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  1. Sum grequency generation spectroscopy from first principles

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    Wan, Quan; Galli, Giulia

    2015-03-01

    Sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy is widely used to study the structural and dynamical properties of surfaces and interfaces. Within the dipole approximation, SFG signals are solely determined by the surface, and bulk contributions vanish. However, the bulk portion of a material may contribute to SFG spectra through higher multipole excitations, e.g. quadrupole, which usually are difficult to separate in the measured spectra. Here we present a first principles theoretical framework, to compute SFG spectra of molecular solids and fluids. Within the dipole approximation, we computed the dipole and polarizability using maximally localized Wannier functions (MLWF) and density functional perturbation theory. We then extended our method to include quadrupole contributions, and we computed quadrupole moments and their derivatives using MLWF and a real-space correction scheme, and an electric enthalpy functional. We applied our approach to investigate the ice Ih surface and we present results obtained by both finite differences and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. This work was supported by Grant DOE-BES DE-SC0008938.

  2. Spectroscopy of organic semiconductors from first principles

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    Sharifzadeh, Sahar; Biller, Ariel; Kronik, Leeor; Neaton, Jeffery

    2011-03-01

    Advances in organic optoelectronic materials rely on an accurate understanding their spectroscopy, motivating the development of predictive theoretical methods that accurately describe the excited states of organic semiconductors. In this work, we use density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory (GW/BSE) to compute the electronic and optical properties of two well-studied organic semiconductors, pentacene and PTCDA. We carefully compare our calculations of the bulk density of states with available photoemission spectra, accounting for the role of finite temperature and surface effects in experiment, and examining the influence of our main approximations -- e.g. the GW starting point and the application of the generalized plasmon-pole model -- on the predicted electronic structure. Moreover, our predictions for the nature of the exciton and its binding energy are discussed and compared against optical absorption data. We acknowledge DOE, NSF, and BASF for financial support and NERSC for computational resources.

  3. A first-principles theoretical approach to heterogeneous nanocatalysis

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    Negreiros, Fabio R.; Apr, Edoardo; Barcaro, Giovanni; Sementa, Luca; Vajda, Stefan; Fortunelli, Alessandro

    2012-02-01

    A theoretical approach to heterogeneous catalysis by sub-nanometre supported metal clusters and alloys is presented and discussed. Its goal is to perform a computational sampling of the reaction paths in nanocatalysis via a global search in the phase space of structures and stoichiometry combined with filtering which takes into account the given experimental conditions (catalytically relevant temperature and reactant pressure), and corresponds to an incremental exploration of the disconnectivity diagram of the system. The approach is implemented and applied to the study of propylene partial oxidation by Ag3 supported on MgO(100). First-principles density-functional theory calculations coupled with a Reactive Global Optimization algorithm are performed, finding that: (1) the presence of an oxide support drastically changes the potential energy landscape of the system with respect to the gas phase, favoring configurations which interact positively with the electrostatic field generated by the surface; (2) the reaction energy barriers for the various mechanisms are crucial in the competition between thermodynamically and kinetically favored reaction products; (3) a topological database of structures and saddle points is produced which has general validity and can serve for future studies or for deriving general trends; (4) the MgO(100) surface captures some major features of the effect of an oxide support and appears to be a good model of a simple oxide substrate; (5) strong cooperative effects are found in the co-adsorption of O2 and other ligands on small metal clusters. The proposed approach appears as a viable route to advance the role of predictive computational science in the field of heterogeneous nanocatalysis.

  4. First-principles interpretation of core-level spectroscopy of photoelectrochemical materials and processes

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    Pemmaraju, Sri Chaitanya Das; Prendergast, David

    2014-03-01

    We present two case studies of first-principles theoretical methods applied in conjunction with experimental core-level spectroscopy measurements to investigate the electronic structure and dynamical processes in molecular and interfacial systems relevant to photoelectrochemical (PEC) technologies. In the first, we study the core-level and valence spectroscopies of two zinc(II)-porphyrin based Donor-pi-Acceptor (D-p-A) dyes using the occupancy-constrained excited electron and core-hole (XCH) approach and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) simulations. In the second, we use constrained DFT and TDDFT to interpret measured transient core-level shifts in time-resolved femtosecond x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, investigating the dynamics of the electron injection process from a N3 dye molecule chemisorbed onto a ZnO substrate. These studies illustrate the utility of first-principles methods in guiding the design of better PEC materials. This work was performed at the Molecular Foundry, LBNL, supported by the Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  5. First-principles photoemission spectroscopy in DNA and RNA nucleobases from Koopmans-compliant functionals

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    Nguyen, Ngoc Linh; Borghi, Giovanni; Ferretti, Andrea; Marzari, Nicola

    The determination of spectral properties of the DNA and RNA nucleobases from first principles can provide theoretical interpretation for experimental data, but requires complex electronic-structure formulations that fall outside the domain of applicability of common approaches such as density-functional theory. In this work, we show that Koopmans-compliant functionals, constructed to enforce piecewise linearity in energy functionals with respect to fractional occupation-i.e., with respect to charged excitations-can predict not only frontier ionization potentials and electron affinities of the nucleobases with accuracy comparable or superior with that of many-body perturbation theory and high-accuracy quantum chemistry methods, but also the molecular photoemission spectra are shown to be in excellent agreement with experimental ultraviolet photoemsision spectroscopy data. The results highlight the role of Koopmans-compliant functionals as accurate and inexpensive quasiparticle approximations to the spectral potential, which transform DFT into a novel dynamical formalism where electronic properties, and not only total energies, can be correctly accounted for.

  6. Combining solid-state NMR spectroscopy with first-principles calculations - a guide to NMR crystallography.

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    Ashbrook, Sharon E; McKay, David

    2016-06-01

    Recent advances in the application of first-principles calculations of NMR parameters to periodic systems have resulted in widespread interest in their use to support experimental measurement. Such calculations often play an important role in the emerging field of "NMR crystallography", where NMR spectroscopy is combined with techniques such as diffraction, to aid structure determination. Here, we discuss the current state-of-the-art for combining experiment and calculation in NMR spectroscopy, considering the basic theory behind the computational approaches and their practical application. We consider the issues associated with geometry optimisation and how the effects of temperature may be included in the calculation. The automated prediction of structural candidates and the treatment of disordered and dynamic solids are discussed. Finally, we consider the areas where further development is needed in this field and its potential future impact. PMID:27117884

  7. First-principles anharmonic quantum calculations for peptide spectroscopy: VSCF calculations and comparison with experiments.

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    Roy, Tapta Kanchan; Sharma, Rahul; Gerber, R Benny

    2016-01-21

    First-principles quantum calculations for anharmonic vibrational spectroscopy of three protected dipeptides are carried out and compared with experimental data. Using hybrid HF/MP2 potentials, the Vibrational Self-Consistent Field with Second-Order Perturbation Correction (VSCF-PT2) algorithm is used to compute the spectra without any ad hoc scaling or fitting. All of the vibrational modes (135 for the largest system) are treated quantum mechanically and anharmonically using full pair-wise coupling potentials to represent the interaction between different modes. In the hybrid potential scheme the MP2 method is used for the harmonic part of the potential and a modified HF method is used for the anharmonic part. The overall agreement between computed spectra and experiment is very good and reveals different signatures for different conformers. This study shows that first-principles spectroscopic calculations of good accuracy are possible for dipeptides hence it opens possibilities for determination of dipeptide conformer structures by comparison of spectroscopic calculations with experiment. PMID:26673682

  8. Hydrogen donors in SnO2 studied by infrared spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Hlaing Oo, W. M.; Tabatabaei, S.; McCluskey, M. D.; Varley, J. B.; Janotti, A.; van de Walle, C. G.

    2010-11-01

    Hydrogen is a potentially important source of n -type conductivity in oxide materials. We have investigated hydrogen in tin oxide (SnO2) , a wide-band-gap semiconductor with applications as a transparent conductor and in gas sensors. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy and electrical measurements indicate that hydrogen binds to a host oxygen atom and increases the conductivity. First-principles calculations confirm that interstitial hydrogen acts as a shallow donor (Hi+) . Our calculations also indicate that Hi+ diffuses easily and combines with Sn vacancies into stable (VSn-H)-3 complexes, with the calculated O-H frequencies in agreement with the experimental values. These results suggest that interstitial hydrogen acts as a shallow, mobile donor in a range of oxide materials.

  9. A theoretical study of blue phosphorene nanoribbons based on first-principles calculations

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    Xie, Jiafeng; Si, M. S. Yang, D. Z.; Zhang, Z. Y.; Xue, D. S.

    2014-08-21

    Based on first-principles calculations, we present a quantum confinement mechanism for the band gaps of blue phosphorene nanoribbons (BPNRs) as a function of their widths. The BPNRs considered have either armchair or zigzag shaped edges on both sides with hydrogen saturation. Both the two types of nanoribbons are shown to be indirect semiconductors. An enhanced energy gap of around 1 eV can be realized when the ribbon's width decreases to ∼10 Å. The underlying physics is ascribed to the quantum confinement effect. More importantly, the parameters to describe quantum confinement are obtained by fitting the calculated band gaps with respect to their widths. The results show that the quantum confinement in armchair nanoribbons is stronger than that in zigzag ones. This study provides an efficient approach to tune the band gap in BPNRs.

  10. First-principles core-level X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy calculation on arsenic defects in silicon crystal

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    Kishi, Hiroki; Miyazawa, Miki; Matsushima, Naoki; Yamauchi, Jun

    2014-02-21

    We investigate the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) binding energies of As 3d in Si for various defects in neutral and charged states by first-principles calculation. It is found that the complexes of a substitutional As and a vacancy in charged and neutral states explain the experimentally observed unknown peak very well.

  11. Theoretical studies of aluminum and aluminide alloys using CALPHAD and first-principles approach

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    Jiang, Chao

    Heat-treatable aluminum alloys have been widely used in the automobile and aerospace industries as structural materials due to their light weight and high strength. To study the age-hardening process in heat-treatable aluminum alloys, the Gibbs energies of the strengthening metastable phases, e.g. theta ' and theta″, are critical. However, those data are not included in the existing thermodynamic databases for aluminum alloys due to the semi-empirical nature of the CALPHAD approach. In the present study, the thermodynamics of the Al-Cu system, the pivotal age-hardening system, is remodeled using a combined CALPHAD and first-principles approach. The formation enthalpies and vibrational formation entropies of the stable and metastable phases in the Al-Cu system are provided by first-principles calculations. Special Quasirandom Structures (SQS's) are applied to model the substitutionally random fee and bee alloys. SQS's for binary bee alloys are developed and tested in the present study. Finally, a self-consistent thermodynamic description of the Al-Cu system including the two metastable theta″ and theta' phases is obtained. During welding of heat-treatable aluminum alloys, a detrimental phenomenon called constitutional liquation, i.e. the local eutectic melting of second-phase particles in a matrix at temperatures above the eutectic temperature but below the solidus of the alloy, may occur in the heat-affected zone (HAZ). In the present study, diffusion code DICTRA coupled with realistic thermodynamic and kinetic databases is used to simulate the constitutional liquation in the model Al-Cu system. The simulated results are in quantitative agreement with experiments. The critical heating rate to avoid constitutional liquation is also determined through computer simulations. Besides the heat-treatable aluminum alloys, intermetallic compounds based on transition metal aluminides, e.g. NiAl and FeAl, are also promising candidates for the next-generation of high-temperature structural materials for aerospace applications due to their high melting temperature and good oxidation resistance. Many important properties of B2 aluminides are governed by the existences of point defects. In the present study, Special Quasirandom Structures (SQS's) are developed to model non-stoichiometric B2 compounds containing large concentrations of constitutional point defects. The SQS's are then applied to study B2 NiAl. The first-principles SQS results provide formation enthalpies, equilibrium lattice parameters and elastic constants of B2 NiAl which agree satisfactorily with the existing experimental data in the literature. It is unambiguously shown that, at T = 0K and zero pressure, Ni vacancies and antisite Ni atoms are the energetically favorable point defects in Al-rich and Ni-rich B2 NiAl, respectively. Remarkably, it is predicted that high defect concentrations can lead to structural instability of B2 NiAl, which explains well the martensitic transformation observed in this compound at high Ni concentrations.

  12. First-principles theoretical analysis of transition-metal doping of ZnSe quantum dots

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    Singh, Tejinder; Mountziaris, T. J.; Maroudas, Dimitrios

    2012-07-01

    We present a systematic analysis of the underlying mechanism of transition-metal doping in ZnSe nanocrystals, using first-principles density functional theory calculations. Our analysis focuses on the adsorption and surface segregation of Mn dopants on ZnSe nanocrystal surface facets. We find that the chemical potentials of the growth precursor species determine the surface structure and morphology of the nanocrystals. We report binding energies for Mn adsorption onto ZnSe surfaces and find that all the anion-rich surfaces contribute toward dopant adsorption onto ZnSe nanocrystal surface facets. Beyond a critical value of dopant surface coverage, these adsorbed dopants may induce structural transitions in low-Miller-index surface facets, resulting in morphological transitions of the ZnSe nanocrystals. In addition, the dopant binding-energy dependence on the dopant surface concentration explains the doping difficulties during nanocrystal growth. Finally, we report surface segregation energy profiles for Mn dopant segregation on low-Miller-index ZnSe nanocrystal surface facets. We find that, under conditions that render ZnSe(001)-(2 × 1) as the dominant dopable surface of ZnSe nanocrystals, Mn dopants do not have a tendency to segregate on this surface; this guarantees that the dopants remain incorporated into the core regions of the nanocrystal instead of escaping to the surface.

  13. Phase stability, elasticity, and theoretical strength of polonium from first principles

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    Legut, Dominik; Friák, Martin; Šob, Mojmír

    2010-06-01

    Employing full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method, we investigate the stability of Po in its ground-state simple cubic structure (α-Po) with respect to the trigonal spiral structure exhibited by Se and Te and to the displacive phase transformations into either tetragonal or trigonal phases. The origin of the phase stability of α-Po is analyzed with the help of densities of states, electronic band structures, and total energies of competing higher-energy structures corresponding to selected stationary points of the total energy. The electronic structures and total energies are calculated both within the generalized gradient approximation and local-density approximation (LDA) to the exchange-correlation energy as well as with and without inclusion of the spin-orbit (SO) coupling. The total energies are displayed in contour plots as functions of selected structural parameters and atomic volume. It turns out that the LDA calculation with SO interaction incorporated provides best agreement with existing experimental data and that the simple cubic structure of α-Po is stabilized by relativistic effects of core electrons. High elastic anisotropy of α-Po is explained as a consequence of its simple cubic structure and is compared with elastic properties of other crystal structures. Finally, an uniaxial tensile test for loading along the [001] and [111] directions is simulated; the corresponding theoretical tensile strengths calculated within the LDA+SO approach amount to 4.2 GPa and 4.7 GPa, respectively, which are the lowest values predicted in an element so far. According to Pugh and Frantsevich criteria, α-Po is predicted to be ductile. Also a positive value of the Cauchy pressure confirms the metallic type of interatomic bonding.

  14. First-Principles Theoretical Analysis of Dopant Adsorption and Diffusion on Surfaces of II-VI Compound Semiconductor Nanocrystals

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    Singh, Tejinder; Mountziaris, T. J.; Maroudas, Dimitrios

    2009-03-01

    We present a first-principles theoretical analysis of dopant adsorption and diffusion on facets of II-VI semiconductor nanocrystal surfaces and discuss its implications for dopant incorporation into growing nanocrystals. We focus on ZnSe nanocrystals with diameters d˜5 nm that have polyhedral shapes with well-defined facets. Using density functional theory calculations, we find that ZnSe(001)-(2x1) is the energetically favorable surface facet for dopant binding, with multiple adsorption sites. We find that the binding energy for Mn adsorption onto various sites of the ZnSe(001)-(2x1) surface increases with increasing dopant surface concentration. This low binding energy at low dopant surface concentration provides an explanation for doping difficulties during nanocrystal growth. In addition, we have analyzed several dopant migration pathways for Mn diffusion on the ZnSe(001)-(2x1) surface and calculated the corresponding activation barriers as a function of dopant surface concentration. We find that Mn atoms can migrate fast along the Se dimer rows. However, Mn migration to a trough site is governed by a high-barrier process that may lead to dopant incorporation into the ZnSe nanocrystal.

  15. Tracking conformational dynamics of polypeptides by non-linear electronic spectroscopy of aromatic residues: a first principles simulation study

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    Beccara, Silvio a; Rivalta, Ivan; Cerullo, Giulio

    2014-01-01

    The ability of non-linear electronic spectroscopy to track folding/unfolding processes of proteins in solution by monitoring aromatic interactions is investigated by first-principle simulations of two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectra of a model peptide. A dominant reaction pathway approach is employed to determine the unfolding pathway of a tetrapeptide, connecting the initial folded configuration with stacked aromatic side chains and the final unfolded state with distant non-interacting aromatic residues. π-stacking and excitonic coupling effects are included via ab-initio simulations based on multiconfigurational methods within a hybrid QM/MM scheme. We show that linear absorption spectroscopy in the ultraviolet (UV) is unable to resolve the unstacking dynamics characterized by the three-step process: T-shaped→twisted offset stacking→unstacking. Conversely, pump-probe spectroscopy can be used to resolve aromatic interactions by probing in the visible (Vis) the excited state absorptions (ESA) that involve charge transfer (CT) states. 2DUV spectroscopy offers the highest sensitivity to the unfolding process, providing the disentanglement of ESA signals belonging to different aromatic chromophores and high correlation between the conformational dynamics and the quartic splitting. PMID:25145908

  16. Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy of Benzene, Phenol, and Their Dimer: An Efficient First-Principles Simulation Protocol.

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    Nenov, Artur; Mukamel, Shaul; Garavelli, Marco; Rivalta, Ivan

    2015-08-11

    First-principles simulations of two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy in the ultraviolet region (2DUV) require computationally demanding multiconfigurational approaches that can resolve doubly excited and charge transfer states, the spectroscopic fingerprints of coupled UV-active chromophores. Here, we propose an efficient approach to reduce the computational cost of accurate simulations of 2DUV spectra of benzene, phenol, and their dimer (i.e., the minimal models for studying electronic coupling of UV-chromophores in proteins). We first establish the multiconfigurational recipe with the highest accuracy by comparison with experimental data, providing reference gas-phase transition energies and dipole moments that can be used to construct exciton Hamiltonians involving high-lying excited states. We show that by reducing the active spaces and the number of configuration state functions within restricted active space schemes, the computational cost can be significantly decreased without loss of accuracy in predicting 2DUV spectra. The proposed recipe has been successfully tested on a realistic model proteic system in water. Accounting for line broadening due to thermal and solvent-induced fluctuations allows for direct comparison with experiments. PMID:26574458

  17. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of boron defects in silicon crystal: A first-principles study

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    Yamauchi, Jun; Yoshimoto, Yoshihide; Suwa, Yuji

    2016-05-01

    We carried out a comprehensive study on the B 1s core-level X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) binding energies and formation energies for boron defects in crystalline silicon by first-principles calculation with careful evaluation of the local potential boundary condition for the model system using the supercell corresponding to 1000 Si atoms. It is reconfirmed that the cubo-octahedral B12 cluster in silicon crystal is unstable and exists at the saddle point decaying to the icosahedral and S4 B12 clusters. The electrically active clusters without any postannealing of ion-implanted Si are identified as icosahedral B12 clusters. The experimentally proposed threefold coordinated B is also identified as a ⟨ 001 ⟩ B - Si defect. For an as-doped sample prepared by plasma doping, the calculated XPS spectra for complexes consisting of vacancies and substitutional B atoms are consistent with the experimental spectra. It is proposed that, assuming that the XPS peak at 187.1 eV is due to substitutional B (Bs), the experimental XPS peaks at 187.9 and 186.7 eV correspond to interstitial B at the H-site and ⟨ 001 ⟩ B - Si defects, respectively. In the annealed samples, the complex of Bs and interstitial Si near the T-site is proposed as a candidate for the experimental XPS peak at 188.3 eV.

  18. Probing the uniaxial strains in MoS2 using polarized Raman spectroscopy: A first-principles study

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    Doratotaj, Danna; Simpson, Jeffrey R.; Yan, Jia-An

    2016-02-01

    Characterization of strain in two-dimensional (2D) crystals is important for understanding their properties and performance. Using first-principles calculations, we study the effects of uniaxial strain on the Raman-active modes in monolayer MoS2. We show that the in-plane E' mode at 384 cm-1 and the out-of-plane A1' mode at 403 cm-1 can serve as fingerprints for the uniaxial strain in this 2D material. Specifically, under a uniaxial strain, the doubly degenerate E' mode splits into two nondegenerate modes: one is the E∥' mode in which atoms vibrate in parallel to the strain direction, and the other is the E⊥'mode in which atoms vibrate perpendicular to the strain direction. The frequency of the E∥' mode blueshifts for a compressive strain, but redshifts for a tensile strain. In addition, due to the strain-induced anisotropy in the MoS2 lattice, the polarized Raman spectra of the E∥' and E⊥' modes exhibit distinct angular dependence for specific laser polarization setups, allowing for a precise determination of the direction of the uniaxial strain with respect to the crystallographic orientation. Furthermore, we find that the polarized Raman intensity of the A1' mode also shows evident dependence on the applied strain, providing additional effective clues for determining the direction of the strain even without knowledge of the crystallographic orientation. Thus, polarized Raman spectroscopy offers an efficient nondestructive way to characterize the uniaxial strains in monolayer MoS2.

  19. Theoretical study of highly strained InAs material from first-principles modelling: application to an ideal QD

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    Pedesseau, L.; Even, J.; Bondi, A.; Guo, W.; Richard, S.; Folliot, H.; Labbe, C.; Cornet, C.; Dehaese, O.; LeCorre, A.; Durand, O.; Loualiche, S.

    2008-08-01

    We study the properties of highly strained InAs material calculated from first-principles modelling using ABINIT packages. We first simulate the characteristics of bulk InAs crystals and compare them with both experimental and density functional theory results. Secondly, we focus our attention on the strain effects on InAs crystals with a gradual strain reaching progressively the lattice matched parameters of InP, GaAs and GaP substrates. Section 4 is dedicated to the study of a hypothetical spherical InAs/GaP quantum dot (QD). The effect of hydrostatic deformations for both InAs zinc-blende phase and InAs rocksalt phase is discussed. Section 5 is devoted to the dependence of the lattice parameter aoz versus aox (aoy), Γ gap energies and band line-ups at the Γ point for biaxial deformations and interfacial structures. Ab initio results are compared with the empirical calculations which reveal nonlinear behaviour of the conduction band for highly strained InAs material.

  20. Silver in geological fluids from in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy and first-principles molecular dynamics

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    Pokrovski, Gleb S.; Roux, Jacques; Ferlat, Guillaume; Jonchiere, Romain; Seitsonen, Ari P.; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe; Hazemann, Jean-Louis

    2013-04-01

    The molecular structure and stability of species formed by silver in aqueous saline solutions typical of hydrothermal settings were quantified using in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements, quantum-chemical modeling of near-edge absorption spectra (XANES) and extended fine structure spectra (EXAFS), and first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD). Results show that in nitrate-bearing acidic solutions to at least 200 °C, silver speciation is dominated by the hydrated Ag+ cation surrounded by 4-6 water molecules in its nearest coordination shell with mean Ag-O distances of 2.32 ± 0.02 Å. In NaCl-bearing acidic aqueous solutions of total Cl concentration from 0.7 to 5.9 mol/kg H2O (m) at temperatures from 200 to 450 °C and pressures to 750 bar, the dominant species are the di-chloride complex AgCl2- with Ag-Cl distances of 2.40 ± 0.02 Å and Cl-Ag-Cl angle of 160 ± 10°, and the tri-chloride complex AgCl32- of a triangular structure and mean Ag-Cl distances of 2.60 ± 0.05 Å. With increasing temperature, the contribution of the tri-chloride species decreases from ˜50% of total dissolved Ag in the most concentrated solution (5.9m Cl) at 200 °C to less than 10-20% at supercritical temperatures for all investigated solutions, so that AgCl2- becomes by far the dominant Ag-bearing species at conditions typical of hydrothermal-magmatic fluids. Both di- and tri-chloride species exhibit outer-sphere interactions with the solvent as shown by the detection, using FPMD modeling, of H2O, Cl-, and Na+ at distances of 3-4 Å from the silver atom. The species fractions derived from XAS and FPMD analyses, and total AgCl(s) solubilities, measured in situ in this work from the absorption edge height of XAS spectra, are in accord with thermodynamic predictions using the stability constants of AgCl2- and AgCl32- from Akinfiev and Zotov (2001) and Zotov et al. (1995), respectively, which are based on extensive previous AgCl(s) solubility measurements. These data are thus recommended for chemical equilibrium calculations in mineral-fluid systems above 200 °C. In contrast, our data disagree with SUPCRT-based datasets for Ag-Cl species, which predict large fractions of high-order chloride species, AgCl32- and AgCl43- in high-temperature saline fluids. Comparisons of the structural and stability data of Ag-Cl species derived in this study with those of their Au and Cu analogs suggest that molecular-level differences amongst the chloride complexes such as geometry, dipole moment, distances, and resulting outer-sphere interactions with the solvent may account, at least partly, for the observed partitioning of Au, Ag and Cu in vapor-brine and fluid-melt systems. In hydrothermal environments dominated by fluid-rock interactions, the contrasting affinity of these metals for sulfur ligands and the differences both in chemistry and stability of their main solid phases (Ag sulfides, Cu-Fe sulfides, and native Au) largely control the concentration and distribution of these metals in their economic deposits.

  1. Vibrational dynamics of rutile-type GeO2 from micro-Raman spectroscopy experiments and first-principles calculations

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    Sanson, A.; Pokrovski, G. S.; Giarola, M.; Mariotto, G.

    2015-01-01

    The vibrational dynamics of germanium dioxide in the rutile structure has been investigated by using polarized micro-Raman scattering spectroscopy coupled with first-principles calculations. Raman spectra were carried out in backscattering geometry at room temperature from micro-crystalline samples either unoriented or oriented by means of a micromanipulator, which enabled successful detection and identification of all the Raman active modes expected on the basis of the group theory. In particular, the Eg mode, incorrectly assigned or not detected in the literature, has been definitively observed by us and unambiguously identified at 525 \\text{cm}-1 under excitation by certain laser lines, thus revealing an unusual resonance phenomenon. First-principles calculations within the framework of the density functional theory allow quantifying both wave number and intensity of the Raman vibrational spectra. The excellent agreement between calculated and experimental data corroborates the reliability of our findings.

  2. The ground state and electronic structure of Gd@C82: a systematic theoretical investigation of first principle density functionals.

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    Dai, Xing; Gao, Yang; Xin, Minsi; Wang, Zhigang; Zhou, Ruhong

    2014-12-28

    As a representative lanthanide endohedral metallofullerene, Gd@C82 has attracted a widespread attention among theorists and experimentalists ever since its first synthesis. Through comprehensive comparisons and discussions, as well as references to the latest high precision experiments, we evaluated the performance of different computational methods. Our results showed that the appropriate choice of the exchange-correlation functionals is the decisive factor to accurately predict both geometric and electronic structures for Gd@C82. The electronic structure of the ground state and energy gap between the septet ground state and the nonet low-lying state obtained from pure density functional methods, such as PBE and PW91, are in good agreement with current experiment. Unlike pure functionals, the popularly used hybrid functionals in previous studies, such as B3LYP, could infer the qualitative correct ground state only when small basis set for C atoms is employed. Furthermore, we also highlighted that other geometric structures of Gd@C82 with the Gd staying at different positions are either not stable or with higher energies. This work should provide some useful references for various theoretical methodologies in further density functional studies on Gd@C82 and its derivatives in the future. PMID:25554150

  3. A First-Principles Theoretical Study on the Thermoelectric Properties of the Compound Cu5AlSn2S8

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    Li, Weijian; Zhou, Chenyi; Li, Liangliang

    2015-10-01

    A new compound of Cu5AlSn2S8, which contained earth-abundant and environment-friendly elements and had a diamond-like crystal structure, was designed, and its electronic structure and thermoelectric transport properties from 300 K to 700 K were investigated by first-principles calculations, Boltzmann transport equations, and a modified Slack's model. The largest power factors of Cu5AlSn2S8 at 700 K were 47.5 1010 W m-1 K-2 s-1 and 14.7 1010 W m-1 K-2 s-1 for p- and n-type semiconductors, respectively. The lattice thermal conductivity of Cu5AlSn2S8 was calculated with its shear modulus and isothermal bulk modulus, which were also obtained by first-principles calculations. The lattice thermal conductivity was 0.9-2.2 W m-1 K-1 from 300 K to 700 K, relatively low among thermoelectric compounds. This theoretical study showed that Cu5AlSn2S8 could be a potential thermoelectric material.

  4. A First-Principles Theoretical Study on the Thermoelectric Properties of the Compound Cu5AlSn2S8

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    Li, Weijian; Zhou, Chenyi; Li, Liangliang

    2016-03-01

    A new compound of Cu5AlSn2S8, which contained earth-abundant and environment-friendly elements and had a diamond-like crystal structure, was designed, and its electronic structure and thermoelectric transport properties from 300 K to 700 K were investigated by first-principles calculations, Boltzmann transport equations, and a modified Slack's model. The largest power factors of Cu5AlSn2S8 at 700 K were 47.5 × 1010 W m-1 K-2 s-1 and 14.7 × 1010 W m-1 K-2 s-1 for p- and n-type semiconductors, respectively. The lattice thermal conductivity of Cu5AlSn2S8 was calculated with its shear modulus and isothermal bulk modulus, which were also obtained by first-principles calculations. The lattice thermal conductivity was 0.9-2.2 W m-1 K-1 from 300 K to 700 K, relatively low among thermoelectric compounds. This theoretical study showed that Cu5AlSn2S8 could be a potential thermoelectric material.

  5. Theoretical oxidation state analysis of Ru-(bpy){sub 3}: Influence of water solvation and Hubbard correction in first-principles calculations

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    Reeves, Kyle G.; Kanai, Yosuke

    2014-07-14

    Oxidation state is a powerful concept that is widely used in chemistry and materials physics, although the concept itself is arguably ill-defined quantum mechanically. In this work, we present impartial comparison of four, well-recognized theoretical approaches based on Lowdin atomic orbital projection, Bader decomposition, maximally localized Wannier function, and occupation matrix diagonalization, for assessing how well transition metal oxidation states can be characterized. Here, we study a representative molecular complex, tris(bipyridine)ruthenium. We also consider the influence of water solvation through first-principles molecular dynamics as well as the improved electronic structure description for strongly correlated d-electrons by including Hubbard correction in density functional theory calculations.

  6. Effect of surface nanostructure on temperature programmed reaction spectroscopy: first-principles kinetic monte Carlo simulations of CO oxidation at RuO2(110).

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    Rieger, Michael; Rogal, Jutta; Reuter, Karsten

    2008-01-11

    Using the catalytic CO oxidation at RuO2(110) as a showcase, we employ first-principles kinetic Monte Carlo simulations to illustrate the intricate effects on temperature programmed reaction spectroscopy data brought about by the mere correlations between the locations of the active sites at a nanostructured surface. Even in the absence of lateral interactions, this nanostructure alone can cause inhomogeneities that cannot be grasped by prevalent mean-field data analysis procedures, which thus lead to wrong conclusions on the reactivity of the different surface species. PMID:18232791

  7. A perfect wetting of Mg monolayer on Ag(111) under atomic scale investigation: First principles calculations, scanning tunneling microscopy, and Auger spectroscopy.

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    Migaou, Amani; Sarpi, Brice; Guiltat, Mathilde; Payen, Kevin; Daineche, Rachid; Landa, Georges; Vizzini, Sébastien; Hémeryck, Anne

    2016-05-21

    First principles calculations, scanning tunneling microscopy, and Auger spectroscopy experiments of the adsorption of Mg on Ag(111) substrate are conducted. This detailed study reveals that an atomic scale controlled deposition of a metallic Mg monolayer perfectly wets the silver substrate without any alloy formation at the interface at room temperature. A liquid-like behavior of the Mg species on the Ag substrate is highlighted as no dot formation is observed when coverage increases. Finally a layer-by-layer growth mode of Mg on Ag(111) can be predicted, thanks to density functional theory calculations as observed experimentally. PMID:27208966

  8. Effect of Surface Nanostructure on Temperature Programmed Reaction Spectroscopy: First-Principles Kinetic MonteCarlo Simulations of CO Oxidation at RuO2(110)

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    Rieger, Michael; Rogal, Jutta; Reuter, Karsten

    2008-01-01

    Using the catalytic CO oxidation at RuO2(110) as a showcase, we employ first-principles kinetic Monte Carlo simulations to illustrate the intricate effects on temperature programmed reaction spectroscopy data brought about by the mere correlations between the locations of the active sites at a nanostructured surface. Even in the absence of lateral interactions, this nanostructure alone can cause inhomogeneities that cannot be grasped by prevalent mean-field data analysis procedures, which thus lead to wrong conclusions on the reactivity of the different surface species.

  9. Structural transformation during Li/Na insertion and theoretical cyclic voltammetry of the δ-NH4V4O10 electrode: a first-principles study.

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    Sarkar, Tanmay; Kumar, Parveen; Bharadwaj, Mridula Dixit; Waghmare, Umesh

    2016-04-14

    A double layer δ-NH4V4O10, due to its high energy storage capacity and excellent rate capability, is a very promising cathode material for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries for large-scale renewable energy storage in transportation and smart grids. While it possesses better stability, and higher ionic and electronic conductivity than the most widely explored V2O5, the mechanisms of its cyclability are yet to be understood. Here, we present a theoretical cyclic voltammetry as a tool based on first-principles calculations, and uncover structural transformations that occur during Li(+)/Na(+) insertion (x) into (Lix/Nax)NH4V4O10. Structural distortions associated with single-phase and multi-phase structural changes during the insertion of Li(+)/Na(+), identified through the analysis of voltage profile and theoretical cyclic voltammetry are in agreement with the reported experimental electrochemical measurements on δ-NH4V4O10. We obtain an insight into its electronic structure with a lower band gap that is responsible for the high rate capability of (Lix/Nax) δ-NH4V4O10. The scheme of theoretical cyclic voltammetry presented here will be useful for addressing issues of cyclability and energy rate in other electrode materials. PMID:26996324

  10. Structure, Bonding, and Stability of Mercury Complexes with Thiolate and Thioether Ligands from High-Resolution XANES Spectroscopy and First-Principles Calculations.

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    Manceau, Alain; Lemouchi, Cyprien; Rovezzi, Mauro; Lanson, Martine; Glatzel, Pieter; Nagy, Kathryn L; Gautier-Luneau, Isabelle; Joly, Yves; Enescu, Mironel

    2015-12-21

    We present results obtained from high energy-resolution L3-edge XANES spectroscopy and first-principles calculations for the structure, bonding, and stability of mercury(II) complexes with thiolate and thioether ligands in crystalline compounds, aqueous solution, and macromolecular natural organic matter (NOM). Core-to-valence XANES features that vary in intensity differentiate with unprecedented sensitivity the number and identity of Hg ligands and the geometry of the ligand environment. Post-Hartree-Fock XANES calculations, coupled with natural population analysis, performed on MP2-optimized Hg[(SR)2(RSR)n] complexes show that the shape, position, and number of electronic transitions observed at high energy-resolution are directly correlated to the Hg and S (l,m)-projected empty densities of states and occupations of the hybridized Hg 6s and 5d valence orbitals. Linear two-coordination, the most common coordination geometry in mercury chemistry, yields a sharp 2p to 6s + 5d electronic transition. This transition varies in intensity for Hg bonded to thiol groups in macromolecular NOM. The intensity variation is explained by contributions from next-nearest, low-charge, thioether-type RSR ligands at 3.0-3.3 from Hg. Thus, Hg in NOM has two strong bonds to thiol S and k additional weak HgS contacts, or 2 + k coordination. The calculated stabilization energy is -5 kcal/mol per RSR ligand. Detection of distant ligands beyond the first coordination shell requires precise measurement of, and comparison to, spectra of reference compounds as well as accurate calculation of spectra for representative molecular models. The combined experimental and theoretical approaches described here for Hg can be applied to other closed-shell atoms, such as Ag(I) and Au(I). To facilitate further calculation of XANES spectra, experimental data, a new crystallographic structure of a key mercury thioether complex, Cartesian coordinates of the computed models, and examples of input files are provided as Supporting Information . PMID:26651871

  11. Structures and chemical bonding of B3O3 (-/0) and B3O3H(-/0): A combined photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles theory study.

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    Zhao, Li-Juan; Tian, Wen-Juan; Ou, Ting; Xu, Hong-Guang; Feng, Gang; Xu, Xi-Ling; Zhai, Hua-Jin; Li, Si-Dian; Zheng, Wei-Jun

    2016-03-28

    We present a combined photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles theory study on the structural and electronic properties and chemical bonding of B3O3 (-/0) and B3O3H(-/0) clusters. The concerted experimental and theoretical data show that the global-minimum structures of B3O3 and B3O3H neutrals are very different from those of their anionic counterparts. The B3O3 (-) anion is characterized to possess a V-shaped OB-B-BO chain with overall C2 v symmetry (1A), in which the central B atom interacts with two equivalent boronyl (B≡O) terminals via B-B single bonds as well as with one O atom via a B=O double bond. The B3O3H(-) anion has a Cs (2A) structure, containing an asymmetric OB-B-OBO zig-zag chain and a terminal H atom interacting with the central B atom. In contrast, the C2 v (1a) global minimum of B3O3 neutral contains a rhombic B2O2 ring with one B atom bonded to a BO terminal and that of neutral B3O3H (2a) is also of C2 v symmetry, which is readily constructed from C2 v (1a) by attaching a H atom to the opposite side of the BO group. The H atom in B3O3H(-/0) (2A and 2a) prefers to interact terminally with a B atom, rather than with O. Chemical bonding analyses reveal a three-center four-electron (3c-4e) π hyperbond in the B3O3H(-) (2A) cluster and a four-center four-electron (4c-4e) π bond (that is, the so-called o-bond) in B3O3 (1a) and B3O3H (2a) neutral clusters. PMID:27036442

  12. Structures and chemical bonding of B3O3-/0 and B3O3H-/0: A combined photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles theory study

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    Zhao, Li-Juan; Tian, Wen-Juan; Ou, Ting; Xu, Hong-Guang; Feng, Gang; Xu, Xi-Ling; Zhai, Hua-Jin; Li, Si-Dian; Zheng, Wei-Jun

    2016-03-01

    We present a combined photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles theory study on the structural and electronic properties and chemical bonding of B3O3-/0 and B3O3H-/0 clusters. The concerted experimental and theoretical data show that the global-minimum structures of B3O3 and B3O3H neutrals are very different from those of their anionic counterparts. The B3O3- anion is characterized to possess a V-shaped OB-B-BO chain with overall C2v symmetry (1A), in which the central B atom interacts with two equivalent boronyl (B≡O) terminals via B-B single bonds as well as with one O atom via a B=O double bond. The B3O3H- anion has a Cs (2A) structure, containing an asymmetric OB-B-OBO zig-zag chain and a terminal H atom interacting with the central B atom. In contrast, the C2v (1a) global minimum of B3O3 neutral contains a rhombic B2O2 ring with one B atom bonded to a BO terminal and that of neutral B3O3H (2a) is also of C2v symmetry, which is readily constructed from C2v (1a) by attaching a H atom to the opposite side of the BO group. The H atom in B3O3H-/0 (2A and 2a) prefers to interact terminally with a B atom, rather than with O. Chemical bonding analyses reveal a three-center four-electron (3c-4e) π hyperbond in the B3O3H- (2A) cluster and a four-center four-electron (4c-4e) π bond (that is, the so-called o-bond) in B3O3 (1a) and B3O3H (2a) neutral clusters.

  13. First principles theoretical investigations of low Young's modulus beta Ti-Nb and Ti-Nb-Zr alloys compositions for biomedical applications.

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    Karre, Rajamallu; Niranjan, Manish K; Dey, Suhash R

    2015-05-01

    High alloyed β-phase stabilized titanium alloys are known to provide comparable Young's modulus as that to the human bones (~30 GPa) but is marred by its high density. In the present study the low titanium alloyed compositions of binary Ti-Nb and ternary Ti-Nb-Zr alloy systems, having stable β-phase with low Young's modulus are identified using first principles density functional framework. The theoretical results suggest that the addition of Nb in Ti and Zr in Ti-Nb increases the stability of the β-phase. The β-phase in binary Ti-Nb alloys is found to be fully stabilized from 22 at.% of Nb onwards. The calculated Young's moduli of binary β-Ti-Nb alloy system are found to be lower than that of pure titanium (116 GPa). For Ti-25(at.%)Nb composition the calculated Young's modulus comes out to be ~80 GPa. In ternary Ti-Nb-Zr alloy system, the Young's modulus of Ti-25(at.%)Nb-6.25(at.%)Zr composition is calculated to be ~50 GPa. Furthermore, the directional Young's moduli of these two selected binary (Ti-25(at.%)Nb) and ternary alloy (Ti-25(at.%)Nb-6.25(at.%)Zr) compositions are found to be nearly isotropic in all crystallographic directions. PMID:25746245

  14. Theoretical study on low dielectric loss perovskites Ba(Zn1/3Ta2/3)O3 by first-principles calculations

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    Honda, Atsushi; Higai, Shin'ichi; Kageyama, Keisuke; Higuchi, Yukio; Shiratsuyu, Kosuke

    2015-10-01

    We performed first-principles theoretical calculations on microwave dielectric compounds Ba(Zn1/3Ta2/3)O3, to clarify the origin of high Q characteristics in the Zn/Ta ordered structure. It was found that Zn atoms suppress the intrinsic ferroelectric nature of Slater mode vibration in TaO6 octahedra. This results in the improvement of harmonicity in lattice vibration. There are two important mechanisms. One is the compression of TaO6 octahedra by adjacent ZnO6, and then the double-well potential that TaO6 originally has is narrowed to be single-well with higher harmonicity. The other is the weakening of the covalent character of Ta-O bonds by adjacent Zn atoms, which is the origin of the double-well potential. In the fully ordered Ba(Zn1/3Ta2/3)O3, all Ta atoms are adjacent to Zn atoms, where Zn atoms have the maximum effect on improving harmonicity. Thus, highly ordered Ba(Zn1/3Ta2/3)O3 with prolonged heat treatment exhibits a high Q value.

  15. Theoretical elastic stiffness of quaternary crystal Y{sub 3}Si{sub 5}N{sub 9}O by first-principles investigation

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    Wang Jingyang; Zhou Yanchun; Lin Zhijun; Ohno, Takahisa

    2008-03-01

    The theoretical elastic stiffness of Y{sub 3}Si{sub 5}N{sub 9}O, the only Y-Si-O-N quaternary crystal that contains a framework of corner-sharing SiN{sub 4} and/or SiON{sub 3} tetrahedron in three dimensions, was investigated using the first-principles total energy calculations. The full set of second order elastic coefficients, polycrystalline bulk and shear moduli, and anisotropic elastic moduli were reported and further compared with those of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and {beta}-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}. The equation of state and compressibility of Y{sub 3}Si{sub 5}N{sub 9}O were investigated at pressures up to 50 GPa. The crystal structure is stable up to 50 GPa and exhibits anisotropic compressibility under hydrostatic pressure. The relatively softer YN{sub 6} and/or YN{sub 5}O polyhedra are more prone to distort or deform than the SiN{sub 4} and/or SiON{sub 3} tetrahedra. Therefore, although the crystal structure of Y{sub 3}Si{sub 5}N{sub 9}O contains a Si-N-O framework similar to that in {beta}-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, it displays elastic stiffness between those of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and {beta}-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}.

  16. Understanding Metal Directed-Assembly Growth of Single-Crystal Organic Nanowires: Time-Resolved, In-Situ X-Ray Diffraction and First-Principles Theoretical Study

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    Xiao, Kai; Yoon, Mina; Rondinone, Adam Justin; Payzant, E Andrew; Geohegan, David B

    2012-01-01

    The deterministic growth of oriented crystalline organic nanowires (CONs) from the vapor-solid chemical reaction (VSCR) between small-molecule reactants and metal nanoparticles has been demonstrated in several studies to date, however the growth mechanism has not yet been conclusively understood. Here, the VSCR growth of M-TCNQF4 (where M is Cu- or Ag-) nanowires is investigated both experimentally and theoretically with time-resolved, in-situ x-ray diffraction (XRD) and first-principles atomistic calculations, respectively, to understand how metals (M) direct the assembly of small molecules into CONs, and what determines the selectivity of a metal for an organic vapor reactant in the growth process. Analysis of the real-time growth kinetics data using a modified Avrami model indicates that the formation of CONs from VSCR follows a one-dimensional ion diffusion-controlled tip growth mechanism wherein metal ions diffuse from a metal film through the nanowire to its tip where they react with small molecules to continue growth. The experimental data and theoretical calculations indicate that the selectivity of different metals to induce nanowire growth depends strongly upon effective charge transfer between the organic molecules and the metal. Specifically, the experimental finding that Cu ions can exchange and replace Ag ions in Ag-TCNQF4 to form Cu-TCNQF4 nanowires is explained by the significantly stronger chemical bond between Cu and TCNQF4 molecules than for Ag, due to the strong spin-dependent electronic contribution of Cu. Understanding how to control the VSCR growth process may enable the synthesis of novel organic nanowires with axial or coaxial p/n junctions for organic nanoelectronics and solar energy harvesting.

  17. 5 f -Shell correlation effects in dioxides of light actinides studied by O 1s x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies and first-principles calculations

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    Modin, A.; Suzuki, M.-T.; Vegelius, J.; Yun, Y.; Shuh, D. K.; Werme, L.; Nordgren, J.; Oppeneer, P. M.; Butorin, S. M.

    2015-08-01

    Soft x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopic data are reported for the O 1s region of a single crystal of UO2, a polycrystalline NpO2 sample, and a single crystal of PuO2. The experimental data are interpreted using first-principles correlated-electron calculations within the framework of the density functional theory with added Coulomb U interaction (DFT+U). A detailed analysis regarding the origin of different structures in the x-ray emission and x-ray absorption spectra is given and the effect of varying the intra-atomic Coulomb interaction-U for the 5 f electrons is investigated. Our data indicate that O 1s x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies can, in combination with DFT+U calculations, successfully be used to study 5 f -shell Coulomb correlation effects in dioxides of light actinides. The values for the Coulomb U parameter in these dioxides are derived to be in the range of 4-5 eV.

  18. Exploring the time-scale of photo-initiated interfacial electron transfer through first-principles interpretation of ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy (Presentation Recording)

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    Prendergast, David; Pemmaraju, Sri Chaitanya Das

    2015-09-01

    With the advent of X-ray free electron lasers and table-top high-harmonic-generation X-ray sources, we can now explore changes in electronic structure on ultrafast time scales -- at or less than 1ps. Transient X-ray spectroscopy of this kind provides a direct probe of relevant electronic levels related to photoinitiated processes and associated interfacial electron transfer as the initial step in solar energy conversion. However, the interpretation of such spectra is typically fraught with difficulty, especially since we rarely have access to spectral standards for nonequilibrium states. To this end, direct first-principles simulations of X-ray absorption spectra can provide the necessary connection between measurements and reliable models of the atomic and electronic structure. We present examples of modeling excited states of materials interfaces relevant to solar harvesting and their corresponding X-ray spectra in either photoemission or absorption modalities. In this way, we can establish particular electron transfer mechanisms to reveal detailed working principles of materials systems in solar applications and provide insight for improved efficiency.

  19. First principles theoretical study of the hole-assisted conversion of CO to CO{sub 2} on the anatase TiO{sub 2}(101) surface

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    Wanbayor, Raina; Deak, Peter; Frauenheim, Thomas; Ruangpornvisuti, Vithaya

    2011-03-14

    First principles density functional theory calculations were carried out to investigate the adsorption and oxidation of CO on the positively charged (101) surface of anatase, as well as the desorption of CO{sub 2} from it. We find that the energy gain on adsorption covers the activation energy required for the oxidation, while the energy gain on the latter is sufficient for the desorption of CO{sub 2}, leaving an oxygen vacancy behind. Molecular dynamics simulations indicate that the process can be spontaneous at room temperature. The oxidation process described here happens only in the presence of the hole. The possibility of a photocatalytic cycle is discussed assuming electron scavenging by oxygen.

  20. Theoretical Design by First Principles Molecular Dynamics of a Bioinspired Electrode-Catalyst System for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production from Acidified Water.

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    Zipoli, Federico; Car, Roberto; Cohen, Morrel H; Selloni, Annabella

    2010-11-01

    Bacterial di-iron hydrogenases produce hydrogen efficiently from water. Accordingly, we have studied by first-principles molecular-dynamics simulations (FPMD) electrocatalytic hydrogen production from acidified water by their common active site, the [FeFe]H cluster, extracted from the enzyme and linked directly to the (100) surface of a pyrite electrode. We found that the cluster could not be attached stably to the surface via a thiol link analogous to that which attaches it to the rest of the enzyme, despite the similarity of the (100) pyrite surface to the Fe4S4 cubane to which it is linked in the enzyme. We report here a systematic sequence of modifications of the structure and composition of the cluster devised to maintain the structural stability of the pyrite/cluster complex in water throughout its hydrogen production cycle, an example of the molecular design of a complex system by FPMD. PMID:26617099

  1. Theoretical investigations on KCl xBr 1-x, KCl xI 1-x and KBr xI 1-x: A first-principles study

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    Amrani, B.; Kazempoor, A.; Khosravizadeh, Sh.; El Haj Hassan, F.; Akbarzadeh, H.

    2008-08-01

    Using first-principles total energy calculations within the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method, we have investigated the structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of potassium halides (KCl xBr 1-x, KCl xI 1-x and KBr xI 1-x), with x concentrations varying from 0% up to 100%. The effect of composition on lattice constants, bulk modulus, band gap and dielectric function was investigated. Deviations of the lattice constants from Vegard's law and the bulk modulus from linear concentration dependence (LCD) were observed for the three alloys. The microscopic origins of the gap bowing were explained by using the approach of Zunger and coworkers. On the other hand, the thermodynamic stability of these alloys was investigated by calculating the excess enthalpy of mixing Δ Hm as well as the phase diagram.

  2. Theoretical methods for ultrafast spectroscopy.

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    Marquardt, Roberto

    2013-05-10

    Time-resolved spectroscopy in the femtosecond and attosecond time domain is a tool to unravel the dynamics of nuclear and electronic motion in molecular systems. Theoretical insight into the underlying physical processes is ideally gained by solving the time-dependent Schrdinger equation. In this work, methods currently used to solve this equation are reviewed in a compact presentation. These methods involve numerical representations of wavefunctions and operators, the calculation of time evolution operators, the setting up of the Hamiltonian operators and the types of coordinates to be used hereto. The advantages and disadvantages of some methods are discussed. PMID:23606322

  3. Observing spin excitations in 3 d transition-metal adatoms on Pt(111) with inelastic scanning tunneling spectroscopy: A first-principles perspective

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    Schweflinghaus, Benedikt; dos Santos Dias, Manuel; Lounis, Samir

    2016-01-01

    Spin excitations in atomic-scale nanostructures have been investigated with inelastic scanning tunneling spectroscopy, sometimes with conflicting results. In this work, we present a theoretical viewpoint on a recent experimental controversy regarding the spin excitations of Co adatoms on Pt(111). While one group [Balashov et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 257203 (2009), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.257203] claims to have detected them, another group reported their observation only after the hydrogenation of the Co adatom [Dubout et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 106807 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.106807]. Utilizing time-dependent density functional theory in combination with many-body perturbation theory, we demonstrate that, although inelastic spin excitations are possible for Cr, Mn, Fe, and Co adatoms, their efficiency differs. While the excitation signature is less pronounced for Mn and Co adatoms, it is larger for Cr and Fe adatoms. We find that the tunneling matrix elements or the tunneling cross-section related to the nature and symmetry of the relevant electronic states are more favorable for triggering the spin excitations in Fe than in Co. An enhancement of the tunneling and of the inelastic spectra is possible by attaching hydrogen to the adatom at the appropriate position.

  4. The ground state and electronic structure of Gd@C{sub 82}: A systematic theoretical investigation of first principle density functionals

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    Dai, Xing; Gao, Yang; Xin, Minsi; Wang, Zhigang; Zhou, Ruhong

    2014-12-28

    As a representative lanthanide endohedral metallofullerene, Gd@C{sub 82} has attracted a widespread attention among theorists and experimentalists ever since its first synthesis. Through comprehensive comparisons and discussions, as well as references to the latest high precision experiments, we evaluated the performance of different computational methods. Our results showed that the appropriate choice of the exchange-correlation functionals is the decisive factor to accurately predict both geometric and electronic structures for Gd@C{sub 82}. The electronic structure of the ground state and energy gap between the septet ground state and the nonet low-lying state obtained from pure density functional methods, such as PBE and PW91, are in good agreement with current experiment. Unlike pure functionals, the popularly used hybrid functionals in previous studies, such as B3LYP, could infer the qualitative correct ground state only when small basis set for C atoms is employed. Furthermore, we also highlighted that other geometric structures of Gd@C{sub 82} with the Gd staying at different positions are either not stable or with higher energies. This work should provide some useful references for various theoretical methodologies in further density functional studies on Gd@C{sub 82} and its derivatives in the future.

  5. X-ray spectroscopy of blocked alanine in water solution from supermolecular and supermolecular-continuum solvation models: a first-principles study.

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    Hua, Weijie; Ai, Yue-Jie; Gao, Bin; Li, Hongbao; Ågren, Hans; Luo, Yi

    2012-07-21

    The N1s near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) and X-ray emission spectra (XES) of blocked alanine in water solution have been investigated at the first-principles level based on cluster models constructed from classical molecular dynamics simulations. The bulk solvent has been described by both supermolecular and combined supermolecular-continuum models. With the former model we show that NEXAFS spectra convergent with respect to system size require at least the inclusion of the second solvation shell and that averaged spectra over several hundreds of snapshots can well represent the statistical effect of different instantaneous configurations of the solvation shells. With the combined model we demonstrate that calculations of a medium-sized peptide-water supermolecule qualitatively predict the NEXAFS spectrum of the solvated peptide even considering a single geometry. Furthermore, sampling over hundreds of snapshots by the combined model, the explicit inclusion of even a few waters yields an averaged spectrum in good quantitative agreement with the discrete model results. In comparison, the XES spectra show little dependence on the structures of either the solvent shell or the peptide itself. The ramifications of these findings are discussed. PMID:22684434

  6. Probing the local environment of substitutional Al^{3+} in goethite using X-ray absorption spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Ducher, Manoj; Blanchard, Marc; Vantelon, Delphine; Nemausat, Ruidy; Cabaret, Delphine

    2016-03-01

    We present experimental and calculated Al K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra of aluminous goethite with 10-33 mol% of AlOOH and diaspore. Significant changes are observed experimentally in the near- and pre-edge regions with increasing Al concentration in goethite. First-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) reproduce successfully the experimental trends. This permits to identify the electronic and structural parameters controlling the spectral features and to improve our knowledge of the local environment of {Al}^{3+} in the goethite-diaspore partial solid solution. In the near-edge region, the larger peak spacing in diaspore compared to Al-bearing goethite is related to the nature (Fe or Al) of the first cation neighbours around the absorbing Al atom (Al*). The intensity ratio of the two near-edge peaks, which decreases with Al concentration, is correlated with the average distance of the first cations around Al* and the distortion of the {AlO}_6 octahedron. Finally, the decrease in intensity of the pre-edge features with increasing Al concentration is due to the smaller number of Fe atoms in the local environment of Al since Al atoms tend to cluster. In addition, it is found that the pre-edge features of the Al K-edge XANES spectra enable to probe indirectly empty 3 d states of Fe. Energetic, structural and spectroscopic results suggest that for Al concentrations around 10 mol%, Al atoms can be considered as isolated, whereas above 25 mol%, Al clusters are more likely to occur.

  7. Polymorphism of resorcinol explored by complementary vibrational spectroscopy (FT-RS, THz-TDS, INS) and first-principles solid-state computations (plane-wave DFT).

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    Drużbicki, Kacper; Mikuli, Edward; Pałka, Norbert; Zalewski, Sławomir; Ossowska-Chruściel, Mirosława D

    2015-01-29

    The polymorphism of resorcinol has been complementary studied by combining Raman, time-domain terahertz, and inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy with modern solid-state density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The spectral differences, emerging from the temperature-induced structural phase transition, have been successfully interpreted with an emphasis on the low-wavenumber range. The given interpretation is based on the plane-wave DFT computations, providing an excellent overall reproduction of both wavenumbers and intensities and revealing the source of the observed spectral differences. The performance of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functionals in prediction of the structural parameters and the vibrational spectra of the normal-pressure polymorphs of resorcinol has been extensively examined. The results show that the standard Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof (PBE) approach along with its "hard" revised form tends to be superior if compared to the "soft" GGA approximation. PMID:25564699

  8. Atomic Description of the Interface between Silica and Alumina in Aluminosilicates through Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Surface-Enhanced NMR Spectroscopy and First-Principles Calculations.

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    Valla, Maxence; Rossini, Aaron J; Caillot, Maxime; Chizallet, Céline; Raybaud, Pascal; Digne, Mathieu; Chaumonnot, Alexandra; Lesage, Anne; Emsley, Lyndon; van Bokhoven, Jeroen A; Copéret, Christophe

    2015-08-26

    Despite the widespread use of amorphous aluminosilicates (ASA) in various industrial catalysts, the nature of the interface between silica and alumina and the atomic structure of the catalytically active sites are still subject to debate. Here, by the use of dynamic nuclear polarization surface enhanced NMR spectroscopy (DNP SENS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we show that on silica and alumina surfaces, molecular aluminum and silicon precursors are, respectively, preferentially grafted on sites that enable the formation of Al(IV) and Si(IV) interfacial sites. We also link the genesis of Brønsted acidity to the surface coverage of aluminum and silicon on silica and alumina, respectively. PMID:26244620

  9. Atomic Description of the Interface between Silica and Alumina in Aluminosilicates through Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Surface-Enhanced NMR Spectroscopy and First-Principles Calculations

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    2015-01-01

    Despite the widespread use of amorphous aluminosilicates (ASA) in various industrial catalysts, the nature of the interface between silica and alumina and the atomic structure of the catalytically active sites are still subject to debate. Here, by the use of dynamic nuclear polarization surface enhanced NMR spectroscopy (DNP SENS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we show that on silica and alumina surfaces, molecular aluminum and silicon precursors are, respectively, preferentially grafted on sites that enable the formation of Al(IV) and Si(IV) interfacial sites. We also link the genesis of Brønsted acidity to the surface coverage of aluminum and silicon on silica and alumina, respectively. PMID:26244620

  10. Electronic and optical properties of ceramic Sc2O3 and Y2O3: Compton spectroscopy and first principles calculations

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    Ahuja, Babu Lal; Sharma, Sonu; Heda, Narayan Lal; Tiwari, Shailja; Kumar, Kishor; Meena, Bhoor Singh; Bhatt, Samir

    2016-05-01

    We present the first-ever experimental Compton profiles (CPs) of Sc2O3 and Y2O3 using 740 GBq 137Cs Compton spectrometer. The experimental momentum densities have been compared with the theoretical CPs computed using linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) within density functional theory (DFT). Further, the energy bands, density of states (DOS) and Mulliken's population (MP) data have been calculated using LCAO method with different exchange and correlation approximations. In addition, the energy bands, DOS, valence charge density (VCD), dielectric function, absorption coefficient and refractive index have also been computed using full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method with revised functional of Perdew-Becke-Ernzerhof for solids (PBEsol) and modified Becke Johnson (mBJ) approximations. Both the ab-initio calculations predict wide band gaps in Sc2O3 and Y2O3. The band gaps deduced from FP-LAPW (with mBJ) are found to be close to available experimental data. The VCD and MP data show more ionic character of Sc2O3 than Y2O3. The ceramic properties of both the sesquioxides are explained in terms of their electronic and optical properties.

  11. Understanding the metal-directed growth of single-crystal M-TCNQF4 organic nanowires with time-resolved, in situ X-ray diffraction and first-principles theoretical studies.

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    Xiao, Kai; Yoon, Mina; Rondinone, Adam J; Payzant, Edward A; Geohegan, David B

    2012-09-01

    The deterministic growth of oriented crystalline organic nanowires (CONs) from the vapor-solid chemical reaction (VSCR) between small-molecule reactants and metal nanoparticles has been demonstrated in several studies to date; however, the growth mechanism has not yet been conclusively understood. Here, the VSCR growth of M-TCNQF(4) (where M is Cu- or Ag-) nanowires is investigated both experimentally and theoretically with time-resolved, in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) and first-principles atomistic calculations, respectively, to understand how metals (M) direct the assembly of small molecules into CONs, and what determines the selectivity of a metal for an organic vapor reactant in the growth process. Analysis of the real-time growth kinetics data using a modified Avrami model indicates that the formation of CONs from VSCR follows a one-dimensional ion diffusion-controlled tip growth mechanism wherein metal ions diffuse from a metal film through the nanowire to its tip where they react with small molecules to continue growth. The experimental data and theoretical calculations indicate that the selectivity of different metals to induce nanowire growth depends strongly upon effective charge transfer between the organic molecules and the metal. Specifically, the experimental finding that Cu ions can exchange and replace Ag ions in Ag-TCNQF(4) to form Cu-TCNQF(4) nanowires is explained by the significantly stronger chemical bond between Cu and TCNQF(4) molecules than for Ag, due to the strong electronic contribution of Cu d-orbitals near the Fermi level. Understanding how to control the VSCR growth process may enable the synthesis of novel organic nanowires with axial or coaxial p/n junctions for organic nanoelectronics and solar energy harvesting. PMID:22506925

  12. Culturing conceptions: From first principles

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    Roth, Wolff-Michael; Lee, Yew Jin; Hwang, Sungwon

    2008-07-01

    Over the past three decades, science educators have accumulated a vast amount of information on conceptions--variously defined as beliefs, ontologies, cognitive structures, mental models, or frameworks--that generally (at least initially) have been derived from interviews about certain topics. During the same time period, cultural studies has emerged as a field in which everyday social practices are interrogated with the objective to understand culture in all its complexity. Science educators have however yet to ask themselves what it would mean to consider the possession of conceptions as well as conceptual change from the perspective of cultural studies. The purpose of this article is thus to articulate in and through the analysis of an interview about natural phenomenon the first principles of such a cultural approach to scientific conceptions. Our bottom-up approach in fact leads us to develop the kind of analyses and theories that have become widespread in cultural studies. This promises to generate less presupposing and more parsimonious explanations of this core issue within science education than if conceptions are supposed to be structures inhabiting the human mind.

  13. First-principles calculations of flexoelectric coefficients

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    Hong, Jiawang; Vanderbilt, David

    2013-03-01

    Flexoelectricity, which is the linear response of polarization to a strain gradient, can have a significant effect on the functional properties of dielectric thin films, superlattices and nanostructures. Despite growing experimental interest, there have been relatively few theoretical studies of flexoelectricity, especially in the context of first-principles calculations. In this talk, we present a complete theory of both the electronic (or ``frozen-ion'')[1] and lattice contributions to flexoelectricity, and demonstrate a supercell method for calculating the flexoelectric coefficients using first-principles density-functional methods. Results are presented for cubic materials including CsCl and SrTiO3. In order to obtain all the elements of the flexoelectric tensor, transverse as well as longitudinal, we carry out calculations on supercells extended along different orientations (e.g., [110] as well as [100]), taking special care to carry out conversions between objects calculated under fixed E or fixed D electric boundary conditions in different parts of the procedure. In this way, all the elements of both the electronic and lattice contributions to the flexoelectric tensor are determined.

  14. TS-1 from First Principles

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    Gamba, Aldo; Tabacchi, Gloria; Fois, Ettore

    2009-09-01

    First principles studies on periodic TS-1 models at Ti content corresponding to 1.35% and 2.7% in weight of TiO2 are presented. The problem of Ti preferential siting is addressed by using realistic models corresponding to the TS-1 unit cell [TiSi95O192] and adopting for the first time a periodic DFT approach, thus providing an energy scale for Ti in the different crystallographic sites in nondefective TS-1. The structure with Ti in site T3 is the most stable, followed by T4 (+0.3 kcal/mol); the less stable structure, corresponding to Ti in T1, is 5.6 kcal/mol higher in energy. The work has been extended to investigate models with two Ti's per unit cell [Ti2Si94O192] (2.7%). The possible existence of Ti-O-Ti bridges, formed by two corner-sharing TiO4 tetrahedra, is discussed. By using cluster models cut from the optimized periodic DFT structures, both vibrational (DFT) and electronic excitation spectra (TDDFT) have been calculated and favorably compared with the experimental data available on TS-1. Interesting features emerged from excitation spectra: (i) Isolated tetrahedral Ti sites show a Beer-Lambert behavior, with absorption intensity proportional to concentration. Such a behavior is gradually lost when two Ti's occupy sites close to each other. (ii) The UV-vis absorption in the 200-250 nm region can be associated with transitions from occupied states delocalized on the framework oxygens to empty d states localized on Ti. Such extended-states-to-local-states transitions may help the interpretation of the photovoltaic activity recently detected in Ti zeolites.

  15. Transport in Nanoscale Conductors from First Principles

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    di Ventra, Massimiliano

    2003-03-01

    I will present a theoretical approach to calculate transport properties of nanoscale conductors from first principles. The starting point of this approach is the second-quantization field operator written in terms of single quasi-particle wavefunctions. The latter quantities can be obtained by solving the Lippmann-Schwinger equation self-consistently within the density functional theory of many-electron systems for a sample connected to metallic electrodes with a finite bias. To exemplify the approach I will discuss results on coherence effects, current-induced forces, current fluctuations, and local heating in selected atomic and molecular wires. Work supported in part by NSF, Carilion Biomedical Institute and ACS-Petroleum Research Fund.

  16. Chamber Clearing First Principles Modeling

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    Loosmore, G

    2009-06-09

    LIFE fusion is designed to generate 37.5 MJ of energy per shot, at 13.3 Hz, for a total average fusion power of 500 MW. The energy from each shot is partitioned among neutrons ({approx}78%), x-rays ({approx}12%), and ions ({approx}10%). First wall heating is dominated by x-rays and debris because the neutron mean free path is much longer than the wall thickness. Ion implantation in the first wall also causes damage such as blistering if not prevented. To moderate the peak-pulse heating, the LIFE fusion chamber is filled with a gas (such as xenon) to reduce the peak-pulse heat load. The debris ions and majority of the x-rays stop in the gas, which re-radiates this energy over a longer timescale (allowing time for heat conduction to cool the first wall sufficiently to avoid damage). After a shot, because of the x-ray and ion deposition, the chamber fill gas is hot and turbulent and contains debris ions. The debris needs to be removed. The ions increase the gas density, may cluster or form aerosols, and can interfere with the propagation of the laser beams to the target for the next shot. Moreover, the tritium and high-Z hohlraum debris needs to be recovered for reuse. Additionally, the cryogenic target needs to survive transport through the gas mixture to the chamber center. Hence, it will be necessary to clear the chamber of the hot contaminated gas mixture and refill it with a cool, clean gas between shots. The refilling process may create density gradients that could interfere with beam propagation, so the fluid dynamics must be studied carefully. This paper describes an analytic modeling effort to study the clearing and refilling process for the LIFE fusion chamber. The models used here are derived from first principles and balances of mass and energy, with the intent of providing a first estimate of clearing rates, clearing times, fractional removal of ions, equilibrated chamber temperatures, and equilibrated ion concentrations for the chamber. These can be used to scope the overall problem and provide input to further studies using fluid dynamics and other more sophisticated tools.

  17. Influence of hole depletion and depolarizing field on the BaTiO3/La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 interface electronic structure revealed by photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Popescu, Dana G.; Barrett, Nicholas; Chirila, Cristina; Pasuk, Iuliana; Husanu, Marius A.

    2015-12-01

    The effects of the bonding mechanism and band alignment in a ferroelectric (FE) BaTiO3/ferromagnetic La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 heterostructure are studied using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles calculations. The band lineup at the interface is determined by a combination of band bending and polarization-induced modification of core-hole screening. A Schottky barrier height for electrons of 1.22 ±0.17 eV is obtained in the case of downwards FE polarization of the top layer. The symmetry of the bonding states is emphasized by integrating the local density of states ±0.2 eV around the Fermi level, and strong dependence on the FE polarization is found: upwards, polarization stabilizes Ti t2 g(x y ) orbitals, while downwards, polarization favors Ti t2 g(y z ) symmetry. It is predicted that the abrupt (La,Sr) | TiO2 interface is magnetoelectrically active, leading to a A-type antiferromagnetic coupling of the first TiO2 interface layer with the underlying manganite layer through a superexchange mechanism.

