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Controlled formation of metastable germanium polymorphs

Haberl, Bianca; Guthrie, Malcolm; Malone, Brad D; Smith, Jesse S.; Sinogeikin, Stanislav V.; Cohen, Marvin L.; Williams, James; Shen, Guoyin; Bradby, Jodie


The nucleation of metastable germanium polymorphs on decompression is studied using in situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction. We show that the transition pathway is critically dependent on the hydrostaticity. Quasihydrostatic conditions result in the nucleation of the rhombohedral r8 phase, followed by the cubic bc8 and hexagonal diamond phases. In contrast, the presence of shear yields the tetragonal st12 phase. Thus, targeted nucleation of a metastable polymorph is now possible. This observation...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Physical Review B
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.144111
Access Rights: Open Access


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