Current Applied Physics, Vol.14, No.11, 1538-1542, 2014
Structural studies of AgSbTe2 under pressure: Experimental and theoretical analyses
The crystal structure of AgSbTe2 has been refined using first-principles calculations, from which the ordering of the cations, Ag and Sb, was confirmed. The spontaneous formation of two (D4 and L1(1)) phases at ambient and elevated pressure was demonstrated theoretically. The compound was also prepared and its high-pressure structural deformation sequence, ranging from ambient to 50.9 GPa, was observed with synchrotron radiation at room temperature. The compound underwent a pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) at 24.6 GPa and then started recrystallizing at 49.2 GPa. The bulk modulus (B-0) and pressure derivative of the bulk modulus (Bp) were determined experimentally to be 56.3 +/- 5.1 GPa and 43 +/- 0.8, respectively. We suggest that large displacements of Te atoms to Ag vacancy positions are responsible for PIA and the recrystallization. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.