  18. Boron carbides from first principles

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    Vast, Nathalie; Sjakste, Jelena; Betranhandy, Emmanuel

    2009-06-01

    In this work, we focus on the understanding gained from the investigation of the physical properties of boron carbides with theoretical methods based on density functional theory (DFT). Together with the examination of the DFT total energies of various atomic configurations in the unit cell, comparison with the experiments of the theoretical vibrational or NMR spectra has led to the determination of the atomic structure of B4C as C-B-C chains linking mostly B11C icosahedra, and a few percents of B10C2 icosahedra. In the icosahedron, the carbon atom is found to be in the polar site (B4Cp). When there are two carbon atoms, they are found to be in antipodal polar positions. At carbon concentrations other than 20%, we find that only four structural models have a negative formation energy with respect to a formation from α-boron + diamond. Moreover, they all have a positive formation energy with respect to B4Cp, showing a tendency to decompose into B4Cp + α-boron or B4Cp + diamond. This metastability explains actual difficulties in the synthesis of clean samples, in particular for B13C2. Finally, the idea of combining high hardness and superconductivity in the same material by doping boron-rich solids has emerged. We show results on the strength of the electron-phonon coupling constant obtained with DFT-based methods in B13C2.

  19. Single molecule dissociation by tunneling electrons in NO-Co-Porphyrin complex on Au(111): A novel mechanics revealed by scanning tunneling spectroscopy and first-principles thermodynamic simulation

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    Chang, Yunhee; Kim, Howon; Lee, Eui-Sup; Jang, Won-Jun; Kim, Yong-Hyun; Kahng, Se-Jong

    2015-03-01

    To microscopically understand the mechanisms of electron-induced NO dissociations, we performed first-principles density-functional theory (DFT) calculations for NO-CoTPP on Au(111). We explain the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) results that the dissociations of NO were induced by both positive and negative voltage pulses with threshold voltages, +0.68 V and 0.74 V, respectively, at 0.1 nA tunneling current, showing power law relations between tunneling current and dissociation yield. To evaluate first-principles thermodynamics of the NO dissociation, we considered not only adsorption-desorption energetics, zero-point energy, and vibrational free energy at experiment temperature from first-principles, but also the chemical potential of NO gas at the cryogenic ultra-high vacuum condition. Using first-principles thermodynamics for the NO dissociation, we argue that the dissociations are induced with inelastic electron tunneling through molecular orbital resonances.

  20. Boron carbides from first principles

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    Betranhandy, Emmanuel; Sjakste, Jelena; Vast, Nathalie

    2009-03-01

    In this work, we focus on the understanding gained from the investigation of the physical properties of boron-carbides with theoretical methods based on density functional theory (DFT). Comparison of computed and experimental vibrational or NMR spectra has shown that the atomic structure of B4C consists in C-B-C chains linking mostly B11C icosahedra, and a few percent of B10C2 icosahedra. In particular, C-C-C chains are excluded and can not be responsible for B4C amorphization under shockwaves. In this work we find that at lower carbon concentration all models are metastable with respect to B4C plus α-boron. This could explain actual difficulties in the synthesis of clean samples. Furthermore we discuss effects of temperature and/or pressure on stabilities and properties. Finally, the idea of combining high hardness and superconductivity in the same material by doping boron-rich solids has emerged. We show results on the strength of the electron-phonon coupling constant obtained with DFT-based methods in B13C2.

  1. Characterization of the Dynamics in the Protonic Conductor CsH2PO4 by 17O Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy and First-Principles Calculations: Correlating Phosphate and Protonic Motion

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    2015-01-01

    17O NMR spectroscopy combined with first-principles calculations was employed to understand the local structure and dynamics of the phosphate ions and protons in the paraelectric phase of the proton conductor CsH2PO4. For the room-temperature structure, the results confirm that one proton (H1) is localized in an asymmetric H-bond (between O1 donor and O2 acceptor oxygen atoms), whereas the H2 proton undergoes rapid exchange between two sites in a hydrogen bond with a symmetric double potential well at a rate ≥107 Hz. Variable-temperature 17O NMR spectra recorded from 22 to 214 °C were interpreted by considering different models for the rotation of the phosphate anions. At least two distinct rate constants for rotations about four pseudo C3 axes of the phosphate ion were required in order to achieve good agreement with the experimental data. An activation energy of 0.21 ± 0.06 eV was observed for rotation about the P–O1 axis, with a higher activation energy of 0.50 ± 0.07 eV being obtained for rotation about the P–O2, P–O3d, and P–O3a axes, with the superscripts denoting, respectively, dynamic donor and acceptor oxygen atoms of the H-bond. The higher activation energy of the second process is most likely associated with the cost of breaking an O1–H1 bond. The activation energy of this process is slightly lower than that obtained from the 1H exchange process (0.70 ± 0.07 eV) (Kim, G.; Blanc, F.; Hu, Y.-Y.; Grey, C. P. J. Phys. Chem. C2013, 117, 6504−6515) associated with the translational motion of the protons. The relationship between proton jumps and phosphate rotation was analyzed in detail by considering uncorrelated motion, motion of individual PO4 ions and the four connected/H-bonded protons, and concerted motions of adjacent phosphate units, mediated by proton hops. We conclude that, while phosphate rotations aid proton motion, not all phosphate rotations result in proton jumps. PMID:25732257

  2. Transversity from First Principles in QCD

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    Brodsky, Stanley J.; /SLAC /Southern Denmark U., CP3-Origins

    2012-02-16

    Transversity observables, such as the T-odd Sivers single-spin asymmetry measured in deep inelastic lepton scattering on polarized protons and the distributions which are measured in deeply virtual Compton scattering, provide important constraints on the fundamental quark and gluon structure of the proton. In this talk I discuss the challenge of computing these observables from first principles; i.e.; quantum chromodynamics, itself. A key step is the determination of the frame-independent light-front wavefunctions (LFWFs) of hadrons - the QCD eigensolutions which are analogs of the Schroedinger wavefunctions of atomic physics. The lensing effects of initial-state and final-state interactions, acting on LFWFs with different orbital angular momentum, lead to T-odd transversity observables such as the Sivers, Collins, and Boer-Mulders distributions. The lensing effect also leads to leading-twist phenomena which break leading-twist factorization such as the breakdown of the Lam-Tung relation in Drell-Yan reactions. A similar rescattering mechanism also leads to diffractive deep inelastic scattering, as well as nuclear shadowing and non-universal antishadowing. It is thus important to distinguish 'static' structure functions, the probability distributions computed the target hadron's light-front wavefunctions, versus 'dynamical' structure functions which include the effects of initial- and final-state rescattering. I also discuss related effects such as the J = 0 fixed pole contribution which appears in the real part of the virtual Compton amplitude. AdS/QCD, together with 'Light-Front Holography', provides a simple Lorentz-invariant color-confining approximation to QCD which is successful in accounting for light-quark meson and baryon spectroscopy as well as hadronic LFWFs.

  3. First Principles Quantitative Modeling of Molecular Devices

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    Ning, Zhanyu

    In this thesis, we report theoretical investigations of nonlinear and nonequilibrium quantum electronic transport properties of molecular transport junctions from atomistic first principles. The aim is to seek not only qualitative but also quantitative understanding of the corresponding experimental data. At present, the challenges to quantitative theoretical work in molecular electronics include two most important questions: (i) what is the proper atomic model for the experimental devices? (ii) how to accurately determine quantum transport properties without any phenomenological parameters? Our research is centered on these questions. We have systematically calculated atomic structures of the molecular transport junctions by performing total energy structural relaxation using density functional theory (DFT). Our quantum transport calculations were carried out by implementing DFT within the framework of Keldysh non-equilibrium Green's functions (NEGF). The calculated data are directly compared with the corresponding experimental measurements. Our general conclusion is that quantitative comparison with experimental data can be made if the device contacts are correctly determined. We calculated properties of nonequilibrium spin injection from Ni contacts to octane-thiolate films which form a molecular spintronic system. The first principles results allow us to establish a clear physical picture of how spins are injected from the Ni contacts through the Ni-molecule linkage to the molecule, why tunnel magnetoresistance is rapidly reduced by the applied bias in an asymmetric manner, and to what extent ab initio transport theory can make quantitative comparisons to the corresponding experimental data. We found that extremely careful sampling of the two-dimensional Brillouin zone of the Ni surface is crucial for accurate results in such a spintronic system. We investigated the role of contact formation and its resulting structures to quantum transport in several molecular wires and show that interface contacts critically control charge conduction. It was found, for Au/BDT/Au junctions, the H atom in -SH groups energetically prefers to be non-dissociative after the contact formation, which was supported by comparison between computed and measured break-down forces and bonding energies. The H-non-dissociated (HND) junctions give equilibrium conductances from0.054G0 (equilibrium structure) to 0.020G0 (stretched structure) which is within a factor of 2-5 of the measured data. On the other hand, for all H-dissociated contact structures - which were the assumed structures in the literature, the conductance is at least more than an order of magnitude larger that the experimental value. The HND-model significantly narrows down the theory/experiment discrepancy. Finally, a by-product of this work is a comprehensive pseudopotential and atomic orbital basis set database that has been carefully calibrated and can be used by the DFT community at large.

  4. First-principles calculations of novel materials

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    Sun, Jifeng

    Computational material simulation is becoming more and more important as a branch of material science. Depending on the scale of the systems, there are many simulation methods, i.e. first-principles calculation (or ab-initio), molecular dynamics, mesoscale methods and continuum methods. Among them, first-principles calculation, which involves density functional theory (DFT) and based on quantum mechanics, has become to be a reliable tool in condensed matter physics. DFT is a single-electron approximation in solving the many-body problems. Intrinsically speaking, both DFT and ab-initio belong to the first-principles calculation since the theoretical background of ab-initio is Hartree-Fock (HF) approximation and both are aimed at solving the Schrodinger equation of the many-body system using the self-consistent field (SCF) method and calculating the ground state properties. The difference is that DFT introduces parameters either from experiments or from other molecular dynamic (MD) calculations to approximate the expressions of the exchange-correlation terms. The exchange term is accurately calculated but the correlation term is neglected in HF. In this dissertation, DFT based first-principles calculations were performed for all the novel materials and interesting materials introduced. Specifically, the DFT theory together with the rationale behind related properties (e.g. electronic, optical, defect, thermoelectric, magnetic) are introduced in Chapter 2. Starting from Chapter 3 to Chapter 5, several representative materials were studied. In particular, a new semiconducting oxytelluride, Ba2TeO is studied in Chapter 3. Our calculations indicate a direct semiconducting character with a band gap value of 2.43 eV, which agrees well with the optical experiment (˜ 2.93 eV). Moreover, the optical and defects properties of Ba2TeO are also systematically investigated with a view to understanding its potential as an optoelectronic or transparent conducting material. We find relatively modest band masses for both electrons and holes suggesting applications. Optical properties show a infrared-red absorption when doped. This could potentially be useful for combining wavelength filtering and transparent conducting functions. Furthermore, our defect calculations show that Ba 2TeO is intrinsically p-type conducting under Ba-poor condition. However, the spontaneous formation of the donor defects may constrain the p-type transport properties and would need to be addressed to enable applications. Chapter 4 mainly devotes to the thermoelectric properties of the famous phase change material, Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST). GST has been used in data storage for more than a decade because of their fast phase switching between metastable crystalline (cubic) and amorphous phases. It also exhibits interesting thermoelectric properties, and we did a systematic study on the two crystalline phases (hexagonal and cubic) and the amorphous phase. We found a high Seebeck coefficient with a broad doping concentrations for both n-type and p-type, at and below room temperatures (300 K) for both the cubic and amorphous phases. This finding will be of crucial interests in further understand the thermoelectric properties experimentally and find device applications in the ultimate goal. Several magnetic materials that involve lanthanide elements are reported in Chapter 5. First of all, the electronic and magnetic properties of the BaLn2O4 (Ln = La-Lu, Y) family compound are studied. The series has been synthesized for the first time in single crystalline form, using a molten metal flux. They crystallize in the CaV 2O4 structure type with primitive orthorhombic symmetry (space group Pnma, #62). Our calculations show an insulating character with band gaps ranging from 3 eV to 4.5 eV for the three representative compounds, BaLa2O4, BaGd2O4 and BaLu 2O4. Moreover, the superexchange magnetism is also studied. Secondly, a strong correlated system with cerium is investigated. As expected, we find a value of 15 states eV-1 that stems from the Ce 4f orbitals at the Fermi energy which indicates intermetallic heavy fermion behavior. The Fermi surface calculation shows nesting feature which might be useful to further understand the antiferromagnetic magnetism. Thirdly, the DFT calculations of another lanthanide oxide involving transition element, LaMo16O44, are also presented. This material crystallizes with a complicated crystal structure consists of MoO6 magnetic clusters. The band structure calculations indicate a spin-polarized half metal feature that comes from different crystallographic sites of Mo since La occurs as trivalent with empty f shell thus no contribution to the magnetic moment. Last but not least, we studied the electronic properties of another newly found oxytellride that having lanthanide, Ba3Yb 2O5Te. We find a insulating behavior with a direct band-gap value of 1.9 eV using the DFT+U methodology.

  5. First principles simulations of nanoelectronic devices

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    Maassen, Jesse

    As the miniaturization of devices begins to reveal the atomic nature of materials, where chemical bonding and quantum effects are important, one must resort to a parameter-free theory for predictions. This thesis theoretically investigates the quantum transport properties of nanoelectronic devices using atomistic first principles. Our theoretical formalism employs density functional theory (DFT) in combination with Keldysh nonequilibrium Green's functions (NEGF). Self-consistently solving the DFT Hamiltonian with the NEGF charge density provides a way to simulate nonequilibrium systems without phenomenological parameters. This state-of-the-art technique was used to study three problems related to the field of nanoelectronics. First, we investigated the role of metallic contacts (Cu, Ni and Co) on the transport characteristics of graphene devices. With Cu, the graphene is simply electron-doped (Fermi level shift of ≈ -0.7 eV) which creates a unique signature in the conduction profile allowing one to extract the doping level. With Ni and Co, spin-dependent band gaps are formed in graphene's linear dispersion bands, thus leading to the prediction of high spin injection efficiencies reaching 60% and 80%, respectively. Second, we studied how controlled doping distributions in nano-scale Si transistors could suppress OFF-state leakage currents. By assuming the dopants (B and P) are confined in ≈ 1.1 nm regions in the channel, we discovered large conductance variations (GMAX/G MIN ˜ 105) as a function of the doping location. The largest fluctuations arise when the dopants are in the vicinity of the electrodes. Our results indicate that if the dopants are located away from the leads, a distance equal to 20% of the channel length, the tunneling current can be suppressed by a factor of 2 when compared to the case of uniform doping. Thus, controlled doping engineering is found to suppress device-to-device variations and lower the undesirable leakage current. Finally, we incorporated a dephasing model into our ab initio transport formalism, which was used to study the effect of phase-breaking scattering in three different systems. Our calculations revealed the complex role of dephasing, where conduction increased or decreased depending on the system under consideration. We demonstrated that the backscattering component of this dephasing scheme also allows one to retrieve Ohm's law.

  6. Rediscovering First Principles through Online Learning.

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    Kidney, Gary W.; Puckett, Edmond G.

    2003-01-01

    Describes an evaluation of Web-based instruction at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (Texas) that showed that the design team had been distracted from many first principles of instructional design by the creative chaos on the Web and discusses how self-reflection and role definitions allowed the team to overcome these disappointments and…

  7. Description of charge conjugation from first principles

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    Lujan-Peschard, C.; Napsuciale, M.

    2006-09-25

    We construct the charge conjugation operator as a unitary automorphism in the spinor space ((1/2), 0) + (0 (1/2)) from first principles. We calculate its eigenspinors and derive the equation of motion they satisfy. The mapping associated to charge conjugation is constructed from parity eigenstates which are considered as particle and antiparticle.

  8. First-principles transversal DNA conductance deconstructed

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    Zhang, Xiaoguang; Krstic, Predrag; Zikic, Radomir; Wells, Jack C; Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel A

    2006-01-01

    First-principles calculation of the transverse conductance across DNA fragments placed between gold nanoelectrodes, reveals that such conductance describes electron tunneling that depends critically on geometrical rather than electronic-structure properties. By factoring the first-principles result into two simple and approximately independent tunneling factors, we show that the conductances of the A, C, G, and T fragments differ only because of their sizes: the larger is the DNA base, the smaller is the distance that separates the electrode from the corresponding molecule, and the larger is its conductance. Because the geometrical factors are difficult to control in an experiment, the DC-current measurements across DNA may not be a convenient approach to DNA sequencing.

  9. Interface Structure Prediction from First-Principles

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    Zhao, Xin; Shu, Qiang; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Wang, Yangang; Ji, Min; Xiang, Hongjun; Ho, Kai-Ming; Gong, Xingao; Wang, Cai-Zhuang

    2014-05-08

    Information about the atomic structures at solid–solid interfaces is crucial for understanding and predicting the performance of materials. Due to the complexity of the interfaces, it is very challenging to resolve their atomic structures using either experimental techniques or computer simulations. In this paper, we present an efficient first-principles computational method for interface structure prediction based on an adaptive genetic algorithm. This approach significantly reduces the computational cost, while retaining the accuracy of first-principles prediction. The method is applied to the investigation of both stoichiometric and nonstoichiometric SrTiO3 Σ3(112)[1̅10] grain boundaries with unit cell containing up to 200 atoms. Several novel low-energy structures are discovered, which provide fresh insights into the structure and stability of the grain boundaries.

  10. First principle thousand atom quantum dot calculations

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    Wang, Lin-Wang; Li, Jingbo

    2004-03-30

    A charge patching method and an idealized surface passivation are used to calculate the single electronic states of IV-IV, III-V, II-VI semiconductor quantum dots up to a thousand atoms. This approach scales linearly and has a 1000 fold speed-up compared to direct first principle methods with a cost of eigen energy error of about 20 meV. The calculated quantum dot band gaps are parametrized for future references.

  11. First principles study of AlBi

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    Amrani, B.; Achour, H.; Louhibi, S.; Tebboune, A.; Sekkal, N.

    2008-10-01

    Using the first principles method of the full potential linear augmented plane waves (FPLAPW), the structural and the electronic properties of AlBi are investigated. It is found that this compound has a small and direct semiconducting gap at Γ. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered, the dependences of the volume, the bulk modulus, the variation of the thermal expansion α, as well as the Debye temperature θD and the heat capacity Cv are successfully obtained in the whole range from 0 to 30 GPa and temperature range from 0 to 1200 K.

  12. First-principles theory of flexoelectricity

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    Vanderbilt, David

    2013-03-01

    Flexoelectricity is the linear response of polarization to a strain gradient. Because strain gradients break inversion symmetry, flexoelectricity occurs in all insulating crystals. The flexoelectric effect is negligible on conventional length scales, but it can become very strong at the nanoscale where large strain gradients can significantly affect the functional properties of dielectric thin films and superlattices. Previous theories have tended to focus either on the lattice or the electronic (i.e., frozen-ion) contribution, and have involved some approximations or limitations. Here we develop a general first-principles theory of the flexoelectric tensor, formulated in such a way that the tensor elements can be computed directly in the context of density-functional calculations. Special attention will be paid to several subtleties, including surface contributions, pseudopotential dependence, the calculation of transverse components, fixed E vs. fixed D boundary conditions, and a degree of non-uniqueness that is present for some strain gradients. We introduce several practical supercell-based methods for calculating the flexoelectric coefficients from first principles, and demonstrate them by computing the coefficients for a variety of insulating materials.(Work done in collaboration with Jiawang Hong. Supported by ONR N00014-12-1-1035.)

  13. Aqueous solvation of methane from first principles.

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    Rossato, Lorenzo; Rossetto, Francesco; Silvestrelli, Pier Luigi

    2012-04-19

    Structural, dynamical, bonding, and electronic properties of water molecules around a soluted methane molecule are studied from first principles. The results are compatible with experiments and qualitatively support the conclusions of recent classical molecular dynamics simulations concerning the controversial issue on the presence of "immobilized" water molecules around hydrophobic groups: the hydrophobic solute slightly reduces (by a less than 2 factor) the mobility of many surrounding water molecules rather than immobilizing just the few ones which are closest to methane, similarly to what was obtained by previous first-principles simulations of soluted methanol. Moreover, the rotational slowing down is compatible with the one predicted on the basis of the excluded volume fraction, which leads to a slower hydrogen bond exchange rate. The analysis of simulations performed at different temperatures suggests that the target temperature of the soluted system must be carefully chosen, in order to avoid artificial slowing-down effects. By generating maximally localized Wannier functions, a detailed description of the polarization effects in both solute and solvent molecules is obtained, which better characterizes the solvation process. PMID:22443455

  14. Iron diffusion from first principles calculations

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    Wann, E.; Ammann, M. W.; Vocadlo, L.; Wood, I. G.; Lord, O. T.; Brodholt, J. P.; Dobson, D. P.

    2013-12-01

    The cores of Earth and other terrestrial planets are made up largely of iron1 and it is therefore very important to understand iron's physical properties. Chemical diffusion is one such property and is central to many processes, such as crystal growth, and viscosity. Debate still surrounds the explanation for the seismologically observed anisotropy of the inner core2, and hypotheses include convection3, anisotropic growth4 and dendritic growth5, all of which depend on diffusion. In addition to this, the main deformation mechanism at the inner-outer core boundary is believed to be diffusion creep6. It is clear, therefore, that to gain a comprehensive understanding of the core, a thorough understanding of diffusion is necessary. The extremely high pressures and temperatures of the Earth's core make experiments at these conditions a challenge. Low-temperature and low-pressure experimental data must be extrapolated across a very wide gap to reach the relevant conditions, resulting in very poorly constrained values for diffusivity and viscosity. In addition to these dangers of extrapolation, preliminary results show that magnetisation plays a major role in the activation energies for diffusion at low pressures therefore creating a break down in homologous scaling to high pressures. First principles calculations provide a means of investigating diffusivity at core conditions, have already been shown to be in very good agreement with experiments7, and will certainly provide a better estimate for diffusivity than extrapolation. Here, we present first principles simulations of self-diffusion in solid iron for the FCC, BCC and HCP structures at core conditions in addition to low-temperature and low-pressure calculations relevant to experimental data. 1. Birch, F. Density and composition of mantle and core. Journal of Geophysical Research 69, 4377-4388 (1964). 2. Irving, J. C. E. & Deuss, A. Hemispherical structure in inner core velocity anisotropy. Journal of Geophysical Research 116, B04307 (2011). 3. Buffett, B. A. Onset and orientation of convection in the inner core. Geophysical Journal International 179, 711-719 (2009). 4. Bergman, M. Measurements of electric anisotropy due to solidification texturing and the implications for the Earth's inner core. Nature 389, 60-63 (1997). 5. Deguen, R. & Cardin, P. Thermochemical convection in Earth's inner core. Geophysical Journal International 187, 1101-1118 (2011). 6. Reaman, D. M., Daehn, G. S. & Panero, W. R. Predictive mechanism for anisotropy development in the Earth's inner core. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 312, 437-442 (2011). 7. Ammann, M. W., Brodholt, J. P., Wookey, J. & Dobson, D. P. First-principles constraints on diffusion in lower-mantle minerals and a weak D'' layer. Nature 465, 462-5 (2010).

  15. Gilbert damping enhancement from first principles

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    Zwierzycki, M.; Kelly, P. J.; Xia, K.; Bauer, G. E. W.; Turek, Ilja

    2003-03-01

    Precession of the magnetization in a ferromagnet results in the transfer of spins into adjacent normal metal layers. This "spin pumping" leads to the enhancement of the Gilbert damping which can be observed in FMR experiments. The enhancement of the damping parameter can be expressed in terms of the elements of the scattering matrix of the embedded ferromagnetic layer. Here we report the first principles calculations of Gilbert damping for a number of systems of current interest using the TB-LMTO surface Green's function method. The efficiency of the method allows us to treat the disordered layers using large lateral superlattices. We consider two limiting cases - the very thick layers where the damping is determined by the reflecting properties of the interface ("mixing conductance") and the case of ultrathin layers when it is necessary to evaluate also the transmission through the ferromagnetic layer. In the latter case we study the thickness dependence of dumping.

  16. Numerical Inductance Calculations Based on First Principles

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    Shatz, Lisa F.; Christensen, Craig W.

    2014-01-01

    A method of calculating inductances based on first principles is presented, which has the advantage over the more popular simulators in that fundamental formulas are explicitly used so that a deeper understanding of the inductance calculation is obtained with no need for explicit discretization of the inductor. It also has the advantage over the traditional method of formulas or table lookups in that it can be used for a wider range of configurations. It relies on the use of fast computers with a sophisticated mathematical computing language such as Mathematica to perform the required integration numerically so that the researcher can focus on the physics of the inductance calculation and not on the numerical integration. PMID:25402467

  17. Theoretical Calculations of Atomic Data for Spectroscopy

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    Bautista, Manuel A.

    2000-01-01

    Several different approximations and techniques have been developed for the calculation of atomic structure, ionization, and excitation of atoms and ions. These techniques have been used to compute large amounts of spectroscopic data of various levels of accuracy. This paper presents a review of these theoretical methods to help non-experts in atomic physics to better understand the qualities and limitations of various data sources and assess how reliable are spectral models based on those data.

  18. Theoretical standards in x-ray spectroscopies

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    Not Available

    1992-01-01

    We propose to extend our state-of-the-art, ab initio XAFS (X-ray absorption fine structure) codes, FEFF. Our current work has been highly successful in achieving accurate, user-friendly XAFS standards, exceeding the performance of both tabulated standards and other codes by a considerable margin. We now propose to add the capability to treat more complex materials. This includes multiple-scattering, polarization dependence, an approximate treatment of XANES (x-ray absorption near edge structure), and other improvements. We also plan to adapt FEFF to other spectroscopies, e.g. photoelectron diffraction (PD) and diffraction anomalous fine structure (DAFS).

  19. First Principle Modeling of Energetic Storm Particles

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    Shiota, Daikou; Kataoka, Ryuho; Sugiyama, Tooru; Kusano, Kanya

    The origin and cause of solar energetic particles (SEPs) has been one of the most important topics in the field of space weather research. Energetic storm particle (ESP) event is a subset of SEP events, which is characterized as proton flux enhancement of the relatively low energy range (¡10 MeV) associated with interplanetary shock arrivals at the Earth. Here we perform the first principle modeling of ESP and quantitatively compare the results with in-situ observations, using hybrid plasma simulation. In this paper we focus on the coronal mass ejection event on 13 Dec 2006. As the input parameters for the simulation, fundamental shock parameters of the plasma beta, Alfven mach, and shock angle are given from a global solar wind simulation of Kataoka et al. (2009). As a result, it is found that proton flux and spectral index of ESP event can be quantitatively reproduced by the interlocked simulation, which is driven by the realistic shock parameters without injection particles. We suggest that ESPs can be originated from thermal solar wind plasma accelerated by the passage of interplanetary shocks.

  20. Safeguards First Principle Initiative (SFPI) Cost Model

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    Mary Alice Price

    2010-07-11

    The Nevada Test Site (NTS) began operating Material Control and Accountability (MC&A) under the Safeguards First Principle Initiative (SFPI), a risk-based and cost-effective program, in December 2006. The NTS SFPI Comprehensive Assessment of Safeguards Systems (COMPASS) Model is made up of specific elements (MC&A plan, graded safeguards, accounting systems, measurements, containment, surveillance, physical inventories, shipper/receiver differences, assessments/performance tests) and various sub-elements, which are each assigned effectiveness and contribution factors that when weighted and rated reflect the health of the MC&A program. The MC&A Cost Model, using an Excel workbook, calculates budget and/or actual costs using these same elements/sub-elements resulting in total costs and effectiveness costs per element/sub-element. These calculations allow management to identify how costs are distributed for each element/sub-element. The Cost Model, as part of the SFPI program review process, enables management to determine if spending is appropriate for each element/sub-element.

  1. First principle study of sodium decorated graphyne

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    Sarkar, Utpal; Bhattacharya, Barnali; Seriani, Nicola

    2015-11-01

    We present first-principles calculations of the electronic properties of Na-decorated graphyne. This structure of the graphyne family is a direct band gap semiconductor with a band gap of 0.44 eV in absence of sodium, but Na-decorated graphyne compounds are metallic, and can then be employed as carbon-based conductors. Metallization is due to charge donation from sodium to carbon. Pristine graphyne is more stable than Na-decorated graphyne, therefore is seems probable that, if this material should be employed as electrode in Na-ion batteries, it would lead to the formation of metallic sodium rather than well dispersed sodium ions. On the other side, this property might be useful if graphyne is employed in water desalination. Finally, the abrupt change from a semiconducting to a metallic state in presence of a small amount of sodium might be exploited in electronics, e.g. for the production of smooth metal-semiconductor interfaces through spatially selective deposition of sodium.

  2. GPU Based Acceleration of First Principles Calculations

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    Tomono, Hidekazu; Iitaka, Toshiaki; Tsumuraya, Kazuo

    2009-03-01

    The saturation of the acceleration using the silicon devices has required the parallel computing using multiple CPU's (central processing units). The parallel computing has been widely used in the field of the high-performance computing. On the other hand, graphics processing units (GPU's) were designed to accelerate graphic applications in 1978. NVIDIA Co. began to provide CUDA for C-language users to manipulate the GPU's in 2007. They applied it to computational fluid dynamics, medical real time simulation and astronomical N-body problem among others. This is the GPGPU (general-purpose computation on GPU's), which is faster in operation than CPU in the fields of linear algebras, FFT, and others. We have experienced that one- dimensional CUFFT ver1.1 (GPU-FFT) is eight times faster than FFTW for single-precision case. We implement the GPU-FFT into our in-house first principles planewave code, in which the hot spot is the FFT routine. We will present the performance of the implementation.

  3. Transition Metal Nitrides: A First Principles Study

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    Pathak, Ashish; Singh, A. K.

    2016-04-01

    The present work describes the structural stability and electronic and mechanical properties of transition metal nitrides (TmNs: B1 cubic structure (cF8, Fm ‾ overline 3 m)) using first principles density functional theory (DFT) within generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The lattice constant of TmNs increases with increasing the atomic radii of the transition metals. Stability of the TmNs decreases from IVB to VIB groups due to increase in formation energy/atom. The bonding characteristics of these nitrides have been explained based on electronic density of states and charge density. All the TmNs satisfy Born stability criteria in terms of elastic constants except CrN and MoN that do not exist in equilibrium binary phase diagrams. The groups IVB and V-VIB nitrides are associated with brittle and ductile behaviour based on G/B ratios, respectively. The estimated melting temperatures of these nitrides exhibit reasonably good agreement with calculated with B than those of the C11 for all nitrides.

  4. High Pressure Hydrogen from First Principles

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    Morales, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    Typical approximations employed in first-principles simulations of high-pressure hydrogen involve the neglect of nuclear quantum effects (NQE) and the approximate treatment of electronic exchange and correlation, typically through a density functional theory (DFT) formulation. In this talk I'll present a detailed analysis of the influence of these approximations on the phase diagram of high-pressure hydrogen, with the goal of identifying the predictive capabilities of current methods and, at the same time, making accurate predictions in this important regime. We use a path integral formulation combined with density functional theory, which allows us to incorporate NQEs in a direct and controllable way. In addition, we use state-of-the-art quantum Monte Carlo calculations to benchmark the accuracy of more approximate mean-field electronic structure calculations based on DFT, and we use GW and hybrid DFT to calculate the optical properties of the solid and liquid phases near metallization. We present accurate predictions of the metal-insulator transition on the solid, including structural and optical properties of the molecular phase. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 and by LDRD Grant No. 13-LW-004.

  5. Towards Experimental Accuracy from the First Principles

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    Polyansky, O. L.; Lodi, L.; Tennyson, J.; Zobov, N. F.

    2013-06-01

    Producing ab initio ro-vibrational energy levels of small, gas-phase molecules with an accuracy of 0.10 cm^{-1} would constitute a significant step forward in theoretical spectroscopy and would place calculated line positions considerably closer to typical experimental accuracy. Such an accuracy has been recently achieved for the H_3^+ molecular ion for line positions up to 17 000 cm ^{-1}. However, since H_3^+ is a two-electron system, the electronic structure methods used in this study are not applicable to larger molecules. A major breakthrough was reported in ref., where an accuracy of 0.10 cm^{-1} was achieved ab initio for seven water isotopologues. Calculated vibrational and rotational energy levels up to 15 000 cm^{-1} and J=25 resulted in a standard deviation of 0.08 cm^{-1} with respect to accurate reference data. As far as line intensities are concerned, we have already achieved for water a typical accuracy of 1% which supersedes average experimental accuracy. Our results are being actively extended along two major directions. First, there are clear indications that our results for water can be improved to an accuracy of the order of 0.01 cm^{-1} by further, detailed ab initio studies. Such level of accuracy would already be competitive with experimental results in some situations. A second, major, direction of study is the extension of such a 0.1 cm^{-1} accuracy to molecules containg more electrons or more than one non-hydrogen atom, or both. As examples of such developments we will present new results for CO, HCN and H_2S, as well as preliminary results for NH_3 and CH_4. O.L. Polyansky, A. Alijah, N.F. Zobov, I.I. Mizus, R. Ovsyannikov, J. Tennyson, L. Lodi, T. Szidarovszky and A.G. Csaszar, Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. London A, {370}, 5014-5027 (2012). O.L. Polyansky, R.I. Ovsyannikov, A.A. Kyuberis, L. Lodi, J. Tennyson and N.F. Zobov, J. Phys. Chem. A, (in press). L. Lodi, J. Tennyson and O.L. Polyansky, J. Chem. Phys. {135}, 034113 (2011).

  6. Theoretical Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy of Peptides

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    2015-01-01

    Vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG) has become a very promising technique for the study of proteins at interfaces, and it has been applied to important systems such as anti-microbial peptides, ion channel proteins, and human islet amyloid polypeptide. Moreover, so-called chiral SFG techniques, which rely on polarization combinations that generate strong signals primarily for chiral molecules, have proven to be particularly discriminatory of protein secondary structure. In this work, we present a theoretical strategy for calculating protein amide I SFG spectra by combining line-shape theory with molecular dynamics simulations. We then apply this method to three model peptides, demonstrating the existence of a significant chiral SFG signal for peptides with chiral centers, and providing a framework for interpreting the results on the basis of the dependence of the SFG signal on the peptide orientation. We also examine the importance of dynamical and coupling effects. Finally, we suggest a simple method for determining a chromophores orientation relative to the surface using ratios of experimental heterodyne-detected signals with different polarizations, and test this method using theoretical spectra. PMID:25203677

  7. First-Principles Investigation on Boron Nanostructures

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    Tang, Hui

    2011-12-01

    First-principles calculations based on density functional theory are employed to study and predict the properties of boron and Mg boride nanostructures. For boron nanostructures, two-dimensional boron sheets are found to be metallic and made of mixtures of triangles and hexagons which benefit from the balance of two-center bonding and three-center bonding. This unusual bonding in boron sheets results in a self-doping picture where adding atoms to the hexagon centers does not change the number of bonding states but merely increases the electron count. Boron sheets can be either flat or buckled depending on the ratio between hexagons and triangles. Formed by stacking two identical boron sheets, double-layered boron sheets can form interlayer bonds, and the most stable one is semiconducting. Built from single-layered boron sheets, single-walled boron nanotubes have smaller curvature energies than carbon nanotubes and undergo a metal-to-semiconductor transition once the diameter is smaller than ˜20 A. Optimal double-walled boron nanotubes with inter-walled bonds formed are metallic and always more stable than single-walled ones. For Mg boride nanostructures, certain Mg boride sheets prefer to curve themselves into nanotubes, which is explained via Mg-Mg interactions governed by the charge state of Mg. In addition, optimal Mg boride sheet structures are explored with a genetic algorithm. Phase diagrams for Mg boride sheet structures are constructed and stable phases under boron-rich environments are identified. Curvature effects on the phase diagram of Mg boride nanotubes are also discussed. As a natural extension to boron sheets, layered boron crystals based on boron sheets are then presented and are shown to be stable under high pressure. Finally, this thesis ends with an investigation of hydrogen-storage properties of pristine and metal doped boron nanostructures.

  8. First principles modeling of grain boundaries in CdTe

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    Chan, Maria K. Y.; Sen, Fatih; Buurma, Christopher; Paulauskas, Tadas; Sun, Ce; Kim, Moon; Klie, Robert

    The role of extended defects is of significant interest for semiconductors, especially photovoltaics since energy conversion efficiencies are often affected by such defects. In particular, grain boundaries in CdTe photovoltaics are enigmatic since the achievable efficiencies of CdTe photovoltaics are higher in polycrystalline devices as compared to single crystalline devices. Yet, despite recent advances, the efficiency of poly-CdTe devices are still substantially below the theoretical maximum. We carry out an atomistic-level study using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM), together with first principles density functional theory (DFT) modeling, in order to understand the properties of specific bicrystals, i.e. artificial grain boundaries, constructed using wafer bonding. We discuss examples of bicrystals, including some involving large scale DFT calculations, and trends in defect and electronic properties. This work was funded by DOE SunShot BRIDGE program.

  9. A first-principles model for orificed hollow cathode operation

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    Salhi, A.; Turchi, P. J.

    1992-01-01

    A theoretical model describing orificed hollow cathode discharge is presented. The approach adopted is based on a purely analytical formulation founded on first principles. The present model predicts the emission surface temperature and plasma properties such as electron temperature, number densities and plasma potential. In general, good agreements between theory and experiment are obtained. Comparison of the results with the available related experimental data shows a maximum difference of 10 percent in emission surface temperature, 20 percent in electron temperature and 35 percent in plasma potential. In case of the variation of the electron number density with the discharge current a maximum discrepancy of 36 percent is obtained. However, in the case of the variation with the cathode internal pressure, the predicted electron number density is higher than the experimental data by a maximum factor of 2.

  10. First-principles study of point defects in thorium carbide

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    Pérez Daroca, D.; Jaroszewicz, S.; Llois, A. M.; Mosca, H. O.

    2014-11-01

    Thorium-based materials are currently being investigated in relation with their potential utilization in Generation-IV reactors as nuclear fuels. One of the most important issues to be studied is their behavior under irradiation. A first approach to this goal is the study of point defects. By means of first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory, we study the stability and formation energies of vacancies, interstitials and Frenkel pairs in thorium carbide. We find that C isolated vacancies are the most likely defects, while C interstitials are energetically favored as compared to Th ones. These kind of results for ThC, to the best authors' knowledge, have not been obtained previously, neither experimentally, nor theoretically. For this reason, we compare with results on other compounds with the same NaCl-type structure.

  11. Optimized Materials From First Principles Simulations: Are We There Yet?

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    Galli, G; Gygi, F

    2005-07-26

    In the past thirty years, the use of scientific computing has become pervasive in all disciplines: collection and interpretation of most experimental data is carried out using computers, and physical models in computable form, with various degrees of complexity and sophistication, are utilized in all fields of science. However, full prediction of physical and chemical phenomena based on the basic laws of Nature, using computer simulations, is a revolution still in the making, and it involves some formidable theoretical and computational challenges. We illustrate the progress and successes obtained in recent years in predicting fundamental properties of materials in condensed phases and at the nanoscale, using ab-initio, quantum simulations. We also discuss open issues related to the validation of the approximate, first principles theories used in large scale simulations, and the resulting complex interplay between computation and experiment. Finally, we describe some applications, with focus on nanostructures and liquids, both at ambient and under extreme conditions.

  12. Hadron Phenomenology from First-Principle QCD Studies

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    Papavassiliou, Joannis

    2016-03-01

    The form of the kernel that controls the dynamics of the Bethe-Salpeter equations is essential for obtaining quantitatively accurate predictions for the observable properties of hadrons. In the present work we briefly review the basic physical concepts and field-theoretic techniques employed in a first-principle derivation of a universal (process-independent) component of this kernel. This "top-down" approach combines nonperturbative ingredients obtained from lattice simulations and Dyson-Schwinger equations, and furnishes a renormalization-group invariant quark-gluon interaction strength, which is in excellent agreement with the corresponding quantity obtained from a systematic "bottom-up" treatment, where bound-state data are fitted within a well-defined truncation scheme.

  13. Optimized materials from first principles simulations: are we there yet?

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    Galli, Giulia; Gygi, Francois

    2005-01-01

    In the past thirty years, the use of scientific computing has become pervasive in all disciplines: collection and interpretation of most experimental data is carried out using computers, and physical models in computable form, with various degrees of complexity and sophistication, are utilized in all fields of science. However, full prediction of physical and chemical phenomena based on the basic laws of Nature, using computer simulations, is a revolution still in the making, and it involves some formidable theoretical and computational challenges. We illustrate the progress and successes obtained in recent years in predicting fundamental properties of materials in condensed phases and at the nanoscale, using ab-initio, quantum simulations. We also discuss open issues related to the validation of the approximate, first principles theories used in large scale simulations, and the resulting complex interplay between computation and experiment. Finally, we describe some applications, with focus on nanostructures and liquids, both at ambient and under extreme conditions.

  14. A metallic superhard boron carbide: first-principles calculations.

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    Ma, Mengdong; Yang, Bingchao; Li, Zihe; Hu, Meng; Wang, Qianqian; Cui, Lin; Yu, Dongli; He, Julong

    2015-04-21

    A monoclinic BC3 phase (denoted M-BC3) has been predicted using first principles calculations. The M-BC3 structure is formed by alternately stacking sequences of metallic BC-layers and insulating C atom layers, thus, the structure exhibits two-dimensional conductivity. Its stability has been confirmed by our calculations of the total energy, elastic constants, and phonon frequencies. The pressure of phase transition from graphite-like BC3 to M-BC3 is calculated to be 9.3 GPa, and the theoretical Vickers hardness of M-BC3 is 43.8 GPa, this value indicates that the compound is a potentially superhard material. By comparing Raman spectral calculations of M-BC3 and previously proposed structures with the experimental data, we speculate that the experimentally synthesized BC3 crystal may simultaneously contain M-BC3 and Pmma-b phases. PMID:25772428

  15. Adsorption of methylchloride on Si(100) from first principles

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    Romero, Aldo H.; Sbraccia, Carlo; Silvestrelli, Pier Luigi; Ancilotto, Francesco

    2003-07-01

    The chemisorption of methylchloride (CH3Cl) on Si(100) is studied from first principles. We find that, among a number of possible adsorption configurations, the lowest-energy structure is one in which the methylchloride molecule is dissociated into CH3 and Cl fragments which are bound to the two Si atoms of the same surface dimer. Our calculations show that dissociative chemisorption of methylchloride on Si(100) may proceed along different reaction paths characterized by different energy barriers that the system must overcome: some dissociation processes are mediated by a molecular precursor state and, at least in one case, we find that the dissociation process is nonactivated, in agreement with recent experimental findings. We have also generated, for many possible adsorption structures, theoretical scanning tunneling microscopy images which could facilitate the interpretation of experimental measurements.

  16. First principles studies of semiconductor epitaxial growth

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    Tsai, Bao-Liang

    This thesis conducts investigations mainly on the structures, energetics, and recations of semiconductor as well as oxide surfaces using first principles cluster model approach. The first part of the research work addresses the issues in the epitaxial growth of Hgsb{1-x}Cdsb{x}Te (MCT) materials. Hg divalent compounds were studied thoroughly using a variety of quantum chemical methods in order to understand the energetics of Hg precursors for growth. The (001) growth surfaces were then examined in detail using cluster model calculations. Based on these results, a novel metal-organic molecular beam epitaxial (MOMBE) growth strategy with favorable energetics for growing MCT using Hsb2C=CH-CHsb2-Hg-Cequiv C-CHsb3 is proposed. It is hoped that with this new growth strategy, the Hg vacancy and p-doping problems that currently exist in growth can be avoided. The second part of the thesis discusses the molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) growth of cubic GaN on the (001) surface using various N sources. Surface reconstructions and the interactions of gas-phase atomic and molecular nitrogens with the surface were elucidated using cluster models. Using these results an energy phase diagram for the growth of GaN has been constructed. It suggests that excited state molecular Nsb2\\ (sp3Sigmasbsp{u}{+}) is the most favorable of all N species for growth of high quality GaN because it can undergo a dissociative chemisorption process. Ground state atomic N\\ (sp4S) is also good for growth. The doublet excited states N\\ (sp2D and sp2P) might cause surface N abstraction, leading to N vacancies in the material. Finally, a Fe(OH)sb3(Hsb2O)sb3 GVB cluster model of crystalline alpha-Fesb2Osb3 was developed. This simple model can describe the local geometry and bonding of Fe in the bulk oxide. Using quantum mechanical calculations, the orientation of the oleic imidazoline (OI) molecule bonding to the oxide surface has been determined. OI class of molecules are used extensively for corrosion inhibitor in oil field pipeline applications. It is found in this work that OI can make very strong bonding to the Fe of the iron oxide. In aqueous environments they can replace water on the pipe surface to form a protective layer to prevent corrosion.

  17. First principles investigation of substituted strontium hexaferrite

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    Dixit, Vivek

    This dissertation investigates how the magnetic properties of strontium hexaferrite change upon the substitution of foreign atoms at the Fe sites. Strontium hexaferrite, SrFe12O19, is a commonly used hard magnetic material and is produced in large quantities (around 500,000 tons per year). For different applications of strontium hexaferrite, its magnetic properties can be tuned by a proper substitution of the foreign atoms. Experimental screening for a proper substitution is a cost-intensive and time-consuming process, whereas computationally it can be done more efficiently. We used the 'density functional theory' a first principles based method to study substituted strontium hexaferrite. The site occupancies of the substituted atoms were estimated by calculating the substitution energies of different configurations. The formation probabilities of configurations were used to calculate the magnetic properties of substituted strontium hexaferrite. In the first study, Al-substituted strontium hexaferrite, SrFe12-x AlxO19 with x=0.5 and x=1.0 were investigated. It was found that at the annealing temperature the non-magnetic Al +3 ions preferentially replace Fe+3 ions from the 12 k and 2a sites. We found that the magnetization decreases and the magnetic anisotropy field increases as the fraction, x of the Al atoms increases. In the second study, SrFe12-xGaxO19 and SrFe12-xInxO19 with x=0.5 and x=1.0 were investigated. In the case of SrFe12-xGaxO19, the sites where Ga+3 ions prefer to enter are: 12 k, 2a, and 4f1. For SrFe12-xInxO19, In+3 ions most likely to occupy the 12k, 4f1 , and 4f2 sites. In both cases the magnetization was found to decrease slightly as the fraction of substituted atom increases. The magnetic anisotropy field increased for SrFe12-xGaxO 19, and decreased for SrFe12-xInxO19 as the concentration of substituted atoms increased. In the third study, 23 elements (M) were screened for their possible substitution in strontium hexaferrite, SrFe12-xMxO 19 with x=0.5. In each case the site preference of the substituted atom and the magnetic properties were calculated. We found that Bi, Ge, Sb, Sn, and Sc can effectively increase the magnetization, and Cr, P, Co, Al, Ga, and Ti can increase the anisotropy field when substituted into strontium hexaferrite.

  18. The Electron-Phonon Interaction from First Principles

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    Noffsinger, Jesse Dean

    2011-12-01

    In this thesis the ground state electronic properties, lattice dynamics, electron-phonon coupling and superconductivity of a variety materials are investigated from first principles. The first chapter provides an introduction to the material and concepts of this thesis as well as motivation for the work done herein. Additionally, an overview is given on the theoretical background governing the calculations of this work. This includes overviews of the topics of density functional theory, the pseudopotential approximation, density functional perturbation theory, and applications of these approaches to the calculations of superconductivity. In the second chapter the mechanics of actually performing calculations within the methodology of chapter one are explained. This is accomplished through a detailed description of the computer software EPW. This software has been developed to allow computationally efficient approaches for calculating the electron-phonon interaction. A description of the software package, the particular quantities which it calculates and example calculations are given. The following two chapters present the results of calculations regarding electron-phonon coupling and superconductivity in bulk carbon compounds. The occurrence or absence of superconductivity is found to be related in these compounds to Fermi surface nesting and carrier concentrations. In chapter five we investigate the role of the fluorine dopant in the recently discovered (1111) Fe-pnictide superconductors. Contrary to the results of the literature published shortly after the discovery of these compounds, the presence of the dopant is found to actually result in a net decrease in the electron concentration on the Fe-plane within the local density approximation to density functional theory. In the two chapters which follow, we investigate the limits of two dimensional superconductivity in the recent experiments on ultra-thin Pb samples. Chapter six details calculations on freestanding Pb slabs constructed as thin as two monolayers. A useful formula predicting the electron-coupling strength and therefore estimating the superconducting transition temperature is developed. While in the next section a superconducting system is investigated wherein the important Pb-Si(111) interaction in ultra-thin Pb layers is taken into account. The observed superconductivity is explained by electron-phonon coupling and isotropic Migdal-Eliashberg theory. The observance of superconductivity in the nearly two-dimensional material is shown not to conflict with the predictions of the Mermin-Wagner theorem. In the final chapter, the phonon-assisted absorption of bulk silicon is calculated from first-principles. The calculated results are found to be in excellent agreement with experiment, and lead the way for the possibility of many first-principle studies on phonon-assisted optical processes in important technological devices.

  19. First principles study of hydroxyapatite surface.

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    Slepko, Alexander; Demkov, Alexander A

    2013-07-28

    The biomineral hydroxyapatite (HA) [Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2] is the main mineral constituent of mammal bone. We report a theoretical investigation of the HA surface. We identify the low energy surface orientations and stoichiometry under a variety of chemical environments. The surface most stable in the physiologically relevant OH-rich environment is the OH-terminated (1000) surface. We calculate the work function of HA and relate it to the surface composition. For the lowest energy OH-terminated surface we find the work function of 5.1 eV, in close agreement with the experimentally reported range of 4.7 eV-5.1 eV [V. S. Bystrov, E. Paramonova, Y. Dekhtyar, A. Katashev, A. Karlov, N. Polyaka, A. V. Bystrova, A. Patmalnieks, and A. L. Kholkin, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 23, 065302 (2011)]. PMID:23902010

  20. First principles study of point defects in SnS.

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    Malone, Brad D; Gali, Adam; Kaxiras, Efthimios

    2014-12-21

    Photovoltaic cells based on SnS as the absorber layer show promise for efficient solar devices containing non-toxic materials that are abundant enough for large scale production. The efficiency of SnS cells has been increasing steadily, but various loss mechanisms in the device, related to the presence of defects in the material, have so far limited it far below its maximal theoretical value. In this work we perform first principles, density-functional-theory calculations to examine the behavior and nature of both intrinsic and extrinsic defects in the SnS absorber layer. We focus on the elements known to exist in the environment of SnS-based photovoltaic devices during growth. In what concerns intrinsic defects, our calculations support the current understanding of the role of the Sn vacancy (VSn) acceptor defect, namely that it is responsible for the p-type conductivity in SnS. We also present calculations for extrinsic defects and make extensive comparison to experimental expectations. Our detailed treatment of electrostatic correction terms for charged defects provides theoretical predictions on both the high-frequency and low-frequency dielectric tensors of SnS. PMID:25363023

  1. A first-principle calculation of the XANES spectrum of Cu{sup 2+} in water

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    La Penna, G.; Minicozzi, V.; Morante, S.; Stellato, F.; Rossi, G. C.

    2015-09-28

    The progress in high performance computing we are witnessing today offers the possibility of accurate electron density calculations of systems in realistic physico-chemical conditions. In this paper, we present a strategy aimed at performing a first-principle computation of the low energy part of the X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) spectrum based on the density functional theory calculation of the electronic potential. To test its effectiveness, we apply the method to the computation of the X-ray absorption near edge structure part of the XAS spectrum in the paradigmatic, but simple case of Cu{sup 2+} in water. In order to keep into account the effect of the metal site structure fluctuations in determining the experimental signal, the theoretical spectrum is evaluated as the average over the computed spectra of a statistically significant number of simulated metal site configurations. The comparison of experimental data with theoretical calculations suggests that Cu{sup 2+} lives preferentially in a square-pyramidal geometry. The remarkable success of this approach in the interpretation of XAS data makes us optimistic about the possibility of extending the computational strategy we have outlined to the more interesting case of molecules of biological relevance bound to transition metal ions.

  2. Designing Interactive Learning Environments: An Approach from First Principles

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    Scott, Bernard; Cong, Chunyu

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: Today's technology supports the design of more and more sophisticated interactive learning environments. This paper aims to argue that such design should develop from first principles. Design/methodology/approach: In the paper by first principles is meant: learning theory and principles of course design. These principles are briefly…

  3. Designing Interactive Learning Environments: An Approach from First Principles

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    Scott, Bernard; Cong, Chunyu

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: Today's technology supports the design of more and more sophisticated interactive learning environments. This paper aims to argue that such design should develop from first principles. Design/methodology/approach: In the paper by first principles is meant: learning theory and principles of course design. These principles are briefly

  4. First principle computational and experimental studies of cathode materials for lithium ion rechargeable batteries

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    Saavedra Arias, Jose Javier

    We have studied the properties of spinel and layered cathode materials for Li ion rechargeable batteries. The analysis was done by first principle calculations, and experimental techniques to elucidate materials that can substitute the presently commercialized material, namely LiCoO 2. We have studied the influence of Ni substitution for Mn in spinel Li 2MnO4. To understand the effects of this substitution on the crystal structure and electronic properties, first principle DFT calculations were performed using VASP. The substitution was done systematically for up to 25% of Mn replacement by Ni in a super cell configuration. Furthermore, the influence of Ni substitution on lithium hoping pathways between the two stable Li positions was also studied by first principle calculations in LiMn 2-xNixO4. These calculations revealed that Ni substitution for Mn in LiMn2O4 indeed improved Li ion mobility. Thereafter, systematic experimental studies were performed on LiMn 2-xNixO4 (0spectroscopy. The electrochemical performance of LiMn2-xNi xO4 materials was evaluated in two electrode CR2032 type coin cell configuration with Li metal as anode and liquid electrolyte (1 M LiPF6 in EC:DMC=1:1 v/v). Our results showed significant enhancement in the electrochemical properties with 25% of Ni substitution in LiMn 2O4, which is in good agreement with the theoretical calculations. We also studied layered cathode materials both theoretically and experimentally. The First principle calculations in conjunction with alloy metal method were used to evaluate the average voltage and phase stability of LiMO2 (M=Co, Ni, Mn, W) systems. By formation energy analysis we established that LiNi0.8Co0.1Mn0.1O2 is a promising candidate cathode material. Single-phase layered LiNi0.8Co 0.1Mn0.1O2 structure with hexagonal unit cell having R3¯m symmetry was synthesized by solid state route. The average particle size was around 6 mum. The electrochemical studies showed single redox reaction. Ex situ structural studies by XRD and Raman scattering at various stages of charging and discharging showed that the host layered structure is maintained throughout the electrochemical lithiation--delithiation processes in the 3--4.5V range with systematic change in the lattice parameters. First discharge capacity of LiNi0.8Co0.1Mn 0.1O2 was ˜132 mAh g-1 and the capacity retention was ˜86% after 20 charge--discharge cycles.

  5. First principles study of O defects in CdSe

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    T-Thienprasert, J.; Limpijumnong, S.; Du, M.-H.; Singh, D. J.

    2012-08-01

    Recently, the vibrational signatures related to oxygen defects in oxygen-doped CdSe were measured using ultrahigh resolution Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy by Chen et al.(2008) [1]. They observed two absorption bands centered at ∼1991.77 and 2001.3 cm-1, which they attributed to the LVMs of OCd, in the samples grown with the addition of CdO and excess Se. For the samples claimed to be grown with even more excess Se, three high-frequency modes (1094.11, 1107.45, and 1126.33) were observed and assigned to the LVMs of OSe-VCd complex. In this work, we explicitly calculated the vibrational signatures of OCd and OSe-VCd complex defects based on first principles approach. The calculated vibrational frequencies of OCd and OSe-VCd complex are inconsistent with the frequencies observed by Chen et al., indicating that their observed frequencies are from other defects. Potential defects that could explain the experimentally observed modes are suggested.

  6. First Principles Calculations for X-ray Resonant Spectra and Elastic Properties

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    Yongbin Lee

    2006-05-01

    In this thesis, we discuss applications of first principles methods to x-ray resonant spectra and elastic properties calculation. We start with brief reviews about theoretical background of first principles methods, such as density functional theory, local density approximation (LDA), LDA+U, and the linear augmented plane wave (LAPW) method to solve Kohn-Sham equations. After that we discuss x-ray resonant scattering (XRMS), x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and the branching problem in the heavy rare earths Ledges. In the last chapter we discuss the elastic properties of the second hardest material AlMgB{sub 14}.

  7. Semiconducting Graphene on Silicon from First-Principles Calculations.

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    Dang, Xuejie; Dong, Huilong; Wang, Lu; Zhao, Yanfei; Guo, Zhenyu; Hou, Tingjun; Li, Youyong; Lee, Shuit-Tong

    2015-08-25

    Graphene is a semimetal with zero band gap, which makes it impossible to turn electric conduction off below a certain limit. Transformation of graphene into a semiconductor has attracted wide attention. Owing to compatibility with Si technology, graphene adsorbed on a Si substrate is particularly attractive for future applications. However, to date there is little theoretical work on band gap engineering in graphene and its integration with Si technology. Employing first-principles calculations, we study the electronic properties of monolayer and bilayer graphene adsorbed on clean and hydrogen (H)-passivated Si (111)/Si (100) surfaces. Our calculation shows that the interaction between monolayer graphene and a H-passivated Si surface is weak, with the band gap remaining negligible. For bilayer graphene adsorbed onto a H-passivated Si surface, the band gap opens up to 108 meV owing to asymmetry introduction. In contrast, the interaction between graphene and a clean Si surface is strong, leading to formation of chemical bonds and a large band gap of 272 meV. Our results provide guidance for device designs based on integrating graphene with Si technology. PMID:26213346

  8. Predicted boron-carbide compounds: A first-principles study

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    Wang, De Yu; Yan, Qian; Wang, Bing; Wang, Yuan Xu Yang, Jueming; Yang, Gui

    2014-06-14

    By using developed particle swarm optimization algorithm on crystal structural prediction, we have explored the possible crystal structures of B-C system. Their structures, stability, elastic properties, electronic structure, and chemical bonding have been investigated by first-principles calculations with density functional theory. The results show that all the predicted structures are mechanically and dynamically stable. An analysis of calculated enthalpy with pressure indicates that increasing of boron content will increase the stability of boron carbides under low pressure. Moreover, the boron carbides with rich carbon content become more stable under high pressure. The negative formation energy of predicted B{sub 5}C indicates its high stability. The density of states of B{sub 5}C show that it is p-type semiconducting. The calculated theoretical Vickers hardnesses of B-C exceed 40 GPa except B{sub 4}C, BC, and BC{sub 4}, indicating they are potential superhard materials. An analysis of Debye temperature and electronic localization function provides further understanding chemical and physical properties of boron carbide.

  9. Shot noise in parallel atomic wires from first principles

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    Lagerqvist, Johan; Chen, Yu-Chang; di Ventra, Massimiliano

    2003-03-01

    We report first-principles calculations of shot noise in two parallel carbon atomic wires as a function of the wires separation and length. The calculations have been performed with a novel field-theoretic approach to calculate shot noise [1] in terms of the single-particle wavefunctions obtained with density-functional theory.[2] We find that current fluctuations are a non-linear function of the distance between the wires and can be suppressed at wires separations small compared to the independent-wire distance. We discuss these results in terms of the coherence effects between the wires and the interference effects at the contacts. Work supported in part by NSF, Carilion Biomedical Institute and ACS-Petroleum Research Fund. [1] Y.-C. Chen and M. Di Ventra, submitted. [2] N.D. Lang, Phys. Rev. B 52, 5335 (1995); M. Di Ventra and N.D. Lang, Phys. Rev. B 65, 045402 (2002); Z. Yang, A. Tackett and M. Di Ventra, Phys. Rev. B 66, 041405 (2002).

  10. First principles molecular dynamics without self-consistent field optimization

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    Souvatzis, Petros; Niklasson, Anders M. N.

    2014-01-28

    We present a first principles molecular dynamics approach that is based on time-reversible extended Lagrangian Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics [A. M. N. Niklasson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 123004 (2008)] in the limit of vanishing self-consistent field optimization. The optimization-free dynamics keeps the computational cost to a minimum and typically provides molecular trajectories that closely follow the exact Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surface. Only one single diagonalization and Hamiltonian (or Fockian) construction are required in each integration time step. The proposed dynamics is derived for a general free-energy potential surface valid at finite electronic temperatures within hybrid density functional theory. Even in the event of irregular functional behavior that may cause a dynamical instability, the optimization-free limit represents a natural starting guess for force calculations that may require a more elaborate iterative electronic ground state optimization. Our optimization-free dynamics thus represents a flexible theoretical framework for a broad and general class of ab initio molecular dynamics simulations.

  11. First principles Tafel kinetics of methanol oxidation on Pt(111)

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    Fang, Ya-Hui; Liu, Zhi-Pan

    2015-01-01

    Electrocatalytic methanol oxidation is of fundamental importance in electrochemistry and also a key reaction in direct methanol fuel cell. To resolve the kinetics at the atomic level, this work investigates the potential-dependent reaction kinetics of methanol oxidation on Pt(111) using the first principles periodic continuum solvation model based on modified-Poisson-Boltzmann equation (CM-MPB), focusing on the initial dehydrogenation elementary steps. A theoretical model to predict Tafel kinetics (current vs potential) is established by considering that the rate-determining step of methanol oxidation (to CO) is the first Csbnd H bond breaking (CH3OH(aq) ? CH2OH* + H*) according to the computed free energy profile. The first Csbnd H bond breaking reaction needs to overcome a large entropy loss during methanol approaching to the surface and replacing the adsorbed water molecules. While no apparent charge transfer is involved in this elementary step, the charge transfer coefficient of the reaction is calculated to be 0.36, an unconventional value for charge transfer reactions, and the Tafel slope is deduced to be 166 mV. The results show that the metal/adsorbate interaction and the solvation environment play important roles on influencing the Tafel kinetics. The knowledge learned from the potential-dependent kinetics of methanol oxidation can be applied in general for understanding the electrocatalytic reactions of organic molecules at the solid-liquid interface.

  12. First-principles investigation of terephthalic acid on Cu(110)

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    Atodiresei, N.; Caciuc, V.; Schroeder, K.; Blügel, S.

    2007-09-01

    We performed first-principles calculations within the density functional theory aimed to investigate the two-dimensional geometry of one monolayer of terephthalic acid (TPA) adsorbed on Cu(110) surface. The key issue of our study is to elucidate if the molecule-molecule interactions include a hydrogen bond, since such a bond would hinder the possibility to chemically functionalize this surface [see D. S. Martin , Phys. Rev. B 66, 155427 (2002)]. In this context, our ab initio simulations are focused on the role of the spatial position of the hydrogen atom of the carboxylic group (COOH) for the structural stability of the TPA-Cu(110) system. It was found that an adsorption geometry involving a hydrogen bond is energetically unfavorable. The energy barrier separating these configurations was calculated for several different pathways of rotating the HO bond of the carboxylate group (OCO). We also analyze the real-space topography of four different adsorption geometries by simulating scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images for several values of the applied bias voltage ( ±0.5 , ±1 , and ±2eV ). At small positive bias voltage (±0.5) , only two adsorption configurations can be imaged by STM. Besides this, theoretical STM images of these structures show specific feature for each case considered, and thus they can help to experimentally discriminate between the TPA-Cu(110) geometries considered in our study.

  13. Predicted boron-carbide compounds: a first-principles study.

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    Wang, De Yu; Yan, Qian; Wang, Bing; Wang, Yuan Xu; Yang, Jueming; Yang, Gui

    2014-06-14

    By using developed particle swarm optimization algorithm on crystal structural prediction, we have explored the possible crystal structures of B-C system. Their structures, stability, elastic properties, electronic structure, and chemical bonding have been investigated by first-principles calculations with density functional theory. The results show that all the predicted structures are mechanically and dynamically stable. An analysis of calculated enthalpy with pressure indicates that increasing of boron content will increase the stability of boron carbides under low pressure. Moreover, the boron carbides with rich carbon content become more stable under high pressure. The negative formation energy of predicted B5C indicates its high stability. The density of states of B5C show that it is p-type semiconducting. The calculated theoretical Vickers hardnesses of B-C exceed 40 GPa except B4C, BC, and BC4, indicating they are potential superhard materials. An analysis of Debye temperature and electronic localization function provides further understanding chemical and physical properties of boron carbide. PMID:24929411

  14. First principles characterization of silicate sites in clay surfaces.

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    Alvim, Raphael S; Miranda, Caetano R

    2015-02-21

    Aluminosilicate clays like Montmorillonite (MMT) and Muscovite Mica (MT) have siloxane cavities on the basal plane. The hydroxyl groups localized in these cavities and van der Waals (vdW) forces contribute significantly to adsorption processes. However, the basal sites are found to be difficult to characterize experimentally. Here, (001) surfaces of MMT and MT clays were investigated using first-principles calculations to understand how these silicate surface sites are influenced by hydroxyl groups and the effective role of inner layer vdW interactions. Based on density-functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), different types of exchange-correlation functionals were tested to check the effect of vdW dispersion correction. Noncontact atomic force microscopy (nc-AFM), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) in the near-edge region and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (SS-NMR) spectroscopy were simulated. In both clays, the oxygen surface sites are directly affected by the intralayer interaction through hydroxyl groups. Our results indicated that the chemical environment of the hydroxyl groups is distinct in the MMT and MT structures. The vdW correction was essential for a better description of the surface oxygen sites and correctly describes the similarity between both clays. Particularly, the bulk apical oxygen sites in the MT structure are less influenced by vdW interaction. Compared to MMT, the silicon surface sites of MT are more sensitive to the intralayer changes in Si-Oapical-Al and with less effect of the hydroxyl groups. These results provide a clear understanding of influence of the siloxane cavity on the oxygen and silicon surface sites in aluminosilicates. PMID:25592132

  15. Time-dependent first-principles approaches to PV materials

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    Miyamoto, Yoshiyuki

    2013-12-10

    Computational scheme for designing photovoltaic (PV) materials is presented. First-principles electron dynamics of photo-excitation and subsequent electron-hole splitting is performed based on the time-dependent density functional theory. Photo-induced enhancement of dipole moment was observed in a polar crystal and a donor-acceptor molecular pair. These experiences will pave a way to design PV material from first-principles simulations.

  16. NMR characterization of hydrocarbon adsorption on calcite surfaces: A first principles study

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    Bevilaqua, Rochele C. A.; Rigo, Vagner A.; Veríssimo-Alves, Marcos; Miranda, Caetano R.

    2014-11-01

    The electronic and coordination environment of minerals surfaces, as calcite, are very difficult to characterize experimentally. This is mainly due to the fact that there are relatively few spectroscopic techniques able to detect Ca2+. Since calcite is a major constituent of sedimentary rocks in oil reservoir, a more detailed characterization of the interaction between hydrocarbon molecules and mineral surfaces is highly desirable. Here we perform a first principles study on the adsorption of hydrocarbon molecules on calcite surface (CaCO3 ( {10bar 14} )). The simulations were based on Density Functional Theory with Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (SS-NMR) calculations. The Gauge-Including Projector Augmented Wave method was used to compute mainly SS-NMR parameters for 43Ca, 13C, and 17O in calcite surface. It was possible to assign the peaks in the theoretical NMR spectra for all structures studied. Besides showing different chemical shifts for atoms located on different environments (bulk and surface) for calcite, the results also display changes on the chemical shift, mainly for Ca sites, when the hydrocarbon molecules are present. Even though the interaction of the benzene molecule with the calcite surface is weak, there is a clearly distinguishable displacement of the signal of the Ca sites over which the hydrocarbon molecule is located. A similar effect is also observed for hexane adsorption. Through NMR spectroscopy, we show that aromatic and alkane hydrocarbon molecules adsorbed on carbonate surfaces can be differentiated.

  17. NMR characterization of hydrocarbon adsorption on calcite surfaces: A first principles study

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    Bevilaqua, Rochele C. A.; Miranda, Caetano R.; Rigo, Vagner A.; Veríssimo-Alves, Marcos

    2014-11-28

    The electronic and coordination environment of minerals surfaces, as calcite, are very difficult to characterize experimentally. This is mainly due to the fact that there are relatively few spectroscopic techniques able to detect Ca{sup 2+}. Since calcite is a major constituent of sedimentary rocks in oil reservoir, a more detailed characterization of the interaction between hydrocarbon molecules and mineral surfaces is highly desirable. Here we perform a first principles study on the adsorption of hydrocarbon molecules on calcite surface (CaCO{sub 3} (101{sup ¯}4)). The simulations were based on Density Functional Theory with Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (SS-NMR) calculations. The Gauge-Including Projector Augmented Wave method was used to compute mainly SS-NMR parameters for {sup 43}Ca, {sup 13}C, and {sup 17}O in calcite surface. It was possible to assign the peaks in the theoretical NMR spectra for all structures studied. Besides showing different chemical shifts for atoms located on different environments (bulk and surface) for calcite, the results also display changes on the chemical shift, mainly for Ca sites, when the hydrocarbon molecules are present. Even though the interaction of the benzene molecule with the calcite surface is weak, there is a clearly distinguishable displacement of the signal of the Ca sites over which the hydrocarbon molecule is located. A similar effect is also observed for hexane adsorption. Through NMR spectroscopy, we show that aromatic and alkane hydrocarbon molecules adsorbed on carbonate surfaces can be differentiated.

