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Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal

Chemical bonding in copper-based transparent conducting oxides: CuMO2 (M = In, Ga, Sc).


PMID 21813950

Abstract

The geometry and electronic structure of copper-based p-type delafossite transparent conducting oxides, CuMO(2) (M = In, Ga, Sc), are studied using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) corrected for on-site Coulomb interactions (GGA + U). The bonding and valence band compositions of these materials are investigated, and the origins of changes in the valence band features between group 3 and group 13 cations are discussed. Analysis of the effective masses at the valence and conduction band edge explains the experimentally reported conductivity trends.