Study of interatomic potential and thermal structural properties of beta-Zn4Sb3

GD Li and Y Li and LS Liu and QJ Zhang and PC Zhai, MATERIALS RESEARCH BULLETIN, 47, 3558-3567 (2012).

DOI: 10.1016/j.materresbull.2012.06.059

Previous experimental research shows that the disordered Zn atoms in beta-Zn4Sb3 may have an important influence on its exceptionally low thermal conductivity and easily occurred phase transition. So the present work aims to study the influence of disordered Zn atoms on thermodynamics properties of beta-Zn4Sb3 by using molecular dynamics (MD) method. Firstly, based on first principles calculation and experimental results, the interatomic potentials of beta-Zn4Sb3 and MD analysis method are established, and the feasibility is verified. Then, the influence of disordered Zn atoms on thermal conductivity of beta- Zn4Sb3 is studied in detail. The simulation results indicate that the 10% vacant Zn atoms is the main reason for the exceptionally low thermal conductivity of beta-Zn4Sb3, and it seems that the interstitial Zn atoms have little effect on its thermal conductivity. Crown Copyright (c) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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