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  1. Boron Fullerenes: An Electronic Structure Study

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    Sadrzadeh, Arta; Pupysheva, Olga; Boustani, Ihsan; Yakobson, Boris

    2008-03-01

    Using ab initio calculations, we study electronic structure and frequency modes of B80, a member of boron fullerene family made from boron isomorphs of carbon fullerenes with additional atoms in the centers of hexagons. We also investigate geometrical and electronic structural properties of double-rings with various diameters, which are important as building blocks of boron nanotubes, and as the most stable clusters among the studied isomers with no more than 36 atoms. Double-rings also appear as building blocks of B80. Furthermore, we investigate the possibility of further stabilizing some of fullerenes by depleting them.

  2. Study of electronic structures of solids with strongly interacting electrons

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    Su, Yen-Sheng

    This work contains studies of two classes of perovskite transition metal oxides. The first class is the layered perovskite cuprates and the related nickelate. The second class is the three dimensional perovskite manganites. Both model and ab initio calculations are carried out for the two classes of systems. The dissertation is therefore divided into the following four parts. The first part is about the 3-band Hubbard model. The model is commonly used for describing the electronic properties of the important CuO2 layers in the crystals of high-Tc superconducting cuprates, such as doped La2CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O 7. The straightforward perturbation expansion on the model taking tpd/ɛpd (~0.36 for the cuprates) as the small parameter does not converge. In this work, I show that there exist canonical transformations on the model Hamiltonian such that the perturbation expansion based on the transformed Hamiltonians converges. In the second part, crystal Hartree-Fock calculations are carried out for La2NiO4 and La2CuO4. The results predict correctly that these two materials are antiferromagnetic insulators, in contrast to the wrong predictions made by the density functional calculations using the local spin density approximation (LSDA). The spin form factors of the materials are also calculated. The results agree with previous theoretical works using an embedded cluster model. The calculated spin form factor of La2CuO4 is consistent with the few experimental data currently available, while the results for La2NiO4 show a large discrepancy between theory and experiment. We question the accuracy of the experimental results of La2NiO4 and call for more experiments to settle the issue. In the third part, crystal Hartree-Fock calculations are carried out for LaMnO3. Our main focus is on the magnetic and orbital orderings, the effect of the crystal distortion from the cubic perovskite structure, and the analysis of the projected density of states. In addition, we also find

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

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    Jordan, K. D.

    1982-01-01

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

  4. Fluctuation electron microscopy studies of complex structured materials

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    Zhao, Gongpu; Rougée, Annick; Buseck, Peter; Treacy, Michael

    2008-03-01

    Fluctuation electron microscopy (FEM) is a hybrid imaging-diffraction technique. This technique is particularly sensitive to paracrystalline structures of dimension 0.5-2 nm, which are difficult to detect by either imaging or diffraction techniques alone. It has been successfully deployed to study paracrystalline structures in amorphous silicon, germanium thin film. This technique has also been used to study metallic glasses and oxide glasses. Until now, FEM has not been used to study disordered geological materials. In this talk we present our FEM studies of shungite, a naturally occurring disordered carbonaceous material, reveal that trace quantities of tightly curved graphene structures such as C60, or fragments of C60, is present in shungite. We also present results from our study of metamict zircon, whose crystal structure is destroyed by self-radiation during naturally occurring α decay events. Work is in progress to study the structural evolution during the metamictization process.

  5. Studying the electronic and phononic structure of penta-graphane

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    Einollahzadeh, Hamideh; Fazeli, Seyed Mahdi; Dariani, Reza Sabet

    2016-01-01

    Abstract In this paper, we theoretically consider a two dimensional nanomaterial which is a form of hydrogenated penta-graphene; we call it penta-graphane. This structure is obtained by adding hydrogen atoms to the sp2 bonded carbon atoms of penta-graphene. We investigate the thermodynamic and mechanical stability of penta-graphane. We also study the electronic and phononic structure of penta-graphane. Firstly, we use density functional theory with the revised Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof approximation to compute the band structure. Then one–shot GW (G0W0) approach for estimating accurate band gap is applied. The indirect band gap of penta-graphane is 5.78 eV, which is close to the band gap of diamond. Therefore, this new structure is a good electrical insulator. We also investigate the structural stability of penta-graphane by computing the phonon structure. Finally, we calculate its specific heat capacity from the phonon density of states. Penta-graphane has a high specific heat capacity, and can potentially be used for storing and transferring energy. PMID:27877907

  6. Studying the electronic and phononic structure of penta-graphane.

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    Einollahzadeh, Hamideh; Fazeli, Seyed Mahdi; Dariani, Reza Sabet

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we theoretically consider a two dimensional nanomaterial which is a form of hydrogenated penta-graphene; we call it penta-graphane. This structure is obtained by adding hydrogen atoms to the sp(2) bonded carbon atoms of penta-graphene. We investigate the thermodynamic and mechanical stability of penta-graphane. We also study the electronic and phononic structure of penta-graphane. Firstly, we use density functional theory with the revised Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof approximation to compute the band structure. Then one-shot GW (G0W0) approach for estimating accurate band gap is applied. The indirect band gap of penta-graphane is 5.78 eV, which is close to the band gap of diamond. Therefore, this new structure is a good electrical insulator. We also investigate the structural stability of penta-graphane by computing the phonon structure. Finally, we calculate its specific heat capacity from the phonon density of states. Penta-graphane has a high specific heat capacity, and can potentially be used for storing and transferring energy.

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

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    Casanova, David

    2014-01-14

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

  8. Oxidation of rubrene thin films: an electronic structure study.

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    Sinha, Sumona; Wang, C-H; Mukherjee, M; Mukherjee, T; Yang, Y-W

    2014-12-30

    The performances of organic semiconductor devices are crucially linked with their stability at the ambient atmosphere. The evolution of electronic structures of 20 nm thick rubrene films exposed to ambient environment with time has been studied by UV and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (UPS and XPS), near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, and density functional theory (DFT). XPS, NEXAFS data, and DFT calculated values suggest the formation of rubrene-epoxide and rubrene-endoperoxide through reaction of tetracene backbone with oxygen of ambient environment. Angle dependent XPS measurement indicates that the entire probed depth of the films reacts with oxygen by spending only about 120 min in ambient environment. The HOMO peak of pristine rubrene films almost disappears by exposure of 120 min to ambient environment. The evolution of the valence band (occupied states) and NEXAFS (unoccupied states) spectra indicates that the films become more insulating with exposure as the HOMO-LUMO gap increases on oxidation. Oxygen induced chemical reaction completely destroys the delocalized nature of the electron distribution in the tetracene backbone of rubrene. The results are relevant to the performance and reliability of rubrene based devices in the environment.

  9. Human enamel structure studied by high resolution electron microscopy

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    Wen, S.L. )

    1989-01-01

    Human enamel structural features are characterized by high resolution electron microscopy. The human enamel consists of polycrystals with a structure similar to Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2. This article describes the structural features of human enamel crystal at atomic and nanometer level. Besides the structural description, a great number of high resolution images are included. Research into the carious process in human enamel is very important for human beings. This article firstly describes the initiation of caries in enamel crystal at atomic and unit-cell level and secondly describes the further steps of caries with structural and chemical demineralization. The demineralization in fact, is the origin of caries in human enamel. The remineralization of carious areas in human enamel has drawn more and more attention as its potential application is realized. This process has been revealed by high resolution electron microscopy in detail in this article. On the other hand, the radiation effects on the structure of human enamel are also characterized by high resolution electron microscopy. In order to reveal this phenomenon clearly, a great number of electron micrographs have been shown, and a physical mechanism is proposed. 26 references.

  10. Studying Arabidopsis chloroplast structural organisation using transmission electron microscopy.

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    Hyman, Stefan; Jarvis, R Paul

    2011-01-01

    Chloroplasts, as well as other, non-photosynthetic types of plastid, are characteristic structures within plant cells. They are relatively large organelles (typically 1-5 μm in diameter), and so can readily be analysed by electron microscopy. Chloroplast structure is remarkably complex, comprising at least six distinct sub-organellar compartments, and is sensitive to developmental changes, environmental effects, and genetic lesions. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), therefore, represents a powerful technique for monitoring the effects of various changing parameters or treatments on the development and differentiation of these important organelles. We describe a method for the analysis of Arabidopsis plant material by TEM, primarily for the assessment of plastid ultrastructure.

  11. Modulated structures in calcian dolomite: A study by electron microscopy

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    van Tendeloo, G.; Wenk, H. R.; Gronsky, R.

    1985-11-01

    Calcian dolomite from the Devonian Lost Burro formation has been investigated with electron microscopy techniques. Electron diffraction shows evidence for “c” and “d” type reflections which may occur independently and are indicative of ordered superstructures. High resolution electron microscopy combined with selected area optical diffraction is the basis for models to explain the superstructures in calcian dolomite. It is proposed that “c” reflections are due to ordered substitution of Mg by Ca in basal cation layers. “d” reflections result when the rhombohedral stacking of basal layers is interrupted by intercalation of additional Ca layers. During electron irradiation at 1 MeV the Mg-Ca distribution becomes disordered and the crystal structure attains calcite symmetry. The arrangement of CO3 groups remains ordered.

  12. Morphological, magnetic and electronic structural studies of nanostructured spinel ferrites

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    Jardim, Marcos; Moura Prata, Daniela

    The scope of this thesis includes study of structural, magnetic and electronic properties of nanostructured ferrites with different morphology/geometries (e.g. core/shell and hollow nanoparticles), and non-stroichiomteric thin-films. In the case of core/shell, shell composition is varied and spin glass (SG) features due to the thick amorphous shells are explored. Exchange Bias (EB) for core/shell (ferromagnetic/SG) nanoparticles namely X33Fe 67/XFe67O4 (X = Co, Ni, Fe) is presented. Limitations in the synthesis of various other alloys by inert gas condensation (IGC) due to the difference in the melting points are discussed. The existence of SG phase in these nanoparticles with CoFe2O4 shell results in the enhancement in EB. This is attributed to the large bulk anisotropy constant of the shell compared to other spinel cubic ferrites. Both dc magnetization and ac susceptibility measurements revealed a SG like transition which occurs at unusually large spin freezing temperature (TF ˜ 175K). The SG nature of the transition is also confirmed by the field dependence of the freezing temperature (TF(H)) following the well-known Almeida-Thouless (AT) line, deltaT F ˜ H2/3. Particles exhibit a large exchange bias (HEB ˜ 1357Oe) arising from the core-shell (ferromagnetic-SG) coupling. The unusually high SG transition temperature and large exchange bias effects are attributed to a combination of several factors including the thickness of the amorphous oxide shell and large values of the exchange and anisotropy constants associated with the CoFe2O 4 shell. In another extreme case of disordered spin systems, we synthesized NPs with hollow morphology with intentional choice of material namely NiFe 2O4 (CoFe2O4) which has lowest (highest) bulk anisotropy constant among the spinel ferrites. The hollow NPs are synthesized by self-templating process utilizing coupled interfacial chemical reactions and Kirkendall effect between the core (X33Fe67) and the shell (XFe2O4) of the core

  13. The electronic structure of pyracene: a spectroscopic and computational study.

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    Auerswald, Johannes; Engels, Bernd; Fischer, Ingo; Gerbich, Thiemo; Herterich, Jörg; Krueger, Anke; Lang, Melanie; Schmitt, Hans-Christian; Schon, Christof; Walter, Christof

    2013-06-07

    We report a synthetic, spectroscopic and computational study of the polycyclic aromatic molecule pyracene, which contains aliphatic five-membered rings annealed to a naphthalene chromophore. An improved route to synthesize the compound is described. Gas-phase IR and solid-state Raman spectra agree with a ground-state D2h structure. The electronically excited S1 A(1)B3u state has been studied by resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionisation. An adiabatic excitation energy T0 = 30,798 cm(-1) (3.818 eV) was determined. SCS-ADC(2) calculations found a D2h minimum energy structure of the S1 state and yielded an excitation energy of +3.98 eV, including correction for zero point vibrational energy. The spectrum shows a rich low-frequency vibrational structure that can be assigned to the overtones of out-of-plane deformation modes of the five-membered rings by comparison with computations. The appearance of these modes as well as the frequency reduction in the excited state indicate that the potential in the S1 state is very flat. At higher excess energies most bands can be assigned to fundamentals, overtones and combination bands of either totally symmetric ag modes or of b2g modes that appear due to vibronic coupling. Lifetimes between 43 ns and 76 ns were measured for a number of vibronic bands. For the S2 state an equilibrium geometry with a non-planar carbon framework was computed. In addition a signal from the pyracene dimer was present. The spectrum shows several broad and structureless transitions. The origin band has a maximum at around 329 nm (30,400 cm(-1)). Again lifetimes between 60 ns and 70 ns were found. The dimer ion signal rises within less than 10 ps. Computations show that a crossed geometry with the long axis of one unit aligned with the short axis of the second constitutes the most stable structure. The broadening of the bands is most likely caused by excimer formation.

  14. Atomic and electronic structure of polar oxide interfaces: Electron microscopy and density functional theory study

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    Lazarov, Vlado

    Polar oxide interfaces are formed when two polar oxide surfaces join. The apparent presence of an electric dipole moment in the repeat unit parallel to the surface/interface closely relate the polar oxide interfaces instability to that of the of polar oxide surfaces. In this thesis, we combined Electron Microscopy and Density Functional Theory to study how the interface polarity affects the atomic and electronic structure of polar oxide interfaces, by using Fe3O4(111)/MgO(111) as a model system. The formation of Fe nanoinclusions found at the interface and within the polar Fe3 O4(111) film is proposed to be new stabilization mechanism for the magnetite film. High-resolution electron microscopy imaging of the interface together with first principle calculations suggest an atomically abrupt substrate-film interface determined with Fe monolayer in octahedral position (FeB). This interface stacking (O/Mg/O/3FeB/O) provides lowest total interface (system) energy and the most effectively screening of the MgO(111) substrate surface polarity. The results of our study suggest that surface polarity could be used as an additional growth parameter in creating novel material structures, such as metals in oxide matrices.

