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  1. Theoretical studies of the electronic structure of small metal clusters

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    Jordan, K. D.

    1982-01-01

    Theoretical studies of the electronic structure of metal clusters, in particular clusters of Group IIA and IIB atoms were conducted. Early in the project it became clear that electron correlation involving d orbitals plays a more important role in the binding of these clusters than had been previously anticipated. This necessitated that computer codes for calculating two electron integrals and for constructing the resulting CI Hamiltonions be replaced with newer, more efficient procedures. Program modification, interfacing and testing were performed. Results of both plans are reported.

  2. Electronic Structure Studies of Silicon Carbide Cationic Nanoclusters

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    Pradhan, Prachi

    2005-03-01

    As a continuation of our studies on the high stabilities and associated electronic structure properties of Si8C2 to Si14C2 and Si20Cn (n=3-6) clusters,^1 we report here detailed ab initio electronic and geometric structure studies of small SimCn^+ (1< m, n < 4) cationic clusters. The theoretical formalism used is the local density approximation (LDA) to density functional theory (DFT) and the Gaussian03 suite of programs^2 with an all electron 6-311++G** basis set has been used. Complete geometry optimizations of different possible structures have been carried out. The stability of the clusters varies with the ratio of the number of silicon to carbon atoms in the cluster. In contrast to the neutral clusters,^3 cationic clusters appear to prefer more open structures. Results will be presented for binding energies, relative energies, fragmentation energies, vibrational frequencies, and adiabatic ionization potentials^3 for the optimized clusters. Detailed comparisons with published data in the literature will also be presented. * Work supported, in part, by the Welch Foundation, Houston, Texas (Grant No. Y-1525) ^1M. N. Huda and A. K. Ray, Phys. Rev. A (R) 69, 011201 (2004); Eur. Phys. J. D 31, 63 (2004). ^2 Gaussian03, Revision A.1, M. J. Frisch et al., Gaussian Inc., Pittsburgh, PA , 2003. ^3 P. Pradhan and A. K. Ray, J. Mol. Structure (Theochem), in press.

  3. Electronic Structure Studies of Silicon Carbide Anionic Nanoclusters

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    Pradhan, Prachi

    2005-03-01

    As a continuation of our studies on the high stabilities and electronic structure properties of Si8C2 to Si14C2 clusters and Si60Cn (n=3-6) clusters,^1 we report here ab initio studies of small SimCn^- (1< m, n < 4) anionic clusters. The theoretical formalism used is the local density approximation (LDA) to density functional theory (DFT) and the Gaussian03 suite of programs^2 with an all electron 6-311++G** basis set has been used. Complete geometry optimizations of different possible structures have been carried out. Carbon-rich and silicon rich species show distinctly different patterns with respect to the vertical detachment energies. For carbon-rich aggregates, the VDE's show an even odd alternation, similar to that of the carbon anions. We present results on binding energies, relative energies, fragmentation energies, vertical detachment energies, vibrational frequencies, and adiabatic electron affinities^3 for the optimized clusters. Detailed comparisons with published data in the literature will also be presented. * Work supported, in part, by the Welch Foundation, Houston, Texas (Grant No. Y-1525). ^1M. N. Huda and A. K. Ray, Phys. Rev. A (R) 69, 011201 (2004); Eur. Phys. J. D 31, 63 (2004). ^2 Gaussian03, Revision A.1, M. J. Frisch et al., Gaussian Inc., Pittsburgh, PA , 2003. ^3 P. Pradhan and A. K. Ray, J. Mol. Structure (Theochem), in press.

  4. Electronic Structure Studies of Amorphous Hydrogenated Boron Carbide

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    Sky Driver, M.; Sandstrom, Joseph; Boyko, Teak; Moewes, Alexander; Caruso, Anthony

    2010-03-01

    Boron carbide is a technologically relevant material with importance in voltaic transduction. However, the local physical, chemical and electronic structure of low temperature deposited thin films of amorphous boron carbide is far from understood, hindering its progress in application. X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies (XAS/XES) were applied to thin films of B4C and B5C:Hx to study the near Fermi edge structure; the films were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) and were thermally treated after deposition from 400 to 800 C. XES spectra indicate a physical structure transition from amorphous to nanocrystalline at 700 C, a much lower temperature than expected from traditional physical vapor deposition or flash annealing temperatures reported. These structural differences are of significant interest to transport measurements and will be discussed as a correlation. Further, x-ray and ultraviolet photoemission were also collected as a compliment to XES/XAS and will be discussed in the context of understanding the local intra vs. intermolecular electronic structure of these boron-rich molecular based solids.

  5. Electronic structure of Fe-based amorphous alloys studied using electron-energy-loss spectroscopy

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    Wang, H. J.; Gu, X. J.; Poon, S. J.; Shiflet, G. J.

    2008-01-01

    The local atomic electronic structures of Fe-Mo-C-B metallic glasses are investigated using electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). The fracture behavior of this Fe-based amorphous alloy system undergoes the transition from being ductile to exhibiting brittleness when alloyed with Cr or Er atoms. In addition, the glass-forming ability is also enhanced. This plastic-to-brittle transition is suggested to correlate with the change of local atomic short-range order or bonding configurations. Therefore, the bonding configuration of Fe-Mo-C-B-Er(Cr) amorphous alloys is investigated by studying the electronic structure of Fe and C atoms using electron energy-loss spectroscopy. It is shown that the normalized EELS white line intensities of Fe-L2,3 edges decrease slightly with an increasing amount of Er additions, while no noticeable difference is obtained with Cr additions. As for the C K edge, a prominent change of edge shape is observed for both alloy systems, where the first peak corresponding to a 1s→1π* transition increases with increasing Er and Cr additions. Accordingly, it is concluded that changes in the local atomic and electronic structure occur around Fe and C atoms when Er and Cr are introduced into the alloys. Furthermore, it is pointed out that the formation of Er-C and Cr-C carbide like local order inferred from the observed C K edge spectra can provide a plausible explanation for the plastic-to-brittle transition observed in these Fe-based amorphous alloys. In spite of the complexity of electronic and atomic structure in this multicomponent Fe-based metallic glass system, this study could serve as a starting point for providing a qualitative interpretation between electronic structure and plasticity in the Fe-Mo-C-B amorphous alloy system. Complimentary techniques, such as x-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscope are also employed, providing a more complete structural characterization.

  6. Electronic Structure Study of Singlet Fission in Tetracene Derivatives.

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    Casanova, David

    2014-01-14

    A detailed theoretical study of the singlet fission process in tetracene and two of its derivatives, that is 5,12-diphenyltetracene (DPT) and rubrene, is presented. This work aims to unravel the intricacies and the differences of their singlet fission mechanism by means of electronic structure calculations using molecular and cluster models and a variety of computational tools. Although the electronic structure at the molecular level is very similar for the three compounds, their different crystal packing has important consequences in their ability to produce two triplet states from a single exciton. The results obtained indicate that the lowest singlet is found to delocalize at least over seven molecules. Computed relative energies rule out the presence of charge transfer (CT) states as intermediates in a two-step mechanism in all cases. On the other hand, CT states do play a role as mediators, specially in tetracene. They decisively participate in the coupling between single and multiexcitonic states through second-order contributions. Finally, the present study pinpoints that the transition from the optically allowed exciton to the dark multiexciton state might be facilitated by intramolecular motion toward the lowest excited singlet geometry. PMID:26579913

  7. Electronically induced structure transformations in graphite & silver, studied using ultrafast electron crystallography

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    Raman, Ramani K.

    photoexcited graphite surface. It is shown that such photoemission plays a minor role in the refraction shifts observed in the UEC study and a sub-surface dipole field is sufficient to explain the structural and charge relaxations observed. Investigations utilizing scanning electron microscope imaging of structures generated from laser ablation of graphite reveals the creation of geometrically faceted crystalline features, whose Raman spectrum exhibit sp3 like characteristics, though unambiguous identification of diamond structures generated requires further study. In the case of silver nanocrystals (Ag NC), photoexcitation near the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) is observed to lead to fragmentation at fluences below their melting threshold. By isolating each NC from other neighboring NCs in a surface supported geometry, the normally irreversible process becomes reversible and amenable to multi-shot pump-probe diffraction investigations just below the fragmentation threshold. Transient structural, thermal and Coulombic signatures of the pre-fragmented state are extracted from the UEC investigation and combined with a progressive Reverse Monte-Carlo structure refinement scheme to visualize the atomic dynamics leading up to the fragmentation. Such multi-faceted analysis reveals the fragmentation to proceed through the creation and growth of undercoordinated defect sites along which the lattice is weakened. These defects are likely seeded by the strong coupling between SPR dephasing pathways and inter-band transitions that can lead to bond-softening effects and local valence instabilities. The creation of sufficient number of such defect sites at elevated fluences are believed to lead to the eventual fragmentation of the entire NC. This thesis also details the design and principle of UEC systems employed in a surface probing geometry for the study of nanostructures and interfaces.

  8. Studying nucleon structure using an Electron-Ion Collider

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    Burton, Thomas; EIC Team

    2011-04-01

    The detailed composition of the spin of the nucleon remains unknown. Numerous experiments over the past two decades have shown that the spin of quarks alone cannot account for more than a third of the nucleon's spin. Proton-proton collisions at RHIC suggest a small gluon polarisation, but uncertainties remain large. An Electron-Ion Collider is proposed as future machine for precision studies of nucleon and nuclear structure. It will allow the study of the spin contribution from gluons and quarks, including their flavour decomposition, in heretofore unprecedented precision, and will access a much wider kinematic space than ever before, in particular extending to the currently unmeasured low Bjorken-x sea. The formalism of generalised parton distributions (GPDs), accessible for example via deeply-virtual Compton scattering, promises to allow study of the role of orbital angular momentum in nucleon spin. Furthermore, GPDs will extend understanding of parton distributions beyond the well-known one-dimensional PDFs, accessing three-dimensional structure via the impact parameter distributions of partons.

  9. Theoretical spectroscopic studies on chemical and electronic structures of arginylglycine.

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    Li, Hongbao; Li, Leilei; Jiang, Jun; Lin, Zijing; Luo, Yi

    2015-10-14

    The energy differences between canonical and zwitterionic isomers of arginylglycine (ArgGly) at the CCSD/aug-cc-pVDZ level are too small (less than 1 kcal mol(-1)) to determine the dominant form in the gas phase from the energetic point of view. First-principles simulations have been performed for near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure (NEXAFS) spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) at C, N and O K-edges, as well as for infrared (IR) spectra of neutral ArgGly. Noticeable spectral differences were found which enable the unambiguous identification of different neutral groups. We thus demonstrate X-ray spectroscopy as a powerful technique to study the conformation dependent chemical and electronic properties of neutral ArgGly. PMID:26266331

  10. Structural studies of photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer in cyclopentadienylnickelnitrosyl

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    Chen, L.X.; Bowman, M.K.; Wang, Zhiyu; Norris, J.R. |; Montano, P.A. |

    1994-03-01

    A structural study based on EXAFS, FTIR, and optical absorption spectroscopies has been conducted on a photogenerated, metastable state of cyclopentadienylnickelnitrosyl (CpNiNO) produced by a reversible photochemical reaction. The photogenerated, metastable state with distinctively different EXAFS, IR, and optical absorption spectra from those of the ground state molecules was created by irradiating the sample with the 365 nm line of a mercury lamp at 20K . At the same temperature, the reverse reaction was induced by irradiation with the 313 nm line from the mercury lamp. Based on the analysis of the EXAFS data, the photogenerated, metastable state of CpNiNO has undergone considerable nuclear rearrangements compared to its ground state. The nuclear movement is characterized by a 0.12{angstrom} elongation of Ni-N bond and by a bending of Ni-N-O. A shift of the N-O stretching frequency from 1824 to 1387 cm{sup {minus}1} was observed in the photoinduced reaction with 365 nm light, implying that a NO{sup {minus}} like species results from intramolecular electron transfer from Ni to NO. The changes in the absorption spectra for the same reaction showed reduced absorption of the 385 nm band and a newly generated broad band near IR region. Temperature dependence of the Debye-Waller factor of CpNiNO was in good agreement with the diatomic harmonic oscillator for the Ni-N bond, but deviated for the Ni-O and the Ni-C bonds. Based on the structures obtained from EXAFS, ZINDO calculations for both the ground state and the photogenerated, metastable state of CpNiNO reproduced the general features of the observed absorption spectra and qualitatively explained the wavelength dependence of the reaction. The calculated partial charges on each atom in the ground state and the photogenerated, metastable state of CpNiNO are consistent with intramolecular electron transfer upon photoexcitation by 365 nm light.

  11. Electronic structure study on 2D hydrogenated Icosagens nitride nanosheets

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    Ramesh, S.; Marutheeswaran, S.; Ramaclus, Jerald V.; Paul, Dolon Chapa

    2014-12-01

    Metal nitride nanosheets has attracted remarkable importance in surface catalysis due to its characteristic ionic nature. In this paper, using density functional theory, we investigate geometric stability and electronic properties of hydrogenated Icosagen nitride nanosheets. Binding energy of the sheets reveals hydrogenation is providing more stability. Band structure of the hydrogenated sheets is found to be n-type semiconductor. Partial density of states shows metals (B, Al, Ga and In) and its hydrogens dominating in the Fermi region. Mulliken charge analysis indications that hydrogenated nanosheets are partially hydridic surface nature except boron nitride.

  12. Positron annihilation study for cadmium (electronic structure and enhancement effect)

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    Hamid, A.

    2003-12-01

    The three dimensional electron density in momentum space ρ(p) and in wave vector space n(k) was reconstructed for cadmium (Cd). The measurements were performed using the two dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) technique. Enhanced contributions in the spectra were observed around 5.5 mrad, discussed in terms of a Kahana-like enhancement effect. From another viewpoint, Fermi radii were analyzed in the (λM K), (ALM) and (AHK) planes, and they showed a maximum deviation of about 4% from the free electron Fermi radius. Moreover, comparisons to a radio-frequency size effect (RFSE) experiment and theoretical band structure calculations (using augmented plane wave (APW), linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO) and linear muffin tin orbital (LMTO) methods) were examined. The results showed a qualitative agreement with both APW and LCAO calculations. However, a favorable agreement with the APW method was determined via Fermi surface dimensions. The differences of bands' occupation of n(k) between the current work and the APW method were argued in view of positron wave function in Cd.

  13. Coincidence studies of diffraction structures in binary encounter electron spectra

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    Liao, C.; Hagmann, S.; Richard, P.

    1994-12-31

    The authors have measured binary encounter electron (BEe) production in collisions of 0.3 MeV/u Cu{sup q+} (q=4,12) projectiles on H{sub 2} targets from 0 to 70 degrees with respect to the beam direction. Prominent features are the appearance of the BEe peak splitting and a very strong forward peaked angular distribution which are attributed to the diffractive scattering of the quasifree target electrons in the short range potential of the projectile. Using electron-projectile final charge state coincidence techniques, different collision reaction channels can be separated. Measurements of this type are being pursued.

  14. Electronic structure of the primary electron donor of Blastochloris viridis heterodimer mutants : high field EPR study.

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    Ponomarenko, N. S.; Poluektov, O. G.; Bylina, E. J.; Norris, J. R.; Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division; Univ. of Chicago

    2010-09-01

    High-field electron paramagnetic resonance (HF EPR) has been employed to investigate the primary electron donor electronic structure of Blastochloris viridis heterodimer mutant reaction centers (RCs). In these mutants the amino acid substitution His(M200)Leu or His(L173)Leu eliminates a ligand to the primary electron donor, resulting in the loss of a magnesium in one of the constituent bacteriochlorophylls (BChl). Thus, the native BChl/BChl homodimer primary donor is converted into a BChl/bacteriopheophytin (BPhe) heterodimer. The heterodimer primary donor radical in chemically oxidized RCs exhibits a broadened EPR line indicating a highly asymmetric distribution of the unpaired electron over both dimer constituents. Observed triplet state EPR signals confirm localization of the excitation on the BChl half of the heterodimer primary donor. Theoretical simulation of the triplet EPR lineshapes clearly shows that, in the case of mutants, triplet states are formed by an intersystem crossing mechanism in contrast to the radical pair mechanism in wild type RCs. Photooxidation of the mutant RCs results in formation of a BPhe anion radical within the heterodimer pair. The accumulation of an intradimer BPhe anion is caused by the substantial loss of interaction between constituents of the heterodimer primary donor along with an increase in the reduction potential of the heterodimer primary donor D/D{sup +} couple. This allows oxidation of the cytochrome even at cryogenic temperatures and reduction of each constituent of the heterodimer primary donor individually. Despite a low yield of primary donor radicals, the enhancement of the semiquinone-iron pair EPR signals in these mutants indicates the presence of kinetically viable electron donors.

  15. Effects of Paramagnetism and Electron Correlations on the Electronic Structure of MnO: Ab Initio Study

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    Yoon, Sangmoon; Jin, Kyoungsuk; Kang, Seoung-Hun; Nam, Ki Tae; Kim, Miyoung; Kwon, Young-Kyun

    Manganese oxide nanoparticles have attracted a lot of attentions as a promising candidate for next-generation catalyst. Therefore, understanding the electronic structure of manganese oxide in room temperature is highly required for the rational design of catalysts. We study the effects of paramagnetism and electron correlations on the electronic structure of MnO using ab initio density functional theory. Spin configurations of paramagnetism are postulated as the ensemble average of various spin disorders. Each initial disordered spin configuration is randomly generated with two constraints on magnetic local moments. We first investigate the influence of magnetic ordering on the elctronic structure of MnO using noncollinear spin calculations and find that the magnetic disorders make valence band maximum more delocalized. Moreover, we examine the role of electron correlations in the electronic structure of paramagnetic MnO using DFT +U calculations. Strong electron correlations modify not only the size of band gap but also the magnitude of local moments as in the antiferromagnetic MnO. Besides, the initialized spin disorder remains almost unchanged as electron correlation get stronger. Furthermore, our results obtained by considering both strong electron correlation and paramagnetism confirm experimentally-observed oxygen K edge X-ray emission spectra [1] reflecting the feature of valence bands. [1] E. Z. Kurmaev et al., Phys. Rev. B. 77, 165127 (2008).

  16. Study of electronic structure and spin polarization of dysprosium

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    Mund, H. S.

    2015-06-24

    In this paper, I have presented the spin-dependent momentum density of ferromagnetic dysprosium using spin polarized relativistic Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method. A fully relativistic approach has been used to determine the magnetic Compton profile. The density of state in term of majority-spin and minority-spin of Dy also calculated using SPR-KKR. The magnetic Compton profile discussed in term of 4f and diffused electrons.

  17. Comparison of the electronic structure of a thermoelectric skutterudite before and after adding rattlers: an electron energy loss study.

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    Prytz, O; Saeterli, R; Løvvik, O M; Taftø, J

    2008-08-01

    Skutterudites, with rattler atoms introduced in voids in the crystal unit cell, are promising thermoelectric materials. We modify the binary skutterudite with atomic content Co(8)P(24) in the cubic crystal unit cell by adding La as rattlers in all available voids and replacing Co by Fe to maintain charge balance, resulting in La(2)Fe(8)P(24). The intention is to leave the electronic structure unaltered while decreasing the thermal conductivity due to the presence of the rattlers. We compare the electronic structure of these two compounds by studying the L-edges of P and of the transition elements Co and Fe using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Our studies of the transition metal white lines show that the 3d electron count is similar for Co and Fe in these compounds. As elemental Fe has one electron less than Co, this supports the notion that each La atom donates three electrons. The L-edges of P in these two skutterudites are quite similar, signalling only minor differences in electronic structure. This is in reasonable agreement with density functional theory (DFT) calculations, and with our multiple scattering FEFF calculations of the near edge structure. However, our experimental plasmon energies and dielectric functions deviate considerably from predictions based on DFT calculations. PMID:18042390

  18. Electronic structure of lanthanum sesquioxide: A Compton scattering study

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    Sharma, Sonu; Sahariya, Jagrati; Arora, Gunjan; Ahuja, B. L.

    2014-10-01

    We present the first-ever experimental and theoretical momentum densities of La2O3. The Compton line shape is measured using a 20 Ci 137Cs Compton spectrometer at an intermediate resolution with full width at half maximum of 0.34 a.u. The experimental Compton profile is compared with the theoretical electron momentum densities computed using linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method with density functional theory (DFT). It is seen that the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) within DFT reconciles better with the experiment than other DFT based approximations, validating the GGA approximation for rare-earth sesquioxides. The energy bands and density of states computed using LCAO calculations show its wide band gap nature which is in tune with the available reflectivity and photo-absorption data. In addition, Mulliken's population and charge density are also computed and discussed.

  19. Photoemission study of the electronic structure and charge density waves of Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O

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    Tan, S. Y.; Jiang, J.; Ye, Z. R.; Niu, X. H.; Song, Y.; Zhang, C. L.; Dai, P. C.; Xie, B. P.; Lai, X. C.; Feng, D. L.

    2015-04-30

    The electronic structure of Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O single crystal is studied by photon energy and polarization dependent angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). The obtained band structure and Fermi surface agree well with the band structure calculation of Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O in the non-magnetic state, which indicates that there is no magnetic order in Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O and the electronic correlation is weak. Polarization dependent ARPES results suggest the multi-band and multi-orbital nature of Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O. Photon energy dependent ARPES results suggest that the electronic structure of Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O is rather two-dimensional. Moreover, we find a density wave energy gap forms below the transition temperature and reaches 65 meV at 7 K, indicating that Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O is likely a weakly correlated CDW material in the strong electron-phonon interaction regime. (author)

  20. Ab-initio study of structural, mechanical and electronic properties of functionalized carbon nanotubes

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    Milowska, Karolina Z.; Birowska, Magdalena; Majewski, Jacek A.

    2013-12-04

    We present exemplary results of extensive studies of structural, mechanical and electronic properties of covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). We report new results for metallic (9,0), and semiconducting (10,0) single-wall carbon nanotubes (CNT) functionalized with -COOH, -OH, and both groups with concentration up to 12.5%. Our studies are performed in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT). We discuss here the stability, local and global changes in structure, elastic moduli (Young's, Shear, and Bulk), electronic structure and resulting band gaps, as a function of the density of the adsorbed molecules.

  1. Study of structural and electronic properties of Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}

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    Kaur, Ramandeep Maitra, Tulika Nautiyal, Tashi

    2014-04-24

    Using density functional theory calculations we have examined the structural and electronic properties of magnetic spinel Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}. We have optimized the structure (both volume and c/a ratio) within GGA. Then Coulomb correlations are included in the calculations to study the electronic properties. We observe that both the band gap and magnetic moment increase with the increase in Coulomb correlation due to the increased Jahn-Teller splitting and localization of the single e{sub g} electron of Mn{sup 3+}.

  2. Electronic structure, elasticity, bonding features and mechanical behaviour of zinc intermetallics: A DFT study

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    Fatima, Bushra; Acharya, Nikita; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2016-05-01

    The structural stability, electronic structure, elastic and mechanical properties of TiZn and ZrZn intermetallics have been studied using ab-initio full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within generalized gradient approximation for exchange and correlation potentials. The various structural parameters, such as lattice constant (a0), bulk modulus (B), and its pressure derivative (B') are analysed and compared. The investigation of elastic constants affirm that both TiZn and ZrZn are elastically stable in CsCl (B2 phase) structure. The electronic structures have been analysed quantitatively from the band structure which reveals the metallic nature of these compounds. To better illustrate the nature of bonding and charge transfer, we have also studied the Fermi surfaces. The three well known criterion of ductility namely Pugh's rule, Cauchy's pressure and Frantsevich rule elucidate the ductile nature of these compounds.

  3. Pulsed Electron Double Resonance in Structural Studies of Spin-Labeled Nucleic Acids

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    Fedorova, O. S.; Tsvetkov, Yu. D.

    2013-01-01

    This review deals with the application of the pulsed electron double resonance (PELDOR) method to studies of spin-labeled DNA and RNA with complicated spatial structures, such as tetramers, aptamers, riboswitches, and three- and four-way junctions. The use of this method for studying DNA damage sites is also described. PMID:23556128

  4. Theoretical Studies of the Electronic Structure of the Compounds of the Actinide Elements

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    Kaltsoyannis, Nikolas; Hay, P. Jeffrey; Li, Jun; Blaudeau, Jean-Philippe; Bursten, Bruce E.

    2006-02-02

    In this chapter, we will present an overview of the theoretical and computational developments that have increased our understanding of the electronic structure of actinide-containing molecules and ions. The application of modern electronic structure methodologies to actinide systems remains one of the great challenges in quantum chemistry; indeed, as will be discussed below, there is no other portion of the periodic table that leads to the confluence of complexity with respect to the calculation of ground- and excited-state energies, bonding descriptions, and molecular properties. But there is also no place in the periodic table in which effective computational modeling of electronic structure can be more useful. The difficulties in creating, isolating, and handling many of the actinide elements provide an opportunity for computational chemistry to be an unusually important partner in developing the chemistry of these elements. The importance of actinide electronic structure begins with the earliest studies of uranium chemistry and predates the discovery of quantum mechanics. The fluorescence of uranyl compounds was observed as early as 1833 (Jørgensen and Reisfeld, 1983), a presage of the development of actinometry as a tool for measuring photochemical quantum yields. Interest in nuclear fuels has stimulated tremendous interest in understanding the properties, including electronic properties, of small actinide-containing molecules and ions, especially the oxides and halides of uranium and plutonium. The synthesis of uranocene in 1968 (Streitwieser and Mu¨ ller-Westerhoff, 1968) led to the flurry of activity in the organometallic chemistry of the actinides that continues today. Actinide organometallics (or organoactinides) are nearly always molecular systems and are often volatile, which makes them amenable to an arsenal of experimental probes of molecular and electronic structure (Marks and Fischer, 1979). Theoretical and computational studies of the electronic

  5. First-principles study of structural & electronic properties of pyramidal silicon nanowire

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    Jariwala, Pinank; Singh, Deobrat; Sonvane, Y. A.; Gupta, Sanjeev K.; Thakor, P. B.

    2016-05-01

    We have investigated the stable structural and electronic properties of Silicon (Si) nanowires having different cross-sections with 5-7 Si atoms per unit cell. These properties of the studied Si nanowires were significantly changed from those of diamond bulk Si structure. The binding energy increases as increasing atoms number per unit cell in different SiNWs structures. All the nanowires structures are behave like metallic rather than semiconductor in bulk systems. In general, the number of conduction channels increases when the nanowire becomes thicker. The density of charge revealed delocalized metallic bonding for all studied Si nanowires.

  6. Comprehensive studies of the electronic structure of pristine and potassium doped chrysene investigated by electron energy-loss spectroscopy

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    Roth, Friedrich; Mahns, Benjamin; Schönfelder, Ronny; Hampel, Silke; Nohr, Markus; Büchner, Bernd; Knupfer, Martin

    2012-09-01

    We have performed electron energy-loss spectroscopy studies in order to investigate the electronic properties of chrysene molecular solids. The valence band electronic excitation spectra and the C 1s core level excitations have been measured for pristine and potassium doped chrysene. The core level studies show a fine structure which signals the presence of four close lying conduction bands close to the Fermi level. Upon potassium doping, these bands are filled with electrons, and we have reached a doping level of about K2.7chrysene. Furthermore, undoped chrysene is characterized by an optical gap of about 3.3 eV and five, relatively weak, excitonic features following the excitation onset. Doping induces major changes in the electronic excitation spectra, with a new, prominent low energy excitation at about 1.3 eV. The results of a Kramers-Kronig analysis indicate that this new feature can be assigned to a charge carrier plasmon in the doped material, and momentum dependent studies reveal a negative plasmon dispersion.

  7. Electronic Structures of Uranium Compounds Studied by Soft X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Fujimori, Shin-ichi; Takeda, Yukiharu; Okane, Tetsuo; Saitoh, Yuji; Fujimori, Atsushi; Yamagami, Hiroshi; Haga, Yoshinori; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2016-06-01

    The electronic structures of uranium-based compounds have been studied by photoelectron spectroscopy with soft X-ray synchrotron radiation. Angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy with soft X-rays has made it possible to directly observe their bulk band structures and Fermi surfaces. It has been shown that the band structures and Fermi surfaces of itinerant compounds such as UB2, UN, and UFeGa5 are quantitatively described by a band-structure calculation treating all U 5f electrons as itinerant. Furthermore, the overall electronic structures of heavy-fermion compounds such as UPd2Al3, UNi2Al3, and URu2Si2 are also explained by a band-structure calculation, although some disagreements exist, which might originate from the electron correlation effect. This suggests that the itinerant description of U 5f states is an appropriate starting point for the description of their electronic structures. The situation is similar for ferromagnetic superconductors such as UGe2, URhGe, UCoGe, and UIr, although the complications from their low-symmetry crystal structures make it more difficult to describe their detailed electronic structures. The local electronic structures of the uranium site have been probed by core-level photoelectron spectroscopy with soft X-rays. The comparisons of core-level spectra of heavy-fermion compounds with typical itinerant and localized compounds suggest that the local electronic structures of most itinerant and heavy-fermion compounds are close to the U 5f3 configuration except for UPd2Al3 and UPt3. The core-level spectrum of UPd2Al3 has similarities to those of both itinerant and localized compounds, suggesting that it is located at the boundary between the itinerant and localized states. Moreover, the spectrum of UPt3 is very close to that of the localized compound UPd3, suggesting that it is nearly localized, although there are narrow quasi-particle bands in the vicinity of EF.

  8. Support Effects on Electronic Behaviors of Gold Nanoparticles Studied by X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure

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    Li Zhongrui; Yan Wensheng; Wei Shiqiang

    2007-02-02

    The electronic properties of gold nanoparticles supported on different supports were studied with X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS). It was found that the tunability of the d-electron distribution in the nano-sized Au clusters can be realized by selective supporting. The Au atoms in the clusters gain 5d electrons when supported on SiO2, and lose 5d electrons when loaded over MgO, Al2O3, and TiO2. Contractions in bond lengths of between 0.5 and 1.6% from bulk metal values were observed from EXAFS data. This work demonstrates that the important role of the different supports in the 5d-charge distribution of Au nanoparticles and usefulness of XAFS in probing the electronic behavior of noble metal nanoparticles.

  9. Unoccupied-electronic-band structure of graphite studied by angle-resolved secondary-electron emission and inverse photoemission

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    Maeda, F.; Takahashi, T.; Ohsawa, H.; Suzuki, S.; Suematsu, H.

    1988-03-01

    Angle-resolved inverse photoemission spectroscopy (ARIPES) and angle-resolved secondary-electron emission spectroscopy (ARSEES) have been performed for graphite to establish experimentally the unoccupied-electronic-band structure as well as to study the difference between the two techniques. Remarkable differences have been found in the experimental two-dimensional band structures obtained by the two methods. The experimental results have been compared with the two different band calculations by R. C. Tatar and S. Rabii [Phys. Rev. B 25, 4126 (1982)] and by N. A. W. Holzwarth, S. G. Louie, and S. Rabii [Phys. Rev. B 26, 5382 (1982)] with special attention to the energy position of the three-dimensional interlayer band. The possible origin of the difference between ARIPES and ARSEES has also been discussed.

  10. Femtosecond studies of electron dynamics and structure at metal-molecular interfaces

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    Miller, Andre D.

    2002-07-15

    Femtosecond angle resolved two photon photoemission spectroscopy is used to study the electronic structure and electron dynamics at interfaces. At interfaces of thiolates chemisorbed on Ag(111), the adsorbate molecular electronic orbitals are observed to be nondispersive at low coverages and become dispersive at higher coverages. This is attributed to a phase transition of the layer. The molecules initially adsorb with their chains parallel to the surface. As the coverage is increased, the molecules order into a layer with the chains standing up from the surface. This closer packing results in a larger overlap between neighboring molecular orbitals and a dispersive electronic state. The lack of a change in the n=1 image potential state electron lifetimes as a function of chain length indicate that the electrons reside in the layer. The n=2 and 3 image potential state electron lifetimes decrease as the chain length is increased. This is attributed to the repulsive potential of the alkyl chains pushing the electron density into the sulfur portion of the layer. At a layer of acetonitrile molecules adsorbed on Ag(111), the image potential state electrons interact strongly with the adsorbate molecular dipoles. The dipoles rotate to solvate the electron, resulting in a decrease of the observed photoemitted electron kinetic energy as a function of time delay between population and photoemission. This is attributed to a change in the local work function resulting from the reorganization of the adsorbate layer molecules. For two layers of acetonitrile adsorbed on the Ag(111) substrate, dynamic electron localization is also observed.

  11. Electronic structure dynamics in a low bandgap polymer studied by time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Cappel, Ute B; Plogmaker, Stefan; Terschlüsen, Joachim A; Leitner, Torsten; Johansson, Erik M J; Edvinsson, Tomas; Sandell, Anders; Karis, Olof; Siegbahn, Hans; Svensson, Svante; Mårtensson, Nils; Rensmo, Håkan; Söderström, Johan

    2016-08-01

    Means to measure the temporal evolution following a photo-excitation in conjugated polymers are a key for the understanding and optimization of their function in applications such as organic solar cells. In this paper we study the electronic structure dynamics by direct pump-probe measurements of the excited electrons in such materials. Specifically, we carried out a time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES) study of the polymer PCPDTBT by combining an extreme ultraviolet (XUV) high harmonic generation source with a time-of-flight spectrometer. After excitation to either the 1st excited state or to a higher excited state, we follow how the electronic structure develops and relaxes on the electron binding energy scale. Specifically, we follow a less than 50 fs relaxation of the higher exited state and a 10 times slower relaxation of the 1st excited state. We corroborate the results using DFT calculations. Our study demonstrates the power of TRPES for studying photo-excited electron energetics and dynamics of solar cell materials. PMID:27440450

  12. Theoretical studies on the electronic structure and properties of complex ceramic crystals and glasses

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    Ching, Wai-Yim.

    1991-01-24

    This progress report summarizes the accomplishment of the DOE-support research program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for the period July 1, 1991--June 30, 1992. This is the second year of a three-year renewal. The major accomplishments for the year are: (a) Initiation of fundamental studies on the electronic properties of C{sub 60} and related crystals; (b) study of electronic structures and optical properties of several important ceramic crystals, especially on AlN, SiO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}; (c) first-principles calculation of total energies and structural phase transitions in oxides, nitrides, and borides; (d) theory of magnetism in Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B permanent magnetic alloy. The major focus for the next year's effort will be on the following areas: (1) Continuation of the fundamental studies on the buckminsterfullerene system with particular emphasis on the alkali-doped superconducting fullerides. (2) Fundamental studies on the structure and properties of Boron and B-related compounds. (3) Basic studies on the structural and electronic properties of metallic glasses with particular emphasis on the magnetic glasses. (4) Further development of the first-principles OLCAO method for applications to super-complex systems.

