The electronic structures and optical properties of Cu 2ZnGeS4, Cu2ZnGeSe4 and Cu 2ZnGeTe4 in kesterite and stannite structures are investigated using first-principles calculations. The critical points in the optical spectra are assigned to the interband transitions according to the calculated band structures. The trends in the variation of the electronic and optical properties are discussed with respect to the crystal structure and the anion atomic number. Our calculated properties, such as, lattice constants, optical transitions, refractive index and dielectric constants are compared to the available experimental data and good agreement is obtained.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry