background pressure of 10 −6 mbar, the maximum molecular weight distribution is adjusted from (700 ± 100) g/mol to (6100 ± 100) g/mol with a polydispersity index of 1.06 ± 0.02. The content of vinyl-termination per repeating unit of PDMS is tailored from (2.8 ± 0.2)% to (5.6 ± 0.1)%. Molecular weights of vinyl-terminated PDMS evaporated at temperatures above 388 K (115 °C) correspond to those attributed to trimethyl-terminated PDMS. Side groups of linear PDMS dominate intermolecular interactions and vapor pressure.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-20
    Description: Ferroelectrics are attractive candidate materials for environmentally friendly solid state refrigeration free of greenhouse gases. Their thermal response upon variations of external electric fields is largest in the vicinity of their phase transitions, which may occur near room temperature. The magnitude of the effect, however, is too small for useful cooling applications even when they are driven close to dielectric breakdown. Insight from microscopic theory is therefore needed to characterize materials and provide guiding principles to search for new ones with enhanced electrocaloric performance. Here, we derive from well-known microscopic models of ferroelectricity meaningful figures of merit for a wide class of ferroelectric materials. Such figures of merit provide insight into the relation between the strength of the effect and the characteristic interactions of ferroelectrics such as dipolar forces. We find that the long range nature of these interactions results in a small effect. A strategy is proposed to make it larger by shortening the correlation lengths of fluctuations of polarization. In addition, we bring into question other widely used but empirical figures of merit and facilitate understanding of the recently observed secondary broad peak in the electrocalorics of relaxor ferroelectrics.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-04-26
    Description: This review focuses on the application of triblock copolymers as designed templates to synthesize nanoporous materials with various compositions. Asymmetric triblock copolymers have several advantages compared with symmetric triblock copolymers and diblock copolymers, because the presence of three distinct domains can provide more functional features to direct the resultant nanoporous materials. Here we clearly describe significant contributions of asymmetric triblock copolymers, especially polystyrene- block -poly(2-vinylpyridine)- block -poly(ethylene oxide) (abbreviated as PS- b -P2VP- b -PEO).
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-04-29
    Description: The creation of new materials “by design” is a process that starts from desired materials properties and proceeds to identify requirements for the constituent components. Such process is challenging because it inverts the typical modeling approach, which starts from given micro-level components to predict macro-level properties. We describe how to tackle this inverse problem using concepts from evolutionary computation. These concepts have widespread applicability and open up new opportunities for design as well as discovery. Here we apply them to design tasks involving two very different classes of soft materials, shape-optimized granular media and nanopatterned block copolymer thin films.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-04-29
    Description: The global trend of miniaturization and concomitant increase of functionality in microelectronics, microoptics, and various other fields in microtechnology leads to an emerging demand for temperature control at small scales. In this realm, elastocaloric cooling is an interesting alternative to thermoelectrics due to the large latent heat and good down-scaling behavior. Here, we investigate the elastocaloric effect due to a stress-induced phase transformation in binary TiNi and quaternary TiNiCuCo films of 20 μ m thickness produced by DC magnetron sputtering. The mesoscale mechanical and thermal performance, as well as the fatigue behavior are studied by uniaxial tensile tests combined with infrared thermography and digital image correlation measurements. Binary films exhibit strong features of fatigue, involving a transition from Lüders-like to homogeneous transformation behavior within three superelastic cycles. Quaternary films, in contrast, show stable Lüders-like transformation without any signs of degradation. The elastocaloric temperature change under adiabatic conditions is −15 K and −12 K for TiNi and TiNiCuCo films, respectively. First-of-its-kind heat pump demonstrators are developed that make use of out-of-plane deflection of film bridges. Owing to their large surface-to-volume ratio, the demonstrators reveal rapid heat transfer. The TiNiCuCo-based devices, for instance, generate a temperature difference of 3.5 K within 13 s. The coefficients of performance of the demonstrators are about 3.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-14
    Description: Materials informatics owes much to bioinformatics and the Materials Genome Initiative has been inspired by the Human Genome Project. But there is more to bioinformatics than genomes, and the same is true for materials informatics. Here we describe the rapidly expanding role of searching for structures of materials using first-principles electronic-structure methods. Structure searching has played an important part in unraveling structures of dense hydrogen and in identifying the record-high-temperature superconducting component in hydrogen sulfide at high pressures. We suggest that first-principles structure searching has already demonstrated its ability to determine structures of a wide range of materials and that it will play a central and increasing part in materials discovery and design.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-14
    Description: Structural and optical properties of InGaAs quantum well fins (QWFs) selectively grown on Si using the aspect ratio trapping (ART) method in 200 nm deep SiO 2 trenches are studied. A new method combining cathodoluminescence, transmission electron microscopy, and precession electron diffraction techniques is developed to spatially correlate the presence of defects and/or strain with the light emission properties of a single InGaAs QWF. Luminescence losses and energy shifts observed at the nanoscale along InGaAs QWF are correlated with structural defects. We show that strain distortions measured around threading dislocations delimit both high and low luminescent areas. We also show that trapped dislocations on SiO 2 sidewalls can also result in additional distortions. Both behaviors affect optical properties of QWF at the nanoscale. Our study highlights the need to improve the ART growth method to allow integration of new efficient III-V optoelectronic components on Si.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-17
    Description: In this contribution, we demonstrate the optimization of the microstructures of the Pb 0.85 La 0.1 (Zr 0.65 Ti 0.35 )O 3 (PLZT) relaxor ferroelectric ceramics and subsequent enhancements in their polarization and electrical resistivity by using a hot-pressing process. The resulting superior breakdown strength of hot-pressed PLZT enables the application of high electric field to induce a giant electrocaloric effect, in which the adiabatic change of temperature (Δ T ) and the isothermal change of entropy (Δ S ) are around 2 times greater than those of the samples prepared by the conventional sintering approach using muffle furnace. Moreover, the addition of extra PbO to make up the loss of Pb in the high-temperature sintering leads to the further improvements in the phase composition and electrical properties of PLZT, due to inhibition of the pyrochlore phase formation. The relationship among the sintering conditions, the content of excess PbO, and the microstructure as well as the electrical characteristics of PLZT have been investigated in a systematic manner. This work provides a facile approach to enhanced electrocaloric effect in bulk ceramics.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-18
    Description: The electrocaloric effect (ECE) of two compositions (x = 0.06 and 0.07) of (1 − x)(Na 0.5 Bi 0.5 )TiO 3 -xKNbO 3 in the vicinity of the morphotropic phase boundary is studied by direct measurements. ΔT max = 1.5 K is measured at 125 °C under 70 kV/cm for NBT-6KN while ΔT max = 0.8 K is measured at 75 °C under 55 kV/cm for NBT-7KN. We show that the “shoulder,” T S , in the dielectric permittivity, marks the upper limit of the ECE peak under high applied electric fields. These results imply that the range of temperature with high ECE can be quickly identified for a given composition, which will significantly speed up the process of materials selection for ECE cooling.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-18
