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1D Tutorial

Strain and displacement tensors along different growth directions

Author: Stefan Birner

If you want to obtain the input files that are used within this tutorial, please contact stefan.birner@nextnano.de.
-> 1DstrainN11.in / *_nnp.in - input file for the nextnano3 and nextnano++ software
-> 2DstrainN11.in / *_nnp.in -
input file for the nextnano3 and nextnano++ software
-> 3DstrainN11.in / *_nnp.in -
input file for the nextnano3 and nextnano++ software
 


AlAs/InAs/AlAs structure on InP

  • This input file simulates a InP/InAs/AlAs structure grown pseudomorphically on InP: 1DstrainN11.in
    The structure is grown pseudomorphically on InP, i.e. the InAs is compressively strained, the AlAs is tensilely strained. The growth direction [N11] is along x, the interfaces are in the (y,z) plane.
  • This tutorial examines the strain tensors in the crystal and simulation coordinate system as well as the corresponding displacement tensors.
    The following parameters are used:
     
      InP (substrate) InAs AlAs
    Lattice constant a (nm) 0.58697 0.60583 0.56611
    Elastic constant c11 (GPa) 101.1 83.29 125.0
    Elastic constant c12 (GPa) 56.1 45.26 53.4
    Elastic constant c44 (GPa) 45.6 39.59 54.20

     

  • [100] growth direction
    (y direction along [010])
    $domain-coordinates
     ...
     hkl-x-direction-zb     = 1 0 0  ! Miller indices of x coordinate axis [1 0 0]
     hkl-y-direction-zb     = 0 1 0  ! Miller indices of y coordinate axis [0 1 0]
     growth-coordinate-axis = 1 0 0
     ...

    The strain tensors in the crystal and simulation system are identical. Off-diagonal strain components eij are zero. The hydrostatic strain is defined as the trace of the strain tensor (ehydro=exx+eyy+ezz). It is useful to talk about parallel strain (e||=eyy=ezz) and perpendicular (e_|_=exx) strain with respect to the interface coordinate system.
       Biaxial strain (in plane of interface):
          InAs: e|| = eyy = ezz = ( asubstrate - alayer ) / alayer = -0.0311308   (3.1 % lattice mismatch)
       Uniaxial strain (perpendicular to interface):
          InAs: e_|_ = exx = - D100 e|| = - 2 (c12/c11) e|| = 0.0338332
    For [100] growth direction the strain tensors and the displacement tensors coincide.
     
    [100] exx=e_|_ eyy=ezz=e|| ehydro
    InAs 0.338332E-001 -0.311308E-001 -0.284285E-001
    AlAs -0.314829E-001 0.368480E-001 0.422130E-001

     

  • [011] growth direction
    (y direction along [01-1])
    $domain-coordinates
     ...
     hkl-x-direction-zb     = 0 1  1 ! Miller indices of x coordinate axis [1 0 0]
     hkl-y-direction-zb     = 0 1 -1 ! Miller indices of y coordinate axis [0 1 0]
     growth-coordinate-axis = 1 0 0
     ...

    The strain tensors in the crystal and simulation system are not identical any more. Off-diagonal strain components eij are zero apart from eyzcr. The hydrostatic strain is independent of coordinate system.
       Biaxial strain (in plane of interface):
          InAs: e||=eyysim = ezzsim = ( asubstrate - alayer ) / alayer = -0.0311308   (same as for [100])
       Uniaxial strain (perpendicular to interface):
          InAs: e_|_ =exxsim = - D011e|| = - (c11+3c12-2c44) / (c11+c12+2c44) e|| = 0.0209642
    Crystal system: InAs: eyycr = ezzcr = - ??? e|| = -0.00508332
                            InAs: eyzcr = - (c11+2c12) / (c11+c12+2c44) e|| = 0.0260475
    For [011] growth direction the strain tensors and the displacement tensors coincide.
    Here it is interesting to note that exxcr = e||.
     
    [011] exxsim=e_|_ eyysim=ezzsim=e|| ehydro
    InAs 0.209642E-001 -0.311308E-001 -0.412975E-001
    AlAs -0.227152E-001 0.368480E-001 0.509807E-001
    [011] exxcr eyycr=ezzcr eyzcr
    InAs -0.311308E-001 -0.508332E-002 0.260475E-001
    AlAs 0.368480E-001 0.706638E-002 -0.297816E-001

     

  • [111] growth direction
    (y direction along [01-1])
    $domain-coordinates
     ...
     hkl-x-direction-zb     = 1 1  1 ! Miller indices of x coordinate axis [1 0 0]
     hkl-y-direction-zb     = 0 1 -1 ! Miller indices of y coordinate axis [0 1 0]
     growth-coordinate-axis = 1 0 0
     ...