  18. NMR characterization of hydrocarbon adsorption on calcite surfaces: a first principles study.

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    Bevilaqua, Rochele C A; Rigo, Vagner A; Veríssimo-Alves, Marcos; Miranda, Caetano R

    2014-11-28

    The electronic and coordination environment of minerals surfaces, as calcite, are very difficult to characterize experimentally. This is mainly due to the fact that there are relatively few spectroscopic techniques able to detect Ca(2+). Since calcite is a major constituent of sedimentary rocks in oil reservoir, a more detailed characterization of the interaction between hydrocarbon molecules and mineral surfaces is highly desirable. Here we perform a first principles study on the adsorption of hydrocarbon molecules on calcite surface (CaCO3 (101¯4)). The simulations were based on Density Functional Theory with Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (SS-NMR) calculations. The Gauge-Including Projector Augmented Wave method was used to compute mainly SS-NMR parameters for (43)Ca, (13)C, and (17)O in calcite surface. It was possible to assign the peaks in the theoretical NMR spectra for all structures studied. Besides showing different chemical shifts for atoms located on different environments (bulk and surface) for calcite, the results also display changes on the chemical shift, mainly for Ca sites, when the hydrocarbon molecules are present. Even though the interaction of the benzene molecule with the calcite surface is weak, there is a clearly distinguishable displacement of the signal of the Ca sites over which the hydrocarbon molecule is located. A similar effect is also observed for hexane adsorption. Through NMR spectroscopy, we show that aromatic and alkane hydrocarbon molecules adsorbed on carbonate surfaces can be differentiated. PMID:25429955

  19. Theoretical Modeling of Various Spectroscopies for Cuprates and Topological Insulators

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    Basak, Susmita

    Spectroscopies resolved highly in momentum, energy and/or spatial dimensions are playing an important role in unraveling key properties of wide classes of novel materials. However, spectroscopies do not usually provide a direct map of the underlying electronic spectrum, but act as a complex 'filter' to produce a 'mapping' of the underlying energy levels, Fermi surfaces (FSs) and excitation spectra. The connection between the electronic spectrum and the measured spectra is described as a generalized 'matrix element effect'. The nature of the matrix element involved differs greatly between different spectroscopies. For example, in angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) an incoming photon knocks out an electron from the sample and the energy and momentum of the photoemitted electron is measured. This is quite different from what happens in K-edge resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS), where an X-ray photon is scattered after inducing electronic transitions near the Fermi energy through an indirect second order process, or in Compton scattering where the incident X-ray photon is scattered inelastically from an electron transferring energy and momentum to the scattering electron. For any given spectroscopy, the matrix element is, in general, a complex function of the phase space of the experiment, e.g. energy/polarization of the incoming photon and the energy/momentum/spin of the photoemitted electron in the case of ARPES. The matrix element can enhance or suppress signals from specific states, or merge signals of groups of states, making a good understanding of the matrix element effects important for not only a robust interpretation of the spectra, but also for ascertaining optimal regions of the experimental phase space for zooming in on states of the greatest interest. In this thesis I discuss a comprehensive scheme for modeling various highly resolved spectroscopies of the cuprates and topological insulators (TIs) where effects of matrix element, crystal structure, strong electron correlations (for cuprates) and spin-orbit coupling (for TIs) are included realistically in material-specific detail. Turning to the cuprates, in order to obtain a realistic description of various spectroscopies, one must include not only the effects of the matrix elements and the complexity of the crystal structure, but also of strong electronic correlations beyond the local density approximation (LDA)-based conventional picture, so that the physics of kinks, pseudogaps and superconductivity can be taken into account properly. In this connection, a self-consistent, intermediate coupling scheme informed by material-specific, first-principles band structures has been developed, where electron correlation effects beyond the LDA are incorporated via appropriate self-energy corrections to the electron and hole one-particle Green's functions. Here the antiferromagnetic (AFM) order is used as the simplest model of a competing order. A number of salient features of the resulting electronic spectrum and its energy, momentum and doping dependencies are in accord with experimental observations in electron as well as hole doped cuprates. This scheme thus provides a reasonable basis for undertaking a comprehensive, beyond-LDA level of modeling of various spectroscopies. The specific topics considered here are: (i) Origin of high-energy kink or the waterfall effect found in ARPES; (ii) Identification of the three energy scales observed in RIXS spectra as the pseudogap, charge transfer gap, and Mott gap; (iii) Evolution of the electron momentum densities with holedoping as seen in Compton scattering experiments. For three dimensional topological insulators, the ARPES and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) spectra has been analyzed using a tight-binding model as well as a k · p model. The spin-orbit coupling, which is essential to produce the characteristic features of the surface states of a TI, is included realistically in the above models. In our generalized k · p model Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling term extends up to fifth order to reproduce the correct spin-polarization of the surface electrons. These model calculations explain a number of important features associated with the energy and spins of the surface electrons of the first and second generations of TIs. The specific issues addressed in this article are: (i) Non-orthogonality between spin and momentum of the surface electrons; (ii) Electron dynamics at the TI-metal interface; (iii) Origin of the broken time-reversal symmetry observed in the Fourier transform scanning tunneling spectroscopy.

  20. Transport and first-principles study of novel thermoelectric materials

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    Chi, Hang

    Thermoelectric materials can recover waste industrial heat and convert it to electricity as well as provide efficient local cooling of electronic devices. The efficiency of such environmentally responsible and exceptionally reliable solid state energy conversion is determined by the dimensionless figure-of-merit ZT = alpha2 sigmaT/kappa, where alpha is the Seebeck coefficient, sigma is the electrical conductivity, kappa is the thermal conductivity, and T is the absolute temperature. The goal of the thesis is to (i) illustrate the physics to achieve high ZT of advanced thermoelectric materials and (ii) explore fundamental structure and transport properties in novel condensed matter systems, via an approach combining comprehensive experimental techniques and state-of-the-art first-principles simulation methods. Thermo-galvanomagnetic transport coefficients are derived from Onsager's reciprocal relations and evaluated via solving Boltzmann transport equation using Fermi-Dirac statistics, under the relaxation time approximation. Such understanding provides insights on enhancing ZT through two physically intuitive and very effective routes: (i) improving power factor PF = alpha2sigma; and (ii) reducing thermal conductivity kappa, as demonstrated in the cases of Mg2Si1-xSnx solid solution and Ge/Te double substituted skutterudites CoSb3(1-x)Ge1.5x Te1.5x, respectively. Motivated by recent theoretical predictions of enhanced thermoelectric performance in highly mismatched alloys, ZnTe:N molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) films deposited on GaAs (100) substrates are carefully examined, which leads to a surprising discovery of significant phonon-drag thermopower (reaching 1-2 mV/K-1) at ~13 K. Further systematic study in Bi2Te3 MBE thin films grown on sapphire (0001) and/or BaF2 (111) substrates, reveal that the peak of phonon drag can be tuned by the choice of substrates with different Debye temperatures. Moreover, the detailed transport and structure studies of Bi2-xTl xTe3 single crystals demonstrate that thallium doping leads to a bulk insulating state for such a topological insulator, which opens an avenue for further investigations of transport phenomena related to surface states. Finally, using the combined theoretical and experimental approaches, a new layered transition metal dichalcogenide type of ground state of Cu 2Se is proposed, which exhibits extraordinary weak anti-localization type of magnetoresistance at liquid helium temperatures.

  1. Materials Databases Infrastructure Constructed by First Principles Calculations: A Review

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    Lin, Lianshan

    2015-10-13

    The First Principles calculations, especially the calculation based on High-Throughput Density Functional Theory, have been widely accepted as the major tools in atom scale materials design. The emerging super computers, along with the powerful First Principles calculations, have accumulated hundreds of thousands of crystal and compound records. The exponential growing of computational materials information urges the development of the materials databases, which not only provide unlimited storage for the daily increasing data, but still keep the efficiency in data storage, management, query, presentation and manipulation. This review covers the most cutting edge materials databases in materials design, and their hot applications such as in fuel cells. By comparing the advantages and drawbacks of these high-throughput First Principles materials databases, the optimized computational framework can be identified to fit the needs of fuel cell applications. The further development of high-throughput DFT materials database, which in essence accelerates the materials innovation, is discussed in the summary as well.

  2. Static dielectric permittivity of ice from first principles.

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    Bonnet, Nicéphore; Marzari, Nicola

    2014-12-12

    The static permittivity of ice is computed from first principles as a function of the electric field, together with the generalized Kirkwood factor. The molecular dipole in ice is unambiguously obtained by an original method combining a slab approach and Berry phase calculations, and the fluctuations of the polarization are sampled by Monte Carlo runs using first-principles model Hamiltonians for different proton configurations. Common approximations in the exchange-correlation functionals overestimate the dielectric permittivity and enhance ferroelectric configurations and the Kirkwood factor, whereas dielectric saturation effects compare well with experiment. PMID:25541777

  3. Interface enhancement of Gilbert damping from first principles.

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    Liu, Yi; Yuan, Zhe; Wesselink, R J H; Starikov, Anton A; Kelly, Paul J

    2014-11-14

    The enhancement of Gilbert damping observed for Ni_{80}Fe_{20} (Py) films in contact with the nonmagnetic metals Cu, Pd, Ta, and Pt is quantitatively reproduced using first-principles scattering calculations. The "spin-pumping" theory that qualitatively explains its dependence on the Py thickness is generalized to include a number of extra factors known to be important for spin transport through interfaces. Determining the parameters in this theory from first principles shows that interface spin flipping makes an essential contribution to the damping enhancement. Without it, a much shorter spin-flip diffusion length for Pt would be needed than the value we calculate independently. PMID:25432053

  4. Vibrational modes in C[sub 70]: A first-principles study

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    Wang, X.Q. ); Wang, C.Z.; Ho, K.M. )

    1995-04-01

    The vibrational spectrum of the C[sub 70] molecule is calculated using first-principles density-functional theory. Our approach is based on a combination of the all-electron local-density-functional method and group-theoretical analysis. The calculated vibrational frequencies of the C[sub 70] molecule are found to be in good agreement with the experimental data available from Raman, infrared, and neutron inelastic-scattering measurements, and provide useful assignment for dormant modes.

  5. Force field development from first principles for materials design

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    Chan, Maria; Kinaci, Alper; Narayanan, Badri; Sen, Fatih; Gray, Stephen; Davis, Michael; Sankaranaryanan, Subramanian

    2015-03-01

    The ability to perform accurate calculations efficiently is crucial for computational materials design. In this talk, we will discuss a stream-lined approach to force field development using first principles density functional theory training data and machine learning algorithms. We will also discuss the validation of this approach on precious metal nanoparticles.

  6. First-Principles Momentum-Dependent Local Ansatz Wavefunction and Momentum Distribution Function Bands of Iron

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    Kakehashi, Yoshiro; Chandra, Sumal

    2016-04-01

    We have developed a first-principles local ansatz wavefunction approach with momentum-dependent variational parameters on the basis of the tight-binding LDA+U Hamiltonian. The theory goes beyond the first-principles Gutzwiller approach and quantitatively describes correlated electron systems. Using the theory, we find that the momentum distribution function (MDF) bands of paramagnetic bcc Fe along high-symmetry lines show a large deviation from the Fermi-Dirac function for the d electrons with eg symmetry and yield the momentum-dependent mass enhancement factors. The calculated average mass enhancement m*/m = 1.65 is consistent with low-temperature specific heat data as well as recent angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) data.

  7. First-Principles Atomic Force Microscopy Image Simulations with Density Embedding Theory.

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    Sakai, Yuki; Lee, Alex J; Chelikowsky, James R

    2016-05-11

    We present an efficient first-principles method for simulating noncontact atomic force microscopy (nc-AFM) images using a "frozen density" embedding theory. Frozen density embedding theory enables one to efficiently compute the tip-sample interaction by considering a sample as a frozen external field. This method reduces the extensive computational load of first-principles AFM simulations by avoiding consideration of the entire tip-sample system and focusing on the tip alone. We demonstrate that our simulation with frozen density embedding theory accurately reproduces full density functional theory simulations of freestanding hydrocarbon molecules while the computational time is significantly reduced. Our method also captures the electronic effect of a Cu(111) substrate on the AFM image of pentacene and reproduces the experimental AFM image of Cu2N on a Cu(100) surface. This approach is applicable for theoretical imaging applications on large molecules, two-dimensional materials, and materials surfaces. PMID:27050710

  8. New Optical Evaluation Approach for Parabolic Trough Collectors: First-Principle OPTical Intercept Calculation

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    Zhu, G.; Lewandowski, A.

    2012-11-01

    A new analytical method -- First-principle OPTical Intercept Calculation (FirstOPTIC) -- is presented here for optical evaluation of trough collectors. It employs first-principle optical treatment of collector optical error sources and derives analytical mathematical formulae to calculate the intercept factor of a trough collector. A suite of MATLAB code is developed for FirstOPTIC and validated against theoretical/numerical solutions and ray-tracing results. It is shown that FirstOPTIC can provide fast and accurate calculation of intercept factors of trough collectors. The method makes it possible to carry out fast evaluation of trough collectors for design purposes. The FirstOPTIC techniques and analysis may be naturally extended to other types of CSP technologies such as linear-Fresnel collectors and central-receiver towers.

  9. Diagnosis: Reasoning from first principles and experiential knowledge

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    Williams, Linda J. F.; Lawler, Dennis G.

    1987-01-01

    Completeness, efficiency and autonomy are requirements for suture diagnostic reasoning systems. Methods for automating diagnostic reasoning systems include diagnosis from first principles (i.e., reasoning from a thorough description of structure and behavior) and diagnosis from experiential knowledge (i.e., reasoning from a set of examples obtained from experts). However, implementation of either as a single reasoning method fails to meet these requirements. The approach of combining reasoning from first principles and reasoning from experiential knowledge does address the requirements discussed above and can possibly ease some of the difficulties associated with knowledge acquisition by allowing developers to systematically enumerate a portion of the knowledge necessary to build the diagnosis program. The ability to enumerate knowledge systematically facilitates defining the program's scope, completeness, and competence and assists in bounding, controlling, and guiding the knowledge acquisition process.

  10. First-Principles Molecular Dynamics at a Constant Electrode Potential

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    Bonnet, Nicéphore; Morishita, Tetsuya; Sugino, Osamu; Otani, Minoru

    2012-12-01

    A simulation scheme for performing first-principles molecular dynamics at a constant electrode potential is presented, opening the way for a more realistic modeling of voltage-driven devices. The system is allowed to exchange electrons with a reservoir at fixed potential, and dynamical equations for the total electronic charge are derived by using the potential energy of the extended system. In combination with a thermostat, this potentiostat scheme reproduces thermal fluctuations of the charge with the correct statistics, implying a realistic treatment of the potential as a control variable. Practically, the dynamics of the charge are decoupled from the electronic structure calculations, making the scheme easily implementable in existing first-principles molecular dynamics codes. Our approach is demonstrated on a test system by considering various test cases.

  11. First-principles molecular dynamics at a constant electrode potential.

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    Bonnet, Nicéphore; Morishita, Tetsuya; Sugino, Osamu; Otani, Minoru

    2012-12-28

    A simulation scheme for performing first-principles molecular dynamics at a constant electrode potential is presented, opening the way for a more realistic modeling of voltage-driven devices. The system is allowed to exchange electrons with a reservoir at fixed potential, and dynamical equations for the total electronic charge are derived by using the potential energy of the extended system. In combination with a thermostat, this potentiostat scheme reproduces thermal fluctuations of the charge with the correct statistics, implying a realistic treatment of the potential as a control variable. Practically, the dynamics of the charge are decoupled from the electronic structure calculations, making the scheme easily implementable in existing first-principles molecular dynamics codes. Our approach is demonstrated on a test system by considering various test cases. PMID:23368585

  12. Materials Databases Infrastructure Constructed by First Principles Calculations: A Review

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    Lin, Lianshan

    2015-10-13

    The First Principles calculations, especially the calculation based on High-Throughput Density Functional Theory, have been widely accepted as the major tools in atom scale materials design. The emerging super computers, along with the powerful First Principles calculations, have accumulated hundreds of thousands of crystal and compound records. The exponential growing of computational materials information urges the development of the materials databases, which not only provide unlimited storage for the daily increasing data, but still keep the efficiency in data storage, management, query, presentation and manipulation. This review covers the most cutting edge materials databases in materials design, and their hotmore » applications such as in fuel cells. By comparing the advantages and drawbacks of these high-throughput First Principles materials databases, the optimized computational framework can be identified to fit the needs of fuel cell applications. The further development of high-throughput DFT materials database, which in essence accelerates the materials innovation, is discussed in the summary as well.« less

  13. Hot Electron Dynamics at Semiconductor-Molecule Interfaces: Insights from First-Principles Dynamics Simulation

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    Kanai, Yosuke

    Quantum dynamics of excited electrons is fundamental to functionalities of semiconductor-molecule interfaces that are an integral part of various solar energy conversion and opto-electronic technologies. Thus, developing a predictive and quantitative understanding of the electron dynamics at the atomistic level for such complex interfaces is of great interest. In this talk, I will discuss our recent effort on addressing several challenges in understanding how atomistic features such as surface defects influence these electron dynamical processes. We tackle this problem theoretically by employing a first-principles simulation approach that synergistically combine fewest switches surface hopping, many-body perturbation theory, and first-principles molecular dynamics. New findings from the first-principles simulation will be discussed in the context of a larger effort within Solar Fuels EFRC at UNC Chapel Hill. I will also discuss how the results from atomistic theories pose a conceptual challenge when characterizing these interfacial electron processes for these complex interfaces using a simple kinetic model.

  14. First-Principles Framework to Compute Sum-Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectra of Semiconductors and Insulators

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    Wan, Quan; Galli, Giulia

    2015-12-01

    We present a first-principles framework to compute sum-frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectra of semiconductors and insulators. The method is based on density functional theory and the use of maximally localized Wannier functions to compute the response to electric fields, and it includes the effect of electric field gradients at surfaces. In addition, it includes quadrupole contributions to SFG spectra, thus enabling the verification of the dipole approximation, whose validity determines the surface specificity of SFG spectroscopy. We compute the SFG spectra of ice Ih basal surfaces and identify which spectra components are affected by bulk contributions. Our results are in good agreement with experiments at low temperature.

  15. First principles Modeling of Magnetoresistance in Magnetic Memory devices

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    Stokbro, Kurt; Stilling, Morten; Flensberg, Karsten

    2007-03-01

    We have performed first principles calculations of the zero- bias conductance and TMR for crystalline Fe-MgO-Fe MTJs, and studied the effects of different oxide layers in the Fe/MgO interface, and the effects of structural ``disorder'' in the device. We find that such ``defects'' in the atomic structure have strong effects on the conductance. We use the result of the calculations to rationalize recent experimental findings. The simulations have been done with the software package Atomistix ToolKit (ATK), which is based on density functional theory (DFT) and non-equilibrium Green's functions (NEGFs).

  16. Large impurity effects in rubrene crystals: First-principles calculations

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    Tsetseris, L.; Pantelides, Sokrates T.

    2008-01-01

    Carrier mobilities of rubrene films are among the highest values reported for any organic semiconductor. Here, we probe with first-principles calculations the sensitivity of rubrene crystals on impurities. We find that isolated oxygen impurities create distinct peaks in the electronic density of states consistent with observations of defect levels in rubrene and that increased O content changes the position and shape of rubrene energy bands significantly. We also establish a dual role of hydrogen as individual H species and H impurity pairs create and annihilate deep carrier traps, respectively. The results are relevant to the performance and reliability of rubrene-based devices.

  17. First principles calculations of doped MnBi compounds

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    Ababtin, Sultana Abdullah

    We investigate the effect of the substitution of Ni, Ti and Co in MnBi using first principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). We also performed total energy calculations to compare different structures to determine the ground state structures and investigate their magnetic properties. Our calculation shows that the substitution of Ni, Co and Ti lowers the total magnetization of MnBi. We also found that the stable structure of Ni and Ti substitute is to replace Mn atoms in their regular site while the substitute Co is most stable when Co occupies the interstitial site of MnBi unit cell.

  18. First-principles theory of multipolar order in neptunium dioxide

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    Suzuki, M.-T.; Magnani, N.; Oppeneer, P. M.

    2010-12-01

    We provide a first-principles, materials-specific theory of multipolar order and superexchange in NpO2 by means of a noncollinear local-density approximation +U (LDA+U) method. Our calculations offer a precise microscopic description of the triple- q antiferro ordered phase in the absence of any dipolar moment. We find that, while the most common nondipolar degrees of freedom (e.g., electric quadrupoles and magnetic octupoles) are active in the ordered phase, both the usually neglected higher-order multipoles (electric hexadecapoles and magnetic triakontadipoles) have at least an equally significant effect.

  19. First-Principles Study of Impurities in TlBr

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    Du, Mao-Hua

    2012-01-01

    TlBr is a promising semiconductor material for room-temperature radiation detection. Material purification has been the driver for the recent improvement in the TlBr detector performance, mainly reflected by the significant increase in the carrier mobility-lifetime product. This suggests that impurities have significant impact on the carrier transport in TlBr. In this paper, first-principles calculations are used to study the properties of a number of commonly observed impurities in TlBr. The impurity-induced gap states are presented and their effects on the carrier trapping are discussed.

  20. First principles pseudopotential calculations on aluminum and aluminum alloys

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    Davenport, J.W.; Chetty, N.; Marr, R.B.; Narasimhan, S.; Pasciak, J.E.; Peierls, R.F.; Weinert, M.

    1993-12-31

    Recent advances in computational techniques have led to the possibility of performing first principles calculations of the energetics of alloy formation on systems involving several hundred atoms. This includes impurity concentrations in the 1% range as well as realistic models of disordered materials (including liquids), vacancies, and grain boundaries. The new techniques involve the use of soft, fully nonlocal pseudopotentials, iterative diagonalization, and parallel computing algorithms. This approach has been pioneered by Car and Parrinello. Here the authors give a review of recent results using parallel and serial algorithms on metallic systems including liquid aluminum and liquid sodium, and also new results on vacancies in aluminum and on aluminum-magnesium alloys.

  1. First-principles investigation of Nitrosyl formation in zirconia

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    Yu, Z.G.; Zhang, J.; Singh, David J; Wu, Ping

    2012-01-01

    We report first-principles calculations aimed at understanding the properties of nitrogen in ZrO{sub 2}. We find that interstitial N occurs covalently bonded to O in the form of NO units, in contrast to previous expectations of a N substitutional for O. This reveals a different chemistry for N in ZrO{sub 2} and perhaps other highly stable oxide species. This leads to a natural oxygen vacancy formation mechanism in ZrO{sub 2} in the presence of nitrogen.

  2. Derivation of instanton rate theory from first principles.

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    Richardson, Jeremy O

    2016-03-21

    Instanton rate theory is used to study tunneling events in a wide range of systems including low-temperature chemical reactions. Despite many successful applications, the method has never been obtained from first principles, relying instead on the "Im F" premise. In this paper, the same expression for the rate of barrier penetration at finite temperature is rederived from quantum scattering theory [W. H. Miller, S. D. Schwartz, and J. W. Tromp, J. Chem. Phys. 79, 4889 (1983)] using a semiclassical Green's function formalism. This justifies the instanton approach and provides a route to deriving the rate of other processes. PMID:27004861

  3. Derivation of instanton rate theory from first principles

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    Richardson, Jeremy O.

    2016-03-01

    Instanton rate theory is used to study tunneling events in a wide range of systems including low-temperature chemical reactions. Despite many successful applications, the method has never been obtained from first principles, relying instead on the "Im F" premise. In this paper, the same expression for the rate of barrier penetration at finite temperature is rederived from quantum scattering theory [W. H. Miller, S. D. Schwartz, and J. W. Tromp, J. Chem. Phys. 79, 4889 (1983)] using a semiclassical Green's function formalism. This justifies the instanton approach and provides a route to deriving the rate of other processes.

  4. Diffusion in thorium carbide: A first-principles study

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    Pérez Daroca, D.; Llois, A. M.; Mosca, H. O.

    2015-12-01

    The prediction of the behavior of Th compounds under irradiation is an important issue for the upcoming Generation-IV nuclear reactors. The study of self-diffusion and hetero-diffusion is a central key to fulfill this goal. As a first approach, we obtained, by means of first-principles methods, migration and activation energies of Th and C atoms self-diffusion and diffusion of He atoms in ThC. We also calculate diffusion coefficients as a function of temperature.

  5. Comparative study of Ti and Ni clusters from first principles

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    Lee, B; Lee, G W

    2007-08-20

    Icosahedral clusters in Ti and Ni are studied with first-principles density functional calculations. We find significant distortion on the Ti icosahedron caused by the strong interaction between surface atoms on the icosahedron but not between the center atom and surface atoms, whereas no such distortion is observed on Ni clusters. In addition, distortion becomes more severe when atoms are added to the Ti13 cluster resulting in short bonds. Such distorted icosahedra having short bonds are essentially to explain the structure factor of Ti liquid obtained in experiment.

  6. Ethanol adsorption on the Si (111) surface: First principles study

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    Gavrilenko, Alexander V.; Bonner, Carl E.; Gavrilenko, Vladimir I.

    2012-03-01

    Equilibrium atomic configurations and electron energy structure of ethanol adsorbed on the Si (111) surface are studied by the first principles density functional theory. Geometry optimization is performed by the total energy minimization method. Equilibrium atomic geometries of ethanol, both undissociated and dissociated, on the Si (111) surface are found and analysed. Reaction pathways and predicted transition states are discussed in comparison with available experimental data in terms of the feasibility of the reactions occurring. Analysis of atom and orbital resolved projected density of states indicates substantial modifications of the Si surface valence and conduction electron bands due to the adsorption of ethanol affecting the electronic properties of the surface.

  7. First-Principles Studies of Li Nucleation on Graphene.

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    Liu, Mingjie; Kutana, Alex; Liu, Yuanyue; Yakobson, Boris I

    2014-04-01

    We study the Li clustering process on graphene and obtain the geometry, nucleation barrier, and electronic structure of the clusters using first-principles calculations. We estimate the concentration-dependent nucleation barrier for Li on graphene. While the nucleation occurs more readily with increasing Li concentration, possibly leading to the dendrite formation and failure of the Li-ion battery, the existence of the barrier delays nucleation and may allow Li storage on graphene. Our electronic structure and charge transfer analyses reveal how the fully ionized Li adatoms transform to metallic Li during the cluster growth on graphene. PMID:26274475

  8. Rare-earth pnictides and chalcogenides from first-principles.

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    Petit, L; Szotek, Z; Lüders, M; Svane, A

    2016-06-01

    This review tries to establish what is the current understanding of the rare-earth monopnictides and monochalcogenides from first principles. The rock salt structure is assumed for all the compounds in the calculations and wherever possible the electronic structure/properties of these compounds, as obtained from different ab initio methods, are compared and their relation to the experimental evidence is discussed. The established findings are summarised in a set of conclusions and provide outlook for future study and possible design of new materials. PMID:27165563

  9. First-principles study of thermoelectric properties of CuI

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    Yadav, Manoj K.; Sanyal, Biplab

    2014-03-01

    Theoretical investigations of the thermoelectric properties of CuI have been carried out employing first-principles calculations followed by the calculations of transport coefficients based on Boltzmann transport theory. Among the three different phases of CuI, viz. zinc-blende, wurtzite and rock salt, the thermoelectric power factor is found to be the maximum for the rock salt phase. We have analysed the variations of Seebeck coefficients and thermoelectric power factors on the basis of calculated electronic structures near the valence band maxima of these phases.

  10. First Principle Micromechanical and Continuum Modeling of Concentrated, Multiphase Dispersed Systems. Final report

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    Ingber, M. S.; Mondy, L. A.; Graham, A.; Brenner, H.

    2001-03-31

    The objective of this research is to combine recent advances in high performance computing (HPC), theoretical mechanics, and parallel nonlinear algorithms to make fundamental advances in the ability to predict transport phenomena in concentrated, multiphase, dispersed systems from first principles. The. ability to accurately model multiphase flow is central to the development of many energy-related technologies such as transport of muds, cements, proppants, and produced solids in petroleum production; transport of coal slurry feedstocks and design of fluidized bed reactors in synfuel production; and the manufacture of semiconductors, turbine blades, and advanced composite materials for energy conservation.

  11. Optical properties of Yb-doped LaB6 from first-principles calculation

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    Chao, Luomeng; Bao, Lihong; Wei, Wei; Tegus, O.

    2016-03-01

    The optical properties of Yb-doped LaB6 have been investigated by first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory. The results show that the Yb 4f states at near Fermi surface affect their optical properties and the Yb-doping leads to a reduction of the plasmon energy of LaB6, i.e. a redshift of the position of transmission peak in the visible-near infrared region. This study offers a theoretical prediction for the design and application of Yb-doped LaB6 as an optoelectronic material.

  12. First-Principles Molecular Structure Search with a Genetic Algorithm.

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    Supady, Adriana; Blum, Volker; Baldauf, Carsten

    2015-11-23

    The identification of low-energy conformers for a given molecule is a fundamental problem in computational chemistry and cheminformatics. We assess here a conformer search that employs a genetic algorithm for sampling the low-energy segment of the conformation space of molecules. The algorithm is designed to work with first-principles methods, facilitated by the incorporation of local optimization and blacklisting conformers to prevent repeated evaluations of very similar solutions. The aim of the search is not only to find the global minimum but to predict all conformers within an energy window above the global minimum. The performance of the search strategy is (i) evaluated for a reference data set extracted from a database with amino acid dipeptide conformers obtained by an extensive combined force field and first-principles search and (ii) compared to the performance of a systematic search and a random conformer generator for the example of a drug-like ligand with 43 atoms, 8 rotatable bonds, and 1 cis/trans bond. PMID:26484612

  13. Static Dielectric Properties of Carbon Nanotubes from First Principles

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    Kozinsky, Boris; Marzari, Nicola N.

    2006-04-24

    The research described in this product was performed in part in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. We characterize the response of isolated single-wall (SWNT) and multiwall (MWNT) carbon nanotubes and nanotube bundles to static electric fields using first-principles calculations and densityfunctional theory. The longitudinal polarizability of SWNTs scales as the inverse square of the band gap, while in MWNTs and bundles it is given by the sum of the polarizabilities of the constituent tubes. The transverse polarizability of SWNTs is insensitive to band gaps and chiralities and is proportional to the square of the effective radius; in MWNTs, the outer layers dominate the response. The transverse response is intermediate between metallic and insulating, and a simple electrostatic model based on a scale-invariance relation captures accurately the first-principles results. The dielectric response of nonchiral SWNTs in both directions remains linear up to very high values of applied field.

  14. First-principles studies of low tolerance factor perovskites

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    Kang, Sung Gu; Fennie, Craig J.

    2014-03-01

    Most perovskites form in the non-polar Pnma structure, however, materials found in the polar subgroup of this structure, e.g., space group Pna21, are rare. Here we study from first principles the structural and vibrational properties of twelve materials that span a wide range of tolerance factors (MgSnO3, ZnSnO3, MgTiO3, ZnTiO3, MgGeO3, ZnGeO3, CdSnO3, CaSnO3, CdTiO3, CaTiO3, CdGeO3, and CaGeO3) . We illustrate how low tolerance factor materials that have been artificially constrained to the Pnma structure do in fact display ferroelectric instabilities. Insight is gained by further studying the energetics for each material in the ilmenite, lithium niobate, and perovskite structures over a wide pressure range. Our first-principles results are shown to correlate with physical descriptors, such as tolerance factor, ionic radii, and electronegativity. The rationalized rules from our data analysis will guide to design the new ferroelectric/functional materials.

  15. First principles study of aromatic molecules on Copper substrates

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    Ferretti, Andrea; Calzolari, Arrigo; di Felice, Rosa; Ruini, Alice; Molinari, Elisa

    2009-03-01

    Conjugated molecules and oligomers have attracted large attention in the last years due to their interesting electronic and transport properties. The interaction of these molecules with metallic surfaces is attractive both for the properties of the metal-organic interface and for the possibility of tuning the crystal structure of the films using the surface as a template. In the present work we focus on an ab initio investigation based on density functional theory of pentacene adsorbed on Copper surface. We also compare with the case of the DPDI molecule adsorbed on the same substrate. We address structural and electronic properties, and we relate our results to experimental data, STM, XSW, and angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy in particular. Our theoretical findings show a flat adsorption geometry for both pentacene and DPDI molecules. For what concerns the electronic structure, a strong rehybridization of the molecular electron states is found in the range of the occupied π states. These results lead to an interpretation of the adsorption mechanism of pentacene in terms of a coupling intermediate between the physi- and the chemi-sorption regimes.

  16. First-Principles Informed Thermodynamics of CRUD Deposition

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    O'Brien, Christopher John

    The recent emphasis in the United States on developing abundant domestic sources of energy, together with an increasing awareness of the environmental hazards of fossil fuels, has led to a fresh look at the challenges of nuclear energy within the science and engineering community. One of these challenges is controlling the precipitation of porous oxide deposits onto the nuclear fuel rod cladding from the primary coolant during operation of pressurized light-water reactors (PWRs). These deposits, called CRUD (an acronym for Chalk River Unidentified Deposits), are a major concern to reactor operation because they reduce fuel lifetime and efficiency by reducing heat transfer to the coolant, promote corrosion, and depress neutron flux. This dissertation provides fundamental insights into the process by which CRUD is formed in PWRs by providing a framework linking the results of first-principles calculations to experimental data. The technique developed to facilitate the investigation is referred to as Density Functional Theory (DFT) referenced semi-empirical thermodynamics; It links 0K first-principles calculations with high temperature thermodynamics by redefining the reference chemical potentials of the constituent elements. The technique permits aqueous chemistry to be incorporated into thermodynamic calculations and allows for the prediction of temperature and pressure dependent free energies of materials that are experimentally inaccessible or have not yet been measured. The ability to extend accurate first-principles calculations to high temperatures and aqueous environments allows the stability of crystal surfaces, calculated with DFT techniques, to be predicted at conditions representative of an operating PWR. Accurate values of surface energies are used in fulfilling the principal goal of this dissertation, which is to investigate the aqueous thermodynamics of formation of nickel oxide (NiO) and nickel ferrite (NiFe 2O4) crystallites as representative CRUD components. Specifically, this dissertation investigates the thermodynamics of the homogeneous nucleation of crystallites and proposes a mechanism for their agglomeration. This work also contributes to a more complete understanding of CRUD by generating improved thermodynamic data to enable modeling of the incorporation of boron into CRUD through the formation of Bonaccordite (Ni2FeBO5) which has formed in PWRs operating at high-power conditions.

  17. First-principles study of interface doping in ferroelectric junctions

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    Wang, Pin-Zhi; Cai, Tian-Yi; Ju, Sheng; Wu, Yin-Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Effect of atomic monolayer insertion on the performance of ferroelectric tunneling junction is investigated in SrRuO3/BaTiO3/SrRuO3 heterostrucutures. Based on first-principles calculations, the atomic displacement, orbital occupancy, and ferroelectric polarization are studied. It is found that the ferroelectricity is enhanced when a (AlO2)− monolayer is inserted between the electrode SRO and the barrier BTO, where the relatively high mobility of doped holes effectively screen ferroelectric polarization. On the other hand, for the case of (LaO)+ inserted layer, the doped electrons resides at the both sides of middle ferroelectric barrier, making the ferroelectricity unfavorable. Our findings provide an alternative avenue to improve the performance of ferroelectric tunneling junctions. PMID:27063704

  18. First principles modeling of panchromatic dyes for solar cells applications.

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    di Felice, Rosa; Calzolari, Arrigo; Dong, Rui; Buongiorno Nardelli, Marco

    2013-03-01

    The state-of-the-art dye in Grätzel solar cells, N719, exhibits a total solar-to-electric conversion efficiency of 11.2%. However, it severely lacks absorption in the red and the near infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, which represent more than 70% of the solar radiation spectrum. Using calculations from first principles in the time-dependent domain, we have studied the electronic and optical response of a novel class of panchromatic sensitizers that can harvest solar energy efficiently across the visible and near infrared regions, which have been recently synthesized [A. El-Shafei, M. Hussain, A. Atiq, A. Islam, and L. Han, J. Mater. Chem. 22, 24048 (2012)]. Our calculations show that, by tuning the properties of antenna groups, one can achieve a substantial improvement of the optical properties.

  19. Auger recombination in sodium-iodide scintillators from first principles

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    McAllister, Andrew; Åberg, Daniel; Schleife, André; Kioupakis, Emmanouil

    2015-04-06

    Scintillator radiation detectors suffer from low energy resolution that has been attributed to non-linear light yield response to the energy of the incident gamma rays. Auger recombination is a key non-radiative recombination channel that scales with the third power of the excitation density and may play a role in the non-proportionality problem of scintillators. In this work, we study direct and phonon-assisted Auger recombination in NaI using first-principles calculations. Our results show that phonon-assisted Auger recombination, mediated primarily by short-range phonon scattering, dominates at room temperature. We discuss our findings in light of the much larger values obtained by numerical fits to z-scan experiments.

  20. First principles pseudopotential calculations on aluminum and aluminum alloys

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    Davenport, J.W.; Chetty, N.; Marr, R.B.; Narasimhan, S.; Pasciak, J.E.; Peierls, R.F.; Weinert, M.; Rahman, T.S.

    1994-12-31

    Recent advances in computational techniques have led to the possibility of performing first principles calculations of the energetics of alloy formation on systems involving several hundred atoms. This includes impurity concentrations in the 1% range as well as realistic models of disordered materials (including liquids), vacancies, and grain boundaries. The new techniques involve the use of soft, fully nonlocal pseudopotentials, iterative diagonalization, and parallel computing algorithms. This approach has been pioneered by Car and Parrinello. Here the authors give a review of recent results using parallel and serial algorithms by their group on metallic systems including liquid aluminum and liquid sodium, and also new results on vacancies in aluminum and on aluminum-magnesium alloys.

  1. First-principles calculation of mobility in silicon

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    Wu, Yuning; Zhang, X.-G.; Pantelides, Sokrates T.

    2014-03-01

    We introduce a new first-principles method to calculate Coulomb-scattering-limited electron mobility in silicon. The lifetime of a Bloch state due to scattering can be interpreted as arising from an additional imaginary part of electron self-energy. By introducing an artificial imaginary potential, the electron self-energy can be extracted from the complex band structure of a periodic system while eliminating the interference effect due to multiple scattering between impurities. This allows an implementation using density functional theory within the Quantum-Espresso package. The calculated electron mobility agrees with the experimental data. A portion of the research is conducted at the CNMS sponsored at ORNL by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy.

  2. First-principles simulations of electrostatic interactions between dust grains

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    Itou, H. Amano, T.; Hoshino, M.

    2014-12-15

    We investigated the electrostatic interaction between two identical dust grains of an infinite mass immersed in homogeneous plasma by employing first-principles N-body simulations combined with the Ewald method. We specifically tested the possibility of an attractive force due to overlapping Debye spheres (ODSs), as was suggested by Resendes et al. [Phys. Lett. A 239, 181–186 (1998)]. Our simulation results demonstrate that the electrostatic interaction is repulsive and even stronger than the standard Yukawa potential. We showed that the measured electric field acting on the grain is highly consistent with a model electrostatic potential around a single isolated grain that takes into account a correction due to the orbital motion limited theory. Our result is qualitatively consistent with the counterargument suggested by Markes and Williams [Phys. Lett. A 278, 152–158 (2000)], indicating the absence of the ODS attractive force.

  3. Carbon-rich icosahedral boron carbide designed from first principles

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    Jay, Antoine; Vast, Nathalie; Sjakste, Jelena; Duparc, Olivier Hardouin

    2014-07-21

    The carbon-rich boron-carbide (B{sub 11}C)C-C has been designed from first principles within the density functional theory. With respect to the most common boron carbide at 20% carbon concentration B{sub 4}C, the structural modification consists in removing boron atoms from the chains linking (B{sub 11}C) icosahedra. With C-C instead of C-B-C chains, the formation of vacancies is shown to be hindered, leading to enhanced mechanical strength with respect to B{sub 4}C. The phonon frequencies and elastic constants turn out to prove the stability of the carbon-rich phase, and important fingerprints for its characterization have been identified.

  4. NMR shifts for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from first-principles

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    Thonhauser, Timo; Ceresoli, Davide; Marzari, Nicola N.

    2009-09-03

    We present first-principles, density-functional theory calculations of the NMR chemical shifts for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, starting with benzene and increasing sizes up to the one- and two-dimensional infinite limits of graphene ribbons and sheets. Our calculations are performed using a combination of the recently developed theory of orbital magnetization in solids, and a novel approach to NMR calculations where chemical shifts are obtained from the derivative of the orbital magnetization with respect to a microscopic, localized magnetic dipole. Using these methods we study on equal footing the 1H and 13C shifts in benzene, pyrene, coronene, in naphthalene, anthracene, naphthacene, and pentacene, and finally in graphene, graphite, and an infinite graphene ribbon. Our results show very good agreement with experiments and allow us to characterize the trends for the chemical shifts as a function of system size.

  5. Ziegler Natta heterogeneous catalysis by first principles computer experiments

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    Boero, M.; Parrinello, M.; Terakura, K.

    1999-09-01

    In this work we present a first attempt to study the polymerization process of ethylene in a realistic Ziegler-Natta heterogeneous system by means of first principles molecular dynamics. In particular, we simulate, in a very unbiased way, both the deposition of the catalyst TiCl 4 on the (110) active surface of a solid MgCl 2 support and the polymer chain formation. By using a constrained molecular dynamics approach, we work out the energetics and the reaction pathway of the polymerization process as it occurs in a laboratory or an industrial plant. The good agreement of the results of our simulations with the available experimental data indicates that these kinds of simulations can be used as a skilful approach to study the details of the reaction mechanism which are not accessible to experimental probes. This offers a tool to improve the production and/or to design reactants and products for practical use.

  6. Electronic Stopping Power in LiF from First Principles

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    Pruneda, J. M.; Sanchez-Portal, D.; Artacho, Emilio

    2007-12-07

    Using time-dependent density-functional theory we calculate from first principles the rate of energy transfer from a moving proton or antiproton to the electrons of an insulating material, LiF. The behavior of the electronic stopping power versus projectile velocity displays an effective threshold velocity of {approx}0.2 a.u. for the proton, consistent with recent experimental observations, and also for the antiproton. The calculated proton/antiproton stopping-power ratio is {approx}2.4 at velocities slightly above the threshold (v{approx}0.4 a.u.), as compared to the experimental value of 2.1. The projectile energy loss mechanism is observed to be extremely local.

  7. Ferroelectric transitions at ferroelectric domain walls found from first principles.

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    Wojdeł, Jacek C; Íñiguez, Jorge

    2014-06-20

    We present a first-principles study of model domain walls (DWs) in prototypic ferroelectric PbTiO(3). At high temperature the DW structure is somewhat trivial, with atoms occupying high-symmetry positions. However, upon cooling the DW undergoes a symmetry-breaking transition characterized by a giant dielectric anomaly and the onset of a large and switchable polarization. Our results thus corroborate previous arguments for the occurrence of ferroic orders at structural DWs, providing a detailed atomistic picture of a temperature-driven DW-confined transformation. Beyond its relevance to the field of ferroelectrics, our results highlight the interest of these DWs in the broader areas of low-dimensional physics and phase transitions in strongly fluctuating systems. PMID:24996110

  8. Local heating in nanoscale conductors from first principles

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    Chen, Yu-Chang; Zwolak, Mike; di Ventra, Massimiliano

    2003-03-01

    Local heating and heating dissipation are important issues in conventional electronics. These phenomena have received less attention at the nanoscale level. We report first-principles calculations of the thermal energy generated by electron-ion interactions for selected molecular and atomic wires placed between metallic electrodes. We find that, when the background temperature is zero, an onset bias is required to generate local heating due to the absence of a zero-energy mode in the vibrational spectrum of the wire. Without thermal dissipation into the electrodes,very high local temperatures are reached inside the wire even for very small external voltages. We will discuss the different contributions to local heating from each vibrational mode. Finally, we estimate the thermal energy transferred into the electrodes and find that dissipation reduces considerably local heating. Work supported in part by NSF, Carilion Biomedical Institute and ACS-Petroleum Research Fund.

  9. Hydrogen storage in LiH: A first principle study

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    Banger, Suman Nayak, Vikas Verma, U. P.

    2014-04-24

    First principles calculations have been performed on the Lithium hydride (LiH) using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within the framework of density functional theory. We have extended our calculations for LiH+2H and LiH+6H in NaCl structure. The structural stability of three compounds have been studied. It is found that LiH with 6 added Hydrogen atoms is most stable. The obtained results for LiH are in good agreement with reported experimental data. Electronic structures of three compounds are also studied. Out of three the energy band gap in LiH is ∼3.0 eV and LiH+2H and LiH+6H are metallic.

  10. First principle study of manganese doped cadmium sulphide sheet

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    Kumar, Sanjeev; Kumar, Ashok; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2014-04-24

    First-principle electronic structure calculations for cadmium sulphide (CdS) sheet in hexagonal phase, with Manganese substitution and addition, as well as including the Cd defects, are investigated. The lattice constants calculated for CdS sheet agrees fairly well with results reported for thin films experimentally. The calculations of total spin density of states and partial density of states in different cases shows substantial magnetic dipole moments acquired by the sheet. A magnetic dipole moment 5.00612 μ{sub B} and band gap of the order 1 eV are found when cadmium atom is replaced by Manganese. The magnetism acquired by the sheet makes it functionally important candidate in many applications.

  11. Hydrogen storage in LiH: A first principle study

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    Banger, Suman; Nayak, Vikas; Verma, U. P.

    2014-04-01

    First principles calculations have been performed on the Lithium hydride (LiH) using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within the framework of density functional theory. We have extended our calculations for LiH+2H and LiH+6H in NaCl structure. The structural stability of three compounds have been studied. It is found that LiH with 6 added Hydrogen atoms is most stable. The obtained results for LiH are in good agreement with reported experimental data. Electronic structures of three compounds are also studied. Out of three the energy band gap in LiH is ˜3.0 eV and LiH+2H and LiH+6H are metallic.

  12. First-principles study of interface doping in ferroelectric junctions.

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    Wang, Pin-Zhi; Cai, Tian-Yi; Ju, Sheng; Wu, Yin-Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Effect of atomic monolayer insertion on the performance of ferroelectric tunneling junction is investigated in SrRuO3/BaTiO3/SrRuO3 heterostrucutures. Based on first-principles calculations, the atomic displacement, orbital occupancy, and ferroelectric polarization are studied. It is found that the ferroelectricity is enhanced when a (AlO2)(-) monolayer is inserted between the electrode SRO and the barrier BTO, where the relatively high mobility of doped holes effectively screen ferroelectric polarization. On the other hand, for the case of (LaO)(+) inserted layer, the doped electrons resides at the both sides of middle ferroelectric barrier, making the ferroelectricity unfavorable. Our findings provide an alternative avenue to improve the performance of ferroelectric tunneling junctions. PMID:27063704

  13. Prediction of membrane-protein topology from first principles

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    Bernsel, Andreas; Viklund, Håkan; Falk, Jenny; Lindahl, Erik; von Heijne, Gunnar; Elofsson, Arne

    2008-01-01

    The current best membrane-protein topology-prediction methods are typically based on sequence statistics and contain hundreds of parameters that are optimized on known topologies of membrane proteins. However, because the insertion of transmembrane helices into the membrane is the outcome of molecular interactions among protein, lipids and water, it should be possible to predict topology by methods based directly on physical data, as proposed >20 years ago by Kyte and Doolittle. Here, we present two simple topology-prediction methods using a recently published experimental scale of position-specific amino acid contributions to the free energy of membrane insertion that perform on a par with the current best statistics-based topology predictors. This result suggests that prediction of membrane-protein topology and structure directly from first principles is an attainable goal, given the recently improved understanding of peptide recognition by the translocon. PMID:18477697

  14. First-principles calculation of current density in molecular devices

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    Zhang, Lei; Wang, Bin; Wang, Jian

    2011-09-01

    Based on the single-particle nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF) technique coupled with the density-functional theory (DFT), we investigate the current density distribution of a molecular device Al-C60-Al from first principles. Due to the presence of nonlocal pseudopotential, the conventional definition of current density is not suitable to describe the correct current density profile inside the molecular device. By using the new definition of current density, which includes the contribution due to the nonlocal potential, our numerical results show that the new definition of current density J(r) conserves the current. In addition, the current obtained from the current density calculated inside the molecular device equals to that calculated from the Landauer-Büttiker formula. Finally, for the molecular device Al-C60-Al, loop currents were found, which confirms the result obtained from the tight-binding approach.

  15. Vibrational and Thermophysical Properties of PETN from First Principles

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    Gonzalez, Joseph; Landerville, Aaron; Oleynik, Ivan

    2015-06-01

    Thermophysical properties are urgently sought as input for meso- and continuum-scale modeling of energetic materials (EMs). However, empirical data in this regard are often limited to specific pressures and temperatures. Such modeling of EMs can be greatly improved by inclusion of thermophysical properties over a wide range of pressures and temperatures, provided such data could be reliably obtained from theory. We demonstrate such a capability by calculating the equation of state, heat capacities, coefficients of thermal expansion, and Gruneissen parameters for pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) using first-principles density functional theory, which includes proper description of van der Waals interactions and zero-point and thermal free energy contributions to pressure, the latter being calculated using the quasi-harmonic approximation. Further, we investigate the evolution of the vibration spectrum of PETN as a function of pressure.

  16. Helium diffusion in olivine based on first principles calculations

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    Wang, Kai; Brodholt, John; Lu, Xiancai

    2015-05-01

    As a key trace element involved in mantle evolution, the transport properties of helium in the mantle are important for understanding the thermal and chemical evolution of the Earth. However, the mobility of helium in the mantle is still unclear due to the scarcity of measured diffusion data from minerals under mantle conditions. In this study, we used first principles calculations based on density functional theory to calculate the absolute diffusion coefficients of the helium in olivine. Using the climbing images nudged elastic band method, we defined the diffusion pathways, the activation energies (Ea), and the prefactors. Our results demonstrate that the diffusion of helium has moderate anisotropy. The directionally dependent diffusion of helium in olivine can be written in Arrhenius form as follows.

  17. Two Dimensional Ice from First Principles: Structures and Phase Transitions.

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    Chen, Ji; Schusteritsch, Georg; Pickard, Chris J; Salzmann, Christoph G; Michaelides, Angelos

    2016-01-15

    Despite relevance to disparate areas such as cloud microphysics and tribology, major gaps in the understanding of the structures and phase transitions of low-dimensional water ice remain. Here, we report a first principles study of confined 2D ice as a function of pressure. We find that at ambient pressure hexagonal and pentagonal monolayer structures are the two lowest enthalpy phases identified. Upon mild compression, the pentagonal structure becomes the most stable and persists up to ∼2  GPa, at which point the square and rhombic phases are stable. The square phase agrees with recent experimental observations of square ice confined within graphene sheets. This work provides a fresh perspective on 2D confined ice, highlighting the sensitivity of the structures observed to both the confining pressure and the width. PMID:26824547

  18. Hydration of alkali ions from first principles molecular dynamics revisited.

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    Ikeda, Takashi; Boero, Mauro; Terakura, Kiyoyuki

    2007-01-21

    Structural and dynamical properties of the hydration of Li(+), Na(+), and K(+) in liquid water at ambient conditions were studied by first principles molecular dynamics. Our simulations successfully captured the different hydration behavior shown by the three alkali ions as observed in experiments. The present analyses of the dependence of the self-diffusion coefficient and rotational correlation time of water on the ion concentration suggest that Li(+) (K(+)) is certainly categorized as a structure maker (breaker), whereas Na(+) acts as a weak structure breaker. An analysis of the relevant electronic structures, based on maximally localized Wannier functions, revealed that the dipole moment of H(2)O molecules in the first solvation shell of Na(+) and K(+) decreases by about 0.1 D compared to that in the bulk, due to a contraction of the oxygen lone pair orbital pointing toward the metal ion. PMID:17249878

  19. Emergent symmetries in atomic nuclei from first principles

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    Launey, K. D.; Dreyfuss, A. C.; Baker, R. B.; Draayer, J. P.; Dytrych, T.

    2015-04-01

    An innovative symmetry-guided approach and its applications to light and intermediate-mass nuclei is discussed. This approach, with Sp(3, R) the underpinning group, is based on our recent remarkable finding, namely, we have identified the symplectic Sp(3,R) as an approximate symmetry for low-energy nuclear dynamics. This study presents the results of two complementary studies, one that utilizes realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions and unveils symmetries inherent to nuclear dynamics from first principles (or ab initio), and another study, which selects important components of the nuclear interaction to explain the primary physics responsible for emergent phenomena, such as enhanced collectivity and alpha clusters. In particular, within this symmetry-guided framework, ab initio applications of the theory to light nuclei reveal the emergence of a simple orderly pattern from first principles. This provides a strategy for determining the nature of bound states of nuclei in terms of a relatively small fraction of the complete shell-model space, which, in turn, can be used to explore ultra-large model spaces for a description of alpha-cluster and highly deformed structures together with associated rotations. We find that by using only a fraction of the model space extended far beyond current no-core shell-model limits and a long-range interaction that respects the symmetries in play, the outcome reproduces characteristic features of the low-lying 0+ states in 12C (including the elusive Hoyle state of importance to astrophysics) and agrees with ab initio results in smaller spaces. For these states, we offer a novel perspective emerging out of no-core shell-model considerations, including a discussion of associated nuclear deformation, matter radii, and density distribution. The framework we find is also extensible beyond 12C, namely, to the low-lying 0+ states of 8Be as well as the ground-state rotational band of Ne, Mg, and Si isotopes.

  20. Fundamental limits on transparency: first-principles calculations of absorption

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    Peelaers, Hartwin

    2013-03-01

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are a technologically important class of materials with applications ranging from solar cells, displays, smart windows, and touch screens to light-emitting diodes. TCOs combine high conductivity, provided by a high concentration of electrons in the conduction band, with transparency in the visible region of the spectrum. The requirement of transparency is usually tied to the band gap being sufficiently large to prevent absorption of visible photons. This is a necessary but not sufficient condition: indeed, the high concentration of free carriers can also lead to optical absorption by excitation of electrons to higher conduction-band states. A fundamental understanding of the factors that limit transparency in TCOs is essential for further progress in materials and applications. The Drude theory is widely used, but it is phenomenological in nature and tends to work poorly at shorter wavelengths, where band-structure effects are important. First-principles calculations have been performed, but were limited to direct transitions; as we show in the present work, indirect transitions assisted by phonons or defects actually dominate. Our calculations are the first to address indirect free-carrier absorption in a TCO completely from first principles. We present results for SnO2, but the methodology is general and is also being applied to ZnO and In2O3. The calculations provide not just quantitative results but also deeper insights in the mechanisms that govern absorption processes in different wavelength regimes, which is essential for engineering improved materials to be used in more efficient devices. For SnO2, we find that absorption is modest in the visible, and much stronger in the ultraviolet and infrared. Work performed in collaboration with E. Kioupakis and C.G. Van de Walle, and supported by DOE, NSF, and BAEF.

  1. First principles studies of silicon as a negative electrode material

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    Chevrier, Vincent L.

    Batteries with higher volumetric and specific energy capacities are needed. Silicon is a promising candidate to replace graphite as the negative electrode material in Li-ion batteries. Silicon alloys with lithium, meaning its structure changes significantly during lithiation. Unlike other lithium alloys, lithiated silicon is amorphous when created electrochemically at room temperature. However, when lithiated at 415°C, crystalline Li-Si phases are experimentally found. This thesis focused on the study of the Li-Si crystalline phases and the lithiation of amorphous LixSi using first-principles calculations. A novel protocol to model the lithiation of amorphous silicon was developed, yielding results in good agreement with experiment. This represents the first time the lithiation of an amorphous alloy material has been modeled using first-principles calculations. Density functional theory calculations yielded formation energies for the crystalline and amorphous structures, from which potential-composition curves were calculated and compared to experiment. Good agreement with experiment was found, providing validation of the calculation methods and proposed protocol. Charge transfer studies and calculations of electronic densities of states for crystalline and amorphous structures were also completed. These confirmed the understanding of Li-Si structures as Zintl phases and quantified the charge transferred from Li to Si atoms. Phonon studies were completed for the crystalline Li-Si phases and helped explain their stability as a function of temperature. The phonon studies revealed that the Li15Si4 phase is unstable with respect to the other crystalline phases at elevated temperature, in agreement with experiment. Finally, experimental thermal studies of lithiated Si were used to obtain activation energies of the various crystallization events that occur when heating lithiated Si.

  2. Structural instabilities in strontium titanate from first-principles calculations

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    Lasota, Christopher Andrew

    For some time now, first-principles calculation methods have proven to be an effective tool for investigating the physics of condensed matter systems. The additional use of density functional theory (DFT) and the local density approximation (LDA) has permitted even complex materials to be studied on desktop workstations with remarkable success. The incorporation of linear response theory into these methods has extended their power, allowing investigation of important dynamical properties. Contained within the following pages are the results of a first-principles study of SrTiO3. This transition metal oxide is often grouped with ferroelectric materials, due to its similar composition and perovskite structure. Although it behaves as if it were to become ferroelectric, it fails to do so, even at the lowest temperatures. Using the LAPW method for bulk materials, the ground-state equilibrium properties for the cubic phase were found. Additional linear response calculations produced the phonon frequencies throughout the Brillouin zone. Imaginary values for these frequencies revealed two distinct regions of reciprocal space corresponding to structural instabilities of the ferroelectric (FE) and antiferrodistortive (AFD) types. A cell-doubling AFD transition to tetragonal structure is observed experimentally, so subsequent calculations were continued in this phase. Total energy calculations were performed for both FE and AFD distortions in this new phase, and it was found that the AFD instability is enhanced with decreasing lattice parameter, while the FE instability is diminished. Furthermore, these calculations suggest that this material is marginally stable against FE distortions, even at the 105 K volume.

  3. Superconductivity in compressed sulfur hydride: Dependences on pressure, composition, and crystal structure from first principles

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    Akashi, Ryosuke

    The recent discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in sulfur hydride under extreme pressure has broken the long-standing record of superconducting transition temperature (Tc) in the Hg-cuprate. According to the isotope effect measurement and theoretical calculations, the superconducting transition is mainly ascribed to the conventional phonon-mediated pairing interaction. It is, however, not enough for understanding the high-Tc superconductivity in the sulfur hydride. To elucidate various possible effects on Tc with accuracy, we have analyzed Tc with first-principles methods without any empirical parameters. First, for various pressures and theoretically proposed crystal structures, we calculated Tc with the density functional theory for superconductors (SCDFT) to examine which structure(s) can explain experimentally measured Tc data [Akashi et al., PRB 91, 224513 (2015)]. We next solved the Eliashberg equations without introducing the renormalized Coulomb parameter mu*, which is the Green-function-based counterpart of the SCDFT, and evaluated the effects of rapidly varying electron density of states, atomic zero-point motion, and phonon anharmonic corrections on Tc [Sano et al., in preparation]. In the talk, we review these results and discuss the dominant factors for the Tc and their relation to the experimental results. We also report some crystal structures that we recently found with first-principles calculations, which could have a key role for the pressure-induced transformation to the high-Tc phase.

  4. Finite temperature effects on the X-ray absorption spectra of lithium compounds: First-principles interpretation of X-ray Raman measurements

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    Pascal, Tod A.; Prendergast, David; Boesenberg, Ulrike; Kostecki, Robert; Richardson, Thomas J.; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Sokaras, Dimosthenis; Nordlund, Dennis; McDermott, Eamon; Moewes, Alexander; Cabana, Jordi; Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60605

    2014-01-21

    We elucidate the role of room-temperature-induced instantaneous structural distortions in the Li K-edge X-ray absorption spectra (XAS) of crystalline LiF, Li{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, Li{sub 2}O, Li{sub 3}N, and Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} using high resolution X-ray Raman spectroscopy (XRS) measurements and first-principles density functional theory calculations within the eXcited electron and Core Hole approach. Based on thermodynamic sampling via ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, we find calculated XAS in much better agreement with experiment than those computed using the rigid crystal structure alone. We show that local instantaneous distortion of the atomic lattice perturbs the symmetry of the Li 1s core-excited-state electronic structure, broadening spectral line-shapes and, in some cases, producing additional spectral features. The excellent agreement with high-resolution XRS measurements validates the accuracy of our first-principles approach to simulating XAS, and provides both accurate benchmarks for model compounds and a predictive theoretical capability for identification and characterization of multi-component systems, such as lithium-ion batteries, under working conditions.

  5. Finite temperature effects on the X-ray absorption spectra of lithium compounds: first-principles interpretation of X-ray Raman measurements.

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    Pascal, Tod A; Boesenberg, Ulrike; Kostecki, Robert; Richardson, Thomas J; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Sokaras, Dimosthenis; Nordlund, Dennis; McDermott, Eamon; Moewes, Alexander; Cabana, Jordi; Prendergast, David

    2014-01-21

    We elucidate the role of room-temperature-induced instantaneous structural distortions in the Li K-edge X-ray absorption spectra (XAS) of crystalline LiF, Li2SO4, Li2O, Li3N, and Li2CO3 using high resolution X-ray Raman spectroscopy (XRS) measurements and first-principles density functional theory calculations within the eXcited electron and Core Hole approach. Based on thermodynamic sampling via ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, we find calculated XAS in much better agreement with experiment than those computed using the rigid crystal structure alone. We show that local instantaneous distortion of the atomic lattice perturbs the symmetry of the Li 1s core-excited-state electronic structure, broadening spectral line-shapes and, in some cases, producing additional spectral features. The excellent agreement with high-resolution XRS measurements validates the accuracy of our first-principles approach to simulating XAS, and provides both accurate benchmarks for model compounds and a predictive theoretical capability for identification and characterization of multi-component systems, such as lithium-ion batteries, under working conditions. PMID:25669363

  6. First-principles simulation of Raman spectra and structural properties of quartz up to 5 GPa

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    Liu, Lei; Lv, Chao-Jia; Zhuang, Chun-Qiang; Yi, Li; Liu, Hong; Du, Jian-Guo

    2015-12-01

    The crystal structure and Raman spectra of quartz are calculated by using first-principles method in a pressure range from 0 to 5 GPa. The results show that the lattice constants (a, c, and V) decrease with increasing pressure and the a-axis is more compressible than the c axis. The Si-O bond distance decreases with increasing pressure, which is in contrast to experimental results reported by Hazen et al. [Hazen R M, Finger L W, Hemley R J and Mao H K 1989 Solid State Communications 725 507-511], and Glinnemann et al. [Glinnemann J, King H E Jr, Schulz H, Hahn T, La Placa S J and Dacol F 1992 Z. Kristallogr. 198 177-212]. The most striking changes are of inter-tetrahedral O-O distances and Si-O-Si angles. The volume of the tetrahedron decreased by 0.9% (from 0 to 5 GPa), which suggests that it is relatively rigid. Vibrational models of the quartz modes are identified by visualizing the associated atomic motions. Raman vibrations are mainly controlled by the deformation of the tetrahedron and the changes in the Si-O-Si bonds. Vibrational directions and intensities of atoms in all Raman modes just show little deviations when pressure increases from 0 to 5 GPa. The pressure derivatives (dνi/dP) of the 12 Raman frequencies are obtained at 0 GPa-5 GPa. The calculated results show that first-principles methods can well describe the high-pressure structural properties and Raman spectra of quartz. The combination of first-principles simulations of the Raman frequencies of minerals and Raman spectroscopy experiments is a useful tool for exploring the stress conditions within the Earth. Project supported by the Key Laboratory of Earthquake Prediction, Institute of Earthquake Science, China Earthquake Administration (CEA) (Grant No. 2012IES010201) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41174071 and 41373060).

  7. Exact results and open questions in first principle functional RG

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    Le Doussal, Pierre

    2010-01-15

    Some aspects of the functional RG (FRG) approach to pinned elastic manifolds (of internal dimension d) at finite temperature T > 0 are reviewed and reexamined in this much expanded version of Le Doussal (2006) . The particle limit d = 0 provides a test for the theory: there the FRG is equivalent to the decaying Burgers equation, with viscosity {nu} {approx} T-both being formally irrelevant. An outstanding question in FRG, i.e. how temperature regularizes the otherwise singular flow of T = 0 FRG, maps to the viscous layer regularization of inertial range Burgers turbulence (i.e. to the construction of the inviscid limit). Analogy between Kolmogorov scaling and FRG cumulant scaling is discussed. First, multi-loop FRG corrections are examined and the direct loop expansion at T > 0 is shown to fail already in d = 0, a hierarchy of ERG equations being then required (introduced in Balents and Le Doussal (2005) ). Next we prove that the FRG function R(u) and higher cumulants defined from the field theory can be obtained for any d from moments of a renormalized potential defined in an sliding harmonic well. This allows to measure the fixed point function R(u) in numerics and experiments. In d = 0 the beta function (of the inviscid limit) is obtained from first principles to four loop. For Sinai model (uncorrelated Burgers initial velocities) the ERG hierarchy can be solved and the exact function R(u) is obtained. Connections to exact solutions for the statistics of shocks in Burgers and to ballistic aggregation are detailed. A relation is established between the size distribution of shocks and the one for droplets. A droplet solution to the ERG functional hierarchy is found for any d, and the form of R(u) in the thermal boundary layer is related to droplet probabilities. These being known for the d = 0 Sinai model the function R(u) is obtained there at any T. Consistency of the {epsilon}=4-d expansion in one and two loop FRG is studied from first principles, and connected to shock and droplet relations which could be tested in numerics.

  8. Coarse graining approach to First principles modeling of structural materials

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    Odbadrakh, Khorgolkhuu; Nicholson, Don M; Rusanu, Aurelian; Samolyuk, German D; Wang, Yang; Stoller, Roger E; Zhang, X.-G.; Stocks, George Malcolm

    2013-01-01

    Classical Molecular Dynamic (MD) simulations characterizing extended defects typically require millions of atoms. First principles calculations employed to understand these defect systems at an electronic level cannot, and should not deal with such large numbers of atoms. We present an e cient coarse graining (CG) approach to calculate local electronic properties of large MD-generated structures from the rst principles. We used the Locally Self-consistent Multiple Scattering (LSMS) method for two types of iron defect structures 1) screw-dislocation dipoles and 2) radiation cascades. The multiple scattering equations are solved at fewer sites using the CG. The atomic positions were determined by MD with an embedded atom force eld. The local moments in the neighborhood of the defect cores are calculated with rst-principles based on full local structure information, while atoms in the rest of the system are modeled by representative atoms with approximated properties. This CG approach reduces computational costs signi cantly and makes large-scale structures amenable to rst principles study. Work is sponsored by the USDoE, O ce of Basic Energy Sciences, Center for Defect Physics, an Energy Frontier Research Center. This research used resources of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at the ORNL, which is supported by the O ce of Science of the USDoE under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725.

  9. Auger recombination in InN from first principles

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    McAllister, Andrew; Kioupakis, Emmanouil

    Group-III Nitride materials are used in numerous electronic and optoelectronic devices including solid-state lighting, energy conversion, sensor technologies, and high-power electronics. Indium nitride in particular is interesting for fast electronics and optoelectronics in the infrared. Auger recombination is a non-radiative carrier recombination process that would limit the efficiency of these devices. The small band gap (0.7 eV) and the high intrinsic free-electron concentrations in InN possibly make Auger recombination particularly important in this material. We used first-principles computational methods to determine the Auger recombination rates in InN. Our results suggest that direct Auger recombination is dominant in this material and that phonon-assisted Auger processes are not as important as in wider-gap nitrides such as GaN. This research was supported by the National Science Foundation CAREER award through Grant No. DMR-1254314. Computational resources were provided by the DOE NERSC facility.

  10. Electrostatic engineering of strained ferroelectric perovskites from first principles

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    Cazorla, Claudio; Stengel, Massimiliano

    2015-12-01

    Design of novel artificial materials based on ferroelectric perovskites relies on the basic principles of electrostatic coupling and in-plane lattice matching. These rules state that the out-of-plane component of the electric displacement field and the in-plane components of the strain are preserved across a layered superlattice, provided that certain growth conditions are respected. Intense research is currently directed at optimizing materials functionalities based on these guidelines, often with remarkable success. Such principles, however, are of limited practical use unless one disposes of reliable data on how a given material behaves under arbitrary electrical and mechanical boundary conditions. Here we demonstrate, by focusing on the prototypical ferroelectrics PbTiO3 and BiFeO3 as test cases, how such information can be calculated from first principles in a systematic and efficient way. In particular, we construct a series of two-dimensional maps that describe the behavior of either compound (e.g., concerning the ferroelectric polarization and antiferrodistortive instabilities) at any conceivable choice of the in-plane lattice parameter, a , and out-of-plane electric displacement, D . In addition to being of immediate practical applicability to superlattice design, our results bring new insight into the complex interplay of competing degrees of freedom in perovskite materials and reveal some notable instances where the behavior of these materials depart from what naively is expected.