    Description: The influence of growth temperature on the surface morphology and luminescence properties of Eu-doped GaN layers grown by organometallic vapor phase epitaxy was investigated. By using a Eu source that does not contain oxygen in its molecular structure, and varying the growth temperature, the local defect environment around the Eu 3+ ions was manipulated, yielding a higher emission intensity from the Eu 3+ ions and a smoother sample surface. The optimal growth temperature was determined to be 960 °C and was used to fabricate a GaN-based red light-emitting diode with a significantly higher output power.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-19
    Description: A multilayer capacitor comprising 19 layers of 38 μ m-thick 0.9Pb(Mg 1/3 Nb 2/3 )O 3 –0.1PbTiO 3 has elsewhere been shown to display electrocaloric temperature changes of 2.2 K due to field changes of 24 V μ m −1 , near ∼100 °C. Here we demonstrate temperature changes of 1.2 K in an equivalent device with 2.6 times the thermal mass, i.e., 49 layers that could tolerate 10.3 V μ m −1 . Breakdown was compromised by the increased number of layers, and occurred at 10.5 V μ m −1 near the edge of a near-surface inner electrode. Further optimization is required to improve the breakdown strength of large electrocaloric multilayer capacitors for cooling applications.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-19
    Description: To experimentally (dis)prove ferroelectric effects on the properties of lead-halide perovskites and of solar cells, based on them, we used second-harmonic-generation spectroscopy and the periodic temperature change (Chynoweth) technique to detect the polar nature of methylammonium lead bromide (MAPbBr 3 ). We find that MAPbBr 3 is probably centrosymmetric and definitely non-polar; thus, it cannot be ferroelectric. Whenever pyroelectric-like signals were detected, they could be shown to be due to trapped charges, likely at the interface between the metal electrode and the MAPbBr 3 semiconductor. These results indicate that the ferroelectric effects do not affect steady-state performance of MAPbBr 3 solar cells.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-21
    Description: In this letter, we report a NiAl buffer layer as a template for the integration of epitaxial current-perpendicular-plane-giant magnetoresistive (CPP-GMR) devices on a Si(001) single crystalline substrate. By depositing NiAl on a Si wafer at an elevated temperature of 500 °C, a smooth and epitaxial B 2-type NiAl(001) layer was obtained. The surface roughness was further improved by depositing Ag on the NiAl layer and applying subsequent annealing process. The epitaxial CPP-GMR devices grown on the buffered Si(001) substrate present a large magnetoresistive output comparable with that of the devices grown on an MgO(001) substrate, demonstrating the possibility of epitaxial spintronic devices with a NiAl templated Si wafer for practical applications.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-21
    Description: PbSe is an inexpensive alternative for PbTe as a mid-temperature thermoelectric material, but few investigations have been reported about its intrinsic properties despite recent efforts on doping techniques. In this work, pristine PbSe bulk materials were synthesized by a process combining mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering, which is increasingly used for processing thermoelectric materials, and their electrical and thermal transport properties as well as thermoelectric performance were investigated in a wide temperature range. A maximum ZT ∼0.83 was obtained at 673 K in nominal composition PbSe + 3 or 4 at. % Pb, leading to nearly 50% enhancement from reported n -type pristine PbSe, mainly benefitting from the improved electrical performance. Furthermore, the potential thermoelectric efficiency was also improved due to the enhanced low-temperature performance, showing a high average ZT of 0.6 that is even comparable to that of commercial n -type Bi 2 Te 3 materials.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-24
    Description: We report a systematic study on the thermoelectric performance of spin Seebeck devices based on Fe 3 O 4 /Pt junction systems. We explore two types of device geometries: a spin Hall thermopile and spin Seebeck multilayer structures. The spin Hall thermopile increases the sensitivity of the spin Seebeck effect, while the increase in the sample internal resistance has a detrimental effect on the output power. We found that the spin Seebeck multilayers can overcome this limitation since the multilayers exhibit the enhancement of the thermoelectric voltage and the reduction of the internal resistance simultaneously, therefore resulting in significant power enhancement. This result demonstrates that the multilayer structures are useful for improving the thermoelectric performance of the spin Seebeck effect.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-26
    Description: We report p-doping of the BaSnO 3 (BSO) by replacing Ba with K. The activation energy of K-dopants is estimated to be about 0.5 eV. We have fabricated pn junctions by using K-doped BSO as a p-type and La-doped BSO as an n-type semiconductor. I-V characteristics of these devices exhibit an ideal rectifying behavior of pn junctions with the ideality factor between 1 and 2, implying high integrity of the BSO materials. Moreover, the junction properties are found to be very stable after repeated high-bias and high-temperature thermal cycling, demonstrating a large potential for optoelectronic functions.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-27
    Description: With their ability to rapidly elucidate composition-structure-property relationships, high-throughput experimental studies have revolutionized how materials are discovered, optimized, and commercialized. It is now possible to synthesize and characterize high-throughput libraries that systematically address thousands of individual cuts of fabrication parameter space. An unresolved issue remains transforming structural characterization data into phase mappings. This difficulty is related to the complex information present in diffraction and spectroscopic data and its variation with composition and processing. We review the field of automated phase diagram attribution and discuss the impact that emerging computational approaches will have in the generation of phase diagrams and beyond.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-27
    Description: Synthesis of inorganic extended solids is a critical starting point from which real-world functional materials and their consequent technologies originate. However, unlike the rich mechanistic foundation of organic synthesis, with its underlying rules of assembly (e.g., functional groups and their reactivities), the synthesis of inorganic materials lacks an underpinning of such robust organizing principles. In the latter case, any such rules must account for the diversity of chemical species and bonding motifs inherent to inorganic materials and the potential impact of mass transport on kinetics, among other considerations. Without such assembly rules, there is less understanding, less predictive power, and ultimately less control of properties. Despite such hurdles, developing a mechanistic understanding for synthesis of inorganic extended solids would dramatically impact the range of new material discoveries and resulting new functionalities, warranting a broad call to explore what is possible. Here we discuss our recent approaches toward a mechanistic framework for the synthesis of bulk inorganic extended solids, in which either embryonic atomic correlations or fully developed phases in solutions or melts can be identified and tracked during product selection and crystallization. The approach hinges on the application of high-energy x-rays, with their penetrating power and large Q-range, to explore reaction pathways in situ . We illustrate this process using two examples: directed assembly of Zr clusters in aqueous solution and total phase awareness during crystallization from K–Cu–S melts. These examples provide a glimpse of what we see as a larger vision, in which large scale simulations, data-driven science, and in situ studies of atomic correlations combine to accelerate materials discovery and synthesis, based on the assembly of well-defined, prenucleated atomic correlations.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-28