  13. Computational Study of Electronic and Transport Properties of Novel Boron and Carbon Nano-Structures

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    Sadrzadeh, Arta

    In the first part of this dissertation, we study mainly novel boron structures and their electronic and mechanical properties, using ab initio calculations. The electronic structure and construction of the boron buckyball B80 , and boron nanotubes as the alpha- sheet wrapped around a cylinder are studied. The alpha-sheet is considered so far to be the most stable structure energetically out of the two dimensional boron assemblies. We will argue however that there are other sheets close in energy, using cluster expansion method. The boron buckyball is shown to have different possible isomers. Characterization of these isomers according to their geometry and electronic structure is studied in detail. Since the B80 structure is made of interwoven double-ring clusters, we also investigate double-rings with various diameters. We investigate the properties of nanotubes obtained from alpha-sheet. Computations confirm their high stability and identify mechanical stiffness parameters. Careful relaxation reveals the curvature-induced buckling of certain atoms off the original plane. This distortion opens up the gap in narrow tubes, rendering them semi-conducting. Wider tubes with the diameter d ≥ 1.7 nm retain original metallic character of the alpha-sheet. We conclude this part by investigation into hydrogen storage capacity of boron-rich compounds, namely the metallacarboranes. In the second part of dissertation, we switch our focus to electronic and transport properties of carbon nano-structures. We study the application of carbon nanotubes as electro-chemical gas sensors. The effect of physisorption of NO2 gas molecules on electron transport properties of semi-conducting carbon nanotubes is studied using ab initio calculations and Green's function formalism. It is shown that upon exposure of nanotube to different concentrations of gas, the common feature is the shift in conductance towards lower energies. This suggests that physisorption of NO2 will result in a

  14. SPELEEM Studies on the Electronic Structure of MoS2/Graphene Heterostructure

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    Jin, Wencan; Yeh, Po-Chun; Zaki, Nader; Chenet, Daniel; Arefe, Ghidewon; Hao, Yufeng; Sala, Alessandro; Mentes, Tevfik; Locatelli, Andrea; Hone, James; Osgood, Richard; Columbia University Collaboration; Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    Two-dimensional layered materials have been realized through the use of van der Waals heterostructures composed of weakly interacting layers. Among them, MoS2/graphene heterostructures can combine the advantages of high carrier mobility in graphene with the direct band gap of MoS2, which leads to potential applications in nanoelectronic devices with various functionalities. In this work, we study the influence of interlayer twist angle on the electronic structure of a MoS2/graphene heterostructure using Spectroscopic Photoemission and Low Energy Electron Microscopy (SPELEEM) system. MoS2/graphene heterostructures are prepared by transferring chemical-vapor-deposition (CVD)-grown monolayer MoS2 on top of CVD-grown graphene. Twist angles are characterized using the micro-LEED and the electronic structures are directly measured using micro-ARPES.

  15. Photoemission study of the electronic structure and charge density waves of Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O

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    Tan, S. Y.; Jiang, J.; Ye, Z. R.; Niu, X. H.; Song, Y.; Zhang, C. L.; Dai, P. C.; Xie, B. P.; Lai, X. C.; Feng, D. L.

    2015-04-30

    The electronic structure of Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O single crystal is studied by photon energy and polarization dependent angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). The obtained band structure and Fermi surface agree well with the band structure calculation of Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O in the non-magnetic state, which indicates that there is no magnetic order in Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O and the electronic correlation is weak. Polarization dependent ARPES results suggest the multi-band and multi-orbital nature of Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O. Photon energy dependent ARPES results suggest that the electronic structure of Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O is rather two-dimensional. Moreover, we find a density wave energy gap forms below the transition temperature and reaches 65 meV atmore » 7 K, indicating that Na₂Ti₂Sb₂O is likely a weakly correlated CDW material in the strong electron-phonon interaction regime. (author)« less

  16. Doped penta-graphene and hydrogenation of its related structures: a structural and electronic DFT-D study.

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    Quijano-Briones, J J; Fernández-Escamilla, H N; Tlahuice-Flores, A

    2016-06-21

    The structure of penta-graphene (penta-C), an irregular pentagonal two-dimensional (2D) structure, has been predicted recently. In this communication we carried out a dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D) study of the penta-C doped with Si, Ge and Sn atoms and its related hydrogenated penta-C structures (H-penta-C-X). We predict various new structures as thermally stable based on Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics (BOMD) calculations. Moreover, their dynamical stability is attested by phonon dispersions spectra. In general, we found that the bandgap value of doped structures reduces, while H-penta-C-X show large bandgap values. This feature can be exploited for potential uses of hydrogenated doped-penta-C structures as dielectric layers in electronic devices. PMID:27220553

  17. Lithium halide monolayers: Structural, electronic and optical properties by first principles study

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    Safari, Mandana; Maskaneh, Pegah; Moghadam, Atousa Dashti; Jalilian, Jaafar

    2016-09-01

    Using first principle study, we investigate the structural, electronic and optical properties of lithium halide monolayers (LiF, LiCl, LiBr). In contrast to graphene and other graphene-like structures that form hexagonal rings in plane, these compounds can form and stabilize in cubic shape interestingly. The type of band structure in these insulators is identified as indirect type and ionic nature of their bonds are illustrated as well. The optical properties demonstrate extremely transparent feature for them as a result of wide band gap in the visible range; also their electron transitions are indicated for achieving a better vision on the absorption mechanism in these kinds of monolayers.

  18. Electronic Structure of EuAl4 Studied by Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Kobata, Masaaki; Fujimori, Shin-ichi; Takeda, Yukiharu; Okane, Tetsuo; Saitoh, Yuji; Kobayashi, Keisuke; Yamagami, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Ai; Hedo, Masato; Nakama, Takao; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2016-09-01

    The electronic structure of the divalent Eu compound EuAl4, which shows a charge density wave transition at TCDW = 140 K, was studied by hard X-ray angle-integrated photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) and soft X-ray angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES). The valence band and core-level spectra obtained by HAXPES are consistent with the divalent nature of Eu atoms in EuAl4. From the ARPES results, the Fermi surface as well as band structure in the vicinity of the Fermi energy (EF) of EuAl4 are very similar to those of its isostructural divalent Sr compound SrAl4, which has no 4f electrons. This suggests that the Eu atoms are divalent in EuAl4, and the 4f electrons are localized below 1.8 eV with the Eu 4f7 electronic configuration in the ground state. The ARPES spectra measured along the Γ-(Σ)-Z high-symmetry line did not show significant temperature dependences above and below TCDW within the energy resolution of 80-90 meV. Moreover, the Fermi surface mapping along the kz direction showed that both EuAl4 and SrAl4 have mostly three-dimensional electronic structures, suggesting that the nesting of the Fermi surface is not simple. The Fermi surface and the band structure of EuAl4 were well explained by the band-structure calculation of SrAl4 based on the local density approximation.

  19. Single-particle electron microscopy in the study of membrane protein structure.

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    De Zorzi, Rita; Mi, Wei; Liao, Maofu; Walz, Thomas

    2016-02-01

    Single-particle electron microscopy (EM) provides the great advantage that protein structure can be studied without the need to grow crystals. However, due to technical limitations, this approach played only a minor role in the study of membrane protein structure. This situation has recently changed dramatically with the introduction of direct electron detection device cameras, which allow images of unprecedented quality to be recorded, also making software algorithms, such as three-dimensional classification and structure refinement, much more powerful. The enhanced potential of single-particle EM was impressively demonstrated by delivering the first long-sought atomic model of a member of the biomedically important transient receptor potential channel family. Structures of several more membrane proteins followed in short order. This review recounts the history of single-particle EM in the study of membrane proteins, describes the technical advances that now allow this approach to generate atomic models of membrane proteins and provides a brief overview of some of the membrane protein structures that have been studied by single-particle EM to date. PMID:26470917

  20. First principle study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of zigzag boron nitride nanoribbon: Role of vacancies

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    Kumar, Arun; Bahadur, Amar; Mishra, Madhukar; Vasudeva, Neena

    2015-05-15

    We study the effect of vacancies on the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of zigzag boron nitride nanoribbon (ZBNNR) by using first principle calculations. We find that the shift of the vacancies with respect to the ribbon edges causes change in the structural geometry, electronic structure and magnetization of ZBNNR. These vacancies also produce band gap modulation and consequently results the magnetization of ZBNNR.

  1. Structural and electronic properties of ultrathin copper nanowires: A density-functional theory study

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    Ma, Liang-Cai; Zhang, Jian-Min; Xu, Ke-Wei

    2013-02-01

    By using first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory, we have systematically investigated the equilibrium structure and electronic properties of 22 free-standing copper (Cu) nanowires having different cross-sections with 1-14 Cu atoms per unit cell. The structural properties of the studied Cu nanowires were greatly different from those of face centered cubic bulk Cu. For each wire the equilibrium lattice constant was obtained. The binding energy increases with increasing atom number per unit cell in different structures. As for the polygonal structures of a fixed cross-section, the preferred structures should be the staggered ones which contain a linear chain along the wire axis that passes through the center of the polygons, where each chain atom is just located at a point equidistant from the planes of polygons. All the nanowires are metallic. The numbers of conduction channels were determined from the electronic band structures. In general, the number of conduction channels increases when the nanowire becomes thicker. The density of charge revealed delocalized metallic bonding for all studied Cu nanowires.

  2. Electronic Structure of Fullerene Acceptors in Organic Bulk-Heterojunctions: A Combined EPR and DFT Study.

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    Mardis, Kristy L; Webb, Jeremy N; Holloway, Tarita; Niklas, Jens; Poluektov, Oleg G

    2015-12-01

    Organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices are a promising alternative energy source. Attempts to improve their performance have focused on the optimization of electron-donating polymers, while electron-accepting fullerenes have received less attention. Here, we report an electronic structure study of the widely used soluble fullerene derivatives PC61BM and PC71BM in their singly reduced state, that are generated in the polymer:fullerene blends upon light-induced charge separation. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations characterize the electronic structures of the fullerene radical anions through spin density distributions and magnetic resonance parameters. The good agreement of the calculated magnetic resonance parameters with those determined experimentally by advanced electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) allows the validation of the DFT calculations. Thus, for the first time, the complete set of magnetic resonance parameters including directions of the principal g-tensor axes were determined. For both molecules, no spin density is present on the PCBM side chain, and the axis of the largest g-value lies along the PCBM molecular axis. While the spin density distribution is largely uniform for PC61BM, it is not evenly distributed for PC71BM. PMID:26569578

  3. Electronic Structure of Fullerene Acceptors in Organic Bulk-Heterojunctions. A Combined EPR and DFT Study

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    Mardis, Kristy L.; Webb, J.; Holloway, Tarita; Niklas, Jens; Poluektov, Oleg G.

    2015-11-16

    Organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices are a promising alternative energy source. Attempts to improve their performance have focused on the optimization of electron-donating polymers, while electron-accepting fullerenes have received less attention. Here, we report an electronic structure study of the widely used soluble fullerene derivatives PC61BM and PC71BM in their singly reduced state, that are generated in the polymer:fullerene blends upon light-induced charge separation. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations characterize the electronic structures of the fullerene radical anions through spin density distributions and magnetic resonance parameters. The good agreement of the calculated magnetic resonance parameters with those determined experimentally by advanced electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) allows the validation of the DFT calculations. Thus, for the first time, the complete set of magnetic resonance parameters including directions of the principal g-tensor axes were determined. For both molecules, no spin density is present on the PCBM side chain, and the axis of the largest g-value lies along the PCBM molecular axis. While the spin density distribution is largely uniform for PC61BM, it is not evenly distributed for PC71BM.

  4. Structural and electronic properties of BxCyNz nanoribbons: A first principles study

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    Gonçalves, R. D.; Azevedo, S.; Machado, M.

    2013-12-01

    We have performed an extensive ab initio study on the energetic stability of hydrogen passivated BxCyNz nanoribbons and at the electronic structure and magnetic properties of BC2N ribbons with different widths and configurations. In particular, it was investigated that BC2N ribbons composed of boron-nitride clusters surrounded by carbon atoms are showing armchair and zigzag edges. It was seen that the zigzag and armchair BC2N ribbons can be small gap semiconductors or metallic according to the ribbons width. Also, magnetic behavior is observed for these structures, for all the considered widths, while the armchair ones do not show any magnetization.

  5. A structural study of cyanotrichite from Dachang by conventional and automated electron diffraction

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    Ventruti, Gennaro; Mugnaioli, Enrico; Capitani, Giancarlo; Scordari, Fernando; Pinto, Daniela; Lausi, Andrea

    2015-09-01

    The crystal structure of cyanotrichite, having general formula Cu4Al2(SO4)(OH)12·2H2O, from the Dachang deposit (China) was studied by means of conventional transmission electron microscopy, automated electron diffraction tomography (ADT) and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). ADT revealed the presence of two different cyanotrichite-like phases. The same phases were also recognized in the XRPD pattern, allowing the perfect indexing of all peaks leading, after refinement to the following cell parameters: (1) a = 12.417(2) Å, b = 2.907(1) Å, c = 10.157(1) Å and β = 98.12(1); (2) a = 12.660(2) Å, b = 2.897(1) Å, c = 10.162(1) Å and β = 92.42(1)°. Only for the former phase, labeled cyanotrichite-98, a partial structure, corresponding to the [Cu4Al2(OH){12/2+}] cluster, was obtained ab initio by direct methods in space group C2/ m on the basis of electron diffraction data. Geometric and charge-balance considerations allowed to reach the whole structure model for the cyanotrichite-98 phase. The sulfate group and water molecule result to be statistically disordered over two possible positions, but keeping the average structure consistent with the C-centering symmetry, in agreement with ADT results.

  6. Electronic structure and magnetism on FeSiAl alloy: A DFT study

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    Cardoso Schwindt, V.; Sandoval, M.; Ardenghi, J. S.; Bechthold, P.; González, E. A.; Jasen, P. V.

    2015-09-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculation has been performed to study the electronic structure and chemical bonding in FeSiAl alloy. These calculations are useful to understand the magnetic properties of this alloy. Our results show that the mean magnetic moment of Fe atoms decreases due to the crystal structure and the effect of Si and Al. Depending on the environment, the magnetic moment of one Fe site (Fe1) increases to about 14.3% while of the other site (Fe2) decreases to about 25.9% (compared with pure bcc Fe). All metal-metal overlap interactions are bonding and slightly weaker than those found in the bcc Fe structure. The electronic structure (DOS) shows an important hybridization among Fe, Si and Al atoms, thus making asymmetric the PDOS with a very slight polarization of Al and Si atoms. Our study explains the importance of crystal structure in determining the magnetic properties of the alloys. FeSiAl is a good candidate for electromagnetic interference shielding combining low price and good mechanical and magnetic properties.

  7. DFT study on the structural and electronic properties of Pt-doped boron nitride nanotubes

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    Vessally, E.; Dehbandi, B.; Edjlali, Ladan

    2016-06-01

    First-principles calculations based on density functional theory were carried out to investigate the structural and electronic properties of Pt substitution-doped boron nitride (BN) nanotubes. The electronic and structural properties were studied for substituted Pt in the boron and the nitrogen sites of the (BN) nanotube. The band gap significantly diminishes to 2.095 eV for Pt doping at the B site while the band gap diminishes to 2.231 eV for Pt doping at the N site. The band density increases in both the valence band and the conduction band after doping. The effects of the hardness and softness group 17 (halogen elements) were calculated by density functional theory (DFT).

  8. First-principles study of structural, elastic, and electronic properties of chromium carbides

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    Jiang, Chao

    2008-01-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we systematically studied the structural, elastic, and electronic properties of the technologically important chromium carbides: Cr3C2, Cr7C3, Cr23C6, Cr3C, and CrC. Our calculations show that the ground state structure for Cr7C3 is hexagonal, not orthorhombic. We further predict WC to be the energetically most stable structure for CrC. Our results indicate that all chromium carbides considered in this study are metallic and mechanically stable under the ambient condition. Among all chromium carbides, WC-type CrC exhibits the highest bulk and shear moduli and the lowest Poisson's ratio, and is a potential low-compressibility and hard material.

  9. First principles study of the structural, electronic, and transport properties of triarylamine-based nanowires

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    Akande, Akinlolu Bhattacharya, Sandip; Cathcart, Thomas; Sanvito, Stefano

    2014-02-21

    We investigate with state of the art density functional theory the structural, electronic, and transport properties of a class of recently synthesized nanostructures based on triarylamine derivatives. First, we consider the single molecule precursors in the gas phase and calculate their static properties, namely (i) the geometrical structure of the neutral and cationic ions, (ii) the electronic structure of the frontier molecular orbitals, and (iii) the ionization potential, hole extraction potential, and internal reorganization energy. This initial study does not evidence any direct correlation between the properties of the individual molecules and their tendency to self-assembly. Subsequently, we investigate the charge transport characteristics of the triarylamine derivatives nanowires, by using Marcus theory. For one derivative we further construct an effective Hamiltonian including intermolecular vibrations and evaluate the mobility from the Kubo formula implemented with Monte Carlo sampling. These two methods, valid respectively in the sequential hopping and polaronic band limit, give us values for the room-temperature mobility in the range 0.1–12 cm{sup 2}/Vs. Such estimate confirms the superior transport properties of triarylamine-based nanowires, and make them an attracting materials platform for organic electronics.

  10. Electronic Structure of Bilayer Graphene Nanoribbon and Its Device Application: A Computational Study

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    Lam, Kai-Tak; Liang, Gengchiau

    Two-dimensional monolayer graphene has the unique electrical and physical properties which can be exploited in new device structures. However, its application in field-effect device structure is limited due to its semi-metal nature. Therefore, a lot of research efforts have been focussed on introducing an energy bandgap in the electronic structure. For example, a commonly studied method involves cutting two-dimensional graphene into one-dimensional narrow ribbons (graphene nanoribbons), where the spatial quantum confinement introduced by the physical edges generates an energy bandgap that is closely related to the width and edge configurations of the ribbon. Similarly for a bilayer graphene, an energy bandgap can also be obtained like the monolayer graphene nanoribbons, and be further controlled by varying its interlayer distance. In this chapter, a review of the electronic structure of monolayer graphene nanoribbon is presented and the study on the bilayer counterpart is subsequently discussed. Furthermore, based on the electrical properties of the bilayer graphene nanoribbon, the device performance of the Schottky barrier diode is investigated. Lastly, a nanoelectromechanical (NEM) switch based on the floating gate design is presented and discussed.

  11. Ab initio study of thermodynamic, electronic, magnetic, structural, and elastic properties of Ni4N allotropes

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    Hemzalová, P.; Friák, M.; Šob, M.; Ma, D.; Udyansky, A.; Raabe, D.; Neugebauer, J.

    2013-11-01

    We have employed parameter-free density functional theory calculations to study the thermodynamic stability and structural parameters as well as elastic and electronic properties of Ni4N in eight selected crystallographic phases. In agreement with the experimental findings, the cubic structure with Pearson symbol cP5, space group Pm3¯m (221) is found to be the most stable and it is also the only thermodynamically stable structure at T=0 K with respect to decomposition to the elemental Ni crystal and N2 gas phase. We determine structural parameters, bulk moduli, and their pressure derivatives for all eight allotropes. The thermodynamic stability and bulk modulus is shown to be anticorrelated. Comparing ferromagnetic and nonmagnetic states, we find common features between the magnetism of elemental Ni and studied ferromagnetic Ni4N structures. For the ground-state Ni4N structure and other two Ni4N cubic allotropes, we predict a complete set of single-crystalline elastic constants (in the equilibrium and under hydrostatic pressure), the Young and area moduli, as well as homogenized polycrystalline elastic moduli obtained by different homogenization methods. We demonstrate that the elastic anisotropy of the ground-state Ni4N is qualitatively opposite to that in the elemental Ni, i.e., these materials have hard and soft crystallographic directions interchanged. Moreover, one of the studied metastable cubic phases is found auxetic, i.e., exhibiting negative Poisson ratio.

  12. A molecular dynamics study on the structural and electronic properties of two-dimensional icosahedral B12 cluster based structures

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    Kah, Cherno Baba; Yu, M.; Jayanthi, C. S.; Wu, S. Y.

    2014-03-01

    Our previous study on one-dimensional icosahedral B12 cluster (α-B12) based chain [Bulletin of APS Annual Meeting, p265 (2013)] and ring structures has prompted us to study the two-dimensional (2D) α-B12 based structures. Recently, we have carried out a systematic molecular dynamics study on the structural stabilities and electronic properties of the 2D α-B12 based structures using the SCED-LCAO method [PRB 74, 15540 (2006)]. We have considered several types of symmetry for these 2D structures such as δ3, δ4, δ6 (flat triangular), and α' types. We have found that the optimized structures are energetically in the order of δ6 < α' < δ3 < δ4 which is different from the energy order of α'< δ6 < δ4 < δ3 found in the 2D boron monolayer sheets [ACS Nano 6, 7443 (2012)]. A detailed discussion of this study will be presented. The first author acknowledges the McSweeny Fellowship for supporting his research in this work.

  13. Electronic Structures of Anti-Ferromagnetic Tetraradicals: Ab Initio and Semi-Empirical Studies.

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    Zhang, Dawei; Liu, Chungen

    2016-04-12

    The energy relationships and electronic structures of the lowest-lying spin states in several anti-ferromagnetic tetraradical model systems are studied with high-level ab initio and semi-empirical methods. The Full-CI method (FCI), the complete active space second-order perturbation theory (CASPT2), and the n-electron valence state perturbation theory (NEVPT2) are employed to obtain reference results. By comparing the energy relationships predicted from the Heisenberg and Hubbard models with ab initio benchmarks, the accuracy of the widely used Heisenberg model for anti-ferromagnetic spin-coupling in low-spin polyradicals is cautiously tested in this work. It is found that the strength of electron correlation (|U/t|) concerning anti-ferromagnetically coupled radical centers could range widely from strong to moderate correlation regimes and could become another degree of freedom besides the spin multiplicity. Accordingly, the Heisenberg-type model works well in the regime of strong correlation, which reproduces well the energy relationships along with the wave functions of all the spin states. In moderately spin-correlated tetraradicals, the results of the prototype Heisenberg model deviate severely from those of multi-reference electron correlation ab initio methods, while the extended Heisenberg model, containing four-body terms, can introduce reasonable corrections and maintains its accuracy in this condition. In the weak correlation regime, both the prototype Heisenberg model and its extended forms containing higher-order correction terms will encounter difficulties. Meanwhile, the Hubbard model shows balanced accuracy from strong to weak correlation cases and can reproduce qualitatively correct electronic structures, which makes it more suitable for the study of anti-ferromagnetic coupling in polyradical systems. PMID:26963572

  14. A first-principle study of Os-based compounds: Electronic structure and vibrational properties

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    Arıkan, N.; Örnek, O.; Charifi, Z.; Baaziz, H.; Uğur, Ş.; Uğur, G.

    2016-09-01

    The electronic structure, elastic, and phonon properties of OsM (M=Hf, Ti, Y and Zr) compounds are studied using first-principles calculations. Elastic constants of OsY and specific heat capacity of OsM (M=Hf, Ti, Y, and Zr) are reported for the first time. The predicted equilibrium lattice constants are in excellent agreement with experiment. The calculated values of bulk moduli are considerably high but are much smaller than that of Osmium, which is around 400 GPa. The phase stability of the OsM (M=Hf, Ti, Y and Zr) compounds were studied by DOS calculations and the results suggest that OsY is unstable in the B2 phase. The brittleness and ductility properties of OsM (M=Hf, Ti, Y and Zr) are determined. OsM (M=Hf, Ti, Y and Zr) compounds are predicted to be ductile materials. The electronic structure and phonon frequency curves of OsM (M=Hf, Ti, Y and Zr) compounds are obtained. The position of Fermi level of these systems was calculated and discussed in terms of the pseudo gaps. The finite and small DOS at the Fermi level 0.335, 0.375, 1.063, and 0.383 electrons/eV for OsHf, OsTi, OsY, and OsZr, respectively, suggest that OsM (M=Hf, Ti, Y and Zr) compounds are weak metals.

  15. Cryogenic Electron Microscopy Studies: Structure and Formation of Self-assembled Nanostructures in Solution

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    Lee, Han Seung

    Cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM) techniques are among the most powerful to characterize self-assembling soft materials (colloids, polymers, and microemulsions, etc.) at the nanometer scale, without any need for implicit models or assumptions about the structure. We can even visualize structure under dynamic conditions, capturing each stage of development. In this thesis, cryo-EM has been used to investigate the formation and structure of a variety of self-assembling soft materials. Visualization is complemented by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), dynamic light scattering, and conductivity measurements. In each case, cryo-EM provides new insights, not otherwise available, into the nanostructure development. Self-assembly phenomena at the molecular level are critical to the performance of tremendous number of applied systems ranging from personal care products to industrial products. To evaluate these self-assembled materials, multiple characterization techniques are required. We investigated aggregation behavior of cesium dodecyl sulfate (CsDS) ionic surfactant in aqueous solution. Coupled with the real space data from cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM) and the inverse space data from SAXS, the experimental result of CsDS in aqueous solution gave a new insight in CsDS micellar structures and their development as a function of concentration. Cryo-TEM showed the presence of the liquid-like hydrocarbon core in the CsDS micelles and relatively thick shell structures at a low CsDS concentration. The core-shell sphere structure micelle shifted to core-shell cylindrical micelle structure at high concentration. The morphology and structure of paclitaxel silicate (PTX) prodrug, encapsulated with amphiphilic poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) diblock copolymers were studied. The six different silicate PTX prodrug candidates were characterized with cryo-TEM. Direct imaging with cryo-TEM illustrated structure of prodrug

  16. Electron Structure of Francium

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    Koufos, Alexander

    2012-02-01

    This talk presents the first calculations of the electronic structure of francium for the bcc, fcc and hcp structures, using the Augmented Plane Wave (APW) method in its muffin-tin and linearized general potential forms. Both the Local Density Approximation (LDA) and Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA), were used to calculate the electronic structure and total energy of francium (Fr). The GGA and LDA both found the total energy of the hcp structure slightly below that of the fcc and bcc structure, respectively. This is in agreement with similar results for the other alkali metals using the same methodology. The equilibrium lattice constant, bulk modulus and superconductivity parameters were calculated. We found that under pressures, in the range of 1-5 GPa, Fr could be a superconductor at a critical temperature of about 4K.

  17. Experimental and theoretical studies of the electronic structure of Na-doped poly (para-phenylenevinylene)

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    Fahlman, M.; Beljonne, D.; Lögdlund, M.; Friend, R. H.; Holmes, A. B.; Brédas, J. L.; Salaneck, W. R.

    1993-11-01

    The electronic structure of sodium-doped poly ( p-phenylenevinylene), or PPV, has been studied using photoelectron spectroscopy, UPS and XPS. Upon doping, two new states are created in the previously forbidden electronic bandgap. No finite density- of-states is observed at the Fermi energy. The UPS spectra are analysed with the help of VEH-level quantum chemical calculations. It is determined that the Na-doping of PPV results in the formation of bipolaron bands in the otherwise forbidden energy gap at saturation doping. These results are in contrast with the case of poly-hexyl-thiophene doped from NOPF 6, where the existence of a finite density-of-states at EF and a stable polaron lattice was observed at saturation doping at room temperature. This work represents the first direct measure of multiple, resolved gap states in a doped conjugated polymer.

  18. Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering Study of the Electronic Structure of Cu2O

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    Hill, J.P.; Kim, Y.-J.; Yamaguchi, H.; Gog, T.; Casa, D.

    2010-05-15

    A resonant inelastic x-ray scattering study of the electronic structure of the semiconductor cuprous oxide, Cu{sub 2}O, is reported. When the incident x-ray energy is tuned to the CuK-absorption edge, large enhancements of the spectral features corresponding to the electronic transitions between the valence band and the conduction band are observed. A feature at 6.5 eV can be well described by an interband transition from occupied states of mostly Cu3d character to unoccupied states with mixed 3d, 4s, and O2p character. In addition, an insulating band gap is observed, and the momentum dependence of the lower bound is measured along the {Gamma}-R direction. This is found to be in good agreement with the valence-band dispersion measured with angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.

  19. X-ray absorption study of the electronic structure of Mn-doped amorphous Si

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    Arenholz, Elke; Zeng, Li; Huegel, A.; Helgren, E.; Hellman, F.; Piamonteze, C.; Arenholz, E.

    2008-03-08

    The electronic structure of Mn in amorphous Si (a-Mn{sub x}Si{sub 1?x}) is studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Mn L{sub 3,2} edges for x = 0.005-0.18. Except the x = 0.005 sample, which shows a slight signature of Mn{sup 2+} atomic multiplets associated with a local Mn moment, all samples have broad and featureless L{sub 3,2} absorption peaks, corresponding to an itinerant state for all 3d electrons. The broad X-ray absorption spectra exclude the possibility of a localized 3d moment and explain the unexpectedly quenched Mn moment in this magnetically-doped amorphous semiconductor. Such a fully delocalized d state of Mn dopant in Si has not been previously suggested.

  20. Studies on electronic structure of interfaces between Ag and gelatin for stabilization of Ag nanoparticles

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    Tani, Tadaaki; Uchida, Takayuki

    2015-06-01

    Extremely high stability of Ag nanoparticles in photographic materials has forced us to study the electronic structures of the interfaces between thin layers of Ag, Au, and Pt and their surface membranes in ambient atmosphere by photoelectron yield spectroscopy in air and Kelvin probe method. Owing to the Fermi level equalization between a metal layer and a membrane coming from air, the electron transfer took place from the membrane to Pt and Au layers and from an Ag layer to the membrane, giving the reason for poor stability of Ag nanoparticles in air. The control of the Fermi level of an Ag layer with respect to that of a gelatin membrane in air could be widely made according to Nernst’s equation by changing the pH and pAg values of an aqueous gelatin solution used to form the membrane, and thus available to stabilize Ag nanoparticles in a gelatin matrix.

  1. The structural, electronic and phonon behavior of CsPbI3: A first principles study

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    Bano, Amreen; Khare, Preeti; Parey, Vanshree; Shukla, Aarti; Gaur, N. K.

    2016-05-01

    Metal halide perovskites are optoelectronic materials that have attracted enormous attention as solar cells with power conversion efficiencies reaching 20%. The benefit of using hybrid compounds resides in their ability to combine the advantage of these two classes of compounds: the high mobility of inorganic materials and the ease of processing of organic materials. In spite of the growing attention of this new material, very little is known about the electronic and phonon properties of the inorganic part of this compounds. A theoretical study of structural, electronic and phonon properties of metal-halide cubic perovskite, CsPbI3 is presented, using first-principles calculations with planewave pseudopotential method as personified in PWSCF code. In this approach local density approximation (LDA) is used for exchange-correlation potential.

  2. ARPES studies of the electronic structure of LaOFe(P,As)

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    Analytis, J.G.

    2010-06-02

    We report a comparison study of LaOFeP and LaOFeAs, two parent compounds of recently discovered iron-pnictide superconductors, using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. Both systems exhibit some common features that are very different from well-studied cuprates. In addition, important differences have also been observed between these two ferrooxypnictides. For LaOFeP, quantitative agreement can be found between our photoemission data and the LDA band structure calculations, suggesting that a weak coupling approach based on an itinerant ground state may be more appropriate for understanding this new superconducting compound. In contrast, the agreement between LDA calculations and experiments in LaOFeAs is relatively poor, as highlighted by the unexpected Fermi surface topology around ({pi},{pi}). Further investigations are required for a comprehensive understanding of the electronic structure of LaOFeAs and related compounds.

  3. A comparative study about electronic structures at rubrene/Ag and Ag/rubrene interfaces

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    Sinha, Sumona Mukherjee, M.

    2015-10-15

    The contact between the electrode and the organic semiconductor is one of the most crucial factors in determining the organic device performance. The development and production technology of different organic devices require the understanding of different types of metal/organic semiconducting thin film interfaces. Comparisons about the electronic structures at Rubrene/Ag and Ag/Rubrene interfaces have been studied using photoemission spectroscopy. The Ag on rubrene interfaces is found to show more interesting and complex natures than its counterpart. The vacuum level (VL) was shifted about 0.51 eV from push back effect for deposition of 5 Å rubrene onto Ag film whereas the electronic features of silver was only suppressed and no energy shift was resulted. While the deposition of 5 Å Ag onto rubrene film leads to the diffusion of the Ag atoms, as a cluster with quantum size effect, inside the film. Angle dependent XPS measurement indicates that diffused metal clusters were present at entire probed depth of the film. Moreover these clusters dope the uppermost surface of the rubrene film which consequences a shift of the electronic states of thick organic film towards higher binding energy. The VL was found to shift about 0.31 eV toward higher binding energy whereas the shift was around 0.21 eV for the electronic states of rubrene layer.

  4. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Fe2-based full Heusler alloys: A first principle study

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    Dahmane, F.; Mogulkoc, Y.; Doumi, B.; Tadjer, A.; Khenata, R.; Bin Omran, S.; Rai, D. P.; Murtaza, G.; Varshney, Dinesh

    2016-06-01

    Using the first-principles density functional calculations, the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the Fe2XAl (X=Cr, Mn, Ni) compounds in both the Hg2CuTi and Cu2MnAl-type structures were studied by the full-potential linearized augmented plane waves (FP-LAPW) method. The exchange and correlation potential is treated by the generalized-gradient approximation (GGA) where the results show that the Cu2MnAl-type structure is energetically more stable than the Hg2CuTi-type structure for the Fe2CrAl and Fe2MnAl compounds at the equilibrium volume. The full Heusler compounds Fe2XAl (X=Cr, Mn) are half-metallic in the Cu2MnAl-type structure. Fe2NiAl has a metallic character in both CuHg2Ti and AlCu2Mn-type structures. The total magnetic moments of the Fe2CrAl and Fe2MnAl compounds are 1.0 and 2.0 μB, respectively, which are in agreement with the Slater-Pauling rule Mtot=Ztot- 24.

  5. Electronic structure of copper phthalocyanine: An experimental and theoretical study of occupied and unoccupied levels

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    Evangelista, Fabrizio; Carravetta, Vincenzo; Stefani, Giovanni; Jansik, Branislav; Alagia, Michele; Stranges, Stefano; Ruocco, Alessandro

    2007-03-28

    An experimental and theoretical study of the electronic structure of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) molecule is presented. We performed x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and photoabsorption [x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES)] gas phase experiments and we compared the results with self-consistent field, density functional theory (DFT), and static-exchange theoretical calculations. In addition, ultraviolet photoelectron spectra (UPS) allowed disentangling several outer molecular orbitals. A detailed study of the two highest occupied orbitals (having a{sub 1u} and b{sub 1g} symmetries) is presented: the high energy resolution available for UPS measurements allowed resolving an extra feature assigned to vibrational stretching in the pyrrole rings. This observation, together with the computed DFT electron density distributions of the outer valence orbitals, suggests that the a{sub 1u} orbital (the highest occupied molecular orbital) is mainly localized on the carbon atoms of pyrrole rings and it is doubly occupied, while the b{sub 1g} orbital, singly occupied, is mainly localized on the Cu atom. Ab initio calculations of XPS and XANES spectra at carbon K edge of CuPc are also presented. The comparison between experiment and theory revealed that, in spite of being formally not equivalent, carbon atoms of the benzene rings experience a similar electronic environment. Carbon K-edge absorption spectra were interpreted in terms of different contributions coming from chemically shifted C 1s orbitals of the nonequivalent carbon atoms on the inner ring of the molecule formed by the sequence of CN bonds and on the benzene rings, respectively, and also in terms of different electronic distributions of the excited lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) and LUMO+1. In particular, the degenerate LUMO appears to be mostly localized on the inner pyrrole ring.

