Gap discrete breathers in strained boron nitride

E Barani and EA Korznikova and AP Chetverikov and K Zhou and SV Dmitriev, PHYSICS LETTERS A, 381, 3553-3557 (2017).

DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2017.08.057

Linear and nonlinear dynamics of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) lattice is studied by means of molecular dynamics simulations with the use of the Tersoff interatomic potentials. It is found that sufficiently large homogeneous elastic strain along zigzag direction opens a wide gap in the phonon spectrum. Extended vibrational mode with boron and nitrogen sublattices vibrating in-plane as a whole in strained h-BN has frequency within the phonon gap. This fact suggests that a nonlinear spatially localized vibrational mode with frequencies in the phonon gap, called discrete breather (also often termed as intrinsic localized mode), can be excited. Properties of the gap discrete breathers in strained h-BN are contrasted with that for analogous vibrational mode found earlier in strained graphene. It is found that h-BN modeled with the Tersoff potentials does not support transverse discrete breathers. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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