  11. Thermal conductivity of silicene from first-principles

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    Xie, Han; Bao, Hua E-mail: hua.bao@sjtu.edu.cn; Hu, Ming E-mail: hua.bao@sjtu.edu.cn

    2014-03-31

    Silicene, as a graphene-like two-dimensional material, now receives exceptional attention of a wide community of scientists and engineers beyond graphene. Despite extensive study on its electric property, little research has been done to accurately calculate the phonon transport of silicene so far. In this paper, thermal conductivity of monolayer silicene is predicted from first-principles method. At 300 K, the thermal conductivity of monolayer silicene is found to be 9.4 W/mK and much smaller than bulk silicon. The contributions from in-plane and out-of-plane vibrations to thermal conductivity are quantified, and the out-of-plane vibration contributes less than 10% of the overall thermal conductivity, which is different from the results of the similar studies on graphene. The difference is explained by the presence of small buckling, which breaks the reflectional symmetry of the structure. The flexural modes are thus not purely out-of-plane vibration and have strong scattering with other modes.

  12. First principles modeling of boron-doped carbon nanotube sensors

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    Talla, Jamal A.

    2012-03-01

    We investigated the interactions between two different geometrical configurations of single-walled carbon nanotubes and boron atoms using first-principle calculations within the framework of the density functional theory. With the aid of ab initio calculations, we introduced a new type of toxic gas sensor that can detect the presence of CO, NO and H2 molecules. We proved that the dopant concentration on the surface of the nanotube plays a crucial role in the sensitivity of this device. Furthermore, we showed that small concentrations of dopants can modify the transport and electronic properties of the single-walled carbon nanotube and can lend metallic properties to the nanotube. Band-gap narrowing occurs when the nanotube is doped with boron atoms. The emerged new energy level near the Fermi level upon boron doping clearly indicates the coupling between the p orbital of the boron atom and the large p bond of the carbon nanotube. We also predicted a weak hybridization between the boron atoms and the nanotube for the valence-band edge states; this weak coupling leads to conducting states around the band gap.

  13. First principle active neutron coincidence counting measurements of uranium oxide

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    Goddard, Braden; Charlton, William; Peerani, Paolo

    2014-03-01

    Uranium is present in most nuclear fuel cycle facilities ranging from uranium mines, enrichment plants, fuel fabrication facilities, nuclear reactors, and reprocessing plants. The isotopic, chemical, and geometric composition of uranium can vary significantly between these facilities, depending on the application and type of facility. Examples of this variation are: enrichments varying from depleted (~0.2 wt% 235U) to high enriched (>20 wt% 235U); compositions consisting of U3O8, UO2, UF6, metallic, and ceramic forms; geometries ranging from plates, cans, and rods; and masses which can range from a 500 kg fuel assembly down to a few grams fuel pellet. Since 235U is a fissile material, it is routinely safeguarded in these facilities. Current techniques for quantifying the 235U mass in a sample include neutron coincidence counting. One of the main disadvantages of this technique is that it requires a known standard of representative geometry and composition for calibration, which opens up a pathway for potential erroneous declarations by the State and reduces the effectiveness of safeguards. In order to address this weakness, the authors have developed a neutron coincidence counting technique which uses the first principle point-model developed by Boehnel instead of the "known standard" method. This technique was primarily tested through simulations of 1000 g U3O8 samples using the Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended (MCNPX) code. The results of these simulations showed good agreement between the simulated and exact 235U sample masses.

  14. A First-Principle Kinetic Theory of Meteor Plasma Formation

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    Dimant, Yakov; Oppenheim, Meers

    2015-11-01

    Every second millions of tiny meteoroids hit the Earth from space, vast majority too small to observe visually. However, radars detect the plasma they generate and use the collected data to characterize the incoming meteoroids and the atmosphere in which they disintegrate. This diagnostics requires a detailed quantitative understanding of formation of the meteor plasma. Fast-descending meteoroids become detectable to radars after they heat due to collisions with atmospheric molecules sufficiently and start ablating. The ablated material then collides into atmospheric molecules and forms plasma around the meteoroid. Reflection of radar pulses from this plasma produces a localized signal called a head echo. Using first principles, we have developed a consistent collisional kinetic theory of the near-meteoroid plasma. This theory shows that the meteoroid plasma develops over a length-scale close to the ion mean free path with a non-Maxwellian velocity distribution. The spatial distribution of the plasma density shows significant deviations from a Gaussian law usually employed in head-echo modeling. This analytical model will serve as a basis for more accurate quantitative interpretation of the head echo radar measurements. Work supported by NSF Grant 1244842.

  15. First-Principles Prediction of Liquid/Liquid Interfacial Tension.

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    Andersson, M P; Bennetzen, M V; Klamt, A; Stipp, S L S

    2014-08-12

    The interfacial tension between two liquids is the free energy per unit surface area required to create that interface. Interfacial tension is a determining factor for two-phase liquid behavior in a wide variety of systems ranging from water flooding in oil recovery processes and remediation of groundwater aquifers contaminated by chlorinated solvents to drug delivery and a host of industrial processes. Here, we present a model for predicting interfacial tension from first principles using density functional theory calculations. Our model requires no experimental input and is applicable to liquid/liquid systems of arbitrary compositions. The consistency of the predictions with experimental data is significant for binary, ternary, and multicomponent water/organic compound systems, which offers confidence in using the model to predict behavior where no data exists. The method is fast and can be used as a screening technique as well as to extend experimental data into conditions where measurements are technically too difficult, time consuming, or impossible. PMID:26588308

  16. First-principles study on surface stability of tantalum carbides

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    Yan, Wen-Li; Sygnatowicz, Michael; Lu, Guang-Hong; Liu, Feng; Shetty, Dinesh K.

    2016-02-01

    Using first-principles method, surface energies of crystal planes of different tantalum carbide phases have been calculated. Quantum size effects are shown to possibly play a considerable role in determining accurate surface energies of these metallic films, which have been neglected in previous works. The γ-TaC phase has a more stable (0 0 1) surface than the close-packed (1 1 1) surface. In the α-Ta2C phase, (0 0 1) surface with only Ta termination is more stable than that of mixed Ta-C termination because the metallic bonds between Ta atoms are weaker than the Ta-C covalent bonds. The same is true for the ζ-Ta4C3 phase. The introduction of structural vacancies in the ζ-Ta4C3 -x phase creates more direct Ta metallic bonds, making the Ta-terminated surfaces even more stable. This is consistent with the experimental observations of cleavage of the basal planes, lamellae bridging of cracks, and the high fracture toughness of ζ-Ta4C3 -x.

  17. First-principles Simulations and the Criticality of Calving Glaciers

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    Vallot, D.; Åström, J. A.; Schäfer, M.; Welty, E.; O'Neel, S.; Bartholomaus, T. C.; Liu, Y.; Riikilä, T.; Zwinger, T.; Timonen, J.; Moore, J.

    2014-12-01

    The algoritm of a first principles calving-simulation computer-code is outlined and demonstrated. The code is particle-based and uses Newtonian dynamics to simulate ice-fracture, motion and calving. The code can simulate real-size glacier but is only able to simualte individual calving events within a few tens of minutes in duration. The code couples to the Elmer/Ice ice flow-simulation code: Elmer is employed to produce various glacier geomteries, which are then tested for stability using the particle code. In this way it is possible to pin-point the location of calving fronts. The particle simulation code and field observations are engaged to investigate the criticality of calving glaciers. The calving mass and inter-event waiting times both have power-law distributions with the same critical exponents as found for Abelian sand-pile models. This indicate that calving glaciers share characteristics with Self-Organized Critical systems (SOC). This would explain why many glacier found in nature may become unstable as a result of even minor changes in their environment. An SOC calving glacier at the critical point will display so large fluctuations in calving rate that it will render the concept 'average calving rate' more or less useless. I.e. 'average calving rate' will depend on measurement time and always have fluctuaions in the range of 100% more or less independent of the averaging time.

  18. First-principles investigation of Ag-doped gold nanoclusters.

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    Zhang, Xiao-Dong; Guo, Mei-Li; Wu, Di; Liu, Pei-Xun; Sun, Yuan-Ming; Zhang, Liang-An; She, Yi; Liu, Qing-Fen; Fan, Fei-Yue

    2011-01-01

    Gold nanoclusters have the tunable optical absorption property, and are promising for cancer cell imaging, photothermal therapy and radiotherapy. First-principle is a very powerful tool for design of novel materials. In the present work, structural properties, band gap engineering and tunable optical properties of Ag-doped gold clusters have been calculated using density functional theory. The electronic structure of a stable Au(20) cluster can be modulated by incorporating Ag, and the HOMO-LUMO gap of Au(20-) (n)Ag(n) clusters is modulated due to the incorporation of Ag electronic states in the HOMO and LUMO. Furthermore, the results of the imaginary part of the dielectric function indicate that the optical transition of gold clusters is concentration-dependent and the optical transition between HOMO and LUMO shifts to the low energy range as the Ag atom increases. These calculated results are helpful for the design of gold cluster-based biomaterials, and will be of interest in the fields of radiation medicine, biophysics and nanoscience. PMID:21686162

  19. First-principles prediction of a native ferroelectric metal

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    Iniguez, Jorge; Filippetti, Alessio; Fiorentini, Vincenzo; Ricci, Francesco; Delugas, Pietro

    The possibility that metals may support ferroelectricity is an intriguing open issue. Over the years, various compounds have been referred to as ferroelectric metals, including non-centrosymmetric metals as well as ferroelectrics whose polar distortion survives moderate metallicity induced by doping or proximity. Yet, we think none of these systems embodies a truly ferroelectric metal with native switchable polarization and native metallicity coexisting in a single phase. Here we report a first-principles prediction of such a material. We show that the layered perovskite Bi5Ti5O17 has a non-zero density of states at the Fermi level and metal-like conductivity, as well as a spontaneous polarization in zero field. Further, we predict that the polarization of Bi5Ti5O17 is switchable both in principle (the material complies with the sufficient symmetry requirements) and in practice (in spite of being a metal, Bi5Ti5O17 can sustain a sizable potential drop along the polar direction, as needed to revert its polarization by application of an electric bias). Our results also reveal striking behaviors - such as the self screening mechanism at work in thin Bi5Ti5O17 layers - emerging from the intimate interplay between polar distortions and free carriers in such an exotic material. Supported by MIUR-PRIN, Fondazione Banco di Sardegna, FNR Luxembourg, MINECO-Spain, CINECA-ISCRA and CESGA.

  20. First-principles prediction of disordering tendencies in complex oxides

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    Jiang, Chao; Stanek, Christopher R; Sickafus, Kurt E; Uberuaga, Blas P

    2008-01-01

    The disordering tendencies of a series of zirconate (A{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}) , hafnate (A{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7}), titanate (A{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}), and stannate (A{sub 2} Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7}) pyrochlores are predicted in this study using first-principles total energy calculations. To model the disordered (A{sub 1/2}B{sub 1/2})(O{sub 7/8}/V{sub 1/8}){sub 2} fluorite structure, we have developed an 88-atom two-sublattice special quasirandom structure (SQS) that closely reproduces the most important near-neighbor intra-sublattice and inter-sublattice pair correlation functions of the random alloy. From the calculated disordering energies, the order-disorder transition temperatures of those pyrochlores are further predicted and our results agree well with the existing experimental phase diagrams. It is clearly demonstrated that both size and electronic effects play an important role in determining the disordering tendencies of pyrochlore compounds.

  1. A First-principles Molecular Dynamics Investigation of Superionic Conductivity

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    Wood, Brandon; Marzari, Nicola

    2007-03-01

    Superionic materials---solids with liquid-like transport properties---have found widespread use in a variety of applications in fuel cells, switches, sensors, and batteries. However, reasons for fast-ion conduction in such materials, as well as the specific atomistic mechanisms involved, remain ill understood. Our work uses first-principles molecular dynamics to illuminate the mechanisms, pathways, and motivations for superionic conductivity in two materials representing different classes of ion conductors: α-AgI, an archetypal Type-I superionic; and CsHSO4, an anhydrous solid-state electrolyte candidate for hydrogen fuel cells. For α-AgI, we trace common pathways for silver ion conduction and discuss how a chemical signature in the electronic structure relates to enhanced silver ion mobility. We also characterize the dynamical lattice structure in the superionic phase and present the likely motivations for its existence. For CsHSO4, we isolate the dominant atomistic mechanisms involved in superprotonic conduction and discuss the effect of correlated diffusive events in enhancing proton transport. We also offer a detailed description of the dynamics of the hydrogen bond network topology in the course of proton diffusion and discuss the relevance of atomistic processes with competing timescales in facilitating proton transport.

  2. First-Principle Characterization for Singlet Fission Couplings.

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    Yang, Chou-Hsun; Hsu, Chao-Ping

    2015-05-21

    The electronic coupling for singlet fission, an important parameter for determining the rate, has been found to be too small unless charge-transfer (CT) components were introduced in the diabatic states, mostly through perturbation or a model Hamiltonian. In the present work, the fragment spin difference (FSD) scheme was generalized to calculate the singlet fission coupling. The largest coupling strength obtained was 14.8 meV for two pentacenes in a crystal structure, or 33.7 meV for a transition-state structure, which yielded a singlet fission lifetime of 239 or 37 fs, generally consistent with experimental results (80 fs). Test results with other polyacene molecules are similar. We found that the charge on one fragment in the S1 diabatic state correlates well with FSD coupling, indicating the importance of the CT component. The FSD approach is a useful first-principle method for singlet fission coupling, without the need to include the CT component explicitly. PMID:26263271

  3. First-principles design of organo-Sn polymeric dielectrics

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    Tran, Huan; Kumar, Arun; Wang, Chenchen; Baldwin, Aaron; Ma, Rui; Sotzing, Gregory; Ramprasad, Rampi

    2014-03-01

    Following on from recent computation-based suggestions that Sn-containing polymers may be promising dielectrics, one of them, poly (dimethyltin glutarate) (pDMTG), has been synthesized. The measured dielectric constant of pDMTG is ɛ ~= 7 . 4 , significantly higher than the current standard material used for high-energy-density applications, namely, polypropylene (ɛ ~= 2 . 2). By performing first-principles calculations at the level of density functional theory and using the minima-hopping method to predict the stable structures (given that just the composition is provided), we propose four structural models of pDMTG. Based on these models, various physical properties of pDMTG, e.g., dielectric constant, infrared spectra and refractive index, are determined to closely agree with experimental data. The calculated band gap of pDMTG is high (Eg ~= 6 . 1 eV), implying that pDMTG is a promising candidate for high-energy-density materials. The strategy that has lead to the synthesis and understanding of pDMTG shows that density functional theory is a powerful method to study and design new materials. Our work is supported by the Office of Naval Research through the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).

  4. First-principles theory of capacitive and electrochemical energy storage

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    Kang, Joongoo; Kim, Yong-Hyun

    2009-03-01

    Recently there has been much interest in development of new electrochemical capacitors to meet high-power and high-energy applications. Pseudo-capacitors using fast surface redox reactions can store electrical energy of 10 to 100 times larger than supercapacitors and still exhibit fast and reversible charge-discharge responses in contrast to batteries. Yet, energy storage mechanisms in super- and pseudo-capacitors have not been fully understood at the level of electrons. Here we have performed first-principles calculations for electrical double layers of a TiO2 (101) electrode and solvated lithium ions on the surface, with the ethylene carbonates (EC) as solvent molecules. As Li ions are desolvated from Li-EC4 to Li-EC3 and bare Li ions, the capacitance gets larger due to the reduced distance between the Li ions and the electrode. When Li ions are intercalated into the subsurface of the TiO2 electrode as supposed in pseudocapacitors, the electrostatic energy due to charge separation is reduced for a given stored charge, but the electrochemical reaction starts to occur causing a large increase in the capacitance.

  5. Safeguards First Principles Initiative at the Nevada Test Site

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    Geneva Johnson

    2007-07-08

    The Material Control and Accountability (MC&A) program at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) was selected as a test bed for the Safeguards First Principles Initiative (SFPI). The implementation of the SFPI is evaluated using the system effectiveness model and the program is managed under an approved MC&A Plan. The effectiveness model consists of an evaluation of the critical elements necessary to detect, deter, and/or prevent the theft or diversion of Special Nuclear Material (SNM). The modeled results indicate that the MC&A program established under this variance is still effective, without creating unacceptable risk. Extensive performance testing is conducted through the duration of the pilot to ensure the protection system is effective and no material is at an unacceptable risk. The pilot was conducted from January 1, 2007, through May 30, 2007. This paper will discuss the following activities in association with SFPI: 1. Development of Timeline 2. Crosswalk of DOE Order and SFPI 3. Peer Review 4. Deviation 5. MC&A Plan and Procedure changes 6. Changes implemented at NTS 7. Training 8. Performance Test

  6. First principles study of the graphene/Ru(0001) interface

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    Jiang, Deen; Du, Mao-Hua; Dai, Sheng

    2009-01-01

    Annealing the Ru metal that typically contains residual carbon impurities offers a facile way to grow graphene on Ru(0001) at the macroscopic scale. Two superstructures of the graphene/Ru(0001) interface with periodicities of 3.0 and 2.7 nm, respectively, were previously observed by scanning tunneling microscopy. Using first principles density functional theory, we optimized the observed superstructures and found interfacial C-Ru bonding of C atoms atop Ru atoms for both superstructures, which causes the graphene sheet to buckle and form periodic humps of {approx}1.7 {angstrom} in height within the graphene sheet. The flat region of the graphene sheet, which is 2.2-2.3 {angstrom} above the top Ru layer and has more C atoms occupying the atop sites, interacts more strongly with the substrate than does the hump region. We found that interfacial adhesion is much stronger for the 3.0 nm superstructure than for the 2.7 nm superstructure, suggesting that the former is the thermodynamically more stable phase. We explained the 3.0 nm superstructure's stability in terms of the interplay between C-Ru bonding and lattice matching.

  7. A first principle approach for encapsulated type composite detectors

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    Kshetri, R.

    2012-07-01

    A first principle approach is presented for modeling a composite detector consisting of several high-purity germanium detector modules. Without making assumptions, if we consider the full energy peak counts from single and multiple detector module interactions, and the decomposition of background counts to counts corresponding to the escaping γ-rays and counts for γ-rays which could be recovered in addback mode, it is observed that the addback mode of a composite detector could be described in terms of four probability amplitudes only. Expressions for peak-to-total and peak-to-background ratios are obtained. Considering details of the scattering and absorption processes in a composite detector, a formalism is introduced for understanding the probability amplitudes. Detailed investigation has been performed on the effect of shape and size of composite detectors on peak-to-total and peak-to-background ratios. In accordance with isoperimetric inequality for hexagonal shapes, we have discussed about the optimal design of detector layout for extremely large values of detector modules. Using experimental data on relative single crystal efficiency, addback factor and peak-to-total ratio at 1332 keV for cluster detector, the peak-to-total and peak-to-background ratios have been calculated for several composite detectors.

  8. First-principles Fermi surface of doped PbTe

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    Sangiorgio, Boris; Giraldo-Gallo, Paula; Fechner, Michael; Fisher, Ian; Spaldin, Nicola

    PbTe is a narrow-gap semiconductor and one of the leading thermoelectric materials above room temperature. When doped with Tl atoms an unusual superconducting state is observed that persists to ~ 1 . 5 K, 1 order of magnitude higher than in non-Tl-based systems. The nature of the superconductivity is not well understood, with a charge Kondo effect suggested as the underlying pairing mechanism. In this study we investigate the electronic properties - in particular the Fermi surface - of doped PbTe using first-principles calculations. First, we use the rigid band approximation to compute de Haas-van Alphen frequencies and compare them to recent quantum-oscillations experiments on Na- and Tl-doped PbTe. With the use of supercells we confirm the usefulness of the rigid-band approximation for Na impurities. In contrast, we find that the electronic properties are strongly affected by Tl impurities: a narrow ''impurity band'' (originating from hybridization between Tl s and Te p states) is found at the Fermi energy suggesting an electronic instability, such as a charge disproportionation, which is likely relevant for the superconductivity.

  9. Properties of Multiferroic Bismuth Iron Oxide from First Principles

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    Rahmedov, Dovran

    In this dissertation, a first-principle-based approach is developed to study magnetoelectric effect in multiferoic materials. Such approach has a significant predictive power and might serve as a guide to new experimental works. As we will discuss in the course of this work, it also gives an important insight to the underlying physics behind the experimentally observed phenomena. We start by applying our method to investigate properties of a generic multiferroic material. We observe how magnetic susceptibility of such materials evolves with temperature and compare this evolution with the characteristic behavior of magnetic susceptibility for pure magnetic systems. Then we focus our attention to particular multiferroic - BiFeO3 - and reproduce its magnetic states with all of their essential features. Those magnetic states include (i) antiferromagnetic state, (ii) state with weak ferromagnetism resulting from canting of magnetic moments, and (iii) cycloidal magnetic structure. All of those magnetic states were also studied under external electric and magnetic fields. Under such electric fields magnetic order parameters of the systems undergo interesting transformations and sometimes take unexpected path. Finally, we study the material under strain and explore possibilities of favoring one magnetic state over another and even "creating" states that can be stable only under the strain.

  10. First principles statistical mechanics of alloys and magnetism

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    Eisenbach, Markus; Khan, Suffian N.; Li, Ying Wai

    Modern high performance computing resources are enabling the exploration of the statistical physics of phase spaces with increasing size and higher fidelity of the Hamiltonian of the systems. For selected systems, this now allows the combination of Density Functional based first principles calculations with classical Monte Carlo methods for parameter free, predictive thermodynamics of materials. We combine our locally selfconsistent real space multiple scattering method for solving the Kohn-Sham equation with Wang-Landau Monte-Carlo calculations (WL-LSMS). In the past we have applied this method to the calculation of Curie temperatures in magnetic materials. Here we will present direct calculations of the chemical order - disorder transitions in alloys. We present our calculated transition temperature for the chemical ordering in CuZn and the temperature dependence of the short-range order parameter and specific heat. Finally we will present the extension of the WL-LSMS method to magnetic alloys, thus allowing the investigation of the interplay of magnetism, structure and chemical order in ferrous alloys. This research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering Division and it used Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility resources at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  11. High-Pressure Hydrogen from First-Principles

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    Morales, Miguel A.

    2014-03-01

    The main approximations typically employed in first-principles simulations of high-pressure hydrogen are the neglect of nuclear quantum effects (NQE) and the approximate treatment of electronic exchange and correlation, typically through a density functional theory (DFT) formulation. In this talk I'll present a detailed analysis of the influence of these approximations on the phase diagram of high-pressure hydrogen, with the goal of identifying the predictive capabilities of current methods and, at the same time, making accurate predictions in this important regime. We use a path integral formulation combined with density functional theory, which allows us to incorporate NQEs in a direct and controllable way. In addition, we use state-of-the-art quantum Monte Carlo calculations to benchmark the accuracy of more approximate mean-field electronic structure calculations based on DFT, and we use GW and hybrid DFT to calculate the optical properties of the solid and liquid phases near metallization. We present accurate predictions of the metal-insulator transition on the solid, including structural and optical properties of the molecular phase. MAM was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 and by LDRD Grant No. 13-LW-004.

  12. Waltzing of a helium pair in tungsten: Migration barrier and trajectory revealed from first-principles

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    Niu, J. G.; Zhan, Q.; Geng, W. T.

    2014-06-15

    Despite well documented first-principles theoretical determination of the low migration energy (0.06 eV) of a single He in tungsten, fully quantum mechanical calculations on the migration of a He pair still present a challenge due to the complexity of its trajectory. By identifying the six most stable configurations of the He pair in W and decomposing its motion into rotational, translational, and rotational-translational routines, we are able to determine its migration barrier and trajectory. Our density functional theory calculations demonstrate a He pair has three modes of motion: a close or open circular two-dimensional motion in (100) plane with an energy barrier of 0.30 eV, a snaking motion along [001] direction with a barrier of 0.30 eV, and a twisted-ladder motion along [010] direction with the two He swinging in the plane (100) and a barrier of 0.31 eV. The graceful associative movements of a He pair are related to the chemical-bonding-like He-He interaction being much stronger than its migration barrier in W. The excellent agreement with available experimental measurements (0.24–0.32 eV) on He migration makes our first-principles result a solid input to obtain accurate He-W interatomic potentials in molecular dynamics simulations.

  13. Theoretical ultra-fast spectroscopy in transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Molina-Sanchez, Alejandro; Sangalli, Davide; Marini, Andrea; Wirtz, Ludger

    Semiconducting 2D-materials like the transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, WSe2 are promising alternatives to graphene for designing novel opto-electronic devices. The strong spin-orbit interaction along with the breaking of inversion symmetry in single-layer TMDs allow using the valley-index as a new quantum number. The practical use of valley physics depends on the lifetimes of valley-polarized excitons which are affected by scattering at phonons, impurities and by carrier-carrier interactions. The carrier dynamics can be monitored using ultra-fast spectroscopies such as pump-probe experiments. The carrier dynamics is simulated using non-equilibrium Green's function theory in an ab-initio framework. We include carrier relaxation through electron-phonon interaction. We obtain the transient absorption spectra of single-layer TMD and compare our simulations with recent pump-probe experiments

  14. First-principles investigation of hydrous post-perovskite

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    Townsend, Joshua P.; Tsuchiya, Jun; Bina, Craig R.; Jacobsen, Steven D.

    2015-07-01

    A stable, hydrogen-defect structure of post-perovskite (hy-ppv, Mg1-xSiH2xO3) has been determined by first-principles calculations of the vibrational and elastic properties up to 150 GPa. Among three potential hy-ppv structures analyzed, one was found to be stable at pressures relevant to the lower-mantle D″ region. Hydrogen has a pronounced effect on the elastic properties of post-perovskite due to magnesium defects associated with hydration, including a reduction of the zero-pressure bulk (K0) and shear (G0) moduli by 5% and 8%, respectively, for a structure containing ∼1 wt.% H2O. However, with increasing pressure the moduli of hy-ppv increase significantly relative to ppv, resulting in a structure that is only 1% slower in bulk compressional velocity and 2.5% slower in shear-wave velocity than ppv at 120 GPa. In contrast, the reduction of certain anisotropic elastic constants (Cij) in hy-ppv increases with pressure (notably, C55, C66, and C23), indicating that hydration generally increases elastic anisotropy in hy-ppv at D″ pressures. Calculated infrared absorption spectra show two O-H stretching bands at ∼3500 cm-1 that shift with pressure to lower wavenumber by about 2 cm-1/GPa. At 120 GPa the hydrogen bonds in hy-ppv are still asymmetric. The stability of a hy-ppv structure containing 1-2 wt.% H2O at D″ pressures implies that post-perovskite may be a host for recycled or primordial hydrogen near the Earth's core-mantle boundary.

  15. First-principles study of codoping in lanthanum bromide

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    Erhart, Paul; Sadigh, Babak; Schleife, André; Åberg, Daniel

    2015-04-01

    Codoping of Ce-doped LaBr3 with Ba, Ca, or Sr improves the energy resolution that can be achieved by radiation detectors based on these materials. Here, we present a mechanism that rationalizes this enhancement on the basis of first-principles electronic structure calculations and point defect thermodynamics. It is shown that incorporation of Sr creates neutral VBr-SrLa complexes that can temporarily trap electrons. As a result, Auger quenching of free carriers is reduced, allowing for a more linear, albeit slower, scintillation light yield response. Experimental Stokes shifts can be related to different CeLa-SrLa-VBr triple complex configurations. Codoping with other alkaline as well as alkaline-earth metals is considered as well. Alkaline elements are found to have extremely small solubilities on the order of 0.1 ppm and below at 1000 K. Among the alkaline-earth metals the lighter dopant atoms prefer interstitial-like positions and create strong scattering centers, which has a detrimental impact on carrier mobilities. Only the heavier alkaline-earth elements (Ca, Sr, Ba) combine matching ionic radii with sufficiently high solubilities. This provides a rationale for the experimental finding that improved scintillator performance is exclusively achieved using Sr, Ca, or Ba. The present mechanism demonstrates that codoping of wide-gap materials can provide an efficient means for managing charge carrier populations under out-of-equilibrium conditions. In the present case dopants are introduced that manipulate not only the concentrations but also the electronic properties of intrinsic defects without introducing additional gap levels. This leads to the availability of shallow electron traps that can temporarily localize charge carriers, effectively deactivating carrier-carrier recombination channels. The principles of this mechanism are therefore not specific to the material considered here but can be adapted for controlling charge carrier populations and recombination in other wide-gap materials.

  16. First-principles studies of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds

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    Zhou Yi; Wen Bin; Ma Yunqing; Melnik, Roderick; Liu Xingjun

    2012-03-15

    The structural properties, heats of formation, elastic properties, and electronic structures of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are investigated in detail based on density functional theory. Our results indicate that all Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds calculated here are mechanically stable except for P21/m-Ni{sub 3}Ta and hc-NiTa{sub 2}. Furthermore, we found that Pmmn-Ni{sub 3}Ta is the ground state stable phase of Ni{sub 3}Ta polymorphs. The polycrystalline elastic modulus has been deduced by using the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. All Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds in our study, except for NiTa, are ductile materials by corresponding G/K values and poisson's ratio. The calculated heats of formation demonstrated that Ni{sub 2}Ta are thermodynamically unstable. Our results also indicated that all Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds analyzed here are conductors. The density of state demonstrated the structure stability increases with the Ta concentration. - Graphical abstract: Mechanical properties and formation heats of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are discussed in detail in this paper. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are investigated by first principle calculations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer P21/m-Ni{sub 3}Ta and hc-NiTa{sub 2} are mechanically unstable phases. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pmmn-Ni{sub 3}Ta is ground stable phase of Ni{sub 3}Ta polymorphs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are conducting materials.

  17. First principles explanation of the positive Seebeck coefficient of lithium.

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    Xu, Bin; Verstraete, Matthieu J

    2014-05-16

    Lithium is one of the simplest metals, with negative charge carriers and a close reproduction of free-electron dispersion. Experimentally, however, Li is one of a handful of elemental solids (along with Cu, Ag, and Au) where the sign of the Seebeck coefficient (S) is opposite to that of the carrier. This counterintuitive behavior still lacks a satisfactory interpretation. We calculate S fully from first principles, within the framework of Allen's formulation of Boltzmann transport theory. Here it is crucial to avoid the constant relaxation time approximation, which gives a sign for S which is necessarily that of the carriers. Our calculated S are in excellent agreement with experimental data, up to the melting point. In comparison with another alkali metal, Na, we demonstrate that within the simplest nontrivial model for the energy dependency of the electron lifetimes, the rapidly increasing density of states (DOS) across the Fermi energy is related to the sign of S in Li. The exceptional energy dependence of the DOS is beyond the free-electron model, as the dispersion is distorted by the Brillouin zone edge; this has a stronger effect in Li than other alkali metals. The electron lifetime dependency on energy is central, but the details of the electron-phonon interaction are found to be less important, contrary to what has been believed for several decades. Band engineering combined with the mechanism exposed here may open the door to new "ambipolar" thermoelectric materials, with a tunable sign for the thermopower even if either n- or p-type doping is impossible. PMID:24877957

  18. Monolayer II-VI semiconductors: A first-principles prediction

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    Zheng, Hui; Li, Xian-Bin; Chen, Nian-Ke; Xie, Sheng-Yi; Tian, Wei Quan; Chen, Yuanping; Xia, Hong; Zhang, S. B.; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2015-09-01

    A systematic study of 32 honeycomb monolayer II-VI semiconductors is carried out by first-principles methods. While none of the two-dimensional (2D) structures can be energetically stable, it appears that BeO, MgO, CaO, ZnO, CdO, CaS, SrS, SrSe, BaTe, and HgTe honeycomb monolayers have a good dynamic stability. The stability of the five oxides is consistent with the work published by Zhuang et al. [Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 212102 (2013), 10.1063/1.4831972]. The rest of the compounds in the form of honeycomb are dynamically unstable, revealed by phonon calculations. In addition, according to the molecular dynamic (MD) simulation evolution from these unstable candidates, we also find two extra monolayers dynamically stable, which are tetragonal BaS [P 4 /n m m (129 ) ] and orthorhombic HgS [P 21/m (11 ) ] . The honeycomb monolayers exist in the form of either a planar perfect honeycomb or a low-buckled 2D layer, all of which possess a band gap and most of them are in the ultraviolet region. Interestingly, the dynamically stable SrSe has a gap near visible light, and displays exotic electronic properties with a flat top of the valence band, and hence has a strong spin polarization upon hole doping. The honeycomb HgTe has recently been reported to achieve a topological nontrivial phase under appropriate in-plane tensile strain and spin-orbital coupling (SOC) [J. Li et al., arXiv:1412.2528]. Some II-VI partners with less than 5 % lattice mismatch may be used to design novel 2D heterojunction devices. If synthesized, potential applications of these 2D II-VI families could include optoelectronics, spintronics, and strong correlated electronics.

  19. Risk reduction and the privatization option: First principles

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    Bjornstad, D.J.; Jones, D.W.; Russell, M.; Cummings, R.C.; Valdez, G.; Duemmer, C.L.

    1997-06-25

    The Department of Energy`s Office of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management (EM) faces a challenging mission. To increase efficiency, EM is undertaking a number of highly innovative initiatives--two of which are of particular importance to the present study. One is the 2006 Plan, a planning and budgeting process that seeks to convert the clean-up program from a temporally and fiscally open-ended endeavor to a strictly bounded one, with firm commitments over a decade-long horizon. The second is a major overhauling of the management and contracting practices that define the relationship between the Department and the private sector, aimed at cost reduction by increasing firms` responsibilities and profit opportunities and reducing DOE`s direct participation in management practices and decisions. The goal of this paper is to provide an independent perspective on how EM should create new management practices to deal with private sector partners that are motivated by financial incentives. It seeks to ground this perspective in real world concerns--the background of the clean-up effort, the very difficult technical challenges it faces, the very real threats to environment, health and safety that have now been juxtaposed with financial drivers, and the constraints imposed by government`s unique business practices and public responsibilities. The approach is to raise issues through application of first principles. The paper is targeted at the EM policy officer who must implement the joint visions of the 2006 plan and privatization within the context of the tradeoff between terminal risk reduction and interim risk management.

  20. A digitally reconstructed radiograph algorithm calculated from first principles

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    Staub, David; Murphy, Martin J.

    2013-01-15

    Purpose: To develop an algorithm for computing realistic digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRRs) that match real cone-beam CT (CBCT) projections with no artificial adjustments. Methods: The authors used measured attenuation data from cone-beam CT projection radiographs of different materials to obtain a function to convert CT number to linear attenuation coefficient (LAC). The effects of scatter, beam hardening, and veiling glare were first removed from the attenuation data. Using this conversion function the authors calculated the line integral of LAC through a CT along rays connecting the radiation source and detector pixels with a ray-tracing algorithm, producing raw DRRs. The effects of scatter, beam hardening, and veiling glare were then included in the DRRs through postprocessing. Results: The authors compared actual CBCT projections to DRRs produced with all corrections (scatter, beam hardening, and veiling glare) and to uncorrected DRRs. Algorithm accuracy was assessed through visual comparison of projections and DRRs, pixel intensity comparisons, intensity histogram comparisons, and correlation plots of DRR-to-projection pixel intensities. In general, the fully corrected algorithm provided a small but nontrivial improvement in accuracy over the uncorrected algorithm. The authors also investigated both measurement- and computation-based methods for determining the beam hardening correction, and found the computation-based method to be superior, as it accounted for nonuniform bowtie filter thickness. The authors benchmarked the algorithm for speed and found that it produced DRRs in about 0.35 s for full detector and CT resolution at a ray step-size of 0.5 mm. Conclusions: The authors have demonstrated a DRR algorithm calculated from first principles that accounts for scatter, beam hardening, and veiling glare in order to produce accurate DRRs. The algorithm is computationally efficient, making it a good candidate for iterative CT reconstruction techniques that require a data fidelity term based on the matching of DRRs and projections.

  1. A digitally reconstructed radiograph algorithm calculated from first principles

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    Staub, David; Murphy, Martin J.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: To develop an algorithm for computing realistic digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRRs) that match real cone-beam CT (CBCT) projections with no artificial adjustments. Methods: The authors used measured attenuation data from cone-beam CT projection radiographs of different materials to obtain a function to convert CT number to linear attenuation coefficient (LAC). The effects of scatter, beam hardening, and veiling glare were first removed from the attenuation data. Using this conversion function the authors calculated the line integral of LAC through a CT along rays connecting the radiation source and detector pixels with a ray-tracing algorithm, producing raw DRRs. The effects of scatter, beam hardening, and veiling glare were then included in the DRRs through postprocessing. Results: The authors compared actual CBCT projections to DRRs produced with all corrections (scatter, beam hardening, and veiling glare) and to uncorrected DRRs. Algorithm accuracy was assessed through visual comparison of projections and DRRs, pixel intensity comparisons, intensity histogram comparisons, and correlation plots of DRR-to-projection pixel intensities. In general, the fully corrected algorithm provided a small but nontrivial improvement in accuracy over the uncorrected algorithm. The authors also investigated both measurement- and computation-based methods for determining the beam hardening correction, and found the computation-based method to be superior, as it accounted for nonuniform bowtie filter thickness. The authors benchmarked the algorithm for speed and found that it produced DRRs in about 0.35 s for full detector and CT resolution at a ray step-size of 0.5 mm. Conclusions: The authors have demonstrated a DRR algorithm calculated from first principles that accounts for scatter, beam hardening, and veiling glare in order to produce accurate DRRs. The algorithm is computationally efficient, making it a good candidate for iterative CT reconstruction techniques that require a data fidelity term based on the matching of DRRs and projections. PMID:23298093

  2. First Principles XPS Calculation for the B Defects in SiC

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    Matsushima, Naoki; Yamauchi, Jun

    We investigate the core-level X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra of various defects containing boron in silicon carbide (SiC) using a first principles calculation with careful evaluation of the local potential boundary condition. It is found that a 512-atom cubic supercell for 3C-SiC and a 576-atom hexagonal supercell for 4H-SiC are required for convergence of the XPS binding energy to within 0.1 eV. The XPS binding energies of SiC have considerable site dependence owing to the electronegativity difference between Si and C. The difference of XPS binding energies between the Si and C substitutional sites is 3.4 eV.

  3. First-principles study of III-V electrode interfaces for photoelectrochemical hydrogen production

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    Wood, Brandon; Ogitsu, Tadashi; Choi, Wooni; Schwegler, Eric

    2012-02-01

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells promise clean, sustainable production of hydrogen fuel using water and sunlight. However, combining solar conversion efficiency with durability in electrolyte solution has proven difficult, in part because the complex chemistry active at the electrode-electrolyte interface remains poorly understood. We use first-principles molecular dynamics simulations and model density-functional calculations to study the structure, stability, and chemical activity of GaP/InP semiconductor electrodes in contact with water. We find that a local bond-topological model is able to capture much of the basic surface chemistry. Interpretation of our results points to the particular importance of surface-adsorbed oxygen in determining the available reaction pathways for photocorrosion and water dissociation. Electronic signatures of the local bond topologies are compared to data from X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy for insight into actual electrode structure.

  4. Cobalt (hydro)oxide electrodes under electrochemical conditions: a first principle study

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    Chen, Jia; Selloni, Annabella

    2013-03-01

    There is currently much interest in photoelectrochemical water splitting as a promising pathway towards sustainable energy production. A major issue of such photoelectrochemical devices is the limited efficiency of the anode, where the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) takes place. Cobalt (hydro)oxides, particularly Co3O4 and Co(OH)2, have emerged as promising candidates for use as OER anode materials. Interestingly, recent in-situ Raman spectroscopy studies have shown that Co3O4 electrodes undergo progressive oxidation and transform into oxyhydroxide, CoO(OH), under electrochemical working conditions. (Journal of the American Chemical Society 133, 5587 (2011))Using first principle electronic structure calculations, we provide insight into these findings by presenting results on the structural, thermodynamic, and electronic properties of cobalt oxide, hydroxide and oxydroxide CoO(OH), and on their relative stabilities when in contact with water under external voltage.

  5. Investigating Orientational Defects in Energetic Material RDX Using First-Principles Calculations.

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    Pal, Anirban; Meunier, Vincent; Picu, Catalin R

    2016-03-24

    Orientational defects are molecular-scale point defects consisting of misaligned sterically trapped molecules. Such defects have been predicted in α-RDX using empirical force fields. These calculations indicate that their concentration should be higher than that of vacancies. In this study we confirm the stability of a family of four orientational defects in α-RDX using first-principles calculations and evaluate their formation energies and annealing barrier heights. The charge density distribution in the defective molecules is evaluated and it is shown that all four orientational defects exhibit some level of charge reduction at the midpoint of the N-N bond, which has been previously related to the sensitivity to initiation of the material. We also evaluate the vibrational spectrum of the crystal containing orientational defects and observe band splitting relative to the perfect crystal case. This may assist the experimental identification of such defects by Raman spectroscopy. PMID:26943238

  6. Experimental and first-principles study of ferromagnetism in Mn-doped zinc stannate nanowires

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    Deng Rui; Zhou Hang; Qin Jieming; Wan Yuchun; Jiang Dayong; Liang Qingcheng; Li Yongfeng; Wu, Tom; Yao Bin; Liu Lei

    2013-07-21

    Room temperature ferromagnetism was observed in Mn-doped zinc stannate (ZTO:Mn) nanowires, which were prepared by chemical vapor transport. Structural and magnetic properties and Mn chemical states of ZTO:Mn nanowires were investigated by X-ray diffraction, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Manganese predominantly existed as Mn{sup 2+} and substituted for Zn (Mn{sub Zn}) in ZTO:Mn. This conclusion was supported by first-principles calculations. Mn{sub Zn} in ZTO:Mn had a lower formation energy than that of Mn substituted for Sn (Mn{sub Sn}). The nearest neighbor Mn{sub Zn} in ZTO stabilized ferromagnetic coupling. This observation supported the experimental results.

  7. Time-resolved photoabsorption in finite systems: A first-principles NEGF approach

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    Perfetto, E.; Uimonen, A.-M.; van Leeuwen, R.; Stefanucci, G.

    2016-03-01

    We describe a first-principles NonEquilibrium Green's Function (NEGF) approach to time-resolved photoabsortion spectroscopy in atomic and nanoscale systems. The method is used to highlight a recently discovered dynamical correlation effect in the spectrum of a Krypton gas subject to a strong ionizing pump pulse. We propose a minimal model that captures the effect, and study the performance of time-local approximations versus time-nonlocal ones. In particular we implement the time-local Hartree-Fock and Markovian second Born (2B) approximation as well as the exact adiabatic approximation within the Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory framework. For the time-nonlocal approximation we instead use the 2B one. We provide enough convincing evidence for the fact that a proper description of the spectrum of an evolving admixture of ionizing atoms requires the simultaneous occurrence of correlation and memory effects.

  8. First-Principles Framework to Compute Sum-Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectra of Semiconductors and Insulators.

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    Wan, Quan; Galli, Giulia

    2015-12-11

    We present a first-principles framework to compute sum-frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectra of semiconductors and insulators. The method is based on density functional theory and the use of maximally localized Wannier functions to compute the response to electric fields, and it includes the effect of electric field gradients at surfaces. In addition, it includes quadrupole contributions to SFG spectra, thus enabling the verification of the dipole approximation, whose validity determines the surface specificity of SFG spectroscopy. We compute the SFG spectra of ice I_{h} basal surfaces and identify which spectra components are affected by bulk contributions. Our results are in good agreement with experiments at low temperature. PMID:26705645

  9. Theoretical Modeling for the X-ray Spectroscopy of Iron-bearing MgSiO3 under High Pressure

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    Wang, X.; Tsuchiya, T.

    2012-12-01

    The behaviors of iron (Fe) in MgSiO3 perovskite, including valence state, spin state, and chemical environments, at high pressures are of fundamental importance for more detailed understanding the properties of the Earth's lower mantle. The pressure induced spin transition of Fe-bearing MgO and MgSiO3 are detected often by using high-resolution K-edge X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) [1,2,3] and confirmed by theoretical simulations. [4,5] Since the Fe K-edge XES is associated to the 3p orbital, which is far from the valence orbitals (3d and 4s), it provides no information about its coordination environments. However, the Fe L-edge XES and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) can directly present the distribution and intensity of Fe-3d character. To identify both the spin states and the coordination environments of iron-bearing MgSiO3, we systematically investigate the L-edge XAS, XES and X-ray photoelectron (XPS) spectroscopy of Fe2+- and Fe3+-bearing MgSiO3 under high pressure by using the first-principles density functional method combined with the slater-transition method. Our results show that Fe2+ and Fe3+ can be distinguished easily by taking the XPS spectra. The spin transition of Fe2+ and Fe3+ can also be clearly certified by XAS and XES. Interestingly, the broadness of L-edge XES of Fe changes depending on the iron position, meaning that its coordination environment might also be distinguishable by using high-resolution XES measurements. Research supported by the Ehime University G-COE program and KAKENHI. [1] James Badro, Guillaume Fiquet, FranÇois Guyot, Jean-Pascal Rueff, Viktor V. Struzhkin, György VankÓ, and Giulio Monaco. Science 300, 789 (2003), [2] James Badro, Jean-Pascal Rueff, György VankÓ, Giulio Monaco, Guillaume Fiquet, and FranÇois Guyot, Science 305, 383 (2004), [3] Jung-Fu Lin, Viktor V. Struzhkin, Steven D. Jacobsen, Michael Y. Hu, Paul Chow, Jennifer Kung, Haozhe Liu, Ho-kwang Mao, and Gussell J. Hemley, Nature 436, 377 (2005). [4] Taku Tsuchiya, Renata M. Wentzcovitch, Cesar R.S. da Silva, and Stefano de Gironcoli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 198501 (2006). [4] Han Hsu, Peter Blaha, Matteo Cococcioni, and Renata M. Wentzcovitch, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 118501 (2011).

  10. Subsystem-based theoretical spectroscopy of biomolecules and biomolecular assemblies.

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    Neugebauer, Johannes

    2009-12-21

    The absorption properties of chromophores in biomolecular systems are subject to several fine-tuning mechanisms. Specific interactions with the surrounding protein environment often lead to significant changes in the excitation energies, but bulk dielectric effects can also play an important role. Moreover, strong excitonic interactions can occur in systems with several chromophores at close distances. For interpretation purposes, it is often desirable to distinguish different types of environmental effects, such as geometrical, electrostatic, polarization, and response (or differential polarization) effects. Methods that can be applied for theoretical analyses of such effects are reviewed herein, ranging from continuum and point-charge models to explicit quantum chemical subsystem methods for environmental effects. Connections to physical model theories are also outlined. Prototypical applications to optical spectra and excited states of fluorescent proteins, biomolecular photoreceptors, and photosynthetic protein complexes are discussed. PMID:19911405

  11. Experimental and first principle studies on electronic structure of BaTiO3

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    Sagdeo, Archna; Ghosh, Haranath; Chakrabarti, Aparna; Kamal, C.; Ganguli, Tapas; Phase, D. M.; Deb, S. K.

    2014-04-01

    We have carried out photoemission experiments to obtain valence band spectra of various crystallographic symmetries of BaTiO3 system which arise as a function of temperature. We also present results of a detailed first principle study of these symmetries of BaTiO3 using generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation potential. Here we present theoretical results of density of states obtained from DFT based simulations to compare with the experimental valence band spectra. Further, we also perform calculations using post density functional approaches like GGA + U method as well as non-local hybrid exchange-correlation potentials like PBE0, B3LYP, HSE in order to understand the extent of effect of correlation on band gaps of different available crystallographic symmetries (5 in number) of BaTiO3.

  12. 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.

  13. Formation and annealing behaviors of qubit centers in 4H-SiC from first principles

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    Wang, Xiaopeng; Zhao, Mingwen; Bu, Hongxia; Zhang, Hongyu; He, Xiujie; Wang, Aizhu

    2013-11-01

    Inspired by finding that the nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond is a qubit candidate, similar defects in silicon carbide (SiC) have drawn considerable interest. However, the generation and annealing behaviors of these defects remain unclear. Using first-principles calculations, we describe the equilibrium concentrations and annealing mechanisms based on the diffusion of silicon vacancies. The formation energies and energy barriers along different migration paths, which are responsible for the formation rates, stability, and concentrations of these defects, are investigated. The effects on these processes of charge states, annealing temperature, and crystal orientation are also discussed. These theoretical results are expected to be useful in achieving controllable generation of these defects in experiments.

  14. Experimental and first principle studies on electronic structure of BaTiO{sub 3}

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    Sagdeo, Archna Ghosh, Haranath Chakrabarti, Aparna Kamal, C. Ganguli, Tapas Deb, S. K.; Phase, D. M.

    2014-04-24

    We have carried out photoemission experiments to obtain valence band spectra of various crystallographic symmetries of BaTiO{sub 3} system which arise as a function of temperature. We also present results of a detailed first principle study of these symmetries of BaTiO{sub 3} using generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation potential. Here we present theoretical results of density of states obtained from DFT based simulations to compare with the experimental valence band spectra. Further, we also perform calculations using post density functional approaches like GGA + U method as well as non-local hybrid exchange-correlation potentials like PBE0, B3LYP, HSE in order to understand the extent of effect of correlation on band gaps of different available crystallographic symmetries (5 in number) of BaTiO{sub 3}.

  15. Structural and electronic properties of amorphous InSb from first principles study

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    Wang, L.; Chen, X. S.; Huang, Y.; Lu, W.; Zhao, J. J.

    2010-05-01

    The model for amorphous semiconductor InSb (a-InSb) was constructed through the first principles calculations, based on the idea of “continuous random networks” (CRN). The results of structural parameters for a-InSb are in agreement with the available data both theoretically and experimentally. The structure of a-InSb is almost tetrahedrally bonded with a perfect average coordination number of four. Due to the influence of the disorders, the density of states for a-InSb has the smearing structure in contrast to crystalline InSb (c-InSb). As a consequence of the induction of disorders, modification phenomena occur at the band edge of a-InSb in contrast to that of c-InSb.

  16. First-Principles Investigation to Ionization of Argon Under Conditions Close to Typical Sonoluminescence Experiments

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    Kang, Wei; Zhao, Shijun; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Ping; Chen, Q. F.; He, Xian-Tu

    2016-02-01

    Mott effect, featured by a sharp increase of ionization, is one of the unique properties of partially ionized plasmas, and thus of great interest to astrophysics and inertial confinement fusion. Recent experiments of single bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) revealed that strong ionization took place at a density two orders lower than usual theoretical expectation. We show from the perspective of electronic structures that the strong ionization is unlikely the result of Mott effect in a pure argon plasma. Instead, first-principles calculations suggest that other ion species from aqueous environments can energetically fit in the gap between the continuum and the top of occupied states of argon, making the Mott effect possible. These results would help to clarify the relationship between SBSL and Mott effect, and further to gain an better understanding of partially ionized plasmas.

  17. Stability of the hcp Ruthenium at high pressures from first principles

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    Lugovskoy, A. V. Belov, M. P.; Vekilov, Yu. Kh; Krasilnikov, O. M.

    2014-09-14

    The method of calculation of the elastic constants up to third order from the energy-strain relation under pressure for the hcp crystals is given and described in details. The method is applied to the hcp phase of Ruthenium. Elastic constants, lattice dynamics, and electronic structure are investigated in the pressure interval of 0–600 GPa by means of first principles calculations. The obtained parameters are in very good agreement with available experimental and theoretical data. No preconditions for phase transformation driven by mechanical or dynamical instabilities for hcp Ru were found in the investigated pressure range. The reason of stability at such high pressures is explained in the context of electronic structure peculiarities.

  18. First-Principles Study of Back Contact Effects on CdTe Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Du, Mao-Hua

    2009-01-01

    Forming a chemically stable low-resistance back contact for CdTe thin-film solar cells is critically important to the cell performance. This paper reports theoretical study of the effects of the back-contact material, Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3}, on the performance of the CdTe solar cells. First-principles calculations show that Sb impurities in p-type CdTe are donors and can diffuse with low diffusion barrier. There properties are clearly detrimental to the solar-cell performance. The Sb segregation into the grain boundaries may be required to explain the good efficiencies for the CdTe solar cells with Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} back contacts.

  19. First principle investigation of the electronic and thermoelectric properties of Mg2C

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    Kulwinder, Kaur; Ranjan, Kumar

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, electronic and thermoelectric properties of Mg2C are investigated by using first principle pseudo potential method based on density functional theory and Boltzmann transport equations. We calculate the lattice parameters, bulk modulus, band gap and thermoelectric properties (Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity) of this material at different temperatures and compare them with available experimental and other theoretical data. The calculations show that Mg2C is indirect band semiconductor with a band gap of 0.75 eV. The negative value of Seebeck coefficient shows that the conduction is due to electrons. The electrical conductivity decreases with temperature and Power factor (PF) increases with temperature. The thermoelectric properties of Mg2C have been calculated in a temperature range of 100 K-1200 K. Kulwinder Kaur thanks Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India for providing fellowship.

  20. First-principles calculations for point defects in MAX phases Ti2AlN

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    Zhang, Yaowen; Yang, Shutong; Wang, Canglong

    2016-04-01

    This paper outlines general physical issues associated with performing computational numerical simulations of primary point defects in MAX phases Ti2AlN. First-principles solutions are possible due to the development of computational resources of software and hardware. The calculation accuracy is a good agreement with the experimental results. As an important application of our simulations, the results could provide a theoretical guidance for future experiments and application of Ti2AlN. For example, the N mono-vacancy is the most difficult to form. On the contrary, the mono-vacancy formation in Ti2AlN is energetically most favorable for the Al atom. The essence of the phenomena is explained by the calculated density of state (DOS).

  1. First-principles prediction of the deformation modes in austenitic Fe-Cr-Ni alloys

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    Li, Wei; Lu, Song; Kim, Dongyoo; Kokko, Kalevi; Hertzman, Staffan; Kwon, Se Kyun; Vitos, Levente

    2016-02-01

    First-principles alloy theory is used to establish the γ-surface of Fe-Cr-Ni alloys as function of chemical composition and temperature. The theoretical stacking fault energy (SFE) versus chemistry and temperature trends agree well with experiments. Combining our results with the recent plasticity theory based on the γ-surface, the stacking fault formation is predicted to be the leading deformation mechanism for alloys with effective stacking fault energy below ˜18 mJ m-2. Alloys with SFE above this critical value show both twinning and full slip at room temperature. Interestingly, twinning remains a possible deformation mode in addition to full slip even at elevated temperatures, in line with observations.

  2. First-Principles Investigation to Ionization of Argon Under Conditions Close to Typical Sonoluminescence Experiments

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    Kang, Wei; Zhao, Shijun; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Ping; Chen, Q. F.; He, Xian-Tu

    2016-01-01

    Mott effect, featured by a sharp increase of ionization, is one of the unique properties of partially ionized plasmas, and thus of great interest to astrophysics and inertial confinement fusion. Recent experiments of single bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) revealed that strong ionization took place at a density two orders lower than usual theoretical expectation. We show from the perspective of electronic structures that the strong ionization is unlikely the result of Mott effect in a pure argon plasma. Instead, first-principles calculations suggest that other ion species from aqueous environments can energetically fit in the gap between the continuum and the top of occupied states of argon, making the Mott effect possible. These results would help to clarify the relationship between SBSL and Mott effect, and further to gain an better understanding of partially ionized plasmas. PMID:26853107

  3. Thermoelectric properties of binary LnN (Ln=La and Lu): First principles study

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    Sreeparvathy P., C.; Gudelli, Vijay Kumar; Kanchana, V.; Vaitheeswaran, G.; Svane, A.; Christensen, N. E.

    2015-06-01

    First principles density functional calculations were carried out to study the electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of LnN (Ln = La and Lu) using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The thermoelectric properties were calculated by solving the Boltzmann transport equation within the constant relaxation time approximation. The obtained lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available experimental and other theoretical results. The calculated band gaps using the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential (TB-mBJ), of both compounds are in good agreement with the available experimental values. Thermoelectric properties like thermopower (S), electrical conductivity scaled by relaxation time (σ/τ) and power-factor (S2σ/τ) are calculated as functions of the carrier concentration and temperature for both compounds. The calculated thermoelectric properties are compared with the available experimental results of the similar material ScN.

  4. Obtaining Mixed-Basis Ising-Like Expansions of Binary Alloys from First Principles

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    Hart, Gus L. W.; Sanati, Mahdi; Wang, Ligen; Zunger, Alex

    2002-03-01

    Many electronic and structural properties of A_1-xBx alloys can be predicted theoretically if one can find (and quickly compute) the ``configurational energy function''--that is, the energy for any given configuration of A and B atoms on the crystal lattice. Cluster expansion methods provide one such approach. We describe our mixed-basis cluster expansion (MBCE) based on first-principles total energy calculations for only a few ordered A_mBn compounds. Our MBCE can robustly predict a variety of material properties including ground states, phase diagrams, precipitate formation, etc. Specifically, we illustrate how systematic choice of interaction parameters, numerical parameters, and choice of input structures can significantly increase the accuracy and the predictive capability of the expansion. We illustrate how the fit of LDA data can be done essentially automatically. Examples include Cu-Au, Ni-Pt, and Sc_1-xBox_xS.

  5. First-principles study on phase transition and ferroelectricity in lithium niobate and tantalate

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    Toyoura, Kazuaki; Ohta, Masataka; Nakamura, Atsutomo; Matsunaga, Katsuyuki

    2015-08-01

    The phase transitions and ferroelectricity of LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 have been investigated theoretically from first principles. The phonon analyses and the molecular dynamics simulations revealed that the ferroelectric phase transition is not conventional displacive type but order-disorder type with strong correlation between cation displacements. According to the evaluated potential energy surfaces around the paraelectric structures, the large difference in ferroelectricity between the two oxides results from the little difference in short-range interionic interaction between Nb-O and Ta-O. As the results of the crystal orbital overlap population analyses, the different short-range interaction originates from the difference in covalency between Nb4d-O2p and Ta5d-O2p orbitals, particularly dxz-px/dyz-py orbitals (π orbitals), from the electronic point of view.

  6. First principles DFT investigation of yttrium-doped graphene: Electronic structure and hydrogen storage

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    Desnavi, Sameerah; Chakraborty, Brahmananda; Ramaniah, Lavanya M.

    2014-04-24

    The electronic structure and hydrogen storage capability of Yttrium-doped grapheme has been theoretically investigated using first principles density functional theory (DFT). Yttrium atom prefers the hollow site of the hexagonal ring with a binding energy of 1.40 eV. Doping by Y makes the system metallic and magnetic with a magnetic moment of 2.11 μ{sub B}. Y decorated graphene can adsorb up to four hydrogen molecules with an average binding energy of 0.415 eV. All the hydrogen atoms are physisorbed with an average desorption temperature of 530.44 K. The Y atoms can be placed only in alternate hexagons, which imply a wt% of 6.17, close to the DoE criterion for hydrogen storage materials. Thus, this system is potential hydrogen storage medium with 100% recycling capability.

  7. First-principles calculation of dielectric response in molecule-based materials.

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    Heitzer, Henry M; Marks, Tobin J; Ratner, Mark A

    2013-07-01

    The dielectric properties of materials are of fundamental significance to many chemical processes and the functioning of numerous solid-state device technologies. While experimental methods for measuring bulk dielectric constants are well-established, far less is known, either experimentally or theoretically, about the origin of dielectric response at the molecular/multimolecular scale. In this contribution we report the implementation of an accurate first-principles approach to calculating the dielectric response of molecular systems. We assess the accuracy of the method by reproducing the experimental dielectric constants of several bulk π-electron materials and demonstrating the ability of the method to capture dielectric properties as a function of frequency and molecular orientation in representative arrays of substituted aromatic derivatives. The role of molecular alignment and packing density on dielectric response is also examined, showing that the local dielectric behavior of molecular assemblies can diverge significantly from that of the bulk material. PMID:23734640

  8. Solute/impurity diffusivities in bcc Fe: A first-principles study

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    Zhang, Chong; Fu, Jie; Li, Ruihuan; Zhang, Pengbo; Zhao, Jijun; Dong, Chuang

    2014-12-01

    Chinese low activation martensitic steel (CLAM) has been designed with decreased W content and increased Ta content to improve performance. We performed first-principles calculations to investigate the diffusion properties of solute element (Cr, W, Mn, V, Ta) and C diffusion with a nearby solute element inside bcc Fe. The self-diffusion coefficients and solute diffusion coefficients in Fe host were derived using the nine-frequency model. A relatively lower diffusivity was observed for W in paramagnetic state, implying enriched W concentration inside Fe host. The solute atom interacts strongly with C impurity, depending on the interatomic distance. According to our calculations, formation of Ta carbide precipitates is energetically preferred by trapping C impurity around Ta atom. Our theoretical results are helpful for investigating the evolution of microstructure of steels for engineering applications.

  9. Thermoelectric properties of binary LnN (Ln=La and Lu): First principles study

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    Sreeparvathy, P. C.; Gudelli, Vijay Kumar; Kanchana, V.; Vaitheeswaran, G.; Svane, A.; Christensen, N. E.

    2015-06-24

    First principles density functional calculations were carried out to study the electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of LnN (Ln = La and Lu) using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The thermoelectric properties were calculated by solving the Boltzmann transport equation within the constant relaxation time approximation. The obtained lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available experimental and other theoretical results. The calculated band gaps using the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential (TB-mBJ), of both compounds are in good agreement with the available experimental values. Thermoelectric properties like thermopower (S), electrical conductivity scaled by relaxation time (σ/τ) and power-factor (S{sup 2}σ/τ) are calculated as functions of the carrier concentration and temperature for both compounds. The calculated thermoelectric properties are compared with the available experimental results of the similar material ScN.

  10. First-principles study on migration mechanism in SrTiO3

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    Mizoguchi, Teruyasu; Takahashi, Nobuaki; Lee, Hak-Sung

    2011-02-01

    The atomistic behavior of migration in SrTiO3 was investigated by first-principles nudged elastic band calculations. Calculated migration energies for Sr and oxygen are consistent with experimental values. In contrast, the calculated energy for Ti with a simple Ti-vacancy mechanism is far larger than the experimental value. In examining different Ti-migration mechanisms, the Ti-migration energy is found to decrease and become comparable to the Sr-migration energy by introducing a Sr vacancy. This Sr-vacancy-mediated Ti migration, which is consistent with the experimentally proposed mechanism by Gömann et al. [Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 6, 3639 (2004)], is confirmed theoretically by the present calculations.

  11. First-principles calculations on thermodynamic properties of BaTiO3 rhombohedral phase.

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    Bandura, Andrei V; Evarestov, Robert A

    2012-07-01

    The calculations based on the linear combination of atomic orbitals have been performed for the low-temperature phase of BaTiO(3) crystal. Structural and electronic properties, as well as phonon frequencies were obtained using hybrid PBE0 exchange-correlation functional. The calculated frequencies and total energies at different volumes have been used to determine the equation of state and thermal contribution to the Helmholtz free energy within the quasiharmonic approximation. For the first time, the bulk modulus, volume thermal expansion coefficient, heat capacity, and Grüneisen parameters in BaTiO(3) rhombohedral phase have been estimated at zero pressure and temperatures form 0 to 200 K, based on the results of first-principles calculations. Empirical equation has been proposed to reproduce the temperature dependence of the calculated quantities. The agreement between the theoretical and experimental thermodynamic properties was found to be satisfactory. PMID:22514059

  12. Discharge Reaction Mechanisms in Na/FeS2 Batteries: First-Principles Calculations

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    Momida, Hiroyoshi; Kitajou, Ayuko; Okada, Shigeto; Yamashita, Tomoki; Oguchi, Tamio

    2015-12-01

    We have studied microscopic discharge reaction mechanisms in Na/FeS2 batteries by first-principles calculations. The calculated Na-Fe-S phase diagram shows that the discharge reactions can proceed by converting 4Na and FeS2 into 2Na2S and Fe as a fully discharged state. As an intermediate discharge reaction, we find that NaxFeS2 (x ˜ 1.5) intermediate products can be generated in the cathode, giving two major plateaus in voltage-capacity curves. The calculated voltage-capacity characteristics and X-ray absorption spectra at S and Fe K-edges of Na-discharged FeS2 cathode materials are compared with experimental results, showing that theoretically determined reaction formulas can account for the experimental discharge reactions.

  13. Structural predictions based on the compositions of cathodic materials by first-principles calculations

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    Li, Yang; Lian, Fang; Chen, Ning; Hao, Zhen-jia; Chou, Kuo-chih

    2015-05-01

    A first-principles method is applied to comparatively study the stability of lithium metal oxides with layered or spinel structures to predict the most energetically favorable structure for different compositions. The binding and reaction energies of the real or virtual layered LiMO2 and spinel LiM2O4 (M = Sc-Cu, Y-Ag, Mg-Sr, and Al-In) are calculated. The effect of element M on the structural stability, especially in the case of multiple-cation compounds, is discussed herein. The calculation results indicate that the phase stability depends on both the binding and reaction energies. The oxidation state of element M also plays a role in determining the dominant structure, i.e., layered or spinel phase. Moreover, calculation-based theoretical predictions of the phase stability of the doped materials agree with the previously reported experimental data.

  14. First-Principles Investigation to Ionization of Argon Under Conditions Close to Typical Sonoluminescence Experiments.

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    Kang, Wei; Zhao, Shijun; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Ping; Chen, Q F; He, Xian-Tu

    2016-01-01

    Mott effect, featured by a sharp increase of ionization, is one of the unique properties of partially ionized plasmas, and thus of great interest to astrophysics and inertial confinement fusion. Recent experiments of single bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) revealed that strong ionization took place at a density two orders lower than usual theoretical expectation. We show from the perspective of electronic structures that the strong ionization is unlikely the result of Mott effect in a pure argon plasma. Instead, first-principles calculations suggest that other ion species from aqueous environments can energetically fit in the gap between the continuum and the top of occupied states of argon, making the Mott effect possible. These results would help to clarify the relationship between SBSL and Mott effect, and further to gain an better understanding of partially ionized plasmas. PMID:26853107

  15. A first principle study for the comparison of phonon dispersion of armchair carbon and silicon nanotubes

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    Chandel, Surjeet Kumar; Kumar, Arun; Bharti, Ankush; Sharma, Raman

    2015-05-15

    Using first principles density functional theoretical calculations, the present paper reports a systematic study of phonon dispersion curves in pristine carbon (CNT) and silicon nanotubes (SiNT) having chirality (6,6) in the armchair configuration. Some of the phonon modes are found to have negative frequencies which leads to instability of the systems under study. The number of phonon branches has been found to be thrice as much as the number of atoms. The frequency of the higher optical bands varies from 1690 to 1957 cm{sup −1} for CNT(6,6) while it is 596 to 658 cm{sup −1} for SiNT.

  16. Stability of graphitic-like zinc oxide layers under carriers doping: a first-principles study

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    Kan, Erjun; Deng, Kaiming; Wu, Fang

    2013-11-01

    Although theoretical works have demonstrated that (0001) polar films of wurtzite (WZ) ZnO automatically transform into graphitic-like (GP) structures, the experimental realization of GP ZnO is limited to a thickness of several atomic layers. Here, using first-principles calculations, we demonstrated that the stability of GP ZnO is closely related to the concentration of near-free carriers. Our results show that the doped carriers, originating from the rich oxygen vacancies, can effectively screen the polar field, and stabilize the WZ structure. Thus, in order to obtain GP ZnO layers with much thicker films, it is necessary to reduce the near-free carrier concentration.

  17. Multilayer heterostructures of magnetic Heusler and binary compounds from first principles

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    Garoufalis, Christos; Galanakis, Iosif

    2016-03-01

    Employing first-principles state-of-the-art electronic structure calculations, we study a series of multilayer heterostructures composed of ferro/ferrimagnetic half-metallic Heusler compounds and binary compounds presenting perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. We relax these heterostructures and study both their electronic and magnetic properties. In most studied cases the Heusler spacer keeps a large value of spin-polarization at the Fermi level even for ultrathin films which attends the maximum value of 100% in the case of the Mn2VSi/MnSi multilayer. Our results pave the way both experimentally and theoretically towards the growth of such multilayer heterostructures and their incorporation in spintronic/magnetoelectronic devices.

  18. Antirelaxation coatings in coherent spectroscopy: Theoretical investigation and experimental test

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    Nasyrov, K.; Gozzini, S.; Lucchesini, A.; Marinelli, C.; Gateva, S.; Cartaleva, S.; Marmugi, L.

    2015-10-01

    We describe a theoretical model, based on a density matrix and the Liouville equation, for the investigation of magneto-optical resonances in alkali-metal atomic vapor, in particular in the case of the electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in the presence of antirelaxation coatings. The influence of the coating is parametrized with an empirical coefficient describing its efficiency; the calculations are extended to a broad range of coating quality, contrary to previous works, and to uncoated cells. The model takes into account also different configurations for the EIT formation and different efficiency of optical pumping, as determined by the coating characteristics and the atomic energy structure. The model is validated by investigating the EIT with degenerate Zeeman levels in 39K D1 and Cs D2 lines, which exhibit respectively an almost negligible and a relevant impact of hyperfine optical pumping. The results are compared to experimental data, exhibiting good agreement; in particular, for the 39K D1 line, recent findings are shown here in the case of degenerate and nondegenerate EIT with amplitude-modulated light. Our results demonstrate an effective approach for the investigation of antirelaxation coatings and their contribution in the formation of magneto-optical resonances in alkali-metal atoms, in different regimes and with largely different efficiencies. This sheds new light on well-known but not yet entirely clarified phenomena and their behavior as a function of experimental parameters.