  6. A scanning electron microscopy study of the macro-crystalline structure of 2-(2,4-dinitrobenzyl) pyridine

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    Ware, Jacqueline; Hammond, Ernest C., Jr.

    1989-01-01

    The compound, 2-(2,4-dinitrobenzyl) pyridine, was synthesized in the laboratory; an introductory level electron microscopy study of the macro-crystalline structure was conducted using the scanning electron microscope (SEM). The structure of these crystals was compared with the macrostructure of the crystal of 2-(2,4-dinitrobenzyl) pyridinium bromide, the hydrobromic salt of the compound which was also synthesized in the laboratory. A scanning electron microscopy crystal study was combined with a study of the principle of the electron microscope.

  7. First-principle studies of electronic structure and magnetic excitations in FeSe monolayer

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    Bazhirov, Timur; Cohen, Marvin L.

    2013-03-01

    Recent experimental advances made it possible to study single-layered superconducting systems of iron-based compounds. The results show evidence of significant enhancement of superconducting properties compared to the bulk case. We use first-principle pseudopotential density functional theory techniques and the local spin-density approximation to study the electronic properties of an FeSe monolayer in different spin configurations. The results show that the experimental shape of the Fermi surface is best described by a checkerboard antiferromagnetic (AFM) spin arrangement. To explore the underlying pairing mechanism, we study the evolution of the non-magnetic to the AFM-ordered structures under constrained magnetization, and we estimate the electronic coupling to magnetic excitations involving transfer and increase of iron magnetic moments and compare it to the electron-phonon coupling. Finally, we simulate the substrate-induced interaction by using uniform charge doping and show that the latter can lead to an increase in the density of states at the Fermi level and possibly produce higher superconducting transition temperatures. This work was supported by NSF grant No. DMR10-1006184 and U.S. DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. Computational resources have been provided by DOE at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's NERSC facility

  8. First-principles study of crystal and electronic structure of rare-earth cobaltites

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    Topsakal, M.; Leighton, C.; Wentzcovitch, R. M.

    2016-06-01

    Using density functional theory plus self-consistent Hubbard U (DFT + Usc) calculations, we have investigated the structural and electronic properties of the rare-earth cobaltites RCoO3 (R = Pr - Lu). Our calculations show the evolution of crystal and electronic structure of the insulating low-spin RCoO3 with increasing rare-earth atomic number (decreasing ionic radius), including the invariance of the Co-O bond distance (dCo-O), the decrease of the Co-O-Co bond angle (Θ), and the increase of the crystal field splitting (ΔCF) and band gap energy (Eg). Agreement with experiment for the latter improves considerably with the use of DFT + Usc and all trends are in good agreement with the experimental data. These trends enable a direct test of prior rationalizations of the trend in spin-gap associated with the spin crossover in this series, which is found to expose significant issues with simple band based arguments. We also examine the effect of placing the rare-earth f-electrons in the core region of the pseudopotential. The effect on lattice parameters and band structure is found to be small, but distinct for the special case of PrCoO3 where some f-states populate the middle of the gap, consistent with the recent reports of unique behavior in Pr-containing cobaltites. Overall, this study establishes a foundation for future predictive studies of thermally induced spin excitations in rare-earth cobaltites and similar systems.

  9. Soft x-ray spectroscopic studies of the electronic structure of organic semiconductors

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    Zhang, Yufeng

    Organic semiconductors have several unique properties, different from traditional inorganic semiconductors, such as flexibility and low cost production on a large scale. Potentially, they can be used in several new optoelectronic devices, such as organic solar cells, and organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) Phthalocyanines (Pc's) are one important type of molecular organic semiconductor. The ease with which a diverse set of cations can bond to the phthalocyanine ligand leads to Pc-based thin films that display a wide variety of optical and electrical properties. In these materials, the ligand has a complex electronic structure in itself, and the introduction of metal cations adds further complexity to the states near the Fermi level (EF) due to the overlap of metal d states with carbon and nitrogen 2p states. In this thesis, the electronic structure of several Pc's has been studied by soft x-ray spectroscopies, such as x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES). To avoid potential contamination and beam damage, the large area thin film samples have been prepared in situ by using organic molecular beam deposition (OMBD). The structure of samples were characterized ex situ by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The soft x-ray spectra recorded from stationary samples are found to represent the electronic structure from damaged molecules, which is caused by intense x-ray beams. Continuously translating samples during measurement overcomes this problem. Element, chemical, and symmetry specific occupied and unoccupied partial density of states (PDOS) from Pc's were observed. They show good agreement with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Studies of potassium doping non-transition metal Pc, fluorinated metal Pc, and metal oxide Pc's show several interesting phenomena, such as variation of molecular symmetry, and charge transfer and d-d* resonant inelastic x

  10. Impact of potassium doping on the electronic structure of tetracene and pentacene: An electron energy-loss study

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    Roth, Friedrich

    2015-10-21

    We report the doping induced changes of the electronic structure of tetracene and pentacene probed by electron energy-loss spectroscopy in transmission. A comparison between the dynamic response of undoped and potassium-intercalated tetracene and pentacene emphasizes the appearance of a new excitation feature in the former gap upon potassium addition. Interestingly, the momentum dependency of this new excitation shows a negative dispersion. Moreover, the analysis of the C 1s and K 2p core-level excitation results in a significantly lower doping level compared to potassium doped picene, a recently discovered superconductor. Therefore, the present electronic structure investigations open a new pathway to better understand the exceptional differences between acenes and phenacene and their divergent behavior upon alkali doping.

  11. Impact of potassium doping on the electronic structure of tetracene and pentacene: An electron energy-loss study.

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    Roth, Friedrich; Knupfer, Martin

    2015-10-21

    We report the doping induced changes of the electronic structure of tetracene and pentacene probed by electron energy-loss spectroscopy in transmission. A comparison between the dynamic response of undoped and potassium-intercalated tetracene and pentacene emphasizes the appearance of a new excitation feature in the former gap upon potassium addition. Interestingly, the momentum dependency of this new excitation shows a negative dispersion. Moreover, the analysis of the C 1s and K 2p core-level excitation results in a significantly lower doping level compared to potassium doped picene, a recently discovered superconductor. Therefore, the present electronic structure investigations open a new pathway to better understand the exceptional differences between acenes and phenacene and their divergent behavior upon alkali doping. PMID:26493923

  12. Impact of potassium doping on the electronic structure of tetracene and pentacene: An electron energy-loss study

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    Roth, Friedrich; Knupfer, Martin

    2015-10-01

    We report the doping induced changes of the electronic structure of tetracene and pentacene probed by electron energy-loss spectroscopy in transmission. A comparison between the dynamic response of undoped and potassium-intercalated tetracene and pentacene emphasizes the appearance of a new excitation feature in the former gap upon potassium addition. Interestingly, the momentum dependency of this new excitation shows a negative dispersion. Moreover, the analysis of the C 1s and K 2p core-level excitation results in a significantly lower doping level compared to potassium doped picene, a recently discovered superconductor. Therefore, the present electronic structure investigations open a new pathway to better understand the exceptional differences between acenes and phenacene and their divergent behavior upon alkali doping.

  13. Ab initio quantum mechanical studies in electronic and structural properties of carbon nanotubes and silicon nanowires

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    Matsuda, Yuki

    This dissertation focuses on ab-initio quantum mechanical calculations of nanoelectronics in three research topics: contact resistance properties of carbon nanotubes and graphenes (Chapters 1 through 3), electrical properties of carbon nanotubes (Chapter 4) and silicon nanowires (Chapter 5). Through all the chapters, the aim of the research is to provide useful guidelines for experimentalists. Chapter 1 presents the contact resistance of metal electrode-carbon nanotube and metal electrode-graphene interfaces for various deposited metals, based on first-principles quantum mechanical density functional and matrix Green's function methods. Chapters 2 and 3 describe inventive ways to enhance contact resistance properties as well as mechanical stabilities using "molecular anchors" (Chapter 2) or using "end-contacted" (or end-on) electrodes (Chapter 3). Chapters 1 through 3 also provide useful guidelines for nanotube assembly process which is one of the main obstacles in nanoelectronics. Chapter 4 shows accurate and detailed band structure properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes using B3LYP hybrid functional, which are critical parameters in determining the electronic properties such as small band gaps (˜0.1 eV) and effective masses. Chapter 5 details both structural and electronic properties of silicon nanowires. These results lead to the findings controlling the diameter and surface coverage by adsorbates (e.g., hydrogen) of silicon nanowires can be effectively used to optimize their properties for various applications. All the theoretical results are compared with other theoretical studies and experimental data. Notably, electronic studies using B3LYP show excellent agreement with experimental studies quantitatively, which previous quantum mechanical calculations had failed. These studies show how quantum mechanical predictions of complex phenomena can be effectively investigated computationally in nanomaterials and nanodevices. Given the difficulty, expense

  14. Structural stability and electronic properties of β-tetragonal boron: A first-principles study

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    Hayami, Wataru

    2015-01-15

    It is known that elemental boron has five polymorphs: α- and β-rhombohedral, α- and β-tetragonal, and the high-pressure γ phase. β-tetragonal (β-t) boron was first discovered in 1960, but there have been only a few studies since then. We have thoroughly investigated, using first-principles calculations, the atomic and electronic structures of β-t boron, the details of which were not known previously. The difficulty of calculation arises from the fact that β-t boron has a large unit cell that contains between 184 and 196 atoms, with 12 partially-occupied interstitial sites. This makes the number of configurations of interstitial atoms too great to calculate them all. By introducing assumptions based on symmetry and preliminary calculations, the number of configurations to calculate can be greatly reduced. It was eventually found that β-t boron has the lowest total energy, with 192 atoms (8 interstitial atoms) in an orthorhombic lattice. The total energy per atom was between those of α- and β-rhombohedral boron. Another tetragonal structure with 192 atoms was found to have a very close energy. The valence bands were fully filled and the gaps were about 1.16 to 1.54 eV, making it comparable to that of β-rhombohedral boron. - Graphical abstract: Electronic density distribution for the lowest-energy configuration (N=192) viewed from the 〈1 0 0〉 direction. Left: isosurface (yellow) at d=0.09 electrons/a.u.{sup 3} Right: isosurface (orange) at d=0.12 electrons/a.u.{sup 3}. - Highlights: • β-tetragonal boron was thoroughly investigated using first-principles calculations. • The lowest energy structure contains 192 atoms in an orthorhombic lattice. • Another tetragonal structure with 192 atoms has a very close energy. • The total energy per atom is between those of α- and β-rhombohedral boron. • The band gap of the lowest energy structure is about 1.16 to 1.54 eV.

  15. Density functional study of fullerene-based solids: Crystal structure, doping, and electron-phonon interaction

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    Romero, Nichols Anthony

    Two decades after the discovery of C60, fullerenes continue to be intensely studied for their diverse properties, not the least of which is their unusually high superconducting transition temperature T c (up to 40 K in Cs3C60). Ab initio electronic structure methods are able to contribute to our understanding of these materials by providing electron densities, band structures, density-of-states, binding energies, and even the electron-phonon coupling. Because of the increasing computational feasibility of these large-scale calculations, these methods now play a prominent role in verifying and guiding experimental investigation of new materials. This dissertation presents results of a theoretical investigation of several scenarios where Tc enhancement exceeding those found in the alkali-doped fullerides could be exhibited: (1) field-effect doping of C60 layers, (2) C28-derived molecular solids and (3) covalently bonded C28 solids. The method employed is the Kohn-Sham formulation of density functional theory. Simpler tight-binding calculations are also used when appropriate. The study of field-effect doping was stimulated by the reports of large Tc enhancements by Schon et al., which were later retracted and found to be falsified. Even before the legitimacy of these reports came into question, we concluded that our calculations did not substantiate their claims. We present our electronic structure calculations and conclusions which are independent and potentially useful for future work on field-effect devices. The main part of this dissertation is a separate study on C28-based solids motivated by theoretical arguments suggesting that solids based on smaller fullerenes could exhibit a Tc enhancement. Among many molecular solids formed from closed-shell C28-derived molecules, we have found that solid C28H4 binds weakly and exhibit many of the salient features of solid C60, with an estimated Tc of 58 K. In this same spirit, we also study covalent solids based on

  16. Electronic Structures of Purple Bronze KMo6O17 Studied by X-Ray Photoemission Spectra

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    Qin, Xiaokui; Wei, Junyin; Shi, Jing; Tian, Mingliang; Chen, Hong; Tian, Decheng

    X-ray photoemission spectroscopy study has been performed for the purple bronze KMo6O17. The structures of conduction band and valence band are analogous to the results of ultraviolet photoemission spectra and are also consistent with the model of Travaglini et al., but the gap between conduction and valence band is insignificant. The shape of asymmetric and broadening line of O-1s is due to unresolved contributions from the many inequivalent oxygen sites in this crystal structure. Mo 3d core-level spectrum reveals that there are two kinds of valence states of Molybdenum (Mo+5 and Mo+6). The calculated average valence state is about +5.6, which is consistent with the expectation value from the composition of this material. The tail of Mo-3d spectrum toward higher binding energy is the consequence of the excitation of electron-hole pairs with singularity index of 0.21.

  17. Electronic structure of Sc C[sub 60]. An ab initio theoretical study

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    Guo, T.; Odom, G.K.; Scuseria, G.E. )

    1994-08-11

    We have studied the electronic structure of Sc C[sub 60] at the self-consistent-field Hartree-Fock (SCF-HF) level of theory employing a double-zeta (DZ) basis set. Binding energies have also been calculated employing a hybrid of HF and density functional theory (herein denoted as HF-BLYP). Several electronic states in C[sub 50] and C[sub 30] symmetry were considered. A double-minimum configuration is found for the open-shell [sup 4]A[sub 2] electronic ground state in C[sub 50] symmetry. The lowest energy minimum has Sc located 1.175 [angstrom] away from the center of the cage, approaching a C[sub 60] pentagon along a C[sub 5] axis. Bonding between the Sc atom and the cage occurs by donation of the 4s electrons to the lowest unoccupied orbital of C[sub 60] and by 3d electron interaction with the antibonding orbital associated with the five double bonds radiating from the pentagon closest to Sc ([approximately] 2.5 [angstrom]). The other local minimum has Sc located at the center of the cage and is predicted to be 1.2 eV higher in energy at the highest level of theory employed in this work (DZ/HF-BLYP). The energy barrier for moving Sc from the center of the cage to the lowest energy position is predicted to be 0.1 eV at the same level of theory. 33 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. X-ray scattering study of pyrochlore iridates: Crystal structure, electronic, and magnetic excitations

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    Clancy, J. P.; Gretarsson, H.; Lee, E. K. H.; Tian, Di; Kim, J.; Upton, M. H.; Casa, D.; Gog, T.; Islam, Z.; Jeon, Byung-Gu; Kim, Kee Hoon; Desgreniers, S.; Kim, Yong Baek; Julian, S. J.; Kim, Young-June

    2016-07-01

    We have investigated the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of the pyrochlore iridates Eu2Ir2O7 and Pr2Ir2O7 using a combination of resonant elastic x-ray scattering, x-ray powder diffraction, and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS). The structural parameters of Eu2Ir2O7 have been examined as a function of temperature and applied pressure, with a particular emphasis on regions of the phase diagram where electronic and magnetic phase transitions have been reported. We find no evidence of crystal symmetry change over the range of temperatures (˜6 to 300 K) and pressures (˜0.1 to 17 GPa) studied. We have also investigated the electronic and magnetic excitations in single-crystal samples of Eu2Ir2O7 and Pr2Ir2O7 using high-resolution Ir L3-edge RIXS. In spite of very different ground state properties, we find that these materials exhibit qualitatively similar excitation spectra, with crystal field excitations at ˜3 -5 eV, spin-orbit excitations at ˜0.5 -1 eV, and broad low-lying excitations below ˜0.15 eV. In single-crystal samples of "Eu-rich" Eu2Ir2O7 (found to possess an actual stoichiometry of Eu2.18Ir1.82O7.06 ) we observe highly damped magnetic excitations at ˜45 meV, which display significant momentum dependence. We compare these results with recent dynamical structure factor calculations.

  19. Theoretical study of geometrical and electronic structures of various thiophene-based tricyclic polymers

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    Hong, Sung Y.; Song, Jung M.

    1997-12-01

    A theoretical study of a variety of tricyclic polymers [-(C8H2X2Y)n-] with two different types of bridging groups was performed, X=S and Y=CH2, SiH2, C=O, C=S, or C=CH2 for the fused bithiophene system and vice versa for the thieno-bicyclic system. These two types of the bridging groups are different from each other in that S favors the aromatic form of a cyclic polymer and the other groups prefer the quinonoid form. Geometrical structures of the polymers were obtained from semiempirical self-consistent-field (SCF) band calculations and the electronic properties from the modified extended Hückel band calculations. It is found that the ground-state geometrical structures of the tricyclic polymers are determined by the bridging groups in the outer rings. That is, the fused bithiophene system is aromatic in the ground state and the thieno-bicyclic system is quinonoid. The ground-state band gaps (which correspond to the absorption peaks of π-π* band transition) of the polymers were estimated to be in the range of 0.7-2.0 eV. The band gaps were analyzed in terms of the bond-length alternation along the conjugated carbon backbone, the C1-C4 interactions, and the electronic effect of the bridging groups. We also investigated the geometrical and electronic structures of polydicyanomethylene-cyclopenta-dicyclopentadiene (PDICNCY). Unlike the theoretical predictions of Toussaint and Bredas [Synth. Met. 69, 637 (1995)], PDICNCY in the ground state was estimated to be of the quinonoid form and to possess a large band gap (2.55 eV) comparable with the gap of polythiophene.

  20. XAFS and XEOL of tetramesityldigermene - An electronic structure study of a heavy group 14 ethylene analogue

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    Ward, Matthew J.; Rupar, Paul A.; Murphy, Michael W.; Yiu, Yun-Mui; Baines, Kim M.; Sham, Tsun-Kong

    2013-05-29

    Digermene, the germanium analogue of ethylene, has a multiple bonding motif that differs greatly from that of alkenes and exhibits no pure σ or π type bonds. The electronic structure of digermenes is difficult to study experimentally due to their reactivity, and is computationally challenging because of their shallow potential energy surfaces. Using X-ray absorption near edge structures at both the germanium K and L edges we have been able to directly probe the unoccupied electronic states, or the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO), and LUMO+ etc. in the Ge=Ge bond of tetramesityldigermene. We have demonstrated that the LUMO, LUMO+, etc. are composed of hybrid Ge 4s and 4p orbitals. Additionally, our data suggest that the LUMO exhibits relatively more Ge 4s character, whereas the LUMO+ and LUMO+2 exhibit relatively more Ge 4p character. An X-ray excited optical luminescence study of Ge2Mes4 revealed one broad optical emission band at 620 nm, which is significantly red shifted compared to the known energy gap of this molecular germanium compound.

  1. First principles study of structural, electronic and mechanical properties of alkali nitride-KN

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    Murugan, A.; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R. Santhosh, M.; Iyakutti, K.

    2015-06-24

    The structural, electronic and elastic properties of alkali- metal nitride (KN) is investigated by the first principles calculations based on density functional theory as implemented in Vienna ab-initio simulation package. At ambient pressure KN is stable in the ferromagnetic state with NaCl structure. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. The electronic structure reveals that the KN is half metallic ferromagnet at normal pressure. A pressure-induced structural phase transition from NaCl to ZB phase is observed in KN. Half metallicity and ferromagnetism is maintained at all pressures.

  2. Electronic structure effects in liquid water studied by photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory

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    Nordlund, Dennis; Odelius, Michael; Bluhm, Hendrik; Ogasawara, Hirohito; Pettersson, Lars G.M.; Nilsson, Anders

    2008-04-29

    We present valence photoelectron emission spectra of liquid water in comparison with gas-phase water, ice close to the melting point, low temperature amorphous and crystalline ice. All aggregation states have major electronic structure changes relative to the free molecule, with rehybridization and development of bonding and anti-bonding states accompanying the hydrogen bond formation. Sensitivity to the local structural order, most prominent in the shape and splitting of the occupied 3a{sub 1} orbital, is understood from the electronic structure averaging over various geometrical structures, and reflects the local nature of the orbital interaction.

  3. Theoretical Studies on the Electronic Structures and Properties of Complex Ceramic Crystals and Novel Materials

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    Ching, Wai-Yim

    2012-01-14

    This project is a continuation of a long program supported by the Office of Basic Energy Science in the Office of Science of DOE for many years. The final three-year continuation started on November 1, 2005 with additional 1 year extension to October 30, 2009. The project was then granted a two-year No Cost Extension which officially ended on October 30, 2011. This report covers the activities within this six year period with emphasis on the work completed within the last 3 years. A total of 44 papers with acknowledgement to this grant were published or submitted. The overall objectives of this project are as follows. These objectives have been evolved over the six year period: (1) To use the state-of-the-art computational methods to investigate the electronic structures of complex ceramics and other novel crystals. (2) To further investigate the defects, surfaces/interfaces and microstructures in complex materials using large scale modeling. (3) To extend the study on ceramic materials to more complex bioceramic crystals. (4) To initiate the study on soft condensed matters including water and biomolecules. (5) To focus on the spectroscopic studies of different materials especially on the ELNES and XANES spectral calculations and their applications related to experimental techniques. (6) To develop and refine computational methods to be effectively executed on DOE supercomputers. (7) To evaluate mechanical properties of different crystals and those containing defects and relate them to the fundamental electronic structures. (8) To promote and publicize the first-principles OLCAO method developed by the PI (under DOE support for many years) for applications to large complex material systems. (9) To train a new generation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in modern computational materials science and condensed matter physics. (10) To establish effective international and domestic collaborations with both experimentalists and theorists in materials

  4. First-principles study of the electronic and molecular structure of protein nanotubes

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    Okamoto, Hajime; Takeda, Kyozaburo; Shiraishi, Kenji

    2001-09-01

    The electronic and molecular structures of protein nanotubes (PNT's) have been investigated theoretically by first-principles electronic structure calculations. The results have been discussed in comparison to those of the polypeptide open chains (POC's) and polypeptide closed rings (PCR's) in order to give a systematic understanding. Focusing on the intra-ring and inter-ring hydrogen bonds (HB's), we also investigate the PCR stacking mechanism. The present calculation reveals that PNT's are semiconductors and that an extra proton in the tube interior has the potential to be an electron acceptor.

  5. Combined First Principles Electronic Structure Calculations and Thermodynamic Study of Binary Alloys

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    Guo, Xiaoqing

    In the past decade, density functional theory (DFT), combined with the highly precise computational methods and the increasing computer power, has become a most successful tool to study the physical properties of atoms, molecules, solids, surfaces and disordered systems. In this dissertation, we present a common framework, based on the density functional theory, to study the electronic structure, structural stability and the phase equilibria of both ordered compounds and solid solution of the binary alloys which usually have very small energy differences. As an illustrative example, we have made a systematic study on the Al-Li alloys which have become promising low density, high strength aerospace materials. The Al-Li ordered compounds are calculated by the all electron self-consistent, full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method within the local density approximation. All the stable and metastable phases are correctly predicted due to the high precision of the method. The phase stability in Al-Li alloys can be understood by our assumption that the Li atoms basically transfer their valence electrons in between the Al bonds and the resultant strengthened bonds stabilize the Al-Li compounds. The unusually high elastic modulus of the Al-Li alloys is due to the increased anisotropic Al bonding (decrease of the Poisson's ratio) with increasing Li content. Very good agreement with experiment is obtained. To utilize the existing highly precise band calculation method, we describe the Al-Li solid solution by a supercell method based on the "theory of locality". The relatively small size of a supercell is shown to give a very good description of Al-rich Al-Li solid solution. A thermodynamic model is proposed, as a first step, to calculate the phase diagrams of the binary alloys. The grand partition function, constructed from volume-dependent internal energies obtained from local-density total-energy supercell calculations, permits the determination of the

  6. Structural, electronic, mechanical, and dynamical properties of graphene oxides: A first principles study

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    Dabhi, Shweta D.; Gupta, Sanjay D.; Jha, Prafulla K.

    2014-05-28

    We report the results of a theoretical study on the structural, electronic, mechanical, and vibrational properties of some graphene oxide models (GDO, a-GMO, z-GMO, ep-GMO and mix-GMO) at ambient pressure. The calculations are based on the ab-initio plane-wave pseudo potential density functional theory, within the generalized gradient approximations for the exchange and correlation functional. The calculated values of lattice parameters, bulk modulus, and its first order pressure derivative are in good agreement with other reports. A linear response approach to the density functional theory is used to derive the phonon frequencies. We discuss the contribution of the phonons in the dynamical stability of graphene oxides and detailed analysis of zone centre phonon modes in all the above mentioned models. Our study demonstrates a wide range of energy gap available in the considered models of graphene oxide and hence the possibility of their use in nanodevices.

  7. Structural, electronic, mechanical, and dynamical properties of graphene oxides: A first principles study

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    Dabhi, Shweta D.; Gupta, Sanjay D.; Jha, Prafulla K.

    2014-05-01

    We report the results of a theoretical study on the structural, electronic, mechanical, and vibrational properties of some graphene oxide models (GDO, a-GMO, z-GMO, ep-GMO and mix-GMO) at ambient pressure. The calculations are based on the ab-initio plane-wave pseudo potential density functional theory, within the generalized gradient approximations for the exchange and correlation functional. The calculated values of lattice parameters, bulk modulus, and its first order pressure derivative are in good agreement with other reports. A linear response approach to the density functional theory is used to derive the phonon frequencies. We discuss the contribution of the phonons in the dynamical stability of graphene oxides and detailed analysis of zone centre phonon modes in all the above mentioned models. Our study demonstrates a wide range of energy gap available in the considered models of graphene oxide and hence the possibility of their use in nanodevices.

  8. Ab Initio Study of the Structural, Electronic, and Thermal Properties of Alloy

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    Benkaddour, I.; Khachai, H.; Chiker, F.; Benosman, N.; Benkaddour, Y.; Murtaza, G.; Omran, S. Bin; Khenata, R.

    2015-07-01

    The results of a first-principle study of the structural, electronic, and thermal properties of a alloy, using the full-potential linear muffin-tin-orbital (FP-LMTO) method in the framework of density functional theory, within both the local density approximation and the generalized gradient approximation are presented. The composition effect on lattice constants, bulk moduli, band gaps, and effective masses is analyzed. The quasi-harmonic Debye model, using a set of total energy versus volume calculations obtained with the FP-LMTO method, is applied to study the thermal and vibrational effects. The temperature effect on the lattice parameters, thermal expansions, heat capacities, and Debye temperatures is determined from the non-equilibrium Gibbs functions. The microscopic origins of the bowing parameter were explained using the approach of Zunger and coworkers.

  9. Characterization of electronic structure and physicochemical properties of antiparasitic nifurtimox analogues: A theoretical study

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    Soriano-Correa, Catalina; Raya, A.; Esquivel, Rodolfo O.

    American trypanosomiasis, also known as Chagas' disease, is caused by Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi). It is well known that trypanosomes, and particularly T. cruzi, are highly sensitive towards oxidative stress, i.e., to compounds than are able to produce free radicals. Generally, nifurtimox (NFX) and benznidazol are most effective in the acute phase of the disease; therefore, nitroheterocycles constitute good models to design other nitrocompounds with specific biological characteristics. Thus, we have performed an ab initio study at the Hartree-Fock and Density Functional Theory levels of theory of several NFX analogues recently synthesized, to characterize them by obtaining their electronic, structural, and physicochemical properties, which might be linked to the observed antichagasic activity. The antitrypanosomal activity scale previously reported for the NFX analogues studied in this work is in good agreement with our theoretical results, from which we can conclude that the activity seems to be related to the reactivity along with the acidity observed for the most active molecules.

  10. Size effects on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of (5,0) finite-length carbon nanotube: An ab-initio electronic structure study

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    Tarighi Ahmadpour, Mahdi; Hashemifar, S. Javad; Rostamnejadi, Ali

    2016-07-01

    We use density functional computations to study the zero temperature structural, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of (5,0) finite carbon nanotubes (FCNT), with length in the range of 4-44 Å. It is found that the structural and electronic properties of (5,0) FCNTs, in the ground state, converge at a length of about 30 Å, while the excited state properties exhibit long-range edge effects. We discuss that curvature effects enhance energy gap of FCNTs, in contrast to the known trend in the periodic limit. It is seen that compensation of curvature effects in two special small sizes may give rise to spontaneous magnetization. The obtained cohesive energies provide some insights into the effects of environment on the growth of FCNTs. The second-order difference of the total energies reveals an important magic size of about 15 Å. The optical and dynamical magnetic responses of the FCNTs to polarized electromagnetic pulses are studied by time dependent density functional theory. The results show that the static and dynamic magnetic properties mainly come from the edge carbon atoms. The optical absorption properties are described in terms of local field effects and characterized by Casida linear response method.

  11. Ab initio electronic structure study for TTF-TCNQ under uniaxial compression

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    Ishibashi, Shoji; Hashimoto, Tamotsu; Kohyama, Masanori; Terakura, Kiyoyuki

    2004-04-01

    We have investigated the electronic structure of TTF-TCNQ under uniaxial compression with ab initio plane-wave pseudopotential calculations within the local-density approximation and generalized gradient approximation. Depending on the compression direction, the constituent molecules are deformed in different ways. Along with these structural deformations, quasi-one-dimensional Fermi surfaces show dramatic changes in their shapes and sizes.

  12. Structural, Dynamical, and Electronic Properties of Liquid Water: A Hybrid Functional Study.

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    Ambrosio, Francesco; Miceli, Giacomo; Pasquarello, Alfredo

    2016-08-01

    We study structural, dynamical, and electronic properties of liquid water through ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations based on a hybrid functional which includes nonlocal van der Waals (vdW) interactions. The water dimer, the water hexamer, and two phases of ice are studied as benchmark cases. The hydrogen-bond energy depends on the balance between Fock exchange and vdW interactions. Moreover, the energetic competition between extended and compact structural motifs is found to be well described by theory provided vdW interactions are accounted for. Applied to the hydrogen-bond network of liquid water, the dispersion interactions favor more compact structural motifs, bring the density closer to the experimental value, and improve the agreement with experimental observables such as radial distribution functions. The description of the self-diffusion coefficient is also found to improve upon the combined consideration of Fock exchange and vdW interactions. The band gap and the band edges are found to agree with experiment within 0.1 eV. PMID:27404717

  13. A density functional study of the electronic structure and spin Hamiltonian parameters of mononuclear thiomolybdenyl complexes.

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    Drew, Simon C; Young, Charles G; Hanson, Graeme R

    2007-04-01

    The electron paramagnetic resonance spin Hamiltonian parameters of mononuclear thiomolybdenyl complexes based upon the tris(pyrazolyl)borate ligand, together with their molybdenyl analogues, are calculated using density functional theory. The electronic g matrix and 95Mo hyperfine matrix are calculated as second-order response properties from the coupled-perturbed Kohn-Sham equations. The scalar relativistic zero-order regular approximation (ZORA) is used with an all-electron basis and an accurate mean-field spin-orbit operator which includes all one- and two-electron terms. The principal values and relative orientations of the g and A interaction matrices obtained from the experimental spectra in a previous EPR study are compared with those obtained from unrestricted Kohn-Sham calculations at the BP86 and B3LYP level, and the latter are found to be in good quantitative agreement. A quasi-restricted approach is used to analyze the influence of the various molecular orbitals on g and A. In all complexes the ground state magnetic orbital is dX2-Y2-based and the orientation of the A matrix is directly related to the orientation of this orbital. The largest single contribution to the orientation of the g matrix arises from the spin-orbit coupling of the dYZ-based lowest-unoccupied molecular orbital into the ground state. A number of smaller, cumulative charge-transfer contributions augment the d-d contributions. A comparison of the theoretical EPR parameters obtained using both crystallographic and gas-phase geometry-optimized structures of Tp*MoO(bdt) (Tp* = hydrotris(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)borate, bdt = 1,2-benzenedithiolate) suggests a correspondence between the metal-dithiolate fold angle and the angle of noncoincidence between g and A. PMID:17305330

  14. First-principles study of electronic structure, phonons and electron-phonon interaction in hexagonal PdTe

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    Cao, Jin-Jin; Gou, Xiao-Fan

    2016-01-01

    The electronic structure, phonons and electron-phonon interaction of hexagonal PdTe have been investigated in detail by employing a plane wave pseudopotential method and a linear-response scheme within Local Density Approximation (LDA) and Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). Consistent with available theoretical and experimental results, it has been found that the intermediate strength electron-phonon coupling constant (λ) with the calculated value of 0.542 on the LDA and 0.648 on the GGA is due to the coupling of phonons from Pd and Te atoms and electrons from Pd-d and Te-p states. Through comparison, the calculations on the GGA produce better quality than that on the LDA. On the basis of appropriate Coulomb pseudopotential (μ∗) and λ of 0.648 together with experimental Debye temperature (Θ), via the McMillan formula, the superconducting transition temperature with the value of 4.5 K is obtained, same to the experimental value. The results indicate that conventional electron-phonon coupling mechanism can explain the superconductivity in this compound.

  15. First-Principles Study of Electronic Structure and Thermoelectric Properties of Ge-Doped Tin Clathrates

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    Akai, K.; Kishimoto, K.; Koyanagi, T.; Kono, Y.; Yamamoto, S.

    2014-06-01

    We calculated the electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of the Ge-doped quaternary clathrate Ba-Ga-Sn-Ge. The electronic structure was calculated by using the WIEN2k code, which is based on the full-potential augmented plane-wave method. Using this method, we calculated the total energies for several Ge configurations to determine the positions of Ge atoms in the unit cell. The calculated Ge positions were in good agreement with the experimental results. Based on the resulting Ge positions, the band structure and thermoelectric properties of the Ba-Ga-Sn-Ge clathrates were calculated.

  16. Electronic structure and optical properties of Cs2HgI4: Experimental study and band-structure DFT calculations

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    Lavrentyev, A. A.; Gabrelian, B. V.; Vu, V. T.; Shkumat, P. N.; Myronchuk, G. L.; Khvyshchun, M.; Fedorchuk, A. O.; Parasyuk, O. V.; Khyzhun, O. Y.

