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See detailStacking and registry effects in layered materials: The case of hexagonal boron nitride
Marom, N.; Bernstein, J.; Garel, J. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2010), 105(4),

The interlayer sliding energy landscape of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is investigated via a van der Waals corrected density functional theory approach. It is found that the main role of the van der ... [more ▼]

The interlayer sliding energy landscape of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is investigated via a van der Waals corrected density functional theory approach. It is found that the main role of the van der Waals forces is to anchor the layers at a fixed distance, whereas the electrostatic forces dictate the optimal stacking mode and the interlayer sliding energy. A nearly free-sliding path is identified, along which band gap modulations of ∼0.6eV are obtained. We propose a simple geometric model that quantifies the registry matching between the layers and captures the essence of the corrugated h-BN interlayer energy landscape. The simplicity of this phenomenological model opens the way to the modeling of complex layered structures, such as carbon and boron nitride nanotubes. © 2010 The American Physical Society. [less ▲]

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