    Description: The experimental search for new thermoelectric materials remains largely confined to a limited set of successful chemical and structural families, such as chalcogenides, skutterudites, and Zintl phases. In principle, computational tools such as density functional theory (DFT) offer the possibility of rationally guiding experimental synthesis efforts toward very different chemistries. However, in practice, predicting thermoelectric properties from first principles remains a challenging endeavor [J. Carrete et al. , Phys. Rev. X 4 , 011019 (2014)], and experimental researchers generally do not directly use computation to drive their own synthesis efforts. To bridge this practical gap between experimental needs and computational tools, we report an open machine learning-based recommendation engine ( http://thermoelectrics.citrination.com ) for materials researchers that suggests promising new thermoelectric compositions based on pre-screening about 25 000 known materials and also evaluates the feasibility of user-designed compounds. We show this engine can identify interesting chemistries very different from known thermoelectrics. Specifically, we describe the experimental characterization of one example set of compounds derived from our engine, RE 12 Co 5 Bi ( RE = Gd, Er), which exhibits surprising thermoelectric performance given its unprecedentedly high loading with metallic d and f block elements and warrants further investigation as a new thermoelectric material platform. We show that our engine predicts this family of materials to have low thermal and high electrical conductivities, but modest Seebeck coefficient, all of which are confirmed experimentally. We note that the engine also predicts materials that may simultaneously optimize all three properties entering into zT ; we selected RE 12 Co 5 Bi for this study due to its interesting chemical composition and known facile synthesis.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-02
    Description: Bi 2 Te 3 -based compounds are a well-known class of outstanding thermoelectric materials. β-As 2 Te 3 , another member of this family, exhibits promising thermoelectric properties around 400 K when appropriately doped. Herein, we investigate the high-temperature thermoelectric properties of the β-As 2− x Bi x Te 3 solid solution. Powder X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy experiments showed that a solid solution only exists up to x = 0.035. We found that substituting Bi for As has a beneficial influence on the thermopower, which, combined with extremely low thermal conductivity values, results in a maximum ZT value of 0.7 at 423 K for x = 0.017 perpendicular to the pressing direction.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-02
    Description: Here we report the thermoelectric properties of NbCoSn-based n-type half-Heuslers (HHs) that were obtained through arc melting, ball milling, and hot pressing process. With 10% Sb substitution at the Sn site, we obtained enhanced n-type properties with a maximum power factor reaching ∼35 μ W cm −1 K −2 and figure of merit (ZT) value ∼0.6 in NbCoSn 0.9 Sb 0.1 . The ZT is doubled compared to the previous report. In addition, the specific power cost ($ W −1 ) is decreased by ∼68% comparing to HfNiSn-based n-type HH because of the elimination of Hf.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-08
    Description: We review the spin-Seebeck and magnon-electron drag effects in the context of solid-state energy conversion. These phenomena are driven by advective magnon-electron interactions. Heat flow through magnetic materials generates magnetization dynamics, which can strongly affect free electrons within or adjacent to the magnetic material, thereby producing magnetization-dependent (e.g., remnant) electric fields. The relative strength of spin-dependent interactions means that magnon-driven effects can generate significantly larger thermoelectric power factors as compared to classical thermoelectric phenomena. This is a surprising situation in which spin-based effects are larger than purely charge-based effects, potentially enabling new approaches to thermal energy conversion.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-08
    Description: Electronic structures and thermoelectric transport properties of α-NaFeO 2 -type d 0 -electron layered complex nitrides AMN 2 (A = Sr or Na; M = Zr, Hf, Nb, Ta) were evaluated using density-functional theory and Boltzmann theory calculations. Despite the layered crystal structure, all materials had three-dimensional electronic structures. Sr(Zr, Hf)N 2 exhibited isotropic electronic transport properties because of the contribution of the Sr 4 d orbitals to the conduction band minimums (CBMs) in addition to that of the Zr 4 d (Hf 5 d ) orbitals. Na(Nb,Ta)N 2 showed weak anisotropic electronic transport properties due to the main contribution of the Nb 4 d (Ta 5 d ) and N 2 p orbitals to the CBMs and no contribution of the Na orbitals.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-16
    Description: We demonstrated epitaxial growth of GaN (0001) films on nearly lattice-matched Hf (0001) substrates by using a low-temperature (LT) epitaxial growth technique. High-temperature growth of GaN films results in the formation of polycrystalline films due to significant reaction at GaN/Hf heterointerfaces, while LT-growth allowed us to suppress the interfacial reactions and to obtain epitaxial GaN films on Hf substrates with a GaN 11 2 ̄ 0 / / Hf 11 2 ̄ 0 in-plane orientation. LT-grown GaN films can act as buffer layers for GaN growth at high temperatures. The interfacial layer thickness at the LT-GaN/Hf heterointerface was as small as 1 nm, and the sharpness of the contact remained unchanged even after annealing up to approximately 700 °C, which likely accounts for the dramatic improvement in GaN crystalline quality on Hf substrates.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-19
    Description: Strong exchange bias (EB) in perpendicular direction has been demonstrated in vertically aligned nanocomposite (VAN) (La 0.7 Sr 0.3 MnO 3 ) 1−x : (LaFeO 3 ) x (LSMO:LFO, x = 0.33, 0.5, 0.67) thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition. Under a moderate magnetic field cooling, an EB field as high as ∼800 Oe is achieved in the VAN film with x = 0.33, suggesting a great potential for its applications in high density memory devices. Such enhanced EB effects in perpendicular direction can be attributed to the high quality epitaxial co-growth of vertically aligned ferromagnetic LSMO and antiferromagnetic LFO phases, and the vertical interface coupling associated with a disordered spin-glass state. The VAN design paves a powerful way for integrating perpendicular EB effect within thin films and provides a new dimension for advanced spintronic devices.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-19
    Description: An attempt was made to tailor the magnetostructural transitions over a wide temperature range under the principle of isostructural alloying. A series of wide Curie-temperature windows (CTWs) with a maximal width of 377 K between 69 and 446 K were established in the Mn 1− y Co y NiGe 1− x Si x system. Throughout the CTWs, the magnetic-field-induced metamagnetic behavior and giant magnetocaloric effects are obtained. The (Mn,Co)Ni(Ge,Si) system shows great potential as multifunctional phase-transition materials that work in a wide range covering liquid-nitrogen and above water-boiling temperatures. Moreover, general understanding of isostructural alloying and CTWs constructed in (Mn,Co)Ni(Ge,Si) as well as (Mn,Fe)Ni(Ge,Si) is provided.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-02
    Description: In recent years, the interest in hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites has increased at a rapid pace due to their tremendous success in the field of thin film solar cells. This area closely ties together fundamental solid state research and device application, as it is necessary to understand the basic material properties to optimize the performances and open up new areas of application. In this regard, the energy levels and their respective alignment with adjacent charge transport layers play a crucial role. Currently, we are lacking a detailed understanding about the electronic structure and are struggling to understand what influences the alignment, how it varies, or how it can be intentionally modified. This research update aims at giving an overview over recent results regarding measurements of the electronic structure of hybrid perovskites using photoelectron spectroscopy to summarize the present status.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-02
    Description: With molecular beam epitaxy we have grown Cr y (Bi x Sb 1-x ) 2-y Te 3 thin films with homogeneous distribution of Cr dopants and Curie temperature up to 77 K. The films with Cr concentration y ≥ 0.39 are found to be topologically trivial, highly insulating ferromagnets, whose conductivity can be tuned over two orders of magnitude by gate voltage. The ferromagnetic insulators with electrically tunable conductivity can be used to realize the quantum anomalous Hall effect at higher temperature in topological insulator heterostructures and to develop field effect devices for spintronic applications.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-22