    2015-04-01

    High-quality single crystal of cesium mercury tetraiodide, Cs2HgI4, has been synthesized by the vertical Bridgman-Stockbarger method and its crystal structure has been refined. In addition, electronic structure and optical properties of Cs2HgI4 have been studied. For the crystal under study, X-ray photoelectron core-level and valence-band spectra for pristine and Ar+-ion irradiated surfaces have been measured. The present X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results indicate that the Cs2HgI4 single crystal surface is very sensitive with respect to Ar+ ion-irradiation. In particular, Ar+ bombardment of the single crystal surface alters the elemental stoichiometry of the Cs2HgI4 surface. To elucidate peculiarities of the energy distribution of the electronic states within the valence-band and conduction-band regions of the Cs2HgI4 compound, we have performed first-principles band-structure calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) as incorporated in the WIEN2k package. Total and partial densities of states for Cs2HgI4 have been calculated. The DFT calculations reveal that the I p states make the major contributions in the upper portion of the valence band, while the Hg d, Cs p and I s states are the dominant contributors in its lower portion. Temperature dependence of the light absorption coefficient and specific electrical conductivity has been explored for Cs2HgI4 in the temperature range of 77-300 K. Main optical characteristics of the Cs2HgI4 compound have been elucidated by the first-principles calculations.

  17. First principles study of electronic structures of defects in zirconium germanium phosphate and defect chalcopyrites

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    Jiang, Xiaoshu

    2005-11-01

    This thesis mainly focuses on a study of the point defects in ZnGeP 2. Density functional theory (DFT) is used in the local density approximation (LDA) in conjunction with the full-potential linearized muffin-tin orbital (FP-LMTO) method, modeling defects with the supercell approach. Under prevalent Zn-poor conditions, the GeZn double donor and VZn shallow acceptor are found to have the lowest formation energies, which explains the compensated p-type nature of the material. Good agreement is obtained with the energy levels deduced from optical quenching and activation of the EPR signals, if a direct transfer of electrons from V2-Zn to Ge2+Zn is assumed to occur rather than a process via the conduction band. The VGe is found to have high energy of formation under any chemical potential conditions and is found to be unstable towards formation of VZn and GeZn. Structural relaxation of all defects is performed but no symmetry breaking distortions are found. The defect wavefunctions of the unpaired electron in the V-Zn is found to be spread equally over the four neighboring P atoms, in disagreement with electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) data which indicate primary localization on a pair of P atoms. Several possible origins for this discrepancy are examined. Alternative assignments of the AL1 EPR signal to ZnGe, or complexes such as Zni-VZn, V-Zn -G2+Zn-V- Zn are discarded although the latter complex is found to be favorable in energy. The possibility of a failure of the LDA due to its incompletely cancelled self-interaction is examined using Hartree-Fock cluster calculations. A distortion is found to occur in Hartree-Fock but not in LDA. However, it is different from the experimental one. Finally, a dangling bond and group theory model is proposed for a Jahn-Teller distortion which can explain the localization observed by ENDOR. In the final chapter, the electronic band structures of the ordered vacancy defect chalcopyrites with formula II-III2-VI4 for II=Zn, Cd

  18. Ab initio electronic structure study of a model water splitting dimer complex.

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    Fernando, Amendra; Aikens, Christine M

    2015-12-28

    A model manganese dimer electrocatalyst bridged by μ-OH ligands is used to investigate changes in spin states that may occur during water oxidation. We have employed restricted open-shell Hartree-Fock (ROHF), second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF), and multireference second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MRMP2) calculations to investigate this system. Multiconfigurational methods like CASSCF and MRMP2 are appropriate methods to study these systems with antiferromagnetically-coupled electrons. Orbital occupations and distributions have been closely analyzed to understand the electronic details and contributions to the water splitting from manganese and oxygen atoms. The presence of Mn(IV)O˙ radical moieties has been observed in this catalytic pathway. Multiple nearly degenerate excited states were found close to the ground state in all structures. This suggests competing potential energy landscapes near the ground state may influence the reactivity of manganese complexes such as the dimers studied in this work. PMID:26593689

  19. First-principles study on oxidation of Ge and its interface electronic structures

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    Ono, Tomoya; Saito, Shoichiro; Iwase, Shigeru

    2016-08-01

    We review a series of first-principles studies on the defect generation mechanism and electronic structures of the Ge/GeO2 interface. Several experimental and theoretical studies proved that Si atoms at the Si/SiO2 interface are emitted to release interface stress. In contrast, total-energy calculation reveals that Ge atoms at the Ge/GeO2 interface are hardly emitted, resulting in the low trap density. Even if defects are generated, those at the Ge/GeO2 interface are found to behave differently from those at the Si/SiO2 interface. The states attributed to the dangling bonds at the Ge/GeO2 interface lie below the valence-band maximum of Ge, while those at the Si/SiO2 interface generate the defect state within the band gap of Si. First-principles electron-transport calculation elucidates that this characteristic behavior of the defect states is relevant to the difference in the leakage current through the Si/SiO2 and Ge/GeO2 interfaces.

  20. Density functional theory studies on molecular structure, vibrational spectra and electronic properties of cyanuric acid

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    Prabhaharan, M.; Prabakaran, A. R.; Srinivasan, S.; Gunasekaran, S.

    2015-03-01

    The present work has been carried out a combined experimental and theoretical study on molecular structure, vibrational spectra and NBO analysis of cyanuric acid. The FT-IR (100-4000 cm-1) and FT-Raman spectra (400-4000 cm-1) of cyanuric acid were recorded. In DFT methods, Becke's three parameter exchange-functional (B3) combined with gradient-corrected correlation functional of Lee, Yang and Parr (LYP) by implementing the split-valence polarized 6-31G(d,p) and 6-31++G(d,p) basis sets have been considered for the computation of the molecular structure optimization, vibrational frequencies, thermodynamic properties and energies of the optimized structures. The density functional theory (DFT) result complements the experimental findings. The electronic properties, such as HOMO-LUMO energies and molecular electrostatic potential (MESP) are also performed. Mulliken population analysis on atomic charges is also calculated. The first order hyperpolarizability (βtotal) of this molecular system and related properties (β, μ and Δα) are calculated using DFT/B3LYP/6-31G (d,p) and B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) methods. The thermodynamic functions (heat capacity, entropy and enthalpy) from spectroscopic data by statistical methods were also obtained for the range of temperature 50-1000 K.

  1. Electronic structure, magnetic, and transport studies of single-crystalline UCoGa{sub 5}

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    Troc, R.; Bukowski, Z.; Sulkowski, C.; Misiorek, H.; Morkowski, J.A.; Szajek, A.; Chelkowska, G.

    2004-11-01

    The magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity in zero and in magnetic fields up to 8 T, thermopower and thermal conductivity measurements in a wide temperature range have been performed on UCoGa{sub 5} single crystals. On the basis of the susceptibility maximum at 650 K and the phonon part of the thermal conductivity, a mixed-valence state of uranium in this compound has been postulated. On the other hand, a normal positive behavior of magnetoresistivity rules out the possibility of spin fluctuation as a mechanism driving the susceptibility through the maximum. In turn, the thermopower results may support both kinds of many-body behaviors. The electronic structure has also been studied by combining x-ray photoemission spectroscopy results with those obtained in the band structure calculations. In the latter the tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method in the atomic sphere approximation has been applied. A very good agreement between the experimental and calculated data has been achieved. A complex satellite structure of the core level spectra supports an idea of the presence of the valence instability in this compound. This idea is also concluded from the comparison of obtained experimental data with some similar rare earth and uranium ternary compounds.

  2. First-principles study of the electronic structure and magnetism of CaIrO3

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    Subedi, Alaska

    2012-01-01

    I study the electronic structure and magnetism of postperovskite CaIrO3 using first-principles calculations. The density functional calculations within the local density approximation without the combined effect of spin-orbit coupling and on-site Coulomb repulsion show the system to be metallic, which is in disagreement with the recent experimental evidences that show CaIrO3 to be an antiferromagnetic Mott insulator in the Jeff=1/2 state. However, when spin-orbit coupling is taken into account, the Ir t2g bands split into fully filled Jeff=3/2 bands and half-filled Jeff=1/2 bands. I find that spin-orbit coupling along with a modest on-site Coulomb repulsion opens a gap leading to a Mott insulating state. The ordering is antiferromagnetic along the c axis with total moments aligned antiparallel along the c axis and canted along the b axis.

  3. Structure, electronic and electrochemical properties of Li-rich metal phosphate by first-principles study

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    Lin, Zhiping; Zhao, Yu-Jun; Zhao, Yanming; Xu, Jiantie

    2014-01-01

    We present a first-principles investigation for the structure, electronic properties, and average potentials of Li9M3(P2O7)3(PO4)2 (M = V, Fe, Cr) compounds. The calculated Wyckoff coordinates are in good agreement with experimental observations. All the studied compounds show semiconductor characteristics, with band gaps between 1.89 eV and 2.55 eV. It is found that the Li-ion extraction is in the order of Li1(2b), Li2(12g), and Li3(4d) based on the calculated formation enthalpies of Li vacancies. Consequently, the calculated average potentials versus the number of Li ions are in good agreement with experiment.

  4. Structural and electronic properties of V2O3 ultrathin film on Ag(001): LEED and photoemission study

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    Kundu, Asish K.; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.

    2016-05-01

    V2O3 ultrathin films were grown on Ag(001) substrate by reactive evaporation of vanadium (V) metal in presence of oxygen and their structural and electronic properties were studied by Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), X-ray Photo Electron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopic (ARPES) techniques, respectively. On top of square symmetry substrate Ag(001), hexagonal surface of V2O3 (0001) is stabilized in the form of two domain structure, rotated by 30°(or 90°)to each other, has been observed by LEED. Rather than epitaxial flat monolayer, formation of well-ordered V2O3 (0001) island has been confirmed from the LEED and the Photoemission Spectroscopic (PES) study. Stoichiometry of the grown film was confirmed by the XPS study. Evolution of valance band electronic structure of V2O3 (0001) surface has been studied as a function of film thickness by ARPES.

  5. First-principles study of the structural and electronic properties of ultrathin silver nanowires

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    Ma, Liang-Cai; Ma, Ling; Lin, Xue-Ling; Yang, You-Zhen; Zhang, Jian-Min

    2015-12-01

    By using first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory, we have systematically investigated the equilibrium structure, stability and electronic properties of silver nanowires (AgNWs) with dimer, triangular, square, pentagonal and hexagonal cross-section. It is found that, using the string tension criterion, for the triangular and square AgNWs with small diameters the preferred structures should be the hollow one with staggered configuration, while for the pentagonal and hexagonal AgNWs with bigger diameters the preferred structures should be the staggered ones which contain a linear chain along the wire axis passes through the center of the polygons, where each chain atom is just located at a point equidistant from the planes of polygons. Electronic band structures and density of states calculations show that the AgNWs with different structures exhibit metallic behavior. Charge density contours show that there is an enhanced interatomic interaction in AgNWs compared with Ag bulk.

  6. Ab initio study of structural, electronic, magnetic alloys: XTiSb (X = Co, Ni and Fe)

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    Ibrir, M. Berri, S.; Lakel, S.; Alleg, S.; Bensalem, R.

    2015-03-30

    Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of three semi-Heusler compounds of CoTiSb, NiTiSb and FeTiSb were calculated by the method (FP-LAPW) which is based on the DFT code WIEN2k. We used the generalized gradient approximation (GGA (06)) for the term of the potential exchange and correlation (XC) to calculate structural properties, electronic properties and magnetic properties. Structural properties obtained as the lattice parameter are in good agreement with the experimental results available for the electronic and magnetic properties was that: CoTiSb is a semiconductor NiTiSb is a metal and FeTiSb is a half-metal ferromagnetic.

  7. Electronic, structural, and elastic properties of metal nitrides XN (X = Sc, Y): A first principle study

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    Ekuma, Chinedu E.; Bagayoko, Diola; Jarrell, Mark; Moreno, Juana

    2012-09-01

    We utilized a simple, robust, first principle method, based on basis set optimization with the BZW-EF method, to study the electronic and related properties of transition metal mono-nitrides: ScN and YN. We solved the KS system of equations self-consistently within the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) formalism. It is shown that the band gap and low energy conduction bands, as well as elastic and structural properties, can be calculated with a reasonable accuracy when the LCAO formalism is used to obtain an optimal basis. Our calculated, indirect electronic band gap (E^Γ -X_g) is 0.79 (LDA) and 0.88 eV (GGA) for ScN. In the case of YN, we predict an indirect band gap (E^Γ -X_g) of 1.09 (LDA) and 1.15 eV (GGA). We also calculated the equilibrium lattice constants, the bulk moduli (Bo), effective masses, and elastic constants for both systems. Our calculated values are in excellent agreement with experimental ones where the latter are available.

  8. Electron microscopy structure study of laser-clad TiC-Ni particle-reinforced coating

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    Ouyang, J.H.; Li, X.; Lei, T.C.

    2000-04-01

    The microstructure of a laser-clad TiC-Ni particle-reinforced coating on 1045 steel was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and ion microprobe mass spectroscopy (IMMS). The microstructural constituents of the clad layers (CLs) were analyzed to be TiC particles, {gamma}-Ni primary dendrites, and interdendritic eutectics of {gamma}{sub E}-Ni plus M{sub 23}(CB){sub 6} and M{sub 6}(CB) carboborides. Three growth mechanisms of the original TiC particles were found: (1) stepped lateral growth at the edges, (2) radiated and cylindrically coupled growth at the edges, and (3) bridging growth of the clustered particles. Ordered and modulated structures were found in the original TiC particles. In addition to the original TiC particles, fine TiC particles precipitated from the liquid phase and {gamma}-Ni solid solution during laser cladding. The microstructures of the bonding zones (BZs) were intimately associated with laser processing parameters. The BZs of the clad coatings can be categorized into three types according to the combination of the CL with heat-affected zone (HAZ): (1) straight interface combination, (2) zigzag connection, and (3) combination by partial melting of prior austenitic grain boundaries of the substrate. The microstructural evolution of the CLs was discussed. The formation and phase transformation models of the BZs were proposed.

  9. Experimental and theoretical study on the structure and electronic spectra of imiquimod and its synthetic intermediates.

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    Zhao, Bo; Rong, Yu-Zhi; Huang, Xiao-Hua; Shen, Jing-Shan

    2007-09-01

    Crystal structure of the imiquimod has been determined by single crystal X-ray analysis, imiquimod crystallizes in orthorhombic space group P2(1)2(1)2(1) and the molecules are linked along the c axis by the strong N-H ... N hydrogen bonds. A density functional theory (DFT) study on the electronic properties of imiquimod and its synthetic intermediates has been performed at B3LYP/6-31G* level, while taking solvent effects into account. Both the single configuration interaction (CIS) method and the time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) approaches have been used to calculate the electronic absorption spectra, and there is a good agreement between the calculated and experimental UV-visible absorption spectra. The fluorescence emission spectra of these three compounds in solution have also been measured, the relatively low fluorescence intensity is attributed to a chlorine-modulated heavy atom effect that enhances intersystem crossing between excited singlet and triplet states, and the relatively high fluorescence intensity of imiquimod results from an extended pi-conjugated system which enhances S(1)-->S(0) radiant transition. PMID:17601733

  10. Electronic structure and correlations of vitamin B12 studied within the Haldane-Anderson impurity model

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    Kandemir, Zafer; Mayda, Selma; Bulut, Nejat

    2016-05-01

    We study the electronic structure and correlations of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamine) by using the framework of the multi-orbital single-impurity Haldane-Anderson model of a transition-metal impurity in a semiconductor host. The parameters of the effective Haldane-Anderson model are obtained within the Hartree-Fock (HF) approximation. The quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) technique is then used to calculate the one-electron and magnetic correlation functions of this effective model. We observe that new states form inside the semiconductor gap found by HF due to the intra-orbital Coulomb interaction at the impurity 3 d orbitals. In particular, the lowest unoccupied states correspond to an impurity bound state, which consists of states from mainly the CN axial ligand and the corrin ring as well as the Co e g -like orbitals. We also observe that the Co (3 d) orbitals can develop antiferromagnetic correlations with the surrounding atoms depending on the filling of the impurity bound states. In addition, we make comparisons of the HF+QMC data with the density functional theory calculations. We also discuss the photoabsorption spectrum of cyanocobalamine.

  11. Electronic structure and correlations of vitamin B12 studied within the Haldane-Anderson impurity model

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    Kandemir, Zafer; Mayda, Selma; Bulut, Nejat

    2016-04-01

    We study the electronic structure and correlations of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamine) by using the framework of the multi-orbital single-impurity Haldane-Anderson model of a transition-metal impurity in a semiconductor host. The parameters of the effective Haldane-Anderson model are obtained within the Hartree-Fock (HF) approximation. The quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) technique is then used to calculate the one-electron and magnetic correlation functions of this effective model. We observe that new states form inside the semiconductor gap found by HF due to the intra-orbital Coulomb interaction at the impurity 3d orbitals. In particular, the lowest unoccupied states correspond to an impurity bound state, which consists of states from mainly the CN axial ligand and the corrin ring as well as the Co eg-like orbitals. We also observe that the Co (3d) orbitals can develop antiferromagnetic correlations with the surrounding atoms depending on the filling of the impurity bound states. In addition, we make comparisons of the HF+QMC data with the density functional theory calculations. We also discuss the photoabsorption spectrum of cyanocobalamine.

  12. Low-lying electronic excited states of pentacene oligomers: a comparative electronic structure study in the context of singlet fission.

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    Coto, Pedro B; Sharifzadeh, Sahar; Neaton, Jeffrey B; Thoss, Michael

    2015-01-13

    The lowest-lying electronic excited states of pentacene and its oligomers are investigated using accurate multireference wave function methods (CASPT2/CASSCF) and the many-body Greens's function approach (GW/BSE). The results obtained for dimers and trimers of different geometry reveal a complex electronic structure, which includes locally excited, charge transfer, and multiexciton states. For singlets of single-excitation character, both approaches yield excitation energies that are in good overall quantitative agreement. While the multiexciton states are located relatively high in energy in all systems investigated, charge transfer states exist in close proximity to the lowest-lying absorbing states. The implications of the results for the mechanisms of singlet fission in pentacene are discussed. PMID:26574213

  13. First principles study of the structural, electronic and optical properties of crystalline o-phenanthroline

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    Nejatipour, Hajar; Dadsetani, Mehrdad

    2016-05-01

    In a comprehensive study, structural properties, electronic structure and optical response of crystalline o-phenanthroline were investigated. Our results show that in generalized gradient approximation (GGA) approximation, o-phenanthroline is a direct bandgap semiconductor of 2.60 eV. In the framework of many-body approach, by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE), dielectric properties of crystalline o-phenanthroline were studied and compared with phenanthrene. Highly anisotropic components of the imaginary part of the macroscopic dielectric function in o-phenanthroline show four main excitonic features in the bandgap region. In comparison to phenanthrene, these excitons occur at lower energies. Due to smaller bond lengths originated from the polarity nature of bonds in presence of nitrogen atoms, denser packing, and therefore, a weaker screening effect, exciton binding energies in o-phenanthroline were found to be larger than those in phenanthrene. Our results showed that in comparison to the independent-particle picture, excitonic effects highly redistribute the oscillator strength.

  14. First-principles study of electronic structures of graphene on Y2O3

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    Kaneko, Tomoaki; Ohno, Takahisa

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the structures, stability and electronic properties of graphene adsorbed on Y2O3(111) using first-principles calculations based on density functional theories. When the interface of Y2O3(111) is terminated by an Y-layer, graphene is chemisorbed on Y2O3, resulting in the strong modification of electronic band structures. When the Y2O3(111) surface is terminated with O atoms and extra O atoms, on the other hand, graphene is physisorbed on Y2O3(111). Therefore, an O-rich environment is preferable for the graphene and Y2O3 interface.

  15. Positron annihilation studies of the electronic structure and fermiology of the high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Smedskjaer, L.C.; Bansil, A.

    1992-09-01

    We discuss the application of the positron annihilation angular correlation (ACAR) spectroscopy for investigating the electronic structure and Fermiology of the high-T{sub c} superconductors, with focus on the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} system where most of the experimental and theoretical work has to date been concentrated. Comparisons between measured 2D-ACAR positron spectra and band theory predictions show a remarkable agreement (for the normal state), indicating that the electronic structure and Fermi surface of this material is described reasonably by the conventional picture.

  16. Positron annihilation studies of the electronic structure and fermiology of the high-[Tc] superconductors

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    Smedskjaer, L.C. ); Bansil, A. . Dept. of Physics)

    1992-09-01

    We discuss the application of the positron annihilation angular correlation (ACAR) spectroscopy for investigating the electronic structure and Fermiology of the high-T[sub c] superconductors, with focus on the YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7] system where most of the experimental and theoretical work has to date been concentrated. Comparisons between measured 2D-ACAR positron spectra and band theory predictions show a remarkable agreement (for the normal state), indicating that the electronic structure and Fermi surface of this material is described reasonably by the conventional picture.

  17. Electronic structure and reactivity of cobalt oxide dimers and their hexacarbonyl complexes: a density functional study.

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    Uzunova, Ellie L; Mikosch, Hans

    2012-03-29

    The dimers of cobalt oxide (CoO)(2) with cyclic and open bent structure are studied with the B1LYP density functional; the ordering of states is validated by the CCSD(T) method. The D(2h)-symmetry rhombic dioxide Co(2)O(2) with antiferromagnetically ordered electrons on cobalt centers is the global minimum. The cyclic peroxide Co(2)(O(2)) with side-on-bonded dioxygen in (7)B(2) ground state is separated from the global minimum by an energy gap of 3.15 eV. The dioxide is highly reactive as indicated by the high value of proton affinity and chemical reactivity indices. The four-member ring structures are more stable than those with three-member ring or chain configuration. The thermodynamic stability toward dissociation to CoO increases upon carbonylation, whereas proton affinity and reactivity with release of molecular oxygen also increase. The global minimum of Co(2)O(2)(CO)(6) corresponds to a triplet state (3)A" with oxygen atoms shifted above the molecular plane of the rhombic dioxide Co(2)O(2). The SOMO-LUMO gap in the ground-state carbonylated dioxide is wider, compared to the same gap in the bare dicobalt dioxide. The peroxo-isomer Co(2)(O(2))(CO)(6) retains the planar Co(2)(O(2)) ring and is only stable in a high-spin state (7)A". The carbonylated clusters have increased reactivity in both redox and nucleophilic reactions, as a result of the increased electron density in the Co(2)O(2)-ring area. PMID:22397598

  18. Structural, electronic and mechanical properties of rare earth nitride-ErN: A first principles study

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    Murugan, A.; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R. Santhosh, M.; Priyanga, G. Sudha; Kanagaprabha, S.; Iyakutti, K.

    2015-06-24

    The structural, electronic and mechanical properties of rare earth nitride ErN is investigated by the first principles calculations based on density functional theory using the Vienna ab-initio simulation package. At ambient pressure ErN is stable in the ferromagnetic state with NaCl structure. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. The electronic structure reveals that ErN is half metallic at normal pressure. A pressure-induced structural phase transition from NaCl (B1) to CsCl (B2) phase is observed in ErN. Ferromagnetic to non magnetic phase transition is predicted in ErN at high pressure.

  19. A theoretical study of the electronic structure of Invar Fe*3Pt and related materials

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    Zuo, Zhiqi

    1997-01-10

    The Full Potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave (FPLAPW or FLAPW) method is used for a spin-polarized band calculation for ordered Fe{sub 3}Pt. As major purpose, the momentum distributions of the spin-polarized electrons are calculated and compared with results from a magnetic Compton scattering measurement. To get related information, the electronic behavior is also analyzed by examining the partial densities of states and the spatial electron distributions; the role of alloying effects is then explored by studying the electrons in some related alloys: Fe{sub 3}Ni, Fe{sub 3}Pd, Ni{sub 3}Pt and Co{sub 3}Pt.

  20. AM1 study of the electronic structure of some androgens 5{beta}-reduced

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    Kubli-Garfias, C.; Vazquez, R.; Vega-Velazquez, C. |

    1996-12-31

    Among the possible derivatives of testosterone are known the metabolites reduced at position 5. From this, two conformations are feasible; trans and cis resulting in 5{alpha} and 5{beta}-configured compounds. In this work four of the most important 5{beta}-reduced androgens were studied, namely: 5{beta}-androstanedione (5{beta}- androstane-3,17-dione (1)), 5{beta}-dihydrotestosterone (17{beta}-hydroxy-5{beta} androstan-3- one; (2)), etiocholanol-one (3{alpha}-hyroxy-5{beta}-androstan-17-one (3)) and epietiocholanolone (3{beta}-hydroxy-5{beta}-androstan-17-one; (4)). Initially geometries were optimized with molecular mechanics (MM2), and refined by the Austin Model 1 method (AM1). Thus, the following electronic structure properties were calculated: heat of formation ({Delta}Hf), dipole moment, and frontier orbitals (HOMO and LUMO). Although HOMO and LUMO were somewhat similar in energies, they were located differently into the molecular frame. Thus, HOMO was located at 17C-carbonyl group in structures 1,3 and 4 and at the carbonyl at C3 in 2; The LUMO was placed in the carbonyl at C3 in 1 and 2, whereas in 3 and 4 was placed at C17. It is concluded that these location of valence orbitals might facilitate the action of enzymes yielding androstanediols, explaining the last step in the metabolism of androgens.

  1. ARPES studies of the electronic structure of Fe-based superconductors

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    Lu, Donghui

    2009-03-01

    The recent discovery of superconductivity in Fe-based layered compounds has created renewed interest in high temperature superconductivity. With a superconducting transition temperature as high as 55 K, this discovery provides a new direction to understand the essential ingredients for achieving a high superconducting transition temperature. In this talk, I will present our recent angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) studies on LaOFeP and (Ba,K)Fe2As2 systems, with special emphasis on the basic electronic structure of the parent compounds. For LaOFeP, quantitative agreement can be found between our ARPES data and the LDA band structure calculations, suggesting that a weak coupling approach based on an itinerant ground state may be more appropriate for understanding this new superconducting compound [1]. On the other hand, the picture for (Ba,K)Fe2As2 system is more complicated. I will discuss two important issues in these FeAs compounds: 1) the unexpected Fermi surface topology in both undoped and doped compounds; 2) the peculiar signature of the SDW transition in ARPES spectra for the parent compound. [4pt] [1] D. H. Lu, M. Yi, S.-K. Mo, A. S. Erickson, J. Analytis, J.-H. Chu, D. J. Singh, Z. Hussain, T. H. Geballe, I. R. Fisher & Z.-X. Shen, Nature 455, 81 (2008).

  2. Electronic structures, vibrational spectra, and revised assignment of aniline and its radical cation: Theoretical study

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    Wojciechowski, Piotr M.; Zierkiewicz, Wiktor; Michalska, Danuta; Hobza, Pavel

    2003-06-01

    Comprehensive studies of the molecular and electronic structures, vibrational frequencies, and infrared and Raman intensities of the aniline radical cation, C6H5NH2+ have been performed by using the unrestricted density functional (UB3LYP) and second-order Møller-Plesset (UMP2) methods with the extended 6-311++G(df,pd) basis set. For comparison, analogous calculations were carried out for the closed-shell neutral aniline. The studies provided detailed insight into the bonding changes that take place in aniline upon ionization. The natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis has revealed that the pπ-radical conjugative interactions are of prime importance in stabilizing the planar, quinoid-type structure of the aniline radical cation. It is shown that the natural charges calculated for aniline are consistent with the chemical properties of this molecule (an ortho- and para-directing power of the NH2 group in electrophilic substitutions), whereas Mulliken charges are not reliable. The theoretical vibrational frequencies of aniline, calculated by the B3LYP method, show excellent agreement with the available experimental data. In contrast, the MP2 method is deficient in predicting the frequencies of several modes in aniline, despite the use of the extended basis set in calculations. The frequencies of aniline radical cation, calculated at the UB3LYP/6-311++G(df,pd) level, are in very good agreement with the recently reported experimental data from zero kinetic energy photoelectron and infrared depletion spectroscopic studies. The clear- cut assignment of the IR and Raman spectra of the investigated molecules has been made on the basis of the calculated potential energy distributions. Several bands in the spectra have been reassigned. It is shown that ionization of aniline can be easily identified by the appearance of the very strong band at about 1490 cm-1, in the Raman spectrum. The redshift of the N-H stretching frequencies and the blueshift of the C-H stretching

  3. First principles study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of magnesium

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    Abdel Rahim, G. P.; Rodríguez M, J. A.; Moreno-Armenta, M. G.

    2016-02-01

    We investigated the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of Mg, in the CS (simple cubic), NiAs (Nickel arsenide), FCC (rock-salt), R (Rhombohedral), Diamond and WZ (wurtzite) phases. Calculations were performed using the first-principles pseudo-potential method within the framework of spin-density functional theory (DFT).

  4. Structural and electronic studies of metal carbide clusterfullerene Sc2C2@Cs-C72

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    Feng, Yongqiang; Wang, Taishan; Wu, Jingyi; Feng, Lai; Xiang, Junfeng; Ma, Yihan; Zhang, Zhuxia; Jiang, Li; Shu, Chunying; Wang, Chunru

    2013-07-01

    We present a metal carbide clusterfullerene Sc2C2@Cs(10528)-C72, whose structure has been baffling for many years. A motional endohedral Sc2C2 cluster, special molecule geometry and electronic structure were found in Sc2C2@Cs(10528)-C72. The paramagnetic Sc2C2@Cs-C72 anion radical was successfully prepared by a chemical reduction method and hyperfine couplings in the ESR spectrum were observed.We present a metal carbide clusterfullerene Sc2C2@Cs(10528)-C72, whose structure has been baffling for many years. A motional endohedral Sc2C2 cluster, special molecule geometry and electronic structure were found in Sc2C2@Cs(10528)-C72. The paramagnetic Sc2C2@Cs-C72 anion radical was successfully prepared by a chemical reduction method and hyperfine couplings in the ESR spectrum were observed. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, HPLC chromatogram, and DFT calculations. CCDC 917712. For ESI and crystallographic data in CIF or other electronic format see DOI: 10.1039/c3nr01739g

  5. Soft X-Ray Studies of Pu Electronic Structure: Past Lessons From XAS and Future Direction With BIS

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    Tobin, J G; Yu, S W; Chung, B W; Waddill, G D; Kutepov, A L

    2008-12-10

    Synchrotron-radiation-based spectroscopies such as X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) have contributed greatly to our improved understanding of Pu electronic structure. However, significant questions remain concerning the nature of Pu electronic structure. Perhaps the missing piece of the puzzle is the direct experimental determination of the unoccupied electronic structure using high energy inverse photoelectron spectroscopy (IPES) or Bremstrahlung Isochromat Spectroscopy (BIS). Past BIS studies of Th and U indicate the feasibility and utility of Pu studies. To this end, a new BIS capability has been developed in our laboratory. Electron stimulated emission of photons has been carried out using the XES-350 monochromator and detector system. Our preliminary results and future plans will be presented.

  6. Electron Scattering and Nuclear Structure

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    Trower, W. P.; Ficenec, J. R.

    1971-01-01

    Presents information about the nucleus gained by studies of electron scattering. Discusses what can be implied about the shape of the charge distribution, the nucleus positions, the vibrational modes of the nucleus, the momentum of the nucleus, and the granularity and core structures of the nucleus. (DS)

  7. Theoretical study of the structure and electronic spectra of fully protonated emeraldine oligomers

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    Zhekova, H.; Tadjer, A.; Ivanova, A.; Petrova, J.; Gospodinova, N.

    Polyaniline (PANI) is one of the most studied conducting polymers. Obtained in its conducting form (known as ?emeraldine salt?) by chemical or electrochemical oxidation of aniline in aqueous acidic medium, this polymer manifests an array of attractive properties. Nevertheless, these properties still need to be described at the molecular level. Intense theoretical investigations during the past few years aim at explaining the chain organization, conductivity mechanism, and other structural and spectral characteristics. Most studies adopt simplified models in which hydration effect is underestimated, since all simulations are performed either in vacuum or in the presence of a limited number of water molecules. The present computational study sheds light on the molecular organization of a number of model PANI hydrated clusters with different alignment and multiplicity, which can explain the experimentally recorded UV/VIS spectra. The influence of hydration and interaction with adjacent oligomers is estimated. Short-chain doubly protonated emeraldine oligomers are used as model systems. The calculations are performed at the semi-empirical (AM1) and/or molecular mechanics (AMBER96) level. Proper configurations of the clusters are selected using Monte Carlo simulations. Electron correlation (CIS) is accounted for upon evaluation of the absorption spectra of the clusters. The relative strength of the interchain coupling is estimated by simulation of PANI clusters consisting of two PANI tetramers in water. Comparison to experimental results is made.

  8. Ab initio study of pressure induced structural and electronic properties in uranium monobismuthide

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    Pataiya, Jagdish; Aynyas, Mahendra; Makode, C.; Singh, A.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2014-04-01

    We have investigated the pressure induced structural and electronic properties of uranium monobismuthide. The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). We predict structural phase transition from NaCl to CsCl-type structure at a pressure of 4.6 GPa. From energy band diagram it is observed that UBi exhibits metallic behavior. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameter is in good agreement with the experimental and other theoretical work.

  9. Ab initio study of pressure induced structural and electronic properties in uranium monobismuthide

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    Pataiya, Jagdish Makode, C.; Aynyas, Mahendra; Singh, A.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2014-04-24

    We have investigated the pressure induced structural and electronic properties of uranium monobismuthide. The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). We predict structural phase transition from NaCl to CsCl-type structure at a pressure of 4.6 GPa. From energy band diagram it is observed that UBi exhibits metallic behavior. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameter is in good agreement with the experimental and other theoretical work.

  10. Defects in ion-implanted hcp-titanium: A first-principles study of electronic structures

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    Raji, Abdulrafiu T.; Mazzarello, Riccardo; Scandolo, Sandro; Nsengiyumva, Schadrack; Härting, Margit; Britton, David T.

    2011-12-01

    The electronic structures of hexagonal closed-packed (h.c.p) titanium containing a vacancy and krypton impurity atoms at various insertion sites are calculated by first-principles methods in the framework of the density-functional theory (DFT). The density of states (DOS) for titanium containing a vacancy defect shows resonance-like features. Also, the bulk electron density decreases from ˜0.15/Å 3 to ˜0.05/Å 3 at the vacancy centre. Electronic structure calculations have been performed to investigate what underlies the krypton site preference in titanium. The DOS of the nearest-neighbour (NN) titanium atoms to the octahedral krypton appears to be less distorted (relative to pure titanium) when compared to the NN titanium atoms to the tetrahedral krypton. The electronic density deformation maps show that polarization of the titanium atoms is stronger when the krypton atom is located at the tetrahedral site. Since krypton is a closed-shell atom, thus precluding any bonding with the titanium atoms, we may conclude that the polarization of the electrons in the vicinity of the inserted krypton atoms and the distortion of the DOS of the NN titanium atoms to the krypton serve to indicate which defect site is preferred when a krypton atom is inserted into titanium. Based on these considerations, we conclude that the substitutional site is the most favourable one, and the octahedral is the preferred interstitial site, in agreement with recent DFT calculations of the energetics of krypton impurity sites.

