Mechanically controlling the reversible phase transformation from zinc blende to wurtzite in AlN

III–V and other binary octet semiconductors often take two phase forms—wurtzite (wz) and zinc blende (zb) crystal structures—with distinct functional performance at room temperature. Here, taking AlN as a representative III–V compound, we investigate how to control the synthesized phase structure to either wz or zb phase by tuning the interfacial strain. By applying in situ mechanical tests at atomic scale in a transmission electron microscope, we observed the reversible phase transformation from zb to wz, and characterized the transition path—the collective glide of Shockley partials on every two {111} planes of the zb AlN.


Publication Date:
Apr 10 2017
Date Submitted:
Nov 21 2018
ISSN:
2166-3831
Citation:
Materials Research Letters
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