    Description: The hybrid perovskite CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 (MAPI) exhibits long minority-carrier lifetimes and diffusion lengths. We show that slow recombination originates from a spin-split indirect-gap. Large internal electric fields act on spin-orbit-coupled band extrema, shifting band-edges to inequivalent wavevectors, making the fundamental gap indirect. From a description of photoluminescence within the quasiparticle self-consistent GW approximation for MAPI, CdTe, and GaAs, we predict carrier lifetime as a function of light intensity and temperature. At operating conditions we find radiative recombination in MAPI is reduced by a factor of more than 350 compared to direct gap behavior. The indirect gap is retained with dynamic disorder.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-22
    Description: We study the two-dimensional electron gas at the interface of NdTiO 3 and SrTiO 3 to reveal its nanoscale transport properties. At electron densities approaching 10 15 cm −2 , our terahertz spectroscopy data show conductivity levels that are up to six times larger than those extracted from DC electrical measurements. Moreover, the largest conductivity enhancements are observed in samples intentionally grown with larger defect densities. This is a signature of electron transport over the characteristic length-scales typically probed by electrical measurements being significantly affected by scattering by structural defects introduced during growth, and, a trait of a much larger electron mobility at the nanoscale.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-22
    Description: III-nitride semiconductors hold tremendous promise for realizing high efficiency photoelectrodes. However, previously reported InGaN photoelectrodes generally exhibit very low photocurrent densities, due to the presence of extensive defects, dislocations, and indium phase separation. Here, we show that In 0.5 Ga 0.5 N nanowires with nearly homogeneous indium distribution can be achieved by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Under AM1.5G one sun illumination, the InGaN nanowire photoanode exhibits a photocurrent density of 7.3 mA/cm 2 at 1.2 V ( vs . NHE) in 1M HBr. The incident-photon-to-current efficiency is above 10% at 650 nm, which is significantly higher than previously reported values of metal oxide photoelectrodes.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-13
    Description: Synthetic minerals and related systems based on Cu–S are attractive thermoelectric (TE) materials because of their environmentally benign characters and high figures of merit at around 700 K. This overview features the current examples including kesterite, binary copper sulfides, tetrahedrite, colusite, and chalcopyrite, with emphasis on their crystal structures and TE properties. This survey highlights the superior electronic properties in the p -type materials as well as the close relationship between crystal structures and thermophysical properties. We discuss the mechanisms of high power factor and low lattice thermal conductivity, approaching higher TE performances for the Cu–S based materials.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-28
    Description: We report on a new polar interface state between two band insulators: LaInO 3 and BaSnO 3 , where the sheet conductance enhancement in the interface reaches more than the factor of 10 4 depending on the La doping concentration in BaSnO 3 layer, by monitoring the conductance change before and after the polar interface formation as a function of La doping in BaSnO 3 . By eliminating the possibilities of oxygen vacancy involvement and cation diffusion, we show that the conductance enhancement is due to electronic reconstruction in the interface. Furthermore, we have found that the interfaces between BaSnO 3 and the larger bandgap non-polar perovskites BaHfO 3 and SrZrO 3 did not show such a conductance enhancement. We discuss a model for the interface state where the Fermi level plays a critical role and the conductance enhancement is due to the existence of polarization in the polar perovskite, LaInO 3 .
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-09
    Description: Sputter deposition, while varying the substrate temperature, is employed to isochemically control the structural state and concomitant mechanical response in a Pd-based metallic glass at the time of glass formation. Increasing the deposition temperature from 333 K to 461 K results in a 33.5% increase in hardness to 9.69 GPa for amorphous films. Further increasing the temperature leads to a decrease in hardness, indicating low and high temperature deposition regimes where increased surface mobility allows access to a more relaxed and more rejuvenated structure, respectively. Through this mechanism we access the range of achievable structural states, from ultrastable to highly liquid-like glasses.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-16
    Description: Cu 12 Sb 4 S 13 -based tetrahedrites are high-performance thermoelectrics that contain earth-abundant and environmentally friendly elements. At present, the mechanistic understanding of their low lattice thermal conductivity (
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-16
    Description: Composition-dependent charge transport and temperature-dependent density of state effective mass-dependent Seebeck coefficient were investigated in Bi 2− x Sb x Te 3 ( x = 1.56-1.68) compounds. The compounds were prepared by the spark plasma sintering of high-energy ball-milled powder. High-temperature Hall measurements revealed that the charge transport in the compounds was governed dominantly by phonon scattering and influenced additionally by alloy scattering depending on the amount of Sb. Contrary effects of Sb content on the Seebeck coefficient were discussed in terms of carrier concentration and density of state effective mass, and it was elucidated by temperature-normalized Pisarenko plot for the first time.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-16
    Description: We demonstrate crack-free ZnO/GaN distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) grown by hybrid plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy using the same growth chamber for continuous growth of both ZnO and GaN without exposure to air. This is the first time these ZnO/GaN DBRs have been demonstrated. The Bragg reflectors consisted up to 20 periods as shown with cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. The maximum achieved reflectance was 77% with a 32 nm wide stopband centered at 500 nm. Growth along both (0001) and (000 1 ̄ ) directions was investigated. Low-temperature growth as well as two-step low/high-temperature deposition was carried out where the latter method improved the DBR reflectance. Samples grown along the (0001) direction yielded a better surface morphology as revealed by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Reciprocal space maps showed that ZnO(000 1 ̄ )/GaN reflectors are relaxed whereas the ZnO(0001)/GaN DBRs are strained. The ability to n-type dope ZnO and GaN makes the ZnO(0001)/GaN DBRs interesting for various optoelectronic cavity structures.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-19
    Description: We have investigated the tunneling transport of mono- and few-layers of MnPS 3 by using conductive atomic force microscopy. Due to the band alignment of indium tin oxide/MnPS 3 /Pt-Ir tip junction, the key features of both Schottky junction and Fowler-Nordheim tunneling (FNT) were observed for all the samples with varying thickness. Using the FNT model and assuming the effective electron mass (0.5 m e ) of MnPS 3 , we estimate the tunneling barrier height to be 1.31 eV and the dielectric breakdown strength as 5.41 MV/cm.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-23
    Description: Pb 0.9 La 0.1 (Zr 0.52 Ti 0.48 )O 3 (PLZT) relaxor-ferroelectric thin films were grown on SrRuO 3 /SrTiO 3 /Si substrates by pulsed laser deposition. A large recoverable storage density ( U reco ) of 13.7 J/cm 3 together with a high energy efficiency ( η ) of 88.2% under an applied electric field of 1000 kV/cm and at 1 kHz frequency was obtained in 300-nm-thick epitaxial PLZT thin films. These high values are due to the slim and asymmetric hysteresis loop when compared to the values in the reference undoped epitaxial lead zirconate titanate Pb(Zr 0.52 Ti 0.48 )O 3 ferroelectric thin films ( U reco = 9.2 J/cm 3 and η = 56.4%) which have a high remanent polarization and a small shift in the hysteresis loop, under the same electric field.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-23