  11. Computational full electron structure study of biological activity in Cyclophilin A.

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    Zhou, Wenjin; Rossetto, Allison M; Pang, Xiaodong; Zhou, Linxiang

    2016-01-01

    Cyclosporine (CsA) is widely used in organ transplant patients to help prevent the patient's body from rejecting the organ. CsA has been shown to be a safe and highly effective immunosuppressive drug that binds with the protein Cyclophilin A (CypA) at active sites. However, the exact mechanism of this binding at the molecular level remains unknown. In this project, we elucidate the binding of CsA to CypA at the molecular level by computing their electron structures and revealing their interactions. We employ a novel technique called electron Computer-Aided Drug Design (eCADD) on the protein's full electron structure along with its hydrophobic pocket and the perturbation theory of the interaction between two wave functions. We have identified the wave function of CypA, the biological active residues and active atoms of CypA and CsA, the interaction site between CypA and CsA, and the hydrogen bonds in the ligand CsA binding site. All these calculated active residues, active atoms, and hydrogen bonds are in good agreement with recorded laboratory experiments and provide guidelines for designing new ligands of CypA. We believe that our eCADD framework can provide researchers with a cost-efficient new method of drug design based on the full electron structure of proteins. PMID:26264861

  12. Electronic Structure of C60/Phthalocyanine/ITO Interfaces Studied using Soft X-ray Spectroscopies

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    Cho, S.; Piper, L; DeMasi, A; Preston, A; Smith, K; Chauhan, K; Sullivan, P; Hatton, R; Jones, T

    2010-01-01

    The interface electronic structure of a bilayer heterojunction of C{sub 60} and three different phthalocyanines grown on indium tin oxide (ITO) has been studied using synchrotron radiation-excited photoelectron spectroscopy. The energy difference between the highest occupied molecular orbital level of the phthalocyanine (donor) layer and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level of the C{sub 60} (acceptor) layer (E{sub HOMO}{sup D} - E{sub LUMO}{sup A}) was determined. The E{sub HOMO}{sup D} - E{sub LUMO}{sup A} of a heterojunction with boron subphthalocyanine chloride (SubPc) was found to be much larger than those of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and chloro-aluminum phthalocyanine (ClAlPc). This observation is discussed in terms of the difference of the ionization energy of each donor material. Additionally, we have studied the molecular orientation of the phthalocyanine films on ITO using angle-dependent X-ray absorption spectroscopy. We found that the SubPc films showed significant disorder compared to the CuPc and ClAlPc films and also found that E{sub HOMO}{sup D} - E{sub LUMO}{sup A} varied with the orientation of the ClAlPc molecules relative to the ITO substrate. This orientation could be controlled by varying the ClAlPc deposition rate.

  13. Electronic correlations, magnetism, and structure of Fe-Al subsystems: An LDA+U study

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    Lechermann, F.; Fähnle, M.; Meyer, B.; Elsässer, C.

    2004-04-01

    The influence of electronic correlations on the intimate relations between magnetism and structure of Fe-Al subsystems is investigated by the LDA+U method in the two currently used versions, around mean field (AMF) and fully localized limit (FLL). The calculations were performed with the new Stuttgart spin-polarized ab initio mixed-basis pseudopotential LDA+U code which is able to calculate both total energies and forces and thus to deal with structural relaxations. Both LDA+U versions yield coherent results concerning the energetical hierarchy for Fe3Al, i.e., a stabilization of the experimentally stable D03 structure against the L12 structure at moderate values of U, although the details concerning absolute energy shifts, lattice constant, and magnetism differ. For Fe impurities in Al the AMF result resembles the local-spin-density approximation result of a vanishing magnetic moment through structural relaxations, whereas with the FLL functional the magnetic moment remains finite.

  14. A study of the valence shell electronic structure and photoionisation dynamics of s-triazine

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    Coriani, S.; Stener, M.; Decleva, P.; Holland, D. M. P.; Potts, A. W.; Karlsson, L.

    2015-04-01

    A joint experimental and theoretical approach has been used to study the valence shell electronic structure and photoionisation dynamics of s-triazine (1,3,5-triazine). Synchrotron radiation has been employed to record angle resolved photoelectron spectra of the complete valence shell for photon energies between 17.5 and 100 eV, thereby allowing photoelectron anisotropy parameters and branching ratios to be determined. Absolute photoionisation partial cross sections have been estimated as the product of these branching ratios and the absolute photoabsorption cross section. The Kohn-Sham and the time-dependent version of density functional theory methods have been used to calculate photoelectron anisotropy parameters and photoionisation partial cross sections, and these have been compared with the corresponding experimental data. The calculations predict that shape resonances affect the photoionisation dynamics of several of the molecular orbitals. The angle resolved photoelectron spectra suggest that the 1 a2″ (π) orbital is more tightly bound than the 5e‧(σ) orbital, and that the 4 a1‧ (σ) orbital is more tightly bound than the 1 a2‧ (σ) orbital, in agreement with the predicted molecular orbital sequence. For the outer valence orbitals the single-particle picture of ionisation holds but electron correlation becomes increasingly important for the inner valence 4e‧, 3e‧ and 3 a1‧ orbitals and leads to a redistribution of intensity. Instead of a readily distinguishable main-line, associated with each of these orbitals, the photoelectron intensity is spread over numerous satellite states and the resulting band is broad and featureless.

  15. The molecular structure of barium dibromide: an electron diffraction and quantum chemical study

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    Hargittai, Magdolna; Kolonits, Mária; Schultz, György

    2001-06-01

    The molecular structure of barium dibromide was determined by gas-phase electron diffraction, ab initio quantum chemical calculations, and joint electron diffraction/vibratonal spectroscopic analyses. All techniques yield consistently an unambiguously bent geometry. The following geometrical parameters were obtained: rg(Ba-Br) 2.911±0.006 Å, re(Ba-Br) 2.899±0.007 Å, ∠ aBr-Ba-Br 137.0±2.5° and ∠ eBr-Ba-Br 137.1±4.9°.

  16. Study on the Relationship Between Valence Electron Structure and Coating Oriented Growth

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    Tan, Shuyong; Zhang, Xuhai; Zhen, Rui; Zhang, Lei; Tian, Zeng; Ba, Zhixin; Wang, Zhangzhong

    2015-04-01

    The coating oriented growth has attracted great attention because of its effect on coating properties. In this paper, the valence electron structures of TiN and Ni were calculated with the empirical electron theory (EET) in solid and molecules for investigating preferred orientation of nitride coatings containing Ni. The calculation results show that Ni(111), CrN(100) and TiN(100) are the maximum crystal-face electron density, respectively. In CrN (or TiN) coatings, if Ni does not form a single nickel phase, CrN(100) (or TiN(100)) preferred orientation appears easily due to its high crystal-face electron density. When Ni exists as a single phase, CrN(100)/Ni(111) (or TiN(100)/Ni(111)) with the minimum crystal-face electron density difference is the most likely to appear in the coatings. Furthermore, high crystal-face electron density difference usually implies fine grain microstructure. The calculation results are consistent with the experimental results.

  17. Computational Study of the Structure, the Flexibility, and the Electronic Circular Dichroism of Staurosporine - a Powerful Protein Kinase Inhibitor

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    Karabencheva-Christova, Tatyana G.; Singh, Warispreet; Christov, Christo Z.

    2014-07-01

    Staurosporine (STU) is a microbial alkaloid which is an universal kinase inhibitor. In order to understand its mechanism of action it is important to explore its structure-properties relationships. In this paper we provide the results of a computational study of the structure, the chiroptical properties, the conformational flexibility of STU as well as the correlation between the electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra and the structure of its complex with anaplastic lymphoma kinase.

  18. Hybrid density functional study of the structural, bonding, and electronic properties of bismuth vanadate

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    Kweon, Kyoung E.; Hwang, Gyeong S.

    2012-10-01

    The structure and property prediction of metal oxides can significantly be improved by incorporating exact Hartree-Fock (HF) exchange into density functional theory (DFT), which is the so-called hybrid DFT. We explored the impact of HF exchange inclusion on the predicted structural, bonding, and electronic properties of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4), with particular attention to the difference between its monoclinic and tetragonal scheelite phases. The applied exchange-correlation (xc) functionals include the gradient corrected Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) and the PBE-HF hybrid functionals with HF exchange amounts of 10%, 25%, and 50%. We find that the PBE-HF25% yields a monoclinic structure in very close agreement with the experimentally determined structure, while the PBE-HF50% tends to overestimate the monoclinic distortion and the PBE/PBE-HF10% can hardly identify a distinct monoclinic configuration at ambient conditions. Electronic structure analysis reveals that the increasing monoclinic distortion with the amount of HF exchange is related to the enhancement of hybridization between Bi 6s-O 2p antibonding states and unoccupied Bi 6p states. The bonding mechanisms and band structures of the monoclinic and tetragonal phases of BiVO4 were also investigated, and we discuss how the predictions are sensitive to the xc functional choice.

  19. Study of structural, electronic and optical properties of tungsten doped bismuth oxychloride by DFT calculations.

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    Yang, Wenjuan; Wen, Yanwei; Chen, Rong; Zeng, Dawen; Shan, Bin

    2014-10-21

    First-principle calculations have been carried out to investigate structural stabilities, electronic structures and optical properties of tungsten doped bismuth oxychloride (BiOCl). The structures of substitutional and interstitial tungsten, and in the form of WO6-ligand-doped BiOCl are examined. The substitutional and interstitial tungsten doping leads to discrete midgap states within the forbidden band gap, which has an adverse effect on the photocatalytic properties. On the other hand, the WO6-ligand-doped BiOCl structure induces a continuum of hybridized states in the forbidden gap, which favors transport of electrons and holes and could result in enhancement of visible light activity. In addition, the band gap of WO6-BiOCl decreases by 0.25 eV with valence band maximum (VBM) shifting upwards compared to that of pure BiOCl. By calculating optical absorption spectra of pure BiOCl and WO6-ligand-doped BiOCl structure, it is found that the absorption peak of the WO6-ligand-doped BiOCl structure has a red shift towards visible light compared with that of pure BiOCl, which agrees well with experimental observations. These results reveal the tungsten doped BiOCl system as a promising material in photocatalytic decomposition of organics and water splitting under sunlight irradiation. PMID:25179434

  20. Density functional theory studies of the structure and electronic structure of pure and defective low index surfaces of ceria

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    Nolan, Michael; Grigoleit, Sonja; Sayle, Dean C.; Parker, Stephen C.; Watson, Graeme W.

    2005-02-01

    We present periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations of bulk ceria and its low index surfaces (1 1 1), (1 1 0) and (1 0 0). We find that the surface energies increase in the order (1 1 1) > (1 1 0) > (1 0 0), while the magnitude of the surface relaxations follows the inverse order. The electronic properties of the bulk and surfaces are analysed by means of the electronic density of states and the electron density. We demonstrate that the bonding in pure ceria is partially covalent and analysis of the resulting electronic states confirms the presence of localised Ce 4f states above the Fermi level. The surface atoms show only a small change in the charge distribution in comparison to the bulk and from the DOS the main differences are due to the changes in the oxygen 2p and cerium 5 d states. Investigation of the atomic and electronic structure of an oxygen vacancy on the (1 0 0) surface shows the problems DFT can have with the description of strongly localised systems, wrongly predicting electron delocalisation over all of the cerium atoms in the simulation cell. We demonstrate an improvement in the description of the strongly correlated cerium 4f states in partially reduced ceria by applying the DFT+U methodology, which leads to the appearance of a new gap state between the valence band and the empty Ce 4f band. Analysis of the partial charge density shows that these states are localised on the Ce III ions neighbouring the oxygen vacancy. In terms of classical defect chemistry, the vacancy is bound by two neighbouring Ce III ions, which have been reduced from Ce IV, i.e. VO··+2CeCe'. The remaining Ce ions are in the Ce IV oxidation state. The localisation of Ce 4f electrons modifies the predicted structure of the defective surface.

  1. Experimental (FT-IR and FT-Raman), electronic structure and DFT studies on 1-methoxynaphthalene

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    Govindarajan, M.; Ganasan, K.; Periandy, S.; Karabacak, M.

    2011-08-01

    In this work, FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra of 1-methoxynapthalene (C 11H 10O) have been reported in the regions 4000-400 cm -1 and 3500-100 cm -1, respectively. Density functional method (DFT) has been used to calculate the optimized geometrical parameters, atomic charges, vibrational wavenumbers and intensity of the vibrational bands. The vibrational frequencies have been calculated and scaled values are compared with experimental FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra. The structure optimizations and normal coordinate force field calculations are based on density functional theory (DFT) method with B3LYP/3-21G, B3LYP/6-31G, B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) and B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) basis sets. The complete vibrational assignments of wavenumbers are made on the basis of potential energy distribution (PED). The optimized geometric parameters are compared with experimental values of naphthoic acid. The results of the calculation shows excellent agreement between experimental and calculated frequencies in B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) basis set. The effects due to the substitutions of methyl group and carbon-oxygen bond are also investigated. A study on the electronic properties, such as excitation energies and wavelengths, were performed by time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) approach. HOMO and LUMO energies are calculated that these energies show charge transfer occurs within the molecule.

  2. Electron spin resonance study of point defects in thermal GaAs/GaAs-oxide structures

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    Nguyen, S.; Afanas'ev, V. V.; Stesmans, A.

    2012-12-01

    In an attempt to atomically assess interface and oxide-related point defects, a first basic multifrequency low-temperature electron spin resonance study has been carried out on semi-insulating (Fe compensated) GaAs/oxide structures, implying both powders and (100)GaAs/oxide slices, thermally grown in the range Tox=350-615 °C. Various spectra are observed: As for powders, this includes the 4-line EL2 defect spectrum centered at g~2.043 and characterized by the isotropic hyperfine constant Aiso~ 910 G, ascribed to the 75AsGa+ antisite defect. Observed in freshly crushed powder, it substantially increases in density with oxidation, in line with theoretical expectation; A maximum appears reached for at Tox~440 °C. It is not observed in the parent c-GaAs wafer. A second isotropic signal is observed at g~1.937 in powders for Tox in the range 510-615 °C, but only after additional VUV irradiation; it may correspond to As clusters. In bulk (100)GaAs, we observe the 5-branch spectrum of substitutional Fe impurities (spin S=5/2) in GaAs, with inferred crystal field constant a ≈ 360 G, well in line with previous observations. The results are discussed within the framework of advanced theoretical interface and defect models and previous experimental assessment.

  3. An experimental study of perovskite-structured mixed ionic- electronic conducting oxides and membranes

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    Zeng, Pingying

    In recent decades, ceramic membranes based on mixed ionic and electronic conducting (MIEC) perovskite-structured oxides have received many attentions for their applications for air separation, or as a membrane reactor for methane oxidation. While numerous perovskite oxide materials have been explored over the past two decades; there are hardly any materials with sufficient practical economic value and performance for large scale applications, which justifies continuing the search for new materials. The main purposes of this thesis study are: (1) develop several novel SrCoO3-delta based MIEC oxides, SrCoCo1-xMxO3-delta, based on which membranes exhibit excellent oxygen permeability; (2) investigate the significant effects of the species and concentration of the dopants M (metal ions with fixed valences) on the various properties of these membranes; (3) investigate the significant effects of sintering temperature on the microstructures and performance of oxygen permeation membranes; and (4) study the performance of oxygen permeation membranes as a membrane reactor for methane combustion. To stabilize the cubic phase structure of the SrCoO3-delta oxide, various amounts of scandium was doped into the B-site of SrCoO 3-delta to form a series of new perovskite oxides, SrScxCoCo 1-xO3-delta (SSCx, x = 0-0.7). The significant effects of scandium-doping concentration on the phase structure, electrical conductivity, sintering performance, thermal and structural stability, cathode performance, and oxygen permeation performance of the SSCx membranes, were systematically studied. Also for a more in-depth understanding, the rate determination steps for the oxygen transport process through the membranes were clarified by theoretical and experimental investigation. It was found that only a minor amount of scandium (5 mol%) doping into the B-site of SrCoO3-delta can effectively stabilize the cubic phase structure, and thus significantly improve the electrical conductivity and

  4. High-Pressure and Electronic Band Structure Studies on MoBC

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    Falconi, R.; de la Mora, P.; Morales, F.; Escamilla, R.; Camacho, C. O.; Acosta, M.; Escudero, R.

    2015-05-01

    In this work, high-pressure electrical resistivity measurements and electronic structure analysis on the intermetallic MoBC system are presented. Electrical resistivity measurements up to about 5 GPa using a diamond anvil cell on MoBC revealed that decreases in a non-monotonic way. Using Linearized Augmented Plane Wave method based on Density Functional Theory, we investigate the changes in the electronic structure of this compound as a function of pressure. The states at the Fermi level mainly come from the d orbitals of molybdenum atoms. As the pressure increases, the band width is enhanced and the total density of states at the Fermi level decreases. The Fermi surface for this compound possesses a two-dimensional character which prevails under an applied pressure of about 10 GPa. The results are compared with the chemical pressure effects on induced by the gradual and non-simultaneous elimination of B and C in the compound.

  5. First-principles study of the electronic structure of organic semiconductors

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    Sharifzadeh, Sahar; Biller, Ariel J.; Kronik, Leeor; Neaton, Jeffrey B.

    2010-03-01

    Organic semiconductors are promising materials for next generation organic photovoltaics, with the characterization of their spectroscopic properties vital to improving the potential of such technologies. Here, we use density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory within the GW approximation to explore quantitatively the electronic structure of prototypical organic semiconductor crystals and compare directly with valence-band photoemission data. For pentacene and PTCDA, computed gas-phase ionization energies and electron affinities are compared with calculated crystal-phase quasiparticle band structures, and relationships between shifts in orbital energy with change of phase and static polarization of the bulk are discussed and compared with experiment. We acknowledge DOE, NSF, BASF, and ISF for financial support, and NERSC for computational resources.

  6. Electronic structure of ion arsenic high temperature superconductors studied by angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Liu, Chang

    2011-01-01

    The main purpose of the present thesis is to present our ARPES results on the iron arsenic superconductors. As revealed by a series of ARPES measurements on both the AEFe2As2 and the RFeAs(O,F) families (parent compound and carrier-doped systems), the electronic structures of the pnictides are complicated, three dimensional, and closely linked to their superconducting behavior (13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19). Parent compounds of these materials exhibit the basic hole-electron pocket dual plus an apparent Fermi surface reconstruction caused by long range antiferromagnetism (13; 15). When carriers are introduced, the chemical potential shifts in accordance with the Luttinger theorem and the rigid band shifting picture (13). Importantly, both the appearance and disappearance of the superconducting dome at low and high doping levels have intimate relation with topological changes at the Fermi surfaces, resulting in a specific Fermi topology being favored by superconductivity (15; 16). On the low doping side, superconductivity emerges in the phase diagram once the antiferromagnetic reconstruction disappears below the Fermi level, returning the Fermi surface to its paramagnetic-like appearance. On the high doping side, superconductivity disappears around a doping level at which the central hole pocket vanishes due to increasing electron concentration. Such phenomena are evidence for the governing role the electronic structure plays in their superconducting behavior.

  7. Ab initio study of pressure induced structural and electronic properties in TmPo

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    Makode, Chandrabhan Pataiya, Jagdish; Sanyal, Sankar P.; Panwar, Y. S.; Aynyas, Mahendra

    2015-06-24

    We report an ab initio calculation of pressure induced structural phase transition and electronic properties of Thulium Polonide (TmPo).The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). It is found that TmPo is stable in NaCl-type (B{sub 1}-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B{sub 2}-phase) structure of this compound in the pressure range of 7.0 GPa. We also calculate the lattice parameter (a{sub 0}), bulk modulus (B{sub 0}), band structure and density of states. From energy diagram it is observed that TmPo exhibit metallic behavior. The calculated values of equilibrium lattice parameter and bulk modulus are in general good agreement.

  8. A comparative first-principles study of structural and electronic properties among memantine, amantadine and rimantadine

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    Middleton, Kirsten; Zhang, G. P.; Nichols, Michael R.; George, Thomas F.

    2012-05-01

    Memantine, amantadine and rimantadine are structurally derived from the same diamondoid, adamantane. These derivatives demonstrate therapeutic efficacy in human diseases: memantine for Alzheimer's disease and amantadine and rimantadine for influenza. In order to better understand some of the properties that distinguish these three compounds, we conduct first-principles calculations on their structure and electronic properties. Our results indicate that protonation has a significant effect on the dipole moment, where the dipole moment in protonated memantine is over eight times larger than in the deprotonated form.

  9. Ab-initio study of electronic structure and elastic properties of ZrC

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    Mund, H. S.; Ahuja, B. L.

    2016-05-01

    The electronic and elastic properties of ZrC have been investigated using the linear combination of atomic orbitals method within the framework of density functional theory. Different exchange-correlation functionals are taken into account within generalized gradient approximation. We have computed energy bands, density of states, elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, lattice parameters and pressure derivative of the bulk modulus by calculating ground state energy of the rock salt structure type ZrC.

  10. Structural and electronic studies of metal hexacyanoferrates based cathodes for Li rechargeable batteries

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    Giorgetti, Marco; Mignani, Adriana; Aquilanti, Giuliana; Conti, Paolo; Fehse, Marcus; Stievano, Lorenzo

    2016-05-01

    Operando XANES and EXAFS spectra on the newly prepared Fe hexacyanocobaltate active material for positive electrodes in lithium batteries have been recorded at the XAFS beamline of Elettra using a suitable in situ cell. In this way, it was possible to follow in detail the main structural and electronic changes during the charge and discharge processes of the battery. The use of a chemometric approach for data analysis is also underlined.

  11. Theoretical study of structure and electronic properties of cyano-substituted pyrroles

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    Rimarčík, Ján; Lukeš, Vladimír; Klein, Erik; Griesser, Markus; Kelterer, Anne-Marie

    2008-11-01

    DFT and ab initio MP2 calculations of optimal geometries, dipole moments, polarizabilities, excitation energies and enthalpies of hydrogen or proton transfer from N-H group for cyano derivatives of pyrrole are presented. CN groups in α and β positions have distinct effects on electron spectra absorption bands. CN in α position causes larger bathochromic shift in comparison to β position. N-H bond dissociation enthalpies (BDE) of substituted pyrroles are higher by 7 kJ mol -1 than pyrrole BDE. Number and position of CN groups do not affect BDEs. Proton affinities of pyrrolyl anions and enthalpies of electron transfer from these anions are proportional to the number of CN groups in molecule. Each CN group causes decrease in proton affinity by 72 kJ mol -1 and 73 kJ mol -1 rise in electron transfer enthalpy. For several studied pyrroles, BDEs, proton affinities and electron transfer enthalpies in water and benzene were computed.

  12. Systematic study of the electronic structure and optical properties of icosahedral boron and boron compounds

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    Li, Dong

    1997-11-01

    A systematic study of the electronic structures, total energies and optical properties of B12-based boron and boron-rich compounds and boron oxide compounds has been conducted by the first-principles orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals method. The materials involved are: α-r-B12, B12As2,/ B12P2,/ B11C(CBC)/ (or/ B4C),/ B13C2,/ B12O2,/ (B10Si2)Si2,/ (B10Si2)Si2-I, B2O3-I and B2O3-II. The band structures show that α-r-B12,/ B12As2,/ B12P2,/ B11C(CBC),/ B12O2,/ (B10Si2)Si2, and (B10Si2)Si2-I are semiconductors with band gaps ranging from 1.29 eV to 3.04 eV while B13C2 is a metal with an intrinsic hole at the top of the valence band below a semiconductor-like gap. The study also shows that B2O3-I and B2O3-II are wide gap insulators with calculated LDA gaps of 6.20 eV and 8.85 eV separately. The calculated density of states are resolved into atomic and orbital partial components and the valence-charge distributions are also studied. The natural bonding characteristics in these crystals are illuminated by evaluating the Mulliken effective charges on each atom and overlap populations between pairs of atoms. It is shown that inter-icosahedral bonding is much stronger than the intra-icosahedral bonding in the B12- based crystals. The chain elements in B12As2,/ B12P2,/ (B10Si2)Si2 and (B10Si2)Si2-I donate electrons to the icosahedra, while B11C(CBC),/ B13C2 and B12O2 gain a slight amount of charge in forming strong covalent bonds. For boron oxide compounds, B2O3-II is found to be more ionic than B2O3-I. It is also concluded that the sp2 planar bonding in B2O3-I is stronger than the sp3 tetrahedral bonding in B2O3-II. The bulk moduli of α-r-B12,/ B12As2,/ B12P2,/ B11C(CBC),/ B13C2 and B12O2 are estimated by means of total energy calculation as a function of crystal volume, and are to be considered as upper limits. We have also calculated the interband optical conductivities and the complex dielectric functions. Static dielectric constants for icosahedral

  13. Electronic structure study of TiB{sub 2} and Ti{sub 2}B

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    Vashistha, M. Vyas, V.; Kabra, K.; Sharma, G.

    2015-06-24

    In this paper, the electronic properties of TiB{sub 2} and Ti{sub 2}B are computed within the framework of Density Functional Theory (DFT) based on Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals (LCAO) method. In the present calculations, the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) proposed by Perdew-Burke-Erenzerhof (PBE) and Becke’s scheme are considered to treat the correlation and exchange effects respectively. TiB{sub 2} crystallizes in the hexagonal AlB{sub 2} type structure which is designated as C32 with the space group P6/mmm. While the crystal structure of Ti{sub 2}B described in this paper is isomorphous to the body centered tetragonal (Al{sub 2}Cu - type) structure with space group I4/mcm.

  14. Electronic structure study of TiB2 and Ti2B

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    Vashistha, M.; Kabra, K.; Vyas, V.; Sharma, G.

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, the electronic properties of TiB2 and Ti2B are computed within the framework of Density Functional Theory (DFT) based on Linear Combination of Atomic Orbitals (LCAO) method. In the present calculations, the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) proposed by Perdew-Burke-Erenzerhof (PBE) and Becke's scheme are considered to treat the correlation and exchange effects respectively. TiB2 crystallizes in the hexagonal AlB2 type structure which is designated as C32 with the space group P6/mmm. While the crystal structure of Ti2B described in this paper is isomorphous to the body centered tetragonal (Al2Cu - type) structure with space group I4/mcm.

  15. The Hydrogen Catalyst Cobaloxime – a Multifrequency EPR & DFT Study of Cobaloxime’s Electronic Structure

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    Niklas, Jens; Mardis, Kristy L.; Rakhimov, Rakhim R.; Mulfort, Karen L.; Tiede, David M.; Poluektov, Oleg G.

    2012-01-01

    Solar fuels research aims to mimic photosynthesis and devise integrated systems that can capture, convert, and store solar energy in the form of high-energy molecular bonds. Molecular hydrogen is generally considered an ideal solar fuel as its combustion is essentially pollution-free. Cobaloximes rank among the most promising earth-abundant catalysts for the reduction of protons to molecular hydrogen. We have used multifrequency EPR spectroscopy at X-band, Q-band, and D-band combined with DFT calculations to reveal electronic structure and establish correlations between structure, surroundings and catalytic activity of these complexes. To assess the strength and nature of ligand cobalt interactions, the BF2-capped cobaloxime, Co(dmgBF2)2, was studied in a variety of different solvents with a range of polarities and stoichiometric amounts of potential ligands to the cobalt ion. This allows the differentiation of labile and strongly coordinating axial ligands for the Co(II) complex. Labile, or weakly coordinating, ligands like methanol result in larger g-tensor anisotropy than strongly coordinating ligands like pyridine. Additionally, a coordination number effect is seen for the strongly coordinating ligands with both singly-ligated LCo(dmgBF2)2 and doubly-ligated L2Co(dmgBF2)2. The presence of two strongly coordinating axial ligands leads to the smallest g-tensor anisotropy. The relevance of the strength of the axial ligand(s) to the catalytic efficiency of Co(dmgBF2)2 is discussed. Finally, the influence of molecular oxygen and formation of Co(III) superoxide radicals LCo(dmgBF2)2O2• is studied. The experimental results are compared with a comprehensive set of DFT calculations on Co(dmgBF2)2 model systems with various axial ligands. Comparison with experimental values for the “key” magnetic parameters like g-tensor and 59Co hyperfine coupling tensor allows the determination of the conformation of the axially ligated Co(dmgBF2)2 complexes. The data presented

  16. First-principles study of electronic structures and phase transitions of lithiated molybdenum disulphide

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    Li, Jun; Chen, Xiaobo

    2012-02-01

    By first-principles calculations, electronic structures of MoS2, intercalation-induced 2H to 1T phase transition and reversibility are investigated. It is revealed that change of interlayer stacking from 2H to 3R imposes negligible influence on the band structure and stability of MoS2. In contrast, the change of intralayer stacking from 2H to 1T changes the character of p-d repulsion, resulting in a semiconductor-to-metal transition. We demonstrate that the Kohn-Sham band energy, rather than the coulomb repulsion energy, plays dominant roles in both the phase stabilization and transition during Li intercalation. It is found that the evolution of 1T phase is crucially determined by chemical hardness, which underlies the cycle irreversibility. Due to the charge-density-wave (CDW) phase, Li extraction is impeded by the enhancement of Li-host binding. It is indicated that the cycle reversibility can be improved by electron-donor doping in MoS2, because the resultant pre-reduction of Mo and S eliminates the electron transfer from Li to host.

  17. First-principles study of structural, electronic and optical properties of ZnF2

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    Wu, Jian-Bang; Cheng, Xin-Lu; Zhang, Hong; Xiong, Zheng-Wei

    2014-07-01

    The structural, electronic, and optical properties of rutile—, CaCl2-, and PdF2—ZnF2 are calculated by the plane-wave pseudopotential method within the density functional theory. The calculated equilibrium lattice constants are in reasonable agreement with the available experimental and other calculated results. The band structures show that the rutile—, CaCl2-, and PdF2—ZnF2 are all direct band insulator. The band gaps are 3.63, 3.62, and 3.36 eV, respectively. The contribution of the different bands was analyzed by the density of states. The Mulliken population analysis is performed. A mixture of covalent and weak ionic chemical bonding exists in ZnF2. Furthermore, in order to understand the optical properties of ZnF2, the dielectric function, absorption coefficient, refractive index, electronic energy loss spectroscopy, and optical reflectivity are also performed in the energy range from 0 to 30 eV. It is found that the main absorption parts locate in the UV region for ZnF2. This is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of the electronic and optical properties of ZnF2 compound, and it still awaits experimental confirmation.

  18. First-principles study of the crystal and electronic structures of {alpha}-tetragonal boron

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    Hayami, Wataru; Otani, Shigeki

    2010-07-15

    The crystal and electronic structures of {alpha}-tetragonal ({alpha}-t) boron were investigated by first-principles calculation. Application of a simple model assuming 50 atoms in the unit cell indicated that {alpha}-t boron had a metallic density of state, thus contradicting the experimental fact that it is a p-type semiconductor. The presence of an additional two interstitial boron atoms at the 4c site made {alpha}-t boron semiconductive and the most stable. The cohesive energy per atom was as high as those of {alpha}- and {beta}-rhombohedral boron, suggesting that {alpha}-t boron is produced more easily than was previously thought. The experimentally obtained {alpha}-t boron in nanobelt form had about two interstitial atoms at the 8i sites. We consider that the shallow potential at 8i sites generates low-energy phonon modes, which increase the entropy and consequently decrease the free energy at high temperatures. Calculation of the electronic band structure showed that the highest valence band had a larger dispersion from {Gamma} to Z than from {Gamma} to X; this indicated a strong anisotropy in hole conduction. - Graphical abstract: Calculated electron densities of B{sub 50} and B{sub 50}+2B at site 4c (configuration B).

  19. Theoretical study of the electronic structure with dipole moment calculations of barium monofluoride

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    Tohme, Samir N.; Korek, Mahmoud

    2015-12-01

    The potential energy curves have been investigated for the 41 lowest doublet and quartet electronic states in the 2s+1Λ± representation below 55,000 cm-1 of the molecule BaF via CASSCF and MRCI (single and double excitations with Davidson correction) calculations. Twenty-five electronic states have been studied here theoretically for the first time. The crossing and avoided crossing of 20 doublet electronic states have been studied in the region 30,000-50,000 cm-1. The harmonic frequency ωe, the internuclear distance Re, the rotational constant Be, the electronic energy with respect to the ground state Te, and the permanent and transition dipole moments have been calculated in addition to static dipole polarizability of the ground state. By using the canonical functions approach, the eigenvalue Ev, the rotational constant Bv, and the abscissas of the turning points Rmin and Rmax have been calculated for the electronic states up to the vibrational level v=98. The comparison of these values with the theoretical results available in the literature shows a very good agreement.

  20. Van der Waals density functional study of the structural and electronic properties of La-doped phenanthrene

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    Yan, Xun-Wang; Faculty of Physics and Electronic Technology, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062; State Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100190, China and School of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Anyang Normal University, Henan 455000 ; Huang, Zhongbing; Faculty of Physics and Electronic Technology, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062 ; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2013-11-28

    By the first principle calculations based on the van der Waals density functional theory, we study the crystal structures and electronic properties of La-doped phenanthrene. Two stable atomic geometries of La{sub 1}phenanthrene are obtained by relaxation of atomic positions from various initial structures. The structure-I is a metal with two energy bands crossing the Fermi level, while the structure-II displays a semiconducting state with an energy gap of 0.15 eV, which has an energy gain of 0.42 eV per unit cell compared to the structure-I. The most striking feature of La{sub 1}phenanthrene is that La 5d electrons make a significant contribution to the total density of state around the Fermi level, which is distinct from potassium doped phenanthrene and picene. Our findings provide an important foundation for the understanding of superconductivity in La-doped phenanthrene.

  1. Electronic structure of Calcium hexaborides

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    Lee, Byounghak; Wang, Lin-Wang

    2005-06-15

    We present a theoretical study of crystal and electronic structures of CaB6 within a screened-exchange local density approximation (sX-LDA). Our ab initio total energy calculations show that CaB6 is a semiconductor with a gap of >1.2 eV, in agreement with recent experimental observations. We show a very sensitive band gap dependence on the crystal internal parameter, which might partially explain the scatter of previous theoretical results. Our calculation demonstrates that it is essential to study this system simultaneously for both crystal structures and electronic properties, and that the sX-LDA provides an ideal method for this problem.

  2. Dynamical Mean-Field Theory Study of Correlated Electronic Structures and the Phase Diagram of Hydrocarbon Superconductors

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    Kim, Minjae; Choi, Hong Chul; Shim, Ji Hoon; Min, B. I.

    2014-03-01

    We have studied correlated electronic structures and the phase diagram of electron-doped hydrocarbon molecular solids, based on the dynamical mean-field theory. We have determined the phase diagram of hydrocarbon molecular solids as functions of doping and energy parameters including the Coulomb correlation, the Hund coupling, and the molecular-orbital (MO) energy level splitting. We have found that the hydrocarbon superconductors (electron-doped picene and coronene) belong to the multi-band Fermi liquid state, while non-superconducting electron-doped pentacene belongs to the single-band state in the proximity of the metal-insulator transition. The size of the MO energy level splitting plays an important role in deriving the superconductivity of electron-doped hydrocarbon solids. The multi-band nature of hydrocarbon solids from the small MO energy level splitting boosts the superconductivity through the enhanced density of states at the Fermi level.