  15. A systematic study of electronic structure from graphene to graphane.

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    Chandrachud, Prachi; Pujari, Bhalchandra S; Haldar, Soumyajyoti; Sanyal, Biplab; Kanhere, D G

    2010-11-24

    While graphene is a semi-metal, a recently synthesized hydrogenated graphene called graphane is an insulator. We have probed the transformation of graphene upon hydrogenation to graphane within the framework of density functional theory. By analysing the electronic structure for 18 different hydrogen concentrations, we bring out some novel features of this transition. Our results show that the hydrogenation favours clustered configurations leading to the formation of compact islands. The analysis of the charge density and electron localization function (ELF) indicates that, as hydrogen coverage increases, the semi-metal turns into a metal, showing a delocalized charge density, then transforms into an insulator. The metallic phase is spatially inhomogeneous in the sense it contains islands of insulating regions formed by hydrogenated carbon atoms and metallic channels formed by contiguous bare carbon atoms. It turns out that it is possible to pattern the graphene sheet to tune the electronic structure. For example, removal of hydrogen atoms along the diagonal of the unit cell, yielding an armchair pattern at the edge, gives rise to a bandgap of 1.4 eV. We also show that a weak ferromagnetic state exists even for a large hydrogen coverage whenever there is a sublattice imbalance in the presence of an odd number of hydrogen atoms.

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

  17. Study of the electronic structure of short chain oligothiophenes

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    Grazioli, C.; Baseggio, O.; Stener, M.; Fronzoni, G.; de Simone, M.; Coreno, M.; Guarnaccio, A.; Santagata, A.; D'Auria, M.

    2017-02-01

    The electronic structure of short-chain thiophenes (thiophene, 2,2'-bithiophene, and 2,2':5',2″-terthiophene) in the gas phase has been investigated by combining the outcomes of Near-Edge X-ray-Absorption Fine-Structure (NEXAFS) and X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS) at the C K-edge with those of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The calculated NEXAFS spectra provide a comprehensive description of the main experimental features and allow their attribution. The evolution of the C1s NEXAFS spectral features is analyzed as a function of the number of thiophene rings; a tendency to stabilization for increasing chain length is found. The computation of the binding energy allows to assign the experimental XPS peaks to the different carbon sites on the basis of both the inductive effects generated by the presence of the S atom as well as of the differential aromaticity effects.

  18. Study of the electronic structures of high T c cuprate superconductors by electron energy loss and secondary electron emission spectroscopies

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    Jayaram, V.; Kulkarni, G. U.; Rao, C. N. R.

    1989-10-01

    Energy loss spectra of superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 6.9' Bi 1.5Pb 0.5Ca 2.5Sr 1.5Cu 3O 10+δ and Tl 2CaBa 2Cu 3O 8 obtained at primary electron energies in the 170-310 eV range show features reflecting the commonalities in their electronic structures. The relative intensity of the plasmon peak shows a marked drop across the transition temperature. Secondary electron emission spectra of the cuprates also reveal some features of the electronic structure.

  19. Aluminosilicate glasses structure under electron irradiation: An EPR study

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    Gac, A. Le; Boizot, B.; Jégou, C.; Peuget, S.

    2017-09-01

    To understand the complex oxide glasses behavior under irradiation, 13 simplified aluminosilicate glasses were elaborated, composed of SiO2, Al2O3, Na2O and CaO oxides, which were distributed in 3 series to investigate the influence of Na2O/CaO, Al2O3/SiO2 ratios and Al2O3 content. 2.5 MeV Electron irradiations were performed to obtain bulk irradiated samples by electronic collisions at low stopping power. The influence of dose (from 1.105 up to 4.109 Gy) and chemical composition on the formation of paramagnetic centers have been investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. It has shown that electronic collisions induce production of mainly 3 types of point defects (OHC, Al-OHC, E') in the glassy network, whose content increase up to 1 GGy. The production efficiency of Al-OHC defects is increased when the calcium cations are in charge compensator role around aluminum cations instead of sodium cations. A significant decrease of defects concentration was observed between 1 and 4 GGy for all studied glasses.

  20. Near E{sub F} Electronic Structure of Graphite from Photoemission and Inverse Photoemission Studies

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    Sekhar, B. R.; Kundu, R.; Mishra, P.; Maniraj, M.; Barman, S. R.

    2011-10-20

    A comparative study of the electronic band structure of single crystal and highly oriented pyrolitic graphite is presented. We have used angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and angle resolved inverse photoelectron spectroscopy to map the occupied and unoccupied electronic states respectively.

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

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    Hamid, A.

    2003-12-01

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

  2. Ab initio electronic structure study of one-electron reduction of polychlorinated ethylenes.

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    Bylaska, Eric J; Dupuis, Michel; Tratnyek, Paul G

    2005-07-07

    Polychlorethylene radicals, anions, and radical anions are potential intermediates in the reduction of polychlorinated ethylenes (C(2)Cl(4), C(2)HCl(3), trans-C(2)H(2)Cl(2), cis-C(2)H(2)Cl(2), 1,1-C(2)H(2)Cl(2), C(2)H(3)Cl). Ab initio electronic structure methods were used to calculate the thermochemical properties, (298.15 K), S degrees (298.15 K,1 bar), and DeltaG(S)(298.15 K, 1 bar) of 37 different polychloroethylenyl radicals, anions, and radical anion complexes, C(2)H(y)Cl(3)(-)(y)(*), C(2)H(y)Cl(3)(-)(y)(-), and C(2)H(y))Cl(4)(-)(y)(*)(-) for y = 0-3, for the purpose of characterizing reduction mechanisms of polychlorinated ethylenes. In this study, 8 radicals, 7 anions, and 22 radical anions were found to have stable structures, i.e., minima on the potential energy surfaces. This multitude of isomers for C(2)H(y)Cl(4)(-)(y)(*)(-) radical anion complexes are pi*, sigma*, and -H...Cl(-) structures. Several stable pi* radical anionic structures were obtained for the first time through the use of restricted open-shell theories. On the basis of the calculated thermochemical estimates, the overall reaction energetics (in the gas phase and aqueous phase) for several mechanisms of the first electron reduction of the polychlorinated ethylenes were determined. In almost all of the gas-phase reactions, the thermodynamically most favorable pathways involve -H...Cl(-) complexes of the C(2)H(y)Cl(4)(-)(y)(*)(-) radical anion, in which a chloride ion is loosely bound to a hydrogen of a C(2)H(x)Cl(2)(-)(x))(*) radical. The exception is for C(2)Cl(4), in which the most favorable anionic structure is a loose sigma* radical anion complex, with a nearly iso-energetic pi* radical anion. Solvation significantly changes the product energetics with the thermodynamically most favorable pathway leading to C(2)H(y)Cl(3)(-)(y)(*) + Cl(-). The results suggest that a higher degree of chlorination favors reduction, and that reduction pathways involving the C(2)H(y)Cl(3)(-)(y)(-) anions

  3. Rf breakdown studies in copper electron linac structures

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    Wang, J.W.; Loew, G.A.

    1989-03-01

    This paper presents a summary of rf breakdown-limited electric fields observed in experimental linac structures at SLAC and a discussion of how these experiments can be interpreted against the background of existing, yet incomplete, theories. The motivation of these studies, begun in 1984, is to determine the maximum accelerating field gradients that might be used safely in future e/sup /+-// colliders, to contribute to the basic understanding of the rf breakdown mechanism, and to discover if a special surface treatment might make it possible to supersede the field limits presently reachable in room temperature copper structures. 6 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Electronic structure studies of nanocrystalline diamond grain boundaries

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    Zapol, P.; Sternberg, M.; Frauenheim, T.; Gruen, D. M.; Curtiss, L. A.

    1999-11-29

    Diamond growth from hydrogen-poor plasmas results in diamond structures that are profoundly different from conventionally CVD-grown diamond. High concentration of carbon dimers in the microwave plasma results in a high rate of heterogeneous renucleation leading to formation of nanocrystalline diamond with a typical grain size of 3--10 nm. Therefore, up to 10% of carbon atoms are located in the grain boundaries. In this paper the authors report on density-functional based tight-binding molecular dynamics calculations of the structure of a {Sigma}13 twist (100) grain boundary in diamond. Beginning with a coincidence site lattice model, simulated annealing of the initial structure was performed at 1,500 K followed by relaxation toward lower temperatures. About one-half of the carbons in the grain boundary are found to be three-coordinated. Coordination numbers, bond length and bond angle distributions are analyzed and compared to those obtained in previous studies.

  5. Electronic structure of hemin in solution studied by resonant X-ray emission spectroscopy and electronic structure calculations.

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    Atak, Kaan; Golnak, Ronny; Xiao, Jie; Suljoti, Edlira; Pflüger, Mika; Brandenburg, Tim; Winter, Bernd; Aziz, Emad F

    2014-08-21

    Resonant inelastic X-ray scattering spectra at the iron L-edge from hemin in dimethyl sulfoxide liquid solution are reported. Our experiments, which are interpreted with the help of electronic structure calculations, support earlier assignments of hemin-solvent interactions, including the iron spin state and the role of the chloride ligand obtained from a total fluorescence yield study. The analysis of the explicit radiative relaxation channels of 2p core-level excited iron, explored in the present work, allows for a rather quantitative assignment of the orbitals involved in the excitation-deexcitation process of the core-excited hemin in solution. We specifically distinguish between contributions of partially and fully occupied valence orbitals to the broad X-ray emission band. In addition, our calculations reveal a detailed picture of the character of these orbitals.

  6. Study of the electron irradiation effect on the structure of treatment systems biomaterials

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    Yesyrev, O. V.; Kupchishin, A. I.; Abdukhairova, A. T.; Nauryzbayev, M. K.; Khodarina, N. N.; Cherednichenko, V. C.

    2017-01-01

    Experimental studies on the effects of pollution and electron irradiation on the structure of a number of treatment systems biomaterials of Sorbulak lake-storage were carried out. It was found that contamination with heavy metal and electron irradiation, respectively, affect the structure of biomaterials.

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

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

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

  8. Structural, optical and electronic structure studies of Al doped ZnO thin films

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    Devi, Vanita; Kumar, Manish; Shukla, D. K.; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.; Kumar, Ravindra; Joshi, B. C.

    2015-07-01

    Structural, optical and electronic structure of Al doped ZnO thin films grown using pulsed laser deposition on glass substrate are investigated. X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that all the films are textured along the c-axis and have wurtzite structure. Al doping in ZnO films leads to increase in grain size due to relaxation in compressive stress. Enhancement in band gap of ZnO films with the Al doping is also noticed which can be ascribed to the Brustein-Moss shift. The changes in the electronic structure caused by Al in the doped thin film samples are understood through X-ray absorption measurements.

  9. Theoretical Studies of Electron Transport in Quantum-Well Structures

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    1990-10-01

    through the first barrier, whereas for off-resonance, most of the packet gets reflected by the first barrier. The resonance tunneling process can further... resonance tunneling . In a simple dynamical picture, energetic the particle takes less time to to travel a path filled with obstacles (repulsive potential...profile such as an RTS), whereas in the case of resonance tunneling , the electron with energy equal to the resonance energy bounces back and forth from

  10. Study of electronic structure and spin polarization of dysprosium

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    Mund, H. S.

    2015-06-24

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

  11. Electronic structural and bulk properties of ScSe: ab initio study

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    Bhardwaj, P.; Singh, S.

    2016-10-01

    Electronic, structural and bulk properties of scandium selenide, ScSe have been reported in the present paper. These properties have been studied using first principle calculations as well as the interionic potential model modified with covalency effect. The Gibbs free energy and enthalpy calculations show that present compound undergoes a structural phase transition from the NaCl-type structure to the CsCl-type structure. The stability of the present compound is discussed in terms of electronic band structure and density of states. The calculated equilibrium structural parameters are in a good agreement with the available experimental results.

  12. Density functional study of the electronic structure of NaNiO_2

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    Meskine, Hakime; Satpathy, S.

    2003-03-01

    It is well known that the two compounds LiNiO2 and NaNiO_2, in spite of being isovalent and structurally similar, exhibit different magnetic and electronic properties. While NaNiO2 is antiferromagnetic exhibiting ferrodistortive orbital ordering, LiNiO2 has no long-range order. We study the electronic structure of these compounds from density functional calculations using the linear muffin-tin orbitals (LMTO) method, focusing in particular, on the effect of the Jahn-Teller distortion of the NiO6 octahedron on the electronic and magnetic structure.

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

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

    2015-04-30

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

  14. An ab initio study of the electronic structure of indium and gallium chalcogenide bilayers.

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    Ayadi, T; Debbichi, L; Said, M; Lebègue, S

    2017-09-21

    Using first principle calculations, we have studied the structural and electronic properties of two dimensional bilayers of indium and gallium chalcogenides. With density functional theory corrected for van der Waals interactions, the different modes of stacking were investigated in a systematic way, and several of them were found to compete in energy. Then, their band structures were obtained with the GW approximation and found to correspond to indirect bandgap semiconductors with a small dependency on the mode of stacking. Finally, by analysing the electron density, it appeared that GaSe-InS is a promising system for electron-hole separation.

  15. Electron crystallography as an informative method for studying the structure of nanoparticles

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    Avilov, A. S.; Gubin, S. P.; Zaporozhets, M. A.

    2013-11-15

    The overwhelming majority of modern nanotechnologies deal with nanoparticles owing to the great variety of their unusual properties, which make them irreplaceable in various fields of science and technology. Since the physical properties of nanoparticles depend on their composition, structure, and shape, the problem of monitoring these parameters both after and during formation of nanoparticles is very important. Methods of electron crystallography are most informative and appropriate for studying and monitoring nanoparticle parameters. In this review, we briefly report the main modern methods based on the use of electron diffraction and electron microscopy, along with examples of their applications for nanoparticles, to solve a number of urgent structural problems of nanomaterials science.

