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Some Physical Properties of the New Intermetallic Compound NbCd2

Authors
  • Volodin, V. N.
  • Tuleushev, Y. Zh.
  • Zhakanbaev, E. A.
  • Migunova, A. A.
  • Nicenko, A. B.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Semiconductors
Publisher
Pleiades Publishing
Publication Date
Aug 07, 2019
Volume
53
Issue
8
Pages
1028–1032
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1134/S1063782619080219
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

AbstractSolid solutions of cadmium in niobium and NbCd2 phase are formed by magnetron sputtering and coprecipitation on substrates moving relative to the flow of Nb and Cd particles. The NbCd2 phase can be described by a tetragonal unit cell with the parameters a = 0.84357 nm, c = 0.54514 nm, and c/a = 0.6426. A very high hole concentration in NbCd2 is established by studying the coating absorption and transmission spectra corresponding to the intermetallic-compound composition near the fundamental absorption edge, determining the band gap, and measuring the carrier mobility. Such a concentration is characteristic of a strongly degenerate semiconductor or metal. The band gap is determined to be 1.26 eV. The variation in the concentration of carriers and their mobility depending on the cadmium concentration in coatings of the Nb–Cd system confirms the occurrence of the NbCd2 phase.

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