Indian Journal of Physics

, Volume 91, Issue 4, pp 445–451 | Cite as

Optical, elastic and thermal properties of ZB-AlN semiconductor from first-principle calculations

  • V. Kumar
  • Bhanu P. Singh
  • Satish Chandra
Original Paper


The optical, elastic and thermal properties of zincblende aluminium nitride have been studied. The refractive index, absorption coefficient, reflectivity, dielectric constant, extinction coefficient, and energy-loss spectrum have been calculated using the pseudo-potential method under density functional theory at different pressures. The heat capacity, Debye temperature and phonon frequencies have been calculated using CASTEP code at 0 GPa. The elastic stiffness constants, bulk modulus, Young’s modulus, shear modulus and pressure derivatives of elastic constants have also been calculated. The calculated results are compared with the available experimental and theoretical data. Reasonably good agreement has been found between them.


Optical properties Thermal properties Elastic properties DFT calculations 


78.20.Ci 65.40.Ba 



The authors are grateful to Prof. D. C. Panigrahi, Director, IIT(ISM), Dhanbad for his continuous encouragement and inspiration in conducting this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electronics EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines)DhanbadIndia

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