  19. Plasmon spectroscopy: Theoretical and numerical calculations, and optimization techniques

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    Rodríguez-Oliveros, Rogelio; Paniagua-Domínguez, Ramón; Sánchez-Gil, José A.; Macías, Demetrio

    2016-02-01

    We present an overview of recent advances in plasmonics, mainly concerning theoretical and numerical tools required for the rigorous determination of the spectral properties of complex-shape nanoparticles exhibiting strong localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs). Both quasistatic approaches and full electrodynamic methods are described, providing a thorough comparison of their numerical implementations. Special attention is paid to surface integral equation formulations, giving examples of their performance in complicated nanoparticle shapes of interest for their LSPR spectra. In this regard, complex (single) nanoparticle configurations (nanocrosses and nanorods) yield a hierarchy of multiple-order LSPR s with evidence of a rich symmetric or asymmetric (Fano-like) LSPR line shapes. In addition, means to address the design of complex geometries to retrieve LSPR spectra are commented on, with special interest in biologically inspired algorithms. Thewealth of LSPRbased applications are discussed in two choice examples, single-nanoparticle surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and optical heating, and multifrequency nanoantennas for fluorescence and nonlinear optics.

  20. First-principles calculations of conductivity in transparent semiconducting oxides

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    Varley, Joel Basile

    2011-12-01

    Transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are exceptional materials that possess the unique combination of nearly metallic conductivity and optical transparency over the visible portion of the spectrum. With such features, TCOs have become critical components of many present and emerging technologies. Today these materials are already ubiquitous, appearing in windows, flat-panel displays, portable electronics, solar cells, solid-state light-emitters, and transistors. Thanks to the ever-growing list of applications that rely on TCOs, the recent surge of interest in these materials has focused on understanding the fundamental properties and doping opportunities in a variety of traditional as well as promising new TCOs. Using state-of-the-art first-principles calculations, we address several important issues in a number of technologically relevant TCOs. First, the origins of unintentional conductivity. Many TCOs exhibit high levels of n-type conductivity, even when not intentionally doped. For SnO 2, In2O3 and Ga2O3, we demonstrate that this is not due to oxygen vacancies, as is commonly assumed, but must be attributed to unintentional incorporation of impurities, with hydrogen being a prime candidate. Second, the push for higher doping levels. We suggest several donor impurities as candidate dopants with high solubility. We also investigate limitations on doping due to the formation or incorporation of compensating centers. Among intrinsic defects, cation vacancies are the most likely candidates; we also study impurities that act as acceptors. In the case of SnO2, group-V impurities are intriguing since they can act either as donors on the Sn site or acceptors on the O site. Third, the prospects for p-type doping. Here we find that none of the investigated acceptors will lead to effective hole doping. We demonstrate that the reason for this behavior is the tendency for strong localization of holes in the oxygen-derived valence bands, and relate this to the issue of polaron formation. Finally, we apply our acquired expertise to the issue of reducing the absorption edge of another wide-band-gap semiconducting oxide, TiO2, which is widely used for photocatalysis. Our conclusions resolve long-standing questions on the properties of N-doped titania, suggesting another application of acceptor doping in TCO materials.

  1. First principles evaluation of the photocatalytic properties of cuprous oxide

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    Bendavid, Leah Isseroff

    Cuprous oxide (Cu2O) is a semiconductor attractive for use as a photocatalyst in renewable fuel production, but has thus far exhibited low efficiencies in solar energy technologies. A thorough understanding of its photocatalytically relevant properties is needed to develop improved cuprous oxide-based photocatalysts. This dissertation uses first principles calculations founded in quantum mechanics to study the physical, optical, electronic, and chemical properties of cuprous oxide and to optimize its performance in solar energy applications. The key properties that affect efficiency include electronic excitations, the band gap, band edge positions, charge transport, defect trap states, catalyst stability, and surface chemistry. The band gap of Cu 2O, which defines the efficiency of solar energy absorption, is first calculated with hybrid density functional theory (DFT) followed by a single GW perturbation. We also design methods to calculate optical excitations using embedded correlated wavefunction theory. The low-index surfaces are characterized using DFT+U, where we identify the (111) surface as the most stable. This surface is employed in the derivation of the band edges of Cu2O, which demonstrate that Cu2O can provide the thermodynamic overpotential needed to drive water splitting and the reduction of CO2 to methanol. We also identify the adsorption mechanisms of weakly physisorbed CO2 and the more strongly adsorbed H2O on the Cu2O(111) surface. Effective charge transport is needed so that photoexcited carriers can reach the surface active sites prior to recombination. We study electron and hole transport in Cu2O using the small polaron model, and show that its localized description is inappropriate for carrier transport, which is better modeled using band theory. We then use an approach founded in band theory to analyze the cause of intrinsic trap states, which promote carrier recombination. We conclude that doping with Li can prevent trap state formation and thus reduce recombination. Finally, because Cu2O is known to be photocathodically unstable, we consider a suggested method of stabilizing Cu2O via deposition on a ZnO substrate. We evaluate the properties of the Cu2O(111)/ZnO(101¯0) interface, revealing that it is weakly bound. The ZnO substrate reduces the band gap of the Cu2O coating.

  2. First-principles modelling of materials: From polythiophene to phosphorene

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    Ziletti, Angelo

    As a result of the computing power provided by the current technology, computational methods now play an important role in modeling and designing materials at the nanoscale. The focus of this dissertation is two-fold: first, new computational methods to model nanoscale transport are introduced, then state-of-the-art tools based on density functional theory are employed to explore the properties of phosphorene, a novel low dimensional material with great potential for applications in nanotechnology. A Wannier function description of the electron density is combined with a generalized Slater-Koster interpolation technique, enabling the introduction of a new computational method for constructing first-principles model Hamiltonians for electron and hole transport that maintain the density functional theory accuracy at a fraction of the computational cost. As a proof of concept, this new approach is applied to model polythiophene, a polymer ubiquitous in organic photovoltaic devices. A new low dimensional material, phosphorene - a single layer of black phosphorous - the phosphorous analogue of graphene was first isolated in early 2014 and has attracted considerable attention. It is a semiconductor with a sizable band gap, which makes it a perfect candidate for ultrathin transistors. Multi-layer phosphorene transistors have already achieved the highest hole mobility of any two-dimensional material apart from graphene. Phosphorene is prone to oxidation, which can lead to degradation of electrical properties, and eventually structural breakdown. The calculations reported here are some of the first to explore this oxidation and reveal that different types of oxygen defects are readily introduced in the phosphorene lattice, creating electron traps in some situations. These traps are responsible for the non-ambipolar behavior observed by experimental collaborators in air-exposed few-layer black phosphorus devices. Calculation results predict that air exposure of phosphorene creates a new family of two-dimensional oxides, which has been later confirmed by X-ray photoemission measurements. These oxides can form protective coatings for phosphorene and have interesting tunable electronic properties. Finally, Wannier function interpolation has been used to demonstrate that a saddle-point van Hove singularity is present near the phosphorene Fermi energy, as observed in some layered cuprate high temperature superconductors; this leads to an intriguing strain-induced ferromagnetic instability.

  3. ABINIT: First-principles approach to material and nanosystem properties

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    Gonze, X.; Amadon, B.; Anglade, P.-M.; Beuken, J.-M.; Bottin, F.; Boulanger, P.; Bruneval, F.; Caliste, D.; Caracas, R.; Côté, M.; Deutsch, T.; Genovese, L.; Ghosez, Ph.; Giantomassi, M.; Goedecker, S.; Hamann, D. R.; Hermet, P.; Jollet, F.; Jomard, G.; Leroux, S.; Mancini, M.; Mazevet, S.; Oliveira, M. J. T.; Onida, G.; Pouillon, Y.; Rangel, T.; Rignanese, G.-M.; Sangalli, D.; Shaltaf, R.; Torrent, M.; Verstraete, M. J.; Zerah, G.; Zwanziger, J. W.

    2009-12-01

    ABINIT [ http://www.abinit.org] allows one to study, from first-principles, systems made of electrons and nuclei (e.g. periodic solids, molecules, nanostructures, etc.), on the basis of Density-Functional Theory (DFT) and Many-Body Perturbation Theory. Beyond the computation of the total energy, charge density and electronic structure of such systems, ABINIT also implements many dynamical, dielectric, thermodynamical, mechanical, or electronic properties, at different levels of approximation. The present paper provides an exhaustive account of the capabilities of ABINIT. It should be helpful to scientists that are not familiarized with ABINIT, as well as to already regular users. First, we give a broad overview of ABINIT, including the list of the capabilities and how to access them. Then, we present in more details the recent, advanced, developments of ABINIT, with adequate references to the underlying theory, as well as the relevant input variables, tests and, if available, ABINIT tutorials. Program summaryProgram title: ABINIT Catalogue identifier: AEEU_v1_0 Distribution format: tar.gz Journal reference: Comput. Phys. Comm. Programming language: Fortran95, PERL scripts, Python scripts Computer: All systems with a Fortran95 compiler Operating system: All systems with a Fortran95 compiler Has the code been vectorized or parallelized?: Sequential, or parallel with proven speed-up up to one thousand processors. RAM: Ranges from a few Mbytes to several hundred Gbytes, depending on the input file. Classification: 7.3, 7.8 External routines: (all optional) BigDFT [1], ETSF IO [2], libxc [3], NetCDF [4], MPI [5], Wannier90 [6] Nature of problem: This package has the purpose of computing accurately material and nanostructure properties: electronic structure, bond lengths, bond angles, primitive cell size, cohesive energy, dielectric properties, vibrational properties, elastic properties, optical properties, magnetic properties, non-linear couplings, electronic and vibrational lifetimes, etc. Solution method: Software application based on Density-Functional Theory and Many-Body Perturbation Theory, pseudopotentials, with planewaves, Projector-Augmented Waves (PAW) or wavelets as basis functions. Running time: From less than one second for the simplest tests, to several weeks. The vast majority of the >600 provided tests run in less than 30 seconds. References:[1] http://inac.cea.fr/LSim/BigDFT. [2] http://etsf.eu/index.php?page=standardization. [3] http://www.tddft.org/programs/octopus/wiki/index.php/Libxc. [4] http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/netcdf. [5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MessagePassingInterface. [6] http://www.wannier.org.

  4. Quantum Transport from first principles, status, prospects and future directions

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    Taylor, Jeremy

    2004-03-01

    In recent years, significant progress has been made in the measurement of quantum transport properties of nanoscale devices. From a theoretical/computational point of view, an important challenge is to understand the collected data so that the basic physics of nanoscale conduction can be established. This task requires the development of appropriate theoretical formalisms and associated modeling tools which are capable of making quantitative predictions without invoking phenomenological parameters. In the recent 5 years I have been involved in the development of a formalism within density functional theory, which allows for self-consistent modeling of quantum transport properties at the molecular scale under external bias and gate potentials. This formalism is based on a DFT analysis within the Keldysh nonequilibrium Green's functions (NEGF) framework, and has been implemented in the McDcal, TranSIESTA and lately the TranSIESTAC software. With our latest developments, the complexity of quantum transport calculations approaches conventional electronic structure methods, and becomes a standard method for the computational science toolbox. In this talk I will review our most recent results on the comparison between theoretical calculated current-voltage characteristics and experimental measurements, including both atomic wires and molecular systems. An important issue here is the accuracy of both experimental and theoretical approaches and I will discuss how the theoretical limit within a certain model chemistry can be systematically approached. The examples also illustrate how theoretical modelling can give new insight into the underlying transport mechanisms, by reviling information on the scattering states and electron transmission channels.

  5. First principles calculations of interlayer exchange coupling in bcc Fe/Cu/Fe structures

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    Kowalewski, M.; Heinrich, B.; Schulthess, T.C.; Butler, W.H.

    1998-07-01

    The authors report on theoretical calculations of interlayer exchange coupling between two Fe layers separated by a modified Cu spacer. These calculations were motivated by experimental investigations of similar structures by the SFU group. The multilayer structures of interest have the general form: Fe/Cu(k)Fe and Fe/Cu(m)/X(1)/Cu(n)/Fe where X indicates one AL (atomic layer) of foreign atoms X (Cr, Ag or Fe) and k, m, n represent the number of atomic layers of Cu. The purpose of the experimental and theoretical work was to determine the effect of modifying the pure Cu spacer by replacing the central Cu atomic layer with the atomic layer of foreign atoms X. The first principles calculation were performed using the Layer Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (LKKR) method. The theoretical thickness dependence of the exchange coupling between two-semi-infinite Fe layers was calculated for pure Cu spacer thicknesses in the range of 0

  6. First principles calculations of interlayer exchange coupling in bcc Fe/Cu/Fe structures

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    Kowalewski, M.; Heninrich, B.; Schulthess, T.C.; Butler, W.H.

    1998-01-01

    The authors report on theoretical calculations of interlayer exchange coupling between two Fe layers separated by a modified Cu spacer. These calculations were motivated by experimental investigations of similar structures by the SFU group. The multilayer structures of interest have the general form: Fe/Cu(k)/Fe and Fe/Cu(m)/X(1)/Cu(n)/Fe where X indicates one AL (atomic layer) of foreign atoms X (Cr, Ag, or Fe) and k, m, n represent the number of atomic layers of Cu. The purpose of the experimental and theoretical work was to determine the effect of modifying the pure Cu spacer by replacing the central Cu atomic layer with the atomic layer of foreign atoms X. The first principles calculation were performed using the Layer Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (LKKR) method. The theoretical thickness dependence of the exchange coupling between two semi-infinite Fe layers was calculated for pure Cu spacer thicknesses in the range of 0 < k < 16. The effect of the foreign atoms X on the exchange coupling was investigated using the structure with 9 AL Cu spacer as a reference sample. The calculated changes in the exchange coupling are in qualitative agreement with experiment.

  7. Photoexcitation and Photochemical Stability of Organic Photovoltaic Materials from First Principles

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    Sai, Na; Leung, Kevin

    2013-03-01

    The development of high efficiency organic photovoltaics (OPV) has recently become enabled by the synthesis of new conjugated polymers with low band gap that allow light absorption over a broader range of the spectrum. Stability of these new polymers, a key requirement for commercialization, has not yet received sufficient attention. Here, we report first-principles theoretical modeling of photo-induced degradation of OPV polymers carried out using ab-initio density functional theory (DFT). We report photooxidation routes and reaction products for reactive species including superoxide oxygen anions and hydroxyl groups interacting with the standard workhorse OPV polymer, poly(3-hexyl-thiophene) (P3HT). We discuss theoretical issues and challenges affecting the modeling such reactions in OPV polymers. We also discuss the application of theoretical methods to low-band-gap polymers, and in particular, the effect of the chemical substitution on the photoexcitation properties of these new polymers. Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Deparment of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. This work is supported by the Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award number DE-SC0001091.

  8. First-principles theory, coarse-grained models, and simulations of ferroelectrics.

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    Waghmare, Umesh V

    2014-11-18

    CONSPECTUS: A ferroelectric crystal exhibits macroscopic electric dipole or polarization arising from spontaneous ordering of its atomic-scale dipoles that breaks inversion symmetry. Changes in applied pressure or electric field generate changes in electric polarization in a ferroelectric, defining its piezoelectric and dielectric properties, respectively, which make it useful as an electromechanical sensor and actuator in a number of applications. In addition, a characteristic of a ferroelectric is the presence of domains or states with different symmetry equivalent orientations of spontaneous polarization that are switchable with large enough applied electric field, a nonlinear property that makes it useful for applications in nonvolatile memory devices. Central to these properties of a ferroelectric are the phase transitions it undergoes as a function of temperature that involve lowering of the symmetry of its high temperature centrosymmetric paraelectric phase. Ferroelectricity arises from a delicate balance between short and long-range interatomic interactions, and hence the resulting properties are quite sensitive to chemistry, strains, and electric charges associated with its interface with substrate and electrodes. First-principles density functional theoretical (DFT) calculations have been very effective in capturing this and predicting material and environment specific properties of ferroelectrics, leading to fundamental insights into origins of ferroelectricity in oxides and chalcogenides uncovering a precise picture of electronic hybridization, topology, and mechanisms. However, use of DFT in molecular dynamics for detailed prediction of ferroelectric phase transitions and associated temperature dependent properties has been limited due to large length and time scales of the processes involved. To this end, it is quite appealing to start with input from DFT calculations and construct material-specific models that are realistic yet simple for use in large-scale simulations while capturing the relevant microscopic interactions quantitatively. In this Account, we first summarize the insights obtained into chemical mechanisms of ferroelectricity using first-principles DFT calculations. We then discuss the principles of construction of first-principles model Hamiltonians for ferroelectric phase transitions in perovskite oxides, which involve coarse-graining in time domain by integrating out high frequency phonons. Molecular dynamics simulations of the resulting model are shown to give quantitative predictions of material-specific ferroelectric transition behavior in bulk as well as nanoscale ferroelectric structures. A free energy landscape obtained through coarse-graining in real-space provides deeper understanding of ferroelectric transitions, domains, and states with inhomogeneous order and points out the key role of microscopic coupling between phonons and strain. We conclude with a discussion of the multiscale modeling strategy elucidated here and its application to other materials such as shape memory alloys. PMID:25361389

  9. First-principles calculation of ground and excited-state absorption spectra of ruby and alexandrite considering lattice relaxation

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    Watanabe, Shinta; Sasaki, Tomomi; Taniguchi, Rie; Ishii, Takugo; Ogasawara, Kazuyoshi

    2009-02-01

    We performed first-principles calculations of multiplet structures and the corresponding ground-state absorption and excited-state absorption spectra for ruby (Cr3+:α-Al2O3) and alexandrite (Cr3+:BeAl2O4) which included lattice relaxation. The lattice relaxation was estimated using the first-principles total energy and molecular-dynamics method of the CASTEP code. The multiplet structure and absorption spectra were calculated using the configuration-interaction method based on density-functional calculations. For both ruby and alexandrite, the theoretical absorption spectra, which were already in reasonable agreement with experimental spectra, were further improved by consideration of lattice relaxation. In the case of ruby, the peak positions and peak intensities were improved through the use of models with relaxations of 11 or more atoms. For alexandrite, the polarization dependence of the U band was significantly improved, even by a model with a relaxation of only seven atoms.

  10. Covalently Bound Tetracoordinated Organoborons are Superhalogens: A Combined Negative Ion Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Theoretical Study

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    Zhang, Jian; Yang, Ping; Sun, Zhenrong; Wang, Xue B.

    2014-09-18

    Molecular species with electron affinities (EAs) larger than that of the chlorine atom (3.6131 eV) are superhalogens. The corresponding negative ions, namely, superhalogen anions, are intrinsically very stable with high electron binding energies (EBEs), and widely exist as building blocks of bulk materials and ionic liquids. The most common superhalogen anions proposed and confirmed to date are either ionic salts or compact inorganic species. Herein we report a new class of superhalogen species, a series of tetracoordinated organoboron anions [BL4]– (L = phenyl (1), 4-fluorophenyl (2), 1-imidazolyl (3), L4 = H(pyrazolyl)3 (4)) with bulky organic ligands covalently bound to the central B atom. Negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy (NIPES) reveals all of these anions possessing EBEs higher than that of Cl- with the adiabatic / vertical detachment energy (ADE / VDE) of 4.44/4.8 (1), 4.78/5.2 (2), 5.08/5.4 (3), and 4.59/4.9 eV (4), respectively. First-principles calculations confirmed high EBEs of [BL4]– and predicted that these anions are thermodynamically stable against fragmentation. The unraveled superhalogen nature of these species provides a molecular basis to explain the wide-range applications of tetraphenylborate (TPB) (1) and trispyrazolylborate (Tp) (4) in many areas spanning from industrial waste treatment to soft material synthesis and organometallic chemistry

  11. First-principles elastic properties of (alpha)-Pu

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    Soderlind, P; Klepeis, J

    2009-02-18

    Density-functional electronic-structure calculations have been used to investigate the ambient pressure and low temperature elastic properties of the ground-state {alpha} phase of plutonium metal. The electronic structure and correlation effects are modeled within a fully relativistic antiferromagnetic treatment with a generalized gradient approximation for the electron exchange and correlation functional. The 13 independent elastic constants, for the monoclinic {alpha}-Pu system, are calculated for the observed geometry. A comparison of the results with measured data from recent resonant ultrasound spectroscopy for a cast sample is made.

  12. First-principles elastic properties of (alpha)-Pu

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    Soderlind, P; Klepeis, J E

    2008-11-04

    Density-functional electronic structure calculations have been used to investigate the ambient pressure and low temperature elastic properties of the ground-state {alpha} phase of plutonium metal. The electronic structure and correlation effects are modeled within a fully relativistic anti-ferromagnetic treatment with a generalized gradient approximation for the electron exchange and correlation functionals. The 13 independent elastic constants, for the monoclinic {alpha}-Pu system, are calculated for the observed geometry. A comparison of the results with measured data from resonant ultrasound spectroscopy for a cast sample is made.

  13. Deriving the nuclear shell model from first principles

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    Barrett, B. R.; Dikmen, E.; Lisetskiy, A. F.; Maris, P.; Shirokov, A. M.; Vary, J. P.

    2015-02-01

    A procedure for calculating microscopically the input for standard shell-model calculations, i.e., the core and single-particle energies plus the two-body effective model-space interactions, is presented and applied to nuclei at the start of the sd-shell. Calculations with the JISP16 and Idaho χEFT N3LO nucleon-nucleon interactions are performed and yield consistent results, which also are similar to phenomenological results in the sd-shell as well as with other theoretical calculations, utilizing other techniques. All results show only a weak A-dependence.

  14. Design and Characterization of Photoelectrodes from First Principles

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    Ogitsu, T; Wood, B; Choi, W; Huda, M; Wei, S

    2012-05-11

    Although significant performance improvements have been realized since the first demonstration of sunlight-driven water splitting in 1972, mainstream adoption of photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells remains limited by an absence of cost-effective electrodes that show simultaneously high conversion efficiency and good durability. Here we outline current and future efforts to use advanced theoretical techniques to guide the development of a durable, high-performance PEC electrode material. Working in close collaboration with experimental synthesis and characterization teams, we use a twofold approach focusing on: (1) rational design of novel high-performance electrode materials; and (2) characterization and optimization of the electrode-electrolyte interface.

  15. First principles study of halogens adsorption on intermetallic surfaces

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    Zhu, Quanxi; Wang, Shao-qing

    2016-02-01

    Halides are often present at electrochemical environment, they can directly influence the electrode potential or zero charge potential through the induced work-function change. In this work, we focused in particular on the halogen-induced work function change as a function of the coverage of fluorine, chlorine, bromine and iodine on Al2Au and Al2Pt (110) surfaces. Results show that the real relation between work function change and dipole moment change for halogens adsorption on intermetallic surfaces is just a common linear relationship rather than a directly proportion. Besides, the different slopes between fitted lines and the theoretical slope employed in pure metal surfaces demonstrating that the halogens adsorption on intermetallic surfaces are more complicated. We also present a weight parameter β to describe different factors effect on work function shift and finally qualify which factor dominates the shift direction.

  16. Pressure Dependent Electronic Properties of Organic Semiconductors from First Principles

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    Knuth, Franz; Carbogno, Christian; Blum, Volker; Scheffler, Matthias

    2015-03-01

    The electronic properties of organic semiconductors typically exhibit a significant dependence on the strain, stress, and pressure. In this contribution, we present the theoretical background, assessment of approximations, and results of electronic and transport properties in the framework of density-functional theory. Our implementation considers the analytical strain derivatives (stress tensor) including the contributions that stem from (a) van-der-Waals interactions and (b) the Fock-exchange in hybrid functionals. We validate our approach by investigating the geometric and electronic changes that occur in polyacetylene and anthracene under hydrostatic pressure. We show that the fraction of exact exchange included in the calculations is critical - and non-trivial to choose - for a correct description of these systems. Furthermore, we point out trends for the electrical conductivity under pressure and identify the dominant charge carriers and transport directions.

  17. First-Principles Investigation of Li Intercalation Kinetics in Phospho-Olivines

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    Malik, Rahul

    This thesis focuses broadly on characterizing and understanding the Li intercalation mechanism in phospho-olivines, namely LiFePO 4 and Li(Fe,Mn)PO4, using first-principles calculations. Currently Li-ion battery technology is critically relied upon for the operation of electrified vehicles, but further improvements mainly in cathode performance are required to ensure widespread adoption, which in itself requires learning from existing commercial cathode chemistries. LiFePO4 is presently used in commercial Li-ion batteries, known for its rapid charge and discharge capability but with underwhelming energy density. This motivates the three central research efforts presented herein. First, we investigate the modified phase diagram and electrochemical properties of mixed olivines, such as Li(Fe,Mn)PO4, which offer improved theoretical energy density over LiFePO4 (due to the higher redox voltage associated with Mn2+/Mn3+). The Lix(Fe1-yMny)PO4 phase diagram is constructed by Monte Carlo simulation on a cluster expansion Hamiltonian parametrized by first-principles determined energies. Deviations from the equilibrium phase behavior and voltages of pure LiFePO4 and LiMnPO 4 are analyzed and discussed to good agreement with experimental observations. Second, we address why LiFePO4 exhibits superior rate performance strictly when the active particle size is brought down to the nano-scale. By considering the presence of immobile point defects residing in the 1D Li diffusion path, specifically by calculating from first principles both defect formation energies and Li migration barriers in the vicinity of likely defects, the Li diffusivity is recalculated and is found to strongly vary with particle size. At small particle sizes, the contribution from defects is small, and fast 1D Li diffusion is accessible. However, at larger particle sizes (microm scale and above) the contribution from defects is much larger. Not only is Li transport impeded, but it is also less anisotropic in agreement with experiments on large LiFePO4 single crystals. Third, we investigate why LiFePO4 can be charged and discharged rapidly despite having to undergo a first-order phase transition. Conventional wisdom dictates that a system with strong equilibrium Li segregation behavior requires both nucleation and growth in the charge and discharge process, which should impede the overall kinetics. Rather, through first-principles calculations, we determine the minimal energy required to access a non-equilibrium transformation path entirely through the solid solution. Not only does this transformation mechanism require little driving force, but it also rationalizes how a kinetically favorable but nonequilibrium path is responsible for the extremely high rate performance associated with this material. The consequences of a rapid non-equilibrium single-particle transformation mechanism on (dis)charging a multi-particle assembly, as is the case in porous electrodes, are discussed and compared to experimental observations. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, libraries.mit.edu/docs - docs mit.edu)

  18. Atomistic simulation of point defects and dislocations in bbc transition metals from first principles

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    Xu, W; Moriarty, J.A.

    1996-01-19

    Using multi-ion interatomic potentials derived from first-principles generalized pseudopotential theory, we have been studying point defects and dislocations in bcc transition metals, with molybdenum (Mo) as a prototype. For point defects in Mo, the calculated vacancy formation and activation energies are in excellent agreement with experimental results. The energetics of six self-interstitial configurations in Mo have also been investigated. The <110> split dumb-bell is found to have the lowest formation energy, as is experimentally observed, but the corresponding migration energy is calculated to be 3--15 times higher than previous theoretical estimates. The atomic structure and energetics of <111> screw dislocations in Mo are now being investigated. We have found that the ``easy`` core configuration has a lower formation energy than the ``hard`` one, consistent with previous theoretical studies. The former has a distinctive 3-fold symmetry with a spread out of the dislocation core along the <112> directions, an effect which is driven by the strong angular forces present in these metals.

  19. First-principle study of thermoelectric properties of impurity-doped magnesium silicide Mg2Si

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    Funashima, Hiroki

    2014-03-01

    The electronic structure and the thermoelectric properties of Mg2Si doped with several dopants, Al, Bi, Sb, and Zn, are theoretically examined using a first-principles calculation method. Mg2Si is a promising thermoelectric material that is functional in the temperature range from 500 to 800 K. Therefore, it is expected to be useful for recovering waste heat from exhaust gas in automotive applications, incinerators, and boilers. Moreover, this material has several desirable attributes with respect to cost and environmental protection: it is cheap, nontoxic, and composed of elements abundant on Earth. These advantages are important for practical usage in thermoelectric applications. Impurity doping is a well-established way to improve the thermoelectric performance of Mg2Si. Undoped Mg2Si crystals have n-type conductivity, but they can be doped with both n- and p-type impurities. A fundamental understanding of the relationship between impurity doping and the thermoelectric properties of Mg2Si will allow us to provide theoretical guidelines for further development of this material. As an effort toward this goal, we present here the band structure of Mg2Si using the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FLAPW) method based on LDA/DFT and the conductivity.

  20. Lattice dynamics and thermal conductivity of calcium fluoride via first-principles investigation

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    Qi, Yuan-Yuan; Zhang, Tian; Cheng, Yan; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Wei, Dong-Qing; Cai, Ling-Cang

    2016-03-01

    The lattice thermal conductivity of CaF2 is accurately computed from a first-principles theoretical approach based on an iterative solution of the Boltzmann transport equation. The second- and third-order interatomic force constants are generated from a real-space finite-difference supercell approach. Then, the force constants for both the second- and third-order potential interactions are used to calculate the lattice thermal conductivity and related physical quantities of CaF2 at temperatures ranging from 30 K to 1500 K. The obtained lattice thermal conductivity 8.6 W/(m.K) for CaF2 at room temperature agrees better with the experimental value than other theoretical data, demonstrating the promise of this parameter-free approach in providing precise descriptions of the lattice thermal conductivity of materials. The obtained dielectric parameters and phonon spectrum of CaF2 accord well with available data. Meanwhile, the temperature dependence curves of the lattice thermal conductivity, heat capacity, and phonon mean free path are presented.

  1. Study of the resistance induced by metal contacts in graphene by first-principles methods

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    Barraza-Lopez, Salvador; Chou, Mei-Yin

    2009-11-01

    The detailed knowledge of the resistance induced by metals contacting graphene has been the subject of thorough experimental and theoretical efforts, as these studies conform a necessary stage before graphene could become a viable material for electronic applications. Furthermore, it is desirable to determine optimal interfaces to bring this resistance to its minimum possible values. Theoretical modeling of transport through graphene with real metallic leads is in its first stages, and some assumptions made in the models so far presented lack sound justification or validation from first-principles studies. With a combination of density-functional theory and large-scale non-equilibrium Green's function methods, a thorough study of the conductance/resistance induced by aluminum contacts on suspended graphene is presented, as a function of the graphene's width as well as the magnitude of the suspended length. Beyond an electron-hole asymmetry in the conductance features, we have been able to confirm a conduction gap for widths smaller than 10 nm (in accordance with experimental observation), and to observe the evolution of a prominent peak in the conductance that evolves as a function of the length between the metallic contacts. The insight acquired from simulation can be employed to construct a minimal tight-binding model to predict the conductance through graphene attached to metal leads.

  2. Nitrate isotope fractionations during biological nitrate reduction: Insights from first principles theoretical modeling

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    Guo, W.; Granger, J.; Sigman, D. M.

    2010-12-01

    Coupled fractionations of N and O isotopes during biological nitrate reduction provide important constraints on the marine nitrogen cycle at present and in the geologic past. Recent laboratory experiments with mono-cultures of nitrate-assimilative algae and plankton, and denitrifying bacteria demonstrate that N and O isotopic compositions of the residual nitrate co-vary linearly with a constant ratio (i.e., Δδ18O: Δδ15N) of ~1 or ~0.6 [1]. These systematic variations have been inferred to derive from the kinetic isotope fractionations associated with nitrate reductases. The isotope fractionation mechanisms at the enzymatic level, however, remain elusive. Here we present models of isotope fractionations accompanying the nitrate reduction (NO3-→NO2-) by three functional types of nitrate reductases, using techniques from ab initio, transition state and statistical thermodynamic theory. We consider three types of nitrate reductases: eukNR (eukaryotic assimilatory nitrate reductase), NAR (prokaryotic respiratory nitrate reductase) and Nap (prokaryotic periplasmic nitrate reductase). All are penta- or hexa-coordinated molybdo-enzymes, but bear considerable differences in protein geometry among functional types. Our models, based on the simplified structures of their active sites, predict N and O isotope effects (15ɛ and 18ɛ) ranging from 32.7 to 36.6‰ and from 33.5 to 34.8‰, respectively, at 300K with 18ɛ:15ɛ ratios of 0.9-1.1. The predicted amplitudes of N and O isotope fractionations are in the range measured for eukNR in vitro (~27‰, Karsh et al. in prep), and also correspond to the upper amplitudes observed for denitrifiers in vivo (~25‰, [1]). Moreover, the computed 18ɛ:15ɛ ratios corroborate the consistent relationships of ~1 observed experimentally for eukNR and the respiratory NAR. These findings indicate the enzymatic reduction is likely the rate-limiting step in most biological nitrate reductions. In addition, the predicted similarity of 18ɛ:15ɛ ratios among different nitrate reductases suggests that the nitrate isotope fractionations by nitrate reductases are governed by the kinetics of the O-N bond cleavage, which incurs negligible differences from variations in surrounding moieties at the active sites. However, our model similarly predicts a 15ɛ of 36.6‰ and 18ɛ:15ɛ of 0.9 for the auxiliary Nap, although it exhibits a 15ɛ of ~15‰ and 18ɛ:15ɛ of ~0.6 in vivo [1]. This discrepancy is suspected to arise from slower binding and release of NO3- from Nap, which could be partially rate-determining in this enzymatic catalysis, or from the assumptions of our modeled enzyme structures. By extending our above models to include the multiply-substituted (clumped) isotopologues, we predict that isotope fractionations during biological nitrate reduction decrease the proportion of 15N-18O bonds in the residual nitrate relative to their expected equilibrium abundances (~0.02‰ decrease for every 1‰ kinetic enrichment in nitrate δ15N). Future quantification of 15N-18O clumped isotope anomalies in natural nitrate may provide additional constraints on the nitrogen cycle in the ocean. Reference: [1] Granger et al. (2010) GCA, 74: 1030-1040.

  3. Theoretical investigation of nuclear quadrupole interactions in DNA at first-principles level

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    Mahato, Dip N.; Dubey, Archana; Pink, R. H.; Scheicher, R. H.; Badu, S. R.; Nagamine, K.; Torikai, E.; Saha, H. P.; Chow, Lee; Huang, M. B.; Das, T. P.

    We have studied the nuclear quadrupole interactions (NQI) of the 14N, 17O and 2H nuclei in the nucleobases cytosine, adenine, guanine and thymine in the free state as well as when they are bonded to the sugar ring in DNA, simulated through a CH3 group attached to the nucleobases. The nucleobase uracil, which replaces thymine in RNA, has also been studied. Our results show that there are substantial indirect effects of the bonding with the sugar group in the nucleic acids on the NQI parameters e 2 qQ/h and ?. It is hoped that measurements of these NQI parameters in DNA will be available in the future to compare with our predictions. Our results provide the conclusion that for any property dependent on the electronic structures of the nucleic acids, the effects of the bonding between the nucleobases and the nucleic acid backbones have to be included.

  4. Theoretical investigation of nuclear quadrupole interactions in DNA at first-principles level

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    Mahato, Dip N.; Dubey, Archana; Pink, R. H.; Scheicher, R. H.; Badu, S. R.; Nagamine, K.; Torikai, E.; Saha, H. P.; Chow, Lee; Huang, M. B.; Das, T. P.

    2008-01-01

    We have studied the nuclear quadrupole interactions (NQI) of the 14N, 17O and 2H nuclei in the nucleobases cytosine, adenine, guanine and thymine in the free state as well as when they are bonded to the sugar ring in DNA, simulated through a CH3 group attached to the nucleobases. The nucleobase uracil, which replaces thymine in RNA, has also been studied. Our results show that there are substantial indirect effects of the bonding with the sugar group in the nucleic acids on the NQI parameters e 2 qQ/h and ?. It is hoped that measurements of these NQI parameters in DNA will be available in the future to compare with our predictions. Our results provide the conclusion that for any property dependent on the electronic structures of the nucleic acids, the effects of the bonding between the nucleobases and the nucleic acid backbones have to be included.

  5. A Theoretical Study of Bulk and Surface Diffusion Processes for Semiconductor Materials Using First Principles Calculations

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    Roehl, Jason L.

    Diffusion of point defects on crystalline surfaces and in their bulk is an important and ubiquitous phenomenon affecting film quality, electronic properties and device functionality. A complete understanding of these diffusion processes enables one to predict and then control those processes. Such understanding includes knowledge of the structural, energetic and electronic properties of these native and non-native point defect diffusion processes. Direct experimental observation of the phenomenon is difficult and microscopic theories of diffusion mechanisms and pathways abound. Thus, knowing the nature of diffusion processes, of specific point defects in given materials, has been a challenging task for analytical theory as well as experiment. The recent advances in computing technology have been a catalyst for the rise of a third mode of investigation. The advent of tremendous computing power, breakthroughs in algorithmic development in computational applications of electronic density functional theory now enables direct computation of the diffusion process. This thesis demonstrates such a method applied to several different examples of point defect diffusion on the (001) surface of gallium arsenide (GaAs) and the bulk of cadmium telluride (CdTe) and cadmium sulfide (CdS). All results presented in this work are ab initio, total-energy pseudopotential calculations within the local density approximation to density-functional theory. Single particle wavefunctions were expanded in a plane-wave basis and reciprocal space k-point sampling was achieved by Monkhorst-Pack generated k-point grids. Both surface and bulk computations employed a supercell approach using periodic boundary conditions. Ga adatom adsorption and diffusion processes were studied on two reconstructions of the GaAs(001) surface including the c(4x4) and c(4x4)-heterodimer surface reconstructions. On the GaAs(001)- c(4x4) surface reconstruction, two distinct sets of minima and transition sites were discovered for a Ga adatom relaxing from heights of 3 and 0.5 A from the surface. These two sets show significant differences in the interaction of the Ga adatom with surface As dimers and an electronic signature of the differences in this interaction was identified. The energetic barriers to diffusion were computed between various adsorption sites. Diffusion profiles for native Cd and S, adatom and vacancy, and non-native interstitial adatoms of Te, Cu and Cl were investigated in bulk wurtzite CdS. The interstitial diffusion paths considered in this work were chosen parallel to c-axis as it represents the path encountered by defects diffusing from the CdTe layer. Because of the lattice mismatch between zinc-blende CdTe and hexagonal wurtzite CdS, the c-axis in CdS is normal to the CdTe interface. The global minimum and maximum energy positions in the bulk unit cell vary for different diffusing species. This results in a significant variation, in the bonding configurations and associated strain energies of different extrema positions along the diffusion paths for various defects. The diffusion barriers range from a low of 0.42 eV for an S interstitial to a high of 2.18 eV for a S vacancy. The computed 0.66 eV barrier for a Cu interstitial is in good agreement with experimental values in the range of 0.58 - 0.96 eV reported in the literature. There exists an electronic signature in the local density of states for the s- and d-states of the Cu interstitial at the global maximum and global minimum energy position. The work presented in this thesis is an investigation into diffusion processes for semiconductor bulk and surfaces. The work provides information about these processes at a level of control unavailable experimentally giving an elaborate description into physical and electronic properties associated with diffusion at its most basic level. Not only does this work provide information about GaAs, CdTe and CdS, it is intended to contribute to a foundation of knowledge that can be extended to other systems to expand our overall understanding into the diffusion process. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  6. Putting DFT to the Test: A First-Principles Study of Electronic, Magnetic, and Optical Properties of Co3O4

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    Singh, Vijay; Kosa, Monica; Majhi, Koushik; Major, Dan Thomas; Arie Zaban Collaboration, Prof.

    First-principles density functional theory (DFT) and a many-body Green's function method have been employed to elucidate the electronic, magnetic, and photonic properties of a spinel compound, Co3O4. Co3O4 is believed to be a strongly correlated material, where the on-site Coulomb interaction (U) on Co d orbitals is presumably important, although this view has recently been contested. The suggested optical band gap for this material ranges from 0.8 to 2.0 eV, depending on the type of experiments and theoretical treatment. Thus, the correlated nature of the Co d orbitals in Co3O4 and the extent of the band gap are still under debate, raising questions regarding the ability of DFT to correctly treat the electronic structure in this material. To resolve the above controversies, we have employed a range of theoretical methods, including pure DFT, DFT +U, and a range-separated exchange-correlation functional (HSE06) as well as many-body Green's function theory (i.e., the GW method). We compare the electronic structure and band gap of Co3O4 with available photoemission spectroscopy and optical band gap data and confirm a direct band gap of ca. 0.8 eV. Furthermore, we have also studied the optical properties of Co3O4 by calculating the imaginary part of the dielectric function (Im(ε)) , facilitating direct comparison with the measured optical absorption spectra.

  7. First Principles Equations of State of LLM-105

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    Manaa, Riad

    2015-06-01

    Equations of states (EOS) of unreacted energetic materials extending to high-pressure and temperatures regimes are provide fundamental information about the associated thermodynamic properties of these materials at extreme conditions. Using dispersion-corrected density functional theoretical calculations, we performed large-scale constant-volume, constant-pressure and temperature molecular dynamics simulations on crystal 2,6-diamino-3, 5-dinitropyrazine-1-oxide (LLM-105) for pressures ranging from ambient to 35 GPa, and temperatures ranging from 300 K to 1400 K. These calculations allowed us to construct an unreacted P-V-T EOS and obtain bulk modulus for each P-V isotherm. We also obtained the thermal expansion coefficient of LLM-105 in the temperature range of this study. Finally, we conducted a quantum-based molecular dynamics study at the C-J point to characterize the decomposition products of reacting LLM-105 at complete reactivity condition. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  8. Thermal transport properties of complex oxides from first principles

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    Bhatti, Aqyan; Jain, Ankit; McGaughey, Alan; Benedek, Nicole

    2015-03-01

    Thermal transport properties of materials are key parameters in the design of many engineering devices. For this reason, it is highly desirable to be able to control or tailor the thermal properties of materials for specific applications. Complex oxides are attractive in this regard, due to their low and potentially highly tunable thermal conductivity. However, the theoretical description of the thermal transport properties of oxides presents a number of challenges compared to conventional semiconductors. For example, oxides tend to have complex crystal structures and the atoms interact through long-range electrostatic forces. In this talk, we use the example of PbTiO3 to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities associated with thermal transport predictions in complex oxides. For example, many oxides contain very low-lying optical branches, which may provide important acoustic-optical scattering channels. In addition, it is often possible to tune the frequencies of such optical modes with epitaxial strain. We also link the observed negative thermal expansion behavior of PbTiO3 to two zone-boundary modes with large, negative Grüneisen parameters and comment on the consequences of this finding for the thermal transport properties of this material.

  9. First-principles study of metallic iron interfaces

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    Hung, A.; Yarovsky, I.; Muscat, J.; Russo, S.; Snook, I.; Watts, R. O.

    2002-04-01

    Adhesion between clean, bulk-terminated bcc Fe(1 0 0) and Fe(1 1 0) matched and mismatched surfaces was simulated within the theoretical framework of the density functional theory. The generalized-gradient spin approximation exchange-correlation functional was used in conjunction with a plane wave-ultrasoft pseudopotential representation. The structure and properties of bulk bcc Fe were calculated in order to establish the reliability of the methodology employed, as well as to determine suitably converged values of computational parameters to be used in subsequent surface calculations. Interfaces were modelled using a single supercell approach, with the interfacial separation distance manipulated by the size of vacuum separation between vertically adjacent surface cells. The adhesive energies at discrete interfacial separations were calculated for each interface and the resulting data fitted to the universal binding energy relation (UBER) of Rose et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 47 (1981) 675]. An interpretation of the values of the fitted UBER parameters for the four Fe interfaces studied is given. In addition, a discussion on the validity of the employed computational methodology is presented.

  10. First Principles NMR Study of Fluorapatite under Pressure

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    Pavan, Barbara; Ceresoli, Davide; Tecklenburg, Mary M. J.; Fornari, Marco

    2012-01-01

    NMR is the technique of election to probe the local properties of materials. Herein we present the results of density functional theory (DFT) ab initio calculations of the NMR parameters for fluorapatite (FAp), a calcium orthophosphate mineral belonging to the apatite family, by using the GIPAW method [Pickard and Mauri, 2001]. Understanding the local effects of pressure on apatites is particularly relevant because of their important role in many solid state and biomedical applications. Apatites are open structures, which can undergo complex anisotropic deformations, and the response of NMR can elucidate the microscopic changes induced by an applied pressure. The computed NMR parameters proved to be in good agreement with the available experimental data. The structural evaluation of the material behavior under hydrostatic pressure (from −5 to +100 kbar) indicated a shrinkage of the diameter of the apatitic channel, and a strong correlation between NMR shielding and pressure, proving the sensitivity of this technique to even small changes in the chemical environment around the nuclei. This theoretical approach allows the exploration of all the different nuclei composing the material, thus providing a very useful guidance in the interpretation of experimental results, particularly valuable for the more challenging nuclei such as 43Ca and 17O. PMID:22770669

  11. A first principles study of the acetylene-water interaction

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    Tzeli, Demeter; Mavridis, Aristides; Xantheas, Sotiris S.

    2000-04-08

    We present an extensive study of the stationary points on the acetylene-water (AW) ground-state potential energy surface (PES) aimed in establishing accurate energetics for the two different bonding scenarios that are considered. Those include arrangements in which water acts either as a proton acceptor from one of the acetylene hydrogen atoms or a proton donor to the triple bond. We used a hierarchy of theoretical methods to account for electron correlation [MP2 (second-order Moller-Plesset), MP4 (fourth-order Moller-Plesset), and CCSD(T) (coupled-cluster single double triple)] coupled with a series of increasing size augmented correlation consistent basis sets (aug-cc-pVnZ, n=2,3,4). We furthermore examined the effect of corrections due to basis set superposition error (BSSE). We found that those have a large effect in altering the qualitative features of the PES of the complex. They are responsible for producing a structure of higher (C{sub 2v}) symmetry for the global minimum. Zero-point energy (ZPE) corrections were found to increase the stability of the C{sub 2v} arrangement. For the global (water acceptor) minimum of C{sub 2v} symmetry our best estimates are {delta}E{sub e}=-2.87 kcal/mol ({delta}E{sub 0}=-2.04 kcal/mol) and a van der Waals distance of R{sub e}=2.190 Aa. The water donor arrangement lies 0.3 kcal/mol (0.5 kcal/mol including ZPE corrections) above the global minimum. The barrier for its isomerization to the global minimum is E{sub e}=0.18 kcal/mol; however, inclusion of BSSE- and ZPE-corrections destabilize the water donor arrangement suggesting that it can readily convert to the global minimum. We therefore conclude that there exists only one minimum on the PES in accordance with previous experimental observations. To this end, vibrational averaging and to a lesser extend proper description of intermolecular interactions (BSSE) were found to have a large effect in altering the qualitative features of the ground-state PES of the acetylene-water complex. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  12. First principles calculations of ternary wurtzite β-CuGaO2

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    Suzuki, Issei; Nagatani, Hiraku; Kita, Masao; Iguchi, Yuki; Sato, Chiyuki; Yanagi, Hiroshi; Ohashi, Naoki; Omata, Takahisa

    2016-03-01

    The electronic structure of β-CuGaO2 was studied by first principles calculations and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and the expected electrical and optical properties of this material were discussed. Density functional theory calculations using the local density approximation with corrections for on-site Coulomb interactions (LDA + U) with U = 5-7 eV reproduced well the experimentally obtained crystal structure and valence-band XPS spectrum. The calculated electronic structure indicates that β-CuGaO2 is a direct band gap semiconductor and its conduction band minimum and valence band maximum consist mainly of highly delocalized Ga 4s and Cu 4s states and relatively localized Cu 3d and O 2p states, respectively. The effective electron mass obtained under parabolic approximation is small (me*/m0 = 0.21), similar to common n-type oxide semiconductors, and the effective hole mass is relatively large (mh*/m0 = 1.7-5.1) although p-type conduction is experimentally observed. The direct and allowed band gap and large density of states near the valence band maximum result in a high absorption coefficient of 1 × 105 cm-1 near the absorption edge.

  13. First-principles calculation of optical absorption spectra in conjugated polymers: Role of electron-hole interaction

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    Rohlfing, Michael; Tiago, M.L.; Louie, Steven G.

    2000-03-20

    Experimental and theoretical studies have shown that excitonic effects play an important role in the optical properties of conjugated polymers. The optical absorption spectrum of trans-polyacetylene, for example, can be understood as completely dominated by the formation of exciton bound states. We review a recently developed first-principles method for computing the excitonic effects and optical spectrum, with no adjustable parameters. This theory is used to study the absorption spectrum of two conjugated polymers: trans-polyacetylene and poly-phenylene-vinylene(PPV).

  14. Optical second-harmonic spectra of Si(001) with H and Ge adatoms: First-principles theory and experiment

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    Gavrilenko, V. I.; Wu, R. Q.; Downer, M. C.; Ekerdt, J. G.; Lim, D.; Parkinson, P.

    2001-04-15

    We present calculated second-harmonic-generation (SHG) spectra of the Si(001) surface based on a first-principles description of eigenvalues and eigenvectors using ab initio pseudopotentials. We also present SHG spectra for Ge-covered Si(001). The theoretical results explain all essential features of recent experimental SHG spectra of the Si(001)-(2x1) surface with low coverages of hydrogen and/or germanium, which alter the E{sub 1} resonance in contrasting ways. The strong adatom specificity of the spectra results from redistribution of the adatom-related electronic states on the surface.

  15. Investigation of structural stability and elastic properties of Zrh and Zrh{sub 2}: A first principles study

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

    2014-04-24

    The electronic, structural and mechanical properties of ZrH and ZrH{sub 2} are investigated by means of first principles calculation based on density functional theory as implemented in VASP code with generalized gradient approximation. The calculated ground state properties are in good agreement with previous experimental and other theoretical results. Among the six crystallographic structures considered for ZrH, ZB phase is found to be the most stable phase, whereas ZrH{sub 2} is energetically stable in tetragonal structure at ambient condition. A structural phase transition from ZB→NaCl at a pressure 10 GPa is predicted for ZrH.

  16. Theoretical background of optical emission spectroscopy for analysis of atmospheric pressure plasmas

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    Belmonte, Thierry; Noël, Cédric; Gries, Thomas; Martin, Julien; Henrion, Gérard

    2015-12-01

    This review contains a theoretical background of optical emission spectroscopy and some selected examples of issues in the field of atmospheric plasmas. It includes elements like line broadening, emission of continua and molecules, radiation models, etc. Modernized expressions figuring the terms hidden in global constants where cgs units prevail are given together with restrictions of use. Easy-to-use formulas are provided to give access to essential plasma parameters.

  17. Effect of Pressure on Valence and Structural Properties of YbFe2Ge2 Heavy Fermion Compound A Combined Inelastic X-ray Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, and Theoretical Investigation

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    Kumar, Ravhi S.; Svane, Axel; Vaitheeswaran, Ganapathy; Kanchana, Venkatakrishnan; Antonio, Daniel; Cornelius, Andrew L.; Bauer, Eric D.; Xiao, Yuming; Chow, Paul

    2015-10-19

    The crystal structure and the Yb valence of the YbFe2Ge2 heavy fermion compound was measured at room temperature and under high pressures using high-pressure powder X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy via both partial fluorescence yield and resonant inelastic X-ray emission techniques. Furthermore, the measurements are complemented by first-principles density functional theoretical calculations using the self-interaction corrected local spin density approximation investigating in particular the magnetic structure and the Yb valence. While the ThCr2Si2-type tetragonal (I4/mmm) structure is stable up to 53 GPa, the X-ray emission results show an increase of the Yb valence from v = 2.72(2) at ambient pressure to v = 2.93(3) at ~9 GPa, where at low temperature a pressure-induced quantum critical state was reported.

  18. Thermoelectric properties of AgSbTe2 from first-principles calculations

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    Rezaei, Nafiseh; Hashemifar, S. Javad; Akbarzadeh, Hadi

    2014-09-01

    The structural, electronic, and transport properties of AgSbTe2 are studied by using full-relativistic first-principles electronic structure calculation and semiclassical description of transport parameters. The results indicate that, within various exchange-correlation functionals, the cubic F d 3 ¯ m and trigonal R 3 ¯ m structures of AgSbTe2 are more stable than two other considered structures. The computed Seebeck coefficients at different values of the band gap and carrier concentration are accurately compared with the available experimental data to speculate a band gap of about 0.1-0.35 eV for AgSbTe2 compound, in agreement with our calculated electronic structure within the hybrid HSE (Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof) functional. By calculating the semiclassical Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and electronic part of thermal conductivity, we present the theoretical upper limit of the thermoelectric figure of merit of AgSbTe2 as a function of temperature and carrier concentration.

  19. O 2 dissociation on nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes (10, 0) from first principles simulation

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    Yang, Shizhong; Zhao, Guang-Lin; Khosravi, Ebrahim

    2011-03-01

    Reducing the amount of precious platinum (Pt) loading by identifying non-precious metal catalyst is essential for large-scale applications of fuel cells, which provide a cleaning energy technology. Recent experimental, theoretical, and simulation works accelerate the advance in the research area of doped carbon nanotubes acting as an alternate non-precious metal catalyst for dioxygen reduction in the fuel cells. First principles spin polarized density functional theory(DFT) simulations have been performed to understand O2 dissociation on nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes. We have studied nitrogen substitutional doping of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for dioxygen adsorption, reduction, and dissociation. The calculated results show that nitrogen prefers to stay at the open-edge of short CNTs. Two O2 chemisorption sites are found, the carbon-nitrogen complex (Pauling site) and carbon-carbon long bridge (long bridge) sites. The spin polarized DFT calculations using the nudged elastic band (NEB) method show that O2 dissociation at the Pauling site has a reaction energy barrier of about 0.55 eV. The unique open-edge structure and charge redistribution are crucial to the novel properties of nitrogen-doped CNTs as a new non-precious metal catalyst for fuel cells.

  20. Thermoelectric transport properties of warm dense molybdenum from first-principles simulations

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    French, Martin; Haill, Thomas; Desjarlais, Michael; Mattsson, Thomas

    2013-10-01

    Molybdenum, with its high melting point, significant electrical conductivity, and high material strength, is a technologically important material in general and has in particular recently been proposed as a driver material in high-pressure strength experiments on Sandia's Z-machine. To simulate and understand the processes in these experiments with magneto-hydrodynamic simulations, accurate models for the electrical and thermal conductivity are needed for a wide range of thermodynamic parameters. Here, we present novel results for the electrical and thermal conductivity of molybdenum in various states ranging from the solid to the dense plasma phase. The results were obtained with first-principles simulation techniques that combine density functional theory with molecular dynamics and linear response theory. We find good agreement between our theoretical results and available experimental data. Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  1. Stability and strength of covalent crystals under uniaxial and triaxial loading from first principles.

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    Cerný, Miroslav; Rehák, Petr; Umeno, Yoshitaka; Pokluda, Jaroslav

    2013-01-23

    The response of three covalent crystals with a diamond lattice (C, Si and Ge) to uniaxial and a special triaxial (generally nonhydrostatic) loading is calculated from first principles. The lattice deformations are described in terms of variations of bond lengths and angles. The triaxial stress state is simulated as a superposition of axial tension or compression and transverse (both tensile and compressive) biaxial stresses. The biaxial stresses are considered to be adjustable parameters and the theoretical strengths in tension and compression along <100>, <110>, <111> crystallographic directions are calculated as their functions. The obtained results revealed that the compressive strengths are, consistently to fcc metals, almost linear functions of the transverse stresses. Tensile transverse stresses lower the compressive strength and vice versa. The tensile strengths, however, are not monotonic functions of the transverse biaxial stresses since they mostly exhibit maxima for certain values of the transverse stresses (e.g., tensile for <100> and <110> loading of Si and Ge or compressive for <100> loading of C). PMID:23238035

  2. Design of BAs-AlN monolayered honeycomb heterojunction structures: A first-principles study

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    Camacho-Mojica, Dulce C.; López-Urías, Florentino

    2016-04-01

    BAs and AlN are semiconductor materials with an indirect and direct gap respectively in the bulk phase. Recently, electronic calculations have demonstrated that a single-layer or few layers of BAs and AlN exhibit a graphite-like structure with interesting electronic properties. In this work, infinite sheets single-layer heterojunction structures based on alternated strips with honeycomb BAs and AlN layers are investigated using first-principles density functional theory calculations. Optimized geometries, density of states, band-gaps, formation energies, and wave functions are studied for different strip widths joined along zigzag and armchair edges. Results in optimized heterojunction geometries revealed that BAs narrow strips exhibit a corrugation effect due to a lattice mismatch. It was found that zigzag heterojunctions are more energetically favored than armchair heterojunctions. Furthermore, the formation energy presents a maximum at the point where the heterojunction becomes a planar structure. Electronic charge density results yielded a more ionic behavior in Alsbnd N bonds than the Bsbnd As bonds in accordance with monolayer results. It was observed that the conduction band minimum for both heterojunctions exhibit confined states located mainly at the entire AlN strips whereas the valence band maximum exhibits confined states located mainly at BAs strips. We expect that the present investigation will motivate more experimental and theoretical studies on new layered materials made of III-V semiconductors.

  3. Thermoelectric properties of AgSbTe₂ from first-principles calculations

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    Rezaei, Nafiseh; Akbarzadeh, Hadi; Hashemifar, S. Javad

    2014-09-14

    The structural, electronic, and transport properties of AgSbTe₂ are studied by using full-relativistic first-principles electronic structure calculation and semiclassical description of transport parameters. The results indicate that, within various exchange-correlation functionals, the cubic Fd3⁻m and trigonal R3⁻m structures of AgSbTe₂ are more stable than two other considered structures. The computed Seebeck coefficients at different values of the band gap and carrier concentration are accurately compared with the available experimental data to speculate a band gap of about 0.1–0.35 eV for AgSbTe₂ compound, in agreement with our calculated electronic structure within the hybrid HSE (Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof) functional. By calculating the semiclassical Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and electronic part of thermal conductivity, we present the theoretical upper limit of the thermoelectric figure of merit of AgSbTe₂ as a function of temperature and carrier concentration.

  4. Water solubility in calcium aluminosilicate glasses investigated by first principles techniques

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    Bouyer, Frederic; Geneste, Gregory; Ispas, Simona; Kob, Walter; Ganster, Patrick

    2010-12-15

    First-principles techniques have been employed to study the reactivity of water into a calcium aluminosilicate glass. In addition to the well known hydrolysis reactions Si-O-Si+H{sub 2}O{yields}Si-OH+Si-OH and Si-O-Al+H{sub 2}O{yields}Si-OH+Al-OH, a peculiar mechanism is found, leading to the formation of an AlO{sub 3}-H{sub 2}O entity and the breaking of Al-O-Si bond. In the glass bulk, most of the hydrolysis reactions are endothermic. Only a few regular sites are found reactive (i.e. in association with an exothermic reaction), and in that case, the hydrolysis reaction leads to a decrease of the local disorder in the amorphous vitreous network. Afterwards, we suggest that ionic charge compensators transform into network modifiers when hydrolysis occurs, according to a global process firstly suggested by Burnham in 1975. Our theoretical computations provide a more general model of the first hydrolysis steps that could help to understand experimental data and water speciation in glasses. -- Graphical Abstract: Reactivity within glass bulk: structures obtained after hydrolyses reactions (endothermic and exothermic processes) and mechanisms involving Si-OH, Al-OH, Si-OH-Al groups within aluminosilicates glasses (through ab initio molecular dynamics): formation of the Si-OH-Al entity coupled with an H exchange-Frederic Bouyer and Gregory Geneste. Display Omitted

  5. First-principles investigation on mechanical properties of ζ-Ta4C3-x

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    Yan, Wen-Li; Sygnatowicz, Michael; Shetty, Dinish; Lu, Guang-Hong; Liu, Feng

    2015-03-01

    As a group of transition metal carbides, tantalum carbides are of great interest due to their high melting temperature and high strength. Among different tantalum carbide phases of different space group and C/Ta atom ratio, the trigonal phase ζ-Ta4C3-x attracts special attention as high volume fraction of the ζ phase is reported to increase the fracture toughness of a tantalum carbide matrix. Using first-principles method, the structural and mechanical properties of ζ-Ta4C3-x have been investigated. The calculation results show that the weak bonding between Ta atoms in Ta4C3 is further weakened when structural vacancies occupy the carbon sub-lattice in ζ-Ta4C3-x. The (0 0 1) Ta surface is prominent to appear from surface energy and stacking fault energy calculations, consistent with the observed lamellar substructure during indentation process in fracture toughness measurements. The theoretical fracture toughness is derived from the Griffith relation, in comparison with the experimental results, to explain outstanding questions pertaining to mechanical properties of ζ-Ta4C3-x. This work is supported by China Scholarship Council (Grant No. 201306020117) and DOE-BES (Grant No. DEFG02-04ER46148).

  6. Formaldehyde molecule adsorption on the doped monolayer MoS2: A first-principles study

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    Ma, Dongwei; Ju, Weiwei; Li, Tingxian; Yang, Gui; He, Chaozheng; Ma, Benyuan; Tang, Yanan; Lu, Zhansheng; Yang, Zongxian

    2016-05-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, formaldehyde (H2CO) adsorption on the pristine monolayer MoS2 and that doped with Cl, P, or Si was theoretically studied to explore the potential of the MoS2 sheets as H2CO gas sensors. It is found that under Mo-rich conditions it is viable for Cl to be filled into the S vacancies acting as n-type dopant and for P and Si acting as p-type dopants. The results on the H2CO adsorption on the pristine and the Cl-doped monolayer MoS2 indicate that both are insensitive to H2CO. In contrast, H2CO exhibits strong adsorption on the P or Si-doped monolayer MoS2. And there are large electron transfer from the P or Si-doped monolayer MoS2 to the H2CO and obvious change in the electronic densities of states of both systems induced by the H2CO adsorption. These suggest that P and Si can be appropriate dopants filled into MoS2 sheets for detecting H2CO molecule.

  7. Body-centered superhard BC2N phases from first principles

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    Luo, Xiaoguang; Guo, Xiaoju; Xu, Bo; Wu, Qinghua; Hu, Qianku; Liu, Zhongyuan; He, Julong; Yu, Dongli; Tian, Yongjun; Wang, Hui-Tian

    2007-09-01

    Body-centered BC2N deduced from the unit cell of the recently predicted body-centered carbon [F. J. Ribeiro , Phys. Rev. B 74, 172101 (2006)] are studied with first-principles pseudopotential density functional method. The structural, electronic, and mechanical properties are investigated for 11 possible atomic configurations of body-centered BC2N . Our results show that the sp3 -bonded body-centered BC2N phases have lower density than the previously investigated sp3 -bonded zinc-blende BC2N , wurtzite BC2N , and chalcopyrite BC2N . The struc-A and struc-B composed of the maximum numbers of C-C and B-N bonds have the lowest total energy among the investigated body-centered BC2N structures. Their calculated bulk moduli are 305 and 309GPa , respectively. The theoretical Vickers hardness of the body-centered BC2N is over 60GPa , indicating that it is a potential superhard material with the hardness comparable to cubic boron nitride.

  8. High pressure phase transformation in yttrium sulfide(YS): A first principle study

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    Sahoo, B. D. Joshi, K. D. Gupta, Satish C.

    2014-04-24

    First principles calculations have been carried out to analyze structural, elastic and dynamic stability, of YS under hydrostatic compression. The comparison of enthalpies of rocksalt type (B1) and CsCl type cubic (B2) structures determined as a function of compression suggests the B1→B2 transition at ∼ 49 GPa. Various physical quantities such as zero pressure equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, and pressure derivative of bulk modulus have been derived from the theoretically determined equation of state. The single crystal elastic constants derived from the energy strain method agree well with the experimental values. The activation barrier between B1 and B2 phases calculated at transition point is ∼ 17/mRy/formula unit. Our lattice dynamic calculations show that at ambient condition, the B1 phase is lattice dynamically stable and frequencies of phonon modes in different high symmetry directions of Brillouin zone agrees well with experimental values. The B2 phase also is dynamical stable at ambient condition as well as at ∼ 49 GPa, supporting our static lattice calculation.

  9. Pressure effect on elastic, lattice dynamic and superconducting behaviour of yttrium sulfide: A first principle study

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    Sahoo, B. D. Joshi, K. D.; Gupta, Satish C.

    2014-03-28

    First principles calculations have been carried out to analyze structural, elastic, and dynamic stability of yttrium sulphide (YS) under hydrostatic compression. The comparison of enthalpies of rocksalt type (B1) and CsCl type cubic (B2) structures determined as a function of compression suggests the B1 → B2 transition at ∼49 GPa (the same transition occurs at ∼48 GPa at 300 K). Various physical quantities such as zero pressure equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, and pressure derivative of bulk modulus have been derived from the theoretically determined equation of state. The single crystal elastic constants derived from the energy strain method agree well with the experimental values. The activation barrier between B1 and B2 phases calculated at transition point is ∼17/mRy/f.u. Our lattice dynamic calculations show that at ambient condition, the B1 phase is lattice dynamically stable, and frequencies of phonon modes in different high symmetry directions of Brillouin zone agrees well with experimental values. The B2 phase also is dynamical stable at ambient condition as well as at ∼49 GPa, supporting our static lattice calculation. The effect of temperature on volume and bulk modulus of the YS in B1 phase has also been examined. The superconducting temperature of ∼2.78 K determine at zero pressure agrees well with experimental data. The effect of pressure is found to suppress the superconducting nature of this material.

  10. First-principles calculation on β-SiC(111)/α-WC(0001) interface

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    Jin, Na; Yang, Yanqing E-mail: jinna319@163.com; Li, Jian; Luo, Xian; Huang, Bin; Sun, Qing; Guo, Pengfei

    2014-06-14

    The α-WC(0001) surface and β-SiC(111)/α-WC(0001) interface were studied by first-principles calculation based on density functional theory. It is demonstrated that the α-WC(0001) surface models with more than nine atom-layers exhibit bulk-like interior, wherein the surface relaxations localized within the top three layers are well converged. Twenty-four specific geometry models of SiC/WC interface structures with different terminations and stacking sites were chosen. The calculated work of adhesion and interface energy suggest that the most stable interface structure has the C-C bonding across the interface, yielding the largest work of adhesion and the lowest interface energy. Moreover, the top-site stacking sequence is preferable for the C/C-terminated interface. The effects of the interface on the electronic structures of the C/C-terminated interfaces are mainly localized within the first and second layers of the interface. Calculations of the work of adhesion and interface energy provide theoretical evidence that the mechanical failure may initiate at the interface or in SiC but not in WC.

  11. First-principles investigation of solute-hydrogen interaction in a α-Ti solid solution

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    Hu, Q. M.; Xu, D. S.; Yang, R.; Li, D.; Wu, W. T.

    2002-08-01

    In this paper, a first-principles method is used to calculate the interaction energy between substitutional solute atoms and hydrogen in α-Ti. The results show that simple metal (SM) solute atoms are repulsive to H and therefore are detraps for H, whereas transition metal (TM) solute atoms, with smaller sizes than that of the host atoms, attract H and provide traps for H. The relationship between the interaction energy and lattice distortion as well as the electronic structure is investigated. The SM-H and TM-H interactions are dominated by different factors. The repulsive interaction between SM atoms and H is mainly due to the hybridization between the electrons of SM atoms and H when they are close to each other. The interaction between the TM solutes and H is attributable to the atomic size effect, and can be described satisfactorily by Matsumoto's strain field relaxation model. From the solute-H interaction energy and available measured terminal solubility of hydrogen (TSH), the relationship between the solute trapping of hydrogen and TSH in α-Ti is discussed. No coherent relationship is found between the theoretical hydrogen trapping effect and the experimental TSH in α-Ti alloys.

  12. The effects of hydrogenation and high pressure on α-tetragonal boron: a first principles study

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    Uemura, Naoki; Shirai, Koun

    It is well known that boron rich crystals are superhard materials. α-tetragonal (α-tet) boron is one of the metastable phase in elemental boron crystals under high temperature and high pressure. This phase has a possibility of including some hydrogen atoms due to the experimental process, but it has not yet been shown crystal structures and electronic properties of hydrogenated α-tet boron. Using first-principles calculations, we theoretically predicted stable structures and investigated the influences from hydrogenation of α-tet boron and high pressures. According to our calculations, non-bonding states of pure α-tet boron, which were mostly occupied by Pz like orbitals coming from interstitial boron atoms in α-tet boron, were completely vanished by doping some hydrogen atoms and the higher the pressure was, the lager energy gaps between the valence band maximum and the conduction band minimum on α-tet boron were. These results provide that the deformation potential depended on the pressure is positive, which is basically negative on semiconductors except for diamonds and is an index of the hardness under pressure on semiconductors.

  13. First-principles calculation on dilute magnetic alloys in zinc blend crystal structure

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    Ullah, Hamid; Inayat, Kalsoom; Khan, S. A.; Mohammad, S.; Ali, A.; Alahmed, Z. A.; Reshak, A. H.