  16. An ab initio study of the electronic structure of indium and gallium chalcogenide bilayers

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    Ayadi, T.; Debbichi, L.; Said, M.; Lebègue, S.

    2017-09-01

    Using first principle calculations, we have studied the structural and electronic properties of two dimensional bilayers of indium and gallium chalcogenides. With density functional theory corrected for van der Waals interactions, the different modes of stacking were investigated in a systematic way, and several of them were found to compete in energy. Then, their band structures were obtained with the GW approximation and found to correspond to indirect bandgap semiconductors with a small dependency on the mode of stacking. Finally, by analysing the electron density, it appeared that GaSe-InS is a promising system for electron-hole separation.

  17. Soft X-ray Studies of Pu Electronic Structure: Past Lessons and Future Directions

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    Tobin, J G; Yu, S W

    2008-02-07

    Photoelectron Spectroscopy (PES) and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS, Figure 1) have contributed greatly to our improved understanding of Pu electronic structure. From these and related measurements, the following has been determined: (1) The Pu 5f spin-orbit splitting is large; (2) The number of Pu5f electrons is near 5; and (3) The Pu 5f spin-orbit splitting effect dominates 5f itineracy. Significant questions remain concerning the nature of Pu electronic structure. Perhaps the missing piece of the puzzle is the direct experimental determination of the unoccupied electronic structure using high energy inverse photoelectron spectroscopy or Bremstrahlung Isochromat Spectroscopy (BIS). Past BIS studies of Th and U indicate the feasibility and utility of Pu studies.

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

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

    2013-12-04

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

  19. Study of electronic and structural properties of half metallic rare earth mononitrides

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    Pagare, Gitanjali; Srivastava, Vipul; Soni, Pooja; Sanyal, Sankar P.; Rajagopalan, M.

    2010-03-01

    In the present work we investigated theoretically the electronic, magnetic and structural properties of two rare-earth nitrides (REN: RE = Sm, Eu) by using self- consistent tight-binding linear muffin tin orbital (TBLMTO) method. Magnetically, both the rare earth nitrides (RENs) are stable in ferromagnetic (FM) state, while its ambient structure is found to be stable in NaCl-type (B1) structure. From the present study we predict the pressure induced structural phase transition in both RENs from the relatively open NaCl-type structure into more dense CsCl-type structure at 8.6 GPa and 14.6 GPa respectively. They form a new class of half-metallic magnets with high magnetic moments and are strong candidates for applications in spintronics and spinfiltering devices. We have therefore, calculated electronic band structures, equilibrium lattice constants, cohesive energies, bulk moduli and magnetic moments for REN compounds in both B1 and B2 phases.

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

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

    2016-05-06

    The structural stability, electronic structure, elastic and mechanical properties of TiZn and ZrZn intermetallics have been studied using ab-initio full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within generalized gradient approximation for exchange and correlation potentials. The various structural parameters, such as lattice constant (a{sub 0}), bulk modulus (B), and its pressure derivative (B’) are analysed and compared. The investigation of elastic constants affirm that both TiZn and ZrZn are elastically stable in CsCl (B{sub 2} phase) structure. The electronic structures have been analysed quantitatively from the band structure which reveals the metallic nature of these compounds. To better illustrate the nature of bonding and charge transfer, we have also studied the Fermi surfaces. The three well known criterion of ductility namely Pugh’s rule, Cauchy’s pressure and Frantsevich rule elucidate the ductile nature of these compounds.

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

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

    2012-09-01

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

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

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

    2006-02-02

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-23

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

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  6. All-electron and pseudo-potential studies of structural and electronic properties of Si chains and nanowires

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    Li, Jun; Williamson, Andrew

    2005-03-01

    Recent experimentsootnotetextY. Wu, et.al., Nature 430, 61 (2004); and references therein invoke Si nanowires as promising materials for nanoscale electronic and optical devices. We carried out electronic structure calculations of silicon chains and nanowires, by using both the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) methodootnotetextE.Wimmer, H.Krakauer, M.Weinert, AJ Freeman, PRB 24, 864 (1981) and the pseudopotential plane wave method. We studied two sets of H-terminated one nanometer silicon wires, one oriented along (001) and the other along(111); both show direct band gaps, with the (111) oriented wires showing a smaller gap (˜2.1 eV) than (001) (˜2.5 eV). This trend differs from that reported in the literature ootnotetextF. Buda, et.al., PRL 69, 1272 (1992); A. M. Saitta, et.al., PRB 53, 1446 (1996), but it is the same in both our all-electron and well converged pseudopotential calculations. We also found that structural relaxations induce different effects on the band structure of differently oriented wires; the band gap change is nearly 0.2 eV between the ideal and relaxed models for (001) while it is negligible for (111) wires.

  7. Structural and electronic properties of Y2CrS4 from first-principles study

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    Wang, B.-T.; Yin, W.; Li, W.-D.; Wang, F.

    2011-04-01

    We systematically study the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of chromium sulfide Y2CrS4 by using density-functional theory. We find that antiferromagnetic order is more energetically favorable than ferromagnetic state and near the Fermi level the main occupation is from Cr 3 d states.

  8. Structural, ultrastructural, microradiographic, and electron-probe studies of an unusual case of regional odontodysplasia

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    Kerebel, B.; Kerebel, L.M.

    1982-09-01

    Structural, ultrastructural, microradiographic, and electron microprobe studies of an unusual case of odontodysplasia were performed. Two cusps were absent from one molar. Normal prismatic enamel and mantle dentin were present on the two others. The dentinal mass resembled osteodentin. The mineral content of enamel and dentin was decreased compared to that of the controls.

  9. First-principles study of the electronic structure of iron-selenium: Implications for electron-phonon superconductivity

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    Koufos, Alexander P.; Papaconstantopoulos, Dimitrios A.; Mehl, Michael J.

    2014-01-01

    We have performed density functional theory calculations using the linearized augmented plane wave method (LAPW) with the local density approximation (LDA) functional to study the electronic structure of the iron-based superconductor iron-selenium (FeSe). In our study, we have performed a comprehensive set of calculations involving structural, atomic, and spin configurations. All calculations were executed using the tetragonal lead-oxide or P4/nmm structure, with various volumes, c /a ratios, and internal parameters. Furthermore, we investigated the spin polarization using the LDA functional to assess ferromagnetism in this material. The paramagnetic LDA calculations find the equilibrium configuration of FeSe in the P4/nmm structure to have a volume of 472.5 a.u.3 with a c /a ratio of 1.50 and internal parameter of 0.255, with the ferromagnetic having comparable results to the paramagnetic case. In addition, we calculated total energies for FeSe using a pseudopotential method, and found comparable results to the LAPW calculations. Superconductivity calculations were done using the Gaspari-Gyorffy and the McMillan formalisms and found substantial electron-phonon coupling. Under pressure, our calculations show that the superconductivity critical temperature continues to rise, but underestimates the measured values.

  10. Bulk and surface electronic structure of hexagonal structured PtBi2 studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Yao, Q.; Du, Y. P.; Yang, X. J.; Zheng, Y.; Xu, D. F.; Niu, X. H.; Shen, X. P.; Yang, H. F.; Dudin, P.; Kim, T. K.; Hoesch, M.; Vobornik, I.; Xu, Z.-A.; Wan, X. G.; Feng, D. L.; Shen, D. W.

    2016-12-01

    PtBi2 with a layered hexagonal crystal structure was recently reported to exhibit an unconventional large linear magnetoresistance, while the mechanism involved is still elusive. Using high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we present a systematic study on its bulk and surface electronic structure. Through careful comparison with first-principle calculations, our experiment distinguishes the low-lying bulk bands from entangled surface states, allowing the estimation of the real composition of samples. We find significant electron doping in PtBi2, implying a substantial Bi-deficiency-induced disorder therein. Intriguingly, we discover a Dirac-cone-like surface state on the boundary of the Brillouin zone, which is identified as an accidental Dirac band without topological protection. Our findings exclude linear band dispersion in the quantum limit as the cause of the unconventional large linear magnetoresistance but give support to the classical disorder model from the perspective of the electronic structure.

  11. Electronic structures of U X3 (X =Al , Ga, and In) studied by photoelectron spectroscopy

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

    2017-09-01

    The electronic structures of U X3 (X =Al , Ga , and In ) were studied by photoelectron spectroscopy to understand the relationship between their electronic structures and magnetic properties. The band structures and Fermi surfaces of UAl3 and UGa3 were revealed experimentally by angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES), and they were compared with the result of band-structure calculations. The topologies of the Fermi surfaces and the band structures of UAl3 and UGa3 were explained reasonably well by the calculation, although bands near the Fermi level (EF) were renormalized owing to the finite electron correlation effect. The topologies of the Fermi surfaces of UAl3 and UGa3 are very similar to each other, except for some minor differences. Such minor differences in their Fermi surface or electron correlation effect might take an essential role in their different magnetic properties. No significant changes were observed between the ARPES spectra of UGa3 in the paramagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases, suggesting that UGa3 is an itinerant weak antiferromagnet. The effect of chemical pressure on the electronic structures of U X3 compounds was also studied by utilizing the smaller lattice constants of UAl3 and UGa3 than that of UIn3. The valence band spectrum of UIn3 is accompanied by a satellitelike structure on the high-binding-energy side. The core-level spectrum of UIn3 is also qualitatively different from those of UAl3 and UGa3. These findings suggest that the U 5 f states in UIn3 are more localized than those in UAl3 and UGa3.

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

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

    2016-08-03

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

  13. Structural and electronic properties of small silver-sulfur clusters: A density functional study

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    Li, Yan-Fang; Li, Yang; Li, Ying; Tan, Jia-Jin; Li, Hui-Li

    2016-10-01

    Density functional theory calculations have been performed to systematically investigate the structural and electronic properties of neutral and anionic AgnSm (2≤n+m≤6) clusters. The results show that the ground-state structures of neutral clusters are different from those of anionic clusters. Theoretical electron detachment energies (both vertical and adiabatic) are compared with the experimental measurements to verify the ground states of silver-sulfur clusters obtained in the present study. For both neutral and anionic systems, the highest occupied-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital energy gaps exhibit an odd-even oscillation as a function of the cluster size. In addition, the natural population analysis reveals that the charges transfer from Ag atoms to S atoms in AgnSm clusters, and the extra electron of AgnSm- clusters is mainly localized on the 3p subshells of S atoms.

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

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    Ching, Wai-Yim.

    1991-01-24

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

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

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    Tan, S. Y.; Jiang, J.; Ye, Z. R.; ...

    2015-04-30

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

  16. Ab initio molecular dynamics study of the structural and electronic transition in VO2

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    Plašienka, Dušan; MartoÅák, Roman; Newton, Marcus C.

    2017-08-01

    The temperature-induced structural and electronic transformation in VO2 between the monoclinic M1 and tetragonal rutile phases was studied by means of ab initio molecular dynamics, based on density functional theory with Hubbard correction (DFT+U ). We compare the structure of both phases, transition temperature and atomic fluctuations both above and below the transition, as well as the phonon density of states and scattering intensity of centroid position, with experimental data. The good quantitative agreement indicates that the chosen DFT+U scheme is able to provide a fairly good description of the energetics of the system. Analysis of the dynamical processes associated with the structural transformation was carried out on the atomic scale by following the time evolution of dimerization amplitudes of vanadium atom chains and the twisting angle of vanadium dimers. The electronic transition was studied by tracing the changes in projected densities of states and their correlation with the evolution of the structural transformation. Our results reveal a strong interconnection between the structural and electronic transformations and show that they take place on the same time scale.

  17. The study of electronic structure and properties of silicene for gas sensor application

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    Wella, Sasfan A.; Syaputra, Marhamni; Wungu, Triati D. K.; Suprijadi

    2016-03-01

    In this study, we investigated the adsorption of gas molecules (H2S, CO) on pristine silicene using first principles calculation. The structure, electronic properties, and adsorption energy of H2S,CO/silicene are discussed thoroughly. We found that the pristine silicenewith low buckling structure is the most stable as compared with planar and high buckling structures. Silicene was able to detect a gas molecule which can be observed according tothe density of states analysis. Though a gas molecule adsorbed weakly, the electronic properties of the low buckling pristine silicene changed from semi-metal (zero band gap) to semiconductor. The adsorption energy of H2S and CO on silicene is 0.075 eV and 0.06 eV, respectively.

  18. The study of electronic structure and properties of silicene for gas sensor application

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    Wella, Sasfan A.; Syaputra, Marhamni; Wungu, Triati D. K. Suprijadi

    2016-03-11

    In this study, we investigated the adsorption of gas molecules (H{sub 2}S, CO) on pristine silicene using first principles calculation. The structure, electronic properties, and adsorption energy of H{sub 2}S,CO/silicene are discussed thoroughly. We found that the pristine silicenewith low buckling structure is the most stable as compared with planar and high buckling structures. Silicene was able to detect a gas molecule which can be observed according tothe density of states analysis. Though a gas molecule adsorbed weakly, the electronic properties of the low buckling pristine silicene changed from semi-metal (zero band gap) to semiconductor. The adsorption energy of H{sub 2}S and CO on silicene is 0.075 eV and 0.06 eV, respectively.

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

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

    2016-06-21

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

  20. Ab initio study of the structural, electronic and optical properties of ultrathin bismuth nanowires

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    Agrawal, B. K.; Singh, V.; Srivastava, R.; Agrawal, S.

