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A route to realize strain engineering in weakly bonded heterostructures is presented. Such heterostructures, consisting of layered materials with a pronounced bond hierarchy of strong and weak bonds within and across their building blocks respectively, are anticipated to grow decoupled from each other. Hence, they are expected to be unsuitable for strain engineering as utilized for conventional materials which are strongly bonded isotropically. Here, it is shown for the first time that superlattices of layered chalcogenides (Sb2Te3/GeTe) behave neither as fully decoupled two‐dimensional (2D) materials nor as covalently bonded three‐dimensional (3D) materials. Instead, they form a novel class of 3D solids with an unparalleled atomic arrangement, featuring a distribution of lattice constants, which is tunable. A map to identify further material combinations with similar characteristic is given. It opens the way for the …
Publication date: 
1 Apr 2018

Ruining Wang, Felix RL Lange, Stefano Cecchi, Michael Hanke, Matthias Wuttig, Raffaella Calarco

Biblio References: 
Volume: 28 Issue: 14 Pages: 1705901
Advanced Functional Materials