    Description: In this study, a series of copper sulfides Cu x S with x spanning from 1.8 to 1.96 was prepared and their crystal structures, elemental valence states, and thermoelectric properties were systematically studied. The valence state of Cu in Cu x S is unchanged as the ratio of Cu/S varies, while the thermoelectric properties are very sensitive to the deficiency of Cu. In addition, the type of sulfur arrangement in the crystal structure also plays an important role on the electrical transports. Finally, the optimum Cu/S atomic ratios in the binary Cu x S system were identified for high power factor and thermoelectric figure of merit.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-29
    Description: Elastocaloric cooling has emerged as a promising alternative to vapor compression in recent years. Although the technology has the potential to be more efficient than current technologies, there are many technical challenges that must be overcome to realize devices with high performance and acceptable durability. We study the effects of surface finish and training techniques on dog bone shaped polycrystalline samples of NiTi. The fatigue life of several samples with four different surface finishes was measured and it was shown that a smooth surface, especially at the edges, greatly improved fatigue life. The effects of training both on the structure of the materials and the thermal response to an applied strain was studied. The load profile for the first few cycles was shown to change the thermal response to strain, the structure of the material at failure while the final structure of the material was weakly influenced by the surface finish.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-01
    Description: Temperature-dependent strength of Bi-Sb-Te under uniaxial compression is investigated. Bi-Sb-Te samples were produced by three methods: vertical zone-melting, hot extrusion, and spark plasma sintering (SPS). For zone-melted and extruded samples, the brittle-ductile transition occurs over a temperature range of 200-350 °C. In nanostructured samples produced via SPS, the transition is observed in a narrower temperature range of 170-200 °C. At room temperature, the strength of the nanostructured samples is higher than that of zone-melted and extruded samples, but above 300 °C, all samples decrease to roughly the same strength.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-06
    Description: Metastable phases, such as bcc Co or Ni and hcp Fe or Ni, reportedly possess extraordinary magnetic properties for epitaxial ultra-thin films. To understand phase stability of these epitaxy-oriented phases upon substrate lattices, we calculated novel phase diagrams of Co, Fe, and Ni ultrathin films by considering the chemical free energy, elastic strain energy, and surface energy. Verified by experimental data in the literatures, the stable epitaxy-oriented phases are readily identified from the phase diagrams. The stabilization of these metastable phases is determined by the interplay between orientation-dependent elastic strain energy and surface energy.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-06
    Description: A series of anti-perovskites including Sr 3 PbO are recently predicted to be a three-dimensional Dirac material with a small mass gap, which may be a topological crystalline insulator. Here, we report the epitaxial growth of Sr 3 PbO thin films on LaAlO 3 using molecular beam epitaxy. X-ray diffraction indicates (001) growth of Sr 3 PbO, where [110] of Sr 3 PbO matches [100] of LaAlO 3 . Measurements of the Sr 3 PbO films with parylene/Al capping layers reveal a metallic conduction with p -type carrier density of ∼10 20 cm −3 . The successful growth of high quality Sr 3 PbO film is an important step for the exploration of its unique topological properties.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-13
    Description: In semiconductors almost all heat is conducted by phonons (lattice vibrations), which is limited by their quasi-particle lifetimes. Phonon-phonon interactions represent scattering mechanisms that produce thermal resistance. In thermoelectric materials, this resistance due to anharmonicity should be maximised for optimal performance. We use a first-principles lattice-dynamics approach to explore the changes in lattice dynamics across an isostructural series where the average atomic mass is conserved: ZnS to CuGaS 2 to Cu 2 ZnGeS 4 . Our results demonstrate an enhancement of phonon interactions in the multernary materials and confirm that lattice thermal conductivity can be controlled independently of the average mass and local coordination environments.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-14
    Description: Normally we think of the glassy state as a single phase and therefore crystallization from chemically identical amorphous precursors should be identical. Here we show that the local structure of an amorphous precursor is distinct depending on the initial deposition conditions, resulting in significant differences in the final state material. Using grazing incidence total x-ray scattering, we have determined the local structure in amorphous thin films of vanadium oxide grown under different conditions using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Here we show that the subsequent crystallization of films deposited using different initial PLD conditions result in the formation of different polymorphs of VO 2 . This suggests the possibility of controlling the formation of metastable polymorphs by tuning the initial amorphous structure to different formation pathways.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-23
    Description: Alloying in the system Cu 2 ZnSnSe 4 –CuInSe 2 –ZnSe (CZTISe) is investigated experimentally and theoretically. The goal is to distinguish single-phase and multi-phase regions within the Cu 2 ZnSnSe 4 -2CuInSe 2 -4ZnSe pseudo-ternary phase diagram. CZTISe thin films are prepared by co-evaporation of the chemical elements and are investigated in real-time during growth using in situ angle dispersive X-ray diffraction. The focus is mainly on thin films along the Cu 2 ZnSnSe 4 –2CuInSe 2 isopleth with small ZnSe addition as well as on films along the Cu 2 ZnSnSe 4 -4ZnSe isopleth with small CuInSe 2 addition. For both cases, ab initio calculations with density-functional theory are performed to estimate the stability of the alloy with respect to the formation of secondary phases. Both in experiment and calculation, we find a surprisingly large single-phase region in the Cu 2 ZnSnSe 4 corner of the pseudo-ternary phase diagram slightly off the Cu 2 ZnSnSe 4 -4ZnSe isopleth. This may help avoiding secondary phase formation under Zn-rich conditions and open up new possibilities for the application of CZTISe thin films in solar cells.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-07-26
    Description: We report the in-plane thermoelectric properties of suspended (Bi 1− x Sb x ) 2 Te 3 nanoplates with x ranging from 0.07 to 0.95 and thicknesses ranging from 9 to 42 nm. The results presented here reveal a trend of increasing p -type behavior with increasing antimony concentration, and a maximum Seebeck coefficient and thermoelectric figure of merit at x ∼ 0.5. We additionally tuned extrinsic doping of the surface using a tetrafluoro-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F 4 -TCNQ) coating. The lattice thermal conductivity is found to be below that for undoped ultrathin Bi 2 Te 3 nanoplates of comparable thickness and in the range of 0.2–0.7 W m −1 K −1 at room temperature.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-09
    Description: The paramagnetic fluctuations are investigated in La(Fe 0.88 Si 0.12 ) 13 . The disordered local moment (DLM) is represented by the first principle calculations. With a reduction of the volume, the DLM amplitude decreases gradually. In the temperature dependence of electrical resistivity ρ under hydrostatic pressure, an upturn in the variation of ρ in the paramagnetic state was observed with decreasing temperature, which is originated from the Curie-Weiss-type DLM fluctuations. In the vicinity of the critical pressure for disappearance of the DLM, the variation of ρ as a function of log( T ) was observed.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-09
    Description: This paper discusses the influence of material strain and strain rate on efficiency and temperature span of elastocaloric cooling processes. The elastocaloric material, a newly developed quaternary Ni-Ti-Cu-V alloy, is characterized at different maximum strains and strain rates. The experiments are performed with a specially designed test setup, which enables the measurement of mechanical and thermal process parameters. The material efficiency is compared to the efficiency of the Carnot process at equivalent thermal operation conditions. This method allows for a direct comparison of the investigated material with other caloric materials.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-09