    2006-05-01

    The energetics, structural, electronic and optical absorption properties of the bismuth nanowires Bin with n = 1, 6 have been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) in the local density approximation (LDA) including the spin-orbit coupling (SOI). The inclusion of the SOI appreciably affects all the physical properties of the wires. The stable structures form four groups: the planar structures, the caged configurations, the pyramidal structures and the helical configurations. This finding may be a guide for the construction of atomic configurations of the nanowires possessing a larger number of atoms per unit cell. The most stable wire configurations are the 5-Bi pentagonal, and the 6-Bi hexagonal and 6-Bi triple zigzag wires, which should be seen in the experiments. All the wires are metallic. The behaviour of the electron states of the second category structures is quite near to that of a linear chain where the parabolic bands cross the EF, and the number of the channels available for the electric conduction is large. Thus, one should grow the wire structures falling into the second category for achieving high conduction. For the 5-Bi pentagonal and 6-Bi hexagonal cross-sectional wires, the number of channels available for the electric conduction are ten and twelve, respectively. The SOI drastically affects the calculated optical absorption, especially in the low energy region. The absorption peaks are different in terms of the number and the energy locations for the different wires, and may be used for the characterization of the structure of a wire. Our analysis of the calculated electronic structure and the optical data of all the studied structures supports the occurrence of the 4-Bi double and/or 6-Bi triple zigzag chains in the samples of Romanov.

  1. Ab-initio study of the structural and electronic properties of osmium under high pressure

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    Rubio-Ponce, A.; Olguín, D.; de Coss, R.

    2013-02-01

    The structural and electronic properties of osmium (Os) have studied using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave method and the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation energy. The calculations were done incluiding the spin-orbit (SO) coupling and for hydrostatic pressures up to 400 GPa. The total-energy as a function of the cell volume was computed assuming four different crystal structures, namely hcp, fcc, hcp - ω and bcc. Contrary to previous non-relativistic LDA calculations our study shows that the equilibrium phase of Os correspond to the hcp structure and that remain stable in the studied range of pressures and no structural transition to the fcc, hcp - ω or bcc phases are obtained.

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

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

    2015-12-03

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

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

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    Mardis, Kristy L.; Webb, J.; Holloway, Tarita; ...

    2015-12-03

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

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

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

    2015-05-15

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

  5. Pressure dependence of the electronic structure in kaolinite: A first-principles study

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    Fang, Zhi-Jie; Zhai, Xiao-Shuai; Li, Zheng-Lin; Pan, Rong-Jun; Mo, Man

    2017-04-01

    Using the first-principle methods, the pressure dependence of the electronic structure and band structure of kaolinite were studied within the local-density approximation. The calculated results show that pressure would chiefly alter the band structure of kaolinite, while pressure can have its main effect on the band gap of kaolinite. At p = 0.6 GPa, band structure of kaolinite first converts an indirect gap into a direct gap, and then recovers an indirect gap structure at p = 66.2 GPa because CBM shift in the band structure is under high-pressure. The bond Si-O is more stable than bond Al-O under pressure, in addition, pressure has a significant effect on the inner hydroxyl bond of kaolinite and leads to a large variation of H-O(inner) bond lengths. The calculated results will not only help to understand the electronic structure of kaolinite under pressure, but also provide theoretical guidance for deal with the safe problems of soft-rock tunnel engineering.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  7. A theoretical study on the B3 phases of ZnSe: Structural and electronic properties

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    Kabita, Khoirom; Sharma, B. Indrajit

    2017-07-01

    A theoretical study on the structural stability and electronic properties of ZnSe is performed using the localized density approximation (LDA), generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) with Purdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE-GGA) as the exchange correlation potential using full potential linearized augmented plane-wave method of density functional theory (DFT). The electronic structure calculation using the three approximations show that the LDA and the GGA methods underestimated the band gap while the band gap predicted by the mBJ is closer to the experimental result. The mBJ-GGA calculation shows a direct band-gap semiconductor of 2.5 eV. The total and partial densities of states of ZnSe are determined to study the energy band diagram.

  8. Ultra structural studies of the surface of Hymenolepis nana by scanning and transmission electron microscopy.

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    Abouzakham, A A; Romia, S A; Hegazi, M M

    1990-06-01

    Scanning electron microscopy of the surface of Hymenolepis nana indicated that dense populations of microtriches occur on scolex proper, suckers and strobila, with an average density of 20/micron2. The excellent preservation of microtriches proves the efficacy of the critical point drying method for preparing cestodes for study of SEM. The cytological structure of the tegument of H. nana corresponds in general to that of other tapeworms.

  9. Electron Structure of Francium

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    Koufos, Alexander

    2012-02-01

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

  10. Chemical and electronic structure imaging of graphene on Cu: A NanoARPES study.

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    Chen, Chaoyu; Avila, Jose; Asensio, Maria

    2017-03-06

    Electronic structure, which describes the distribution of electronic states in reciprocal space, is one of the most fundamental concepts in condensed matter physics, since it determines the electrical, optical and magnetic behaviours of materials. Graphene has great promise for both fundamental physics and future applications. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is currently the dominant technology for its scaled growth on metal foils. The polycrystalline nature of metal foil makes NanoARPES, one energy-momentum dispersion probe with spatial resolution down to few tens of nanometers, an unique tool to study the intrinsic electronic structure of polycrystalline graphene films. In this Topical Review, we present the latest NanoARPES studies on graphene grains and films grown on copper foil by CVD. The comprehensive chemical and electronic images probed by NanoARPES provide deep insight about graphene and point out potential ways to functionalize graphene's property. These knowledge may stimulate us to look into the future of this field from both the material synthesis and instrumental characterisation.

  11. Chemical and electronic structure imaging of graphene on Cu: a NanoARPES study

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    Chen, Chaoyu; Avila, José; Asensio, Maria C.

    2017-05-01

    Electronic structure, which describes the distribution of electronic states in reciprocal space, is one of the most fundamental concepts in condensed matter physics, since it determines the electrical, optical and magnetic behaviours of materials. Graphene has great promise for both fundamental physics and future applications. Chemical vapour deposition (CVD) is currently the dominant technology for its scaled growth on metal foils. The polycrystalline nature of metal foil makes NanoARPES, one energy-momentum dispersion probe with spatial resolution down to a few tens of nanometers, a unique tool to study the intrinsic electronic structure of polycrystalline graphene films. In this topical review, we present the latest NanoARPES studies on graphene grains and films grown on copper foil by CVD. The comprehensive chemical and electronic images probed by NanoARPES provide deep insight about graphene and point out potential ways to functionalize graphene properties. This knowledge may stimulate us to look into the future of this field from both the material synthesis and the instrumental characterisation.

  12. Dynamic covalent bond from first principles: Diarylbibenzofuranone structural, electronic, and oxidation studies.

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    Schleder, Gabriel R; Fazzio, Adalberto; Arantes, Jeverson T

    2017-07-27

    A structure that can self-heal under standard conditions is a challenge faced nowadays and is one of the most promising areas in smart materials science. This can be achieved by dynamic bonds, of which diarylbibenzofuranone (DABBF) dynamic covalent bond is an appealing solution. In this report, we studied the DABBF bond formation against arylbenzofuranone (ABF) and O2 reaction (autoxidation). Our results show that the barrierless DABBF bond formation is preferred over autoxidation due to the charge transfer process that results in the weakly bonded superoxide. We calculated the electronic and structural properties using total energy density functional theory. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Structure-activity correlation study of HIV-1 inhibitors: Electronic and molecular parameters

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    Hannongbua, Supa; Lawtrakul, Luckhana; Limtrakul, Jumras

    1996-04-01

    Quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSARs) for 40 HIV-1 inhibitors, 1-[(2-hydroxyethoxy)-methyl]-6-(phenylthio)thymine and its derivatives, were studied. Fully optimized geometries, based on the semiempirical AM1 method, were used to calculate electronic and molecular properties of all compounds. In order to examine the relation between biological activities and structural properties, multiple linear regression models were employed. A suitable QSAR model was obtained, showing not only statistical significance, but also predictive ability. The significant molecular descriptors used were atomic charges of two substituted carbon atoms in the thymine ring, hydration energies and molar refractivities of the molecules. These descriptors allowed a physical explanation of electronic and molecular properties contributing to HIV-1 inhibitory potency.

  14. Structural deteriorations of the human peritoneum during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. A transmission electron microscopic study.

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    Tarhan, Omer Ridvan; Barut, Ibrahim; Ozogul, Candan; Bozkurt, Serkan; Baykara, Basak; Bulbul, Mahmut

    2013-08-01

    In previous studies, changes in the surface of the peritoneum during laparoscopic surgery are well defined. Nevertheless, almost all of these studies were performed on rodents via scanning electron microscopy. In the present study, structural alterations of the mesothelial cells of peritoneum were examined during laparoscopic cholecystectomy using transmission electron microscopy. Twenty patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis were included in the study. Peritoneal biopsy was performed immediately after CO2 pneumoperitoneum creation and at the end of surgery just before gallbladder removal. Biopsies were taken from the right upper quadrant, i.e., apart from operative manipulation. Peritoneal sample cross-sections were compared using transmission electron microscopy. The carbon dioxide pneumoperitoneum during laparoscopic cholecystectomy caused deteriorations of the peritoneal mesothelium. Apoptosis were developed in mesothelial cells. Bulging of mesothelial cells, irregular cell junctions, focal intercellular clefts, apical cell membrane degeneration, deep nuclear invaginations, and lipid droplets in the cytoplasm of the mesothelial cells were other remarkable findings. Mesothelial edema also was determined. As seen in previous studies, basement membrane nudity appeared after carbon dioxide pneumoperitoneum could be attributable to mesothelial cell apoptosis, deterioration of the cell structure, and cell organelles.

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  16. Structural and electronic properties of sodium azide at high pressure: A first principles study

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    Zhang, Meiguang; Yin, Ketao; Zhang, Xinxin; Wang, Hui; Li, Quan; Wu, Zhijian

    2013-05-01

    The structural and electronic properties of NaN3 at high pressures were studied through ab initio calculations. Three new phases with I4/mcm, P6/m and C2/m structure were found to be stable at pressures of 6.5, 58 and 152 GPa, respectively. Similarity of the Raman spectra revealed that the experimental post-α phase should adopt the I4/mcm structure. The calculated insulator-metal transition at 58 GPa directly explained the observed darkening of NaN3 sample at above 50 GPa. The three proposed structures contain azide, N6 hexagon and polymeric nitrogen, respectively. Our finding of the novel N6 hexagon in NaN3 at moderate pressures provides a new view of the pressure-induced polymerization process of metal azides.

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

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    Webb, Jeremy N.; Holloway, Tarita; Niklas, Jens

    2016-01-01

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

  18. Electronic Structure of Heavy Fermion Uranium Compounds Studied by Core-Level Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Fujimori, Shin-ichi; Ohkochi, Takuo; Kawasaki, Ikuto; Yasui, Akira; Takeda, Yukiharu; Okane, Tetsuo; Saitoh, Yuji; Fujimori, Atsushi; Yamagami, Hiroshi; Haga, Yoshinori; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Tokiwa, Yoshifumi; Ikeda, Shugo; Sugai, Takashi; Ohkuni, Hitoshi; Kimura, Noriaki; Ōnuki, Yoshichika

    2012-01-01

    High-energy-resolution core-level and valence-band photoelectron spectroscopic studies were performed for the heavy fermion uranium compounds UGe2, UCoGe, URhGe, URu2Si2, UNi2Al3, UPd2Al3, and UPt3 as well as typical localized and itinerant uranium compounds to understand the relationship between the uranium valence state and their core-level spectral line shapes. In addition to the main line and high-binding energy satellite structure recognized in the core-level spectra of uranium compounds, a shoulder structure on the lower binding energy side of the main lines of localized and nearly localized uranium compounds was also found. The spectral line shapes show a systematic variation depending on the U 5f electronic structure. The core-level spectra of UGe2, UCoGe, URhGe, URu2Si2, and UNi2Al3 are rather similar to those of itinerant compounds, suggesting that U 5f electrons in these compounds are well hybridized with ligand states. On the other hand, the core-level spectra of UPd2Al3 and UPt3 show considerably different spectral line shapes from those of the itinerant compounds, suggesting that U 5f electrons in UPd2Al3 and UPt3 are less hybridized with ligand states, leading to the correlated nature of U 5f electrons in these compounds. The dominant final state characters in their core-level spectra suggest that the numbers of 5f electrons in UGe2, UCoGe, URhGe, URu2Si2, UNi2Al3, and UPd2Al3 are close to but less than three, while that of UPt3 is close to two rather than to three.

  19. Computational study on structural modification of single-walled carbon nanotubes by electron irradiation

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    Yasuda, Masaaki; Mimura, Ryosuke; Kawata, Hiroaki; Hirai, Yoshihiko

    2011-03-01

    Molecular dynamics simulation is carried out to investigate structural modifications of single-walled carbon nanotubes by electron irradiation. Electron irradiation effects are introduced by the Monte Carlo method using an elastic collision cross section. We demonstrate the applicability of the method to the analysis of structural modifications with electron beam such as cutting, shrinking, and bending. The behavior of the carbon atoms in the nanotube during the structural modification is revealed. The simulation results also show the variation of the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes by electron irradiation.

  20. Spectroscopic and Electronic Structure Studies of a Dimethyl Sulfoxide Reductase Catalytic Intermediate: Implications for Electron and Atom Transfer Reactivity

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    Mtei, Regina P.; Lyashenko, Ganna; Stein, Benjamin; Rubie, Nick; Hille, Russ; Kirk, Martin L.

