Journal of Computational Electronics

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 22–28 | Cite as

Calculation of phonon spectrum and thermal properties in suspended 〈100〉 In X Ga1−X As nanowires

  • Mehdi Salmani-JelodarEmail author
  • Abhijeet Paul
  • Timothy Boykin
  • Gerhard Klimeck


The phonon spectra in zinc blende InAs, GaAs and their ternary alloy nanowires (NWs) are computed using an enhanced valence force field (EVFF) model. The physical and thermal properties of these nanowires such as sound velocity, elastic constants, specific heat (C v ), phonon density of states, phonon modes, and the ballistic thermal conductance are explored. The calculated transverse and longitudinal sound velocities in these NWs are ∼25% and 20% smaller compared to the bulk velocities, respectively. The C v for NWs are about twice as large as the bulk values due to higher surface to volume ratio (SVR) and strong phonon confinement in the nanostructures. The temperature dependent C v for InAs and GaAs nanowires show a cross-over at 180°K due to higher phonon density in InAs nanowires at lower temperatures. With the phonon spectra and Landauer’s model the ballistic thermal conductance is reported for these III–V NWs. The results in this work demonstrate the potential to engineer the thermal behavior of III–V NWs.


Phonon dispersion relation Indium gallium arsenide Nanowire Specific heat Thermal conductance 



The authors would like to thank Dr. Sebastian Steiger, Dr. Michael Povolotskyi and Dr. Denis Areshkin for phonon dispersion calculation code, NEMO5, and useful discussions. This work used computational resources operated by the Network for Computational Nanotechnology funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Financial support from MSD Focus Center, one of six research centers funded under the Focus Center Research Program (FCRP), a Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) entity and by the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) through the Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND) are also acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mehdi Salmani-Jelodar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abhijeet Paul
    • 1
  • Timothy Boykin
    • 2
  • Gerhard Klimeck
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Network for Computational NanotechnologyPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of Alabama in HuntsvilleHuntsvilleUSA

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