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2017 | 132 | 2 | 347-350
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Microhardness and the Young Modulus of Thin, MBE-Grown, (Sn,Mn)Te Layers Containing up to 8% of Mn

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The thin layers of (Sn,Mn)Te solid solution were grown by molecular beam epitaxy onto (111)-oriented BaF₂ substrates and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, and X-ray diffraction methods. The epitaxial character of the growth was confirmed. All the layers exhibited a regular (fcc) structure of the rock-salt type and were (111)-oriented, their thickness was close to about 1 μm. The layers contained up to 8% of Mn. The microhardness and the Young modulus values were determined by the nanoindentation measurements. The Berkovich type of the intender was applied, the maximum applied load was equal to 1 mN. The results of measurements demonstrated a lack of the composition dependence of the Young modulus value. A slight increase of the microhardness value with an increasing Mn content in the (Sn,Mn)Te solid solution was observed.
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