    2011-01-01

    The electronic structure of a genuine paramagnetic des-oxo Mo(V) catalytic intermediate in the reaction of dimethyl sulfoxide reductase (DMSOR) with (CH3)3NO has been probed by EPR, electronic absorption and MCD spectroscopies. EPR spectroscopy reveals rhombic g- and A-tensors that indicate a low-symmetry geometry for this intermediate and a singly occupied molecular orbital (SOMO) that is dominantly metal centered. The excited state spectroscopic data were interpreted in the context of electronic structure calculations, and this has resulted in a full assignment of the observed magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) and electronic absorption bands, a detailed understanding of the metal-ligand bonding scheme, and an evaluation of the Mo(V) coordination geometry and Mo(V)-Sdithiolene covalency as it pertains to the stability of the intermediate and electron transfer regeneration. Finally, the relationship between des-oxo Mo(V) and des-oxo Mo(IV) geometric and electronic structures is discussed relative to the reaction coordinate in members of the DMSOR enzyme family. PMID:21648481

  1. Electronic theoretical study of the influences of O adsorption on the electronic structure and optical properties of graphene

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    Shuang, Zhou; Guili, Liu; Dazhi, Fan

    2017-02-01

    The electronic structure and optical properties of adsorbing O atoms on graphene with different O coverage are researched using the density functional theory based upon the first-principle study to obtain further insight into properties of graphene. The adsorption energies, band structures, the density of states, light absorption coefficient and reflectivity of each system are calculated theoretically after optimizing structures of each system with different O coverage. Our calculations show that adsorption of O atoms on graphene increases the bond length of C-C which adjacent to the O atoms. When the O coverage is 9.4%, the adsorption energy (3.91 eV) is the maximum, which only increases about 1.6% higher than that of 3.1% O coverage. We find that adsorbed O atoms on pristine graphene opens up indirect gap of about 0.493-0.952 eV. Adsorbing O atoms make pristine graphene from metal into a semiconductor. When the O coverage is 9.4%, the band gap (0.952 eV) is the maximum. Comparing with pristine graphene, we find the density of states at Fermi level of O atoms adsorbing on graphene with different coverage are significantly increased. We also find that light absorption coefficient and reflectivity peaks are significantly reduced, and the larger the coverage, the smaller the absorption coefficient and reflectivity peaks are. And the blue shift phenomenon appears.

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

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

    2014-02-21

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

  3. kz Dependent Electronic Structure Studies of CaC6 and Inter Layer State Driven Superconductivity

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    Kyung, Wonshik; Kim, Yeongkwan; Han, Garam; Leem, Choonshik; Kim, Chul; Koh, Yoonyoung; Kim, Beomyoung; Kim, Yeongwook; Kim, Junsung; Kim, Keunsu; Rotenberg, Eli; Denlinger, Jonathan; Kim, Changyoung; Yonsei University Team; Postech Collaboration; Advanced light source Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    We performed angle-resolved photoemission experiments on CaC6 and measured kz dependent electronic structures to investigate the interlayer states. The results reveal a spherical interlayer Fermi surface centered at the Γ point. We also find the graphene driven band possesses a weak kz dispersion. The overall electronic structure shows a peculiar single graphene layer periodicity in the kz direction although CaC6 unit cell is supposed to contain three graphene layers. This suggests that c-axis ordering of Ca has little effect on the electronic structure of CaC6. In addition to CaC6, we also studied the non-superconducting BaC6. For BaC6, the graphene band Dirac point energy is smaller than that of CaC6. Based on data from CaC6 and BaC6, we rule out Cxy phonon mode as the origin of the superconductivity in CaC6, which strongly suggests interlayer state driven supercondutivity.

  4. A first principles study of adhesion and electronic structure at Fe (110)/graphite (0001) interface

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    Liu, Yangzhen; Xing, Jiandong; Li, Yefei; Sun, Liang; Wang, Yong

    2017-05-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we discuss the bulk properties of bcc Fe and graphite and that of the surface, the work of adhesion, and the electronic structure of Fe (110)/graphite (0001) interface. In this study, the experimental results of the bulk properties of bcc Fe and graphite reveal that our adopted parameters are reliable. Moreover, the results of surface energy demonstrate that nine atomic layers of graphite (0001) and five atomic layers of Fe (110) exhibit bulk-like interiors. The lattice mismatch of Fe (110)/graphite (0001) interface is about 6%. The results also exhibit that the Fe atom residing on top of the second layer of graphite slab (HCP structure) is the preferred stacking sequence. The work of adhesion (Wad) of the optimized Fe/graphite interface of HCP structure is 1.36 J/m2. Electronic structures indicate that the bonding characteristics are a mixture of covalent and ionic bonds in the HCP interface. Moreover, the magnetic moment of atoms at the interface was studied using the spin polarized density of states.

  5. A Theoretical Study of Structural, Electronic and Vibrational Properties of Small Fluoride Clusters

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    Waters, Kevin; Pandey, Ratnesh; Nigam, Sandeep; He, Haiying; Pingle, Subhash; Pandey, Avinash; Pandey, Ravindra

    2014-03-01

    Alkaline earth metal fluorides are an interesting family of ionic crystals having a wide range of applications in solid state lasers, luminescence, scintillators, to name just a few. In this work, small stoichiometric clusters of (MF2)n (M = Mg, Ca Sr, Ba, n =1-6) were studied for structural, vibrational and electronic properties using first-principles methods based on density functional theory. A clear trend of structural and electronic structure evolution was found for all the alkaline earth metal fluorides when the cluster size n increases from 1 to 6. Our study reveals that these fluoride clusters mimic the bulk-like behavior at the very small size. Among the four series of metal fluorides, however, (MgF2)n clusters stands out to be different in its preference of equilibrium structures owing to the much smaller ionic radius of Mg and the higher degree of covalency in the Mg-F bonding. The calculated binding energy, highest stretching frequency, ionization potential, and HOMO-LUMO gap decrease from MgF2 to BaF2 for the same cluster size. These variations are explained in terms of the change in the ionic radius and the basicity of the metal ions.

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

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

    2013-11-01

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

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  9. Study of structural and electronic properties of metallic nanowires: Bi, Na, Cu, Pb

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    Shrivastava, Sarika; Srivastava, Pankaj; Shrivastava, A. K.; Pandey, Gajanan; Malvi, C. S.

    2010-09-01

    The properties of electrons become more striking when progressing from the three- dimensional to lower dimensions; thus there is a need to investigate and recognize the properties of metallic structures at the nanoscale. Devices made from nanowires have several advantages over those made by photolithography. A variety of approaches have been devised to organize nanowires via self-assembly, thus eliminating the need for the expansive lithographic techniques normally required to produce devices of the size of typical nanowires. In the present work, an ab-initio self-consistent density functional method in the local density approximation is employed to study structural and electronic properties of some metallic nanowires such as Bismuth (Bin), Sodium (Nan), Copper (Cun), Lead (Pbn) where n=5. We explored the lowest energy structure and investigate the various physical properties of Bin, Nan, Cun, Pbn (n=5) nanowires. Calculations of lattice parameter, bond length, bond angle, binding energy (BE), internal energy, pressure, band structure and the density of states (DOS) have been carried out in a large energy interval for different isomeric forms like linear chain, zigzag, equilateral triangle, dumbbell, pyramidal, pentagonal, tetrahedral etc. and thereby analyzing the size effects on nanowires.

  10. Structural and electronic properties of BeH2 polymorphs: a study by density functional theory

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    Trivedi, D. K.; Galav, K. L.; Jaaffrey, S. N. A.; Joshi, K. B.

    2016-11-01

    Structural and electronic properties of α, β, δ and ɛ polymorphs of BeH2 are studied. The effect of pressure on these properties is also seen. Investigations are carried out using the linear combination of atomic orbitals method. The lattice parameters, computed by coupling total energy calculations with the Murnaghan equation of state for the four crystals, are overall in agreement with the experimental data and other calculations. Enthalpy-pressure diagram indicates structural phase transitions α → β, α → δ, α → ɛ, β → δ, β → ɛ, and δ → ɛ to occur at 8.75, 12.75, 18.34, 39.53, 55.57 and 76.60 GPa respectively. Electronic band structure and density of states from PBE-GGA show that all polymorphs have wide bandgap. However, quantitative and qualitative agreement of the bandgap from hybrid calculations is observed with available GW data in α-BeH2. Therefore bandgaps from hybrid calculations are also proposed. In the three polymorphs the bandgap decreases slowly with pressure. Beyond 100 GPa, the β structure exhibits overlap of bands at the Γ point.

  11. Electronic Structure Studies on the Whole Keplerate Family: Predicting New Members.

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    Melgar, Dolores; Bandeira, Nuno A G; Bo, Carles

    2017-03-29

    A comprehensive study of the electronic structure of nanoscale molecular oxide capsules of the type [{M(VI) (M(VI) )5 O21 }12 {M'(V)2 O2 (μ-X)(μ-Y)(L(n-) )}30 ]((12+n)-) is presented, where M,M'=Mo,W, and the bridging ligands X,Y=O,S, carried out by means of density functional theory. Discussion of the electronic structure of these derivatives is focused on the thermodynamic stability of each of the structures, the one having the highest HOMO-LUMO gap being M=W, M'=Mo, X=Y=S. For the most well-known structure M=M'=Mo, X=Y=O, [Mo132 O372 ](12-) , the chemical bonding of several ligands to the {Mo(V)2 O2 (μ-O)2 } linker moiety produces negligible effects on its stability, which is evidence of a strong ionic component in these bonds. The existence of a hitherto unknown species, namely W132 with both bridging alternatives, is discussed and put into context.

  12. A first principles study of the electronic structure, elastic and thermal properties of UB2

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    Jossou, Ericmoore; Malakkal, Linu; Szpunar, Barbara; Oladimeji, Dotun; Szpunar, Jerzy A.

    2017-07-01

    Uranium diboride (UB2) has been widely deployed for refractory use and is a proposed material for Accident Tolerant Fuel (ATF) due to its high thermal conductivity. However, the applicability of UB2 towards high temperature usage in a nuclear reactor requires the need to investigate the thermomechanical properties, and recent studies have failed in highlighting applicable properties. In this work, we present an in-depth theoretical outlook of the structural and thermophysical properties of UB2, including but not limited to elastic, electronic and thermal transport properties. These calculations were performed within the framework of Density Functional Theory (DFT) + U approach, using Quantum ESPRESSO (QE) code considering the addition of Coulomb correlations on the uranium atom. The phonon spectra and elastic constant analysis show the dynamic and mechanical stability of UB2 structure respectively. The electronic structure of UB2 was investigated using full potential linear augmented plane waves plus local orbitals method (FP-LAPW+lo) as implemented in WIEN2k code. The absence of a band gap in the total and partial density of states confirms the metallic nature while the valence electron density plot reveals the presence of covalent bond between adjacent B-B atoms. We predicted the lattice thermal conductivity (kL) by solving Boltzmann Transport Equation (BTE) using ShengBTE. The second order harmonic and third-order anharmonic interatomic force constants required as input to ShengBTE was calculated using the Density-functional perturbation theory (DFPT). However, we predicted the electronic thermal conductivity (kel) using Wiedemann-Franz law as implemented in Boltztrap code. We also show that the sound velocity along 'a' and 'c' axes exhibit high anisotropy, which accounts for the anisotropic thermal conductivity of UB2.

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

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    Lee, Han Seung

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

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

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    Roth, Friedrich

    2015-10-21

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

  15. a Photoemission Study of the Electronic Structure and Oxidation Properties of Mercury-Cadmium Telluride.

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    Silberman, Joel Abraham

    The study of electronic structure and oxidation properties of the random substitutional alloy Mercury Cadmium Telluride is of general interest in relating the electronic structure and surface properties of a semiconductor alloy with a strongly aperiodic potential to these aspects of the binary compounds that represent the composition extremes. It is also of practical value, as study of the electronic structure and oxidation properties provides an underpinning of fundamental knowledge for further technological development. Angle-integrated and polarization dependent angle -resolved photoemission spectroscopy (along the normal) from the (110) cleavage face of the alloy and the binaries Cadmium Telluride and Mercury Telluride were performed to examine the composition dependence of the electronic structure and bonding. Emission from the valence states documents the breakdown of the virtual crystal approximation and the success of the coherent potential approximation in treating the alloy potential. The consequences of this finding for the bonding and materials properties are described. Detailed dispersion relations as a function of composition have been deduced from the angle-resolved data for a portion of the band structure along (110) and are compared to theory. To augment the discussion of the photoemission final states and the polarization dependence of the data, a nonlocal pseudopotential calculation extending to 30 eV above the valence band maximum was executed. In the oxidation studies, core level photoemission spectroscopy was used to characterize the clean surface and monitor the growth of native oxide films a few monolayers thick formed on the semi- conductor at room temperature by exposure to oxygen in the gas phase activated by contact with a hot filament. The cleaved (110) surface of p-type solid state recrystallized alloy samples was found to be stoichiometric, stable against Hg loss over time in vacuum at room temperature, but converted to n

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

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    Sinha, Sumona Mukherjee, M.

    2015-10-15

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

  17. 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.

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

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

    2010-05-15

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

  19. Strain effect on electronic structures of graphene nanoribbons: A first-principles study.

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    Sun, Lian; Li, Qunxiang; Ren, Hao; Su, Haibin; Shi, Q W; Yang, Jinlong

    2008-08-21

    We report a first-principles study on the electronic structures of deformed graphene nanoribbons (GNRs). Our theoretical results show that the electronic properties of zigzag GNRs are not sensitive to uniaxial strain, while the energy gap modification of armchair GNRs (AGNRs) as a function of uniaxial strain displays a nonmonotonic relationship with a zigzag pattern. The subband spacings and spatial distributions of the AGNRs can be tuned by applying an external strain. Scanning tunneling microscopy dI/dV maps can be used to characterize the nature of the strain states, compressive or tensile, of AGNRs. In addition, we find that the nearest neighbor hopping integrals between pi-orbitals of carbon atoms are responsible for energy gap modification under uniaxial strain based on our tight binding approximation simulations.

  20. A first principles study of structural stability, electronic structure and mechanical properties of beryllium alanate BeAlH5

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

    2015-06-01

    Ab initio calculations are performed to investigate the structural stability, electronic structure and mechanical properties of BeAlH5 for monoclinic crystal structures with two different types of space group namely P21 and C2/c. Among the considered structures monoclinic (P21) phase is found to be the most stable at ambient condition. The structural phase transition from monoclinic (P21) to monoclinic (C2/c) phase is observed in BeAlH5. The electronic structure reveals that this compound is insulator. The calculated elastic constants indicate that this material is mechanically stable at ambient condition.