    The strain tensors in the crystal and simulation system are not identical. Off-diagonal strain components eij are still zero in the simulation system but not in the crystal system.
    Simulation system:
       Biaxial
    strain (in plane of interface):
          InAs: e||=eyysim = ezzsim = ( asubstrate - alayer ) / alayer = -0.0311308   (same as for [100])
       Uniaxial strain (perpendicular to interface):
          InAs: e_|_ =exxsim = - D111e|| = - 2(c11+2c12-2c44) / (c11+2c12+4c44) e|| = 0.0177374
    Crystal system: InAs: exxcr = eyycr = ezzcr = - (-4c44) / (c11+2c12+4c44) e|| = -0.0148414
                            InAs: exycr = exzcr = eyzcr = - (c11+2c12) / (c11+2c12+4c44) e|| = 0.0162894

    For [111] growth direction the strain tensors and the displacement tensors coincide.
     
    [111] exxsim=e_|_ eyysim=ezzsim=e|| ehydro
    InAs 0.177374E-001 -0.311308E-001 -0.445243E-001
    AlAs -0.202721E-001 0.368480E-001 0.534238E-001
    [111] exxcr=eyycr=ezzcr exycr=exzcr=eyzcr  
    InAs -0.148414E-001 0.162894E-001  
    AlAs 0.178079E-001 -0.190400E-001  

     

  • [211] growth direction
    (y direction along [01-1])
    $domain-coordinates
     ...
     hkl-x-direction-zb     = 2 1  1 ! Miller indices of x coordinate axis [1 0 0]
     hkl-y-direction-zb     = 0 1 -1 ! Miller indices of y coordinate axis [0 1 0]
     growth-coordinate-axis = 1 0 0
     ...

    Off-diagonal strain components eij are not zero any more in the simulation system. For [211] growth direction the strain tensors and the displacement tensors do not coincide any more because the displacement tensors are not symmetric any more. The diagonal entries still coincide eii=uii.
       Biaxial strain (in plane of interface):
          InAs: e||=eyysim = ezzsim = ( asubstrate - alayer ) / alayer = -0.0311308   (same as for [100])
       Uniaxial strain (perpendicular to interface):
          InAs: e_|_ =exxsim = - D211e|| = - (D211=???) e|| = 0.0228540
     
    [211] exxsim=e_|_ eyysim=ezzsim=e|| exzsim ehydro   uzxsim=duz/dx uxzsim=dux/dz
    InAs 0.228540E-001 -0.311308E-001 -0.101187E-001 -0.394077E-001   -0.202373E-001 = 2exzsim 0
    AlAs -0.234699E-001 0.368480E-001 0.623832E-002 0.502260E-001   0.124766E-001 = 2exzsim 0
    [211] exxcrr eyycr=ezzcr exycr=exzcr eyzcr uxycr=uxzcr uyxcr=uzxcr uyzcr=uzycr
    InAs 0.143990E-001 -0.269034E-001 0.156100E-001 0.422749E-002 0.227649E-001 0.845498E-002 0.422749E-002 = eyzcr
    AlAs -0.924548E-002 0.297358E-001 -0.186356E-001 -0.711220E-002 -0.230467E-001 -0.142244E-001 -0.711220E-002 = eyzcr

    One can see that the displacement tensor for the simulation system is rather nice as the following off-diagonal components are zero:
    - uxysim, uxzsim, uyzsim  are always zero for 1D structures grown along the x axis of the simulation system.
    - uyxsim, uzysim  are zero in this particular example.
    Here one should recall the definiton of the strain tensor: eij = 1/2 (uij + uji) = 1/2 (dui/dj + duj/di)
    The strain tensor is thus always symmetric but the displacement tensor only for growth directions along [001], [011], [111]. In fact, for these three directions it is also diagonal in the simulation coordinate system. In this particular example, uxycr is not equal to uyxcr.
     

