A First Principles Investigation of the Mechanical Properties of g-TlN


We investigate the structure and mechanical properties of proposed graphene-like hexagonal thallium nitride monolayer (g-TlN) using first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory. Compared to graphene-like hexagonal boron nitride monolayer (g-BN), g-TlN is much softer, with 12% in-plane stiffness, 25%, 22%, and 20% ultimate strengths in armchair, zigzag, and biaxial strains respectively. However, g-TlN has a larger Poisson’s ratio, 0.69, about 3.1 times that of g-BN. It was found that the g-TlN also sustains much smaller strains before rupture. We obtained the second, third, fourth, and fifth order elastic constants for a rigorous continuum description of the elastic response of g-TlN. The second order elastic constants, including in-plane stiffness, are predicted to monotonically increase with pressure while the Poisson’s ratio monotonically decreases with increasing pressure.

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Q. Peng, C. Liang, W. Ji and S. De, "A First Principles Investigation of the Mechanical Properties of g-TlN," Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Material Science, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2012, pp. 76-84. doi: 10.4236/mnsms.2012.24009.

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