    2015-07-01

    Ab-initio calculations are performed to investigate the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of spin-polarized diluted magnetic alloys in zinc blende structure. The first-principles study is carried out on Mn doped III-V semiconductors. The calculated band structures, electronic properties and magnetic properties of Ga1-xMnxX (X=P, As) compounds reveal that Ga0.75Mn0.25P is half metallic turned to be metallic with increasing x to 0.5 and 0.75, whereas substitute P by As cause to maintain the half-metallicity nature in both of Ga0.75Mn0.25As and Ga0.5Mn0.5As and tune Ga0.25Mn0.75As to be metallic. Calculated total magnetic moments and the robustness of half-metallicity of Ga0.75Mn0.25P, Ga0.75Mn0.25As and Ga0.5Mn0.5As with respect to the variation in lattice parameters are also discussed. The predicted theoretical evidence shows that some Mn-doped III-V semiconductors can be effectively used in spintronic devices.

  14. A first-principles study of He, Xe, Kr and O incorporation in thorium carbide

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    Pérez Daroca, D.; Llois, A. M.; Mosca, H. O.

    2015-05-01

    Thorium-based materials are currently being investigated in relation with their potential utilization in Generation-IV reactors as nuclear fuels. Understanding the incorporation of fission products and oxygen is very important to predict the behavior of nuclear fuels. A first approach to this goal is the study of the incorporation energies and stability of these elements in the material. By means of first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory, we calculate the incorporation energies of He, Xe, Kr and O atoms in Th and C vacancy sites, in tetrahedral interstitials and in Schottky defects along the <1 1 1> and <1 0 0> directions. We also analyze atomic displacements, volume modifications and Bader charges. This kind of results for ThC, to the best authors' knowledge, have not been obtained previously, neither experimentally, nor theoretically. This should deal as a starting point towards the study of the complex behavior of fission products in irradiated ThC.

  15. First-principles study of migration and diffusion mechanisms of helium in α-Be

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    Yang, Xiao-Yong; Lu, Yong; Li, Meng-Lei; Zhang, Ping

    2016-03-01

    The behavior of interstitial helium in α-Be has been studied with first-principles method. It is found that the most favored position for helium is the basal octahedral (BO) site, closely followed by the basal tetrahedral (BT) site, in agreement with previous predictions. The interaction energy between the helium and the neighborhood Be atoms and the deformation energy of α-Be matrix are calculated. The feasible minimum-energy pathways (MEP) of interstitial helium atoms in α-Be matrix and the corresponding atomic structures of the saddle points associated with the each MEP are investigated. The temperature-dependent diffusion coefficients have also been predicted. It is confirmed that the interstitial helium diffuses two-dimensionally at low temperatures; however, it can diffuse three-dimensionally at higher temperatures. Besides, the microscopic parameters in the pre-factor and activation energy of the diffusion coefficients are obtained. Both diffusion coefficients are higher than the available experiment data, which may attribute to the fact that under real condition the diffusion is not free, i.e. the actual α-Be matric has various defects and impurities which heavily affect the diffusion of helium. Therefore, our theoretical prediction is the upper bound for helium diffusion in α-Be matrix.

  16. Analyzing Variability in Short-Channel Quantum Transport from Atomistic First Principles

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    Shi, Qing; Guo, Hong; Zhu, Yu; Liu, Lei

    2015-06-01

    Effects of disorder scattering critically influence quantum-transport properties of nanostructures both fundamentally and practically. In this work, we report a theoretical analysis of the important issue of device-to-device quantum-transport variability (DDV) induced by random configurations of discrete dopants. Instead of calculating many impurity configurations by brute force, which is practically impossible to accomplish from first principles, here we use a state-of-the-art atomistic technique where the configurational average is carried out analytically, thereby, DDV can be predicted for any impurity concentration. The DDV we quantitatively analyze is the off-state tunnel conductance variability in Si nanosized field-effect transistor channels with channel lengths ranging from 6.5 to 15.2 nm doped with different concentrations of boron impurity atoms. The variability is predicted by varying the doping concentration, channel length, and the doping positions. We find that doping away from the source or drain contacts of the channel very significantly reduces variability, and doping close to the source or drain produces a nonintuitive outcome of increasing variability. The physics is understood by analyzing the microscopic details of the potential profile in the tunnel barrier. Finally, we organize the ab initio data by a Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin model.

  17. First principles DFT study of dye-sensitized CdS quantum dots

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    Jain, Kalpna; Singh, Kh. S.; Kishor, Shyam; Josefesson, Ida; Odelius, Michael; Ramaniah, Lavanya M.

    2014-04-24

    Dye-sensitized quantum dots (QDs) are considered promising candidates for dye-sensitized solar cells. In order to maximize their efficiency, detailed theoretical studies are important. Here, we report a first principles density functional theory (DFT) investigation of experimentally realized dye - sensitized QD / ligand systems, viz., Cd{sub 16}S{sub 16}, capped with acetate molecules and a coumarin dye. The hybrid B3LYP functional and a 6−311+G(d,p)/LANL2dz basis set are used to study the geometric, energetic and electronic properties of these clusters. There is significant structural rearrangement in all the clusters studied - on the surface for the bare QD, and in the positions of the acetate / dye ligands for the ligated QDs. The density of states (DOS) of the bare QD shows states in the band gap, which disappear on surface passivation with the acetate molecules. Interestingly, in the dye-sensitised QD, the HOMO is found to be localized mainly on the dye molecule, while the LUMO is on the QD, as required for photo-induced electron injection from the dye to the QD.

  18. Electronic and optical properties of ultrathin silicon nanomembranes: A first-principles investigation

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    Jang, Woosun; Yoo, Su-Hyun; Soon, Aloysius

    2015-03-01

    Owing to its unique and exotic physical and chemical properties, there has been a lot of effort undertaken to explore and study ultrathin low-dimensional nanostructures (e.g. graphene and MoS2). Of late, two-dimensional (2D) nanomembranes of silicon - a well-known prototypical bulk semiconductor - have attracted much attention, and has found its potential in niche nanodevice applications e.g. field effect transistors (FET) and secondary battery anodes. In this work, after considering various nanomembranes of Si with varying thicknesses, we study geometric and electronic structures using first-principles density-functional theory calculations (and beyond). Here, we consider both bulk-terminated pristine Si nanomembranes as well as surface-reconstructed ones, as motivated by available experimental and theoretical reports. To understand the influence of growth conditions on these Si nanomembranes, we have also studied the role of surface-passivation (e.g. with O, H, and OH) on their electronic and optical properties. Namely, we carefully investigate their thickness-dependent electronic band structure (i.e. both their fundamental and optical band gap energies), so as to elucidate their intrinsic structure-property relations for designing future technologically important nanodevices.

  19. First-principles study of FeSe epitaxial films on SrTiO3

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    Liu, Kai; Gao, Miao; Lu, Zhong-Yi; Xiang, Tao

    2015-11-01

    The discovery of high temperature superconductivity in FeSe films on SrTiO3 substrate has inspired great experimental and theoretical interests. First-principles density functional theory calculations, which have played an important role in the study of bulk iron-based superconductors, also participate in the investigation of interfacial superconductivity. In this article, we review the calculation results on the electronic and magnetic structures of FeSe epitaxial films, emphasizing on the interplay between different degrees of freedom, such as charge, spin, and lattice vibrations. Furthermore, the comparison between FeSe monolayer and bilayer films on SrTiO3 is discussed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11190024 and 11404383), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CBA00112), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China, and the Research Funds of Renmin University of China (Grant No. 14XNLQ03).

  20. Two-dimensional arsenic monolayer sheet predicted from first-principles

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    Pu, Chun-Ying; Ye, Xiao-Tao; Jiang, Hua-Long; Zhang, Fei-Wu; Lu, Zhi-Wen; He, Jun-Bao; Zhou, Da-Wei

    2015-03-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the two-dimensional arsenic nanosheet isolated from bulk gray arsenic. Its dynamical stability is confirmed by phonon calculations and molecular dynamics analyzing. The arsenic sheet is an indirect band gap semiconductor with a band gap of 2.21 eV in the hybrid HSE06 functional calculations. The valence band maximum (VBM) and the conduction band minimum (CBM) are mainly occupied by the 4p orbitals of arsenic atoms, which is consistent with the partial charge densities of VBM and CBM. The charge density of the VBM G point has the character of a π bond, which originates from p orbitals. Furthermore, tensile and compressive strains are applied in the armchair and zigzag directions, related to the tensile deformations of zigzag and armchair nanotubes, respectively. We find that the ultimate strain in zigzag deformation is 0.13, smaller than 0.18 of armchair deformation. The limit compressive stresses of single-layer arsenic along armchair and zigzag directions are -4.83 GPa and -4.76 GPa with corresponding strains of -0.15 and -0.14, respectively. Projected supported by the Henan Joint Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. U1304612 and U1404608), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51374132 and 11404175), the Special Fund for Theoretical Physics of China (Grant No. 11247222), and Nanyang Normal University Science Foundation, China (Grant Nos. ZX2012018 and ZX2013019).

  1. First-Principles Calculations of LEEM Reflectivity Spectra of Molybdenum Disulfide

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    McClain, John; Pohl, Karsten; Tang, Jian-Ming

    2015-03-01

    We present calculations of the low-energy electron specular reflectivity spectra of systems of a few layers of molybdenum disulfide at general angles of incidence using a newly modified algorithm within our first-principles theoretical approach, which leverages the self-consistent scattering potentials produced by density-functional theory. Our calculated normal-incidence spectra for MoS2 reveal layer-dependent features around 7-8 eV and 15 eV, allowing for a characterization of the number of layers via LEEM reflectivity and thus an in-situ technique for growth monitoring. We have previously described the application of our approach to the off-normal spectra of few-layer graphene, but the lack of mirror symmetry in MoS2 requires a new algorithm for finding degenerate pairs of solutions for the matching procedure. The computed off-normal spectra illustrates the complexity of the electronic structure of MoS2. We also present the way in which our new off-normal algorithm leads naturally to an approach to higher-order diffraction intensity calculations with the wave-matching scheme, along with our results for higher-order diffraction in model systems and progress towards results for real systems. This work is partly supported by a University of New Hampshire Dissertation Year Fellowship.

  2. Density functional studies: First principles and semi-emperical calculations of clusters and surfaces

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    Susan, S.

    1993-04-30

    Theoretical electronic structure techniques are used to analyze widely different systems from Si clusters to transition metal solids and surfaces. For the Si clusters, first principles density functional methods are used to investigate Si{sub N} for N=2-8. Goal is to understand the different types of bonding that can occur in such small clusters where the atomic coordination differs substantially from tetrahedral bonding; such uncoordinated structures can test approximate models of Si surfaces. For the transition metal systems, non-self-consistent electronic structure methods are used to understand the driving force for surface relaxations. In-depth analysis of results is presented and physical basis of surface relaxation within the theory is discussed. Limitations inherent in calculations of metal surface relaxation are addressed. Finally, in an effort to understand approximate methods, a novel non-self- consistent density functional electronic structure method is developed that is about 1000 times faster than more sophisticated methods; this method is tested for various systems including diatomics, mixed clusters, surfaces, and bulk lattices.

  3. First-Principles Study of Excitonic Effects and Optical Properties of SiO2

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    Chang, Eric; Rohlfing, Michael

    2000-03-01

    The properties of silicon dioxide have been studied extensively over the years. However, there still remain major unanswered questions regarding to the nature of the optical spectrum of this technologically important material, in particular the role of excitonic effects. In this talk, we present an ab initio study of the optical absorption spectrum of alpha-quartz, using a newly developed first-principles method [1] which includes self-energy and electron-hole interaction effects. The quasiparticle band structure is computed within the GW approximation to obtain a quantitative description of the single-particle excitations. The Bethe-Salpeter equation for the electron-hole excitations is solved to obtain the optical spectrum and to understand the spatial extent and physical properties of the excitons. The theoretical absorption spectrum is found to be in excellent agreement with the measured spectrum. We show that excitonic effects are crucial in the whole frequency range, up to 10 eV above the absorption threshold. The nature of the resonant excitonic states responsible for the higher frequency structures are elucidated. We further carry out calculation to investigate the optical properties of defects such as oxygen vacancies in this material. [1] M. Rohlfing and S. G. Louie, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 2312 (1998); ibid 83, 856 (1999)

  4. Electronic and optical properties of GaSb:N from first principles

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    Jadaun, Priyamvada; Nair, Hari; Lordi, Vincenzo; Bank, Seth; Banerjee, Sanjay

    2014-03-01

    We present an ab-initio study of dilute nitride III-Vs, focusing on dilute nitride GaSb (GaSb:N). GaSb:N displays promise towards realization of optoelectronic devices accessing the mid-infrared wavelength regime. Theoretical and experimental results on its electronic and optical properties are however few. To address this, we present a first principles, density functional theory study using the hybrid HSE06 exchange-correlation functional of GaSb doped with 1.6% nitrogen. We conduct a comparative study on GaAs:N, also with 1.6% nitrogen mole fraction, and find that GaSb:N has a smaller band gap and displays more band gap bowing than GaAs:N. In addition we examine the orbital character of the bands, finding the lowest conduction band to be quasi-delocalized, with a large N-3s contribution. At high concentrations, the N atoms interact via the host matrix, forming a dispersive band of their own which governs optoelectronic properties and dominates band gap bowing. While this band drives the optical and electronic properties of GaSb:N, its physics is not captured by traditional models for dilute-nitrides. We thus propose that a complete theory of dilute-nitrides should incorporate orbital character examination, especially at high N concentrations. Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  5. Water confined in nanotubes and between graphene sheets: A first principle study

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    Cicero, G; Grossman, J C; Schwegler, E; Gygi, F; Galli, G

    2008-10-17

    Water confined at the nanoscale has been the focus of numerous experimental and theoretical investigations in recent years, y yet there is no consensus on such basic properties et as diffusion and the nature of hydrogen bonding (HB) under confinement. Unraveling these properties is important to understand fluid flow and transport at the nanoscale, and to shed light on the solvation of biomolecules. Here we report on a first principle, computational study focusing on water confined between prototypical non polar substrate, i.e. , single wall carbon nanotubes and graphene sheets, 1 to 2.5 nm apart. The results of our molecular dynamics simulations show the presence of a thin, interfacial liquid layer ({approx} 5 Angstroms) whose microscopic structure and thickness are independent of the distance between confining layers. The prop properties of the hydrogen bonded network are very similar to those of the bulk outside the interfacial region, even in the case of strong confinement , confinement. Our findings indicate that the perturbation induced by the presence of confining media is extremely local in liquid water, and we propose that many of the effects attributed to novel phases under confinement are determined by subtle electronic structure rearrangements occurring at the interface with the confining medium.

  6. First-principles calculations on Mg/Al2CO interfaces

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    Wang, F.; Li, K.; Zhou, N. G.

    2013-11-01

    The electronic structure, work of adhesion, and interfacial energy of the Mg(0 0 0 2)/Al2CO(0 0 0 1) interface were studied with the first-principles calculations to clarify the heterogeneous nucleation potential of Al2CO particles in Mg melt. AlO-terminated Al2CO(0 0 0 1) slabs with seven atomic layers were adopted for interfacial model geometries. Results show that the "Over O" stacking interface is more stable than the "Over Al" stacking interface due to the larger interfacial adhesion and stronger mixed ionic/metallic bond formed across the interface. The calculated interfacial energies of Mg/Al2CO depend on the value of ΔμAl + ΔμC, proving Al2CO particles can exist stably in Mg-Al alloys melt and become effective nucleation substrate for α-Mg grain under certain conditions. The above calculation and corresponding analysis provide strong theoretical support to the Al2CO nucleus hypothesis from interfacial atomic structure and atomic bonding energy considerations.

  7. Thermodynamic ground state of MgB{sub 6} predicted from first principles structure search methods

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    Wang, Hui; Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5E2 ; LeBlanc, K. A.; Gao, Bo; Yao, Yansun; Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X4

    2014-01-28

    Crystalline structures of magnesium hexaboride, MgB{sub 6}, were investigated using unbiased structure searching methods combined with first principles density functional calculations. An orthorhombic Cmcm structure was predicted as the thermodynamic ground state of MgB{sub 6}. The energy of the Cmcm structure is significantly lower than the theoretical MgB{sub 6} models previously considered based on a primitive cubic arrangement of boron octahedra. The Cmcm structure is stable against the decomposition to elemental magnesium and boron solids at atmospheric pressure and high pressures up to 18.3 GPa. A unique feature of the predicted Cmcm structure is that the boron atoms are clustered into two forms: localized B{sub 6} octahedra and extended B{sub ∞} ribbons. Within the boron ribbons, the electrons are delocalized and this leads to a metallic ground state with vanished electric dipoles. The present prediction is in contrast to the previous proposal that the crystalline MgB{sub 6} maintains a semiconducting state with permanent dipole moments. MgB{sub 6} is estimated to have much weaker electron-phonon coupling compared with that of MgB{sub 2}, and therefore it is not expected to be able to sustain superconductivity at high temperatures.

  8. A comparative investigation of the behaviors of H in Au and Ag from first principles

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    Han, Quan-Fu; Zhou, Zhen-Yu; Ma, Yuming; Liu, Yue-Lin

    2016-05-01

    Hydrogen (H) is a common impurity in metals and has a significant effect on their purification, even at concentrations of only a few parts per million. Here we present a comparative analysis of the behaviors of H in Au and Ag based on first-principles calculations. In bulk Au and Ag, the results demonstrate that the tetrahedral position is energetically more stable for a single H atom than the octahedral site. The concentration of H dissolving in the interstitial sites as a function of temperature is calculated in both metals. To characterize the dynamic behaviors, in bulk Au and Ag we determine the theoretical diffusivity and permeation of H, which are in quantitative agreement with the experimental data. Further, we investigate the role of vacancy on the formation of the H n -vacancy (H n V) via a clustering reaction. One vacancy can accommodate up to 9 H atoms in Au and capture as many as 7 H atoms in Ag. The H2 molecule in the vacancy is energetically unstable in both metals. These research results will provide a very useful reference for the refinement of Ag/Au as noble metals in industry.

  9. First principle study of elastic and thermodynamic properties of FeB4 under high pressure

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    Zhang, Xinyu; Qin, Jiaqian; Ning, Jinliang; Sun, Xiaowei; Li, Xinting; Ma, Mingzhen; Liu, Riping

    2013-11-01

    The elastic properties, elastic anisotropy, and thermodynamic properties of the lately synthesized orthorhombic FeB4 at high pressures are investigated using first-principles density functional calculations. The calculated equilibrium parameters are in good agreement with the available experimental and theoretical data. The obtained normalized volume dependence of high pressure is consistent with the previous experimental data investigated using high-pressure synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The complete elastic tensors and crystal anisotropies of the FeB4 are also determined in the pressure range of 0-100 GPa. By the elastic stability criteria and vibrational frequencies, it is predicted that the orthorhombic FeB4 is stable up to 100 GPa. In addition, the calculated B/G ratio reveals that FeB4 possesses brittle nature in the range of pressure from 0 to 100 GPa. The calculated elastic anisotropic factors suggest that FeB4 is elastically anisotropic. By using quasi-harmonic Debye model, the compressibility, bulk modulus, the coefficient of thermal expansion, the heat capacity, and the Grüneisen parameter of FeB4 are successfully obtained in the present work.

  10. Structural, elastic, and lattice dynamic stability of yttrium selenide (YSe) under pressure: A first principle study

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    Sahoo, B. D. Joshi, K. D.; Gupta, Satish C.

    2014-11-21

    Structural, elastic, and lattice dynamical stability of YSe has been investigated as a function of pressure through first principles electronic band structure calculations. The comparison of enthalpies of rocksalt type (B1) and CsCl type cubic (B2) structures determined as a function of pressure suggests that the B1 phase will transform to B2 structure at ∼32 (30 GPa at 300 K obtained from comparison of Gibbs free energy at 300 K). The transition is identified to be of first order in nature with a volume discontinuity of ∼6.2% at the transition pressure. Furthermore, the theoretically determined equation of state has been utilized to derive various physical quantities, such as zero pressure equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, and pressure derivative of bulk modulus. The single crystal elastic constants have been predicted at various pressures for both the B1 and B2 structures using the energy strain method. The activation barrier between B1 and B2 phases calculated at transition point is ∼19.7mRy/formula unit. Our lattice dynamic calculations show that both the B1 as well as B2 structures are lattice dynamically stable not only at ambient pressure but also at transition pressure. The B1 phase becomes lattice dynamically unstable at ∼112 GPa, i.e., much beyond the transition pressure. The effect of temperature on volume and bulk modulus of the YSe in B1 phase has also been examined.

  11. First-principles calculations of transition metal solute interactions with hydrogen in tungsten

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    Kong, Xiang-Shan; Wu, Xuebang; Liu, C. S.; Fang, Q. F.; Hu, Q. M.; Chen, Jun-Ling; Luo, G.-N.

    2016-02-01

    We have performed systematic first-principles calculations to predict the interaction between transition metal (TM) solutes and hydrogen in the interstitial site as well as the vacancy in tungsten. We showed that the site preference of the hydrogen atom is significantly influenced by the solute atoms, which can be traced to the charge density perturbation in the vicinity of the solute atom. The solute-H interactions are mostly attractive except for Re, which can be well understood in terms of the competition between the chemical and elastic interactions. The chemical interaction dominates the solute-H interaction for the TM solutes with a large atomic volume and small electronegativity compared to tungsten, while the elastic interaction is primarily responsible for the solute-H interaction for the TM solutes with a small atomic volume and large electronegativity relative to tungsten. The presence of a hydrogen atom near the solute atom has a negative effect on the binding of other hydrogen atoms. The large positive binding energies among the solute, vacancy and hydrogen suggest that they would easily form a defect cluster in tungsten, where the solute-vacancy and vacancy-H interaction contribute greatly while the solute-H interaction contributes a little. Our result provides a sound theoretical explanation for recent experimental phenomena of hydrogen retention in the tungsten alloy and further recommends a suitable W-Re-Ta ternary alloy for possible plasma-facing materials (PFMs) including the consideration of the hydrogen retention.

  12. Tuning the electron transport of molecular junctions by chemically functionalizing anchoring groups: First-principles study

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    Tsukamoto, Shigeru; Caciuc, Vasile; Atodiresei, Nicolae; Blgel, Stefan

    2012-06-01

    In this first-principles study, we present density-functional calculations of the electronic structures and electron transport properties of organic molecular junctions with several anchoring groups containing atoms with different electronegativities, i.e., benzenediboronate (BDB), benzenedicarboxylate (BDC), and dinitrobenzene (DNB) molecular junctions sandwiched between two Cu(110) electrodes. The electronic-structure calculations exhibit a significant difference in the density of states not only at the anchoring groups but also at the aromatic rings of the molecular junctions, suggesting that the electron transport is specific for each system. Our transport calculations show that the BDB and DNB molecular junctions have finite electron transmissions at the zero-bias limit while the BDC molecular junction has a negligible electron transmission. Moreover, for the BDB and DNB systems, the electron transmission channels around the Fermi energy reveal fingerprint features, which provide specific functionalities for the molecular junctions. Therefore, our theoretical results demonstrate the possibility to precisely tune the electron transport properties of molecular junctions by engineering the anchoring groups at the single-atom level.

  13. First-principles investigation of boron defects in nickel ferrite spinel

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    Rák, Zs.; O'Brien, C. J.; Brenner, D. W.

    2014-09-01

    The accumulation of boron within the porous nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4, NFO) deposited on nuclear reactor fuel rods is a major technological problem with important safety and economical implications. In this work, the electronic structure of nickel ferrite spinel has been investigated using first-principles methods, and the theoretical results have been combined with experimental data to analyze B incorporation into the spinel structure of NFO. Under thermodynamic solid-solid equilibrium between NFO and atomic reservoirs of Ni and Fe, our calculations predict that the incorporation of B into the NFO structure is unfavorable. The main factors that limit B incorporation are the narrow stability domain of NFO and the precipitation of B2O3, Fe3BO5, and Ni3B2O6 compounds as secondary phases. The B incorporation energies depend sensitively on the electron chemical potential (EF) and the charge state of the defect. In n-type NFO, the most stable defect is the Ni vacancy VNi2- while in p-type material lowest the formation energy belongs to the interstitial B occupying a tetrahedrally coordinated site BT2+. Because of these limiting conditions it is more thermodynamically favorable for B to form secondary phases with Fe, Ni and O (e.g. B2O3, Fe3BO5, and Ni3B2O6) than it is to form point defects in NFO.

  14. Rare-earth vs. heavy metal pigments and their colors from first principles

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    Tomczak, Jan M.; Pourovskii, Leonid V.; Vaugier, Loig; Georges, Antoine; Biermann, Silke

    2013-01-01

    Many inorganic pigments contain heavy metals hazardous to health and environment. Much attention has been devoted to the quest for nontoxic alternatives based on rare-earth elements. However, the computation of colors from first principles is a challenge to electronic structure methods, especially for materials with localized f-orbitals. Here, starting from atomic positions only, we compute the colors of the red pigment cerium fluorosulfide as well as mercury sulfide (classic vermilion). Our methodology uses many-body theories to compute the optical absorption combined with an intermediate length-scale modelization to assess how coloration depends on film thickness, pigment concentration, and granularity. We introduce a quantitative criterion for the performance of a pigment. While for mercury sulfide, this criterion is satisfied because of large transition matrix elements between wide bands, cerium fluorosulfide presents an alternative paradigm: the bright red color is shown to stem from the combined effect of the quasi-2D and the localized nature of states. Our work shows the power of modern computational methods, with implications for the theoretical design of materials with specific optical properties. PMID:23302689

  15. Investigation of Halogenated Pyrimidines by X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy and Theoretical DFT Methods

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    Bolognesi, P.; Mattioli, G.; O'Keeffe, P.; Feyer, V.; Plekan, O.; Ovcharenko, Y.; Prince, K. C.; Coreno, M.; Amore Bonapasta, A.; Avaldi, L.

    2009-11-01

    The inner shell ionization of pyrimidine and some halogenated pyrimidines has been investigated experimentally by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and theoretically by density functional theory (DFT) methods. The selected targets-5-Br-pyrimidine, 2-Br-pyrimidine, 2-Cl-pyrimidine, and 5-Br-2-Cl-pyrimidine-allowed the study of the effect of the functionalization of the pyrimidine ring by different halogen atoms bound to the same molecular site, or by the same halogen atom bound to different molecular sites. The theoretical investigation of the inductive and resonance effects in the C(1s) ionization confirms the soundness of the resonance model for a qualitative description of the properties of an aromatic system. Moreover, the combination of the experimental results and the theoretical analysis provides a detailed description of the effects of the halogen atom on the screening of a C(1s) hole in the aromatic pyrimidine ring.

  16. The European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility: an illustration for the power of collective research

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    Reining, Lucia

    As researchers and citizens, we should contribute to facing the grand challenges of our epoch. It is important to work on problems such as climate change or limited ressources. However, maybe the biggest challenge is to find ways to unite our forces and develop models of collaborative problem solving. This is mandatory to deal with complex problems, and it can boost efficiency in any case. Code development is just one example where a constructive and well-organized collaboration can take us much further than individual attempts. On the background of this general idea, we will analyze the impact of the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility (ETSF, www.etsf.eu) on the day-to-day research of its members, on the theoretical and computational tools that are produced, and on a wider field of theoretical or experimental research. We will see that much can be learnt from this attempt to consider ideas in competition, with people in collaboration.

  17. First-principles investigation of vanadium isotope fractionation in solution and during adsorption

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    Wu, Fei; Qin, Tian; Li, Xuefang; Liu, Yun; Huang, Jen-How; Wu, Zhongqing; Huang, Fang

    2015-09-01

    Equilibrium fractionation factors of vanadium (V) isotopes among tri- (V(III)), tetra- (V(IV)) and penta-valent (V(V)) inorganic V species in aqueous system and during adsorption of V(V) to goethite are estimated using first-principles calculation. Our results highlight the dependence of V isotope fractionation on valence states and the chemical binding environment. The heavy V isotope (51V) is enriched in the main V species following a sequence of V(III) < V(IV) < V(V). According to our calculations, at 25 °C, the equilibrium isotope fractionation factor between [V5+O2(OH)2]- and [V4+O(H2O)5]2+ (ln ⁡α V (V)- V (IV)) is 3.9‰, and the equilibrium isotope fractionation factor between [V5+O2(OH)2]- and [V3+(OH)3(H2O)3] (ln ⁡α V (V)- V (III)) is 6.4‰. In addition, isotope fractionation between +5 valence species [V5+O2(OH)2]- and [V5+O2(H2O)4]+ is 1.5‰ at 25 °C, which is caused by their different bond lengths and coordination numbers (CN). Theoretical calculations also show that light V isotope (50V) is preferentially adsorbed on the surface of goethite. Our work reveals that V isotopes can be significantly fractionated in the Earth's surface environments due to redox reaction and mineral adsorption, indicating that V isotope data can be used to monitor toxic V(V) attenuation processes through reduction or adsorption in natural water systems. In addition, a simple mass balance model suggests that V isotope composition of seawater might vary with change of ambient oxygen levels. Thus our theoretical investigations imply a promising future for V isotopes as a potential new paleo-redox tracer.

  18. Advances in first-principles calculations of thermodynamic properties of planetary materials (Invited)

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    Wilson, H. F.

    2013-12-01

    First-principles atomistic simulation is a vital tool for understanding the properties of materials at the high-pressure high-temperature conditions prevalent in giant planet interiors, but properties such as solubility and phase boundaries are dependent on entropy, a quantity not directly accessible in simulation. Determining entropic properties from atomistic simulations is a difficult problem typically requiring a time-consuming integration over molecular dynamics trajectories. Here I will describe recent advances in first-principles thermodynamic calculations which substantially increase the simplicity and efficiency of thermodynamic integration and make entropic properties more readily accessible. I will also describe the use of first-principles thermodynamic calculations for understanding problems including core solubility in gas giants and superionic phase changes in ice giants, as well as future prospects for combining first-principles thermodynamics with planetary-scale models to help us understand the origin and consequences of compositional inhomogeneity in giant planet interiors.

  19. Effect of Ce and Cu co-doping on the structural, morphological, and optical properties of ZnO nanocrystals and first principle investigation of their stability and magnetic properties

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    Mary, J. Arul; Vijaya, J. Judith; Bououdina, M.; Kennedy, L. John; Dai, J. H.; Song, Y.

    2015-02-01

    Ce, Cu co-doped ZnO (Zn1-2xCexCuxO: x=0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04 and 0.05) nanocrystals were synthesized by a microwave combustion method. These nanocrystals were investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The stability and magnetic properties of Ce and Cu co-doped ZnO were probed by first principle calculations. XRD results revealed that all the compositions are single crystalline. hexagonal wurtzite structure. The optical band gap of pure ZnO was found to be 3.22 eV, and it decreased from 3.15 to 3.10 eV with an increase in the concentration of Cu and Ce content. The morphologies of Ce and Cu co-doped ZnO samples confirmed the formation of nanocrystals with an average grain size ranging from 70 to 150 nm. The magnetization measurement results affirmed the antiferro and ferromagnetic state for Ce and Cu co-doped ZnO samples and this is in agreement with the first principles theoretical calculations.

  20. Submillimeter Absorption Spectroscopy in Semiconductor Manufacturing Plasmas and Comparison to Theoretical Models

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    Helal, Yaser H.; Neese, Christopher F.; De Lucia, Frank C.; Ewing, Paul R.; Agarwal, Ankur; Craver, Barry; Stout, Phillip J.; Armacost, Michael D.

    2015-06-01

    Plasmas used in the semiconductor manufacturing industry are of a similar nature to the environments often created for submillimeter spectroscopic study of astrophysical species. At the low operating pressures of these plasmas, submillimeter absorption spectroscopy is a method capable of measuring the abundances and temperatures of molecules, radicals, and ions without disturbing any of the properties of the plasma. These measurements provide details and insight into the interactions and reactions occurring within the plasma and their implications for semiconductor manufacturing processes. A continuous wave, 500 to 750 GHz, absorption spectrometer was designed and used to make measurements of species in semiconductor processing plasmas. Comparisons with expectations from theoretical plasma models provide a basis for validating and improving these models, which is a complex and difficult science itself. Furthermore, these comparisons are an evaluation for the use of submillimeter spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool in manufacturing processes.

  1. Molecular Theory of Detonation Initiation: Insight from First Principles Modeling of the Decomposition Mechanisms of Organic Nitro Energetic Materials

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    Tsyshevsky, Roman; Sharia, Onise; Kuklja, Maija

    2016-02-19

    Our review presents a concept, which assumes that thermal decomposition processes play a major role in defining the sensitivity of organic energetic materials to detonation initiation. As a science and engineering community we are still far away from having a comprehensive molecular detonation initiation theory in a widely agreed upon form. However, recent advances in experimental and theoretical methods allow for a constructive and rigorous approach to design and test the theory or at least some of its fundamental building blocks. In this review, we analyzed a set of select experimental and theoretical articles, which were augmented by our ownmore » first principles modeling and simulations, to reveal new trends in energetic materials and to refine known existing correlations between their structures, properties, and functions. Lastly, our consideration is intentionally limited to the processes of thermally stimulated chemical reactions at the earliest stage of decomposition of molecules and materials containing defects.« less

  2. Molecular Theory of Detonation Initiation: Insight from First Principles Modeling of the Decomposition Mechanisms of Organic Nitro Energetic Materials.

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    Tsyshevsky, Roman V; Sharia, Onise; Kuklja, Maija M

    2016-01-01

    This review presents a concept, which assumes that thermal decomposition processes play a major role in defining the sensitivity of organic energetic materials to detonation initiation. As a science and engineering community we are still far away from having a comprehensive molecular detonation initiation theory in a widely agreed upon form. However, recent advances in experimental and theoretical methods allow for a constructive and rigorous approach to design and test the theory or at least some of its fundamental building blocks. In this review, we analyzed a set of select experimental and theoretical articles, which were augmented by our own first principles modeling and simulations, to reveal new trends in energetic materials and to refine known existing correlations between their structures, properties, and functions. Our consideration is intentionally limited to the processes of thermally stimulated chemical reactions at the earliest stage of decomposition of molecules and materials containing defects. PMID:26907231

  3. Microhydrated dihydrogen phosphate clusters probed by gas phase vibrational spectroscopy and first principles calculations

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    Sun, Shou -Tian; Jiang, Ling; Liu, J. W.; Heine, Nadja; Yacovitch, Tara I.; Wende, Torsten; Asmis, Knut R.; Neumark, Daniel M.; Liu, Zhi -Feng

    2015-06-05

    We report infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectra of cryogenically-cooled H2PO4-(H2O)n anions (n = 2–12) in the spectral range of the stretching and bending modes of the solute anion (600–1800 cm-1). The spectra cannot be fully understood using the standard technique of comparison to harmonic spectra of minimum-energy structures; a satisfactory assignment requires considering anharmonic effects as well as entropy-driven hydrogen bond network fluctuations. Aided by finite temperature ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, the observed changes in the position, width and intensity of the IRMPD bands with cluster size are related to the sequence of microsolvation. Due to stronger hydrogen bonding to the two terminal P=O groups, these are hydrated before the two P–OH groups. By n = 6, all four end groups are involved in the hydrogen bond network and by n = 12, the cluster spectra show similarities to the condensed phase spectrum of H2PO4-(aq). Our results reveal some of the microscopic details concerning the formation of the aqueous solvation environment around H2PO4-, provide ample testing grounds for the design of model solvation potentials for this biologically relevant anion, and support a new paradigm for the interpretation of IRMPD spectra of microhydrated ions.

  4. Electronic and optical response of zirconium sulphoselenides: Compton spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Kumar, Kishor; Bhatt, Samir; Jani, A. R.; Ahuja, B. L.

    2015-12-01

    We present the first-ever experimental Compton profiles (CPs) of ZrSSe2 and ZrS1.5Se1.5 using 100 mCi 241Am Compton spectrometer. To analyze the experimental momentum densities, we have computed for the first-time the CPs, energy bands and density of states using linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method. To model the exchange and correlation effects within LCAO approach, we have considered Hartree-Fock (HF), density functional theory (DFT) with revised functional of Perdew-Becke-Ernzerhof (PBEsol) and hybridization of HF and DFT. Going beyond computation of electronic properties using LCAO method, we have also derived electronic and optical properties using the modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) potential within full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. There is notable decrease in the energy band gap on replacing S by Se atoms in ZrSSe2 to obtain ZrS1.5Se1.5 composition, which is mainly attributed to readjustment of Zr-4d, S-3p and Se-4p states. It is seen that the CPs based on hybridization of HF and DFT show a better agreement with the experimental profiles than those based on individual HF and DFT-GGA-PBEsol schemes. The optical properties computed using FP-LAPW-mBJ method unambiguously depict feasibility of using both the sulphoselenides in photovoltaics and also utility of ZrS1.5Se1.5 in the field of non-linear optics.

  5. Microhydrated dihydrogen phosphate clusters probed by gas phase vibrational spectroscopy and first principles calculations

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    Sun, Shou -Tian; Jiang, Ling; Liu, J. W.; Heine, Nadja; Yacovitch, Tara I.; Wende, Torsten; Asmis, Knut R.; Neumark, Daniel M.; Liu, Zhi -Feng

    2015-06-05

    We report infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectra of cryogenically-cooled H2PO4-(H2O)n anions (n = 2–12) in the spectral range of the stretching and bending modes of the solute anion (600–1800 cm-1). The spectra cannot be fully understood using the standard technique of comparison to harmonic spectra of minimum-energy structures; a satisfactory assignment requires considering anharmonic effects as well as entropy-driven hydrogen bond network fluctuations. Aided by finite temperature ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, the observed changes in the position, width and intensity of the IRMPD bands with cluster size are related to the sequence of microsolvation. Due to stronger hydrogenmore » bonding to the two terminal P=O groups, these are hydrated before the two P–OH groups. By n = 6, all four end groups are involved in the hydrogen bond network and by n = 12, the cluster spectra show similarities to the condensed phase spectrum of H2PO4-(aq). Our results reveal some of the microscopic details concerning the formation of the aqueous solvation environment around H2PO4-, provide ample testing grounds for the design of model solvation potentials for this biologically relevant anion, and support a new paradigm for the interpretation of IRMPD spectra of microhydrated ions.« less

  6. Combined Raman spectroscopy and first-principles calculation for essential oil of Lemongrass

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    Faria, Rozilaine A. P. G.; Picanço, Nágela F. M.; Campo, Gladís S. D. L.; Faria, Jorge L. B.; Instituto de Física/UFMT Collaboration; Instituto Federal de Mato Grosso/IFMT Team

    2014-03-01

    The essential oils have increased food's industry interest by the presence of antioxidant and antimicrobial. Many of them have antimicrobial and antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal activities. But, due to the concentrations required to be added in the food matrix, the sensory quality of the food is changed. The production and composition of essential oil extracted from plants depend on the plant-environment interactions, the harvest season, phenophase and physiological state of the vegetal. Cymbopogom citratus (Lemongrass) has a good yield in essential oil with neral (citral A), geranial (citral B) and myrcene, reaching 90% of the oil composition. In our experimental work, the essential oil of lemongrass was obtained by hydrodistillation in Clevenger apparatus for 4 hours. The compound was further analyzed by Raman scattering in a spectrometer HR 800, with excitation at 633nm, in the range 80-3400 cm-1. The spectrum obtained was compared with DFT calculations of molecules of the oil components. Our results show the vibrational signatures of the main functional groups and suggest a simple, but very useful, methodology to quantify the proportions of these components in the oil composition, showing good agreement with Raman data. CNPq/Capes/Fapemat.

  7. Microhydrated dihydrogen phosphate clusters probed by gas phase vibrational spectroscopy and first principles calculations.

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    Sun, Shou-Tian; Jiang, Ling; Liu, J W; Heine, Nadja; Yacovitch, Tara I; Wende, Torsten; Asmis, Knut R; Neumark, Daniel M; Liu, Zhi-Feng

    2015-10-21

    We report infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectra of cryogenically-cooled H2PO4(-)(H2O)n anions (n = 2-12) in the spectral range of the stretching and bending modes of the solute anion (600-1800 cm(-1)). The spectra cannot be fully understood using the standard technique of comparison to harmonic spectra of minimum-energy structures; a satisfactory assignment requires considering anharmonic effects as well as entropy-driven hydrogen bond network fluctuations. Aided by finite temperature ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, the observed changes in the position, width and intensity of the IRMPD bands with cluster size are related to the sequence of microsolvation. Due to stronger hydrogen bonding to the two terminal P[double bond, length as m-dash]O groups, these are hydrated before the two P-OH groups. By n = 6, all four end groups are involved in the hydrogen bond network and by n = 12, the cluster spectra show similarities to the condensed phase spectrum of H2PO4(-)(aq). Our results reveal some of the microscopic details concerning the formation of the aqueous solvation environment around H2PO4(-), provide ample testing grounds for the design of model solvation potentials for this biologically relevant anion, and support a new paradigm for the interpretation of IRMPD spectra of microhydrated ions. PMID:26105043

  8. A "First Principles" Potential Energy Surface for Liquid Water from VRT Spectroscopy of Water Clusters

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    Goldman, N; Leforestier, C; Saykally, R J

    2004-05-25

    We present results of gas phase cluster and liquid water simulations from the recently determined VRT(ASP-W)III water dimer potential energy surface. VRT(ASP-W)III is shown to not only be a model of high ''spectroscopic'' accuracy for the water dimer, but also makes accurate predictions of vibrational ground-state properties for clusters up through the hexamer. Results of ambient liquid water simulations from VRT(ASP-W)III are compared to those from ab initio Molecular Dynamics, other potentials of ''spectroscopic'' accuracy, and to experiment. The results herein represent the first time that a ''spectroscopic'' potential surface is able to correctly model condensed phase properties of water.

  9. Electrical conductivity in oxygen-deficient phases of tantalum pentoxide from first-principles calculations

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    Bondi, Robert J. Desjarlais, Michael P.; Thompson, Aidan P.; Brennecka, Geoff L.; Marinella, Matthew J.

    2013-11-28

    We apply first-principles density-functional theory (DFT) calculations, ab-initio molecular dynamics, and the Kubo-Greenwood formula to predict electrical conductivity in Ta{sub 2}O{sub x} (0 ≤ x ≤ 5) as a function of composition, phase, and temperature, where additional focus is given to various oxidation states of the O monovacancy (V{sub O}{sup n}; n = 0,1+,2+). In the crystalline phase, our DFT calculations suggest that V{sub O}{sup 0} prefers equatorial O sites, while V{sub O}{sup 1+} and V{sub O}{sup 2+} are energetically preferred in the O cap sites of TaO{sub 7} polyhedra. Our calculations of DC conductivity at 300 K agree well with experimental measurements taken on Ta{sub 2}O{sub x} thin films (0.18 ≤ x ≤ 4.72) and bulk Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} powder-sintered pellets, although simulation accuracy can be improved for the most insulating, stoichiometric compositions. Our conductivity calculations and further interrogation of the O-deficient Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} electronic structure provide further theoretical basis to substantiate V{sub O}{sup 0} as a donor dopant in Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}. Furthermore, this dopant-like behavior is specific to the neutral case and not observed in either the 1+ or 2+ oxidation states, which suggests that reduction and oxidation reactions may effectively act as donor activation and deactivation mechanisms, respectively, for V{sub O}{sup n} in Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}.

  10. Prediction of new high pressure structural sequence in thorium carbide: A first principles study

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    Sahoo, B. D. Joshi, K. D.; Gupta, Satish C.

    2015-05-14

    In the present work, we report the detailed electronic band structure calculations on thorium monocarbide. The comparison of enthalpies, derived for various phases using evolutionary structure search method in conjunction with first principles total energy calculations at several hydrostatic compressions, yielded a high pressure structural sequence of NaCl type (B1) → Pnma → Cmcm → CsCl type (B2) at hydrostatic pressures of ∼19 GPa, 36 GPa, and 200 GPa, respectively. However, the two high pressure experimental studies by Gerward et al. [J. Appl. Crystallogr. 19, 308 (1986); J. Less-Common Met. 161, L11 (1990)] one up to 36 GPa and other up to 50 GPa, on substoichiometric thorium carbide samples with carbon deficiency of ∼20%, do not report any structural transition. The discrepancy between theory and experiment could be due to the non-stoichiometry of thorium carbide samples used in the experiment. Further, in order to substantiate the results of our static lattice calculations, we have determined the phonon dispersion relations for these structures from lattice dynamic calculations. The theoretically calculated phonon spectrum reveal that the B1 phase fails dynamically at ∼33.8 GPa whereas the Pnma phase appears as dynamically stable structure around the B1 to Pnma transition pressure. Similarly, the Cmcm structure also displays dynamic stability in the regime of its structural stability. The B2 phase becomes dynamically stable much below the Cmcm to B2 transition pressure. Additionally, we have derived various thermophysical properties such as zero pressure equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, its pressure derivative, Debye temperature, thermal expansion coefficient and Gruneisen parameter at 300 K and compared these with available experimental data. Further, the behavior of zero pressure bulk modulus, heat capacity and Helmholtz free energy has been examined as a function temperature and compared with the experimental data of Danan [J. Nucl. Mater. 57, 280 (1975)].

  11. Phase diagrams for clathrate hydrates of methane, ethane, and propane from first-principles thermodynamics.

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    Cao, Xiaoxiao; Huang, Yingying; Li, Wenbo; Zheng, Zhaoyang; Jiang, Xue; Su, Yan; Zhao, Jijun; Liu, Changling

    2016-01-20

    Natural gas hydrates are inclusion compounds composed of major light hydrocarbon gaseous molecules (CH4, C2H6, and C3H8) and a water clathrate framework. Understanding the phase stability and formation conditions of natural gas hydrates is crucial for their future exploitation and applications and requires an accurate description of intermolecular interactions. Previous ab initio calculations on gas hydrates were mainly limited by the cluster models, whereas the phase diagram and equilibrium conditions of hydrate formation were usually investigated using the thermodynamic models or empirical molecular simulations. For the first time, we construct the chemical potential phase diagrams of type II clathrate hydrates encapsulated with methane/ethane/propane guest molecules using first-principles thermodynamics. We find that the partially occupied structures (136H2O·1CH4, 136H2O·16CH4, 136H2O·20CH4, 136H2O·1C2H6, and 136H2O·1C3H8) and fully occupied structures (136H2O·24CH4, 136H2O·8C2H6, and 136H2O·8C3H8) are thermodynamically favorable under given pressure-temperature (p-T) conditions. The theoretically predicted equilibrium pressures for pure CH4, C2H6 and C3H8 hydrates at the phase transition point are consistent with the experimental data. These results provide valuable guidance for establishing the relationship between the accurate description of intermolecular noncovalent interactions and the p-T equilibrium conditions of clathrate hydrates and other molecular crystals. PMID:26745181

  12. Structure and mechanical properties of tantalum mononitride under high pressure: A first-principles study

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    Chang, Jing; Zhao, Guo-Ping; Zhou, Xiao-Lin; Liu, Ke; Lu, Lai-Yu

    2012-01-01

    The structure and mechanical properties of tantalum mononitride (TaN) are investigated at high pressure from first-principles using the plane wave pseudopotential method within the local density approximation. Three stable phases were considered, i.e., two hexagonal phases (ε and θ) and a cubic δ phase. The obtained equilibrium structure parameters and ground state mechanical properties are in excellent agreement with the experimental and other theoretical results. A full elastic tensor and crystal anisotropy of the ultra-incompressible TaN in three stable phases are determined in the wide pressure range. Results indicated that the elastic properties of TaN in three phases are strongly pressure dependent. And the hexagonal θ-TaN is the most ultraincompressible among the consider phases, which suggests that the θ phase of TaN is a potential candidate structure to be one of the ultraincompressible and hard materials. By the elastic stability criteria, it is predicted that θ-TaN is not stable above 53.9 GPa. In addition, the calculated B/G ratio indicated that the ε and δ phases possess brittle nature in the range of pressure from 0 to 100 GPa. While θ phase is brittleness at low pressure (below 8.2 GPa) and is strongly prone to ductility at high pressure (above 8.2 GPa). The calculated elastic anisotropic factors for three phases of TaN suggest that they are elastically highly anisotropic and strongly dependent on the propagation direction. PMID:23185097

  13. Nonlinear Socio-Ecological Dynamics and First Principles ofCollective Choice Behavior of ``Homo Socialis"

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    Sonis, M.

    Socio-ecological dynamics emerged from the field of Mathematical SocialSciences and opened up avenues for re-examination of classical problems of collective behavior in Social and Spatial sciences. The ``engine" of this collective behavior is the subjective mental evaluation of level of utilities in the future, presenting sets of composite socio-economic-temporal-locational advantages. These dynamics present new laws of collective multi-population behavior which are the meso-level counterparts of the utility optimization individual behavior. The central core of the socio-ecological choice dynamics includes the following first principle of the collective choice behavior of ``Homo Socialis" based on the existence of ``collective consciousness": the choice behavior of ``Homo Socialis" is a collective meso-level choice behavior such that the relative changes in choice frequencies depend on the distribution of innovation alternatives between adopters of innovations. The mathematical basis of the Socio-Ecological Dynamics includes two complementary analytical approaches both based on the use of computer modeling as a theoretical and simulation tool. First approach is the ``continuous approach" --- the systems of ordinary and partial differential equations reflecting the continuous time Volterra ecological formalism in a form of antagonistic and/or cooperative collective hyper-games between different sub-sets of choice alternatives. Second approach is the ``discrete approach" --- systems of difference equations presenting a new branch of the non-linear discrete dynamics --- the Discrete Relative m-population/n-innovations Socio-Spatial Dynamics (Dendrinos and Sonis, 1990). The generalization of the Volterra formalism leads further to the meso-level variational principle of collective choice behavior determining the balance between the resulting cumulative social spatio-temporal interactions among the population of adopters susceptible to the choice alternatives and the cumulative equalization of the power of elites supporting different choice alternatives. This balance governs the dynamic innovation choice process and constitutes the dynamic meso-level counterpart of the micro-economic individual utility maximization principle.

  14. Structural determination and physical properties of 4d transitional metal diborides by first-principles calculations

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    Ying, Chun; Zhao, Erjun; Lin, Lin; Hou, Qingyu

    2014-10-01

    The structural determination, thermodynamic, mechanical, dynamic and electronic properties of 4d transitional metal diborides MB2 (M = Y-Ag) are systematically investigated by first-principles within the density functional theory (DFT). For each diboride, five structures are considered, i.e. AlB2-, ReB2-, OsB2-, MoB2- and WB2-type structures. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the previously theoretical and experimental studies. The formation enthalpy increases from YB2 to AgB2 in AlB2-type structure (similar to MoB2- and WB2-type). While the formation enthalpy decreases from YB2 to MoB2, reached minimum value to TcB2, and then increases gradually in ReB2-type structure (similar to OsB2-type), which is consistent with the results of the calculated density of states. The structural stability of these materials relates mainly on electronegative of metals, boron structure and bond characters. Among the considered structures, TcB2-ReB2 (TcB2-ReB2 represents TcB2 in ReB2-type structure, the same hereinafter) has the largest shear modulus (248 GPa), and is the hardest compound. The number of electrons transferred from metals to boron atoms and the calculated densities of states (DOS) indicate that each diboride is a complex mixture of metallic, ionic and covalent characteristics. Trends are discussed.

  15. Application of First Principles Ni-Cd and Ni-H2 Battery Models to Spacecraft Operations

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    Timmerman, Paul; Bugga, Ratnakumar; DiStefano, Salvador

    1997-01-01

    The conclusions of the application of first principles model to spacecraft operations are: the first principles of Bi-phasic electrode presented model provides an explanation for many behaviors on voltage fading on LEO cycling.

  16. First Principles Density Functional Investigation of Supported Tungsten Cluster (Wn; n = 1 TO 6) on Anchored Graphite (0001) Surface

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    Barman, Sonali; Das, G. P.; Kawazoe, Y.

    2013-12-01

    Size-selected Wn clusters can be deposited firmly on a graphite (0001) surface using a novel technique, where the positive ions (of the same metal atom species) embedded on the graphite surface by ion implantation, act as anchors. The size selected metal clusters can then soft land on this anchored surface m [Hayakawa et al., 2009]. We have carried out a systematic theoretical study of the adsorption of Wn (n = 1-6) clusters on anchored graphite (0001) surface, using state-of-art spin-polarized density functional approach. In our first-principles calculations, the graphite (0001) surface has been suitably modeled as a slab separated by large vacuum layers. Wn clusters bond on clean graphite (0001) surface with a rather weak Van-der-Waals interaction. However, on the anchored graphite (0001) surface, the Wn clusters get absorbed at the defect site with a much larger adsorption energy. We report here the results of our first-principles investigation of this supported Wn cluster system, along with their reactivity trend as a function of the cluster size (n).

  17. Dispersion-corrected first-principles calculation of terahertz vibration, and evidence for weak hydrogen bond formation

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    Takahashi, Masae; Ishikawa, Yoichi; Ito, Hiromasa

    2013-03-01

    A weak hydrogen bond (WHB) such as CH-O is very important for the structure, function, and dynamics in a chemical and biological system WHB stretching vibration is in a terahertz (THz) frequency region Very recently, the reasonable performance of dispersion-corrected first-principles to WHB has been proven. In this lecture, we report dispersion-corrected first-principles calculation of the vibrational absorption of some organic crystals, and low-temperature THz spectral measurement, in order to clarify WHB stretching vibration. The THz frequency calculation of a WHB crystal has extremely improved by dispersion correction. Moreover, the discrepancy in frequency between an experiment and calculation and is 10 1/cm or less. Dispersion correction is especially effective for intermolecular mode. The very sharp peak appearing at 4 K is assigned to the intermolecular translational mode that corresponds to WHB stretching vibration. It is difficult to detect and control the WHB formation in a crystal because the binding energy is very small. With the help of the latest intense development of experimental and theoretical technique and its careful use, we reveal solid-state WHB stretching vibration as evidence for the WHB formation that differs in respective WHB networks The research was supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (Grant No. 22550003).

  18. Putting DFT to the test: a first-principles study of electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of Co3O4.

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    Singh, Vijay; Kosa, Monica; Majhi, Koushik; Major, Dan Thomas

    2015-01-13

    First-principles density functional theory (DFT) and a many-body Green's function method have been employed to elucidate the electronic, magnetic, and photonic properties of a spinel compound, Co3O4. Co3O4 is an antiferromagnetic semiconductor composed of cobalt ions in the Co(2+) and Co(3+) oxidation states. Co3O4 is believed to be a strongly correlated material, where the on-site Coulomb interaction (U) on Co d orbitals is presumably important, although this view has recently been contested. The suggested optical band gap for this material ranges from 0.8 to 2.0 eV, depending on the type of experiments and theoretical treatment. Thus, the correlated nature of the Co d orbitals in Co3O4 and the extent of the band gap are still under debate, raising questions regarding the ability of DFT to correctly treat the electronic structure in this material. To resolve the above controversies, we have employed a range of theoretical methods, including pure DFT, DFT+U, and a range-separated exchange-correlation functional (HSE06) as well as many-body Green's function theory (i.e., the GW method). We compare the electronic structure and band gap of Co3O4 with available photoemission spectroscopy and optical band gap data and confirm a direct band gap of ca. 0.8 eV. Furthermore, we have also studied the optical properties of Co3O4 by calculating the imaginary part of the dielectric function (Im(ε)), facilitating direct comparison with the measured optical absorption spectra. Finally, we have calculated the nearest-neighbor interaction (J1) between Co(2+) ions to understand the complex magnetic structure of Co3O4. PMID:26574204

  19. First principle chemical kinetics in zeolites: the methanol-to-olefin process as a case study.

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    Van Speybroeck, Veronique; De Wispelaere, Kristof; Van der Mynsbrugge, Jeroen; Vandichel, Matthias; Hemelsoet, Karen; Waroquier, Michel

    2014-11-01

    To optimally design next generation catalysts a thorough understanding of the chemical phenomena at the molecular scale is a prerequisite. Apart from qualitative knowledge on the reaction mechanism, it is also essential to be able to predict accurate rate constants. Molecular modeling has become a ubiquitous tool within the field of heterogeneous catalysis. Herein, we review current computational procedures to determine chemical kinetics from first principles, thus by using no experimental input and by modeling the catalyst and reacting species at the molecular level. Therefore, we use the methanol-to-olefin (MTO) process as a case study to illustrate the various theoretical concepts. This process is a showcase example where rational design of the catalyst was for a long time performed on the basis of trial and error, due to insufficient knowledge of the mechanism. For theoreticians the MTO process is particularly challenging as the catalyst has an inherent supramolecular nature, for which not only the Brønsted acidic site is important but also organic species, trapped in the zeolite pores, must be essentially present during active catalyst operation. All these aspects give rise to specific challenges for theoretical modeling. It is shown that present computational techniques have matured to a level where accurate enthalpy barriers and rate constants can be predicted for reactions occurring at a single active site. The comparison with experimental data such as apparent kinetic data for well-defined elementary reactions has become feasible as current computational techniques also allow predicting adsorption enthalpies with reasonable accuracy. Real catalysts are truly heterogeneous in a space- and time-like manner. Future theory developments should focus on extending our view towards phenomena occurring at longer length and time scales and integrating information from various scales towards a unified understanding of the catalyst. Within this respect molecular dynamics methods complemented with additional techniques to simulate rare events are now gradually making their entrance within zeolite catalysis. Recent applications have already given a flavor of the benefit of such techniques to simulate chemical reactions in complex molecular environments. PMID:25054453

  20. First Principles Investigations of Technologically and Environmentally Important Nano-structured Materials and Devices

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    Paul, Sujata

    In the course of my PhD I have worked on a broad range of problems using simulations from first principles: from catalysis and chemical reactions at surfaces and on nanostructures, characterization of carbon-based systems and devices, and surface and interface physics. My research activities focused on the application of ab-initio electronic structure techniques to the theoretical study of important aspects of the physics and chemistry of materials for energy and environmental applications and nano-electronic devices. A common theme of my research is the computational study of chemical reactions of environmentally important molecules (CO, CO2) using high performance simulations. In particular, my principal aim was to design novel nano-structured functional catalytic surfaces and interfaces for environmentally relevant remediation and recycling reactions, with particular attention to the management of carbon dioxide. We have studied the carbon-mediated partial sequestration and selective oxidation of carbon monoxide (CO), both in the presence and absence of hydrogen, on graphitic edges. Using first-principles calculations we have studied several reactions of CO with carbon nanostructures, where the active sites can be regenerated by the deposition of carbon decomposed from the reactant (CO) to make the reactions self-sustained. Using statistical mechanics, we have also studied the conditions under which the conversion of CO to graphene and carbon dioxide is thermodynamically favorable, both in the presence and in the absence of hydrogen. These results are a first step toward the development of processes for the carbon-mediated partial sequestration and selective oxidation of CO in a hydrogen atmosphere. We have elucidated the atomic scale mechanisms of activation and reduction of carbon dioxide on specifically designed catalytic surfaces via the rational manipulation of the surface properties that can be achieved by combining transition metal thin films on oxide substrates. We have analyzed the mechanisms of the molecular reactions on the class of catalytic surfaces so designed in an effort to optimize materials parameters in the search of optimal catalytic materials. All these studies are likely to bring new perspectives and substantial advancement in the field of high-performance simulations in catalysis and the characterization of nanostructures for energy and environmental applications. Moving to novel materials for electronics applications, I have studied the structural and vibrational properties of mono and bi-layer graphene. I have characterized the lattice thermal conductivity of ideal monolayer and bi-layer graphene, demonstrating that their behavior is similar to that observed in graphite and indicating that the intra-layer coupling does not affect significantly the thermal conductance. I have also calculated the electron-phonon interaction in monolayer graphene and obtained electron scattering rates associated with all phonon modes and the intrinsic resistivity/mobility of monolayer graphene is estimated as a function of temperature. On another project, I have worked on ab initio molecular dynamic studies of novel Phase Change Materials (PCM) for memory and 3D-integration. We characterized high-temperature, sodium | nickel chloride, rechargeable batteries. These batteries are under consideration for hybrid drive systems in transportation applications. As part of our activities to improve performance and reliability of these batteries, we developed an engineering transport model of the component electrochemical cell. To support that model, we have proposed a reaction kinetics expression for the REDOX (reduction-oxidation) reaction at the porous positive electrode. We validate the kinetics expression with electrochemical measurements. A methodology based on the transistor body effect is used to estimate inversion oxide thicknesses (Tinv) in high-kappa/metal gate, undoped, ultra-thin body SOI FINFETs. The extracted Tinvs are compared to independent capacitance voltage (CV) measurements.

  1. Temperature-dependence of structural and mechanical properties of TiB{sub 2}: A first principle investigation

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    Xiang, Huimin; Feng, Zhihai; Li, Zhongping; Zhou, Yanchun E-mail: yczhou714@gmail.com

    2015-06-14

    High temperature mechanical and thermodynamic properties of TiB{sub 2} are important to its applications as ultrahigh temperature ceramic, which were not well understood. In this study, the thermodynamic and mechanical properties of TiB{sub 2} were investigated by the combination of first principle and phonon dispersion calculations. The thermal expansion of TiB{sub 2} was anisotropic, α{sub c}/α{sub a} is nearly constant (1.46) from 300 K to 1500 K, theoretically. The origination of this anisotropy is the anisotropic compressibility. The heat capacity at constant pressure was estimated from the theoretical entropy and fitted the experimental result quite well when higher-order anharmonic effects were considered. Theoretical isentropic elastic constants and mechanical properties were calculated and their temperature dependence agreed with the existed experiments. From room temperature to 1500 K, the theoretical slope is −0.0211 GPa·K{sup −1}, −0.0155 GPa·K{sup −1}, and −0.0384 GPa·K{sup −1} for B, G, and E, respectively. Our theoretical results highlight the suitability of this method in predicting temperature dependent properties of ultrahigh temperature ceramics and show ability in selecting and designing of novel ultrahigh temperature ceramics.

  2. A theoretical study of the sum frequency vibrational spectroscopy of the carbon tetrachloride/water interface

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    Green, Anthony J.; Perry, Angela; Moore, Preston B.; Space, Brian

    2012-03-01

    Theoretical approximations to the sum frequency vibrational spectroscopy (SFVS) of the carbon tetrachloride/water interface are constructed using the quantum-corrected time correlation functions (TCF) to aid in interpretation of experimental data and to predict novel vibrational modes. Instantaneous normal mode (INM) methods are used to characterize the observed modes leading to the TCF signal, thus providing molecular resolution of the vibrational lineshapes. Detailed comparisons of the theoretical signals are made with those obtained experimentally and show excellent agreement for the spectral peaks in the O-H stretching region of water. An intermolecular mode, unique to the interface, at 848 cm-1 is also identifiable, similar to the one seen for the water/vapor interface. INM analysis reveals the resonance is due to a wagging mode (hindered rotation) that was previously identified (Perry et al 2005 J. Chem. Phys. 123 144705) as localized on a single water molecule with both hydrogens displaced normal to the interface—generally it is found that the symmetry breaking at the interface leads to hindered translations and rotations at hydrophilic/hydrophobic interfaces that assume finite vibrational frequencies due to anchoring at the aqueous interface. Additionally, examination of the real and imaginary parts of the theoretical SFVS spectra reveal the spectroscopic species attributed the resonances and possible subspecies in the O-H region; these results are consistent with extant experimental data and associated analysis.

  3. Data set for diffusion coefficients of alloying elements in dilute Mg alloys from first-principles

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    Zhou, Bi-Cheng; Shang, Shun-Li; Wang, Yi; Liu, Zi-Kui

    2015-01-01

    Diffusion coefficients of alloying elements in Mg are critical for the development of new Mg alloys for lightweight applications. Here we present the data set of the temperature-dependent dilute tracer diffusion coefficients for 47 substitutional alloying elements in hexagonal closed packed (hcp) Mg calculated from first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) by combining transition state theory and an 8-frequency model. Benchmark for the DFT calculations and systematic comparison with experimental diffusion data are also presented. The data set refers to “Diffusion coefficients of alloying elements in dilute Mg alloys: A comprehensive first-principles study” by Zhou et al. [1]. PMID:26702419

  4. Theoretical Simulations and Ultrafast Pump-probe Spectroscopy Experiments in Pigment-protein Photosynthetic Complexes

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    Buck, D.R.

    2000-09-12

    Theoretical simulations and ultrafast pump-probe laser spectroscopy experiments were used to study photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes and antennae found in green sulfur bacteria such as Prosthecochloris aestuarii, Chloroflexus aurantiacus, and Chlorobium tepidum. The work focused on understanding structure-function relationships in energy transfer processes in these complexes through experiments and trying to model that data as we tested our theoretical assumptions with calculations. Theoretical exciton calculations on tubular pigment aggregates yield electronic absorption spectra that are superimpositions of linear J-aggregate spectra. The electronic spectroscopy of BChl c/d/e antennae in light harvesting chlorosomes from Chloroflexus aurantiacus differs considerably from J-aggregate spectra. Strong symmetry breaking is needed if we hope to simulate the absorption spectra of the BChl c antenna. The theory for simulating absorption difference spectra in strongly coupled photosynthetic antenna is described, first for a relatively simple heterodimer, then for the general N-pigment system. The theory is applied to the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) BChl a protein trimers from Prosthecochloris aestuarii and then compared with experimental low-temperature absorption difference spectra of FMO trimers from Chlorobium tepidum. Circular dichroism spectra of the FMO trimer are unusually sensitive to diagonal energy disorder. Substantial differences occur between CD spectra in exciton simulations performed with and without realistic inhomogeneous distribution functions for the input pigment diagonal energies. Anisotropic absorption difference spectroscopy measurements are less consistent with 21-pigment trimer simulations than 7-pigment monomer simulations which assume that the laser-prepared states are localized within a subunit of the trimer. Experimental anisotropies from real samples likely arise from statistical averaging over states with diagonal energies shifted by in homogeneous broadening and as such, are quite sensitive to diagonal energy disorder. The experimental anisotropies exhibit strong oscillations with {approximately}220 fs period for certain wavelengths in one-color absorption difference experiments. The oscillations only appear when the laser pulse spectrum overlaps both of the lowest-energy groups of exciton levels clustered near 815 and 825 nm. Results suggest that the oscillations stem from quantum beating between exciton levels, rather than from coherent nuclear motion.

  5. Accurate First-Principles Spectra Predictions for Planetological and Astrophysical Applications at Various T-Conditions

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    Rey, M.; Nikitin, A. V.; Tyuterev, V.

    2014-06-01

    Knowledge of near infrared intensities of rovibrational transitions of polyatomic molecules is essential for the modeling of various planetary atmospheres, brown dwarfs and for other astrophysical applications 1,2,3. For example, to analyze exoplanets, atmospheric models have been developed, thus making the need to provide accurate spectroscopic data. Consequently, the spectral characterization of such planetary objects relies on the necessity of having adequate and reliable molecular data in extreme conditions (temperature, optical path length, pressure). On the other hand, in the modeling of astrophysical opacities, millions of lines are generally involved and the line-by-line extraction is clearly not feasible in laboratory measurements. It is thus suggested that this large amount of data could be interpreted only by reliable theoretical predictions. There exists essentially two theoretical approaches for the computation and prediction of spectra. The first one is based on empirically-fitted effective spectroscopic models. Another way for computing energies, line positions and intensities is based on global variational calculations using ab initio surfaces. They do not yet reach the spectroscopic accuracy stricto sensu but implicitly account for all intramolecular interactions including resonance couplings in a wide spectral range. The final aim of this work is to provide reliable predictions which could be quantitatively accurate with respect to the precision of available observations and as complete as possible. All this thus requires extensive first-principles quantum mechanical calculations essentially based on three necessary ingredients which are (i) accurate intramolecular potential energy surface and dipole moment surface components well-defined in a large range of vibrational displacements and (ii) efficient computational methods combined with suitable choices of coordinates to account for molecular symmetry properties and to achieve a good numerical convergence. Because high-resolution ab initio spectra predictions for systems with N>4 atoms is a very challenging task, the major issue is to minimize the cost of computations and the loss of accuracy during calculations. To this end, a truncation-reduction technique for the Hamiltonian operator as well as an extraction-compression procedure for the basis set functions will be introduced and discussed in detail. We will give a review on the recent progress in computational methods as well as on existing experimental and theoretical databases 4,5,6,7,8,9. This presentation will be focused on highly symmetric molecules such as methane and phosphine, with the corresponding applications at low-T in relation with Titan's atmosphere and at high-T with the production of theoretical line lists for astrophysical opacity calculations10. The study of isotopic H→D and 12C→13C substitutions will be also addressed and carried out by means of symmetry and coordinate transformations11. Finally we hope this work will help refining studies of currently available analyses which are not yet finalized. The modeling of non-LTE emissions accounting for contribution of many fundamental and hot bands could also be possible. Support from PNP (French CNRS national planetology program) is acknowledged.

