The role of geometric considerations in the diamond-cubic boron nitride heteroepitaxial system

We report the methods and results of a theoretical study of the diamond-cubic boron nitride [BNcub] heteroepitaxial system. We introduce a general, geometric reciprocal space technique for evaluating candidate epitaxial configurations, and a novel system of essentially geometric criteria to order them from most to least likely to occur. In the diamond- BNcub system, it is found that low index like planes require a relatively small strain of 1.37% from bulk parameters. The unlike epitaxial configuration which pairs diamond{100} with BNcub{221} and yields two-dimensional coincidence with the same strain is favored above other low index mixed configurations. The essentially geometric nature of this epitaxial system is highlighted.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Braun, MWH; Kong, HS; Glass, JT; Davis, RF

Published Date

  • 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 2679 - 2681

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8979

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.348663

Citation Source

  • SciVal