  • [311] growth direction
    (y direction along [01-1])
    $domain-coordinates
     ...
     hkl-x-direction-zb     = 3 1  1 ! Miller indices of x coordinate axis [1 0 0]
     hkl-y-direction-zb     = 0 1 -1 ! Miller indices of y coordinate axis [0 1 0]
     growth-coordinate-axis = 1 0 0
     ...
    See comments for [211] growth direction

       Biaxial strain (in plane of interface):
          InAs: e||=eyysim = ezzsim = ( asubstrate - alayer ) / alayer = -0.0311308   (same as for [100])
       Uniaxial strain (perpendicular to interface):
          InAs: e_|_ =exxsim = - D311e|| = - (D311=???) e|| = 0.0277907
     
    [311] exxsim=e_|_ eyysim=ezzsim=e|| exzsim ehydro   uzxsim=duz/dx uxzsim=dux/dz
    InAs 0.277907E-001 -0.311308E-001 -0.111833E-001 -0.344710E-001   -0.223666E-001 = 2exzsim 0
    AlAs -0.267795E-001 0.368480E-001 0.714093E-002 0.469164E-001   0.142819E-001 = 2exzsim 0
    [311] exxcrr eyycr=ezzcr exycr=exzcr eyzcr uxycr=uxzcr uyxcr=uzxcr uyzcr=uzycr
    InAs 0.257044E-001 -0.300877E-001 0.110373E-001 0.104316E-002 0.189451E-001 0.312949E-002 0.104316E-002 = eyzcr
    AlAs -0.207193E-001 0.338179E-001 -0.141397E-001 -0.303010E-002 -0.191891E-001 -0.909030E-002 -0.303010E-002 = eyzcr

     

  • [411] growth direction
    (y direction along [01-1])
    $domain-coordinates
     ...
     hkl-x-direction-zb     = 4 1  1 ! Miller indices of x coordinate axis [1 0 0]
     hkl-y-direction-zb     = 0 1 -1 ! Miller indices of y coordinate axis [0 1 0]
     growth-coordinate-axis = 1 0 0
     ...
    See comments for [211] growth direction

       Biaxial strain (in plane of interface):
          InAs: e||=eyysim = ezzsim = ( asubstrate - alayer ) / alayer = -0.0311308   (same as for [100])
       Uniaxial strain (perpendicular to interface):
          InAs: e_|_ =exxsim = - D411e|| = - (D411=???) e|| = 0.0302133
     
    [411] exxsim=e_|_ eyysim=ezzsim=e|| exzsim ehydro   uzxsim=duz/dx uxzsim=dux/dz
    InAs 0.302133E-001 -0.311308E-001 -0.986895E-002 -0.320484E-001   -0.197379E-001 = 2exzsim 0
    AlAs -0.285575E-001 0.368480E-001 0.646539E-002 0.451384E-001   0.129308E-001 = 2exzsim 0
    [411] exxcrr eyycr=ezzcr exycr=exzcr eyzcr uxycr=uxzcr uyxcr=uzxcr uyzcr=uzycr
    InAs 0.296003E-001 -0.308243E-001 0.820438E-002 0.306496E-003 0.151828E-001 0.122598E-002 0.306496E-003 = eyzcr
    AlAs -0.253540E-001 0.352462E-001 -0.109788E-001 -0.160176E-002 -0.155505E-001 -0.640704E-002 -0.160176E-002 = eyzcr

     

  • [511] growth direction
    (y direction along [01-1])
    $domain-coordinates
     ...
     hkl-x-direction-zb     = 5 1  1 ! Miller indices of x coordinate axis [1 0 0]
     hkl-y-direction-zb     = 0 1 -1 ! Miller indices of y coordinate axis [0 1 0]
     growth-coordinate-axis = 1 0 0
     ...
    See comments for [211] growth direction

       Biaxial strain (in plane of interface):
          InAs: e||=eyysim = ezzsim = ( asubstrate - alayer ) / alayer = -0.0311308   (same as for [100])
       Uniaxial strain (perpendicular to interface):
          InAs: e_|_ =exxsim = - D511e|| = - (D511=???) e|| =  0.0314570
     
    [511] exxsim=e_|_ eyysim=ezzsim=e|| exzsim ehydro   uzxsim=duz/dx uxzsim=dux/dz
    InAs 0.314570E-001 -0.311308E-001 -0.847870E-002 -0.308047E-001   -0.169574E-001 = 2exzsim 0
    AlAs -0.295219E-001 0.368480E-001 0.563906E-002 0.441740E-001   0.112781E-001 = 2exzsim 0
    [511] exxcrr eyycr=ezzcr exycr=exzcr eyzcr uxycr=uxzcr uyxcr=uzxcr uyzcr=uzycr
    InAs 0.312618E-001 -0.310333E-001 0.648318E-002 0.975671E-004 0.124785E-001 0.487835E-003 0.975671E-004 = eyzcr
    AlAs -0.275593E-001 0.358666E-001 -0.889403E-002 -0.981324E-003 -0.128815E-001 -0.490662E-002 -0.981324E-003 = eyzcr

     

  • [321] growth direction
    (y direction along [-111])
    $domain-coordinates
     ...
     hkl-x-direction-zb     =  3 2 1 ! Miller indices of x coordinate axis [1 0 0]
     hkl-y-direction-zb     = -1 1 1 ! Miller indices of y coordinate axis [0 1 0]
     growth-coordinate-axis = 1 0 0
     ...