  6. Cesium stability in a typical mica structure in dry and wet environments from first-principles

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    Suehara, Shigeru; Yamada, Hirohisa

    2013-05-01

    Cesium ion stability in a typical mica structure in various environments of solid salts (XCl; X = Cs, K, and Na), metals (X) and saltwaters (XCl aqueous liquids) was investigated using first-principles density-functional theory (DFT) with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) functional as well as a van der Waals (vdW) corrected functional (vdW-DFC09x). We specifically examined interlayer ion-exchange in bulk phlogopite-type mica, which is expected to produce a well-defined benchmark in a thermodynamic equilibrium state. In general, theoretical models have well reproduced the experimental and theoretical data found in the literature from the viewpoints of structure, heat capacity, and entropy. The vdW-DFC09x lattice parameters of the mica appear to be better reproducible than the PBE parameters are. However, the vdW correction calculations of the thermodynamic properties with the harmonic approximation using the phonon frequencies showed poor results in some cases, whereas the PBE calculations yielded robust and reasonable results in terms of structure and thermodynamic properties. The isotope effect of the 137Cs atom appears to be confined in thermodynamic properties such as entropy, heat capacity, and ion-exchange energy, although the theoretical infrared spectra showed a small redshift ca. 1 cm-1 in the far-infrared region of 50-75 cm-1. The calculated RDF and the coordination number for X-O (i.e., X-H2O) for the saltwater model indicated that the Cs, K, and Na ions with respective hydrated radii of 0.323, 0.284, and 0.238 nm were surrounded, respectively, by 6.5, 4.5, and 4.0 of H2O molecules in a water solution. Ion-exchange energy values based on free-energy calculations around ambient temperatures derived using the PBE functional and a harmonic approximation suggest that the cesium ion in mica interlayer phlogopite is stable in an environment consisting of KCl, NaCl, K, and Na solids, and in NaCl saltwater as well. However, it can be exchanged competitively by potassium ion in the KCl saltwater environment. The theoretical ion-selectivity order of the mica interlayer site is Cs > K > Na (PBE, vdW-DFC09x) in the solid environment, whereas the order of K ⩾ Cs > Na (PBE) or K > Cs ⩾ Na (vdW-DFC09x) is suggested in the saltwater environment. This selectivity-order difference between Cs and K underscores the importance of investigating the physical and chemical states of the counterphase as well as the host materials, and suggests that catching and releasing of the Cs atom in micaceous soil is possible through solvent control from a thermodynamic perspective.

  7. First principles DFT investigation of yttrium-decorated boron-nitride nanotube: Electronic structure and hydrogen storage

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    Jain, Richa Naja; Chakraborty, Brahmananda; Ramaniah, Lavanya M.

    2015-06-01

    The electronic structure and hydrogen storage capability of Yttrium-doped BNNTs has been theoretically investigated using first principles density functional theory (DFT). Yttrium atom prefers the hollow site in the center of the hexagonal ring with a binding energy of 0.8048eV. Decorating by Y makes the system half-metallic and magnetic with a magnetic moment of 1.0µB. Y decorated Boron-Nitride (8,0) nanotube can adsorb up to five hydrogen molecules whose average binding energy is computed as 0.5044eV. All the hydrogen molecules are adsorbed with an average desorption temperature of 644.708 K. Taking that the Y atoms can be placed only in alternate hexagons, the implied wt% comes out to be 5.31%, a relatively acceptable value for hydrogen storage materials. Thus, this system can serve as potential hydrogen storage medium.

  8. Red Shifted Absorbance of A-site Substituted Bismuth Titanate Pyrochlore: Characterization and Stability Analysis from First Principles

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    Mayfield, Cedric; Huda, Muhammad

    2015-03-01

    Transition metal inclusion has enhanced photocatalytic activity of bismuth titanate (Bi2Ti2O7) up to an impurity threshold concentration. Beyond the threshold, spectral absorbance is continually red shifted but increased photocurrent is not reciprocated. We investigated, from first principles, the origin of decreased photocurrent in modified Bi2Ti2O7 (BTO) by calculating the electronic structures of a representative set of doping configurations and by performing a phase stability analysis of the doping. We report our theoretical/computational strategy of analyzing free energy space and show an explicit dependence of pure phase synthesis on changes in free energy. Also, we present a probability distribution of the doping configurations based on formation enthalpy to better understand the nature of doping in BTO. We found that transition metal substitutions are favorable at the A-sites due to unchanging coordination with O ions. This work is supported by National Science Foundation, Award No. 1133672.

  9. Catalytic hydrogenation of cresol: first-principles density-functional calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations

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    Li, Yaping; Liu, Zhimin; Jentoft, Friederike; Wang, Sanwu

    2015-03-01

    Biomass is an important renewable energy resource. Cresol is one of components in crude bio-oil generated from biomass, and hydrogenation of cresol is often involved in the upgrading process. We studied catalytic hydrogenation of cresol on the Pt(111) surface with and without the presence of water. In particular, we used first-principles density-functional theory and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to obtain adsorption geometries, binding energies, reaction energies, activation energies, and reaction pathways for hydrogenation of cresol with possible products of 2-methylcyclohexanone and 2-methylcyclohexanol. Our theoretical results are used to explain the available experimental measurements, which show a strong influence of water. Supported by DOE (DE-SC0004600). This research used the supercomputer resources at NERSC, of XSEDE, at TACC and at the Tandy Supercomputing Center.

  10. Pressure effects on the elastic and lattice dynamics properties of AlP from first-principles calculations

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    Lakel, S.; Okbi, F.; Ibrir, M.; Almi, K.

    2015-03-30

    We have performed first-principles calculations to investigate the behavior under hydrostatic pressure of the structural, elastic and lattice dynamics properties of aluminum phosphide crystal (AlP), in both zinc-blende (B3) and nickel arsenide (B8) phases. Our calculated structural and electronic properties are in good agreement with previous theoretical and experimental results. The elastic constants, bulk modulus (B), shear modulus (G), and Young's modulus (E), Born effective charge and static dielectric constant ε{sub 0}, were calculated with the generalized gradient approximations and the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT). Our results in the pressure behavior of the elastic and dielectric properties of both phases are compared and contrasted with the common III–V materials. The Born effective charge ZB decreases linearly with pressure increasing, while the static dielectric constant decreases quadratically with the increase of pressure.

  11. A combined first principles and Mohr-Coulomb criterion for the determination of the nanohardness of amorphous silicon

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    Tabatabaei, Maryam; Shodja, Hossein M.

    2015-12-01

    Although, the evaluation of the nanohardness of amorphous silicon (a-Si) has been the subject of a few experimental works but, to date, it has not been addressed theoretically yet. In this work, first principles Kohn-Sham density functional theory (DFT)-based molecular dynamics (MD) in combination with Mohr-Coulomb criterion is employed to calculate the ideal shear strength of the damped MD annealed a-Si sample containing dangling and floating bonds which are pertinent to the threefold- and fivefold-coordinated defects, respectively, as well as distorted tetrahedral bonds. The stress state beneath the nanoindenter is triaxial, and is accounted for properly. The calculated values of nanohardness are in reasonable agreement with those values measured experimentally. Consideration of the electronic charge distribution under the state of triaxial tension test reveals that the yield phenomenon in a-Si is accompanied by the transformation of a threefold-coordinated Si atom to a fourfold-coordinated.

  12. Alloying effects on structural and thermal behavior of Ti1-xZrxC: A first principles study

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    Chauhan, Mamta; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2016-05-01

    The formation energy, equilibrium lattice parameter, bulk modulus, Debye temperature and heat capacity at constant volume have been calculated for TiC, ZrC, and their intermediate alloys (Ti1-xZrxC, x = 0,0.25.0.5,0.75,1) using first principles approach. The calculated values of lattice parameter and bulk modulus agree well with the available experimental and earlier theoretical reports. The variation of lattice parameter and bulk modulus with the change in concentration of Zr atom in Ti1-xZrxC has also been reported. The heat capacities of TiC, ZrC, and their intermediate alloys have been calculated by considering both vibrational and electronic contributions.

  13. First-principles prediction of solar radiation shielding performance for transparent windows of GdB6

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    Xiao, Lihua; Su, Yuchang; Ran, Jingyu; Liu, Yike; Qiu, Wei; Wu, Jianming; Lu, Fanghai; Shao, Fang; Tang, Dongsheng; Peng, Ping

    2016-04-01

    The structural, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of GdB6 are studied using the first-principles calculations. Calculated values for magnetic and optical properties and lattice constant are found to be consistent with previously reported experimental results. The calculated results show that GdB6 is a perfect near-infrared absorption/reflectance material that could serve as a solar radiation shielding material for windows with high visible light transmittance, similar to LaB6, which is assigned to its plasma oscillation and a collective oscillation (volume plasmon) of carrier electrons. It was found that the magnetic 4f electrons of Gd are not relevant to the important optical properties of GdB6. These theoretical studies serve as a reference for future studies.

  14. Electro-oxidation of water on hematite: Effects of surface termination and oxygen vacancies investigated by first-principles

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    Hellman, Anders; Iandolo, Beniamino; Wickman, Björn; Grönbeck, Henrik; Baltrusaitis, Jonas

    2015-10-01

    The oxygen evolution reaction on hydroxyl- and oxygen-terminated hematite was investigated using first-principle calculations within a theoretical electrochemical framework. Both pristine hematite and hematite containing oxygen vacancies were considered. The onset potential was determined to be 1.79 V and 2.09 V vs. the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) for the pristine hydroxyl- and oxygen-terminated hematite, respectively. The presence of oxygen vacancies in the hematite surface resulted in pronounced shifts of the onset potential to 3.09 V and 1.83 V, respectively. Electrochemical oxidation measurements conducted on thin-film hematite anodes, resulted in a measured onset potential of 1.66 V vs. RHE. Furthermore, the threshold potential between the hydroxyl- and oxygen-terminated hematite was determined as a function of pH. The results indicate that electrochemical water oxidation on hematite occurs on the oxygen-terminated hematite, containing oxygen vacancies.

  15. First-principles study of SO2 molecule adsorption on the pristine and Mn-doped boron nitride nanotubes

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    Deng, Zun-Yi; Zhang, Jian-Min; Xu, Ke-Wei

    2015-08-01

    To exploit the potential application of nitride nanotube (BNNT), the adsorption of sulfur dioxide (SO2) on pristine and Mn-doped BNNT was theoretically studied using first-principles approach based on density functional theory (DFT). The most stable adsorption geometry, adsorption energy, magnetic moment, charge transfer and density of states of these systems are discussed. SO2 molecule is weakly adsorbed on the pristine BNNT. The Mn-doped BNNT show high reactivity toward SO2 regardless of the MnB site or MnN site adsorption. The larger formation energies and analysis of density of states show the SO2 molecules are chemically bonded to Mn-doped BNNT and the covalent interaction between the SO2 molecule and Mn atom can be formed. Therefore, the Mn-doped BNNT can be used as SO2 gas sensor manufacturing raw materials, and it may be a potential material for nanodevice applications.

  16. Unified first-principles study of gilbert damping, spin-flip diffusion, and resistivity in transition metal alloys.

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    Starikov, Anton A; Kelly, Paul J; Brataas, Arne; Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav; Bauer, Gerrit E W

    2010-12-01

    Using a formulation of first-principles scattering theory that includes disorder and spin-orbit coupling on an equal footing, we calculate the resistivity ρ, spin-flip diffusion length l(sf), and Gilbert damping parameter α for Ni(1-x)Fe(x) substitutional alloys as a function of x. For the technologically important Ni(80)Fe(20) alloy, Permalloy, we calculate values of ρ = 3.5 ± 0.15 μΩ cm, l(sf) = 5.5 ± 0.3 nm, and α = 0.0046 ± 0.0001 compared to experimental low-temperature values in the range 4.2-4.8 μΩ cm for ρ, 5.0-6.0 nm for l(sf), and 0.004-0.013 for α, indicating that the theoretical formalism captures the most important contributions to these parameters. PMID:21231490

  17. First-principles investigation of quantum mechanical effects on the diffusion of hydrogen in iron and nickel

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    Di Stefano, Davide; Mrovec, Matous; Elsässer, Christian

    2015-12-01

    The diffusion coefficients of interstitial hydrogen in bulk Fe and Ni crystals have been calculated over a wide range of temperatures employing first-principles methods based on density functional theory. Quantum mechanical effects have been included by means of the semiclassical transition state theory and the small-polaron model of Flynn and Stoneham. Our results show that to include such effects is crucial for a quantitative simulation of H diffusion in bcc Fe even at room temperature, while in the case of fcc Ni this is less important. The comparison with other theoretical approaches as well as with experimental studies emphasizes the main advantages of the present approach: it is quantitatively accurate and computationally efficient.

  18. First-principles study on the effect of alloying elements on the elastic deformation response in β-titanium alloys

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    Gouda, Mohammed K. Gepreel, Mohamed A. H.; Nakamura, Koichi

    2015-06-07

    Theoretical deformation response of hypothetical β-titanium alloys was investigated using first-principles calculation technique under periodic boundary conditions. Simulation was carried out on hypothetical 54-atom supercell of Ti–X (X = Cr, Mn, Fe, Zr, Nb, Mo, Al, and Sn) binary alloys. The results showed that the strength of Ti increases by alloying, except for Cr. The most effective alloying elements are Nb, Zr, and Mo in the current simulation. The mechanism of bond breaking was revealed by studying the local structure around the alloying element atom with respect to volume change. Moreover, the effect of alloying elements on bulk modulus and admissible strain was investigated. It was found that Zr, Nb, and Mo have a significant effect to enhance the admissible strain of Ti without change in bulk modulus.

  19. First-principles study on the effect of alloying elements on the elastic deformation response in β-titanium alloys

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    Gouda, Mohammed K.; Nakamura, Koichi; A. H. Gepreel, Mohamed

    2015-06-01

    Theoretical deformation response of hypothetical β-titanium alloys was investigated using first-principles calculation technique under periodic boundary conditions. Simulation was carried out on hypothetical 54-atom supercell of Ti-X (X = Cr, Mn, Fe, Zr, Nb, Mo, Al, and Sn) binary alloys. The results showed that the strength of Ti increases by alloying, except for Cr. The most effective alloying elements are Nb, Zr, and Mo in the current simulation. The mechanism of bond breaking was revealed by studying the local structure around the alloying element atom with respect to volume change. Moreover, the effect of alloying elements on bulk modulus and admissible strain was investigated. It was found that Zr, Nb, and Mo have a significant effect to enhance the admissible strain of Ti without change in bulk modulus.

  20. Predicting Raman Spectra of Aqueous Silica and Alumina Species in Solution From First Principles

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    Hunt, J. D.; Schauble, E. A.; Manning, C. E.

    2006-12-01

    Dissolved silica and alumina play an important role in lithospheric fluid chemistry. Silica concentrations in aqueous fluids vary over the range of crustal temperatures and pressures enough to allow for significant mass transport of silica via fluid-rock interaction. The polymerization of silica, and the possible incorporation of alumina into the polymer structure, could afford crystal-like or melt-like sites to otherwise insoluble elements such as titanium, leading to enhanced mobility. Raman spectroscopy in a hydrothermal diamond anvil cell (HDAC) has been used to study silica polymerization at elevated pressure and temperature [Ref. 1, 2], but Raman spectra of expected solutes are not fully understood. We calculated Raman spectra of H4SiO4 monomers, H6Si2O7 dimers, and H6SiAlO_7^- dimers, from first principles using hybrid density functional theory (B3LYP). These spectra take into account the variation in bridging angle (Si-O-Si and Si-O-Al angles) that the dimers will have at a given temperature by calculating a potential energy surface of the dimer as the bridging angle varies, and using a Boltzmann distribution at that temperature to determine relative populations at each geometry. Solution effects can be incorporated by using a polarizable continuum model (PCM), and a potential energy surface has been constructed for the silica dimer using a PCM. The bridging angle variation explains the broadness of the 630 cm^-^1 silica dimer peak observed in HDAC experiments [Ref. 1, 2] at high temperatures. The silica-alumina dimer bridging angle is shown to be stiffer than the silica dimer bridging angle, which results in a much narrower main peak. The synthetic spectrum obtained for the silica-alumina dimer suggests that there may be a higher ratio of complexed alumina to free alumina in solution at highly basic pH than previously estimated [Ref. 3]. References: 1. Zotov, N. and H. Keppler, Chemical Geology, 2002. 184: p. 71-82. 2. Zotov, N. and H. Keppler, American Mineralogist, 2000. 85: p. 600-603. 3. Gout, R., et al., Journal of Solution Chemistry, 2000. 29: p. 1173-1186.

  1. First-principles calculations of shear moduli for Monte Carlo-simulated Coulomb solids

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    Ogata, Shuji; Ichimaru, Setsuo

    1990-01-01

    The paper presents a first-principles study of the shear modulus tensor for perfect and imperfect Coulomb solids. Allowance is made for the effects of thermal fluctuations for temperatures up to the melting conditions. The present theory treats the cases of the long-range Coulomb interaction, where volume fluctuations should be avoided in the Ewald sums.

  2. Applying Merrill's First Principles of Instruction: Practical Methods Based on a Review of the Literature

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    Gardner, Joel

    2010-01-01

    Research has shown that when Merrill's First Principles of Instruction are used as part of an instructional strategy, student learning increases. Several articles describe these principles of instruction, including specific methods for implementing this theory. However, because teachers and designers often have little time to design instruction,…

  3. First-principles simulation of the photoreaction of a capped azobenzene: the rotational pathway is feasible.

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    Nonnenberg, Christel; Gaub, Hermann; Frank, Irmgard

    2006-07-17

    We present first-principles molecular dynamics simulations of azobenzene and a sterically hindered derivative in the first excited state. The restricted open-shell Kohn-Sham (ROKS) approach is employed to describe the motion in the lowest excited state. The rotational pathway is observed in the molecular dynamics simulations for both azobenzene and its azacrown ether capped derivative. PMID:16755639

  4. Complete collisions approximation to the Kadanoff-Baym equation: a first-principles implementation

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    Sangalli, Davide; Marini, Andrea

    2015-05-01

    We show carriers dynamics on bulk Silicon in the sub pico-second time scale. The results are obtained from a first-principles implementation of the the Kadanoff-Baym equations within the generalized Baym-Kadanoff ansatz and the complete collision approximation. The resulting scattering term is similar to the scattering described within the semi-classical Boltzmann equation [1].

  5. Calculating Interaction Energies Using First Principle Theories: Consideration of Basis Set Superposition Error and Fragment Relaxation

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    Bowen, J. Philip; Sorensen, Jennifer B.; Kirschner, Karl N.

    2007-01-01

    The analysis explains the basis set superposition error (BSSE) and fragment relaxation involved in calculating the interaction energies using various first principle theories. Interacting the correlated fragment and increasing the size of the basis set can help in decreasing the BSSE to a great extent.

  6. Integration of first-principles methods and crystallographic database searches for new ferroelectrics: Strategies and explorations

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    Bennett, Joseph W.; Rabe, Karin M.

    2012-11-15

    In this concept paper, the development of strategies for the integration of first-principles methods with crystallographic database mining for the discovery and design of novel ferroelectric materials is discussed, drawing on the results and experience derived from exploratory investigations on three different systems: (1) the double perovskite Sr(Sb{sub 1/2}Mn{sub 1/2})O{sub 3} as a candidate semiconducting ferroelectric; (2) polar derivatives of schafarzikite MSb{sub 2}O{sub 4}; and (3) ferroelectric semiconductors with formula M{sub 2}P{sub 2}(S,Se){sub 6}. A variety of avenues for further research and investigation are suggested, including automated structure type classification, low-symmetry improper ferroelectrics, and high-throughput first-principles searches for additional representatives of structural families with desirable functional properties. - Graphical abstract: Integration of first-principles methods with crystallographic database mining, for the discovery and design of novel ferroelectric materials, could potentially lead to new classes of multifunctional materials. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Integration of first-principles methods and database mining. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Minor structural families with desirable functional properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Survey of polar entries in the Inorganic Crystal Structural Database.

  7. First-principles study of point-defect production in Si and SiC

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    Windl, W.; Lenosky, T.J.; Kress, J.D.; Voter, A.F.

    1998-03-01

    The authors have calculated the displacement-threshold energy E(d) for point-defect production in Si and SiC using empirical potentials, tight-binding, and first-principles methods. They show that -- depending on the knock-on direction -- 64-atom simulation cells can be sufficient to allow a nearly finite-size-effect-free calculation, thus making the use of first-principles methods possible. They use molecular dynamics (MD) techniques and propose the use of a sudden approximation which agrees reasonably well with the MD results for selected directions and which allows estimates of Ed without employing an MD simulation and the use of computationally demanding first-principles methods. Comparing the results with experiment, the authors find the full self-consistent first-principles method in conjunction with the sudden approximation to be a reliable and easy method to predict E{sub d}. Furthermore, they have examined the temperature dependence of E{sub d} for C in SiC and found it to be negligible.

  8. 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).

  9. First Principles Evaluation of Nickel Oxide and Other Materials for Solar Energy Conversion

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    Alidoust, Nima

    Global climate change and pollution caused by fossil fuels necessitate the search for inexpensive, clean, renewable energy sources. Photocatalytic and photovoltaic solar energy conversion to fuels and electricity, respectively, are among the possible solutions to this challenge. Engineering devices that can efficiently achieve these tasks requires fundamental understanding of the materials involved, identification of ways to improve these materials, and discovery of new materials that could help achieve higher efficiencies and lower costs. The work presented in this dissertation contributes to these fronts via first-principles quantum mechanical calculations. In particular, we extensively study nickel oxide (NiO), an inexpensive semiconductor, with the desired potentially carrier-lifetime-extending charge-transfer property. We identify and devise various theoretical models that accurately describe NiO's electronic structure. We use these models to show that alloying NiO with Li2O could decrease NiO's band gap from ˜4 eV to ˜2 eV, making it an appropriate light absorber for use in various solar energy conversion devices. We study hole transport in NiO and NiO alloys. We show that hole conductivity in NiO can be enhanced by forming homogeneous LixNi1-xO alloys with high enough Li concentration, making LixNi1-x O alloys suitable for use as p-type hole conductors. We further find that hole transport in NiO is confined to two dimensions. We predict that forming MgxNi1-xO and ZnxNi 1-xO (which we find to be transparent to visible light) disrupts this confinement and leads to three-dimensional hole transport, thereby increasing conductivity. This makes MgxNi1-xO and ZnxNi 1-xO alloys suitable for use as transparent conducting oxides. We introduce CoO and Co0.25Ni0.75O alloy as new intermediate band semiconductors (IBSCs), capable of absorbing light across multiple band gaps and enhancing light absorption in IBSC-based solar cells. Finally, we investigate the spatial concentration of hole and electron states in methylammonium (MA) lead iodide (MAPbI3), a promising material for photovoltaic devices. We show that although some orientations of the MA ion in the crystal structure may lead to spatial separation between hole and electron states, this spatial separation does produce lower overlap between these states and therefore we conclude it is not responsible for the long carrier lifetimes in MAPbI3.

  10. Nuclear Quantum Effects in Ice Phases and Water from First Principles Calculations

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    Pamuk, Betul

    Despite the simplicity of the molecule, condensed phases of water show many physical anomalies, some of which are still unexplained to date. This thesis focuses on one striking anomaly that has been largely neglected and never explained. When hydrogen (1H) is replaced by deuterium (2 D), zero point fluctuations of the heavy isotope causes ice to expand, whereas in normal isotope effect, heavy isotope causes volume contraction. Furthermore, in a normal isotope effect, the shift in volume should decrease with increasing temperature, while, in ice, the volume shift increases with increasing temperature and persists up to the melting temperature and also exists in liquid water. In this dissertation, nuclear quantum effects on structural and cohesive properties of different ice polymorphs are investigated. We show that the anomalous isotope effect is well described by first principles density functional theory with van der Waals (vdW-DF) functionals within the quasi-harmonic approximation. Our theoretical modeling explains how the competition between the intra- and inter-molecular bonding of ice leads to an anomalous isotope effect in the volume and bulk modulus of ice. In addition, we predict a normal isotope effect when 16O is replaced by 18O, which is experimentally confirmed. Furthermore, the transition from proton disordered hexagonal phase, ice Ih to proton ordered hexagonal phase, ice XI occurs with a temperature difference between 1H and 2D of 6K, in good agreement with experimental value of 4K. We explain, for first time for that this temperature difference is entirely due to the zero point energy. In the second half of this thesis, we expand our study to the other ice phases: ice Ic, ice IX, ice II, ice VIII, clathrate hydrates, and low and high density amorphous ices. We employ the methodology that we have developed to investigate the isotope effect in structures with different configurations. We show that there is a transition from anomalous isotope effect to normal isotope effect in these structures as the density increases. We analyse the bonding mechanism of these structures and make links to the most important anomalies of liquid water.

  11. Theoretical analysis of off beam quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy sensor

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    Yi, Hongming; Liu, Kun; Sun, Shanwen; Zhang, Weijun; Gao, Xiaoming

    2012-11-01

    Off beam quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (OB-QEPAS) sensors are based on a recently developed approach to off-beam photoacoustic (PA) detection which employs a quartz tuning fork (QTF) as an acoustic transducer. A microresonator (mR) with a side slit in the middle is used to enhance PA signal. This paper describes a theoretical model of an OB-QEPAS-based sensor. By deriving the acoustic impedances of the mR at two ends and the side slit in the middle in the model, we obtain a formula for numerically calculating the optimal mRs' parameters of OB-QEPAS-based sensor. We use the model to calculate the optimal mRs' lengths with respect to the resonant frequency of the QTF, acoustic velocities inside mRs, inner diameters of mRs, and acoustic conductivities of the mRs' side slits, and found out that the calculated results closely match experimental data. We also investigated the relationship between the mR selected in "on beam" QEPAS, OB-QEPAS, and an acoustic resonator (AR) excited in its first longitudinal mode used in conventional photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS).

  12. High-level theoretical rovibrational spectroscopy beyond fc-CCSD(T): The C3 molecule.

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    Schröder, Benjamin; Sebald, Peter

    2016-01-28

    An accurate local (near-equilibrium) potential energy surface (PES) is reported for the C3 molecule in its electronic ground state (X̃(1)Σg (+)). Special care has been taken in the convergence of the potential relative to high-order correlation effects, core-valence correlation, basis set size, and scalar relativity. Based on the aforementioned PES, several rovibrational states of all (12)C and (13)C substituted isotopologues have been investigated, and spectroscopic parameters based on term energies up to J = 30 have been calculated. Available experimental vibrational term energies are reproduced to better than 1 cm(-1) and rotational constants show relative errors of not more than 0.01%. The equilibrium bond length has been determined in a mixed experimental/theoretical approach to be 1.294 07(10) Å in excellent agreement with the ab initio composite value of 1.293 97 Å. Theoretical band intensities based on a newly developed electric dipole moment function also suggest that the infrared active (1, 1(1), 0)←(0, 0(0), 0) combination band might be observable by high-resolution spectroscopy. PMID:26827217

  13. High-level theoretical rovibrational spectroscopy beyond fc-CCSD(T): The C3 molecule

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    Schröder, Benjamin; Sebald, Peter

    2016-01-01

    An accurate local (near-equilibrium) potential energy surface (PES) is reported for the C3 molecule in its electronic ground state ( X ˜ 1 Σg + ). Special care has been taken in the convergence of the potential relative to high-order correlation effects, core-valence correlation, basis set size, and scalar relativity. Based on the aforementioned PES, several rovibrational states of all 12C and 13C substituted isotopologues have been investigated, and spectroscopic parameters based on term energies up to J = 30 have been calculated. Available experimental vibrational term energies are reproduced to better than 1 cm-1 and rotational constants show relative errors of not more than 0.01%. The equilibrium bond length has been determined in a mixed experimental/theoretical approach to be 1.294 07(10) Å in excellent agreement with the ab initio composite value of 1.293 97 Å. Theoretical band intensities based on a newly developed electric dipole moment function also suggest that the infrared active (1, 11, 0)←(0, 00, 0) combination band might be observable by high-resolution spectroscopy.

  14. Unraveling The Origin of Enhanced Field Emission from Irradiated FeCo-SiO2 Nanocomposites: A Combined Experimental and First-Principles Based Study.

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    Sarker, Debalaya; Bhattacharya, Saswata; Rodriguez, Raul D; Sheremet, Evgeniya; Kabiraj, D; Avasthi, D K; Zahn, Dietrich R T; Schmidt, H; Srivastava, P; Ghosh, S

    2016-02-24

    This work is driven by the vision of engineering planar field emitters with ferromagnetic metal-insulator nanocomposite thin films, using swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation method. FeCo nanoparticles inside SiO2 matrix, when subjected to SHI get elongated. Using this, we demonstrate here a planar field emitter with maximum current density of 550 μA/cm(2) at an applied field of 15 V/μm. The film, irradiated with 5 × 10(13) ions/cm(2) fluence (5e13) of 120 MeV Au(9+) ions, shows very high electron emitting quantum efficiency in comparison to its unirradiated counterpart. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy analysis of unirradiated and 5e13 films further confirms that the field emission (FE) enhancement is not only due to surface protrusions but also depends on the properties of entire matrix. We find experimental evidence of enhanced valence band density of states (VB DOS) for 5e13 film from XPS, which is verified in the electronic structure of a model FeCo cluster from first-principles based calculations combining density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The MD temperature is selected from the lattice temperature profile inside nanoparticles as deduced from thermal spike model. Increasing the irradiation fluence beyond 5e13, results in reduced VB DOS and melting of surface protrusions, thus causing reduction of FE current density. We finally conclude from theoretical analysis that change in fluence alters the co-ordination chemistry followed by the charge distribution and spin alignment, which influence the VB DOS and concurrent FE as evident from our experiment. PMID:26812580

  15. Solution-based thermodynamic modeling of the Ni-Al-Mo system using first-principles calculations

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    Zhou, S H; Wang, Y; Chen, L -Q; Liu, Z -K; Napolitano, R E

    2014-09-01

    A solution-based thermodynamic description of the ternary Ni–Al–Mo system is developed here, incorporating first-principles calculations and reported modeling of the binary Ni–Al, Ni–Mo and Al–Mo systems. To search for the configurations with the lowest energies of the N phase, the Alloy Theoretic Automated Toolkit (ATAT) was employed and combined with VASP. The liquid, bcc and γ-fcc phases are modeled as random atomic solutions, and the γʹ-Ni3Al phase is modeled by describing the ordering within the fcc structure using two sublattices, summarized as (Al,Mo,Ni)0.75(Al,Mo,Ni)0.25. Thus, γ-fcc and γʹ-Ni3Al are modeled with a single Gibbs free energy function with appropriate treatment of the chemical ordering contribution. In addition, notable improvements are the following: first, the ternary effects of Mo and Al in the B2-NiAl and D0a-Ni3Mo phases, respectively, are considered; second, the N-NiAl8Mo3 phase is described as a solid solution using a three-sublattice model; third, the X-Ni14Al75Mo11 phase is treated as a stoichiometric compound. Model parameters are evaluated using first-principles calculations of zero-Kelvin formation enthalpies and reported experimental data. In comparison with the enthalpies of formation for the compounds ψ-AlMo, θ-Al8Mo3 and B2-NiAl, the first-principles results indicate that the N-NiAl8Mo3 phase, which is stable at high temperatures, decomposes into other phases at low temperature. Resulting phase equilibria are summarized in the form of isothermal sections and liquidus projections. To clearly identify the relationship between the γ-fcc and γʹ-Ni3Al phases in the ternary Ni–Al–Mo system, the specific γ-fcc and γʹ-Ni3Al phase fields are plotted in x(Al)–x(Mo)–T space for a temperature range 1200–1800 K.

  16. First-Principles Modeling of Non-Covalent Interactions in Supramolecular Systems: The Role of Many-Body Effects.

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    Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Alfè, Dario; Kim, Kwang S

    2012-11-13

    Supramolecular host-guest systems play an important role for a wide range of applications in chemistry and biology. The prediction of the stability of host-guest complexes represents a great challenge to first-principles calculations due to an interplay of a wide variety of covalent and noncovalent interactions in these systems. In particular, van der Waals (vdW) dispersion interactions frequently play a prominent role in determining the structure, stability, and function of supramolecular systems. On the basis of the widely used benchmark case of the buckyball catcher complex (C60@C60H28), we assess the feasibility of computing the binding energy of supramolecular host-guest complexes from first principles. Large-scale diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) calculations are carried out to accurately determine the binding energy for the C60@C60H28 complex (26 ± 2 kcal/mol). On the basis of the DMC reference, we assess the accuracy of widely used and efficient density-functional theory (DFT) methods with dispersion interactions. The inclusion of vdW dispersion interactions in DFT leads to a large stabilization of the C60@C60H28 complex. However, DFT methods including pairwise vdW interactions overestimate the stability of this complex by 9-17 kcal/mol compared to the DMC reference and the extrapolated experimental data. A significant part of this overestimation (9 kcal/mol) stems from the lack of dynamical dielectric screening effects in the description of the molecular polarizability in pairwise dispersion energy approaches. The remaining overstabilization arises from the isotropic treatment of atomic polarizability tensors and the lack of many-body dispersion interactions. A further assessment of a different supramolecular system - glycine anhydride interacting with an amide macrocycle - demonstrates that both the dynamical screening and the many-body dispersion energy are complex contributions that are very sensitive to the underlying molecular geometry and type of bonding. We discuss the required improvements in theoretical methods for achieving "chemical accuracy" in the first-principles modeling of supramolecular systems. PMID:26605594

  17. A First Principles Molecular Dynamics Study Of Calcium Ion In Water

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    Lightstone, F; Schwegler, E; Allesch, M; Gygi, F; Galli, G

    2005-01-28

    In this work we report on Car-Parrinello simulations of the divalent calcium ion in water, aimed at understanding the structure of the hydration shell and at comparing theoretical results with a series of recent experiments. Our paper shows some of the progress in the investigation of aqueous solutions brought about by the advent of ab initio molecular dynamics and highlights the importance of accessing subtle details of ion-water interactions from first-principles. Calcium plays a vital role in many biological systems, including signal transduction, blood clotting and cell division. In particular, calcium ions are known to interact strongly with proteins as they tend to bind well to both negatively charged (e.g. in aspartate and glutamate) and uncharged oxygens (e.g. in main-chain carbonyls). The ability of calcium to coordinate multiple ligands (from 6 to 8 oxygen atoms) with an asymmetric coordination shell enables it to cross-link different segments of a protein and induce large conformational changes. The great biochemical importance of the calcium ion has led to a number of studies to determine its hydration shell and its preferred coordination number in water. Experimental studies have used a variety of techniques, including XRD, EXAFS, and neutron diffraction to elucidate the coordination of Ca{sup 2+} in water. The range of coordination numbers (n{sub C}) inferred by X-ray diffraction studies varies from 6 to 8, and is consistent with that reported in EXAFS experiments (8 and 7.2). A wider range of values (6 to 10) was found in early neutron diffraction studies, depending on concentration, while a more recent measurement by Badyal, et al. reports a value close to 7. In addition to experimental measurements, many theoretical studies have been carried out to investigate the solvation of Ca{sup 2+} in water and have also reported a wide range of coordination numbers. Most of the classical molecular dynamics (MD) and QM/MM simulations report n{sub C} in the range of 8 to 10; in general, n{sub C} appears to be highly sensitive to the choice of the ion-water potential used in the calculations. Even ab initio MD simulations have so far obtained conflicting values for n{sub C}. For the structure of the first salvation shell Naor, et al. found n{sub C} = 7 to 8 and a Ca{sup 2+} - oxygen average distance (r{sub Ca-O}) of 2.64 {angstrom}, while Bako, et al. found n{sub C} = 6 and r{sub Ca-O} = 2.45 {angstrom}. In view of the existing controversies, we have carried out extensive Car-Parrinello simulations of Ca{sup 2+} solvation in water, using both a rigid and a flexible water model, up to time scales of 40 ps. Our simulations show variations of coordination numbers from 6, 7 and 8 occurring over intervals of {approx} 0.3/0.4 exchanges/ps, and yielding average coordination numbers of 6.2 and 7 for flexible and rigid water models, respectively. These results are consistent with those reported in recent EXAFS and neutron diffraction experiments. In addition, our calculations show an asymmetric coordination of Ca{sup 2+} to oxygen, similar to the case of Mg{sup 2+}.

  18. Large-Scale First-Principles Molecular Dynamics Simulations with Electrostatic Embedding: Application to Acetylcholinesterase Catalysis

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    Fattebert, Jean-Luc; Lau, Edmond Y.; Bennion, Brian J.; Huang, Patrick; Lightstone, Felice C.

    2015-10-22

    Enzymes are complicated solvated systems that typically require many atoms to simulate their function with any degree of accuracy. We have recently developed numerical techniques for large scale First-Principles molecular dynamics simulations and applied them to study the enzymatic reaction catalyzed by acetylcholinesterase. We carried out Density functional theory calculations for a quantum mechanical (QM) sub- system consisting of 612 atoms with an O(N) complexity finite-difference approach. The QM sub-system is embedded inside an external potential field representing the electrostatic effect due to the environment. We obtained finite temperature sampling by First-Principles molecular dynamics for the acylation reaction of acetylcholine catalyzed by acetylcholinesterase. Our calculations shows two energies barriers along the reaction coordinate for the enzyme catalyzed acylation of acetylcholine. In conclusion, the second barrier (8.5 kcal/mole) is rate-limiting for the acylation reaction and in good agreement with experiment.

  19. Dispersion correction derived from first principles for density functional theory and Hartree-Fock theory.

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    Guidez, Emilie B; Gordon, Mark S

    2015-03-12

    The modeling of dispersion interactions in density functional theory (DFT) is commonly performed using an energy correction that involves empirically fitted parameters for all atom pairs of the system investigated. In this study, the first-principles-derived dispersion energy from the effective fragment potential (EFP) method is implemented for the density functional theory (DFT-D(EFP)) and Hartree-Fock (HF-D(EFP)) energies. Overall, DFT-D(EFP) performs similarly to the semiempirical DFT-D corrections for the test cases investigated in this work. HF-D(EFP) tends to underestimate binding energies and overestimate intermolecular equilibrium distances, relative to coupled cluster theory, most likely due to incomplete accounting for electron correlation. Overall, this first-principles dispersion correction yields results that are in good agreement with coupled-cluster calculations at a low computational cost. PMID:25651435

  20. Elastic and thermodynamic properties of Fe3Ga from first-principles calculations

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    Lin, Ya-Ning; Li, Lin-Ling; Yan, Xiang-Hong; Zhang, Ya-Ping; Zhang, Dong-yun; Zhang, Peng

    2016-03-01

    First-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory (DFT) are performed to investigate the elastic and thermodynamic properties of DO3-type Fe3Ga alloy. The obtained lattice constants and the bulk modulus are in good agreement with available experimental data. In terms of the calculated formation energy and Poisson's ratio, the Fe3Ga alloy is mechanically stable and exhibit a negative Poisson's ratio of -0.81 along the <110> direction. The thermodynamic properties such as the Gibbs free energy, thermal expansion, and the specific heat are obtained by the first-principles phonon calculations with the quasiharmonic approximation method. The predicted coefficient of linear thermal expansion and specific heat may provide a helpful reference for experimental work.

  1. First-principles analysis of anharmonic nuclear motion and thermal transport in thermoelectric materials

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    Tadano, Terumasa; Tsuneyuki, Shinji

    2015-12-01

    We show a first-principles approach for analyzing anharmonic properties of lattice vibrations in solids. We firstly extract harmonic and anharmonic force constants from accurate first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory. Using the many-body perturbation theory of phonons, we then estimate the phonon scattering probability due to anharmonic phonon-phonon interactions. We show the validity of the approach by computing the lattice thermal conductivity of Si, a typical covalent semiconductor, and selected thermoelectric materials PbTe and Bi2Te3 based on the Boltzmann transport equation. We also show that the phonon lifetime and the lattice thermal conductivity of the high-temperature phase of SrTiO3 can be estimated by employing the perturbation theory on top of the solution of the self-consistent phonon equation.

  2. Large-Scale First-Principles Molecular Dynamics Simulations with Electrostatic Embedding: Application to Acetylcholinesterase Catalysis

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    Fattebert, Jean-Luc; Lau, Edmond Y.; Bennion, Brian J.; Huang, Patrick; Lightstone, Felice C.

    2015-10-22

    Enzymes are complicated solvated systems that typically require many atoms to simulate their function with any degree of accuracy. We have recently developed numerical techniques for large scale First-Principles molecular dynamics simulations and applied them to study the enzymatic reaction catalyzed by acetylcholinesterase. We carried out Density functional theory calculations for a quantum mechanical (QM) sub- system consisting of 612 atoms with an O(N) complexity finite-difference approach. The QM sub-system is embedded inside an external potential field representing the electrostatic effect due to the environment. We obtained finite temperature sampling by First-Principles molecular dynamics for the acylation reaction of acetylcholinemore » catalyzed by acetylcholinesterase. Our calculations shows two energies barriers along the reaction coordinate for the enzyme catalyzed acylation of acetylcholine. In conclusion, the second barrier (8.5 kcal/mole) is rate-limiting for the acylation reaction and in good agreement with experiment.« less

  3. Structure of the (111) surface of bismuth: LEED analysis and first-principles calculations

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    Moenig, H.; Wells, J.; Hofmann, Ph.; Sun, J.; Pohl, K.; Koroteev, Yu.M.; Bihlmayer, G.; Chulkov, E.V.

    2005-08-15

    The surface structure of Bi(111) was investigated by low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) intensity analysis for temperatures between 140 and 313 K and by first-principles calculations. The diffraction pattern reveals a (1x1) surface structure and LEED intensity versus energy simulations confirm that the crystal is terminated with a Bi bilayer. Excellent agreement is obtained between the calculated and measured diffraction intensities in the whole temperature range. The first interlayer spacing shows no significant relaxation at any temperature while the second interlayer spacing expands slightly. The Debye temperatures deduced from the optimized atomic vibrational amplitudes for the two topmost layers are found to be significantly lower than in the bulk. The experimental results for the relaxations agree well with those of our first-principles calculation.

  4. First-principles study of intrinsic dielectric loss [in oxides] at microwave frequencies

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    Antons, Armin

    2003-03-01

    Ceramic dielectric materials play an important role in microwave communication systems such as cellular phones. One of the most important requirements for such materials, along with a high and weakly temperature-dependent dielectric constant, is a low dielectric loss. Here, we demonstrate the feasibility of a fully first-principles approach to computing dielectric loss at microwave frequencies by focusing on the intrinsic losses which arise from anharmonic processes within the crystal, while neglecting extrinsic mechanisms associated with defects such as vacancies, impurity phases, and grain boundaries. Using SrO as our model system, we have computed the loss arising from two-phonon processes using third order force-constant matrices, phonon dispersion relations, phonon eigenvectors, and Born effective charges calculated from first principles using density-functional perturbation theory techniques. Progress in extending the work to SrTiO3 will also be discussed.

  5. First-principle optimal local pseudopotentials construction via optimized effective potential method

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    Mi, Wenhui; Zhang, Shoutao; Wang, Yanchao; Ma, Yanming; Miao, Maosheng

    2016-04-01

    The local pseudopotential (LPP) is an important component of orbital-free density functional theory, a promising large-scale simulation method that can maintain information on a material's electron state. The LPP is usually extracted from solid-state density functional theory calculations, thereby it is difficult to assess its transferability to cases involving very different chemical environments. Here, we reveal a fundamental relation between the first-principles norm-conserving pseudopotential (NCPP) and the LPP. On the basis of this relationship, we demonstrate that the LPP can be constructed optimally from the NCPP for a large number of elements using the optimized effective potential method. Specially, our method provides a unified scheme for constructing and assessing the LPP within the framework of first-principles pseudopotentials. Our practice reveals that the existence of a valid LPP with high transferability may strongly depend on the element.

  6. Magnetically induced phonon splitting in A Cr2O4 spinels from first principles

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    Wysocki, Aleksander L.; Birol, Turan

    2016-04-01

    We study the magnetically-induced phonon splitting in cubic A Cr2O4 (A =Mg , Zn, Cd) spinels from first principles and demonstrate that the sign of the splitting, which is experimentally observed to be opposite in CdCr2O4 compared to ZnCr2O4 and MgCr2O4 , is determined solely by the particular magnetic ordering pattern observed in these compounds. We further show that this interaction between magnetism and phonon frequencies can be fully described by the previously proposed spin-phonon coupling model [C. J. Fennie and K. M. Rabe, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 205505 (2006)], 10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.205505 that includes only the nearest neighbor exchange. Using this model with materials specific parameters calculated from first principles, we provide additional insights into the physics of spin-phonon coupling in this intriguing family of compounds.

  7. First Principles Optical Absorption Spectra of Organic Molecules Adsorbed on Titania Nanoparticles

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    Baishya, Kopinjol; Ogut, Serdar; Mete, Ersen; Gulseren, Oguz; Ellialtioglu, Sinasi

    2012-02-01

    We present results from first principles computations on passivated rutile TiO2 nanoparticles in both free-standing and dye-sensitized configurations to investigate the size dependence of their optical absorption spectra. The computations are performed using time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) as well as GW-Bethe-Salpeter-Equation (GWBSE) methods and compared with each other. We interpret the first principles spectra for free-standing TiO2 nanoparticles within the framework of the classical Mie-Gans theory using the bulk dielectric function of TiO2. We investigate the effects of the titania support on the absorption spectra of a particular set of perylene-diimide (PDI) derived dye molecules, namely brominated PDI (Br2C24H8N2O4) and its glycine and aspartine derivatives.

  8. Large-Scale First-Principles Molecular Dynamics Simulations with Electrostatic Embedding: Application to Acetylcholinesterase Catalysis.

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    Fattebert, Jean-Luc; Lau, Edmond Y; Bennion, Brian J; Huang, Patrick; Lightstone, Felice C

    2015-12-01

    Enzymes are complicated solvated systems that typically require many atoms to simulate their function with any degree of accuracy. We have recently developed numerical techniques for large scale first-principles molecular dynamics simulations and applied them to the study of the enzymatic reaction catalyzed by acetylcholinesterase. We carried out density functional theory calculations for a quantum-mechanical (QM) subsystem consisting of 612 atoms with an O(N) complexity finite-difference approach. The QM subsystem is embedded inside an external potential field representing the electrostatic effect due to the environment. We obtained finite-temperature sampling by first-principles molecular dynamics for the acylation reaction of acetylcholine catalyzed by acetylcholinesterase. Our calculations show two energy barriers along the reaction coordinate for the enzyme-catalyzed acylation of acetylcholine. The second barrier (8.5 kcal/mol) is rate-limiting for the acylation reaction and in good agreement with experiment. PMID:26642985

  9. Lattice Anharmonicity and Thermal Conductivity from Compressive Sensing of First-Principles Calculations

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    Zhou, Fei; Nielson, Weston; Xia, Yi; Ozoliņš, Vidvuds

    2014-10-27

    First-principles prediction of lattice thermal conductivity KL of strongly anharmonic crystals is a long-standing challenge in solid state physics. Using recent advances in information science, we propose a systematic and rigorous approach to this problem, compressive sensing lattice dynamics (CSLD). Compressive sensing is used to select the physically important terms in the lattice dynamics model and determine their values in one shot. Non-intuitively, high accuracy is achieved when the model is trained on first-principles forces in quasi-random atomic configurations. The method is demonstrated for Si, NaCl, and Cu12Sb4S13, an earth-abundant thermoelectric with strong phononphonon interactions that limit the room-temperature KL to values near the amorphous limit.

  10. Lattice Anharmonicity and Thermal Conductivity from Compressive Sensing of First-Principles Calculations

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    Zhou, Fei; Nielson, Weston; Xia, Yi; Ozoliņš, Vidvuds

    2014-10-01

    First-principles prediction of lattice thermal conductivity κL of strongly anharmonic crystals is a long-standing challenge in solid-state physics. Making use of recent advances in information science, we propose a systematic and rigorous approach to this problem, compressive sensing lattice dynamics. Compressive sensing is used to select the physically important terms in the lattice dynamics model and determine their values in one shot. Nonintuitively, high accuracy is achieved when the model is trained on first-principles forces in quasirandom atomic configurations. The method is demonstrated for Si, NaCl, and Cu12Sb4S13, an earth-abundant thermoelectric with strong phonon-phonon interactions that limit the room-temperature κL to values near the amorphous limit.

  11. Lattice Anharmonicity and Thermal Conductivity from Compressive Sensing of First-Principles Calculations

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    Zhou, Fei; Nielson, Weston; Xia, Yi; Ozoliņš, Vidvuds

    2014-10-27

    First-principles prediction of lattice thermal conductivity KL of strongly anharmonic crystals is a long-standing challenge in solid state physics. Using recent advances in information science, we propose a systematic and rigorous approach to this problem, compressive sensing lattice dynamics (CSLD). Compressive sensing is used to select the physically important terms in the lattice dynamics model and determine their values in one shot. Non-intuitively, high accuracy is achieved when the model is trained on first-principles forces in quasi-random atomic configurations. The method is demonstrated for Si, NaCl, and Cu12Sb4S13, an earth-abundant thermoelectric with strong phononphonon interactions that limit the room-temperature KLmore » to values near the amorphous limit.« less

  12. A first-principles study of orthorhombic CN as a potential superhard material.

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    Tang, Xiao; Hao, Jian; Li, Yinwei

    2015-11-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we have investigated the structural, electronic, dynamical and mechanical properties of a recently synthesized Pnnm-CN. Phonon dispersion and elastic constant calculations were carried out to demonstrate the dynamical and mechanical stabilities of the Pnnm structure of CN at ambient pressure. The electronic band structure suggests that Pnnm-CN is an insulator with an indirect band gap of about 3.7 eV. First-principles strain-stress relationships at large strains were also simulated to examine the structural and mechanical properties of Pnnm-CN. The established ideal tensile strength of ∼41 GPa in the 〈100〉 direction suggests that CN is a potential superhard material. The present results provide deep insights for understanding the mechanical properties of CN and thus are helpful to explore the potential industrial applications of CN. PMID:26437847

  13. Spin-state transition induced half metallicity in a cobaltate from first principles

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    Ou, Xuedong; Fan, Fengren; Li, Zhengwei; Wang, Hongbo; Wu, Hua

    2016-02-01

    Half metal is a promising spintronic material. Here, we explore, using first principles calculations, a spin-state transition induced half metallicity in a layered cobaltate via a physical or chemical pressure. Our exemplary first principles study shows that the layered cobaltate Sr2CoO3F would undergo a transition, under a pressure of 5.4 GPa, from a high-spin antiferromagnetic insulator to an intermediate-spin ferromagnetic half-metal. The former phase is associated with a superexchange in a Mott insulator, and the latter one is due to a broad band formation and a kinetic energy gain of the partially occupied eg orbital. Note that the above transition could also be induced by a chemical pressure via doping in (Sr1-xCax)2CoO3F (x > 0.3). This work suggests that a cobaltate would be of a particular interest if stabilized into an intermediate-spin state.

  14. First-principles study on elastic constants of C-S-H type minerals

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    Shahsavari, R.; Buehler, M.; Ulm, F.

    2008-12-01

    Calcium-Silicate-Hydrate (C-S-H) is the mineral binding phase of all Portland concrete materials, and the principle source of their strength and stiffness. Despite decades of research, the elastic properties of C-S-H mineral crystals are unknown. Here we investigate two natural analogs of C-S-H, tobermorite and jennite, and characterize their mechanical properties by first-principles calculations. First, we calculate their lattice parameters and elastic constants. Second, we show that in contrast to previous suggestions, for natural tobermorite 11 Å , the mechanically weakest directions are two inclined regions that form a hinge mechanism. By studying bond length changes under deformation in tobermorite 14 Å and jennite, we show that water molecules play a major structural role in defining their elastic properties. Averaged elastic moduli obtained by first-principles calculations of tobermorite 14 Å and jennite compare well with corresponding nanoindentation experiment on C-S-H.

  15. New Stable Phases in the Re-B System: A First-principles Study

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    Zhao, Xin; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming; Iowa State University Team

    2014-03-01

    We studied rhenium borides using genetic algorithm in combination with first-principles calculations and revealed several new stable phases in the Re-B system. The structures obtained from our genetic algorithm search are energetically much superior to those proposed in the literature. Two new phases of Re2B were found to be thermodynamically stable at different pressures, which possibly explains the recent experimental observations (Solid State Sciences 25 85-92 (2013)). ReB is stable against decomposition reactions below 10 GPa and ReB3 is stable above 22 GPa. A C2/m structure was discovered for ReB4 to have lower energy than the R-3m structure reported earlier (J. Alloys Compd. 573 20-26 (2013)). Elastic properties from first-principles calculations indicate that the structures we report in this work are mechanically stable and promising targets as new ultra-hard materials.

  16. First-principles method for electron-phonon coupling and electron mobility: Applications to two-dimensional materials

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    Gunst, Tue; Markussen, Troels; Stokbro, Kurt; Brandbyge, Mads

    2016-01-01

    We present density functional theory calculations of the phonon-limited mobility in n -type monolayer graphene, silicene, and MoS2. The material properties, including the electron-phonon interaction, are calculated from first principles. We provide a detailed description of the normalized full-band relaxation time approximation for the linearized Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) that includes inelastic scattering processes. The bulk electron-phonon coupling is evaluated by a supercell method. The method employed is fully numerical and does therefore not require a semianalytic treatment of part of the problem and, importantly, it keeps the anisotropy information stored in the coupling as well as the band structure. In addition, we perform calculations of the low-field mobility and its dependence on carrier density and temperature to obtain a better understanding of transport in graphene, silicene, and monolayer MoS2. Unlike graphene, the carriers in silicene show strong interaction with the out-of-plane modes. We find that graphene has more than an order of magnitude higher mobility compared to silicene in the limit where the silicene out-of-plane interaction is reduced to zero (by substrate interaction, clamping, or similar). If the out-of-plane interaction is not actively reduced, the mobility of silicene will essentially be zero. For MoS2, we obtain several orders of magnitude lower mobilities compared to graphene in agreement with other recent theoretical results. The simulations illustrate the predictive capabilities of the newly implemented BTE solver applied in simulation tools based on first-principles and localized basis sets.

  17. First principles predictions of intrinsic defects in aluminum arsenide, AlAs : numerical supplement.

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    Schultz, Peter Andrew

    2012-04-01

    This Report presents numerical tables summarizing properties of intrinsic defects in aluminum arsenide, AlAs, as computed by density functional theory. This Report serves as a numerical supplement to the results published in: P.A. Schultz, 'First principles predictions of intrinsic defects in Aluminum Arsenide, AlAs', Materials Research Society Symposia Proceedings 1370 (2011; SAND2011-2436C), and intended for use as reference tables for a defect physics package in device models.

  18. First-Principles Calculations of Magnetic Properties of MnBi doped with Co

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    Nandadasa, Chandani N.; Dikshith, Vivek; Kim, Sungho; Kim, Seong-Gon; Park, Jihoon; Hong, Yang-Ki

    2014-03-01

    First principles total-energy calculations were performed to investigate the magnetic and electronic properties of MnBi doped with Co. We used Density Functional Theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) with Projector Augmented Wave (PAW) potentials. We found that when MnBi was doped with Co,the magnetization increased as the concentration of Co increased. We also calculated magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE) and magnetic anisotropy constant (Ku) of MnBi before and after doping Co.

  19. First-principles prediction of enhanced magnetic anisotropy in FeCo alloys

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    Wu, Dangxin; Zhang, Qiming; Liu, J. Ping; Yuan, Dingwang; Wu, Ruqian

    2008-02-01

    The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of FeCo alloys were studied by first-principles calculations. It has been found that the alloys prefer chemically noncubic geometries in a wide composition range. This produces appreciable uniaxial magnetic anisotropy, which facilitates interphase magnetic interaction and enhances the overall magnetization in exchange-coupled nanocomposite systems. Large magnetostrictive coefficients provide another venue for manipulations of magnetic anisotropy energies.

  20. Ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism in hydrogenated g-C3N4: A first-principles study

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    Qiu, Huanhuan; Wang, Zhijun; Sheng, Xianlei

    2013-07-01

    Magnetism in light elements materials has attracted considerable attention due to its potential application in spintronics. Based on the two-dimensional nonmagnetic graphitic carbon nitride structure (g-C3N4), we have constructed some hydrogenated graphitic carbon nitride structures and studied their electronic structures and magnetic properties by first-principles calculations. Both ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism are found in these materials and the magnetic moments are mainly from the p electrons of N and C atoms.

  1. Pyro- and piezoelectric properties of polar polymers from the first principles

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    Nakhmanson, Serge; Buongiorno Nardelli, Marco; Bernholc, Jerry

    2003-03-01

    Using large-scale ab initio computer simulations and the Berry-phase formalism we compute polarization and piezoelectric stress constants in various crystalline phases of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and its trifluoroethylene copolymer, P(VDF/TrFE). Our results allow for a rigorous evaluation of the quality of simple ``field summation'' models for computing pyro- and piezoelectric properties of PVDF and its copolymers. First principles evaluations of other polymer properties are in progress.

  2. Ballistic phonon thermal conductance in graphene nano-ribbon: First-principles calculations

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    Nakamura, Jun; Tomita, Hiroki

    2013-12-04

    Ballistic phonon thermal conductances for graphene nanoribbons are investigated using first-principles calculations with the density functional perturbation theory and the Landauer theory. The phonon thermal conductance per unit width for GNR is larger than that for graphene and increases with decreasing ribbon width. The normalized thermal conductances with regard to a thermal quantum for GNRs are higher than those for the single-walled carbon nanotube that have circumferential lengths corresponding to the width of GNR.

  3. First-principles Electronic Structure Calculations for Scintillation Phosphor Nuclear Detector Materials

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    Canning, Andrew

    2013-03-01

    Inorganic scintillation phosphors (scintillators) are extensively employed as radiation detector materials in many fields of applied and fundamental research such as medical imaging, high energy physics, astrophysics, oil exploration and nuclear materials detection for homeland security and other applications. The ideal scintillator for gamma ray detection must have exceptional performance in terms of stopping power, luminosity, proportionality, speed, and cost. Recently, trivalent lanthanide dopants such as Ce and Eu have received greater attention for fast and bright scintillators as the optical 5d to 4f transition is relatively fast. However, crystal growth and production costs remain challenging for these new materials so there is still a need for new higher performing scintillators that meet the needs of the different application areas. First principles calculations can provide a useful insight into the chemical and electronic properties of such materials and hence can aid in the search for better new scintillators. In the past there has been little first-principles work done on scintillator materials in part because it means modeling f electrons in lanthanides as well as complex excited state and scattering processes. In this talk I will give an overview of the scintillation process and show how first-principles calculations can be applied to such systems to gain a better understanding of the physics involved. I will also present work on a high-throughput first principles approach to select new scintillator materials for fabrication as well as present more detailed calculations to study trapping process etc. that can limit their brightness. This work in collaboration with experimental groups has lead to the discovery of some new bright scintillators. Work supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and carried out under U.S. Department of Energy Contract no. DE-AC02-05CH11231 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  4. First-principles study of He point-defects in HCP rare-earth metals

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    Li, Yang; Chen, Ru; Peng, SM; Long, XG; Wu, Z.; Gao, Fei; Zu, Xiaotao

    2011-05-01

    He defect properties in Sc, Y, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Lu were studied using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. The results indicate that the formation energy of an interstitial He atom is smaller than that of a substitutional He atom in all hcp rare-earth metals considered. Furthermore, the tetrahedral interstitial position is more favorable than an octahedral position for He defects. The results are compared with those from bcc and fcc metals.

  5. Surface energy and relaxation in boron carbide (101¯1) from first principles

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    Beaudet, Todd D.; Smith, John R.; Adams, Jane W.

    2015-10-01

    The surface energy of the boron carbide polytype B11Cp(CBC) for planar separations along {101¯1} was determined to be 3.21 J/m2 via first-principles density-functional computations. Surface atomic relaxations are relatively large, thereby lowering the surface energy significantly. The icosahedra are not intact on the surface, i.e., severed polyhedra are the lowest energy surface configuration. Good agreement was found with an experimental average fracture surface energy.

  6. First-principles calculation of the magnetic properties of paramagnetic fcc iron

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    Johnson, D.D.; Gyorffy, B.L.; Pinski, F.J.; Staunton, J.; Stocks, G.M.

    1985-01-01

    Using the disordered local moment picture of itinerant magnetism, we present calculations of the temperature and volume dependence of the magnetic moment and spin-spin correlations for fcc Fe in the paramagnetic state. These calculations are based on the parameter-free, first principles approach of local spin density functional theory and the coherent potential approximation is used to treat the disorder associated with the random orientation of the local moments.

  7. First-principles calculations of thermal, electrical, and thermoelectric transport properties of semiconductors

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    Zhou, Jiawei; Liao, Bolin; Chen, Gang

    2016-04-01

    The transport properties of semiconductors are key to the performance of many solid-state devices (transistors, data storage, thermoelectric cooling and power generation devices, etc). An understanding of the transport details can lead to material designs with better performances. In recent years simulation tools based on first-principles calculations have been greatly improved, being able to obtain the fundamental ground-state properties of materials (such as band structure and phonon dispersion) accurately. Accordingly, methods have been developed to calculate the transport properties based on an ab initio approach. In this review we focus on the thermal, electrical, and thermoelectric transport properties of semiconductors, which represent the basic transport characteristics of the two degrees of freedom in solids—electronic and lattice degrees of freedom. Starting from the coupled electron-phonon Boltzmann transport equations, we illustrate different scattering mechanisms that change the transport features and review the first-principles approaches that solve the transport equations. We then present the first-principles results on the thermal and electrical transport properties of semiconductors. The discussions are grouped based on different scattering mechanisms including phonon-phonon scattering, phonon scattering by equilibrium electrons, carrier scattering by equilibrium phonons, carrier scattering by polar optical phonons, scatterings due to impurities, alloying and doping, and the phonon drag effect. We show how the first-principles methods allow one to investigate transport properties with unprecedented detail and also offer new insights into the electron and phonon transport. The current status of the simulation is mentioned when appropriate and some of the future directions are also discussed.

  8. Dissociative chemisorption of methylsilane and methylchloride on the Si(1 0 0) surface from first principles

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    Silvestrelli, Pier Luigi; Sbraccia, Carlo; Romero, Aldo H.; Ancilotto, Francesco

    2003-06-01

    The chemisorption process of methylsilane and methylchloride on the Si(1 0 0) surface is studied from first principles. Both the molecules are found to chemisorb dissociatively. The most stable adsorption structures are described. Moreover, the detailed adsorption processes are investigated by considering different possible reaction paths and evaluating the corresponding energy barriers that the molecules must overcome to dissociatively chemisorb on Si(1 0 0). Our results are compared with recent experimental observations.

  9. Phonon thermal transport in strained and unstrained graphene from first principles

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    Lindsay, L.; Li, Wu; Carrete, Jesús; Mingo, Natalio; Broido, D. A.; Reinecke, T. L.

    2014-04-01

    A rigorous first principles Boltzmann-Peierls equation (BPE) for phonon transport approach is employed to examine the lattice thermal conductivity, κL, of strained and unstrained graphene. First principles calculations show that the out-of-plane, flexural acoustic phonons provide the dominant contribution to κL of graphene for all strains, temperatures, and system sizes considered, supporting a previous prediction that used an optimized Tersoff empirical interatomic potential. For the range of finite system sizes considered, we show that the κL of graphene is relatively insensitive to strain. This provides validation for use of the BPE approach to calculate κL for unstrained graphene, which has recently been called into question. The temperature and system size dependence of the calculated κL of graphene is in good agreement with experimental data. The enhancement of κL with isotopic purification is found to be relatively small due to strong anharmonic phonon-phonon scattering. This work provides insight into the nature of phonon thermal transport in graphene, and it demonstrates the power of first principles thermal transport techniques.

  10. Sampling of stable and metastable cluster structures by a first-principles Monte Carlo approach

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    Gehrke, Ralf; Reuter, Karsten

    2008-03-01

    Size-selected nano-scale atomic clusters are now systematically becoming accessible in experiment, but characterizing their ground-state and metastable isomer ensemble averages from first principles requires a global and local exploration of vast configuration spaces. We here explore a first-principles Monte Carlo scheme to efficiently sample the minima of the corresponding total energy landscapes. The energetics is obtained at the density-functional theory level, using an all-electron local orbital based first principles code,^1 which allows to switch seamlessly from minimal size effective tight-binding like to meV-level chemically accurate basis sets within a single fundamental framework. The sampling strategies rely on basin hopping, using different schemes to create new trial structures. We demonstrate the reliability and performance of the approach for Cu and Si clusters, discussing in particular the scaling behaviour with the system size.^1M. Scheffler and V. Blum; R. Gehrke, F. Hanke, P. Havu, V. Havu, X. Ren, K. Reuter, P. Rinke, A. Sanfilippo, A. Tkatchenko, The FHI - Ab Initio Molecular Simulations (aims) project, www.fhi-berlin.mpg.de/aims

  11. (Un)folding of a high-temperature stable polyalanine helix from first principles

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    Blum, Volker; Rossi, Mariana; Tkatchenko, Alex; Scheffler, Matthias

    2010-03-01

    Peptides in vacuo offer a unique, well-defined testbed to match experiments directly against first-principles approaches that predict the intramolecular interactions that govern peptide and protein folding. In this respect, the polyalanine-based peptide Ac-Ala15-LysH^+ is particularly interesting, as it is experimentally known to form helices in vacuo, with stable secondary structure up to 750 K [1]. Room-temperature folding and unfolding timescales are usually not accessible by direct first-principles simulations, but this high T scale allows a rare direct first-principles view. We here use van der Waals corrected [2] density functional theory in the PBE generalized gradient approximation as implemented in the all-electron code FHI-aims [3] to show by Born-Oppenheimer ab initio molecular dynamics that Ac-Ala15-LysH^+ indeed unfolds rapidly (within a few ps) at T=800 K and 1000 K, but not at 500 K. We show that the structural stability of the α helix at 500 K is critically linked to a correct van der Waals treatment, and that the designed LysH^+ ionic termination is essential for the observed helical secondary structure. [1] M. Kohtani et al., JACS 126, 7420 (2004). [2] A. Tkatchenko, M. Scheffler, PRL 102, 073005 (2009). [3] V. Blum et al, Comp. Phys. Comm. 180, 2175 (2009).

  12. Accelerated materials design of fast oxygen ionic conductors based on first principles calculations

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    He, Xingfeng; Mo, Yifei

    Over the past decades, significant research efforts have been dedicated to seeking fast oxygen ion conductor materials, which have important technological applications in electrochemical devices such as solid oxide fuel cells, oxygen separation membranes, and sensors. Recently, Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT) was reported as a new family of fast oxygen ionic conductor. We will present our first principles computation study aims to understand the O diffusion mechanisms in the NBT material and to design this material with enhanced oxygen ionic conductivity. Using the NBT materials as an example, we demonstrate the computation capability to evaluate the phase stability, chemical stability, and ionic diffusion of the ionic conductor materials. We reveal the effects of local atomistic configurations and dopants on oxygen diffusion and identify the intrinsic limiting factors in increasing the ionic conductivity of the NBT materials. Novel doping strategies were predicted and demonstrated by the first principles calculations. In particular, the K doped NBT compound achieved good phase stability and an order of magnitude increase in oxygen ionic conductivity of up to 0.1 S cm-1 at 900 K compared to the experimental Mg doped compositions. Our results provide new avenues for the future design of the NBT materials and demonstrate the accelerated design of new ionic conductor materials based on first principles techniques. This computation methodology and workflow can be applied to the materials design of any (e.g. Li +, Na +) fast ion-conducting materials.

  13. Novel two-dimensional silicon and germanium allotropes: a first-principles study

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    Gimbert, Florian; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Friedlein, Rainer; Fleurence, Antoine; Yamada-Takamura, Yukiko; Ozaki, Taisuke

    2014-03-01

    Graphene has been extensively studied but its integration into Si-based device technologies is difficult. It has been recently predicted by first-principles calculations that freestanding silicene and germanene, the counterparts of graphene made of Si and Ge atoms respectively, have graphene-like electronic structure with a low buckled structure. So far, the models predicted by first-principles calculations were not able to describe completely the experimental results. These difficulties tend to suggest a more complex phase diagram for freestanding silicene or for silicene on a substrate than the simple buckled phase. We report for the first time a novel two-dimensional silicon and germanium allotropes, with a structure similar of that of MoS2 layer. After investigating a large range of lattice constants by first-principles calculations with OpenMX code, we show that this structure is the ground state for freestanding two-dimensional silicon and germanium layers instead of the usually considered low buckled silicene and germanene.

  14. Investigation of transient heat current from first principles using complex absorbing potential

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    Yu, Zhizhou; Zhang, Lei; Xing, Yanxia; Wang, Jian

    2014-09-01

    We report on a first-principles investigation of transient heat current through molecular devices under steplike pulse of external and gate voltages. Using the nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF) approach, an exact solution of transient heat current is obtained that goes beyond the wide-band limit. Combining with density-functional theory (DFT), we propose a time-dependent NEGF-DFT formalism to study the transient heat current under a steplike pulse for molecular devices from first principles. Anticipating the huge computational cost in the transient regime, we develop an algorithm to speed up the calculation using the complex absorbing potential (CAP). By adding the CAP to replace the Hamiltonian of leads, the effective self-energy of the Green's function becomes independent of energy, allowing analytic calculation of the triple integrations in the exact solution of transient heat current using the theorem of residue. With this linear scaling algorithm, the computational complexity is greatly reduced, and a first-principles calculation of transient heat current of molecular devices becomes possible. As an example, we apply our NEGF-DFT-CAP formalism for a molecular device, the Di-thiol benzene molecule connected by two semi-infinite aluminum leads, and we calculate the transient heat current under an upward gate voltage pulse. The enhancement of heat current is observed.

