Pressure-dependent phase transition of 2D layered silicon telluride (Si2Te3) and manganese intercalated silicon telluride

  • Virginia L. Johnson
  • Auddy Anilao
  • Kristie J. KoskiEmail author
Research Article


Two-dimensional (2D) layered silicon telluride (Si2Te3) nanocrystals were compressed to 12 GPa using diamond anvil cell techniques. Optical measurements show a color change from transparent red to opaque black indicating a semiconductor-to-metal phase transition. Raman scattering was used to observe the stiffening of the crystal lattice and subsequent phase behavior. A possible phase transition was observed at 9.5 ± 0.5 GPa evidenced by the disappearance of the A1g stretching mode. Si2Te3 was intercalated with elemental manganese to ∼ 1 at.%. Intercalation lowers the pressure of the proposed phase transition to 7.5 ± 1 GPa. Raman modes show both phonon stiffening and phonon softening, suggesting negative linear compressibility. These results provide fundamental insight into the high-pressure optical phonon behavior of silicon telluride and illuminate how a specific electron-donating intercalant can chemically alter pressure-dependent optical phonon behavior.


silicon telluride Si2Te3 high pressure diamond anvil cell 2D layered material 


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This work was supported by the Office of Naval Research (No. N00014-16-1-3161).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia L. Johnson
    • 1
  • Auddy Anilao
    • 1
  • Kristie J. Koski
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of California DavisDavisUSA

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