Heterostructural Alloy Phase Diagram for (Cd1-xZnx)3As2: Article No. L061201

Chase Brooks, Stephan Lany

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Alloying the topological semimetal Cd3 As2 with Zn3 As2 provides a potential route for controlling the electronic properties. We predict the alloy phase diagram from first-principles calculations, considering that both end members have a crystal structure derived from the antifluorite lattice, but with different arrangements of the unoccupied cation sites. To overcome the limitations of the regular solution approximation and to include short-range order effects, we perform Monte Carlo simulations, parameterize the temperature dependence of the mixing enthalpy ..delta..Hm, and perform thermodynamic integration of the free energy. The resulting phase diagram exhibits features that are unique to heterostructural alloy systems and provides computational predictions of solubility limits and composition ranges that are stable against spinodal decomposition.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review Materials
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2024

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5K00-88458


  • density functional theory
  • Dirac semimetal
  • disordered alloys
  • first-principle calculations
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • phase diagrams
  • phase separation
  • topological materials


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