  3. Electronic structures of hydrogen functionalized carbon nanotube: Density functional theory (DFT) study

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    Tachikawa, Hiroto; Iyama, Tetsuji; Kawabata, Hiroshi

    2016-05-01

    Electronic structures and formation mechanism of hydrogen functionalized carbon nanotube (CNT) have been investigated by means of density functional theory (DFT) method. The mechanism of hydrogen addition reaction to the CNT surface was also investigated. Pure and boron-nitrogen (BN) substituted CNT (denoted by CNT and BN-CNT, respectively) were examined as the carbon nanotubes. It was found that the additions of hydrogen atom to B (boron atom) and C (carbon atom) sites of BN-CNT proceed without activation barrier, whereas the hydrogenation of N (nitrogen atom) site needs the activation energy. The electronic states of hydrogen functionalized CNT and BN-CNT were discussed on the basis of theoretical results.

  4. Photoelectron spectroscopic study on the electronic structures of the dental gold alloys and their interaction with L-cysteine

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    Ogawa, Koji; Takahashi, Kazutoshi; Azuma, Junpei; Kamada, Masao; Tsujibayashi, Toru; Ichimiya, Masayoshi; Fujimoto, Hitoshi; Sumimoto, Michinori

    2011-11-15

    The valence electronic structures of the dental gold alloys, type 1, type 3, and K14, and their interaction with L-cysteine have been studied by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation. It was found that the electronic structures of the type-1 and type-3 dental alloys are similar to that of polycrystalline Au, while that of the K14 dental alloy is much affected by Cu. The peak shift and the change in shape due to alloying are observed in all the dental alloys. It is suggested that the new peak observed around 2 eV for the L-cysteine thin films on all the dental alloys may be due to the bonding of S 3sp orbitals with the dental alloy surfaces, and the Cu-S bond, as well as the Au-S and Au-O bonds, may cause the change in the electronic structure of the L-cysteine on the alloys.

  5. Electronic Structures of Silicene Nanoribbons: Two-Edge-Chemistry Modification and First-Principles Study.

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    Yao, Yin; Liu, Anping; Bai, Jianhui; Zhang, Xuanmei; Wang, Rui

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we investigate the structural and electronic properties of zigzag silicene nanoribbons (ZSiNRs) with edge-chemistry modified by H, F, OH, and O, using the ab initio density functional theory method and local spin-density approximation. Three kinds of spin polarized configurations are considered: nonspin polarization (NM), ferromagnetic spin coupling for all electrons (FM), ferromagnetic ordering along each edge, and antiparallel spin orientation between the two edges (AFM). The H, F, and OH groups modified 8-ZSiNRs have the AFM ground state. The directly edge oxidized (O1) ZSiNRs yield the same energy and band structure for NM, FM, and AFM configurations, owning to the same s p (2) hybridization. And replacing the Si atoms on the two edges with O atoms (O2) yields FM ground state. The edge-chemistry-modified ZSiNRs all exhibit metallic band structures. And the modifications introduce special edge state strongly localized at the Si atoms in the edge, except for the O1 form. The modification of the zigzag edges of silicene nanoribbons is a key issue to apply the silicene into the field effect transistors (FETs) and gives more necessity to better understand the experimental findings. PMID:27550051

  6. First-Principles Study of Electronic Structure of Type I Hybrid Carbon-Silicon Clathrates

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    Chan, Kwai S.; Peng, Xihong

    2016-05-01

    A new class of type I hybrid carbon-silicon clathrates has been designed using computational methods by substituting some of the Si atoms in the silicon clathrate framework with carbon atoms. In this work, the electronic structure of hybrid carbon-silicon clathrates with and without alkaline or alkaline-earth metal guest atoms has been computed within the density functional theory framework. The theoretical calculations indicate that a small number of carbon substitutions in the Si46 framework slightly reduces the density of states (DOS) near the band edge and narrows the bandgap of carbon-silicon clathrates. Weak hybridization of the conduction band occurs when alkaline metal (Li, Na, K) atoms are inserted into the structure, while strong hybridization of the conduction band occurs when alkaline-earth metal (Mg, Ca, Ba) atoms are inserted into the hybrid structure. Empty C y Si46-y clathrates within the composition range of 2 ≤ y ≤ 15 can be tuned to exhibit indirect bandgaps of 1.5 eV or less, and may be considered as potential electronic materials.

  7. First-Principles Study of Electronic Structure of Type I Hybrid Carbon-Silicon Clathrates

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    Chan, Kwai S.; Peng, Xihong

    2016-08-01

    A new class of type I hybrid carbon-silicon clathrates has been designed using computational methods by substituting some of the Si atoms in the silicon clathrate framework with carbon atoms. In this work, the electronic structure of hybrid carbon-silicon clathrates with and without alkaline or alkaline-earth metal guest atoms has been computed within the density functional theory framework. The theoretical calculations indicate that a small number of carbon substitutions in the Si46 framework slightly reduces the density of states (DOS) near the band edge and narrows the bandgap of carbon-silicon clathrates. Weak hybridization of the conduction band occurs when alkaline metal (Li, Na, K) atoms are inserted into the structure, while strong hybridization of the conduction band occurs when alkaline-earth metal (Mg, Ca, Ba) atoms are inserted into the hybrid structure. Empty C y Si46- y clathrates within the composition range of 2 ≤ y ≤ 15 can be tuned to exhibit indirect bandgaps of 1.5 eV or less, and may be considered as potential electronic materials.

  8. Ultrafast electron diffraction optimized for studying structural dynamics in thin films and monolayers.

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    Badali, D S; Gengler, R Y N; Miller, R J D

    2016-05-01

    A compact electron source specifically designed for time-resolved diffraction studies of free-standing thin films and monolayers is presented here. The sensitivity to thin samples is achieved by extending the established technique of ultrafast electron diffraction to the "medium" energy regime (1-10 kV). An extremely compact design, in combination with low bunch charges, allows for high quality diffraction in a lensless geometry. The measured and simulated characteristics of the experimental system reveal sub-picosecond temporal resolution, while demonstrating the ability to produce high quality diffraction patterns from atomically thin samples. PMID:27226978

  9. Ultrafast electron diffraction optimized for studying structural dynamics in thin films and monolayers

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    Badali, D. S.; Gengler, R. Y. N.; Miller, R. J. D.

    2016-01-01

    A compact electron source specifically designed for time-resolved diffraction studies of free-standing thin films and monolayers is presented here. The sensitivity to thin samples is achieved by extending the established technique of ultrafast electron diffraction to the “medium” energy regime (1–10 kV). An extremely compact design, in combination with low bunch charges, allows for high quality diffraction in a lensless geometry. The measured and simulated characteristics of the experimental system reveal sub-picosecond temporal resolution, while demonstrating the ability to produce high quality diffraction patterns from atomically thin samples. PMID:27226978

  10. Density Functional Theory Studies of the Electronic Structure of Solid State Actinide Oxides

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    Wen, Xiaodong; Martin, Richard L.; Henderson, Thomas M.; Scuseria, Gustavo E.

    2013-02-13

    The actinide oxides have been extensively studied in the context of the nuclear fuel cycle. They are also of fundamental interest as members of a class of strongly correlated materials, the Mott insulators. Their complex physical and chemical properties make them challenging systems to characterize, both experimentally and theoretically. Chiefly, this is because actinide oxides can exhibit both electronic localization and electronic delocalization and have partially occupied f orbitals, which can lead to multiple possibilities for ground states. Of particular concern for theoretical work is that the large number of competing states display strong correlations which are dffcult to capture with computationally tractable methods.

  11. Electronic structure with vibration-rotation study of the NaYb molecule

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    Tohme, Samir N.; Korek, Mahmoud

    2015-10-01

    The potential energy curves have been investigated for the 15 lowest doublet and quartet electronic states in the 2s+1Λ± representation of the molecule NaYb via CASSCF/MRCI (single and double excitations with Davidson correction) calculations. The spectroscopic constants (Te, De, ωe, Be, re, …) have been calculated in addition to the permanent dipole moments μ. By using the canonical functions approach, the eigenvalues Ev, the rotational constants Bv, the centrifugal distortion constant Dv, and the abscissas of the turning points rmin and rmax have been calculated for different electronic states. Fourteen molecular states have been studied theoretically for the first time.

  12. First-Principles Study of the Geometric and Electronic Structures of Zinc Ferrite with Vacancy Defect

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    Yao, Jinhuan; Li, Yanwei; Li, Xuanhai; Zhu, Xiaodong

    2016-04-01

    The effects of Zn-vacancy (Zn7Fe16O32), Fe-vacancy (Zn8Fe15O32), and O-vacancy (Zn8Fe16O31) on the geometric and electronic structures of normal spinel ZnFe2O4 (Zn8Fe16O32) are studied by using a first-principles method based on density functional theory (DFT) at a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) level. Compared with perfect ZnFe2O4, the lattice parameters of ZnFe2O4 with Zn-vacancy or Fe-vacancy increase slightly, while the lattice parameters of ZnFe2O4 with O-vacancy decrease significantly. All the vacancy defects induce the distortion of the unit cell structure, especially for the O-vacancy. Zn-vacancy, Fe-vacancy, and O-vacancy in ZnFe2O4 cannot be formed spontaneously, but Zn-vacancy is the most prone to form, followed by Fe-vacancy and O-vacancy under the condition of external energy supply. Zn-vacancy, Fe-vacancy, and O-vacancy change the properties of ZnFe2O4 from a semiconducting character to a metallic character. Either ZnFe2O4 or ZnFe2O4 has various vacancy defects, the strength of the O-Zn bond is stronger than that of the O-Fe bond, and both of them have a covalent bond character. Zn-vacancy enhances the strength of O-Fe bonds and slightly weakens the strength of O-Zn bonds around Zn-vacancy. Fe-vacancy induces a significant increase of the strength of O-Fe bonds and O-Zn bonds around Fe-vacancy. O-vacancy leads to a significant decrease in the strength of O-Zn bonds and to a slight increase in the strength of O-Fe bonds around O-vacancy.

  13. First-Principles Study of the Geometric and Electronic Structures of Zinc Ferrite with Vacancy Defect

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    Yao, Jinhuan; Li, Yanwei; Li, Xuanhai; Zhu, Xiaodong

    2016-07-01

    The effects of Zn-vacancy (Zn7Fe16O32), Fe-vacancy (Zn8Fe15O32), and O-vacancy (Zn8Fe16O31) on the geometric and electronic structures of normal spinel ZnFe2O4 (Zn8Fe16O32) are studied by using a first-principles method based on density functional theory (DFT) at a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) level. Compared with perfect ZnFe2O4, the lattice parameters of ZnFe2O4 with Zn-vacancy or Fe-vacancy increase slightly, while the lattice parameters of ZnFe2O4 with O-vacancy decrease significantly. All the vacancy defects induce the distortion of the unit cell structure, especially for the O-vacancy. Zn-vacancy, Fe-vacancy, and O-vacancy in ZnFe2O4 cannot be formed spontaneously, but Zn-vacancy is the most prone to form, followed by Fe-vacancy and O-vacancy under the condition of external energy supply. Zn-vacancy, Fe-vacancy, and O-vacancy change the properties of ZnFe2O4 from a semiconducting character to a metallic character. Either ZnFe2O4 or ZnFe2O4 has various vacancy defects, the strength of the O-Zn bond is stronger than that of the O-Fe bond, and both of them have a covalent bond character. Zn-vacancy enhances the strength of O-Fe bonds and slightly weakens the strength of O-Zn bonds around Zn-vacancy. Fe-vacancy induces a significant increase of the strength of O-Fe bonds and O-Zn bonds around Fe-vacancy. O-vacancy leads to a significant decrease in the strength of O-Zn bonds and to a slight increase in the strength of O-Fe bonds around O-vacancy.

  14. Electronic-structure and quantum dynamical study of the photochromism of the aromatic Schiff base salicylideneaniline

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    Ortiz-Sanchez, Juan Manuel; Gelabert, Ricard; Moreno, Miquel; Lluch, Jose M.

    2008-12-07

    The ultrafast proton transfer dynamics of salicylideneaniline has been theoretically analyzed in the ground and first singlet excited electronic states using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT calculations, which predict a ({pi},{pi}*) barrierless excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT). In addition to this, the photochemistry of salicylideneaniline is experimentally known to present fast depopulation processes of the photoexcited species before and after the proton transfer reaction. Such processes are explained by means of conical intersections between the ground and first singlet ({pi},{pi}*) excited electronic states. The electronic energies obtained by the time-dependent density functional theory formalism have been fitted to a monodimensional potential energy surface in order to perform quantum dynamics study of the processes. Our results show that the proton transfer and deactivation of the photoexcited species before the ESIPT processes are completed within 49.6 and 37.7 fs, respectively, which is in remarkable good agreement with experiments.

  15. Ab initio study of the structural, electronic and optical properties of ZnTe compound

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    Bahloul, B.; Deghfel, B.; Amirouche, L.; Bounab, S.; Bentabet, A.; Bouhadda, Y.; Fenineche, N.

    2015-03-30

    Structural, electronic and optical properties of ZnTe compound were calculated using Density Functional Theory (DFT) based on the pseudopotentials and planewaves (PP-PW) method as implemented in the ABINIT computer code, where the exchange–correlation functional is approximated using the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The obtained results from either LDA or GGa calculation for lattice parameter, energy band gap and optical parameters, such as the fundamental absorption edge, the peaks observed in the imaginary part of the dielectric function, the macroscopic dielectric constants and the optical dielectric constant, are compared with the available theoretical results and experimental data.

  16. Study of variations in structural, optical parameters and bulk etch rate of CR-39 polymer due to electron irradiation

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    Sahoo, G. S.; Tripathy, S. P.; Joshi, D. S.; Bandyopadhyay, T.

    2016-07-01

    In this work, electron induced modifications on the bulk etch rate, structural and optical parameters of CR-39 polymer were studied using gravimetric, FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) and UV-vis (Ultraviolet-Visible) techniques, respectively. CR-39 samples were irradiated with 10 MeV electron beam for different durations to have the absorbed doses of 1, 10, 550, 5500, 16 500, and 55 000 kGy. From the FTIR analysis, the peak intensities at different bands were found to be changing with electron dose. A few peaks were observed to shift at high electron doses. From the UV-vis analysis, the optical band gaps for both direct and indirect transitions were found to be decreasing with the increase in electron dose whereas the opacity, number of carbon atoms in conjugation length, and the number of carbon atoms per cluster were found to be increasing. The bulk etch rate was observed to be increasing with the electron dose. The primary objective of this investigation was to study the response of CR-39 to high electron doses and to determine a suitable pre-irradiation condition. The results indicated that, the CR-39 pre-irradiated with electrons can have better sensitivity and thus can be potentially applied for neutron dosimetry.

  17. Electronic structure of some thymol derivatives correlated with the radical scavenging activity: theoretical study.

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    Javan, Ashkan Jebelli; Javan, Marjan Jebeli

    2014-12-15

    Molecules acting as antioxidants capable of scavenging reactive oxygen species (ROS) are of upmost importance in the living cell. Thymol derivatives exhibit various antioxidant activities and potential health benefits. Exploration of structure-radical scavenging activity (SAR) was approached with a wide range of thymol derivatives. To accomplish this task, the DPPH experimental assay along with quantum-chemical calculations were also employed for these compounds. By comparing the structural properties of the derivatives of interest, their antioxidant activity was explained by the formation of an intramolecular hydrogen bond and the presence of unsaturated double bond (-CHCH substituent) in their radical spices. Moreover, the delocalization of odd electrons in these radicals has been investigated by natural bond orbital analysis and interpretation of spin density maps. Reactivity order of the compound towards the ROS: HO, HOO, and O2(-) was found to be as HO>HOO > O2(-). PMID:25038698

  18. Electronic structure and anisotropic chemical bonding in TiNF from ab initio study

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    Matar, Samir F.

    2012-01-15

    Accounting for disorder in anatase titanium nitride fluoride TiNF is done through atoms re-distributions based on geometry optimizations using ultra soft pseudo potentials within density functional theory DFT. The fully geometry relaxed structures are found to keep the body centering of anatase (I4{sub 1}/amd No. 141). The new structural setups are identified with space groups I-4m2 No. 119 and Imm2 No. 44 which obey the 'group to subgroup' relationships with respect to anatase. In the ground state Imm2 structure identified from energy differences, TiNF is found semi-conducting with similar density of states features to anatase TiO{sub 2} and a chemical bonding differentiated between covalent like Ti-N versus ionic like Ti-F. Inter-anion N-F bonding is also identified. - Graphical Abstract: The geometry optimized ground state anatase derived TiNF structure with arrangement of open faceted TiN3F3 distorted octahedra. The insert shows the arrangement of octahedra in anatase TiO{sub 2}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Original approach of TiNF structure for addressing the electronic band structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Based on anatase, two different ordering scheme models with geometry optimization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New structures obeying the group{yields}subgroup relationships with Imm2 ground state from energy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In the ground state TiNF is found semi-conducting with similar density of states to anatase TiO{sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Chemical bonding differentiated between covalent like Ti-N and ionic Ti-F.

  19. Electronic structure studies of high-T/sub c/ perovskites and related materials

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    Wachs, A.L.; Turchi, P.E.A.; Kaiser, J.H.; West, R.N.; Howell, R.H.; Jean, Y.C.; Merkle, K.L.; Revcolevschi, A.; Fluss, M.J.

    1988-10-01

    We have performed 2D-ACPAR measurements on La/sub 2/CuO/sub 4/ and NiO. The ACPAR distributions were very isotropic, with small anisotropic deviations on the order of 10% of the total counts. It was not possible to clearly discern a Fermi surface in either set of data, nor was it possible to identify any features with the symmetry and periodicity of the crystalline reciprocal lattices. Attempts to model both systems by starting with a localized ionic picture and allowing covalency overlap to take place among the atoms comprising an isolated metal atom-oxygen octahedral cluster have proven successful. This result suggests that it might be appropriate for analyses of the electronic structure for high-T/sub c/ perovskites to begin with the ansatz of localized electronic states. This approach has worked very well for the transition-metal monoxides. Finally, application of the LCW formalism to data from both systems yields a result very close to filled-band behavior. We believe the deviations from the latter are significant, but that they originate from positronic wavefunction mixing of the electronic states and not from a Fermi surface. 9 refs., 3 figs.

  20. Resonance Raman studies of substituent effects on the electronic structure of phenoxyl radicals

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    Tripathi, G.N.R.; Schuler, R.H.

    1988-09-08

    The resonance Raman spectra of para-substituted phenoxyl radicals (XC/sub 6/H/sub 4/O/center dot/; X = CH/sub 3/, F, Cl, Br, OCH/sub 3/, OH) observed by time-resolved techniques in aqueous medium, exhibit a wide variation in spectral features intermediate between phenoxyl and /rho/-benzosemiquinone anion radicals. The ..nu../sub 7a/ (CO stretch) vibration, which is strongly enhanced on Raman excitation in resonance with the electronic transition in the approx. 400-nm region, appears in a narrow frequency range 1511-1518 cm/sup /minus/1/, indicating that the CO bond in the ground electronic state of these radicals is very similar to that of phenoxyl (..nu../sub 7a/ at 1505 cm/sup /minus/1/). The relative intensities of the ..nu../sub 8a/ bands (CC stretch), observed in the 1552-1613-cm/sup /minus/1/ region, change dramatically with the electronic properties of the substituent group. This vibration, which is not apparent in the Raman spectrum of phenoxyl excited at 400 nm, is observed with an intensity comparable to the of the ..nu../sub 7a/ vibration in the /rho/-bromo, /rho/-methoxy, and /rho/-hydroxy derivatives. The Raman intensities show that the electronic structures in the excited states of the /rho/-methoxy and /rho/-fluoro-, and p-chloro-substituted radicals are essentially phenoxyl like, while the structures in p-methoxy and p-hydroxy derivatives approach that of /rho/-benzosemiquinone anion radical as a result of strong interaction of the substituent's p..pi.. electrons with the phenoxyl ..pi.. system. The excited state of /rho/-bromophenoxyl radical represents an important intermediate case. The resonance enhancement of the ..nu../sub 9a/ CH bending vibration, observed at approx. 1160 cm/sup /minus/1/, parallels that of the ..nu../sub 8a/ phenyl mode and provides an important diagnostic for assignment of the latter vibration.

  1. Electronic structure of black sodalite

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    Sankey, Otto F.; Demkov, Alexander A.; Lenosky, Thomas

    1998-06-01

    The electronic structure of black sodalite, Na8(AlSiO4)6, is determined in the local-spin-density approximation (LSDA). This structure has six Na atoms to compensate the six Al atoms, leaving two excess Na atoms. A band-gap electronic state is induced in the wide oxide gap by the excess sodium, and has ``particle in a box'' behavior. Magnetic orderings of these gap states are studied. Analytic models show that an antiferromagnetic ordering is lowest in energy in the LSDA. A self-consistent LSDA calculation shows the system to change from a metal to an antiferromagnetic insulator when spin orderings are allowed. Hopping and Hubbard-U parameters are estimated, and the many-body correlated Hubbard model is solved using a constrained path Monte Carlo technique, which again predicts the system to be antiferromagnetic with a Tc of order 50 K.

  2. Performance analysis of electronic structure codes on HPC systems: a case study of SIESTA.

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    Corsetti, Fabiano

    2014-01-01

    We report on scaling and timing tests of the SIESTA electronic structure code for ab initio molecular dynamics simulations using density-functional theory. The tests are performed on six large-scale supercomputers belonging to the PRACE Tier-0 network with four different architectures: Cray XE6, IBM BlueGene/Q, BullX, and IBM iDataPlex. We employ a systematic strategy for simultaneously testing weak and strong scaling, and propose a measure which is independent of the range of number of cores on which the tests are performed to quantify strong scaling efficiency as a function of simulation size. We find an increase in efficiency with simulation size for all machines, with a qualitatively different curve depending on the supercomputer topology, and discuss the connection of this functional form with weak scaling behaviour. We also analyze the absolute timings obtained in our tests, showing the range of system sizes and cores favourable for different machines. Our results can be employed as a guide both for running SIESTA on parallel architectures, and for executing similar scaling tests of other electronic structure codes. PMID:24748385

  3. Proposal for a study of laser acceleration of electrons using micrograting structures at ATF (Phase 1)

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    Chen, W.; Claus, J.; Fernow, R.C.; Fischer, J.; Gallardo, J.C.; Kirk, H.G.; Kramer, H.; Li, Z.; Palmer, R.B.; Rogers, J.; Shrinvasan-Rao, T.; Tsang, T.; Ulc, S.; Veligdan, J.; Warren, J.; Bigio, I.; Kurnit, N.; Shimada, T.; Wang, X.; McDonald, K.T.; Russell, D.P.; Los Alamos National Lab., NM; Princeton Univ., NJ; California Univ., Los Angeles, CA )

    1989-10-29

    We propose to investigate new methods of particle acceleration using a short-pulse CO{sub 2} laser as the power source and grating-like structures as accelerator cavities''. Phase I of this program is intended to demonstrate the principle of the method. We will focus the laser light to a 3 mm line on the surface of the microstructure. The structure is used to transform the electric field pattern of the incoming transversely polarized laser beam to a mode which has a component along the electron beam direction in the vicinity of the surface. With 6 mJ of laser energy and a 6 ps pulse length, the electric field in the spot will be around 1 GV/m. The electron beam from the Brookhaven Accelerator Test Facility (ATF) will be focused transversely within the few micron transverse dimension of the microstructure. The maximum expected acceleration for a 1 GV/m field and a 3 mm acceleration length is 3 MeV. 17 refs., 11 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. Ab initio study on the electronic structure and vibration modes of alkali and alkaline-earth amides and alanates

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    Tsumuraya, Takao; Shishidou, Tatsuya; Oguchi, Tamio

    2009-05-01

    We study the electronic structure and vibrational modes of several amides M(NH2)n and alanates M(AlH4)n (M = K, Na, Li, Ca and Mg), focusing on the role of cation states. Calculated breathing stretching vibration modes for these compounds are compared with measured infrared and Raman spectra. In the amides, we find a significant tendency such that the breathing mode frequencies and the structural parameters of NH2 vary in accordance with the ionization energy of cation. The tendency may be explained by the strength in hybridization between cation orbitals and molecular orbitals of (NH2)-. The microscopic mechanism of correlations between the vibration frequencies and structural parameters is elucidated in relation to the electronic structure. A possible similar tendency in the alanates is also discussed.

  5. Ab initio study of the electronic structures of lithium containing diatomic molecules and ions

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    Boldyrev, Alexander I.; Simons, Jack; Schleyer, Paul von R.

    1993-12-01

    Ab initio calculations are used to provide bond lengths, harmonic frequencies, and dissociation energies of low-lying electronic states for LiX, LiX+, and LiX- (with X=Li through F and Na through Cl). Most of these species represent hitherto experimentally unknown molecules or ions, which provides the focus of the work presented here. All of these species are stable to dissociation and the anions are stable to loss of an electron. Differences among the electronic structures of the valence isoelectronic LiX; and HX, LiX+, and HX+; and LiX- and HX- species are analyzed. Optimized geometries, dissociation energies, ionization potentials, and electron affinities were calculated for the following ground states of the respective species: 1Σ+ for Li2(1Σ+g) LiNa, LiBe+, LiBe-, LiMg+, LiMg-, LiF, LiAl, LiS-, and LiCl; 2Σ+ for Li+2(2Σ+g), Li-2(2Σ+u) LiBe, LiB+, LiF-, LiNa+, LiNa-, LiMg, LiAl+, and LiCl-; 2Πr for LiB-, LiAl-; 2Πi for LiO, LiF+, LiS, and LiCl+; 3Πr for LiB, LiC+, and LiSi+; 3Σ- for LiN, LiO+, LiSi-, LiP, and LiS+; 4Σ- for LiC, LiN+, LiN-, LiSi, LiP+, and LiP-; and 5Σ- for LiC-.

  6. Electronic structure of CeO studied by a four-component relativistic configuration interaction method.

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    Moriyama, Hiroko; Tatewaki, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Shigeyoshi

    2013-06-14

    We studied the ground and excited states of CeO using the restricted active space CI method in the energy range below 25,000 cm(-1). Energy levels are computed to within errors of 2700 cm(-1). Electron correlation effects arising from the ionic core composed of Ce5s, 5p, 4f(*), 5d(*), and O2s, 2p spinors play crucial role to CeO spectra, as well as correlation effects of electrons distributed in the valence Ce 4f, 5d, 6s, and 6p spinors. Here, 4f(*) and 5d(*) denote spinors expanded to describe electron polarization between Ce and O. A bonding mechanism is proposed for CeO. As the two separate atoms in their ground states, Ce(4f(1)5d(1)6s(2))(1)G4 and O(2s(2)2p(4))(3)P2, approach each other, a CeO(2+) core is formed by two-electron transfer from Ce5d, 6s to O2p. Inside this ellipsoidal ion, a valence bond between Ce5p and O2s and an ionic bond between O2p and Ce5p are formed with back-donation through Ce 4f(*) and 5d(*). PMID:23781798

  7. Electronic structure of herbicides: Atrazine and bromoxynil

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    Novak, Igor; Kovač, Branka

    2011-06-01

    The electronic structures of herbicides atrazine and bromoxynil have been investigated by UV photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), quantum chemical calculations and comparison with X-ray diffraction, molecular docking and molecular dynamics studies. Their electronic and molecular structures are discussed in the context of their biological activity. This is the first report which correlates the molecular mechanism of biological activity of these herbicides with their experimentally determined electronic and molecular structures.

  8. First-principles study of structural stability, electronic, optical and elastic properties of binary intermetallic: PtZr

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    Pagare, Gitanjali; Jain, Ekta; Sanyal, S. P.

    2016-05-01

    Structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties of PtZr have been studied using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT). The energy against volume and enthalpy vs. pressure variation in three different structures i.e. B1, B2 and B3 for PtZr has been presented. The equilibrium lattice parameter, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative have been obtained using optimization method for all the three phases. Furthermore, electronic structure was discussed to reveal the metallic character of the present compound. The linear optical properties are also studied under zero pressure for the first time. Results on elastic properties are obtained using generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange correlation potentials. Ductile nature of PtZr compound is predicted in accordance with Pugh's criteria.

  9. Electronic structure of Mo1-x Re x alloys studied through resonant photoemission spectroscopy.

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    Sundar, Shyam; Banik, Soma; Sharath Chandra, L S; Chattopadhyay, M K; Ganguli, Tapas; Lodha, G S; Pandey, Sudhir K; Phase, D M; Roy, S B

    2016-08-10

    We studied the electronic structure of Mo-rich Mo1-x Re x alloys ([Formula: see text]) using valence band photoemission spectroscopy in the photon energy range 23-70 eV and density of states calculations. Comparison of the photoemission spectra with the density of states calculations suggests that, with respect to the Fermi level E F, the d states lie mostly in the binding energy range 0 to  -6 eV, whereas s states lie in the binding energy range  -4 to  -10 eV. We observed two resonances in the photoemission spectra of each sample, one at about 35 eV photon energy and the other at about 45 eV photon energy. Our analysis suggests that the resonance at 35 eV photon energy is related to the Mo 4p-5s transition and the resonance at 45 eV photon energy is related to the contribution from both the Mo 4p-4d transition (threshold: 42 eV) and the Re 5p-5d transition (threshold: 46 eV). In the constant initial state plot, the resonance at 35 eV incident photon energy for binding energy features in the range E F (BE  =  0) to  -5 eV becomes progressively less prominent with increasing Re concentration x and vanishes for x  >  0.2. The difference plots obtained by subtracting the valence band photoemission spectrum of Mo from that of Mo1-x Re x alloys, measured at 47 eV photon energy, reveal that the Re d-like states appear near E F when Re is alloyed with Mo. These results indicate that interband s-d interaction, which is weak in Mo, increases with increasing x and influences the nature of the superconductivity in alloys with higher x. PMID:27301550

  10. Electronic structure of Mo1‑x Re x alloys studied through resonant photoemission spectroscopy

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    Sundar, Shyam; Banik, Soma; Sharath Chandra, L. S.; Chattopadhyay, M. K.; Ganguli, Tapas; Lodha, G. S.; Pandey, Sudhir K.; Phase, D. M.; Roy, S. B.

    2016-08-01

    We studied the electronic structure of Mo-rich Mo1‑x Re x alloys (0≤slant x≤slant 0.4 ) using valence band photoemission spectroscopy in the photon energy range 23–70 eV and density of states calculations. Comparison of the photoemission spectra with the density of states calculations suggests that, with respect to the Fermi level E F, the d states lie mostly in the binding energy range 0 to  ‑6 eV, whereas s states lie in the binding energy range  ‑4 to  ‑10 eV. We observed two resonances in the photoemission spectra of each sample, one at about 35 eV photon energy and the other at about 45 eV photon energy. Our analysis suggests that the resonance at 35 eV photon energy is related to the Mo 4p–5s transition and the resonance at 45 eV photon energy is related to the contribution from both the Mo 4p–4d transition (threshold: 42 eV) and the Re 5p–5d transition (threshold: 46 eV). In the constant initial state plot, the resonance at 35 eV incident photon energy for binding energy features in the range E F (BE  =  0) to  ‑5 eV becomes progressively less prominent with increasing Re concentration x and vanishes for x  >  0.2. The difference plots obtained by subtracting the valence band photoemission spectrum of Mo from that of Mo1‑x Re x alloys, measured at 47 eV photon energy, reveal that the Re d-like states appear near E F when Re is alloyed with Mo. These results indicate that interband s–d interaction, which is weak in Mo, increases with increasing x and influences the nature of the superconductivity in alloys with higher x.

  11. Study of the electronic structure of CaFeO3

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    Yang, J. B.; Kim, M. S.; Cai, Q.; Zhou, X. D.; Anderson, H. U.; James, W. J.; Yelon, W. B.

    2005-05-01

    We have studied the charge disproportionation phenomenon in CaFeO3 using the local-spin density approximation with the on-site Coulomb interaction parameter U and exchange parameter J. The calculation reveals that the total number of the 3d electrons is about 5.1 for both Fe(1)(Fe5+) and Fe(2)(Fe3+) atoms, and that there are about 0.25 electron holes in the O-2p band. Therefore, the charge disproportionation can be more accurately described as 2d5L(Fe4+)=d5L2(Fe5+)+d5(Fe3+), where L denotes a hole in the oxygen 2p band, instead of 2d4(Fe4+)=d3(Fe5+)+d5(Fe3+). The hybridization between the Fe-3d and O-2p orbitals is stronger for Fe(1) than for Fe(2) due to the shorter Fe(1)-O bond. The hyperfine magnetic field contributed from conduction electron polarization is larger for Fe(2), resulting from a stronger s-d hybridization between the s orbital of Fe(2) and the d orbitals of its neighboring Fe(1) atoms. The on-site Coulomb repulsion and the exchange interaction increase the splitting between the occupied spin up and unoccupied spin down bands of Fe atoms. Fe-3d electrons become localized and the occupied d-band shifts to a lower energy range, even below the O-2p level. The calculated magnetic moments, hyperfine fields, and electron charge density agree well with the experimental data.

  12. On the Electronic and Geometric Structures of Armchair GeC Nanotubes: A Hybrid Density Functional Study

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    Rathi, Somilkumar; Ray, Asok

    2008-03-01

    Ab initio calculations within the framework of hybrid density functional theory and finite cluster approximation have been performed for the electronic and geometric structures of three different types of armchair germanium carbide nanotubes from (3, 3) to (11, 11). Full geometry and spin optimizations with unrestricted symmetry have been performed. A detailed comparison of the structures and stabilities of the three types of nanotubes will be presented. The dependence of the electronic band gaps on the respective tube diameters, energy density of states, dipole moments as well as Mulliken charge distributions have been investigated. Radial buckling of tube along with bond length variations is also studied. All armchair GeC nanotubes investigated so far are semiconducting in nature. Applications in the field of nano-optoelectronic devices, molecular electronics and band gap engineering are envisioned for GeC nanotubes.

  13. Electron diffraction study of the molecular structure of 2,5-dimethylthiophene

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    Tanabe, Masayuki; Takeuchi, Hiroshi; Konaka, Shigehiro

    1993-12-01

    The molecular structure of 2,5-dimethylthiophene has been determined by gas electron diffraction. Ab initio SCF calculations at the 3-21G* level were carried out and used as an aid to the analysis. The torsional vibrations of two methyl groups were treated as large-amplitude motions. A CH Me bond was found to be cis with respect to the SC bond in the equilibrium structure and the three-fold potential barrier was determined to be 1.0(7) kcal mol -1. The structural parameter values with estimated error limits (3σ) in parentheses are as follows: rg(SC) = 1.736(2) Å, rg(CC) = 1.372(4) Å, rg(CC Me) = 1.510(5) Å, rg(CH ring) = 1.098(6) Å, rg(CH Me) = 1.112 Å, ∠ αCSC = 92.6(5)°, ∠ αSCC ring = 110.7(5)°, ∠ αSCC Me = 121.6(4)°, ∠ αCCH = 123.4° and <∠ αHCH> = 108.1°, where <> denotes the average value. The values of r(CH Me) - r(CH ring), ∠CCH and <∠HCH> were taken from the 3-21G* calculations.

