Semiconductor Physics, Quantum Electronics & Optoelectronics, 22 (1), P. 47-52 (2019).

Mechanical properties of Cu6PS5І superionic crystals and thin films
V.V. Bilanych1, А.V. Bendak1, K.V. Skubenych1, F. Lofaj2, I.P. Studenyak1, V.S. Bilanych1, V.M. Rizak1

1Uzhhorod National University, 46, Pidhirna Str., 88000 Uzhhorod, Ukraine 2Institute of Materials Research of SAS, 47 Watsonova Str., 04001 Kosice, Slovakia
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Abstract. The hardness and Young’s modulus dependences on the instrumented indentation depth profiles in Cu6PS5I single crystals and Cu6PS5I-based thin films were investigated. The measurements of mechanical parameters were performed at the room temperature by instrumented indentation in the continuous stiffness measurement mode with harmonic modulation of load during its linear increase. The variations of the hardness and Young’s modulus in Cu6PS5І single crystals were interpreted in the framework of deformation gradient model. The decrease of micro-hardness in Cu6PS5I-based thin film observed with copper content increase was explained by formation of conductive clusters and dendrites.

Keywords: superionic crystals, thin films, hardness, Young’s modulus, nano- and micro-indentation.

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