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

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

    1989-01-01

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

  2. HeI photoelectron spectroscopic studies on the electronic structure of alkyl nitrosamines

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    Jiang, Peng; Qian, Ximei; Li, Chunhui; Qiao, Chunhua; Wang, Dianxun

    1997-10-01

    HeI photoelectron spectroscopic (PES) studies on the electronic structure of alkyl nitrosamines R 2N 2O (R = CH 3-, CH 3CH 2-, and CH 3CH 2CH 2-) are reported. The assignment of the PES bands for this series of compounds has been made with the aid of the band shapes, the band intensity and ab initio SCF MO calculations based on the 631 ∗ G basis sets. Both PES experiment and the ab initio SCF MO calculations show that the detoxification ability of nitrosamine with longer alkyl chain is stronger.

  3. Structural study of zirconia nanoclusters by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy

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    Delgado-Arellano, V.G.; Espitia-Cabrera, M.I.; Reyes-Gasga, J.; Contreras-Garcia, M.E

    2004-06-15

    Monodisperse and uniformly spherical ZrO{sub 2} nanostructured clusters have been synthesized by microwave-assisted sol-gel processing. The techniques used produced molecular-structured precipitates from which zirconia nanometric particles were easily obtained. These particles retained their stability during the subsequent separation process. The microwave treatment was proven to be highly beneficial for assisting the sol-gel processing, mainly because of its contribution to the mixed dispersion and thermal effects. The zirconia nanoclusters thus formed were subsequently characterized by high-resolution electron microscopy to study the nanostructural morphology and transformation defects.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  5. Structural, electronic and magnetic effects of Al-doped niobium clusters: a density functional theory study.

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    Wang, Huai-Qian; Li, Hui-Fang; Wang, Jia-Xian; Kuang, Xiao-Yu

    2012-07-01

    The application of the ab initio stochastic search procedure with Saunders "kick" method has been carried out for the elucidation of global minimum structures of a series of Al-doped clusters, Nb(n)Al (1 ≤ n ≤ 10). We have studied the structural characters, growth behaviors, electronic and magnetic properties of Nb(n)Al by the density functional theory calculations. Unlike the previous literature reported on Al-doped systems where ground state structures undergo a structural transition from the Al-capped frame to Al-encapsulated structure, we found that Al atom always occupies the surface of Nb(n)Al clusters and structural transition does not take place until n = 10. Note that the fragmentation proceeds preferably by the ejection of an aluminum atom other than niobium atom. According to the natural population analysis, charges always transfer from aluminum to niobium atoms. Furthermore, the magnetic moments of the Nb(n)Al clusters are mainly located on the 4d orbital of niobium atoms, and aluminum atom possesses very small magnetic moments.

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

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    Bazhirov, Timur; Cohen, Marvin L.

    2013-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-06-28

    Using density functional theory plus self-consistent Hubbard U (DFT + U{sub sc}) calculations, we have investigated the structural and electronic properties of the rare-earth cobaltites RCoO{sub 3} (R = Pr – Lu). Our calculations show the evolution of crystal and electronic structure of the insulating low-spin RCoO{sub 3} with increasing rare-earth atomic number (decreasing ionic radius), including the invariance of the Co-O bond distance (d{sub Co–O}), the decrease of the Co-O-Co bond angle (Θ), and the increase of the crystal field splitting (Δ{sub CF}) and band gap energy (E{sub g}). Agreement with experiment for the latter improves considerably with the use of DFT + U{sub sc} and all trends are in good agreement with the experimental data. These trends enable a direct test of prior rationalizations of the trend in spin-gap associated with the spin crossover in this series, which is found to expose significant issues with simple band based arguments. We also examine the effect of placing the rare-earth f-electrons in the core region of the pseudopotential. The effect on lattice parameters and band structure is found to be small, but distinct for the special case of PrCoO{sub 3} where some f-states populate the middle of the gap, consistent with the recent reports of unique behavior in Pr-containing cobaltites. Overall, this study establishes a foundation for future predictive studies of thermally induced spin excitations in rare-earth cobaltites and similar systems.

  8. First-principles study of Al2Sm intermetallic compound on structural, mechanical properties and electronic structure

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    Lin, Jingwu; Wang, Lei; Hu, Zhi; Li, Xiao; Yan, Hong

    2017-02-01

    The structural, thermodynamic, mechanical and electronic properties of cubic Al2Sm intermetallic compound are investigated by the first-principles method on the basis of density functional theory. In light of the strong on-site Coulomb repulsion between the highly localized 4f electrons of Sm atoms, the local spin density approximation approach paired with additional Hubbard terms is employed to achieve appropriate results. Moreover, to examine the reliability of this study, the experimental value of lattice parameter is procured from the analysis of the TEM image and diffraction pattern of Al2Sm phase in the AZ31 alloy to verify the authenticity of the results originated from the computational method. The value of cohesive energy reveals Al2Sm to be a stable in absolute zero Kelvin. According to the stability criteria, the subject of this work is mechanically stable. Afterward, elastic moduli are deduced by performing Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. Furthermore, elastic anisotropy and anisotropy of sound velocity are discussed. Finally, the calculation of electronic density of states is implemented to explore the underlying mechanism of structural stability.

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

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    Hayami, Wataru

    2015-01-15

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

  10. Electronic structure theory based study of proline interacting with gold nano clusters.

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    Rai, Sandhya; Singh, Harjinder

    2013-10-01

    Interaction between metal nanoparticles and biomolecules is important from the view point of developing and designing biosensors. Studies on proline tagged with gold nanoclusters are reported here using density functional theory (DFT) calculations for its structural, electronic and bonding properties. Geometries of the complexes are optimized using the PBE1PBE functional and mixed basis set, i. e., 6-311++G for the amino acid and SDD for the gold clusters. Equilibrium configurations are analyzed in terms of interaction energies, molecular orbitals and charge density. The complexes associated with cluster composed of an odd number of Au atoms show higher stability. Marked decrease in the HOMO-LUMO gaps is observed on complexation. Major components of interaction between the two moieties are: the anchoring N-Au and O-Au bond; and the non covalent interactions between Au and N-H or O-H bonds. The electron affinities and vertical ionization potentials for all complexes are calculated. They show an increased value of electron affinity and ionization potential on complexation. Natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis reveals a charge transfer between the donor (proline) and acceptor (gold cluster). The results indicate that the nature of interaction between the two moieties is partially covalent. Our results will be useful for further experimental studies and may be important for future applications.

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

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    Clancy, J. P.; Gretarsson, H.; Lee, E. K. H.; ...

    2016-07-06

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

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

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

    2016-07-06

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

  13. Combined MCD/DFT/TDDFT Study of the Electronic Structure of Axially Pyridine Coordinated Metallocorroles.

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    Rhoda, Hannah M; Crandall, Laura A; Geier, G Richard; Ziegler, Christopher J; Nemykin, Victor N

    2015-05-18

    A series of metallocorroles were investigated by UV-vis and magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopies. The diamagnetic distorted square-pyramidal main-group corrole Ga(tpfc)py (2), the diamagnetic distorted octahedral transition-metal adduct Co(tpfc)(py)2 (3), and paramagnetic distorted octahedral transition-metal complex Fe(tpfc)(py)2 (4) [H3tpfc = tris(perfluorophenyl)corrole] were studied to investigate similarities and differences in the electronic structure and spectroscopy of the closed- and open-shell metallocorroles. Similar to the free-base H3tpfc (1), inspection of the MCD Faraday B-terms for all of the macrocycles presented in this report revealed that a ΔHOMO < ΔLUMO [ΔHOMO is the energy difference between two highest energy corrole-centered π-orbitals and ΔLUMO is the energy difference between two lowest energy corrole-centered π*-orbitals originating from ML ± 4 and ML ± 5 pairs of perimeter] condition is present for each complex, which results in an unusual sign-reversed sequence for π-π* transitions in their MCD spectra. In addition, the MCD spectra of the cobalt and the iron complexes were also complicated by a number of charge-transfer states in the visible region. Iron complex 4 also exhibits a low-energy absorption in the NIR region (1023 nm). DFT and TDDFT calculations were used to elaborate the electronic structures and provide band assignments in UV-vis and MCD spectra of the metallocorroles. DFT and TDDFT calculations predict that the orientation of the axial pyridine ligand(s) has a very minor influence on the calculated electronic structures and absorption spectra in the target systems.

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

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

    2016-07-06

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

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

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    Hong, Sung Y.; Song, Jung M.

    1997-12-01

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

  16. Photoreflectance studies of electronic transitions in quantum well structures under high presure

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    Chandrasekhar, Holakere R.; Chandrasekhar, Meera

    1990-08-01

    Superlattices of alternating layers of semiconductors were first proposed1 in 1970, and since then a variety of structures have been grown. Their technological importance has spurred considerable experimental and theoretical work. The unique feature of quantum confinement of carriers has made possible unusual devices. By combining various semiconductors and alloys of ffl-V, 11-TV and group IV materials, unusual band lineups between neighboring layers have been obtained. Both lattice matched and strained layer structures have been grown. In this article we will focus on the electronic structure of the quantum well heterostructures under the external perturbation of hydrostatic pressure. Pressure has been used extensively to investigate materials in regions of phase space not otherwise accessib1. lu the study of quantum well structures, it has also been used to move band edges in a controlled fashion, and alter band lineups, allowing the determination of band offsets with an accuracy that was not possible without the use of pressure. As in bulk semiconductors, optical techniques provide powerful tools in studying the electronic states in quantum well heterostructures (QWH). Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy is only sensitive to spectral features associated with energy states close to the bottom of the well due to rapid thermalization of carriers. Photoluminescence excitation (PLE) is often limited by the availability of tunable lasers. Photoreflectance (PR), on the other hand, can provide a rich structure due to both symmetry allowed and forbidden transitions encompassing the entire quantum well. This sensitivity is due to the derivative nature of the spectroscopy. Experiments can be carried out easily at different temperatures and over wide spectral regions. This article is organized as follows. In section 2 we will review some of the theoretical calculations of electronic bands in quantum wells and discuss the changes expected under pressure. In Sec. 3, we

  17. THE STRUCTURE OF THE YOLK OF THE HEN'S EGG AS STUDIED BY ELECTRON MICROSCOPY

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    Bellairs, Ruth

    1961-01-01

    A description of the fine structure of the yolk of the unincubated hen's egg has been provided, which will serve as a basis for further studies on yolk digestion. The gross components of the yolk (that is, free-floating lipid drops, yellow and white yolk spheres together with their enclosed lipid subdroplets, and aqueous protein fluid) could be recognized by phase contrast and low power electron microscopy. The majority of the lipid drops, whether free floating or enclosed within yolk spheres, were composed of particles about 30 to 60 A in diameter. The protein component of the yolk was found to consist of round profiles about 250 A in diameter. The surfaces of the yolk spheres were of three types, and it is difficult to decide which represents the true structure although reasons are given for believing that yolk spheres are not normally enclosed by membranes identical with cell membranes. PMID:13866859

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

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

    2015-06-24

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

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

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

    2008-04-29

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

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

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

    2013-05-29

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

  1. A theoretical study on the electronic structures and equilibrium constants evaluation of Deferasirox iron complexes.

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    Salehi, Samie; Saljooghi, Amir Shokooh; Izadyar, Mohammad

    2016-10-01

    Elemental iron is essential for cellular growth and homeostasis but it is potentially toxic to the cells and tissues. Excess iron can contribute in tumor initiation and tumor growth. Obviously, in iron overload issues using an iron chelator in order to reduce iron concentration seems to be vital. This study presents the density functional theory calculations of the electronic structure and equilibrium constant for iron-deferasirox (Fe-DFX) complexes in the gas phase, water and DMSO. A comprehensive study was performed to investigate the Deferasirox-iron complexes in chelation therapy. Calculation was performed in CAMB3LYP/6-31G(d,p) to get the optimized structures for iron complexes in high and low spin states. Natural bond orbital and quantum theory of atoms in molecules analyses was carried out with B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) to understand the nature of complex bond character and electronic transition in complexes. Electrostatic potential effects on the complexes were evaluated using the CHelpG calculations. The results indicated that higher affinity for Fe(III) is not strictly a function of bond length but also the degree of Fe-X (X=O,N) covalent bonding. Based on the quantum reactivity parameters which have been investigated here, it is possible reasonable design of the new chelators to improve the chelator abilities.