  14. Theoretical study of the electronic structure of binary and ternary first-stage alkali intercalation compounds of graphite

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    Tatar, R.C.

    1985-01-01

    Despite the tremendous number of theoretical and experimental studies of the electronic properties of the first-stage heavy alkali intercalation compounds of graphite - KC8, RbC8, and CsC8 - there is still a great deal of uncertainty in the electronic structures of these materials. The electronic structures of these materials - required for the interpretation of experimental results - were calculated previously by several techniques. Because of the inability of these calculations to satisfactorily resolve the interpretation of experiments, and questions concerning the approximations used in the previous calculations, an attempt is made to estimate the electronic structure in these materials using a state-of-the-art, self consistent pseudopotential technique with a mixed basis of plane waves and localized atomic orbitals. The goal is to provide a detailed first principles model of the electronic interactions in these materials that can form the basis for a variety of additional, model calculations that address the experimental issues. In addition, and attempt is made to elucidate more fully the microscopic basis for differences between the heavy-alkali compounds as well as the difference between the heavy-alkali compounds as a class and the compounds formed from the light alkali, lithium.

  15. Excited-state dynamics of oxazole: A combined electronic structure calculations and dynamic simulations study

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    Cao, Jun; Xie, Zhi-Zhong; Yu, Xiaodong

    2016-08-01

    In the present work, the combined electronic structure calculations and surface hopping simulations have been performed to investigate the excited-state decay of the parent oxazole in the gas phase. Our calculations show that the S2 state decay of oxazole is an ultrafast process characterized by the ring-opening and ring-closure of the five-membered oxazole ring, in which the triplet contribution is minor. The ring-opening involves the Osbnd C bond cleavage affording the nitrile ylide and airine intermediates, while the ring-closure gives rise to a bicyclic species through a 2sbnd 5 bond formation. The azirine and bicyclic intermediates in the S0 state are very likely involved in the phototranspositions of oxazoles. This is different from the previous mechanism in which these intermediates in the T1 state have been proposed for these phototranspositions.

  16. Re-examining the electronic structure of germanium: A first-principle study

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    Ekuma, C. E.; Jarrell, M.; Moreno, J.; Bagayoko, D.

    2013-11-01

    We report results from an efficient, ab initio method for self-consistent calculations of electronic and structural properties of Ge. Our non-relativistic calculations employed a GGA potential and LCAO formalism. The distinctive feature of our computations stem from the use of Bagayoko-Zhao-Williams-Ekuma-Franklin method. Our results are in agreement with experimental ones where the latter are available. In particular, our theoretical, indirect band gap (EgΓ-L) of 0.65 eV, at the experimental lattice constant of 5.66 Å, is in excellent agreement with experiment. Our predicted, equilibrium lattice constant is 5.63 Å, with corresponding EgΓ-L of 0.65 eV and a bulk modulus of 80 GPa.

  17. Structural stability and electronic properties of InSb nanowires: A first-principles study

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    Zhang, Yong; Tang, Li-Ming; Ning, Feng; Wang, Dan; Chen, Ke-Qiu

    2015-03-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the structural stability and electronic properties of InSb nanowires (NWs). The results show that, in contrast to the bulk InSb phase, wurtzite (WZ) NWs are more stable than zinc-blende (ZB) NWs when the NW diameter is smaller than 10 nm. Nonpassivated ZB and WZ NWs are found to be metallic and semiconducting, respectively. After passivation, both ZB and WZ NWs exhibit direct-gap semiconductor character, and the band gap magnitude of the NWs strongly depends on the suppression of surface states by the charge-compensation ability of foreign atoms to surface atoms. Moreover, the carrier mobility of the NW can be strengthened by halogen passivation.

  18. Structural stability and electronic properties of InSb nanowires: A first-principles study

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    Zhang, Yong; Tang, Li-Ming Ning, Feng; Chen, Ke-Qiu; Wang, Dan

    2015-03-28

    Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the structural stability and electronic properties of InSb nanowires (NWs). The results show that, in contrast to the bulk InSb phase, wurtzite (WZ) NWs are more stable than zinc-blende (ZB) NWs when the NW diameter is smaller than 10 nm. Nonpassivated ZB and WZ NWs are found to be metallic and semiconducting, respectively. After passivation, both ZB and WZ NWs exhibit direct-gap semiconductor character, and the band gap magnitude of the NWs strongly depends on the suppression of surface states by the charge-compensation ability of foreign atoms to surface atoms. Moreover, the carrier mobility of the NW can be strengthened by halogen passivation.

  19. Density-functional study of atomic and electronic structures of multivacancies in silicon carbide

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    Iwata, Jun-Ichi; Shinei, Chikara; Oshiyama, Atsushi

    2016-03-01

    We report the density-functional calculations that provide a firm theoretical framework to identify the multivacancies and unravel the underlying physics in the most stable silicon carbide polytype 4H-SiC. The calculations with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the Si and C monovacancy, VSi and VC, have clarified the significantly lower formation energy of the C vacancy accompanied by the efficient pairing relaxation of the surrounding Si dangling bonds. Our GGA calculation also predicts a stable next-neighbor VCVC divacancy which is lower in the formation energy than the usual nearest-neighbor divacancy VCVSi discussed in the past. We also perform the calculations with the hybrid functional and confirm the stability of the next-neighbor VCVC divacancy. Our calculations indeed clarify that it is possible to detect the VCVC with its peculiar hyperfine coupling constants by the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements. Based on the structural characteristics and the energetics for the monovacancy, we further propose an extended dangling-bond-counting (EDBC) model to choose the energetically favorable topological network of the vacant sites for the multivacancy. The GGA calculations combined with the EDBC model reveal that V3 and V6 are energetically favorable. The stable V3 is a nearest-neighbor complex of VC-VSi-VC , whereas the V6 is the high-symmetry V5 (the central VSi surrounded by four VC) plus a symmetry-breaking next-neighbor VC. We perform the GGA calculations for the electronic structure of such V3 and V6 and discuss the possibility of detecting these multivacancies. In particular, the EPR-detected ANN1 center is provisionally identified as the doubly positive trivacancy VC-VSi-VC .

  20. Photoemission study of the electronic structure and charge density waves of Na2Ti2Sb2O

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    Tan, S. Y.; Jiang, J.; Ye, Z. R.; Niu, X. H.; Song, Y.; Zhang, C. L.; Dai, P. C.; Xie, B. P.; Lai, X. C.; Feng, D. L.

    2015-04-01

    The electronic structure of Na2Ti2Sb2O single crystal is studied by photon energy and polarization dependent angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). The obtained band structure and Fermi surface agree well with the band structure calculation of Na2Ti2Sb2O in the non-magnetic state, which indicates that there is no magnetic order in Na2Ti2Sb2O and the electronic correlation is weak. Polarization dependent ARPES results suggest the multi-band and multi-orbital nature of Na2Ti2Sb2O. Photon energy dependent ARPES results suggest that the electronic structure of Na2Ti2Sb2O is rather two-dimensional. Moreover, we find a density wave energy gap forms below the transition temperature and reaches 65 meV at 7 K, indicating that Na2Ti2Sb2O is likely a weakly correlated CDW material in the strong electron-phonon interaction regime.

  1. A joint photoelectron spectroscopy and theoretical study on the electronic structure of UCl5- and UCl5.

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    Su, Jing; Dau, Phuong Diem; Xu, Chao-Fei; Huang, Dao-Ling; Liu, Hong-Tao; Wei, Fan; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Li, Jun

    2013-10-01

    We report a combined photoelectron spectroscopic and relativistic quantum chemistry study on gaseous UCl5(-) and UCl5. The UCl5(-) anion is produced using electrospray ionization and found to be highly electronically stable with an adiabatic electron binding energy of 4.76±0.03 eV, which also represents the electron affinity of the neutral UCl5 molecule. Theoretical investigations reveal that the ground state of UCl5(-) has an open shell with two unpaired electrons occupying two primarily U 5f(z³) and 5f(xyz) based molecular orbitals. The structures of both UCl5(-) and UCl5 are theoretically optimized and confirmed to have C(4v) symmetry. The computational results are in good agreement with the photoelectron spectra, providing insights into the electronic structures and valence molecular orbitals of UCl5(-) and UCl5. We also performed systematic theoretical studies on all the uranium pentahalide complexes UX5(-) (X=F, Cl, Br, I). Chemical bonding analyses indicate that the U-X interactions in UX5(-) are dominated by ionic bonding, with increasing covalent contributions for the heavier halogen complexes. PMID:23853153

  2. Study of structural, electronic and elastic properties of RPd{sub 3} (R = Lu and Sc) compounds

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    Thakur, Veena Pagare, Gitanjali Chouhan, S. S.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2014-04-24

    The structural, electronic and elastic properties of nonmagnetic RPd{sub 3} (R = Lu and Sc) compounds, which crystallize in AuCu{sub 3}-type structure, are studied using first principles density functional theory based on full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The calculations are carried out within the PBE-GGA and WC-GGA for the exchange correlation potential. Our calculated ground state properties such as lattice constant (a0), bulk modulus (B) and its pressure derivative (B’) are in good agreement with the experimental results. We first time predict the elastic constants for these compounds using different approximations of GGA. These RPd{sup 3} compounds are found to be ductile in nature in accordance with Pugh’s criteria. The computed electronic band structures and density of states show metallic character of these compounds.

  3. Electronic structure studies of chemically synthesized MgFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Singh, Jitendra Pal; Won, Sung Ok; Lim, Weon Cheol; Lee, Ik-Jae; Chae, K. H.

    2016-03-01

    For present work, magnesium ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized using nitrates of metal ions and citric acid. Crystallite size of these nanoparticles varies from 2.1 ± 0.1 to 62 ± 10 nm as annealing temperatures increases from 300 to 1200 °C. Mg K-edge near-edge X-ray absorption fine-structure spectra reflect the presence of Mg2+ ions in both tetrahedral (A-site) and octahedral (B-site) environment for nanoparticles synthesized at all temperatures. The integral area of spectral features of O K-edge spectra is associated with the change of unoccupied O p-projected density of states. Fe L-edge spectra envisage the presence of Fe3+ state in these nanoparticles. Observed changes in the electronic structure of these nanoparticles are discussed on the basis of cation migration from A-site to B-site, degree of crystallization, and unsaturated bonds at crystallite surface. Fe-O distances at A-site and B-site changes with annealing temperature.

  4. Study on mutual interactions and electronic structures of hyaluronan with Lysine, 6-Aminocaproic acid and Arginine.

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    Chytil, Martin; Trojan, Martin; Kovalenko, Alexander

    2016-05-20

    Interactions between polyelectrolytes and oppositely charged surfactants have been in a great interest for several decades, yet the conventional surfactants may cause a problem in medical applications. Interactivity between polysaccharide hyaluronan (HA) and amino acids Lysine, 6-Aminocaproic acid (6-AcA), and Arginine as an alternative system is reported. The interactions were investigated by means of rheology and electric conductance and the electronic structures were explored by the density functional theory (DFT). Lysine exhibits the strongest interaction of all, which was manifested, e.g. by nearly 6-time drop of the initial viscosity comparing with only 1.3-time lower value in the case of 6-AcA. Arginine interaction with HA was surprisingly weaker in terms of viscosity than that of Lysine due to a lower and delocalized charge density on its guanidine group. According to the DFT calculations, the binding of Lysine to HA was found to be more flexible, while Arginine creates more rigid structure with HA. PMID:26917367

  5. Molecular structure and nicotinic activity of arecoline. A gas electron diffraction study combined with theoretical calculations

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    Takeshima, Tsuguhide; Takeuchi, Hiroshi; Egawa, Toru; Konaka, Shigehiro

    2005-01-01

    The molecular structure of arecoline (methyl 1,2,5,6-tetrahydro-1-methylnicotinate, ? has been determined by gas electron diffraction. Diffraction patterns were taken at about 370 K. Structural constraints for the data analysis were obtained from MP2/6-31G** calculations. Vibrational mean amplitudes and shrinkage corrections were calculated from the force constants obtained from the gas-phase vibrational frequencies and the B3LYP/6-31G** calculations. The electron diffraction data were well reproduced by assuming the mixture of four conformers. The determined structural parameters ( rg (Å) and ∠ (°)) for the main conformer with 3 σ in parentheses are as follows: < rg(N-C ring)>=1.456(4); rg(N-C methyl)=1.451 (d.p.); rg(C dbnd6 C)=1.339(9); < rg(C-C)>=1.512(3); rg(O-C methyl)=1.434(5); rg(C(O)-O)=1.355 (d.p.); rg(C dbnd6 O)=1.209(4); the out-of-plane angle of the methyl group=50.3(23); ∠C ringN ringC ring=112.8(30); ∠N ringC ringC ring(H 2)=110.5(16); <∠C ringC ringC ring>=118.4(5); ∠C dbnd6 CC(O)=116.8(7); ∠CC dbnd6 O=127.6(9); ∠CC-O=109.8(8), where the angle brackets denote averaged values and d.p. denotes dependent parameters. Fixing the abundances of the minor conformers, Ax-s- cis and Ax-s- trans, at the theoretical values (13% in total), those of the Eq-s- cis and Eq-s- trans conformers were determined to be 46(16) and 41(16)%, respectively. Here Ax and Eq denote the axial and equatorial directions of the N-CH 3 bond and s- cis and s- trans show the orientation of the methoxycarbonyl group expressed by the configuration of the C dbnd6 O and C dbnd6 C bonds. The N⋯O carbonyl distances of the Eq-s- cis and Ax-s- cis conformers are 4.832(13) and 4.874(16) Å, respectively. They are close to the N⋯N distance of the most abundant conformer of nicotine, 4.885(6) Å, suggesting that the Eq-s- cis and Ax-s- cis conformers have nicotinic activity.

  6. The electronic structure of alkali aurides. A four-component Dirac-Kohn-Sham study.

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    Belpassi, Leonardo; Tarantelli, Francesco; Sgamellotti, Antonio; Quiney, Harry M

    2006-04-01

    Spectroscopic constants, including dissociation energies, harmonic and anharmonic vibrational frequencies, and dipole moments, are calculated for the complete alkali auride series (LiAu, NaAu, KAu, RbAu, CsAu). The four-component formulation of relativistic density functional theory has been employed in this study, using the G-spinor basis sets implemented recently in the program BERTHA. The performance of four standard nonrelativistic density functionals employed is investigated by comparing the results with the best available theoretical and experimental data. The present work provides the first theoretical predictions on the molecular properties of RbAu. The intermetallic bond that occurs in the alkali auride series is highly polar and is characterized by a large charge transfer from the alkali metals to gold. The extent of this electron transfer has been investigated using several different charge analysis methods, enabling us to reach some general conclusions on their relative performance. We further report a detailed analysis of the topological properties of relativistic electron density in the bonding region, discussing the features of this approach which characterize the nature of the chemical bond. We have also computed the fully relativistic density for the alkali halides MBr and MI (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs). The comparative study shows that, on the basis of several topological properties and the variation in bond lengths, the gold atom behaves similarly to a halogen intermediate between Br and I. PMID:16571062

  7. Inelastic Scattering in STEM for Studying Structural and Electronic Properties of Chalcogenide-Based Semiconductor Nanocrystals

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    Gunawan, Aloysius Andhika

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) relies upon elastic and inelastic scattering signals to perform imaging and analysis of materials. TEM images typically contain contributions from both types of scattering. The ability to separate the contributions from elastic and inelastic processes individually through energy filter or electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) allows unique analysis that is otherwise unachievable. Two prominent types of inelastic scattering probed by EELS, namely plasmon and core-loss excitations, are useful for elucidating structural and electronic properties of chalcogenide-based semiconductor nanocrystals. The elastic scattering, however, is still a critical part of the analysis and used in conjunction with the separated inelastic scattering signals. The capability of TEM operated in scanning mode (STEM) to perform localized atomic length scale analysis also permits the understanding of the nanocrystals unattainable by other techniques. Despite the pivotal role of inelastic scatterings, their contributions for STEM imaging, particularly high-angle annular dark field STEM (HAADF-STEM), are not completely understood. This is not surprising since it is currently impossible to experimentally separate the inelastic signals contributing to HAADF-STEM images although images obtained under bright-field TEM mode can be analyzed separately from their scattering contributions using energy-filtering devices. In order to circumvent such problem, analysis based on simulation was done. The existing TEM image simulation algorithm called Multislice method, however, only accounts for elastic scattering. The existing Multislice algorithm was modified to incorporate (bulk or volume) plasmon inelastic scattering. The results were verified based on data from convergent-beam electron diffraction (CBED), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), and HAADF-STEM imaging as well as comparison to experimental data. Dopant atoms are crucial factors which control

  8. Electron Affinities and Electronic Structures of o-, m-, and p- Hydroxyphenoxyl Radicals: A Combined Low-Temperature Photoelectron Spectroscopic and Ab initio Calculation Study

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    Wang, Xue B.; Fu, Qiang; Yang, Jinlong

    2010-09-02

    Hydroxyl substituted phenoxide, o-, m-, p- HO(C6H4)O– and the corresponding neutral radicals are important species, in particularly, the p- isomer pair is directly involved in the proton-coupled electron transfer in biological photosynthetic centers. Here we report the first spectroscopic study of these species in the gas phase by means of low-temperature photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and ab initio calculations. Vibrationally resolved PES spectra were obtained at 70 K and several photon energies for each anion, directly yielding electron affinity (EA) and electronic structure information of the corresponding hydroxyphenoxyl radical. The EAs are found to vary with OH positions, from 1.990 ± 0.010 eV (p-) to 2.315 ± 0.010 (o-) and 2.330 ± 0.010 (m-). Theoretical calculations were carried out to identify the optimized molecular structures for both anions and neutral radicals. The electron binding energies and excited state energies were also calculated to compare with experimental data. Excellent agreement is found between calculations and experiments. Molecular orbital analyses indicate strong OH anti-bonding interaction with the phenoxide moiety for o- as well as p- isomers, whereas such interaction is largely missing for the m- anion. The variance of EAs among three isomers is interpreted primarily due to the interplay between two competing factors: the OH anti-bonding interaction and H-bonding stabilization (existed only in the o- anion).

  9. DFT and TD-DFT study on geometries, electronic structures and electronic absorption of some metal free dye sensitizers for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Mohr, T.; Aroulmoji, V.; Ravindran, R. Samson; Müller, M.; Ranjitha, S.; Rajarajan, G.; Anbarasan, P. M.

    2015-01-01

    The geometries, electronic structures, polarizabilities and hyperpolarizabilities of 2-hydroxynaphthalene-1,4-dione (henna1), 3-(5-((1E)-2-(1,4-dihydro-1,4-dioxonaphthalen-3-yloxy) vinyl) thiophen-2-yl)-2-isocyanoacrylic acid (henna2) and anthocyanin dye sensitizers were studied based on density functional theory (DFT) using the hybrid functional B3LYP. The Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) spectrum was investigated by using a hybrid method which combines the properties and dynamics of many-body in the presence of time-dependent (TD) potentials, i.e. TDSCF-DFT (B3LYP). Features of the electronic absorption spectrum in the visible and near-UV regions were plotted and assigned based on TD-DFT calculations. Due to the absorption, bands of the metal-organic compound are n → π* present. The calculated results suggest that the three lowest energy excited states of the investigated dye sensitizers are due to photoinduced electron transfer processes. The interfacial electron transfer between semiconductor TiO2 electrode and dye sensitizer is owing to an electron injection process from excited dye to the semiconductor's conduction band. The role of linking the henna1 dye with a carboxylic acid via a thiophene bridge was analyzed. The results are that using a stronger π-conjugate bridge as well as a strong donator and acceptor group enhances the efficiency.

  10. Electronics for Piezoelectric Smart Structures

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    Warkentin, D. J.; Tani, J.

    1997-01-01

    This paper briefly presents work addressing some of the basic considerations for the electronic components used in smart structures incorporating piezoelectric elements. After general remarks on the application of piezoelectric elements to the problem of structural vibration control, three main topics are described. Work to date on the development of techniques for embedding electronic components within structural parts is presented, followed by a description of the power flow and dissipation requirements of those components. Finally current work on the development of electronic circuits for use in an 'active wall' for acoustic noise is introduced.

  11. Use of inside-out chloroplast thylakoid membrane vesicles for studying electron transport and membrane structure

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    Atta-Asafo-Adjei, E.

    1987-01-01

    Inside-out and right-side-out thylakoid vesicles were isolated from spinach chloroplasts by aqueous-polymer two-phase partitioning following mechanical fragmentation of thylakoid membranes by Yeda press treatment. Externally added plastocyanin stimulated the whole-chain and PSI electron transport rates in the inside-out thylakoid vesicles by about 500 and 350%, respectively, compared to about 50% stimulation for both assays in the fraction enriched in right-side-out vesicles. The electron transport between PSII and PSI in inside-out thylakoid vesicles appears to be interrupted due to plastocyanin release from the thylakoids by the Yeda press treatment, but it was restored by externally added plastocyanin. Acetic anhydride chemical modification and uncoupler-induced proton release from dark-adapted membranes are probes for detecting the sequested proton domains in thylakoid membranes. Both assays were used to find out if inside-out membranes retain metastable, localized proton binding domains. Treatment of dark-maintained inside-out thylakoid membrane vesicles with ({sup 3}H)acetic anhydride showed no uncoupler-induced increase in acetylation of the 33, 24, and 18 kDa polypeptides of the oxygen-evolving-complex, indicating complete loss of the implicated proton domains in these polypeptides. The various steps in the inside-out preparation were studied to discern which steps(s) leads to the loss of the metastable domain proton pool.

  12. Electronic Structure and Carrier Mobilities of Arsenene and Antimonene Nanoribbons: A First-Principle Study

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    Wang, Yanli; Ding, Yi

    2015-06-01

    Arsenene and antimonene, i.e. two-dimensional (2D) As and Sb monolayers, are the recently proposed cousins of phosphorene (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 54, 3112 (2015)). Through first-principle calculations, we systematically investigate electronic and transport properties of the corresponding As and Sb nanoribbons, which are cut from the arsenene and antimonene nanosheets. We find that different from the 2D systems, band features of As and Sb nanoribbons are dependent on edge shapes. All armchair As/Sb nanoribbons keep the indirect band gap feature, while the zigzag ones transfer to direct semiconductors. Quantum confinement in nanoribbons enhances the gap sizes, for which both the armchair and zigzag ones have a gap scaling rule inversely proportional to the ribbon width. Comparing to phosphorene, the large deformation potential constants in the As and Sb nanoribbons cause small carrier mobilities in the orders of magnitude of 101-102 cm2/Vs. Our study demonstrates that the nanostructures of group-Vb elements would possess different electronic properties for the P, As, and Sb ones, which have diverse potential applications for nanoelectronics and nanodevices.

  13. Electronic structure of Co-Ni-Ga Heusler alloys studied by resonant photoemission

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    Baral, Madhusmita Banik, Soma Ganguli, Tapas Chakrabarti, Aparna Deb, S. K.; Thamizhavel, A.; Wadikar, Avinash; Phase, D. M.

    2014-04-24

    The electronic structures of Co{sub 2.01}Ni{sub 1.05}Ga{sub 0.94} and Co{sub 1.76}Ni{sub 1.46}Ga{sub 0.78} Heusler alloys have been investigated by resonant photoemission spectroscopy across the 3p-3d transition of Co and Ni. For the Ni excess composition Co{sub 1.76}Ni{sub 1.46}Ga{sub 0.78}, the valence band peak shows a shift of 0.25 eV as compared to the near stoichiometric composition Co{sub 2.01}N1{sub 1.05}Ga{sub 0.94}. Also an enhancement is observed in the Ni related satellite features in the valence band for the Ni excess composition. Due to hybridization of Co and Ni 3d states in these systems, the Co and Ni 3p-3d resonance energies are found to be higher as compared to Co and Ni metals. Theoretical first principle calculation is performed to understand the features in the valence band and the shape of the resonance profile.

  14. First-principles Study on the Vibration Modes and Electronic Structure of Alkali and Alkaline-earth Amides and Alanates

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    Tsumuraya, Takao; Shishidou, Tatsuya; Oguchi, Tamio

    2009-03-01

    Light alkaline and alkaline-earth metal hydrides such as amides M(NH2)n and alanates M(AlH4)n (M=K, Na, Li, Ca, and Mg) have attracted a growing interest as reversible hydrogen storage materials recently because of their innately high hydrogen contents. [1, 2] We study the electronic structure of the amides and alanates with different cations, focusing on the role of cation states from first-principles calculations based on the all-electron FLAPW method. Calculated breathing stretch vibration modes for these compounds are compared with measured infrared and Raman spectra. In the amides, we find a significant tendency such that the breathing stretch vibration frequencies and the structural parameters of NH2 vary in accordance with the ionization energy of cation, which may be explained by the strength in hybridization between cation orbitals and molecular orbitals of (NH2)^-. We elucidate the microscopic mechanism of correlations between the breathing stretch vibration frequencies of N-H and structural parameters by analyzing the calculated electronic structure from a view point of the molecular-orbitals. A similar tendency in the alanates is also discussed. [1] P. Chen, Z. Xiong, J. Luo, J. Lin and K.L. Tan, Nature 420, 302 (2002). [2] B. Bogdanovi and M. Schwickardi, J. Alloys Compd. 253-254, 1 (1997).

  15. Exploring electronic structure of one-atom thick polycrystalline graphene films: A nano angle resolved photoemission study

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    Avila, José; Razado, Ivy; Lorcy, Stéphane; Fleurier, Romain; Pichonat, Emmanuelle; Vignaud, Dominique; Wallart, Xavier; Asensio, María C.

    2013-01-01

    The ability to produce large, continuous and defect free films of graphene is presently a major challenge for multiple applications. Even though the scalability of graphene films is closely associated to a manifest polycrystalline character, only a few numbers of experiments have explored so far the electronic structure down to single graphene grains. Here we report a high resolution angle and lateral resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (nano-ARPES) study of one-atom thick graphene films on thin copper foils synthesized by chemical vapor deposition. Our results show the robustness of the Dirac relativistic-like electronic spectrum as a function of the size, shape and orientation of the single-crystal pristine grains in the graphene films investigated. Moreover, by mapping grain by grain the electronic dynamics of this unique Dirac system, we show that the single-grain gap-size is 80% smaller than the multi-grain gap recently reported by classical ARPES. PMID:23942471

  16. ARPES study of the effect of Cu substitution on the electronic structure of NaFeAs

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    Cui, S. T.; Kong, S.; Ju, S. L.; Wu, P.; Wang, A. F.; Luo, X. G.; Chen, X. H.; Zhang, G. B.; Sun, Z.

    2013-12-01

    Using high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we studied the electronic structure of NaFe1-xCuxAs (x=0.019,0.045,0.14). With increasing the doping concentration, we found that the Cu dopant introduces extra charge carriers. The overall band dispersions barely change with doping, suggesting that the Cu substitution does not affect local correlations. Similar to the case of NaFe1-xCoxAs, one electron pocket emerges at the Brillouin zone center at high doping levels. Moreover, the near-EF spectral weight decreases with increasing the Cu dopant, which explains why the NaFe1-xCuxAs shows a poor electronical conductivity at high doping levels.

  17. Exploring electronic structure of one-atom thick polycrystalline graphene films: A nano angle resolved photoemission study

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    Avila, José; Razado, Ivy; Lorcy, Stéphane; Fleurier, Romain; Pichonat, Emmanuelle; Vignaud, Dominique; Wallart, Xavier; Asensio, María C.

    2013-08-01

    The ability to produce large, continuous and defect free films of graphene is presently a major challenge for multiple applications. Even though the scalability of graphene films is closely associated to a manifest polycrystalline character, only a few numbers of experiments have explored so far the electronic structure down to single graphene grains. Here we report a high resolution angle and lateral resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (nano-ARPES) study of one-atom thick graphene films on thin copper foils synthesized by chemical vapor deposition. Our results show the robustness of the Dirac relativistic-like electronic spectrum as a function of the size, shape and orientation of the single-crystal pristine grains in the graphene films investigated. Moreover, by mapping grain by grain the electronic dynamics of this unique Dirac system, we show that the single-grain gap-size is 80% smaller than the multi-grain gap recently reported by classical ARPES.

  18. Structural evolution and strain induced mixing in Cu–Co composites studied by transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography

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    Bachmaier, A.; Aboulfadl, H.; Pfaff, M.; Mücklich, F.; Motz, C.

    2015-02-15

    A Cu–Co composite material is chosen as a model system to study structural evolution and phase formations during severe plastic deformation. The evolving microstructures as a function of the applied strain were characterized at the micro-, nano-, and atomic scale-levels by combining scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy including energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The amount of intermixing between the two phases at different strains was examined at the atomic scale using atom probe tomography as complimentary method. It is shown that Co particles are dissolved in the Cu matrix during severe plastic deformation to a remarkable extent and their size, number, and volume fraction were quantitatively determined during the deformation process. From the results, it can be concluded that supersaturated solid solutions up to 26 at.% Co in a fcc Cu–26 at.% Co alloy are obtained during deformation. However, the distribution of Co was found to be inhomogeneous even at the highest degree of investigated strain. - Highlights: • Structural evolution in a deformed Cu–Co composite is studied on all length scales. • Amount of intermixing is examined by atom-probe tomography. • Supersaturated solid solutions up to 26 at.% Co in Cu are observed.

  19. Electronic structure, magnetism and stability of Co2CrX (X =Al, Ga, In) ab initio study

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    Dahmane, F.; Mesri, D.; Tadjer, A.; Khenata, R.; Benalia, S.; Djoudi, L.; Doumi, B.; Boumia, L.; Aourag, H.

    2016-01-01

    The structural, electronic as well as the magnetic properties of the Co2CrX (X =Al, Ga and In) full-Heusler alloy have been studied using first-principles calculations performed in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). It was taken into account both possible L21 structures (i.e. Hg2CuTi- and Cu2MnAl-type). Basically, for all compounds, the Cu2MnAl-type structure is energetically more stable than Hg2CuTi-type structure at the equilibrium volume. The electronic structure calculations for Co2CrAl reveal that half-metallic (HM) character in Cu2MnAl-type structure, Co2CrGa show nearly HM behavior and Co2CrIn has a metallic character. The predicted total magnetic moment is 3μB for Co2CrX (X =Al, Ga) which is in good convergence with the Slater-Pauling (SP) rule.

  20. Synchrotron-based soft X-ray spectroscopic studies of the electronic structure of organic semiconducting molecules

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    Demasi, Alexander

    Organic molecules have been the subject of many scientific studies due to their potential for use in a new generation of optoelectronic and semiconducting devices, such as organic photovoltaics and organic light emitting diodes. These studies are motivated by the fact that organic semiconductor devices have several advantages over traditional inorganic semiconductor devices. Unlike inorganic semiconductors, where the electronic properties are a result of the deliberate introduction of dopants to the material, the properties of organic semiconductors are often intrinsic to the molecules themselves. As a result, organic semiconductor devices are frequently less susceptible to contamination by impurities than their inorganic counterparts, which results in the relatively lower cost of producing such devices. Accurate experimental determination of the bulk and surface electronic structure of organic semiconductors is a prerequisite in developing a comprehensive understanding of such materials. The organic materials studied in this thesis were N,N-Ethylene-bis(1,1,1trifluoropentane-2,4-dioneiminato)-copper(ii) (abbreviated Cu-TFAC), aluminum tris-8hydroxyquinoline (A1g3), lithium quinolate (Liq), tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ), and tetrafluorotetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ). The electronic structures of these materials were measured with several synchrotron-based x-ray spectroscopies. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy was used to measure the occupied total density of states and the core-level states of the aforementioned materials. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) was used to probe the element-specific unoccupied partial density of states (PDOS); its angle-resolved variant was used to measure the orientation of the molecules in a film and, in some circumstances, to gauge the extent of an organic film's crystallinity. Most notably, x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) measures the element- specific occupied PDOS and, when aided by XAS, resonant XES can additionally be

  1. An experimental study on arsoles: structural variation, optical and electronic properties, and emission behavior.

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    Ishidoshiro, Makoto; Imoto, Hiroaki; Tanaka, Susumu; Naka, Kensuke

    2016-06-01

    We experimentally demonstrated the intrinsic nature of arsoles as promising functional heteroles. A series of 2,5-diarylarsoles are easily and safely prepared through the procedure in which non-volatile arsenic intermediates are employed to overcome the synthetic barrier due to the concern of volatility of the arsenic precursors used in conventional methods. A Pd-catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reaction can be applied to the obtained arsoles for fine molecular design, unlikely to phospholes. It was demonstrated that the optical and electronic properties, i.e. emission colors, quantum yields, and energy levels of the frontier orbitals, are similar to those of phospholes, as conventional theoretical studies have predicted. Furthermore, it was found that arsoles showed mechanochromic properties. PMID:27080400

  2. Electronic structure and mesoscopic simulations of nonylphenol ethoxylate surfactants. a combined DFT and DPD study.

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    Valencia, Diego; Aburto, Jorge; García-Cruz, Isidoro

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this work was to gain insight into the effect of ethylene oxide (EO) chains on the properties of a series of nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) surfactants. We performed a theoretical study of NPE surfactants by means of density functional theory (DFT) and dissipative particle dynamics (DPD). Both approximations were used separately to obtain different properties. Four NPEs were selected for this purpose (EO = 4, 7, 11 and 15 length chains). DFT methods provided some electronic properties that are related to the EO units. One of them is the solvation Gibbs energy, which exhibited a linear trend with EO chain length. DPD calculations allow us to observe the dynamic behavior in water of the NPE surfactants. We propose a coarse-grained model which properly simulates the mesophases of each surfactant. This model can be used in other NPEs applications. PMID:23966071

  3. Electronic structure, vibrational spectral and intervening orbital interactions studies of NLO material: Guanidinium 4-nitrobenzoate

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    Sasikala, V.; Sajan, D.; Job Sabu, K.; Arumanayagam, T.; Murugakoothan, P.

