A thermodynamic basis for the electronic properties of molten semiconductors: the role of electronic entropy

TitleA thermodynamic basis for the electronic properties of molten semiconductors: the role of electronic entropy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsRinzler, CC, Allanore, A
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Volume97
Issue8
Pagination561 - 571
Date Published2017///
ISBN Number1478-6435
Keywordselectronic entropy, Entropy, molten semiconductor, Thermopower
Abstract

The thermodynamic origin of a relation between features of the phase diagrams and the electronic properties of molten semiconductors is provided. Leveraging a quantitative connection between electronic properties and entropy, a criterion is derived to establish whether a system will retain its semiconducting properties in the molten phase. It is shown that electronic entropy is critical to the thermodynamics of molten semiconductor systems, driving key features of phase diagrams including, for example, miscibility gaps.

Short TitlePhilos. Mag.