    Description: Pulsed laser deposited thin Y Ba 2 Cu 3 O 7−x (YBCO) films with pinning additions of 5 at. % Ba 2 Y TaO 6 (BYTO) were compared to films with 2.5 at. % Ba 2 Y TaO 6 + 2.5 at. % Ba 2 Y NbO 6 (BYNTO) additions. Excellent magnetic flux-pinning at 77 K was obtained with remarkably high irreversibility fields greater than 10 T (YBCO-BYTO) and 11 T (YBCO-BYNTO), representing the highest ever achieved values in YBCO films.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-10
    Description: We report on the transport properties of hybrid devices obtained by depositing graphene on a LaAlO 3 /SrTiO 3 oxide junction hosting a 4 nm-deep 2-dimensional electron system. At low graphene-oxide inter-layer bias, the two electron systems are electrically isolated, despite their small spatial separation. A very efficient reciprocal gating of the two neighboring 2-dimensional systems is shown. A pronounced rectifying behavior is observed for larger bias values and ascribed to the interplay between electrostatic field-effects and tunneling across the LaAlO 3 barrier. The relevance of these results in the context of strongly coupled bilayer systems is discussed.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-11
    Description: Large crystalline molecular shells buckle spontaneously into icosahedra while multicomponent shells buckle into various polyhedra. Continuum elastic theory explains the buckling of closed shells with one elastic component into icosahedra. A generalized elastic model, on the other hand, describes the spontaneous buckling of inhomogeneous shells into regular and irregular polyhedra. By co-assembling water-insoluble anionic (−1) amphiphiles with cationic (3+) amphiphiles, we realized ionic vesicles. Results revealed that surface crystalline domains and the unusual shell shapes observed arise from the competition of ionic correlations with charge-regulation. We explain here the mechanism by which these ionic membranes generate a mechanically heterogeneous vesicle.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-18
    Description: Many important breakthroughs and significant engineering developments have been achieved during the past two decades in the field of caloric materials. In this review, we address ferroelectrics emerging as ideal materials which permit both giant elastocaloric and/or electrocaloric responses near room temperature. We summarize recent strategies for improving caloric responses using geometrical optimization, maximizing the number of coexisting phases, combining positive and negative caloric responses, introducing extra degree of freedom like mechanical stress/pressure, and multicaloric effect driven by either single stimulus or multiple stimuli. This review highlights the promising perspective of ferroelectrics for developing next-generation solid-state refrigeration.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-22
    Description: Thermoelectric modules based on half-Heusler compounds offer a cheap and clean way to create eco-friendly electrical energy from waste heat. Here we study the impact of the period composition on the electrical and thermal properties in non-symmetric superlattices, where the ratio of components varies according to (TiNiSn) n :(HfNiSn) 6−n , and 0 ⩽ n ⩽ 6 unit cells. The thermal conductivity ( κ ) showed a strong dependence on the material content achieving a minimum value for n = 3, whereas the highest value of the figure of merit ZT was achieved for n = 4. The measured κ can be well modeled using non-symmetric strain relaxation applied to the model of the series of thermal resistances.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-24
    Description: The main ideas in the theory of thermoelectrics are discussed. We discuss power generation, thermoelectric cooling, transport theory, the Seebeck coefficient, and phonon drag.
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    Publication Date: 2016-06-24
    Description: Here we demonstrate a method to tune a ferroelectric imprint, which is stable in time, based on the coupling between the non-switchable polarization of ZnO and switchable polarization of PbZr x Ti (1−x) O 3 . SrRuO 3 /PbZr x Ti (1−x) O 3 /ZnO/SrRuO 3 heterostructures were grown with different ZnO thicknesses. It is shown that the coercive voltages and ferroelectric imprint vary linearly with the thickness of ZnO. It is also demonstrated that the ferroelectric imprint remains stable with electric field cycling and electric field stress assisted aging.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-06-24
    Description: In this review, we focus on the celebrated interface between two band insulators, LaAlO 3 and SrTiO 3 , that was found to be conducting, superconducting, and to display a strong spin-orbit coupling. We discuss the formation of the 2-dimensional electron liquid at this interface, the particular electronic structure linked to the carrier confinement, the transport properties, and the signatures of magnetism. We then highlight distinctive characteristics of the superconducting regime, such as the electric field effect control of the carrier density, the unique tunability observed in this system, and the role of the electronic subband structure. Finally we compare the behavior of T c versus 2D doping with the dome-like behavior of the 3D bulk superconductivity observed in doped SrTiO 3 . This comparison reveals surprising differences when the T c behavior is analyzed in terms of the 3D carrier density for the interface and the bulk.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-05
    Description: The electronic structure of Heusler alloys having mixed magnetic phases, comprising of vicinal anti-ferromagnetic and ferromagnetic orders, is of great significance. We present the results of an electronic structure study on Ni x Cu 1− x MnSb Heusler alloys, using Mn-2p core-level photoemission spectroscopy. Room temperature data in the paramagnetic phase reveal a non-monotonic variation of both electron correlation strength and conduction-band hybridization such that the former enhances while the latter weakens for compositions showing a mixed phase relative to compositions at the phase boundaries to the ordered phases. The results suggest a possible electronic driving force for settling mixed-magnetic phases.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-06
    Description: We have grown Mg-doped GaN films with low residual hydrogen concentration using a low-temperature pulsed sputtering deposition (PSD) process. The growth system is inherently hydrogen-free, allowing us to obtain high-purity Mg-doped GaN films with residual hydrogen concentrations below 5 × 10 16 cm −3 , which is the detection limit of secondary ion mass spectroscopy. In the Mg profile, no memory effect or serious dopant diffusion was detected. The as-deposited Mg-doped GaN films showed clear p-type conductivity at room temperature (RT) without thermal activation. The GaN film doped with a low concentration of Mg (7.9 × 10 17 cm −3 ) deposited by PSD showed hole mobilities of 34 and 62 cm 2 V −1 s −1 at RT and 175 K, respectively, which are as high as those of films grown by a state-of-the-art metal-organic chemical vapor deposition apparatus. These results indicate that PSD is a powerful tool for the fabrication of GaN-based vertical power devices.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-11
    Description: We present a detailed study of compressively strained Pb x Sr 1− x TiO 3 thin films grown by off-axis radio frequency magnetron sputtering on (001)-oriented Nb-doped SrTiO 3 substrates. Film tetragonality and the ferroelectric critical temperatures are measured for samples of different composition and thickness and compared with a phenomenological Landau-Devonshire model. 180 ∘ ferroelectric domains are observed using both X-ray diffraction and piezoresponse force microscopy and domain sizes obtained by the two techniques are compared and discussed.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-08-20
    Description: We report on synthesis and characterization of a new magnetic nanolaminate (V,Mn) 3 GaC 2 , which is the first magnetic MAX phase of a 312 stoichiometry. Atomically resolved energy dispersive X-ray mapping of epitaxial thin films reveals a tendency of alternate chemical ordering between V and Mn, with atomic layers composed of primarily one element only. Magnetometry measurements reveal a ferromagnetic response between 50 K and 300 K, with indication of a magnetic ordering temperature well above room temperature.