    2015-03-01

    Single crystals of guanidinium 4-nitrobenzoate (GPNB) have been grown by slow evaporation method. Grown crystals were characterized by FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV-Vis absorption and UV-Vis transmission spectroscopies. Crystal defects and surface morphology were studied by etching method. Dielectric properties of the crystal such as dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC electrical conductivity as function of frequency (50 Hz-5 MHz) at two temperatures (35 °C and 100 °C) were measured. The frequency and temperature dependence of dielectric behaviour were investigated. The equilibrium geometry, vibrational spectral analysis, intramolecular charge transfer interactions using NBO method, first order hyperpolarizability, molecular electrostatic potential and frontier molecular orbital analysis for GPNB have been studied using density functional theory at B3LYP/cc-pVTZ level. Vibrational spectral study reveals the presence of moderate and weak Nsbnd H⋯O bonds in GPNB. NBO analysis also confirms the presence of intramolecular Nsbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonding and investigates the stability as well as the intervening orbital interactions. The electronic absorption spectrum of the gas and water phases of GPNB were simulated using time dependent density functional theory and NBO transitions for the three lowest excited states were assigned and studied.

  4. Electronic structure, vibrational spectral and intervening orbital interactions studies of NLO material: guanidinium 4-nitrobenzoate.

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    Sasikala, V; Sajan, D; Sabu, K Job; Arumanayagam, T; Murugakoothan, P

    2015-03-15

    Single crystals of guanidinium 4-nitrobenzoate (GPNB) have been grown by slow evaporation method. Grown crystals were characterized by FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV-Vis absorption and UV-Vis transmission spectroscopies. Crystal defects and surface morphology were studied by etching method. Dielectric properties of the crystal such as dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC electrical conductivity as function of frequency (50 Hz-5 MHz) at two temperatures (35°C and 100°C) were measured. The frequency and temperature dependence of dielectric behaviour were investigated. The equilibrium geometry, vibrational spectral analysis, intramolecular charge transfer interactions using NBO method, first order hyperpolarizability, molecular electrostatic potential and frontier molecular orbital analysis for GPNB have been studied using density functional theory at B3LYP/cc-pVTZ level. Vibrational spectral study reveals the presence of moderate and weak N-H⋯O bonds in GPNB. NBO analysis also confirms the presence of intramolecular N-H⋯O hydrogen bonding and investigates the stability as well as the intervening orbital interactions. The electronic absorption spectrum of the gas and water phases of GPNB were simulated using time dependent density functional theory and NBO transitions for the three lowest excited states were assigned and studied. PMID:25600681

  5. Electronic structure of rare-earth doped SrFBiS2 superconductors from photoemission spectroscopic studies

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    Mishra, P.; Lohani, H.; Jha, Rajveer; Awana, V. P. S.; Sekhar, B. R.

    2016-06-01

    The electronic structure study of the Rare Earth (La, Ce) doped SrFBiS2 superconductors using valence band photoemission in conjugation with the band structure calculations have been presented. The spectral features shift towards higher binding energy, consistent with the electron doping, for the doped compounds. An enhanced metallicity in addition to the shift in the Fermi level towards the conduction band occurs for the Rare Earth (RE) doped compounds. Further, the degeneracy of bands along X-M direction at valence band maximum (VBM) and conduction band minimum (CBM) is lifted due to RE doping. An enhanced spectral weight near EF accompanied by a decrease in density of states at higher binding energy occurs for the doped compounds. This unusual spectral weight shift is substantiated by the change in Fermi surface topology and reduced distortion of Bi-S plane for the doped compounds.

  6. Soft X-ray Spectroscopy Study of the Electronic Structure of Oxidized and Partially Oxidized Magnetite Nanoparticles

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    Gilbert, Benjamin; Katz, Jordan E.; Denlinger, Jonathan D.; Yin, Yadong; Falcone, Roger; Waychunas, Glenn A.

    2010-10-24

    The crystal structure of magnetite nanoparticles may be transformed to maghemite by complete oxidation, but under many relevant conditions the oxidation is partial, creating a mixed-valence material with structural and electronic properties that are poorly characterized. We used X-ray diffraction, Fe K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy, and soft X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy to characterize the products of oxidizing uncoated and oleic acid-coated magnetite nanoparticles in air. The oxidization of uncoated magnetite nanoparticles creates a material that is structurally and electronically indistinguishable from maghemite. By contrast, while oxidized oleic acid-coated nanoparticles are also structurally indistinguishable from maghemite, Fe L-edge spectroscopy revealed the presence of interior reduced iron sites even after a 2-year period. We used X-ray emission spectroscopy at the O K-edge to study the valence bands (VB) of the iron oxide nanoparticles, using resonant excitation to remove the contributions from oxygen atoms in the ligands and from low-energy excitations that obscured the VB edge. The bonding in all nanoparticles was typical of maghemite, with no detectable VB states introduced by the long-lived, reduced-iron sites in the oleic acid-coated sample. However, O K-edge absorption spectroscopy observed a 0.2 eV shift in the position of the lowest unoccupied states in the coated sample, indicating an increase in the semiconductor band gap relative to bulk stoichiometric maghemite that was also observed by optical absorption spectroscopy. The results show that the ferrous iron sites within ferric iron oxide nanoparticles coated by an organic ligand can persist under ambient conditions with no evidence of a distinct interior phase and can exert an effect on the global electronic and optical properties of the material. This phenomenon resembles the band gap enlargement caused by electron accumulation in the

  7. Study of the surface structure of butterfly wings using the scanning electron microscopic moiré method

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    Kishimoto, Satoshi; Wang, Qinghua; Xie, Huimin; Zhao, Yapu

    2007-10-01

    Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) moiré method was used to study the surface structure of three kinds of butterfly wings: Papilio maackii Menetries, Euploea midamus (Linnaeus), and Stichophthalma howqua (Westwood). Gratings composed of curves with different orientations were found on scales. The planar characteristics of gratings and some other planar features of the surface structure of these wings were revealed, respectively, in terms of virtual strain. Experimental results demonstrate that SEM moiré method is a simple, nonlocal, economical, effective technique for determining which grating exists on one whole scale, measuring the dimension and the whole planar structural character of the grating on each scale, as well as characterizing the relationship between gratings on different scales of each butterfly wing. Thus, the SEM moiré method is a useful tool to assist with characterizing the structure of butterfly wings and explaining their excellent properties.

  8. Detailed electronic structure studies on superconducting MgB2 and related compounds

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    Ravindran, P.; Vajeeston, P.; Vidya, R.; Kjekshus, A.; Fjellvåg, H.

    2001-12-01

    In order to understand the unexpected superconducting behavior of MgB2 we have made electronic structure calculations for MgB2 and closely related systems. Our calculated Debye temperature from the elastic properties indicate that the average phonon frequency is very large in MgB2 compared with other superconducting intermetallics and its exceptionally higher Tc can be explained through a BCS mechanism only if phonon softening occurs or the phonon modes are highly anisotropic. We identified a doubly degenerate quasi-two-dimensional key-energy band in the vicinity of EF along the Γ-A direction of BZ (having equal amount of B px and py character) which plays an important role in deciding the superconducting behavior. Based on this result, we have searched for a similar electronic feature in isoelectronic compounds such as BeB2, CaB2, SrB2, LiBC, and MgB2C2 and found that hole doped LiBC and MgB2C2 are potential superconducting materials. We have found that EF in the closely related compound MgB4 is lying in a pseudogap with a negligibly small density of states at EF, which is not favorable for superconductivity. There are contradictory experimental results regarding the anisotropy in the elastic properties of MgB2 ranging from isotropic to moderately anisotropic to highly anisotropic. In order to settle this issue we have calculated the single-crystal elastic constants for MgB2 by the accurate full-potential method and derived the directional-dependent linear compressibility, Young's modulus, shear modulus, and relevant elastic properties from these results. We have observed large anisotropy in the elastic properties consistent with recent high-pressure findings. Our calculated polarized optical dielectric tensor shows highly anisotropic behavior even though it possesses isotropic transport property. MgB2 possesses a mixed bonding character and this has been verified from density of states, charge density, and crystal orbital Hamiltonian population analyses.

  9. Theoretical study of electronic structure, phase transition, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of ReN

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    Lei, Hui-Ru; Zhu, Jun; Hao, Yan-Jun; Zhang, Lin; Yu, Bai-Ru; Chen, Long-Qing; Zou, Yang-Chun

    2015-02-01

    Phase transition of rhenium mononitride (ReN) in NaCl, CsCl, zincblende (ZB), NbO, wurtzite (WZ), NiAs, WC, PtS, Pmn21 and Cmc21 structures have been studied by using the projector augmented wave method. It is found that NbO-type structure is the most stable. This conclusion is consistent with the report of Wang et al., while contrary to the results of Zhao et al., Chen et al., Asvini et al., and Hlynsson et al. The phase transition from NbO-type to NiAs-type occurs at ca. 52.8 GPa, which is also in good agreement with that of Wang et al. The elastic constants of NbO- and NiAs-type ReN under high pressure are calculated and found to be increased with the increasing pressures. At the same time, the ductile-brittle behavior is evaluated by Pugh's criteria. Also, we have predicted the density of states and Vickers hardness for NbO and NiAs types of ReN. Finally, the Debye temperature ΘD, thermal expansion α and heat capacity CV for NbO-type structure at high pressures are also derived through the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  10. Electronic band structure calculation of GaNAsBi alloys and effective mass study

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    Habchi, M. M.; Ben Nasr, A.; Rebey, A.; El Jani, B.

    2013-11-01

    Electronic band structures of GaNxAs1-x-yBiy dilute nitrides-bismides have been determined theoretically within the framework of the band anticrossing (BAC) model and k ṡ p method. We have developed computer codes based on our extended BAC model, denoted (16 × 16), in which the dimension of the used states basis was equal to 16. We have investigated the band gap and the spin orbit splitting as a function of Bi composition for alloys lattice matched to GaAs. We have found that the substitution of As element by N and Bi impurities leads to a significant reduction of band gap energy by roughly 198 meV/%Bi. Meanwhile, spin orbit splitting increases by 56 meV/%Bi regardless N content. There is an excellent agreement between the model predictions and experiment reported in the literature. In addition, alloys compositions and oscillator strengths of transition energies have been calculated for GaNAsBi alloys which represent active zone of temperature insensitive (1.55 μm and 1.3 μm) wavelength laser diodes intended for optical fiber communications. A crossover at about 0.6 eV has occurred between Eg and Δso of GaN.039As.893Bi.068. When the quaternary is lattice mismatched to GaAs, resonance energy increases with Bi content if N content decreases. On the other hand, effective mass behavior of carriers at Γ point has been discussed with respect to alloy composition, k-directions and lattice mismatch.

  11. Electronic structures of greigite (Fe3S4): A hybrid functional study and prediction for a Verwey transition

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    Wu, Min; Tse, John S.; Pan, Yuanming

    2016-02-01

    Greigite (Fe3S4) is a ferrimagnetic mineral with vital functions in both the bio-geochemical cycle and novel technological applications. However, the ground state electronic structure of this material has not been fully characterized by either experiment or theory. In the present study, ab initio calculations using the hybrid functional method have been performed to investigate the electronic structure and magnetic properties. It is found that the cubic structure observed under ambient temperature is a half metal and is metastable. A more stable monoclinic structure slightly distorted from the cubic form is found. The structural distortion is induced by charge ordering and associated with a metal-to-insulator transition, resulting in a semiconductive ground state with a bandgap of ~0.8 eV and a magnetic moment of 4 μB per formula unit. The results predict, similar to the magnetite (Fe3O4), a Verwey transition may exist in greigite, although it has not yet been observed experimentally.

  12. Electronic structures of greigite (Fe3S4): A hybrid functional study and prediction for a Verwey transition.

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    Wu, Min; Tse, John S; Pan, Yuanming

    2016-01-01

    Greigite (Fe3S4) is a ferrimagnetic mineral with vital functions in both the bio-geochemical cycle and novel technological applications. However, the ground state electronic structure of this material has not been fully characterized by either experiment or theory. In the present study, ab initio calculations using the hybrid functional method have been performed to investigate the electronic structure and magnetic properties. It is found that the cubic structure observed under ambient temperature is a half metal and is metastable. A more stable monoclinic structure slightly distorted from the cubic form is found. The structural distortion is induced by charge ordering and associated with a metal-to-insulator transition, resulting in a semiconductive ground state with a bandgap of ~0.8 eV and a magnetic moment of 4 μB per formula unit. The results predict, similar to the magnetite (Fe3O4), a Verwey transition may exist in greigite, although it has not yet been observed experimentally. PMID:26869147

  13. Electronic structures of greigite (Fe3S4): A hybrid functional study and prediction for a Verwey transition

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    Wu, Min; Tse, John S; Pan, Yuanming

    2016-01-01

    Greigite (Fe3S4) is a ferrimagnetic mineral with vital functions in both the bio-geochemical cycle and novel technological applications. However, the ground state electronic structure of this material has not been fully characterized by either experiment or theory. In the present study, ab initio calculations using the hybrid functional method have been performed to investigate the electronic structure and magnetic properties. It is found that the cubic structure observed under ambient temperature is a half metal and is metastable. A more stable monoclinic structure slightly distorted from the cubic form is found. The structural distortion is induced by charge ordering and associated with a metal-to-insulator transition, resulting in a semiconductive ground state with a bandgap of ~0.8 eV and a magnetic moment of 4 μB per formula unit. The results predict, similar to the magnetite (Fe3O4), a Verwey transition may exist in greigite, although it has not yet been observed experimentally. PMID:26869147

  14. Transmission electron microscopy studying of structural features of NiTi B2 phase formed under pulsed electron-beam impact

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    Meisner, Ludmila L.; Semin, Viktor O.; Gudimova, Ekaterina Y.; Neiman, Alexey A. Lotkov, Alexander I.; Ostapenko, Marina G.; Koval, Nikolai N.; Teresov, Anton D.

    2015-10-27

    By transmission electron microscopy method the evolution of structural-phase states on a depth of close to equiatomic NiTi modified layer has been studied. Modification performed by pulse impact on its surface low-energy high-current electron beam (beam energy density 10 J/sm{sup 2}, 10 pulses, pulse duration 50mks). It is established that during the treatment in the layer thickness of 8–10 μm, the melting of primary B2 phase and contained therein as Ti2Ni phase particles occurs. The result is change in the concentration ratio of titanium and nickel in the direction of increasing titanium content, which was confirmed by X-ray analysis in the form of increased unit cell parameter B2 phase. Analysis of the electron diffraction pattern showed that the modified layer is characterized as a highly distorted structure on the basis of bcc lattice. Lattice distortions are maximal near the surface and extends to a depth of melt. In subjacent layer there is gradual decline lattice distortions is observed.

  15. The use of SMALPs as a novel membrane protein scaffold for structure study by negative stain electron microscopy.

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    Postis, Vincent; Rawson, Shaun; Mitchell, Jennifer K; Lee, Sarah C; Parslow, Rosemary A; Dafforn, Tim R; Baldwin, Stephen A; Muench, Stephen P

    2015-02-01

    Despite the great progress recently made in resolving their structures, investigation of the structural biology of membrane proteins still presents major challenges. Even with new technical advances such as lipidic cubic phase crystallisation, obtaining well-ordered crystals remains a significant hurdle in membrane protein X-ray crystallographic studies. As an alternative, electron microscopy has been shown to be capable of resolving >3.5Å resolution detail in membrane proteins of modest (~300 kDa) size, without the need for crystals. However, the conventional use of detergents for either approach presents several issues, including the possible effects on structure of removing the proteins from their natural membrane environment. As an alternative, it has recently been demonstrated that membrane proteins can be effectively isolated, in the absence of detergents, using a styrene maleic acid co-polymer (SMA). This approach yields SMA lipid particles (SMALPs) in which the membrane proteins are surrounded by a small disk of lipid bilayer encircled by polymer. Here we use the Escherichia coli secondary transporter AcrB as a model membrane protein to demonstrate how a SMALP scaffold can be used to visualise membrane proteins, embedded in a near-native lipid environment, by negative stain electron microscopy, yielding structures at a modest resolution in a short (days) timeframe. Moreover, we show that AcrB within a SMALP scaffold is significantly more active than the equivalent DDM stabilised form. The advantages of SMALP scaffolds within electron microscopy are discussed and we conclude that they may prove to be an important tool in studying membrane protein structure and function. PMID:25450810

  16. NMR studies of electronic structure in crystalline and amorphous Zr2PdH/x/

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    Bowman, R. C., Jr.; Johnson, W. L.; Maeland, A. J.; Rhim, W.-K.

    1983-01-01

    The proton Knight shifts and spin-lattice relaxation times have been measured in crystalline and amorphous Ze2PdH(x). Core polarization from the Zr d-band dominates the proton hyperfine interactions. The density of Fermi level d-electron states is reduced in the amorphous phase relative to the electron density in crystalline Zr2PdH(x).

  17. Structural and electron charge density studies of a nonlinear optical compound 4,4 di-methyl amino cyano biphenyl

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    Naima, Boubegra; Abdelkader, Chouaih; Mokhtaria, Drissi; Fodil, Hamzaoui

    2014-01-01

    The 4,4 dimethyl amino cyano biphenyl crystal (DMACB) is characterized by its nonlinear activity. The intra molecular charge transfer of this molecule results mainly from the electronic transmission of the electro-acceptor (cyano) and electro-donor (di-methyl-amino) groups. An accurate electron density distribution around the molecule has been calculated based on a high-resolution X-ray diffraction study. The data were collected at 123 K using graphite-monochromated Mo K α radiation to sin(β)/λ = 1.24 Å-1. The integrated intensities of 13796 reflections were measured and reduced to 6501 independent reflections with I >= 3σ(I). The crystal structure was refined using the experimental model of Hansen and Coppens (1978). The crystal structure has been validated and deposited at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre with the deposition number CCDC 876507. In this article, we present the thermal motion and the structural analysis obtained from the least-square refinement based on F2 and the electron density distribution obtained from the multipolar model.

  18. Structural, Morphological, and Electron Transport Studies of Annealing Dependent In2O3 Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Mahalingam, S.; Abdullah, H.; Shaari, S.; Muchtar, A.; Asshari, I.

    2015-01-01

    Indium oxide (In2O3) thin films annealed at various annealing temperatures were prepared by using spin-coating method for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The objective of this research is to enhance the photovoltaic conversion efficiency in In2O3 thin films by finding the optimum annealing temperature and also to study the reason for high and low performance in the annealed In2O3 thin films. The structural and morphological characteristics of In2O3 thin films were studied via XRD patterns, atomic force microscopy (AFM), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), EDX sampling, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The annealing treatment modified the nanostructures of the In2O3 thin films viewed through FESEM images. The In2O3-450°C-based DSSC exhibited better photovoltaic performance than the other annealed thin films of 1.54%. The electron properties were studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) unit. The In2O3-450°C thin films provide larger diffusion rate, low recombination effect, and longer electron lifetime, thus enhancing the performance of DSSC. PMID:26146652

  19. Structural, Morphological, and Electron Transport Studies of Annealing Dependent In2O3 Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell.

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    Mahalingam, S; Abdullah, H; Shaari, S; Muchtar, A; Asshari, I

    2015-01-01

    Indium oxide (In2O3) thin films annealed at various annealing temperatures were prepared by using spin-coating method for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The objective of this research is to enhance the photovoltaic conversion efficiency in In2O3 thin films by finding the optimum annealing temperature and also to study the reason for high and low performance in the annealed In2O3 thin films. The structural and morphological characteristics of In2O3 thin films were studied via XRD patterns, atomic force microscopy (AFM), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), EDX sampling, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The annealing treatment modified the nanostructures of the In2O3 thin films viewed through FESEM images. The In2O3-450 °C-based DSSC exhibited better photovoltaic performance than the other annealed thin films of 1.54%. The electron properties were studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) unit. The In2O3-450 °C thin films provide larger diffusion rate, low recombination effect, and longer electron lifetime, thus enhancing the performance of DSSC. PMID:26146652

  20. Four-coordinate cobalt pincer complexes: electronic structure studies and ligand modification by homolytic and heterolytic pathways.

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    Semproni, Scott P; Milsmann, Carsten; Chirik, Paul J

    2014-06-25

    A family of cobalt chloride, methyl, acetylide and hydride complexes bearing both intact and modified tert-butyl substituted bis(phosphino)pyridine pincer ligands has been synthesized and structurally characterized and their electronic structures evaluated. Treatment of the unmodified compounds with the stable nitroxyl radical, TEMPO (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-yloxidanyl) resulted in immediate H- atom abstraction from the benzylic position of the chelate yielding the corresponding modified pincer complexes, ((tBu)mPNP)CoX (X = H, CH3, Cl, CCPh). Thermolysis of the methyl and hydride derivatives, ((tBu)PNP)CoCH3 and ((tBu)PNP)CoH, at 110 °C also resulted in pincer modification by H atom loss while the chloride and acetylide derivatives proved inert. The relative ordering of benzylic C-H bond strengths was corroborated by H atom exchange experiments between appropriate intact and modified pincer complexes. The electronic structures of the modified compounds, ((tBu)mPNP)CoX were established by EPR spectroscopy and DFT computations and are best described as low spin Co(II) complexes with no evidence for ligand centered radicals. The electronic structures of the intact complexes, ((tBu)PNP)CoX were studied computationally and bond dissociation free energies of the benzylic C-H bonds were correlated to the identity of the X-type ligand on cobalt where pure σ donors such as hydride and methyl produce the weakest C-H bonds. Comparison to a rhodium congener highlights the impact of the energetically accessible one-electron redox couple of the first row metal ion in generating weak C-H bonds in remote positions of the supporting pincer ligand. PMID:24897302

  1. Do enantiomers of benzenesulfonic acid exist? Electron diffraction and quantum chemical study of molecular structure of benzenesulfonic acid

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    Giricheva, Nina I.; Girichev, Georgiy V.; Medvedeva, Yulia S.; Ivanov, Sergey N.; Petrov, Vyacheslav M.; Fedorov, Mikhail S.

    2012-09-01

    Molecular structure of benzenesulfonic acid was studied by gas-phase electron diffraction and quantum chemical (B3LYP/cc-pVTZ, МР2/cc-pVDZ, МР2/cc-pVTZ) methods. On the base of mass spectrometric analysis it was found that saturated vapor at Т = 396(9) K is represented by only molecular species, monomeric benzenesulfonic acid. Theoretical calculations showed that the molecule has two mirror conformers of C1 symmetry which can invert to each other via transition state of Cs symmetry by rotation of OH-group around Ssbnd O(H) bond. Both computational methods, B3LYP and MP2, resulted in the same structure of enantiomers; the MP2/cc-pVDZ calculations denoted a over-barrier transition between enantiomers at the temperature of electron diffraction experiment, while B3LYP and MP2 calculations with cc-pVTZ basis set estimated the barrier height to be comparable with the thermal energy value. Two geometric models of C1 and Cs symmetry were examined in gas electron diffraction structural analysis. It was established that the structure of C1 symmetry (Rf = 3.3%) demonstrated the best fit with GED data in comparison with Cs structure (Rf = 3.8%). In conformer of C1 symmetry an ordinary bond Ssbnd O(Н) is located almost orthogonal to benzene ring plane, and an Osbnd H bond practically eclipses one of Sdbnd O bonds of SO3H fragment. The following internuclear distances (Å) in benzenesulfonic acid were determined: rh1(Csbnd H)av = 1.116(6), rh1(Csbnd C)ср = 1.402(4), rh1(Csbnd S) = 1.770(5), rh1(Sdbnd O)av = 1.438(4), rh1(Ssbnd O) = 1.623(4), rh1(Osbnd H) = 0.870(17). Calculations of internal rotation potential functions and NBO-analysis of electron density distribution in a conformer and transition states between enantiomers were performed to establish the reasons of stability of the found asymmetric structure of the studied molecule. The structure of free molecule of benzenesulfonic acid was compared with that of molecular form in crystal.

  2. Total energy study of the microscopic structure and electronic properties of tetragonal perovskite SrTiO{sub 3}

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    Rubio-Ponce, A.; Olguín, D.

    2014-05-15

    To study the structural and electronic properties of cubic perovskite SrTiO{sub 3} and its stress-induced tetragonal phase, we have performed total energy calculations and studied the effect of oxygen vacancies on the electronic properties of tetragonal perovskite SrTiO{sub 3}. The method used was the relativistic full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method. To obtain the geometry that minimizes the total energy, we relaxed the internal atomic sites of the tetragonal cell. As a result of this procedure, we have found that the titanium atoms move toward the plane of the vacancy by 0.03 Å, and the apical oxygen atoms move to the same plane by approximately 0.14 Å. These results are discussed in comparison with experimental data.

  3. Structural and Electronic Properties of Amino Acid Based Ionic Liquids: A Theoretical Study

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    Wu, Yang; Zhang, Tiantian

    2009-10-01

    The gas-phase ion pairs of the ionic liquids containing 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ([emim]+) and 20 natural amino acids ([AA]-) are studied at the B3LYP/6-311+G (d,p) level. The optimized structures, energies, and natural population analysis are presented and analyzed in terms of their possible correlation with the interaction energies and the H-bond separations. It is found that all the ion pairs of [emim][AA] can form strong H-bond interactions, which are dominated by the side-chain structure and the functional group of amino acid anions. The calculations indicate that an increase of the alkyl side-chain length coincides with a gradual decrease of H-bond energy, while the functional groups lead to the different localized charges on the anions, consequently affecting the electrostatic force. In addition, the intramolecular H bond in [AA]- can weaken the interaction, due to the decrease of the proton-accepting ability of the carbonyl O atoms. The H-bond chemical nature of [emim][AA] is investigated by atoms in molecules and natural bond orbital analyses. The preliminary analysis of 20 kinds of [emim][AA] ion pairs provides some initial hints as to the relationship between the interaction energy and the experimental glass transition temperature.

  4. The electronic structure of Fe2+ in reaction centers from Rhodopseudomonas sphaeroides. II. Extended x-ray fine structure studies.

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    Eisenberger, P; Okamura, M Y; Feher, G

    1982-01-01

    Extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) studies were performed on reaction centers (RC) of the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas sphaeroides R-26. RC containing two, one, and no quinones (2Q, 1Q, 0Q) samples were studied. The average ligand distance of the first coordination shell was determined to be 2.10 +/- 0.02 A with a more distant shell at 4.14 +/- 0.05 A. The Fe2+ site in RC was found to have a very large structural disorder parameter, from which a spread in ligand distance per iron site of approximately +/- 0.1 A was deduced. The most likely coordination number of the first shell is six, with a mixture of oxygens and nitrogens as ligands. The edge absorption results are consistent with the Fe2+ being in distorted octahedral environment. The EXAFS spectra of the 2Q and 1Q samples with and without O-phenanthroline were found to be the same. This indicates that either the secondary quinone and o-phenanthroline do not bind to Fe2+ or that they replace an equivalent ligand. The 0Q sample showed a 12% decrease in the EXAFS amplitude, which was restored upon addition of o-phenanthroline. These results can be explained by either a loss of a ligand or a severe conformational change when the primary quinone was removed. PMID:6977381

  5. The structure, stability, and electronic properties of ultra-thin BC2N nanotubes: a first-principles study.

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    Wang, Yue; Zhang, Juan; Huang, Gang; Yao, Xinhua; Shao, Qingyi

    2014-12-01

    Rapid developments of the silicon electronics industry have close to the physical limits and nanotube materials are the ideal materials to replace silicon for the preparation of next generation electronic devices. Boron-carbon-nitrogen nanotubes (BCNNT) can be formed by joining carbon nanotube (CNT) and boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) segments, and BC2N nanotubes have been widely and deeply studied. Here, we employed first-principles calculations based on density function theory (DFT) to study the structure, stability, and electronic properties of ultra thin (4 Å diameter) BC2N nanotubes. Our results showed that the cross sections of BC2N nanotubes can transform from round to oval when CNT and BNNT segments are parallel to the tube axis. It results when the curvature of BNNT segments become larger than CNT segments. Further, we found the stability of BC2N nanotubes is sensitive to the number of B-N bonds, and the phase segregation of BNNT and CNT segments is energetically favored. We also obtained that all (3,3) BC2N nanotubes are semiconductor, whereas (5,0) BC2N nanotubes are conductor when CNT and BNNT segments are perpendicular to the tube axis; and semiconductor when CNT and BNNT segments are parallel to the tube axis. These electronic properties are abnormal when compared to the relative big ones. PMID:25451142

  6. First-principles study of the atomic and electronic structures of crystalline and amorphous B4C

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    Ivashchenko, V. I.; Shevchenko, V. I.; Turchi, P. E. A.

    2009-12-01

    The atomic and electronic structures of crystalline and amorphous B4C were determined within density function theory using the local density approximation and a plane-wave pseudopotential method. For the crystalline phases, chain, and polar structures were considered. The structural parameters were obtained by minimizing the total energy with respect to the size, shape, and internal degrees of freedom of 15 and 45-atom unit cells. The amorphous 120 and 135-atom samples of a-B4C were generated using molecular dynamic simulations in the NVT ensemble using different initial structures. The 120-atom sample was generated from a rhombohedral c-B4C cell, whereas the a-135 sample was obtained from a fcc B4C initial structure that differs essentially from the real crystalline B4C structure. Analysis of the computed results shows that: (i) a random icosahedral network connected with the amorphous B-C matrix is identified in the case of a-B4C ; (ii) carbon clusters are observed in the case of the 120-atom sample of an amorphous matrix; (iii) no chain atoms are found in both amorphous samples that can be explained by their bulk moduli that are lower compared to those of their crystalline counterparts; (iv) the chain and polar B4C phases transform into a-B4C under high pressure; and (v) all crystalline structures studied so far are semiconducting, whereas a-B4C is a semimetal.

  7. Molecular structure of cotinine studied by gas electron diffraction combined with theoretical calculations

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    Takeshima, Tsuguhide; Takeuchi, Hiroshi; Egawa, Toru; Konaka, Shigehiro

    2007-09-01

    The molecular structure of cotinine (( S)-1-methyl-5-(3-pyridinyl)-2-pyrrolidinone), the major metabolite of nicotine, has been determined at about 182 °C by gas electron diffraction combined with MP2 and DFT calculations. The diffraction data are consistent with the existence of the (ax, sc), (ax, ap), (eq, sp) and (eq, ap) conformers, where ax and eq indicate the configuration of the pyrrolidinone ring by means of the position (axial and equatorial) of the pyridine ring, and sc, sp and ap distinguish the isomers arising from the internal rotation around the bond connecting the two rings. The (CH 3)NCCC(N) dihedral angles, ϕ, of the (ax, sc) and (eq, sp) conformers were determined independently to be 158(12)° and 129(13)°, respectively, where the numbers in parentheses are three times the standard errors, 3 σ. According to the MP2 calculations, the corresponding dihedral angles for the (ax, ap) and (eq, ap) conformers were assumed to differ by 180° from their syn counterparts. The ratios x(ax, sc)/ x(ax, ap) and x(eq, sp)/ x(eq, ap) were taken from the theoretically estimated free energy differences, Δ G, where x is the abundance of the conformer. The resultant abundances of (ax, sc), (ax, ap), (eq, sp) and (eq, ap) conformers are 34(6)%, 21% (d.p.), 28% (d.p.), and 17% (d.p.), respectively, where d.p. represents dependent parameters. The determined structural parameters ( rg (Å) and ∠ α (°)) of the most abundant conformer, (ax, sc), are as follows: r(N sbnd C) pyrrol = 1.463(5); r(N sbnd C methyl) = 1.457(←); r(N sbnd C( dbnd O)) = 1.384(12); r(C dbnd O) = 1.219(5); < r(C sbnd C) pyrrol> = 1.541(3); r(C pyrrolsbnd C pyrid) = 1.521(←); < r(C sbnd C) pyrid> = 1.396(2); < r(C sbnd N) pyrid> = 1.343(←); ∠(CNC) pyrrol = 113.9(11); ∠CCC pyrrol(-C pyrid) = 103.6(←); ∠NCO = 124.1(13); ∠NC pyrrolC pyrid = 113.1(12); ∠C pyrrolC pyrrolC pyrid = 113.3(←); ∠(CNC) pyrid = 117.1(2); <∠(NCC) pyrid> = 124.4(←); ∠C methylNC( dbnd O) =

  8. Density functional study of electronic structure, elastic and optical properties of MNH2 (M=Li, Na, K, Rb).

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    Ramesh Babu, K; Vaitheeswaran, G

    2014-06-11

    We report a systematic first principles density functional study on the electronic structure, elastic and optical properties of nitrogen based solid hydrogen storage materials LiNH2, NaNH2, KNH2, and RbNH2. The ground state structural properties are calculated by using standard density functional theory, and also dispersion corrected density functional theory. We find that van der Waals interactions are dominant in LiNH2 whereas they are relatively weak in other alkali metal amides. The calculated elastic constants show that all the compounds are mechanically stable and LiNH2 is found to be a stiffer material among the alkali metal amides. The melting temperatures are calculated and follow the order RbNH2 < KNH2 < NaNH2 < LiNH2. The electronic band structure is calculated by using the Tran–Blaha modified Becke–Johnson potential and found that all the compounds are insulators, with a considerable band gap. The [NH2]− derived states completely dominate in the entire valence band region while the metal atom states occupy the conduction band. The calculated band structure is used to analyze the different interband optical transitions occurring between valence and conduction bands. Our calculations show that these materials have considerable optical anisotropy. PMID:25932472

  9. Electronic structure of LiCoO{sub 2} thin films: A combined photoemission spectroscopy and density functional theory study

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    Ensling, David; Thissen, Andreas; Laubach, Stefan; Schmidt, Peter C.; Jaegermann, Wolfram

    2010-11-15

    The electronic properties of LiCoO{sub 2} have been studied by theoretical band-structure calculations (using density functional theory) and experimental methods (photoemission). Synchrotron-induced photoelectron spectroscopy, resonant photoemission spectroscopy (ResPES), and soft x-ray absorption (XAS) have been applied to investigate the electronic structure of both occupied and unoccupied states. High-quality PES spectra were obtained from stoichiometric and highly crystalline LiCoO{sub 2} thin films deposited ''in situ'' by rf magnetron sputtering. An experimental approach of separating oxygen- and cobalt-derived (final) states by ResPES in the valence-band region is presented. The procedure takes advantage of an antiresonant behavior of cobalt-derived states at the 3p-3d excitation threshold. Information about the unoccupied density of states has been obtained by O K XAS. The structure of the Co L absorption edge is compared to semiempirical charge-transfer multiplet calculations. The experimental results are furthermore compared with band-structure calculations considering three different exchange potentials [generalized gradient approximation (GGA), using a nonlocal Hubbard U (GGA+U) and using a hybrid functional (Becke, three-parameter, Lee-Yang-Parr [B3LYP])]. For these different approaches total density of states and partial valence-band density of states have been investigated. The best qualitative agreement with experimental results has been obtained by using a GGA+U functional with U=2.9 eV.

  10. Structural change of graphite during electron irradiation

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    Koike, J. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering); Pedraza, D.F. )

    1992-01-01

    Highly oriented pyrolytic graphite was irradiated at room temperature with 300-keV electrons. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy were employed to study the structure of electron-irradiated graphite. Results consistently indicated absence of long-range order periodicity in the basal plane, and loose retention of the c-axis periodicity. Structure was modeled based on a mixture of sixfold and non-sixfold atom rings. Formation of non-sixfold atom rings was related to the observed buckling and discontinuity of the original graphite basal plane.