Effect of nitrogen and carbon doping on the structure of GeTe has been investigated using x-ray diffraction and extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopies. While Bragg diffraction which probes the global structure exhibits a clear transition upon doping from the rhombohedral phase to the cubic (rocksalt) phase, the local structure probed by EXAFS remains rhombohedrally distorted across the compositions studied. The apparent inconsistency between the results of the two techniques used is attributed to disordering upon doping and the resulting order-disorder transition that is "seen" by site-averaging diffraction as a displacive rhombohedral-to-cubic transition.
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