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Electronic Structure of Bismuth Telluride

What is Bismuth Telluride?

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Structure and Chemistry of Bismuth Telluride

Bismuth telluride Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3, and Bi2Se3 crystallize in the tetradymite crystal structure shown in Figure 1. The coordination of Bi and Te is octahedral, much like Pb and Te in the lead chalcogenide IV–VI semiconductors having the rock salt structure. The slightly less electronegative Bi compared to more electronegative Te justifies the association of valence as Bi+3 (s2p0) and Te−2. Like rock salt PbTe, the large Te−2 anions of Bi2Te3 form a close-packed layer with cations (Bi+3 in Bi2Te3 or Pb+2 in PbTe) in octahedral holes. While rock salt PbTe has an FCC cubic packing of close-packed Te layers, Bi2Te3 has a hexagonal HCP arrangement of Te layers. 


Electronic Structure of Bismuth Telluride

Coupled with its inherently low lattice thermal conductivity, Bi2Te3 is an excellent thermoelectric because of its complex electronic band structure, which has been explored extensively by experimental and theoretical studies. Although the semiconducting electronic structure of Bi2Te3 can be explained using simple valence rules, spin–orbit interactions complicate the band structure giving Bi2Te3 exceptional electronic properties. The band structure of Bi2Te3 can be qualitatively understood by considering only the interactions of the valence p-states of both atoms within the quintuple layer. The valence s and p levels in Bi and Te have significant enough separation that sp-hybridization is weak. The van der Waals interaction between the Te(1) atoms between neighboring quintuple layers is essentially nonbonding and contributes close to the top of the valence band. At the same time, the Te-bonding states are generally lower in energy. The filled or lone pair Bi-s states of Bi+3 are further below in the valence band and do not contribute to the top of the valence band, unlike the Pb+2 s-states in lead chalcogenides. The conduction bands are comprised primarily of unfilled antibonding p-states of Bi used in bonding with Te. Two bonding and two antibonding states exist between the Bi and Te atoms for each nonbonding state on the Te(1) atoms. The slightly polar nature of the bonding makes the Bi atoms somewhat positively charged while the Te atoms are negatively charged, with the Te(1) atoms more negative than the Te.


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