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    Publication Date: 2016-08-20
    Description: Lead halide perovskite solar cells have shown a tremendous rise in power conversion efficiency with reported record efficiencies of over 20% making this material very promising as a low cost alternative to conventional inorganic solar cells. However, due to a differently severe “hysteretic” behaviour during current density-voltage measurements, which strongly depends on scan rate, device and measurement history, preparation method, device architecture, etc., commonly used solar cell measurements do not give reliable or even reproducible results. For the aspect of commercialization and the possibility to compare results of different devices among different laboratories, it is necessary to establish a measurement protocol which gives reproducible results. Therefore, we compare device characteristics derived from standard current density-voltage measurements with stabilized values obtained from an adaptive tracking of the maximum power point and the open circuit voltage as well as characteristics extracted from time resolved current density-voltage measurements. Our results provide insight into the challenges of a correct determination of device performance and propose a measurement protocol for a reliable characterisation which is easy to implement and has been tested on varying perovskite solar cells fabricated in different laboratories.
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    Publication Date: 2016-08-26
    Description: The power-conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells has soared up to 22.1% earlier this year. Within merely five years, the perovskite solar cell can now compete on efficiency with inorganic thin-film technologies, making it the most promising of the new, emerging photovoltaic solar cell technologies. The next grand challenge is now the aspect of stability. The hydrophilicity and volatility of the organic methylammonium makes the work-horse material methylammonium lead iodide vulnerable to degradation through humidity and heat. Additionally, ultraviolet radiation and oxygen constitute stressors which can deteriorate the device performance. There are two fundamental strategies to increasing the device stability: developing protective layers around the vulnerable perovskite absorber and developing a more resilient perovskite absorber. The most important reports in literature are summarized and analyzed here, letting us conclude that any long-term stability, on par with that of inorganic thin-film technologies, is only possible with a more resilient perovskite incorporated in a highly protective device design.
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    Publication Date: 2016-09-02
    Description: We present unusual high hardness (up to 7.7 GPa) achieved in Cu/Al multilayers relative to monolithic Cu and Al films (∼2 GPa and ∼1 GPa, respectively). Nanotwins and stacking faults (SFs) were proposed to be the main contributors of hardness enhancement, especially when h 〈 5 nm. Using molecular dynamics simulations of deposition, we demonstrated that intermixing near Cu/Al interface was paramount in stabilizing the SFs in both Cu and Al layers. Our experimental results indicated that the high strength caused by layer intermixing was in sharp contrast to the general belief that only sharp interface structures could strengthen the multilayers.
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    Publication Date: 2016-09-02
    Description: In this paper, an electrocaloric (EC) cooler prototype made of 150 ceramic-based Multi-Layer Capacitors (MLCs) has been detailed. This cooler involves a column of dielectric fluid where heat exchange with the MLCs takes place. The maximum variation of temperature in the fluid column due to the EC effect reaches 0.13 K whereas the heat exchanged during one stroke is 0.28 J. Although this prototype requires improvements with respect to heat exchange, the basic principle of creating a temperature gradient in a column of fluid has been validated.
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    Publication Date: 2016-09-02
    Description: In this work, transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) have been employed as a back contact instead of Mo on Cu 2 ZnSnSe 4 (CZTSe) thin-film solar cells in order to examine the feasibility of bifacial Cu 2 ZnSn(S,Se) 4 (CZTSSe) solar cells based on a vacuum process. It is found that the interfacial reaction between flourine doped tin oxide (FTO) or indium tin oxide (ITO) and the CZTSe precursor is at odds with the conventional CZTSe/Mo reaction. While there is no interfacial reaction on CZTSe/FTO, indium in CZTSe/ITO was significantly diffused into the CZTSe layers; consequently, a SnO 2 layer was formed on the ITO substrate. Under bifacial illumination, we achieved a power efficiency of 6.05% and 4.31% for CZTSe/FTO and CZTSe/ITO, respectively.
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    Publication Date: 2016-09-08
    Description: Efficiency and dynamics of radiative recombination of carriers are crucial figures of merit for optoelectronic materials. Following the recent success of lead halide perovskites in efficient photovoltaic and light emitting technologies, here we review some of the noted literature on the luminescence of this emerging class of materials. After outlining the theoretical formalism that is currently used to explain the carrier recombination dynamics, we review a few significant works which use photoluminescence as a tool to understand and optimize the operation of perovskite based optoelectronic devices.
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    Publication Date: 2016-04-08
    Description: Metal organic chemical vapor deposition of GaAs on standard nominal 300 mm Si(001) wafers was studied. Antiphase boundary (APB) free epitaxial GaAs films as thin as 150 nm were obtained. The APB-free films exhibit an improvement of the room temperature photoluminescence signal with an increase of the intensity of almost a factor 2.5. Hall effect measurements show an electron mobility enhancement from 200 to 2000 cm 2 /V s. The GaAs layers directly grown on industrial platform with no APBs are perfect candidates for being integrated as active layers for nanoelectronic as well as optoelectronic devices in a CMOS environment.
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    Publication Date: 2016-04-08
    Description: Mn 0.05 Ge 0.95 quantum dots (QDs) samples were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si substrates and 15-nm-thick fully strained Si 0.8 Ge 0.2 virtual substrates, respectively. The QDs samples grown on the Si 0.8 Ge 0.2 virtual substrates show a significant ferromagnetism with a Curie temperature of 227 K, while the QDs samples grown on the Si substrates are non-ferromagnetic. Microstructures of the QDs samples were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction. Interdependence between microstructure and ferromagnetism of Mn-doped Ge QDs was investigated. For the QDs sample grown on the strained Si 0.8 Ge 0.2 virtual substrate, although the ferromagnetic phase Mn 5 Ge 3 clusters were found to be formed in small dome-shaped dots, the significant ferromagnetism observed in that sample is attributed to ferromagnetic phase Mn-doped large dome-shaped Ge QDs, rather than to the ferromagnetic phase Mn 5 Ge 3 clusters. The fully strained Si 0.8 Ge 0.2 virtual substrates would result in a residual strain into the QDs and an increase in Ge composition in the QDs. Both consequences favor the formations of ferromagnetic phase Mn-doped Ge QDs from points of view of quantum confinement effect as well as Mn doping at substitutional sites.
