Molecular dynamics study of mechanical properties of bismuth telluride nanofilm

Y Tong and FJ Yi and LS Liu and PC Zhai and QJ Zhang, PHYSICA B-CONDENSED MATTER, 405, 3190-3194 (2010).

DOI: 10.1016/j.physb.2010.04.038

A molecular dynamics (MD) simulation has been carried out to evaluate the mechanical properties of Bi(2)Te(3) nanofilm, and all the simulation results are compared with that of Bi(2)Te(3) bulk. After the stable free-relaxation state has been obtained, the radial distribution function of Bi(2)Te(3) nanofilm is computed to validate its crystal structure. The distributions of potential energy and stress along the thickness direction are obtained. It is found that the surface atoms possess high potential energy; the surface of the nanofilm undergoes tensile stress, while the inside undergoes compressive stress. Tension simulations have been conducted to evaluate the mechanical properties (including Young's modulus, ultimate strength and failure strain) of the nanofilm. The effects of surface, size, and temperature on the calculating results of Bi(2)Te(3) nanofilm are discussed in detail. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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