We have used first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory to investigate the 119Sn Mössbàuer spectrum of a-Ge0.99xSn0.01xSe1-x. Using calculated electric field gradients and contact charge densities, we compute M6ssbauer isomer shifts and quadrupole splittings for a number of cluster models incorporating proposed environments for Sn atoms in the glasses. The calculated parameters are in excellent agreement with experimental values for tetrahedrally coordinated Sn atoms and for ionic, threefold-coordinated Sn atoms. Parameters computed for Sn atoms in ethanelike environments, however, do not match experimental values attributed to these sites. We also compute site energies to determine the most energetically favorable sites for Sn atoms in these systems. For the Ge-S system, we find the threefold environments to be favored, while for Ge-Se, the threefold and tetrahedral environments are essentially degenerate.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2002|