Metal-nonmetal transition in the sphalerite-type solid solution [ZnSnSb2]1-x[2(InSb)]x

Andreas Tengå, F. Javier Garcia-Garcia, Yang Wu, Nathan Newman, Ulrich Häussermann

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Samples of the solid solution [ZnSnSb2]1-x[2(InSb)]x have been prepared over the whole range of composition by tin flux synthesis. The lattice parameter of the sphalerite-type average structure varies linearly between that of the end members ZnSnSb2 and InSb, a=6.2849(2) and 6.4776(15), respectively. Electron diffraction shows different kinds of structured diffuse scattering for Zn and In rich samples, respectively. The former is attributed to compositional short range ordering, the latter to thermally excited phonon modes. A metal-nonmetal transition takes place between the compositions x=0.8 and x=0.9.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1438-1442
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Indium antimonide
  • Metal-nonmetal transition
  • Solid solution
  • Sphalerite structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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