Mn+1AXn phases in the Ti-Si-C system studied by thin-film synthesis and ab initio calculations
2004 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 70, no 16, 165401- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Thin films of Mn+1AXn layered compounds in the Ti-Si-C system were deposited on MgO(111) and Al2O3(0001) substrates held at 900°C using dc magnetron sputtering from elemental targets of Ti, Si, and C. We report on single-crystal and epitaxial deposition of Ti3SiC2 (the previously reported MAX phase in the Ti-Si-C system), a previously unknown MAX phase Ti4SiC3 and another type of structure having the stoichiometry of Ti5Si2C3 and Ti7Si2C5. The latter two structures can be viewed as an intergrowth of 2 and 3 or 3 and 4 M layers between each A layer. In addition, epitaxial films of Ti5Si3Cx were deposited and Ti5Si4 is also observed. First-principles calculations, based on density functional theory (DFT) of Tin+1SiCn for n=1,2,3,4 and the observed intergrown Ti5Si2C3 and Ti7Si2C5 structures show that the calculated difference in cohesive energy between the MAX phases reported here and competing phases (TiC, Ti3SiC2, TiSi2, and Ti5Si3) are very small. This suggests that the observed Ti5Si2C3 and Ti7Si2C5 structures at least should be considered as metastable phases. The calculations show that the energy required for insertion of a Si layer in the TiC matrix is independent of how close the Si layers are stacked. Hardness and electrical properties can be related to the number of Si layers per Ti layer. This opens up for designed thin film structures the possibility to tune properties.
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2004. Vol. 70, no 16, 165401- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-29680DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.70.165401Local ID: 15067OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-29680DiVA: diva2:250497