Phonon coherence in isotopic silicon superlattices

R Frieling and M Radek and S Eon and H Bracht and DE Wolf, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 105, 132104 (2014).

DOI: 10.1063/1.4897002

Recent experimental and theoretical investigations have confirmed that a reduction in thermal conductivity of silicon is achieved by isotopic silicon superlattices. In the present study, nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations are performed to identify the isotope doping and isotope layer ordering with minimum thermal conductivity. Furthermore, the impact of isotopic intermixing at the superlattice interfaces on phonon transport is investigated. Our results reveal that the coherence of phonons in isotopic Si superlattices is prevented if interfacial mixing of isotopes is considered. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

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