  2. Energetics and electronic structure of phenyl-disubstituted polyacetylene: A first-principles study

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    Sony, Priya; Shukla, Alok; Ambrosch-Draxl, Claudia

    2010-07-01

    Phenyl-disubstituted polyacetylene (PDPA) is an organic semiconductor which has been studied during recent years for its efficient photoluminescence. In contrast, the molecular geometry, providing the basis for the electronic and optical properties has been hardly investigated. In this paper, we apply a density-functional-theory based molecular-dynamics approach to reveal the molecular structure of PDPA in detail. We find that oligomers of this material are limited in length, being stable only up to eight repeat units, while the polymer is energetically unfavorable. These facts, which are in excellent agreement with experimental findings, are explained through a detailed analysis of the bond lengths. A consequence of the latter is the appearance of pronounced torsion angles of the phenyl rings with respect to the plane of the polyene backbone, ranging from 55° up to 95° . We point out that such large torsion angles do not destroy the conjugation of the π electrons from the backbone to the side phenyl rings, as is evident from the electronic charge density.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-07

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

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

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    Ching, Wai-Yim

    2012-01-14

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

  6. Change in electronic structure upon optical excitation of 8-vinyladenosine: an experimental and theoretical study.

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    Kodali, Goutham; Kistler, Kurt A; Narayanan, Madhavan; Matsika, Spiridoula; Stanley, Robert J

    2010-01-14

    8-Vinyladenosine (8VA) is an adenosine analog, like 2-aminopurine (2AP), that has a red-shifted absorption and high fluorescence quantum yield. When introduced into double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), its base-pairing and base-stacking properties are similar to those of adenine. Of particular interest, the fluorescence quantum yield of 8VA is sensitive to base stacking, making it a very useful real-time probe of DNA structure. The fundamental photophysics underlying this fluorescence quenching by base stacking is not well understood, and thus exploring the excited state electronic structure of the analog is warranted. In this study, we report on changes in the electronic structure of 8VA upon optical excitation. Stark spectroscopy was performed on 8VA monomer in frozen ethanol glass at 77 K to obtain the direction and degree of charge redistribution in the form of the difference dipole moment, Deltamu(01) = 4.7 +/- 0.3 D, and difference static polarizability, tr(Delta(alpha)01) = 21 +/- 11 A(3), for the S(0)-->S(1) transition. In addition, solvatochromism experiments were performed on 8VA in various solvents and analyzed using Bakhshiev's model. High level ab initio methods were employed to calculate transition energies, oscillator strengths, and dipole moments of the ground and excited states of 8VA. The direction of Deltamu(01) was assigned in the molecular frame for the lowest optically accessible state. Our study shows that the angle between ground and excited state dipole moment plays a critical role in understanding the change in electronic structure upon optical excitation. Compared to 2AP, 8VA has a larger difference dipole moment which, with twice the extinction coefficient, suggests that 8VA is superior as a two-photon probe for microscopy studies. To this end, we have measured the ratio of the two-photon fluorescence yields of the two analogs by excitation at the respective monomer absorption maxima. We show that 8VA is indeed a significantly brighter two

  7. Study of Electronic Structures and Dynamics at High Pressures by Inelastic X-ray Scattering Spectroscopy

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    Mao, H.; Eng, P.; Trainor, T.; Newville, M.; Shen, G.; Kao, C.; Schwoerer-Bohning, M.; Macrander, A.; Meng, Y.; Hu, M.; Hemley, R. J.

    2002-05-01

    Due to experimental limitations, electronic structures and dynamics have seldom been probed at high pressure. High-pressure apparati are opaque to photons between 5 eV and 4 keV where most electronic transitions occur, and incompatible with electron spectroscopy which requires high vacuum. Inelastic x-ray scattering provides new access in this area. We conducted reconnaissance experiments using the monochromatic x-ray at the undulator beamline 13-ID of the Advanced Photon Source to irradiate the sample in a Be gasket in a diamond anvil cell. With the new beamline mirrors at GSECARS capable of focusing the entire undulator beam to a spot of 16 mm (vertical) x 60 mm (horizontal), sufficient photons are delivered to the small sample area at high pressures for probing the extremely weak signals of inelastic electronic scattering. The scattered radiation is collected by a spherically bent Si [555] crystal analyzer (10 cm diameter collection area) on 1-m radius, diffracted back at 87.0o, and focused to the detector slit, constraining the photon energy to 9899.2 eV. We studied the high-pressure behavior of the plasmon of elemental Na, an archetypal free-electron system, and observed the increase of Na plasmon energy with increasing compression, the dispersion of plasmon from 6 to 10 eV in the momentum (Q) range of 0.3 - 1.2 {Å}-1, and the spreading of the plasmon above QC. Over a wider range, we observed the inelastic K-edge scattering of Be (111 eV), B (188 eV), C (284 eV), N (410 eV), and O (543 eV) at high pressures. In an experiment starting with graphitic h-BN, the near edge peaks corresponding to the p* and s* bonding of B and N are observed at low pressures. At increasing pressures, the p* of both B and N become aligned with the diamond axis, indicating the development of preferred orientation with the soft c-axis aligned to the compression. Above 12 GPa, the s* grows at the expense of diminishing p*, indicating a transition to a superhard material. In conclusion

  8. First-Principles Study of Structural, Magnetic, Electronic and Elastic Properties of PuC2

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    Yang, Rong; Tang, Bin; Gao, Tao; Ao, Bing-Yun

    2016-10-01

    We perform first-principles calculations of crystal structure, magnetism, electronic structure, chemical bonding and elastic properties for PuC2 using the standard local spin-density approximation (LSDA)+U scheme. The use of the Hubbard term to describe the 5f electrons of plutonium is discussed according to the lattice parameters, magnetism and densities of states. Our calculated lattice constants and magnetism are in good agreement with the experimental data or other theoretical calculations. It is shown that the total densities of states at the Fermi energy level mainly come from the contribution of narrow f band. The Pu-C bonds of PuC2 have a mixture of covalent character and ionic character, while covalent character is stronger than ionic character. The C1-C2 bonding has strong covalent character because of sp2 hybridization between C atoms. Lastly, the elastic properties of PuC2 are studied. We hope that our results can provide a useful reference for further theoretical and experimental research on PuC2. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 21371160, 21401173, and the Science Challenge Program of China

  9. Electronic structure of warm dense copper studied by ultrafast x-ray absorption spectroscopy.

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    Cho, B I; Engelhorn, K; Correa, A A; Ogitsu, T; Weber, C P; Lee, H J; Feng, J; Ni, P A; Ping, Y; Nelson, A J; Prendergast, D; Lee, R W; Falcone, R W; Heimann, P A

    2011-04-22

    We use time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy to investigate the unoccupied electronic density of states of warm dense copper that is produced isochorically through the absorption of an ultrafast optical pulse. The temperature of the superheated electron-hole plasma, which ranges from 4000 to 10 000 K, was determined by comparing the measured x-ray absorption spectrum with a simulation. The electronic structure of warm dense copper is adequately described with the high temperature electronic density of state calculated by the density functional theory. The dynamics of the electron temperature is consistent with a two-temperature model, while a temperature-dependent electron-phonon coupling parameter is necessary.

  10. Electronic structure and magnetism in sodium nickelate: Density-functional and model studies

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    Meskine, H.; Satpathy, S.

    2005-12-01

    The electronic structure and magnetism in NaNiO2 are studied from density-functional calculations and by solving model Hamiltonians, suggested from the density-functional results, to understand the magnetic exchange. The density-functional calculations within the LSDA approximation yield a layered antiferromagnetic solution with ferro-orbital ordering of the Ni(d) orbitals arising from the Jahn-Teller distortion around the Ni3+ ion in agreement with the orbital ordering inferred from neutron diffraction. The weak ferromagnetic interaction within the layer (JF≈1meV) is caused by the 90° Ni-O-Ni exchange following the Goodenough-Kanamori-Anderson rules, while the weaker antiferromagnetic interaction between the layers (JAF≈-0.1meV) is mediated via a long Ni-O-Na-O-Ni superexchange path. In order to shed light on the differences between NaNiO2 and LiNiO2 , which show very different magnetic behaviors in spite of the similarity of their crystal structures, we examine the effect of the coupling of the alkali atom (Na) motion to the electronic degrees of freedom on the interlayer exchange JAF . A model Hamiltonian is proposed and solved by exact diagonalization and by using the variational Lang-Firsov method. We find that reducing the mass by going from Na to Li does reduce the strength of the magnetic exchange, but only by a small amount, so that the difference in mass alone cannot describe the differences in magnetic behavior between the two compounds. It is suggested that other electronic effects such as differences in orbital ordering could be responsible for the difference in magnetism between NaNiO2 and LiNiO2 .

  11. AN ELECTRON MICROSCOPE STUDY OF THE FINE STRUCTURE OF FEATHER KERATIN

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    Filshie, B. K.; Rogers, G. E.

    1962-01-01

    Thin sections of the rachis of regenerating follicles of pigmented fowl feathers and of mature non-pigmented seagull feather rachis, embedded in methacrylate and Araldite respectively, were studied in the electron microscope. The late stages of development of keratin fibrils were examined in OsO4-fixed follicle material, and after poststaining with lead hydroxide the keratin aggregates were found to be composed of fine microfibrils approximately 30 A in diameter apparently embedded in a matrix material which had absorbed the lead stain. The centre-to-centre separation of the microfibrils was of the order of 35 A. After bulk treatment by reduction with thioglycollic acid, OsO4 staining, and poststaining with lead hydroxide, a similar microfibrillar fine structure was observed in mature rachis. Only after lead staining could the microfibrils be delineated, and their diameter and separation were similar to that found in the keratin of the follicle. It is suggested that feather keratin resembles α-keratins in consisting of microfibrils embedded in an amorphous protein matrix. However, in comparison with α-keratins, the microfibrils are much smaller in diameter, their arrangement is less orderly, and on the basis of the reactions towards the electron staining procedures, the cystine content of the matrix appears to be not greatly different from that of the microfibrils. The significance of a microfibrillar constitution of feather keratin is discussed in relation to current structural models for this fibrous protein deduced from x-ray diffraction studies. The boundaries between the component cells of feather rachis are desmosomal in character and similar to those of related keratinous structures and a number of different types of cells; the melanin granules are dissimilar to those of mammalian epidermis in their apparent lack of melanin-protein lamellae. PMID:13892901

  12. The electronic structure study of titanium-nickel alloys by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Seabolt, Michael A.

    2002-01-01

    Purpose of the study. The purpose of the study was to investigate the electronic structure changes of titanium-nickel (Ti-Ni) alloys. The electronic structure was correlated with the physical property of shape memory effect demonstrated by 50% atomic nickel concentration Ti-Ni crystalline alloys. Methodology. The technique of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to collect spectra using an ESCA PHI 5100 system. The spectra were analyzed by measuring binding energies, Auger parameters, Shirley and Tougaard backgrounds, and electronegativity criteria. Changes in the density of state (DOS) at the Fermi level were modeled using binding energy shifts, Auger parameter changes, the intrinsic loss structure modeled from the Shirley and Tougaard background, and the electronegativity criteria. Results. Significant changes in binding energy (BE) were noted for alloys, but changes in BE could not be with electronegativity criteria. The Auger parameter demonstrated positive values for Ti and negative values for Ni with minimum values at the 50% atomic nickel concentration. This was interpreted as a transfer of charge from nickel to titanium. Wagner plots of the Auger parameter indicated Ti and Ni were in different chemical states in each of the alloys with a minimum for the 50% atomic concentration nickel, which correlates to the shape memory effect (SME). Chemical shifts indicated a shift in charge from Ni to Ti, correlating to the results yielded by the Auger parameter. Normalized background analysis (indicative of the intrinsic loss structure) obtained from Shirley and Tougaard methods correlated well with the Auger parameter and chemical shift results, indicating that background analysis is useful for studying changes in chemical state for these materials. Conclusions. This study demonstrated that BE shifts and electronegativity criteria can not be successfully used to model changes in chemical states for Ti-Ni alloys. The results from Auger parameter analysis

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

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

    2014-05-28

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  16. Samarium Doped Cerium Oxide Clusters: a Study on the Modulation of Electronic Structure

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    Topolski, Josey E.; Kafader, Jared O.; Marrero-Colon, Vicmarie; Chick Jarrold, Caroline

    2017-06-01

    Cerium oxide is known for its use in solid oxide fuel cells due to its high ionic conductivity. The doping of trivalent samarium atoms into cerium oxide is known to enhance the ionic conductivity through the generation of additional oxygen vacancies. This study probes the electronic structure of Sm_{x}Ce_{y}O_{z} (x+y=3, z=2-4) anion and neutral clusters. Anion photoelectron spectra of these mixed metal clusters exhibit additional spectral features not present in the previously studied cerium oxide clusters. Density functional theory calculations have been used to aid interpretation of collected spectra. The results of this work can be used to inform the design of materials used for solid oxide fuel cells.

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  18. Cu Doping in Ligand Free CdS Nanocrystals: Conductivity and Electronic Structure Study.

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    Grandhi, G Krishnamurthy; Swathi, K; Narayan, K S; Viswanatha, Ranjani

    2014-07-03

    Ligand-free Cu-doped CdS nanocrystals (NCs) have been synthesized to elucidate their surface electronic structure. The Cu-doped ligand-free NCs unlike their undoped counterparts are shown to be luminescent. We used this Cu-related emission as a probe to study the nature of the surface trap states that results in negligible luminescence in the undoped NCs. The concentration of the sulfide ligands is shown to play a crucial role in the surface passivation of the NCs. Electrical conductivity of these NCs was also studied, and they were shown to exhibit significant conductivity of ∼10(-4) S cm(-1). Further we have shown that the electrical conductivity is closely correlated to the surface charge and hence the trap states of the individual NCs have far-reaching consequences in the device optimization.

  19. First Principles Study of Electronic and Magnetic Structures in Double Perovskites

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    Ball, Molly

    At present, electronic devices are reaching their storage and processing limit causing a major push to find materials that can be used in the next generation of devices. Double perovskites with A2BB'O 6 stoichiometry form one of the leading classes of materials currently being studied as a potential candidate because of their extremely wide range and tunability of functional properties, along with economic and highly scalable synthesis routes. Having a thorough understanding of their electronic and magnetic structure and their dependence on composition and local structure is the basis for targeted development of novel and optimized double perovskites. While the body of knowledge and rules within the field of materials chemistry has enabled many previous discoveries, recent developments within density functional theory (DFT) allow by now a rather realistic description of the electronic and magnetic properties of materials and especially identification of their origin from geometry and orbital structure. This thesis details computational work based on DFT within several collaborative studies to better understand the electronic and magnetic properties of double perovskites and related materials that show promise for future use in multifunctional devices. First, we will begin with a general introduction to the double perovskite structure, their properties, and the computational methods used to study them. In the next section, we will look at the case of the antiferromagnetic, insulating double perovskite Sr2CoOsO6, where measurements showed that the transition metal ions in the two sublattices undergo magnetic ordering independently of each other, indicating weak magnetic short-range coupling and a dominance of longer-range interactions, which has previously not been observed. Here, we performed DFT calculations to extract the exchange strengths between the ions and explain this unique dominance of the long-range interactions. Then, we will look at studies done on thin

  20. High resolution electron microscopy structural studies of organo-clay nanocomposites.

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    Yaron-Marcovich, Dana; Chen, Yona; Nir, Shlomo; Prost, Rene

    2005-03-01

    Engineering of clay nanocomposite materials by modification of their surfaces can enable the control of retention, transport, and persistence of toxic chemicals in the geosystem. The properties and interactions of clay nanocomposites have been widely studied, but little information exists on their microstructure at a range of scale extending down to atomic dimensions. The pairing of Na-montmorillonite clay with organic cations as well as with the herbicide fluridone, chosen as a model for an organic pollutant, was studied. Three organic cations were selected: hexadecyltrimethylammonium, benzyltrimethylammonium, and benzyltriethylammonium at 0%, 60%, and 100% of cation exchange capacity (CEC) loadings. A detailed microstructural analysis of the organo-clay nanocomposites and of the fluridone nanocomposites was undertaken by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Morphological observations and chemical analyses were performed simultaneously on the same sample. The combined HRTEM and EDS measurements strongly suggest (a) heterogeneous local intercalation of the organic cations manifested by a range in the measured d001 spacing, implying random expansion of the clay layered structure with increased loading of the organic cations; (b) intercalation within the external layers, which is thoroughly influenced by local defect microstructure and/or edge availability of the montmorillonite nanoparticles as well as by the molecular structure of the intercalating organic cation. Additional intercalation of fluridone molecules did not affect the structure (d001 spacing) of the organo-clay nanocomposites.