  15. Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Theoretical Studies of Anion-pi Interactions: Binding Strength and Anion Specificity

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    Zhang, Jian; Zhou, Bin; Sun, Zhenrong; Wang, Xue B.

    2015-01-01

    Proposed in theory and confirmed to exist, anion–π interactions have been recognized as new and important non-covalent binding forces. Despite extensive theoretical studies, numerous crystal structural identifications, and a plethora of solution phase investigations, intrinsic anion–π interaction strengths that are free from complications of condensed phases’ environments, have not been directly measured in the gas phase. Herein we present a joint photoelectron spectroscopic and theoretical study on this subject, in which tetraoxacalix[2]arene[2]triazine 1, an electron-deficient and cavity self-tunable macrocyclic was used as a charge-neutral molecular host to probe its interactions with a series of anions with distinctly different shapes and charge states (spherical halides Cl⁻, Br⁻, I⁻, linear thiocyanate SCN⁻, trigonal planar nitrate NO₃⁻, pyramidic iodate IO₃⁻, and tetrahedral sulfate SO₄²⁻). The binding energies of the resultant gaseous 1:1 complexes (1•Cl⁻,1•Br⁻, 1•I⁻, 1•SCN⁻, 1•NO₃⁻, 1•IO₃⁻ and 1•SO₄²⁻) were directly measured experimentally, exhibiting substantial non-covalent interactions with pronounced anion specific effects. The binding strengths of Cl⁻, NO₃⁻, IO₃⁻ with 1 are found to be strongest among all singly charged anions, amounting to ca. 30 kcal/mol, but only about 40% of that between 1 and SO₄²⁻. Quantum chemical calculations reveal that all anions reside in the center of the cavity of 1 with anion–π binding motif in the complexes’ optimized structures, where 1 is seen to be able to self-regulate its cavity structure to accommodate anions of different geometries and three-dimensional shapes. Electron density surface and natural bond orbital charge distribution analysis further support anion–π binding formation. The calculated binding energies of the anions and 1 nicely reproduce the experimentally estimated electron binding energy increase. This work illustrates that size-selective photoelectron spectroscopy combined with theoretical calculations represent a powerful technique to probe intrinsic anion–π interactions and has potential to provide quantitative guest-host molecular binding strengths and unravel fundamental insights in specific anion recognitions.

  16. Photoelectron spectroscopy and theoretical studies of anion-? interactions: binding strength and anion specificity.

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    Zhang, Jian; Zhou, Bin; Sun, Zhen-Rong; Wang, Xue-Bin

    2015-02-01

    Proposed in theory and then their existence confirmed, anion-? interactions have been recognized as new and important non-covalent binding forces. Despite extensive theoretical studies, numerous crystal structural identifications, and a plethora of solution phase investigations, anion-? interaction strengths that are free from complications of condensed-phase environments have not been directly measured in the gas phase. Herein we present a joint photoelectron spectroscopic and theoretical study on this subject, in which tetraoxacalix[2]arene[2]triazine 1, an electron-deficient and cavity self-tunable macrocyclic, was used as a charge-neutral molecular host to probe its interactions with a series of anions with distinctly different shapes and charge states (spherical halides Cl(-), Br(-), I(-), linear thiocyanate SCN(-), trigonal planar nitrate NO3(-), pyramidic iodate IO3(-), and tetrahedral sulfate SO4(2-)). The binding energies of the resultant gaseous 1?:?1 complexes (1Cl(-), 1Br(-), 1I(-), 1SCN(-), 1NO3(-), 1IO3(-) and 1SO4(2-)) were directly measured experimentally, exhibiting substantial non-covalent interactions with pronounced anion-specific effects. The binding strengths of Cl(-), NO3(-), IO3(-) with 1 are found to be strongest among all singly charged anions, amounting to ca. 30 kcal mol(-1), but only about 40% of that between 1 and SO4(2-). Quantum chemical calculations reveal that all the anions reside in the center of the cavity of 1 with an anion-? binding motif in the complexes' optimized structures, where 1 is seen to be able to self-regulate its cavity structure to accommodate anions of different geometries and three-dimensional shapes. Electron density surface and charge distribution analyses further support anion-? binding formation. The calculated binding energies of the anions and 1 nicely reproduce the experimentally estimated electron binding energy increase. This work illustrates that size-selective photoelectron spectroscopy combined with theoretical calculations represents a powerful technique to probe anion-? interactions and has potential to provide quantitative guest-host molecular binding strengths and unravel fundamental insights in specific anion recognitions. PMID:25515705

  17. Photoabsorption measurements and theoretical calculations of the electronic state spectroscopy of propionic, butyric, and valeric acids.

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    Vicente, A; Antunes, R; Almeida, D; Franco, I J A; Hoffmann, S V; Mason, N J; Eden, S; Duflot, D; Canneaux, S; Delwiche, J; Hubin-Franskin, M J; Limão-Vieira, P

    2009-07-21

    Absolute photoabsorption cross sections of propionic (C2H5COOH), butyric (C3H7COOH), and valeric (C4H9COOH) acids have been measured from the dissociative pi* <-- n(o) transition (beginning around 5.0 eV) up to 10.7 eV. This constitutes the first study of the neutral electronic states of propionic and butyric acids at energies above the pi* <-- n(o) band, while no previous spectroscopic data is available for valeric acid in the present range. The present assignments are supported by the first theoretical calculations of electronic transition energies and oscillator strengths for these organic acids. In addition, the excitation energies of the vibrational modes of propionic acid in its neutral electronic ground state and the vertical ionisation energies of all three molecules have been calculated for the first time. The He(I) photoelectron spectroscopy of propionic acid has been measured from 10 to 16 eV, revealing new fine structure in the first ionic band. PMID:19842491

  18. Theoretical study of core-loss electron energy-loss spectroscopy at graphene nanoribbon edges.

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    Fujita, N; Hasnip, P J; Probert, M I J; Yuan, J

    2015-08-01

    A systematic study of simulated atomic-resolution electronic energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) for different graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) is presented. The results of ab initio studies of carbon [Formula: see text] core-loss EELS on GNRs with different ribbon edge structures and different hydrogen terminations show that theoretical core-loss EELS can distinguish key structural features at the atomic scale. In addition, the combination of polarized core-loss EELS with symmetry resolved electronic partial density of states calculations can be used to identify the origins of all the primary features in the spectra. For example, the nature of the GNR edge structure (armchair, zigzag, etc) can be identified, along with the degree of hydrogenation. Hence it is possible to use the combination of ab initio calculations with high resolution, high energy transmission core-loss EELS experiments to determine the local atomic arrangement and chemical bonding states (i.e. a structural fingerprint) in GNRs, which is essential for future practical applications of graphene. PMID:26173149

  19. Theoretical study of core-loss electron energy-loss spectroscopy at graphene nanoribbon edges

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    Fujita, N.; Hasnip, P. J.; Probert, M. I. J.; Yuan, J.

    2015-08-01

    A systematic study of simulated atomic-resolution electronic energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) for different graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) is presented. The results of ab initio studies of carbon 1s core-loss EELS on GNRs with different ribbon edge structures and different hydrogen terminations show that theoretical core-loss EELS can distinguish key structural features at the atomic scale. In addition, the combination of polarized core-loss EELS with symmetry resolved electronic partial density of states calculations can be used to identify the origins of all the primary features in the spectra. For example, the nature of the GNR edge structure (armchair, zigzag, etc) can be identified, along with the degree of hydrogenation. Hence it is possible to use the combination of ab initio calculations with high resolution, high energy transmission core-loss EELS experiments to determine the local atomic arrangement and chemical bonding states (i.e. a structural fingerprint) in GNRs, which is essential for future practical applications of graphene.

  20. Broadband single cell impedance spectroscopy using maximum length sequences: theoretical analysis and practical considerations

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    Sun, Tao; Gawad, Shady; Bernabini, Catia; Green, Nicolas G.; Morgan, Hywel

    2007-09-01

    Measurements of the dielectric (or impedance) properties of cells can be used as a general characterization and diagnostic tool. In this paper, we describe a novel impedance spectroscopy technique for the analysis of single biological cells in suspension. The technique uses maximum length sequences (MLS) for periodic excitation signal in a microfluidic impedance cytometer. The method allows multi-frequency single cell impedance measurements to be made in a short time period (ms). Spectral information is obtained in the frequency domain by applying a fast M-sequence transform (FMT) and fast Fourier transform (FFT) to the time domain response. Theoretically, the impedance is determined from the transfer function of the system when the MLS is a current excitation. The order of the MLS and sampling rate of A/D conversion are two factors that determine the bandwidth and spectral accuracy of the technique. Experimentally, the applicability of the technique is demonstrated by characterizing the impedance spectrum of red blood cells (RBCs) in a microfluidic cytometer. The impedance is measured within 1 ms at 512 discrete frequencies, evenly distributed in the range from 976.56 Hz to 500 kHz. The measured spectrum shows good agreement with simulations.

  1. Protonation Preferentially Stabilizes Minor Tautomers of the Halouracils: IRMPD Action Spectroscopy and Theoretical Studies

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    Crampton, K. T.; Rathur, A. I.; Nei, Y.-w.; Berden, G.; Oomens, J.; Rodgers, M. T.

    2012-09-01

    Tautomerization induced by protonation of halouracils may increase their efficacy as anti-cancer drugs by altering their reactivity and hydrogen bonding characteristics, potentially inducing errors during DNA and RNA replication. The gas-phase structures of protonated complexes of five halouracils, including 5-fluorouracil, 5-chlorouracil, 5-bromouracil, 5-iodouracil, and 6-chlorouracil are examined via infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) action spectroscopy and theoretical electronic structure calculations. IRMPD action spectra were measured for each complex in the IR fingerprint region extending from ~1000 to 1900 cm-1 using the free electron laser (FELIX). Correlations are made between the measured IRMPD action spectra and the linear IR spectra for the stable low-energy tautomeric conformations computed at the B3LYP/6-311+G(2d,2p)//B3LYP/6-31G* level of theory. Absence of an intense band(s) in the IRMPD spectrum arising from the carbonyl stretch(es) that are expected to appear near 1825 cm-1 provides evidence that protonation induces tautomerization and preferentially stabilizes alternative, noncanonical tautomers of these halouracils where both keto functionalities are converted to hydroxyl groups upon binding of a proton. The weak, but measurable absorption, which does occur for these systems near 1835 cm-1 suggests that in addition to the ground-state conformer, very minor populations of excited, low-energy conformers that contain keto functionalities are also present in these experiments.

  2. Theoretical vibrational sum-frequency generation spectroscopy of water near lipid and surfactant monolayer interfaces

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    Roy, S.; Gruenbaum, S. M.; Skinner, J. L.

    2014-11-14

    Understanding the structure of water near cell membranes is crucial for characterizing water-mediated events such as molecular transport. To obtain structural information of water near a membrane, it is useful to have a surface-selective technique that can probe only interfacial water molecules. One such technique is vibrational sum-frequency generation (VSFG) spectroscopy. As model systems for studying membrane headgroup/water interactions, in this paper we consider lipid and surfactant monolayers on water. We adopt a theoretical approach combining molecular dynamics simulations and phase-sensitive VSFG to investigate water structure near these interfaces. Our simulated spectra are in qualitative agreement with experiments and reveal orientational ordering of interfacial water molecules near cationic, anionic, and zwitterionic interfaces. OH bonds of water molecules point toward an anionic interface leading to a positive VSFG peak, whereas the water hydrogen atoms point away from a cationic interface leading to a negative VSFG peak. Coexistence of these two interfacial water species is observed near interfaces between water and mixtures of cationic and anionic lipids, as indicated by the presence of both negative and positive peaks in their VSFG spectra. In the case of a zwitterionic interface, OH orientation is toward the interface on the average, resulting in a positive VSFG peak.

  3. First-Principles Petascale Simulations for Predicting Deflagration to Detonation Transition in Hydrogen-Oxygen Mixtures

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    Khokhlov, Alexei; Austin, Joanna

    2015-03-02

    Hydrogen has emerged as an important fuel across a range of industries as a means of achieving energy independence and to reduce emissions. DDT and the resulting detonation waves in hydrogen-oxygen can have especially catastrophic consequences in a variety of industrial and energy producing settings related to hydrogen. First-principles numerical simulations of flame acceleration and DDT are required for an in-depth understanding of the phenomena and facilitating design of safe hydrogen systems. The goals of this project were (1) to develop first-principles petascale reactive flow Navier-Stokes simulation code for predicting gaseous high-speed combustion and detonation (HSCD) phenomena and (2) demonstrate feasibility of first-principles simulations of rapid flame acceleration and deflagrationto- detonation transition (DDT) in stoichiometric hydrogen-oxygen mixture (2H2 + O2). The goals of the project have been accomplished. We have developed a novel numerical simulation code, named HSCD, for performing first-principles direct numerical simulations of high-speed hydrogen combustion. We carried out a series of validating numerical simulations of inert and reactive shock reflection experiments in shock tubes. We then performed a pilot numerical simulation of flame acceleration in a long pipe. The simulation showed the transition of the rapidly accelerating flame into a detonation. The DDT simulations were performed using BG/Q Mira at the Argonne National Laboratiory, currently the fourth fastest super-computer in the world. The HSCD is currently being actively used on BG/QMira for a systematic study of the DDT processes using computational resources provided through the 2014-2016 INCITE allocation ”First-principles simulations of high-speed combustion and detonation.” While the project was focused on hydrogen-oxygen and on DDT, with appropriate modifications of the input physics (reaction kinetics, transport coefficients, equation of state) the code has a much broader applicability to petascale simulations of high speed combustion and detonation phenomena in reacting gases, and to high speed viscous gaseous flows in general. Project activities included three major steps – (1) development of physical and numerical models, (2) code validation, and (3) demonstration simulation of flame acceleration and DDT in a long pipe.

  4. First-principles analysis of the STM image heights of styrene on Si(100)

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    Bevan, K. H.; Zahid, F.; Kienle, D.; Guo, H.

    2007-07-01

    We report on theoretical investigations of scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STM) image heights on Si(100). Calculations are performed using density functional theory (DFT) within the Keldysh nonequilibrium Green’s function (NEGF) formalism. The nonequilibrium potential drop between Si(100) and a STM tip is determined self-consistently. This potential drop is found to play an important role in the calculated image height characteristics of adsorbed hydrocarbons by lowering the vacuum barrier and shifting molecular levels. Numerical data collected for image heights of styrene against a hydrogen passivated Si(100) background are found to agree quantitatively with the corresponding experimental results. We also present a comparison between results obtained by the NEGF-DFT formalism and the Tersoff-Hamann approximation, showing that nonequilibrium analysis can be important in the study of STM image heights of molecules.

  5. High pressure behavior of phlogopite using neutron diffraction and first principle simulations

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    Chheda, T. D.; Mookherjee, M.; dos Santos, A. M.; Molaison, J.; Manthilake, G. M.; Chantel, J.; Mainprice, D.

    2013-12-01

    Hydrous phases play an important role in the deep water cycle by transporting water into the Earth's interior. Upon, reaching their thermodynamic stability, these hydrous phases decompose and release the water. A part of the water is cycled back to the arc, thus completing the deep water cycle, the remaining water is partitioned into dense hydrous phases and nominally anhydrous phases. Hence, in order to understand the role the hydrous phases in the deep water cycle, it is important to constrain the effect of pressure, temperature, and chemistry on the thermodynamic stability of the hydrous phases. In addition, it is important to constrain the elasticity of these hydrous phases to test whether they can explain the distinct geophysical observations such as lower bulk sound velocities and elastic anisotropy. Phlogopite is a potassium bearing mica that is stable in the hydrated crust and metasomatized mantle up to pressures of ~9 GPa, i.e., base of the upper mantle. We investigated the response of the crystal structure, lattice parameters and unit-cell volume of a natural phlogopite upon compression. We conducted in situ neutron diffraction studies at high-pressures using Paris-Edinburgh press at the Spallation Neutrons and Pressure Diffractometer (SNAP), Oak Ridge National Laboratory. All the experiments were conducted at room temperatures and pressures up to 10 GPa were explored. The equation of state parameters from our experiments could be explained by a finite strain formulation with V0= 487 Å3, K0 = 49 GPa, K' = 4.1. In addition, we have used first principle simulations based on density functional theory to calculate the equation of state and elasticity. The predicted equation of state is in good agreement with the experiments, with V0= 519 Å3, K0 = 45.8 GPa and K'= 6.9. The full elastic constant tensor shows significant anisotropy with the principal elastic constants at theoretical V0: C11= 181 GPa, C22= 185 GPa, C33= 62 GPa, the shear elastic constants- C44= 14 GPa, C55=20 GPa, C66= 68 Ga, and C46 = -6 GPa; the off diagonal elastic cosntants C12= 48 GPa, C13= 12 GPa, C23 = 12 GPa, C15 = -16 GPa, C25 = -5 GPa, and C35 = -1 GPa. We also note that the shear elastic constants for phlogopite are significantly low and it also has a high VP/VS ratio (~2 km/sec). Phlogopite bearing hydrated crust could explain the low velocity layers in the top 6-8 km of the subducting slabs. Acknowledgements TC and MM are supported by US NSF grant #EAR1250477 and also acknowledge computing resources (EAR130015) from XSEDE (OCI-1053575).

  6. Mass-Independent Fractionation of Oxygen Isotope in Earth Wind: First Principle Calculations for Photodissociation

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    Yamada, A.; Nanbu, S.; Kasai, Y.; Ozima, M.

    2009-12-01

    Mass-independently fractionated oxygen isotope were reported on metal particles extracted from Apollo lunar soils [1, 2], but these origins are still unknown. Since the substantial fraction of Earth-escaping O+ flux (Earth Wind, EW hereafter), comparable to the amount of the anomalous oxygen implanted on the metal particles, could reach the lunar surface [3], Ozima et al. [4] suggested that EW may be responsible to the anomalous oxygen. The purpose is to test this EW hypothesiss, we study oxygen isotopic ratios of O+ at the upper atmosphere. From quantum chemical calculations of photo-dissociation of O2, we show the results in mass-independent isotopic fractionation of oxygen, thereby in conformity with the EW hypothesis. First principles reaction dynamics simulations were performed to compute the photolysis rate for the B3?u- ? X3?g- electronic transition, for Schumann-Runge band. With the assumption of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, we performed the wave-packet dynamics for the nuclei-motion in the potential energy curves determined by the first step calculation. Quantum chemical program package [5] was used for the first step calculation, and the quantum dynamics was carried out by our own program package. Assuming the quantum yield of the corresponding photolysis is unity, the photo-absorption cross section can be correlated with the photolysis rate. Therefore, following the time dependent approach, the autocorrelation function (A(t) = ) was numerically computed by the second step calculation. Finally, the theoretical spectrum as a function of wavelength of excitation light was estimated by the Fourier transform of the autocorrelation function A(t) [6]. Calculated absorption cross sections for C16O showed similar wavelength dependence with experiment [7], although the absolute magnitude was yet to be calibrated for a quantitative comparison. Assuming Boltzmann distribution at 1200 K, we estimated enrichment factors defined as ??(?)/?16(?) - 1 (i = 17, 18) using the above calculated cross sections. Assuming SMOW for the initial oxygen isotopic composition, the isotopic ratios of O atom dissociated from O2 are ?17O = 5.62, ?18O = 3.53, ?17O = 3.8, suggesting large mass-independent isotopic fractionation in photo-dissociation of CiO. Numerical values of isotopic fractionation (e.g. ?17O) can be obtained by solving photochemical reaction equations in the thermosphere conditions (>100 km) with the above estimated dissociation rates, where effective O+ pickup is likely to take place. We are currently working on the latter problem with hopes that this would test the EW hypothesis. References: [1] Ireland et al., 2006, Nature, 440:776. [2] Hashizume & Chaussidon, 2009, GCA, 73:3038. [3] Seki et al., 2001, Science, 291:1939. [4] Ozima et al., 2008, PNAS, 105:17654. [5] Werner & Knowles, http://www.molpro.net. [6] Heller, 1978, J. Chem. Phys., 68:2066. [7] Ackermann et al., 1970, Planet. Space Sci., 18:1639.

  7. Crystalline LiN5 Predicted from First-Principles as a Possible High-Energy Material.

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    Peng, Feng; Yao, Yansun; Liu, Hanyu; Ma, Yanming

    2015-06-18

    The search for stable polymeric nitrogen and polynitrogen compounds has attracted great attention due to their potential applications as high-energy-density materials. Here we report a theoretical prediction of an interesting LiN5 crystal through first-principles calculations and unbiased structure searching techniques. Theoretical calculations reveal that crystalline LiN5 is thermodynamically stable at pressures above 9.9 GPa, and remains metastable at ambient conditions. The metastability of LiN5 stems from the inherent stability of the N5(-) anions and strong anion-cation interactions. It is therefore possible to synthesize LiN5 by compressing solid LiN3 and N2 gas under high pressure and quench recover the product to ambient conditions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that stable N5(-) anions are predicted in crystalline states. The weight ratio of nitrogen in LiN5 is nearly 91%, placing LiN5 as a promising high-energy material. The decomposition of LiN5 is expected to be highly exothermic, releasing an energy of approximately 2.72 kJ·g(-1). The present results open a new avenue to synthesize polynitrogen compounds and provide a key perspective toward the understanding of novel chemical bonding in nitrogen-rich compounds. PMID:26266618

  8. First-principles calculation of multiphoton absorption cross section of α-quartz under femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Yu, Dong; Jiang, Lan; Wang, Feng; Qu, Liangti; Lu, Yongfeng

    2016-05-01

    Time-dependent density functional theory-based first-principles calculations have been used to study the ionization process and electron excitation. The results show that the number of excited electrons follows the power law σ k I k at peak intensities of I < 5 × 1013 W/cm2, indicating that the multiphoton ionization plays a key role. The multiphoton absorption cross section of α-quartz σ k is further calculated to be 3.54 × 1011 cm-3 ps-1 (cm2/TW)6. Using the plasma model, the theoretical results of the damage threshold fluences are consistent with the experimental data, which validates the calculated value of multiphoton absorption cross section. By employing the calculated cross section value in the plasma model, the damage threshold fluences are theoretically estimated, being consistent with the experimental data, which validates the calculated value of multiphoton absorption cross section. The preliminary multiscale model shows great potential in the simulation of laser processing.

  9. Structural phase transitions and fundamental band gaps of MgxZn1 xO alloys from first principles

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    Maznichenko, I. V.; Ernst, Arthur; Bouhassoune, M.; Henk, J.; Daene, Markus W; Lueders, Martin; Bruno, Patrick; Wolfam, Hergert; Mertig, I.; Szotek, Zdzislawa; Temmerman, Walter M

    2009-01-01

    The structural phase transitions and the fundamental band gaps of MgxZn1 xO alloys are investigated by detailed first-principles calculations in the entire range of Mg concentrations x, applying a multiple-scattering theoretical approach (Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method). Disordered alloys are treated within the coherent-potential approximation. The calculations for various crystal phases have given rise to a phase diagram in good agreement with experiments and other theoretical approaches. The phase transition from the wurtzite to the rock-salt structure is predicted at the Mg concentration of x=0.33, which is close to the experimental value of 0.33 0.40. The size of the fundamental band gap, typically underestimated by the local-density approximation, is considerably improved by the self-interaction correction. The increase in the gap upon alloying ZnO with Mg corroborates experimental trends. Our findings are relevant for applications in optical, electrical, and, in particular, in magnetoelectric devices.

  10. First-Principle Framework for Total Charging Energies in Electrocatalytic Materials and Charge-Responsive Molecular Binding at Gas-Surface Interfaces.

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    Tan, Xin; Tahini, Hassan A; Seal, Prasenjit; Smith, Sean C

    2016-05-01

    Heterogeneous charge-responsive molecular binding to electrocatalytic materials has been predicted in several recent works. This phenomenon offers the possibility of using voltage to manipulate the strength of the binding interaction with the target gas molecule and thereby circumvent thermochemistry constraints, which inhibit achieving both efficient binding and facile release of important targets such as CO2 and H2. Stability analysis of such charge-induced molecular adsorption has been beyond the reach of existing first-principle approaches. Here, we draw on concepts from semiconductor physics and density functional theory to develop a first principle theoretical approach that allows calculation of the change in total energy of the supercell due to charging. Coupled with the calculated adsorption energy of gas molecules at any given charge, this allows a complete description of the energetics of the charge-induced molecular adsorption process. Using CO2 molecular adsorption onto negatively charged h-BN (wide-gap semiconductor) and g-C4N3 (half metal) as example cases, our analysis reveals that - while adsorption is exothermic after charge is introduced - the overall adsorption processes are not intrinsically spontaneous due to the energetic cost of charging the materials. The energies needed to overcome the barriers of these processes are 2.10 and 0.43 eV for h-BN and g-C4N3, respectively. This first principle approach opens up new pathways for a more complete description of charge-induced and electrocatalytic processes. PMID:27067063

  11. A Fortran program for calculating electron or hole mobility in disordered semiconductors from first-principles

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    Li, Zi; Zhang, Xu; Lu, Gang

    2011-12-01

    A Fortran program is developed to calculate charge carrier (electron or hole) mobility in disordered semiconductors from first-principles. The method is based on non-adiabatic ab initio molecular dynamics and static master equation, treating dynamic and static disorder on the same footing. We have applied the method to calculate the hole mobility in disordered poly(3-hexylthiophene) conjugated polymers as a function of temperature and electric field and obtained excellent agreements with experimental results. The program could be used to explore structure-mobility relation in disordered semiconducting polymers/organic semiconductors and aid rational design of these materials. Program summaryProgram title: FPMu Catalogue identifier: AEJV_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEJV_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 788 580 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 8 433 024 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Fortran 90 Computer: Any architecture with a Fortran 90 compiler Operating system: Linux, Windows RAM: Proportional to the system size, in our example, 1.2 GB Classification: 7.9 Nature of problem: Determine carrier mobility from first-principles in disordered semiconductors as a function of temperature, electric field and carrier concentration. Solution method: Iteratively solve master equation with carrier state energy and transition rates determined from first-principles. Restrictions: Mobility for disordered semiconductors where the carrier wave-functions are localized and the carrier transport is due to phonon-assisted hopping mechanism. Running time: Depending on the system size (about an hour for the example here).

  12. First principles calculation of the effect of Coulomb collisions in partially ionized gases

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    Donkó, Z.

    2014-04-15

    Coulomb collisions, at appreciable ratios (η) of the electron to the neutral particle density, influence significantly the electron kinetics in particle swarms and in plasmas of gas discharges. This paper introduces a combination of Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulation techniques, to provide a novel, approximation-free, first principles calculation method for the velocity distribution function of electrons, and related swarm characteristics, at arbitrary η. Simulation results are presented for electrons in argon gas, for density ratios between zero and 10{sup −1}, representing the limits of a negligible electron density and an almost complete Maxwellization of the velocity distribution function, respectively.

  13. First principle study of band structure of SrMO3 perovskites

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    Daga, Avinash; Sharma, Smita

    2016-05-01

    First principle study of band structure calculations in the local density approximations (LDA) as well as in the generalized gradient approximations (GGA) have been used to determine the electronic structure of SrMO3 where M stands for Ti, Zr and Mo. Occurrence of band gap proves SrTiO3 and SrZrO3 to be insulating. A small band gap is observed in SrMoO3 perovskite signifies it to be metallic. Band structures are found to compare well with the available data in the literature showing the relevance of this approach. ABINIT computer code has been used to carry out all the calculations.

  14. Carrier compensation in semi-insulating CdTe: First-principles calculations

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    Du, Mao-Hua; Singh, David J

    2008-01-01

    Carrier compensation in semi-insulating CdTe has been attributed to the compensation of surplus shallow acceptors by deep donors, usually assumed to be Te antisites. However, our first-principles calculations show that intrinsic defects should not have a significant effect on the carrier compensation due either to lack of deep levels near midgap or to low defect concentration. We demonstrate that an extrinsic defect, OTe-H complex, may play an important role in the carrier compensation in CdTe because of its amphoteric character and reasonably high concentration. Our findings have important consequences for improving device performance in CdTe-based radiation detectors and solar cells.

  15. The first-principles study of oscillating rectifying performance in nanoribbon-chain-carbon nanotube junctions

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    Qiu, Ming; Liew, K. M.

    2013-05-01

    Electronic transport properties of armchair graphene nanoribbon and capped carbon nanotube junctions, covalently bridged by carbon atomic chains with different numbers of carbon atoms, are investigated. The first-principles calculations based on non-equilibrium Green's functions with the density-functional theory show that their I-V characteristics display odd-even effects and rectifying behaviors show obvious oscillations, namely, different bond patterns for even- and odd-numbered carbon chains affect the contact bonds, charge transfer, density of states, evolutions of molecular orbitals, and rectifying performance.

  16. Structural phase transition and elastic properties of hafnium dihydride: A first principles study

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    Santhosh, M. Rajeswarapalanichamy, R. Sudhapriyanga, G.; Murugan, A.; Chinthia, A. Jemmy; Kanagaprabha, S.; Iyakutti, K.

    2014-04-24

    The structural and elastic properties of Hafnium dihydride (HfH{sub 2}) are investigated by first principles calculation based on density functional theory using Vienna ab-initio simulation package (VASP). The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. A pressure induced structural phase transition from CaF{sub 2} to FeS{sub 2} phase is observed in HfH{sub 2} at 10.75 GPa. The calculated elastic constants indicate that this hydride is mechanically stable at ambient condition.

  17. First-principles calculations on the structural evolution of solid fullerene-like CP x

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    Gueorguiev, G. K.; Furlan, A.; Hgberg, H.; Stafstrm, S.; Hultman, L.

    2006-08-01

    The formation and structural evolution of fullerene-like (FL) carbon phosphide (CP x) during synthetic growth were studied by first-principles calculations. Geometry optimizations and comparison between the cohesive energies suggest stability for solid FL-CP x compounds. In comparison with fullerene-like carbon nitride, higher curvature of the graphene sheets and higher density of cross-linkages between them is predicted and explained by the different electronic properties of P and N. Cage-like and onion-like structures, both containing tetragons, are found to be typical for fullerene-like CP x. Segregation of P is predicted at fractions exceeding 20 at.%.

  18. Tailoring spin injection and magnetoresistance in ferromagnet/graphene junctions from first principles

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    Lazic, Predrag; Sipahi, Guilherme; Kawakami, Roland; Zutic, Igor

    2013-03-01

    Recent experimental advances in graphene suggest intriguing opportunities for novel spintronic applications which could significantly exceed the state-of-the art performance of their conventional charge-based counterparts. However, for reliable operation of such spintronic devices it is important to achieve an efficient spin injection and large magnetoresistive effects. We use the first principles calculations to guide the choice of a ferromagnetic region and its relative orientation to optimize the desired effects. We propose structures which could enable uniform spin injection, one of the key factors in implementing scalable spintronic circuits. Supported by NSF-NRI, SRC, ONR, Croatian Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports, and CCR at SUNY UB.

  19. First-principles study of Ti intercalation between graphene and Au surface

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    Kaneko, T.; Imamura, H.

    2011-06-01

    We investigate the effects of Ti intercalation between graphene and Au surface on binding energy and charge doping by using the first-principles calculations. We show that the largest binding energy is realized by the intercalation of single mono-layer of Ti. We also show that electronic structure is very sensitive to the arrangement of metal atoms at the interface. If the composition of the interface layer is Ti0.33Au0.67 and the Ti is located at the top site, the Fermi level lies closely at the Dirac point, i.e., the Dirac cone of the ideal free-standing graphene is recovered.

  20. First-principle path integral study of DNA under hydrodynamic flows

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    Yang, Shilong; Witkoskie, James B.; Cao, Jianshu

    2003-08-01

    We use the worm-like chain as a first-principles model to study single molecule experiments of double stranded DNA subject to constant plug, elongational, and shear flows. The steady-state configurations of the polymer correspond to a locally defined potential and result in a path integral description of the canonical partition function. The parameters of this model are consistent with previous theory and experimental measurements. The time averaged mean extension reproduces experimental results and compares well with computationally more expensive Brownian dynamics simulations of reduced models.

  1. First-principles study of enhancement of transport properties of silica melt by water.

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    Karki, Bijaya B; Stixrude, Lars

    2010-05-28

    First-principles molecular dynamics simulations show that water (8.25 wt%) dramatically affects the transport properties of SiO2 liquid increasing the diffusivity and decreasing the viscosity by an order of magnitude. At 3000 K, the diffusivity of Si, O, and H, and the viscosity vary anomalously with pressure. Highly mobile protons make the hydrous liquid a potential superionic conductor. The predicted dynamical changes are associated with structural depolymerization and water speciation, which changes from being dominated by hydroxyls at low pressure to extended structures at high pressure. PMID:20867116

  2. Crystal structure prediction from first principles: The crystal structures of glycine

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    Lund, Albert M.; Pagola, Gabriel I.; Orendt, Anita M.; Ferraro, Marta B.; Facelli, Julio C.

    2015-04-01

    Here we present the results of our unbiased searches of glycine polymorphs obtained using the genetic algorithms search implemented in MGAC, modified genetic algorithm for crystals, coupled with the local optimization and energy evaluation provided by Quantum Espresso. We demonstrate that it is possible to predict the crystal structures of a biomedical molecule using solely first principles calculations. We were able to find all the ambient pressure stable glycine polymorphs, which are found in the same energetic ordering as observed experimentally and the agreement between the experimental and predicted structures is of such accuracy that the two are visually almost indistinguishable.

  3. Impact of first-principles properties of deuterium–tritium on inertial confinement fusion target designs

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    Hu, S. X. Goncharov, V. N.; Boehly, T. R.; McCrory, R. L.; Skupsky, S.; Collins, L. A.; Kress, J. D.; Militzer, B.

    2015-05-15

    A comprehensive knowledge of the properties of high-energy-density plasmas is crucial to understanding and designing low-adiabat, inertial confinement fusion (ICF) implosions through hydrodynamic simulations. Warm-dense-matter (WDM) conditions are routinely accessed by low-adiabat ICF implosions, in which strong coupling and electron degeneracy often play an important role in determining the properties of warm dense plasmas. The WDM properties of deuterium–tritium (DT) mixtures and ablator materials, such as the equation of state, thermal conductivity, opacity, and stopping power, were usually estimated by models in hydro-codes used for ICF simulations. In these models, many-body and quantum effects were only approximately taken into account in the WMD regime. Moreover, the self-consistency among these models was often missing. To examine the accuracy of these models, we have systematically calculated the static, transport, and optical properties of warm dense DT plasmas, using first-principles (FP) methods over a wide range of densities and temperatures that cover the ICF “path” to ignition. These FP methods include the path-integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) and quantum-molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations, which treat electrons with many-body quantum theory. The first-principles equation-of-state table, thermal conductivities (κ{sub QMD}), and first principles opacity table of DT have been self-consistently derived from the combined PIMC and QMD calculations. They have been compared with the typical models, and their effects to ICF simulations have been separately examined in previous publications. In this paper, we focus on their combined effects to ICF implosions through hydro-simulations using these FP-based properties of DT in comparison with the usual model simulations. We found that the predictions of ICF neutron yield could change by up to a factor of ∼2.5; the lower the adiabat of DT capsules, the more variations in hydro-simulations. The FP-based properties of DT are essential for designing ICF ignition targets. Future work on first-principles studies of ICF ablator materials is also discussed.

  4. New class of planar ferroelectric Mott insulators via first-principles design

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    Kim, Chanul; Park, Hyowon; Marianetti, Chris A.

    2015-12-11

    which is not common in known materials. Here we use first-principles calculations to design layered double perovskite oxides AABBO6 which achieve the aforementioned properties in the context of Mott insulators. In our design rules, the gap is dictated by B/B electronegativity difference in a Mott state, while the polarization is obtained via nominal d0 filling on the B-site, A-type cations bearing lone-pair electrons, and A = A size mismatch. Successful execution is demonstrated in BaBiCuVO6, BaBiNiVO6, BaLaCuVO6, and PbLaCuVO6.

  5. First principles prediction of the metastability of the Ge2Mn phase and its synthesis pathways

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    Arras, E.; Slipukhina, I.; Torrent, M.; Caliste, D.; Deutsch, T.; Pochet, P.

    2010-06-01

    In this letter, we performed first principles calculations to investigate the stability of a [100]-compatible Ge2Mn compound. Based on a thermodynamical approach, we propose and assess the C16 structure (Al2Cu prototype) to be only slightly metastable as compared to the other Ge-Mn compounds. The reported structural and magnetic properties of this Ge2Mn compound make it a potentially interesting compound for spintronic applications, all the more since a simple way to stabilize it as a bulk film is proposed.

  6. Electronic band structure of carbon nanotube superlattices from first-principles calculations

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    Ayuela, A.; Chico, L.; Jaskólski, W.

    2008-02-01

    We report on first-principles calculations for metallic carbon nanotube superlattices N(12,0)/N(6,6) with N=1 4 . Although the calculated band structures show a good overall agreement with the results of the simpler tight-binding π -electron approximation, electron interaction and correlation effects strongly modify some peculiar flatbands, previously found within a tight-binding approach [W. Jaskólski and L. Chico, Phys. Rev. B 71, 155405 (2005)]. In the ab initio approach, these bands are no longer dispersionless, much closer to the Fermi level, and are always nondegenerate, in contrast to former tight-binding results.

  7. Molecular adsorption study of nicotine and caffeine on single-walled carbon nanotubes from first principles

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    Lee, Hyung-June; Kim, Gunn; Kwon, Young-Kyun

    2013-08-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the electronic structures and binding properties of nicotine and caffeine adsorbed on single-walled carbon nanotubes to determine whether CNTs are appropriate for filtering or sensing nicotine and caffeine molecules. We find that caffeine adsorbs more strongly than nicotine. The different binding characteristics are discussed by analyzing the modification of the electronic structure of the molecule-adsorbed CNTs. We also calculate the quantum conductance of the CNTs in the presence of nicotine or caffeine adsorbates and demonstrate that the influence of caffeine is stronger than nicotine on the conductance of the host CNT.

  8. Alloying InAs and InP nanowires for optoelectronic applications: A first principles study

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    Toniolo, Giuliano R.; Anversa, Jonas; dos Santos, Cláudia L.; Piquini, Paulo

    2014-08-01

    The capability of nanowires to relieve the stress introduced by lattice mismatching through radial relaxation opens the possibility to search for devices for optoelectronic applications. However, there are difficulties to fabricate, and therefore to explore the properties of nanowires with narrow diameters. Here we apply first principles calculations to study the electronic and optical properties of narrow InAs1 - xPx nanowires. Our results show that the absorption threshold can be pushed to near-ultraviolet region, and suggests that arrays of these nanowires with different diameters and compositions could be used as devices acting from the mid-infrared to the near-ultraviolet region.

  9. Interplay of strain, polarization and magnetic ordering in complex oxides from first principles

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    Eklund, Carl-Johan

    We study mechanisms of structural and magnetic phase transitions in crystalline oxides from first principles. The focus is on epitaxial stabilization in perovskites and on magnetoelastic coupling and frustration in spinels. These materials and phenomena are of great interest for basic science and have important roles to play in the design and discovery of new functional materials. The effects of epitaxial strain on the structure of the perovskite oxide CaTiO3 are investigated. Particular attention is paid to the stabilization of a ferroelectric phase related to the polar instability found in previous first-principles studies of calcium titanate in the ideal cubic perovskite structure. At 1.5% strain, we find an epitaxial orientation transition between the ab-ePbnm phase, favoured for compressive strains, and the c-ePbnm phase. For larger tensile strains, a polar instability, which was hidden in the equilibrium bulk structure, develops in the c-ePbnm phase and an epitaxial-strain-induced ferroelectric phase is obtained with polarization along a [110] direction with respect to the primitive perovskite lattice vectors of the square substrate. A ferroelectric rhombohedral R3c phase, with a different combination of octahedral rotations, is also found to be competitive in energy for large tensile strains, and might be observable under the application of additional perturbations, such as a small degree of cation substitution. We present an ongoing project to construct a first-principles effective Hamiltonian to investigate the transition from the high-temperature cubic phase to a low-temperature low-symmetry phase observed in the spinel structure oxides CdCr2O4 and ZnCr2O4. The local modes included in the expansion are the chromium displacements, distortions of the cadmium- or zinc-centred tetrahedra, and the homogeneous strain. The magnetostructural coupling of these degrees of freedom to the spins of the chromium ions is included in the effective Hamiltonian parametrization and first-principles determination using a symmetry analysis. The role of the magnetostructural coupling in the phase transition is analysed and discussed.

  10. First-principles study of spin transport in Fe-SiCNT-Fe magnetic tunnel junction

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    Choudhary, Sudhanshu; Jalu, Surendra

    2015-08-01

    We report first-principles calculations of spin-dependent quantum transport in Fe-SiCNT-Fe magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ). Perfect spin filtration effect and substantial tunnel magnetoresistance are obtained, which suggests SiCNTs as a suitable candidate over CNTs for implementing 1D MTJs. The calculated tunnel magnetoresistance is several hundred percent at zero bias voltage, it reduces to nearly zero after the bias voltage of about 1 V. When the orientation of magnetic configurations of both electrodes is parallel, the zero bias spin injection factor is staggering 99% and remains reasonably high in the range of 60%-75% after the bias voltage of 0.6 V.

  11. First-principles study of electrochemical gate-controlled conductance in molecular junctions.

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    Su, Wenyong; Jiang, Jun; Lu, Wei; Luo, Yi

    2006-09-01

    A first-principles computational method is developed to study the electrochemical gate-controlled conductance in molecular junctions. It has been applied to a single molecular field-effect transistor made by a perylene tetracaboxylic diimide molecule connected to gold electrodes and has successfully reproduced the experimentally observed huge gate voltage effect on the current. It is found that such a significant gain is a result of the large polarization of the molecule induced by the huge local electrical field generated by the electrochemical gate. The resonant electron tunneling through unoccupied molecular orbitals is shown to be the dominant transport process. PMID:16968031

  12. Formation energy of dangling bonds on hydrogenated diamond surfaces: A first-principles study

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    Zilibotti, G.; Corni, S.; Righi, M. C.

    2012-01-01

    We calculate the energy cost to create dangling bonds on hydrogenated diamond (001) surfaces by means of spin-polarized first-principle calculations. We demonstrate that the dangling bond formation energy depends on both the density and the arrangement of the dangling bonds already present on the surface. In particular, at low dangling bond density, hydrogen removal is less energetically costly than at high dangling bond density. We also find that adjacent dangling bonds are more stable in the antiferromagnetic configuration than in the ferromagnetic one. We provide quantitative information and a physical rationale of these phenomena.

  13. Anharmonic lattice dynamics in type-I clathrates from first-principles calculations

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    Madsen, Georg K.H.; Santi, Gilles

    2005-12-01

    The anharmonic lattice dynamics of (Sr/Ba){sub 8}Ga{sub 16+x}Ge{sub 30-x} type-I clathrates are studied using first-principles calculations. The guest atoms in the large cages are found to lie in strongly anharmonic potentials, resulting in off-center (disordered) equilibrium positions for the Sr rattler. The lowest energy modes for Sr form a four level system with a tunneling splitting of only 0.04 meV. The thermodynamical properties and the inelastic neutron scattering spectra of the anharmonic rattlers are investigated.

  14. First-Principles Molecular Dynamics Calculations of the Equation of State for Tantalum

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    Ono, Shigeaki

    2009-01-01

    The equation of state of tantalum (Ta) has been investigated to 100 GPa and 3,000 K using the first-principles molecular dynamics method. A large volume dependence of the thermal pressure of Ta was revealed from the analysis of our data. A significant temperature dependence of the calculated effective Grüneisen parameters was confirmed at high pressures. This indicates that the conventional approach to analyze thermal properties using the Mie-Grüneisen approximation is likely to have a significant uncertainty in determining the equation of state for Ta, and that an intrinsic anharmonicity should be considered to analyze the equation of state. PMID:20057949

  15. Impact of first-principles properties of deuteriumtritium on inertial confinement fusion target designs

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    Hu, Suxing X.; Goncharov, V. N.; Boehly, T. R.; McCrory, R. L.; Skupsky, S.; Collins, Lee A.; Kress, Joel David; Militzer, B.

    2015-05-01

    A comprehensive knowledge of the properties of high-energy-density plasmas is crucial to understanding and designing low-adiabat, inertial confinement fusion (ICF) implosions through hydrodynamic simulations. Warm-dense-matter (WDM) conditions are routinely accessed by low-adiabat ICF implosions, in which strong coupling and electron degeneracy often play an important role in determining the properties of warm dense plasmas. The WDM properties of deuteriumtritium (DT) mixtures and ablator materials, such as the equation of state (EOS), thermal conductivity, opacity, and stopping power, were usually estimated by models in hydrocodes used for ICF simulations. In these models, many-body and quantum effects were only approximately taken into account in the WMD regime. Moreover, the self-consistency among these models was often missing. To examine the accuracy of these models, we have systematically calculated the static, transport, and optical properties of warm dense DT plasmas, using first-principles (FP) methods over a wide range of densities and temperatures that cover the ICF path to ignition. These FP methods include the pathintegral Monte Carlo (PIMC) and quantum-molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations, which treat electrons with many-body quantum theory. The first-principles equation-of-state (FPEOS) table, thermal conductivities (KQMD), and first principles opacity table (FPOT) of DT have been self-consistently derived from the combined PIMC and QMD calculations. They have been compared with the typical models, and their effects to ICF simulations have been separately examined in previous publications. In this paper, we focus on their combined effects to ICF implosions through hydro-simulations using these FP-based properties of DT in comparison with the usual model simulations. We found that the predictions of ICF neutron yield could change by up to a factor of ~2.5; the lower the adiabat of DT capsules, the more variations in hydro-simulations. The FP-based properties of DT are essential for designing ICF ignition targets. We also discuss future work on first-principles studies of ICF ablator materials.

  16. First Principles Calculations of Oxygen Adsorption on the UN(001) Surface

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    Zhukovskii, Yuri F.; Bocharov, Dmitry; Kotomin, Eugene Alexej; Evarestov, Robert; Bandura, A. V.

    2009-01-01

    Fabrication, handling and disposal of nuclear fuel materials require comprehensive knowledge of their surface morphology and reactivity. Due to unavoidable contact with air components (even at low partial pressures), UN samples contain considerable amount of oxygen impurities affecting fuel properties. In this study we focus on reactivity of the energetically most stable (001) substrate of uranium nitride towards the atomic oxygen as one of initial stages for further UN oxidation. The basic properties of O atoms adsorbed on the UN(001) surface are simulated here combining the two first principles calculation methods based on the plane wave basis set and that of the localized orbitals.

  17. First-principles studies of SnS2 nanotubes: a potential semiconductor nanowire.

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    Chang, Hyunju; In, Eunjeong; Kong, Ki-Jeong; Lee, Jeong-O; Choi, Youngmin; Ryu, Beyong-Hwan

    2005-01-13

    First principles calculations are used to predict the stability and electronic structures of SnS(2) nanotubes. Optimization of several structures and their corresponding strain energies confirm the stability of SnS(2) nanotube structures. Band structure calculations show that SnS(2) nanotubes could have moderate band gaps regardless of their chirality. It suggests that SnS(2) nanotubes would be well-suited to use as semiconductor wires in nanoelectronic devices if they are synthesized. Adsorption of NH(3) onto SnS(2) is also investigated and discussed with regard to potential sensor application. PMID:16850978

  18. First-principles calculation of the structural stability of 6d transition metals

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    Oestlin, A.; Vitos, L.

    2011-09-15

    The phase stability of the 6d transition metals (elements 103-111) is investigated using first-principles electronic-structure calculations. Comparison with the lighter transition metals reveals that the structural sequence trend is broken at the end of the 6d series. To account for this anomalous behavior, the effect of relativity on the lattice stability is scrutinized, taking different approximations into consideration. It is found that the mass-velocity and Darwin terms give important contributions to the electronic structure, leading to changes in the interstitial charge density and, thus, in the structural energy difference.

  19. Impact of first-principles properties of deuterium–tritium on inertial confinement fusion target designs

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    Hu, Suxing X.; Goncharov, V. N.; Boehly, T. R.; McCrory, R. L.; Skupsky, S.; Collins, Lee A.; Kress, Joel David; Militzer, B.

    2015-05-01

    A comprehensive knowledge of the properties of high-energy-density plasmas is crucial to understanding and designing low-adiabat, inertial confinement fusion (ICF) implosions through hydrodynamic simulations. Warm-dense-matter (WDM) conditions are routinely accessed by low-adiabat ICF implosions, in which strong coupling and electron degeneracy often play an important role in determining the properties of warm dense plasmas. The WDM properties of deuterium–tritium (DT) mixtures and ablator materials, such as the equation of state (EOS), thermal conductivity, opacity, and stopping power, were usually estimated by models in hydrocodes used for ICF simulations. In these models, many-body and quantum effects were only approximately taken intomore » account in the WMD regime. Moreover, the self-consistency among these models was often missing. To examine the accuracy of these models, we have systematically calculated the static, transport, and optical properties of warm dense DT plasmas, using first-principles (FP) methods over a wide range of densities and temperatures that cover the ICF “path” to ignition. These FP methods include the pathintegral Monte Carlo (PIMC) and quantum-molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations, which treat electrons with many-body quantum theory. The first-principles equation-of-state (FPEOS) table, thermal conductivities (KQMD), and first principles opacity table (FPOT) of DT have been self-consistently derived from the combined PIMC and QMD calculations. They have been compared with the typical models, and their effects to ICF simulations have been separately examined in previous publications. In this paper, we focus on their combined effects to ICF implosions through hydro-simulations using these FP-based properties of DT in comparison with the usual model simulations. We found that the predictions of ICF neutron yield could change by up to a factor of ~2.5; the lower the adiabat of DT capsules, the more variations in hydro-simulations. The FP-based properties of DT are essential for designing ICF ignition targets. We also discuss future work on first-principles studies of ICF ablator materials.« less

  20. Impact of first-principles properties of deuterium–tritium on inertial confinement fusion target designs

    SciTech Connect

    Hu, Suxing X.; Goncharov, V. N.; Boehly, T. R.; McCrory, R. L.; Skupsky, S.; Collins, Lee A.; Kress, Joel David; Militzer, B.

    2015-05-01

    A comprehensive knowledge of the properties of high-energy-density plasmas is crucial to understanding and designing low-adiabat, inertial confinement fusion (ICF) implosions through hydrodynamic simulations. Warm-dense-matter (WDM) conditions are routinely accessed by low-adiabat ICF implosions, in which strong coupling and electron degeneracy often play an important role in determining the properties of warm dense plasmas. The WDM properties of deuterium–tritium (DT) mixtures and ablator materials, such as the equation of state (EOS), thermal conductivity, opacity, and stopping power, were usually estimated by models in hydrocodes used for ICF simulations. In these models, many-body and quantum effects were only approximately taken into account in the WMD regime. Moreover, the self-consistency among these models was often missing. To examine the accuracy of these models, we have systematically calculated the static, transport, and optical properties of warm dense DT plasmas, using first-principles (FP) methods over a wide range of densities and temperatures that cover the ICF “path” to ignition. These FP methods include the pathintegral Monte Carlo (PIMC) and quantum-molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations, which treat electrons with many-body quantum theory. The first-principles equation-of-state (FPEOS) table, thermal conductivities (KQMD), and first principles opacity table (FPOT) of DT have been self-consistently derived from the combined PIMC and QMD calculations. They have been compared with the typical models, and their effects to ICF simulations have been separately examined in previous publications. In this paper, we focus on their combined effects to ICF implosions through hydro-simulations using these FP-based properties of DT in comparison with the usual model simulations. We found that the predictions of ICF neutron yield could change by up to a factor of ~2.5; the lower the adiabat of DT capsules, the more variations in hydro-simulations. The FP-based properties of DT are essential for designing ICF ignition targets. We also discuss future work on first-principles studies of ICF ablator materials.

  1. First-principles study of lithium adsorption and diffusion on graphene: the effects of strain

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    Hao, Feng; Chen, Xi

    2015-10-01

    Large strain is produced within graphene sheets, which serve as a critical component in lithium-ion batteries, due to the expansion of the electrodes. First-principles calculations are therefore employed to investigate the interaction of Li with strained single-layer graphene. It is found that tensile strain enhances Li binding on graphene and significantly reduces the formation energy of divacancies. In addition, Li diffusion through graphene with defects is facilitated by tensile strain, whereas diffusion parallel to the plane of pristine graphene is slightly hindered.

  2. First principle calculation in FeCo overlayer on GaAs substrate

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    Jain, Vishal; Lakshmi, N.; Jain, Vivek Kumar; K, Sijo A.; Venugopalan, K.

    2015-06-01

    In this work the first principle electronic structure calculation is reported for FeCo/GaAs thin film system to investigate the effect of orientation on the electronic structural properties. A unit cell describing FeCo layers and GaAs layers is constructed for (100), (110), (111) orientation with vacuum of 30Å to reduce dimensions. It is found that although the (110) orientation is energetically more favorable than others, the magnetic moment is quite large in (100) and (111) system compared to the (110) and is due to the total DOS variation with orientation

  3. LaBi under high pressure and high temperature: A first-principle study

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    Driss Khodja, F.; Boudali, A.; Amara, K.; Amrani, B.; Kadoun, A.; Abbar, B.

    2008-12-01

    By employing the first-principles method of the full potential linear augmented plane waves (FPLAPW), the structural, elastic and the electronic properties of LaBi are investigated. It is found that this compound has a semiconducting small and indirect gap. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered, we have obtained successfully the thermodynamic properties such as thermal expansion coefficient, Debye temperature and specific heats in the whole pressure range from 0 to 10 GPa and temperature range from 0 to 1600 K.

  4. First principles study of photoelectron spectra of Cu{sub {ital n}}{sup {minus}} clusters

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    Massobrio, C.; Pasquarello, A.; Car, R.

    1995-09-11

    We have determined equilibrium geometries and electronic properties of neutral and anionic Cu{sub {ital n}} ({ital n}=2,9) clusters by means of first principles calculations in which {ital s} and {ital d} electrons are treated on equal footing. We find that the calculated electronic density of states is inadequate to interpret photoelectron spectra of Cu{sub {ital n}}{sup {minus}} clusters. We obtain good agreement between calculated excitation energies and experimental spectra when we include final states effects.

  5. First-Principles Physics of Nanocheckerboard Formation in ZnMnGaO Spinels

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    Kornbluth, Mordechai; Marianetti, Chris

    2015-03-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we present the physics behind spinel nanocheckerboards in ZnMnxGa2 - xO4 . Previously, experiments discovered a group of Mn-based spinels that spontaneously phase-separate into nanocheckerboards. We analyze their origin in the Jahn-Teller (JT) effect, which couples local atomic distortions to an electronic degeneracy (here, the eg manifold of the Mn d-orbital). Using density functional theory, we show that the interaction between cubic Mn-poor and tetragonal Mn-rich regions causes phase separation, but diffusion prevents the thermodynamic ground state of bulk separation. We demonstrate that the energetics and geometry mandate a nanocheckerboard configuration.

  6. Half metallic ferromagnetism in alkali metal nitrides MN (M = Rb, Cs): A first principles study

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    Murugan, A. Rajeswarapalanichamy, R. Santhosh, M. Sudhapriyanga, G.; Kanagaprabha, S.

    2014-04-24

    The structural, electronic and elastic properties of two alkali metal nitrides (MN: M= Rb, Cs) are investigated by the first principles calculations based on density functional theory using the Vienna ab-initio simulation package. At ambient pressure the two nitrides are stable in ferromagnetic state with CsCl structure. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. The electronic structure reveals that these materials are half metallic in nature. A pressure-induced structural phase transition from CsCl to ZB phase is observed in RbN and CsN.

  7. Crystal Structure Prediction from First Principles: The Crystal Structures of Glycine

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    Lund, Albert M.; Pagola, Gabriel I.; Orendt, Anita M.; Ferraro, Marta B.; Facelli, Julio C.

    2015-01-01

    Here we present the results of our unbiased searches of glycine polymorphs obtained using the Genetic Algorithms search implemented in Modified Genetic Algorithm for Crystals coupled with the local optimization and energy evaluation provided by Quantum Espresso. We demonstrate that it is possible to predict the crystal structures of a biomedical molecule using solely first principles calculations. We were able to find all the ambient pressure stable glycine polymorphs, which are found in the same energetic ordering as observed experimentally and the agreement between the experimental and predicted structures is of such accuracy that the two are visually almost indistinguishable. PMID:25843964

  8. Impact of first-principles properties of deuterium–tritium on inertial confinement fusion target designsa)

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Hu, S. X.; Goncharov, V. N.; Boehly, T. R.; McCrory, R. L.; Skupsky, S.; Collins, L. A.; Kress, J. D.; Militizer, B.

    2015-04-20

    In this study, a comprehensive knowledge of the properties of high-energy-density plasmas is crucial to understanding and designing low-adiabat, inertial confinement fusion (ICF) implosions through hydrodynamic simulations. Warm-dense-matter (WDM) conditions are routinely accessed by low-adiabat ICF implosions, in which strong coupling and electron degeneracy often play an important role in determining the properties of warm dense plasmas. The WDM properties of deuterium–tritium (DT) mixtures and ablator materials, such as the equation of state, thermal conductivity, opacity, and stopping power, were usually estimated by models in hydro-codes used for ICF simulations. In these models, many-body and quantum effects were only approximatelymore » taken into account in the WMD regime. Moreover, the self-consistency among these models was often missing. To examine the accuracy of these models, we have systematically calculated the static, transport, and optical properties of warm dense DT plasmas, using first-principles (FP) methods over a wide range of densities and temperatures that cover the ICF “path” to ignition. These FP methods include the path-integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) and quantum-molecular dynamics (QMD) simulations, which treat electrons with many-body quantum theory. The first-principles equation-of-state table, thermal conductivities (KQMD), and first principles opacity table of DT have been self-consistently derived from the combined PIMC and QMD calculations. They have been compared with the typical models, and their effects to ICF simulations have been separately examined in previous publications. In this paper, we focus on their combined effects to ICF implosions through hydro-simulations using these FP-based properties of DT in comparison with the usual model simulations. We found that the predictions of ICF neutron yield could change by up to a factor of –2.5; the lower the adiabat of DT capsules, the more variations in hydro-simulations. The FP-based properties of DT are essential for designing ICF ignition targets. Future work on first-principles studies of ICF ablator materials is also discussed.« less

  9. First-principles studies of the geometry and energetics of the Si36 cluster

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    Sun, Q.; Wang, Q.; Jena, P.; Waterman, S.; Kawazoe, Y.

    2003-06-01

    First-principles studies of the geometry and energetics of the Si36 cluster are performed by searching 17 structural isomers including cage, wire, and stuffed fullerene. It is found that the tricapped-trigonal-prism unit is not the structural unit for Si36, and the stable structure is identified to have a more spherical geometry derived from the stuffed fullerene configurations. This is in agreement with the experiment which suggested a structural transition from the elongated geometry to a more spherical one for the medium sized silicon cluster [Hudgins et al., J. Chem. Phys. 111, 7865 (1999); Bergeron et al., J. Chem. Phys. 117, 3219 (2002)].

  10. First-principles study of pyroelectricity in GaN and ZnO

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    Liu, Jian; Fernández-Serra, Maria V.; Allen, Philip B.

    2016-02-01

    First-principles calculations are made for the primary pyroelectric coefficients of wurtzite GaN and ZnO. The pyroelectricity is attributed to the quasiharmonic thermal shifts of internal strains (internal displacements of cations and anions carrying their Born effective charges). The primary (zero-external-strain) pyroelectricity dominates at low temperatures, while the secondary pyroelectricity (the correction from external thermal strains) becomes comparable with the primary pyroelectricity at high temperatures. Contributions from the acoustic and the optical phonon modes to the primary pyroelectric coefficient are only moderately well described by the corresponding Debye and Einstein functions, respectively.

  11. A First Principles Investigation of the Electronic Structure of Actinide Oxides

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    Petit, Leon; Svane, Axel; Szotek, Zdzislawa; Temmerman, Walter M; Stocks, George Malcolm

    2010-04-01

    The ground state electronic structures of the actinide oxides AO, A{sub 2}O{sub 3} and AO{sub 2} (A=U, Np, Pu, Am, Cm, Bk, Cf) are determined from first-principles calculations using the self-interaction corrected local spin-density approximation. Our study reveals a strong link between preferred oxidation number and degree of localization. The ionic nature of the actinide oxides emerges from the fact that those oxides where the ground state is calculated to be metallic do not exist in nature, as the corresponding delocalized f-states favour the accommodation of additional O atoms into the crystal lattice.

  12. Study of mercury thiogallate in defect stannite structure: A first-principle approach

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    Nayak, Vikas; Verma, U. P.

    2016-05-01

    Quantum mechanical based first principle calculations have been employed to obtain the unit cell lattice parameters of mercury thiogallate (HgGa2S4) in defect stannite structure for the first time. For this, we treated HgGa2S4 in two different types of site symmetries in the same space group. In both the cases obtained unit cell parameters are same, which shows the accuracy of present approach. The electronic band structures show the semiconducting behavior in both the cases. The density of states plot are also studied and discussed.

  13. Identification of hydrogen defects in SrTiO3 by first principles local vibrational mode calculations

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    T-Thienprasert, J; Fongkaew, Ittipon; Singh, David J; Du, Mao-Hua; Limpijumnong, Sukit

    2012-01-01

    For over three decades, the infrared spectroscopy peaks of around 3500 cm{sup -1} observed in hydrogen-doped SrTiO{sub 3} samples have been assigned to an interstitial hydrogen (H{sub i}) attached to a lattice oxygen with two possible configuration models: the octahedral edge (OE) and the cubic face (CF) models. Based on our first-principles calculations of H{sub i} around O, both OE and CF configurations are not energetically stable. Starting from either configuration, the H{sub i} would spontaneously relax into an off axis (OA) site; lowering the energy by 0.25 eV or more. The calculated vibrational frequency of 2745 cm{sup -1} for OA invalidates the assignment of H{sub i} to the observed 3500 cm{sup -1} peak. In addition, the calculated diffusion barrier is low, suggesting that H{sub i} can be easily annealed out. We propose that the observed peaks around 3500 cm{sup -1} are associated with defect complexes. A Sr vacancy (V{sub Sr}) can trap H{sub i} and form a H-V{sub Sr} complex which is both stable and has the frequency in agreement with the observed main peak. The complex can also trap another H{sub i} and form 2H-V{sub Sr}; consistent with the observed additional peaks at slightly higher frequencies (3510-3530 cm{sup -1}).

  14. A theoretical study on the selective oxygen K-edge soft X-ray emission spectroscopy of liquid acetic acid

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    Nishida, Naohiro; Kanai, Seiji; Tokushima, Takashi; Horikawa, Yuka; Takahashi, Osamu

    2015-11-01

    We have performed theoretical calculations to reproduce the site-selective X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) spectra of liquid acetic acid at the oxygen K-edge (OCdbnd O,1s and OOH,1s). Structure sampling of an acetic acid cluster model was performed from the ab initio molecular dynamics trajectory. Relative XES intensities for the core-hole excited state dynamics simulations were calculated using density functional theory. We found that the theoretical XES spectra reproduced well the experimental spectra and that these calculations gave us electronic and molecular structure information about liquid acetic acid.

  15. Magnetic anisotropy in Ta/CoFeB/MgO investigated by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and first-principles calculation

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    Kanai, Shun; Tsujikawa, Masahito; Shirai, Masafumi; Miura, Yoshio; Matsukura, Fumihiro Ohno, Hideo

    2014-12-01

    We study the spin and orbital magnetic moments in Ta/Co{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 0.4}B{sub 0.2}/MgO by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements as well as first-principles calculations, in order to clarify the origin of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Both experimental and theoretical results show that orbital magnetic moment of Fe is more anisotropic than that of Co with respect to the magnetization direction. The anisotropy is larger for thinner CoFeB, indicating that Fe atoms at the interface with MgO contribute more than Co to the observed perpendicular magnetic anisotropy.

  16. Ideal compressive strength of fcc Co, Ni, and Ni-rich alloys along the <001 > direction: A first-principles study

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    Breidi, A.; Fries, S. G.; Ruban, A. V.

    2016-04-01

    We perform density functional theory based first-principles calculations to identify promising alloying elements (X ) capable of enhancing the compressive uniaxial theoretical (ideal) strength of the fcc Ni-matrix along the <001 > direction. The alloying element belongs to a wide range of 3 d ,4 d , and 5 d series with nominal composition of 6.25 at. %. Additionally, a full elastic study is carried to investigate the ideal strength of fcc Ni and fcc Co. Our results indicate that the most desirable alloying elements are those with half d -band filling, namely, Os, Ir, Re, and Ru.

  17. Local atomic and electronic structures around Mg and Al dopants in LiNiO2 electrodes studied by XANES and ELNES and first-principles calculations

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    Tatsumi, Kazuyoshi; Sasano, Yusuke; Muto, Shunsuke; Yoshida, Tomoko; Sasaki, Tsuyoshi; Horibuchi, Kayo; Takeuchi, Yoji; Ukyo, Yoshio

    2008-07-01

    We investigated the local atomic and electronic structures around the dopants Mg and Al in a LiNiO2 -based cathode material by the combination analysis of their K shell electron energy-loss near-edge structures, x-ray absorption near-edge structures, and first-principles calculations. The occupation sites of the dopants in initial and cycled samples were examined. On the basis of the atomic structures and chemical bonding states of the models whose theoretical spectra were most consistent with the experimental spectra, we discussed the effects of Al and Mg on Li diffusion and their roles in suppressing the degradation of battery properties.

  18. First-principles equation of state and electronic properties of warm dense oxygen

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    Driver, K. P.; Soubiran, F.; Zhang, Shuai; Militzer, B.

    2015-10-01

    We perform all-electron path integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) and density functional theory molecular dynamics (DFT-MD) calculations to explore warm dense matter states of oxygen. Our simulations cover a wide density-temperature range of 1-100 g cm-3 and 104-109 K. By combining results from PIMC and DFT-MD, we are able to compute pressures and internal energies from first-principles at all temperatures and provide a coherent equation of state. We compare our first-principles calculations with analytic equations of state, which tend to agree for temperatures above 8 × 106 K. Pair-correlation functions and the electronic density of states reveal an evolving plasma structure and ionization process that is driven by temperature and density. As we increase the density at constant temperature, we find that the ionization fraction of the 1s state decreases while the other electronic states move towards the continuum. Finally, the computed shock Hugoniot curves show an increase in compression as the first and second shells are ionized.

  19. Site energies and charge transfer rates near pentacene grain boundaries from first-principles calculations

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    Kobayashi, Hajime; Tokita, Yuichi

    2015-03-01

    Charge transfer rates near pentacene grain boundaries are derived by calculating the site energies and transfer integrals of 37 pentacene molecules using first-principles calculations. The site energies decrease considerably near the grain boundaries, and electron traps of up to 300 meV and hole barriers of up to 400 meV are generated. The charge transfer rates across the grain boundaries are found to be reduced by three to five orders of magnitude with a grain boundary gap of 4 because of the reduction in the transfer integrals. The electron traps and hole barriers also reduce the electron and hole transfer rates by factors of up to 10 and 50, respectively. It is essential to take the site energies into consideration to determine charge transport near the grain boundaries. We show that the complex site energy distributions near the grain boundaries can be represented by an equivalent site energy difference, which is a constant for any charge transfer pass. When equivalent site energy differences are obtained for various grain boundary structures by first-principles calculations, the effects of the grain boundaries on the charge transfer rates are introduced exactly into charge transport simulations, such as the kinetic Monte Carlo method.

  20. First-Principles Investigation of Electronic Excitation Dynamics in Water under Proton Irradiation

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    Reeves, Kyle; Kanai, Yosuke

    2015-03-01

    A predictive and quantitative understanding of electronic excitation dynamics in water under proton irradiation is of great importance in many technological areas ranging from utilizing proton beam therapy to preventing nuclear reactor damages. Despite its importance, an atomistic description of the excitation mechanism has yet to be fully understood. Identifying how a high-energy proton dissipates its kinetic energy into the electronic excitation is crucial for predicting atomistic damages, later resulting in the formation of different chemical species. In this work, we use our new, large-scale first-principles Ehrenfest dynamics method based on real-time time-dependent density functional theory to simulate the electronic response of bulk water to a fast-moving proton. In particular, we will discuss the topological nature of the electronic excitation as a function of the proton velocity. We will employ maximally-localized functions to bridge our quantitative findings from first-principles simulations to a conceptual understanding in the field of water radiolysis.