PtAs2 appears to be the least compressible known arsenide with a bulk modulus of 220(5) GPa and a shear modulus of between 64 and 77 GPa. PtAs2 has a hardness of 11(1) GPa, which is remarkably high for an arsenide. These elastic and mechanical properties in combination with the known chemical inertness and the small indirect band gap add interest to the use and occurrence of PtAs2 at Pt-GaAs contacts in transistors. We note the modest fracture toughness of 1.1-1.6 MPa m1/2 of PtAs2.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Applied Physics Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Sep 2013|