The electrical properties of ZnTe under high pressure and moderate temperature

Xiaoyan Cui, Tingjing Hu, Jie Yang, Yonghao Han, Yan Li, Cailong Liu, Yue Wang, Bao Liu, Wanbin Ren, Ningning Su, Hongwu Liu, Chunxiao Gao

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The resistivity of ZnTe powders has been measured under high pressure up to 29 GPa and temperature ranged from 303.0 to 403.0 K by using a diamond anvil cell. The resistivity changed discontinuously at 9.5 and 13.1 GPa, corresponding to the phase transitions from zinc blende to cinnabar and then to Cmcm structure. The decrease of activation energy by one order of magnitude indicates the deep-to-shallow transition of acceptor levels at 6.7 GPa. The resistivity decreases with temperature increasing indicates the semiconducting character of ZnTe in zinc blende phase. The resistivity of ZnTe in cinnabar phase decreases slightly with temperature increasing, indicating that this phase is a narrow-gap semiconductor. After 19.1 GPa, the resistivity increases with temperature increasing, indicating the metallic character of Cmcm phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1676-1679
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics in Solid State Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May
Externally publishedYes


  • Activation energy
  • Conductivity character
  • Diamond anvil cell
  • Temperature coefficient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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