       Biaxial strain (in plane of interface):
          InAs: e||=eyysim = ezzsim = ( asubstrate - alayer ) / alayer = -0.0311308   (same as for [100])
       Uniaxial strain (perpendicular to interface):
          InAs: e_|_ =exxsim = - D321e|| = - (D321=???) e|| = 0.0223345
     
    [321] exxsim=e_|_ eyysim=ezzsim=e|| exysim exzsim ehydro uyxsim=duy/dx uzxsim=duz/dx uxysim=uxzsim
    InAs 0.223345E-001 -0.311308E-001 -0.871721E-002 0.139475E-002 -0.399271E-001 -0.174344E-001 = 2exysim 0.278950E-002 = 2exzsim 0
    AlAs -0.232538E-001 0.368480E-001 0.528954E-002 -0.515392E-003 0.504421E-001 0.105791E-001 = 2exysim -0.103078E-002 = 2exzsim 0
    [321] exxcrr eyycr ezzcr exycr exzcr eyzcr
    InAs 0.116554E-001 -0.221557E-001 -0.294269E-001 0.209935E-001 0.968697E-002 0.394774E-002
    AlAs -0.681357E-002 0.232809E-001 0.339748E-001 -0.247292E-001 -0.115866E-001 -0.626491E-002
    [321] uxycr uyxcr uxzcr uzxcr uyzcr uzycr
    InAs 0.285242E-001 0.134627E-001 0.142621E-001 0.511185E-002 0.448757E-002 0.340790E-002
    AlAs -0.291077E-001 -0.203506E-001 -0.145538E-001 -0.861942E-002 -0.678354E-002 -0.574628E-002

     

  • Simulation system
    Now we plot the above results for [N11] growth directions. Note that [100] is identical to ["infinity"11] growth direction. All plotted quantities are given in the simulation system.

    For [011], [111] and [100], the off-diagonal strain tensor component exzsim is zero. For the "high symmetry growth directions" the strain and displacement tensors are diagonal. (But this does not necessarily mean that shear strain is absent. Shear strain is only absent if the strain tensor is diagonal in the crystal system, i.e. only for [100] growth direction.)
    The hydrostatic strain ehy=Tr(eij) is always negative because we have a volume reduction (compressive strain). It has the largest value in magnitude for [111] and the smallest in magnitude for [100]. It shows exactly the same behaviour as the curve for e_|_sim, i.e. e_|_sim is a measure for the volume deformation in the growth direction.
    The strain in the plane of interface e||sim is constant for all growth directions.
    Note that the highest value for offdiagonal strain exz occurs for [311] growth direction (highest shear strain of any orientation).
  • Crystal system
    Now we plot the above results for [N11] growth directions. Note that [100] is identical to ["infinity"11] growth direction. All plotted quantities are given in the crystal system.

    The hydrostatic strain ehy=Tr(eij) is identical to the plot of the simulation system. (The trace of a matrix is independent of coordinate system.) It is always negative because we have a volume reduction (compressive strain). It has the largest value in magnitude for [111] and the smallest in magnitude for [100].
    For [111] growth direction, exxcr=eyycr=ezzcr and exycr=exzcr=eyzcr.
    All off-diagonal components are zero only for [100] growth direction (no shear strain). For all other orientations we have shear strain. Shear strain (with respect to the crystal system) is responsible for piezoelectric effects.
    The off-diagonal components exycr=exzcr are zero for [011] growth direction but the off-diagonal component eyzcr is not.
  • Here the same picture is plotted again (crystal system) but this time including the important components of the displacement tensor that are responsible for the fact that the displacement tensor is not symmetric any more for [211], [311], [411] and [511].
    The strain tensor is defined as: eij = 1/2 (uij + uji) = 1/2 (dui/dj + duj/di)
    Thus:
    exycr = 1/2 (uxycr+uyxcr).

    For the high symmetry growth direction [100], [011], [111] the displacement tensor is symmetric because

    uxycr=uyxcr=exycr.

  • Strain has important effects:
    - piezoelectric fields: See Tutorial on piezoelectricity.
    - shifts and splittings of conduction and valence bands: See Tutorial on deformation potentials.
    - strain changes the k.p Hamiltonian
  • Strain can be used to tailor the electronic and optical properties of heterostructures.
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