Ultralow thermal conductivity of b-Cu2Se by atomic fluidity and structure distortion

Title
Ultralow thermal conductivity of b-Cu2Se by atomic fluidity and structure distortion
Authors
김형철Sedat BallikayaHang Chi안재평안기용Ctirad UherMassoud Kaviany
Keywords
structure evolution; thermal conductivity; thermophysical property; thermoelectrics; phonon engineering
Issue Date
2015-03
Publisher
Acta materialia
Citation
VOL 86, 247-253
Abstract
We demonstrate a prototype thermal evolution path for liquid thermal conductivity in solids. Thermal evolution of b-Cu2Se shows large interstitial displacement of constituent atoms marked by glass-like transitions and an asymptotic liquid thermal transport. Using ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD), we identify these transitions, and confirm them with in situ transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy. The thermal disorder of the Cu+ ions forms homopolar Cu–Cu bonds under a rigid Se framework, and at yet higher temperatures the Se framework undergoes thermal distortion. The non-equilibrium AIMD prediction of lattice thermal conductivity shows significant suppression of the phonon transport, in agreement with experiments and molecular behavior.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/49243
ISSN
13596454
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