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    Publication Date: 2016-03-29
    Description: Two structural phase transitions are investigated in highly strained BiFeO 3 thin films as a function of film thickness and temperature via synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Both transition temperatures (upon heating: monoclinic M C to monoclinic M A to tetragonal) decrease as the film becomes thinner. A film-substrate interface layer, evidenced by half-order peaks, contributes to this behavior, but at larger thicknesses (above a few nanometers), the temperature dependence results from electrostatic considerations akin to size effects in ferroelectric phase transitions, but observed here for structural phase transitions within the ferroelectric phase. For ultra-thin films, the tetragonal structure is stable to low temperatures.
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    Publication Date: 2016-04-12
    Description: The process of taking a new material from invention to deployment can take 20 years or more. Since the announcement of the Materials Genome Initiative in 2011, new attention has been paid to accelerating this timeframe to address key challenges in industries from energy, to biomedical materials, to catalysis, to polymers, particularly in the development of new materials discovery techniques. Materials informatics, or algorithmically analyzing materials data at scale to gain novel insight, has been lauded as a path forward in this regard. An equal challenge to discovery, however, is the acceleration from discovery to market. In this paper, we address application of an informatics approach to materials selection, manufacturing, and qualification and identify key opportunities and challenges in each of these areas with a focus on reducing time to market for new advanced materials technologies.
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    Publication Date: 2016-04-12
    Description: Single crystals of Mott-Hubbard insulator LaVO 3 exhibit spin and orbital ordering along with a structural change below ≈140 K. The occurrence of orbital ordering in epitaxial LaVO 3 films has, however, been little investigated. By temperature-dependent Raman scattering spectroscopy, we probed and evidenced the transition to orbital ordering in epitaxial LaVO 3 film samples fabricated by pulsed-laser deposition. This opens up the possibility to explore the influence of different epitaxial strain (compressive vs . tensile) and of epitaxy-induced distortions of oxygen octahedra on the orbital ordering, in epitaxial perovskite vanadate films.
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    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    Publication Date: 2016-05-26
    Description: We present an investigation of the thermoelectric properties of cubic perovskite SrTiO 3 . The results are derived from a combination of calculated transport functions obtained from Boltzmann transport theory in the constant scattering time approximation based on the electronic structure and existing experimental data for La-doped SrTiO 3 . The figure of merit ZT is modeled with respect to carrier concentration and temperature. The model predicts a relatively high ZT at optimized doping and suggests that the ZT value can reach 0.7 at T = 1400 K. Thus ZT can be improved from the current experimental values by carrier concentration optimization.
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    Publication Date: 2016-05-28
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    Publication Date: 2016-06-21
    Description: Disorder in the potential-energy landscape presents a major obstacle to the more rapid development of semiconductor quantum device technologies. We report a large-magnitude source of disorder, beyond commonly considered unintentional background doping or fixed charge in oxide layers: nanoscale strain fields induced by residual stresses in nanopatterned metal gates. Quantitative analysis of synchrotron coherent hard x-ray nanobeam diffraction patterns reveals gate-induced curvature and strains up to 0.03% in a buried Si quantum well within a Si/SiGe heterostructure. Electrode stress presents both challenges to the design of devices and opportunities associated with the lateral manipulation of electronic energy levels.
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    Publication Date: 2016-06-22
    Description: Materials’ design for high-performance thermoelectric oxides is discussed. Since chemical stability at high temperature in air is a considerable advantage in oxides, we evaluate thermoelectric power factor in the high temperature limit. We show that highly disordered materials can be good thermoelectric materials at high temperatures, and the effects of strong correlation can further enhance the figure of merit by adding thermopower arising from the spin and orbital degrees of freedom. We also discuss the Kelvin formula as a promising expression for strongly correlated materials and show that the calculation based on the Kelvin formula can be directly compared with the cross-layer thermopower of layered materials.
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    Publication Date: 2016-06-29
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    Publication Date: 2016-08-30
    Description: Self-organized AlGaN nanowires by molecular beam epitaxy have attracted significant attention for deep ultraviolet optoelectronics. However, due to the strong compositional modulations under conventional nitrogen rich growth conditions, emission wavelengths less than 250 nm have remained inaccessible. Here we show that Al-rich AlGaN nanowires with much improved compositional uniformity can be achieved in a new growth paradigm, wherein a precise control on the optical bandgap of ternary AlGaN nanowires can be achieved by varying the substrate temperature. AlGaN nanowire LEDs, with emission wavelengths spanning from 236 to 280 nm, are also demonstrated.
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    Publication Date: 2016-08-30
    Description: In the quest for more efficient thermoelectric material able to convert thermal to electrical energy and vice versa, composites that combine a semiconductor host having a large Seebeck coefficient with metal nanodomains that provide phonon scattering and free charge carriers are particularly appealing. Here, we present our experimental results on the thermal and electrical transport properties of PbS-metal composites produced by a versatile particle blending procedure, and where the metal work function allows injecting electrons to the intrinsic PbS host. We compare the thermoelectric performance of composites with microcrystalline or nanocrystalline structures. The electrical conductivity of the microcrystalline host can be increased several orders of magnitude with the metal inclusion, while relatively high Seebeck coefficient can be simultaneously conserved. On the other hand, in nanostructured materials, the host crystallites are not able to sustain a band bending at its interface with the metal, becoming flooded with electrons. This translates into even higher electrical conductivities than the microcrystalline material, but at the expense of lower Seebeck coefficient values.
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    Publication Date: 2016-08-30
    Description: In this letter, we report on the structural and transport measurements of ultrathin MgB 2 films grown by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition followed by low incident angle Ar ion milling. The ultrathin films as thin as 1.8 nm, or 6 unit cells, exhibit excellent superconducting properties such as high critical temperature ( T c ) and high critical current density ( J c ). The results show the great potential of these ultrathin films for superconducting devices and present a possibility to explore superconductivity in MgB 2 at the 2D limit.
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    Publication Date: 2016-09-20
    Description: We use calorimetry to identify pressure-driven isothermal entropy changes in ceramic samples of the prototypical ferroelectric BaTiO 3 . Near the structural phase transitions at ∼400 K (cubic-tetragonal) and ∼280 K (tetragonal-orthorhombic), the inverse barocaloric response differs in sign and magnitude from the corresponding conventional electrocaloric response. The differences in sign arise due to the decrease in unit-cell volume on heating through the transitions, whereas the differences in magnitude arise due to the large volumetric thermal expansion on either side of the transitions.
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    Publication Date: 2016-09-20
    Description: Nanocrystalline silicon thermoelectrics can be a solution to improve the cost-effectiveness of thermoelectric technology from both material and integration viewpoints. While their figure-of-merit is still developing, recent advances in theoretical/numerical calculations, property measurements, and structural synthesis/fabrication have opened up possibilities to develop the materials based on fundamental physics of phonon transport. Here, this is demonstrated by reviewing a series of works on nanocrystalline silicon materials using calculations of multiscale phonon transport, measurements of interfacial heat conduction, and synthesis from nanoparticles. Integration of these approaches allows us to engineer phonon transport to improve the thermoelectric performance by introducing local silicon-oxide structures.
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