Ab initio study of phonons in hexagonal gan

K. Parlinski, Y. Kawazoe

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Phonon dispersion relations for the hexagonal wurtzite phase of 2H-GaN are estimated using the local-density approximation with ultrasoft pseudopotentials and plane-wave basis, calculating the Hellmann-Feynman forces and applying the direct method. Ab initio calculations are performed on the rhombohedral supercell, which lowers the crystal space group. We propose a method to restore the proper symmetry. The calculated phonon frequencies at the (Formula presented) point are compared with Raman and infrared measurements, phenomenological models and other ab initio calculations, and a very good agreement is obtained. Phonon frequencies at high-symmetry zone-boundary points and phonon density of states are deduced as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15511-15514
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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