  1. Electron Scattering and Nuclear Structure

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

    1971-01-01

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

  2. Electron Scattering and Nuclear Structure

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

    1971-01-01

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

  3. Structure, vibrational analysis, electronic properties and chemical reactivity of two benzoxazole derivatives: Functional density theory study

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    Zaater, Sihem; Bouchoucha, Afaf; Djebbar, Safia; Brahimi, Meziane

    2016-11-01

    In the present work we calculate structural parameters, vibrational spectra (IR, 1H NMR and UV-Visible Absorption) and corresponding mode of vibrational assignments of two ligands derived from benzoxazole; L1: 2-(5-(trifluoromethylpyridin-2-yl)-benzoxazole and L2: 2-(5-methylpyridin-2-yl)-benzoxazole at B3LYP/6-311++G** level, in the gas phase. The HOMO and LUMO study is used to determine the charge transfer within the molecules. Reactivity descriptors such as ionization energy, electronic affinity, global hardness, global softness, electrophilicity, nucleophilicity and condensed Fukui functions using NBO population analysis are also determined to predict the reactivity of L1 and L2. The calculated geometrical parameters are in good agreement with those of similar benzoxazole derivatives. Theoretical frequencies assignments confirmed the experimental ones of these benzoxazole derivatives.

  4. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study of Atomic and Electronic Structures of PbTaSe2

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    Chuang, Tien-Ming; Guan, Syu-You; Chen, Peng-Jen; Chang, Tay-Rong; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fang-Cheng; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Chang, Chia-Seng

    The non-centrosymmetric PbTaSe2 becomes superconducting at Tc = 3.7K and is proposed to have a 3D massive Dirac fermions by large spin orbital coupling. The observation of topological nodal line states has been reported by recent ARPES measurements, making this material a great candidate to investigate the coupling between topological states and superconductivity. Here we conduct detail studies on cleaved PbTaSe2 surfaces by spectroscopic imaging-scanning tunneling microscope. Our results reveal several types of cleaved surfaces, within which each exhibits distinct different LDOS from scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements. We identify different surface terminations from their atomic structures and their corresponding electronic properties both above and below Tc. We will report the impact on superconducting properties of different surfaces, and also discuss the relation between the surface state and superconductivity.

  5. Ab initio electronic band structure study of III-VI layered semiconductors

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    Olguín, Daniel; Rubio-Ponce, Alberto; Cantarero, Andrés

    2013-08-01

    We present a total energy study of the electronic properties of the rhombohedral γ-InSe, hexagonal ɛ-GaSe, and monoclinic GaTe layered compounds. The calculations have been done using the full potential linear augmented plane wave method, including spin-orbit interaction. The calculated valence bands of the three compounds compare well with angle resolved photoemission measurements and a discussion of the small discrepancies found has been given. The present calculations are also compared with recent and previous band structure calculations available in the literature for the three compounds. Finally, in order to improve the calculated band gap value we have used the recently proposed modified Becke-Johnson correction for the exchange-correlation potential.

  6. Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties in transition-metal-doped arsenene: Ab initio study

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    Luo, Min; Hao Shen, Yu; Yin, Tai Ling

    2017-01-01

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of arsenene doped with five different transition-metal (TM) atoms (TM = Co, Cu, Mn, Fe, and Ni) are investigated using the density functional theory. Magnetism is observed in the cases of Cu, Mn, Fe, and Ni. Among these four magnetic systems, the Ni-doped system is the most easily formed. Hence, we study the ferromagnetic (FM) interaction in two-Ni-doped arsenene. It is found that the p-d hybridization mechanism results in the ferromagnetic state. However, the FM interaction is obviously depressed by the increasing Ni-Ni distance, which could be well explained by the Zener-Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) theory. Moreover, exotic phenomena appear in the two-Mn-doped system. Both nonmagnetic and ferromagnetic states are observed.

  7. Structural, electronic and mechanical properties of CrN: A first principles study

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    Ming, Zhu; Wang, Ke-Hong

    2015-02-01

    The structural stability, electronic, and mechanical properties of chromium nitride (CrN) have been investigated by first-principles calculations within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Six different crystal structures of CrN are considered, namely NaCl, CsCl, zinc blende, WC, wurtzite and NiAs. Among the considered structures, NiAs-type structure is energetically more stable than others. The electronic band structure and density of states calculations reveal that these materials exhibit metallic nature. The calculated elastic constants indicate these compounds are mechanically stable in all the considered sturctures. In addition, the related mechanical properties such as bulk modulus, Young's modulus, shear modulus and the Poisson's ratio are also computed.

  8. Ab initio electronic structure studies in molecular spectroscopy and chemical thermodynamics

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    Partridge, Harry; Bauschlicher, Charles W.; Langhoff, Stephen R.

    1994-01-01

    This article provides an overview of the principal computational approaches to the electronic structure of molecules and their applications in the areas of spectroscopy and thermodynamics. The emphasis is on techniques that include electron correlation to a high level with extended basis sets. Applications in spectroscopy include radiative lifetimes, electronic state separations, and identification of new band systems. Applications in thermodynamics are focused on C-H, O-H, metal-oxygen, and metal ion-rare-gas binding energies. Future developments of computational methods and methods of exploiting new computer hardware are expected to significantly extend the range of systems that can be treated reliably.

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

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

    2015-03-05

    The present work has been carried out a combined experimental and theoretical study on molecular structure, vibrational spectra and NBO analysis of cyanuric acid. The FT-IR (100-4000cm(-1)) and FT-Raman spectra (400-4000cm(-1)) of cyanuric acid were recorded. In DFT methods, Becke's three parameter exchange-functional (B3) combined with gradient-corrected correlation functional of Lee, Yang and Parr (LYP) by implementing the split-valence polarized 6-31G(d,p) and 6-31++G(d,p) basis sets have been considered for the computation of the molecular structure optimization, vibrational frequencies, thermodynamic properties and energies of the optimized structures. The density functional theory (DFT) result complements the experimental findings. The electronic properties, such as HOMO-LUMO energies and molecular electrostatic potential (MESP) are also performed. Mulliken population analysis on atomic charges is also calculated. The first order hyperpolarizability (βtotal) of this molecular system and related properties (β, μ and Δα) are calculated using DFT/B3LYP/6-31G (d,p) and B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p) methods. The thermodynamic functions (heat capacity, entropy and enthalpy) from spectroscopic data by statistical methods were also obtained for the range of temperature 50-1000K. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Dimeric arrangement and structure of the membrane-bound acetylcholine receptor studied by electron microscopy.

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    Zingsheim, H P; Neugebauer, D C; Frank, J; Hänicke, W; Barrantes, F J

    1982-01-01

    The acetylcholine receptor protein (AChR) from the electric organ of Torpedo marmorata is studied in its membrane-bound form by electron microscopy and single-particle image averaging. About half the molecule protrudes from the membrane surface by approximately 5 nm. The low-resolution 3-D structure of this hydrated portion, including its handedness, can be deduced from averaged axial and lateral projections and from freeze-etched membrane surfaces. In native membrane fragments, a dimeric form of the AChR is observed and the relative orientation of the AChR monomers within the dimer is established. The dimers disappear upon disulfide reduction of the membrane preparations, whereas the average axial projections of the AChR monomer remain unaffected. Since the existence of disulfide bonds linking AChR monomers between their respective delta-subunits is well documented, the approximate position of the delta-subunit within the low-resolution structure of the AChR molecule can be deduced from the structure of the dimers. Images Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3. PMID:7188351

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

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

    2015-03-30

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  13. First-principles Study of the Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of MgH2

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    Alford, Ashley; Chou, Mei-Yin

    2003-03-01

    It has been noticed that magnesium might play an interesting role in recently discovered switchable-mirror systems. For example, the films of rare earth and magnesium alloys are found to be superior to the pure rare-earth samples in maximum transparency and mirror-state reflectivity [1]. Moreover, the magnesium-rich Ni-Mg alloy films turned out to be a switchable-mirror system without rare earths [2]. In both cases, pure transparent MgH2 is reversibly formed when these alloys take up hydrogen. In order to model the optical properties of these films, we need to know the electronic and optical properties of MgH2. In this work, we investigate its bonding characteristics, band structure, and dielectric properties with first-principles theoretical methods. The stability of the crystal and the bonding are studied using density functional theory and pseudopotential methods. The excited state properties (the quasiparticle spectra) are studied by many-body perturbation theory within the so-called GW approximation in which the electronic self-energy is approximated by the full Green's function (G) times the screened Coulomb interaction (W). We will report the results for both the rutile-structured alpha-MgH2 and the low-symmetry gamma-MgH2. [1] P. van der Sluis, M. Ouwerkerk, and P. A. Duine, Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 3356 (1997). [2] T. J. Richardson, J. L. Slack, R. D. armitage, R. Kostecki, B. Farangis, and M. D. Rubin, Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3047 (2001).

  14. Magneto-optical Kerr-effect of uranium compounds: A study of the electronic structure

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    Reim, W.

    1986-03-01

    A comprehensive study of the magneto-optical properties of metallic uranium compounds is presented in the 0.5-6 eV photon energy range. New results about the electronic and the magnetic structure of these materials are derived. The f states are best described in an itinerant model with an occupation of nearly 3 for all investigated materials except the Th 3P 4-structure compounds, although correlation effects are shown to play a dominant role in UTe. A spin-polarized band structure of f and d states in the system UTe-USb-YSb is derived and the competition of f-d and f-p hybridization in this system is discussed. The maintenance of a f 3-f 2 valence transition in the USb-YSb pseudo-binary system is challenged. The magnetic f-d exchange energy is established to be negative for all investigated materials i.e the f and d moments allign antiparallel upon magnetic ordering. This property manifests itself in two magneto-optical effects: Firstly, the conduction electron spin-polarization displays a negative sign and its size is observed to range up to - 100% for certain compounds, which is an extraordinary value for magnetic metals. Secondly, the f → d transition energy displays a magnetic red-shift in the order of 200 meV due to the formation of spin-polarized subbands of the d states which are energetically split by the exchange energy. The size of the magnetic shift is found to depend on the sublattice magnetization rather than on the net moment which results in similar magnitudes for some ferro- and antiferromagnets. This behavior completely differs from the one known up to now for antiferromagnetic semiconductors, but is well understood in terms of the magnetic structure of the uranium pnictides. For most of the materials, the value of the f polarization is calculated. The f moment itself is evidenced to consist of antiparallel spin and orbital contributions with a predominant orbital part in most of the investgated NaCl-structure compounds. Some of the investigated

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

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    Smedskjaer, L.C.; Bansil, A.

    1992-09-01

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

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

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

    1992-09-01

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

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

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    Kandemir, Zafer; Mayda, Selma; Bulut, Nejat

    2016-04-01

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

  18. Ab initio study of structural, electronic, and thermal properties of Pt1-xPdx alloys

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    Ahmed, Shabbir; Zafar, Muhammad; Shakil, M.; Choudhary, M. A.; Hashmi, Muhammad Raza-Ur-Rehman

    2017-01-01

    We report a systematic theoretical study of Pt1-xPdx alloys using ab initio density functional theory (DFT) by pseudo potential method. We have used super cell approach to investigate structural, electronic and thermal properties of Platinum (Pt), Palladium (Pd) and their alloys Pt1-xPdx(x = 0.00, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.00). The calculated lattice constants and bulk moduli are in good agreement with available literature data. The results of electronic properties revealed that the alloys are metallic in nature. The thermal properties were investigated through density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) and quasi-harmonic approximation. The contribution to the free energy from the lattice vibration was calculated using the phonon densities of states (DOS) derived by means of the linear-response theory. The DFPT with quasi-harmonic approximation methods was applied to determine the phonon DOS and thermal quantities i.e., the Debye temperatures, vibration energy, entropy and constant-volume specific heat.

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

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

    2000-04-01

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

  20. Electronic structure of thioether containing NSNO donor azo-ligand and its copper(II) complex: Experimental and theoretical studies

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    Pramanik, Ajoy Kumar; Sarkar, Deblina; Mondal, Tapan Kumar

    2015-11-01

    Synthesis of thioether containing NSNO donor azo ligand (HL) showing hydrazoketo and azoenol tautomerism has been performed. The hydrazoketo and azoenol equilibrium of HL has been studied. The hydrazoketo form of HL is predominating over azoenol form. In copper(II) complex the ligand is present in azoenol form. The electronic spectra and electronic structure of the complex has been extensively studied. The structures of the ligand and copper(II) complex have been established from single crystal X-ray studies. The 1-D supramolecular structure of the complex is formed by π-π interactions.

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

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    Nejatipour, Hajar; Dadsetani, Mehrdad

    2016-05-01

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

  2. A theoretical study on small iridium clusters: structural evolution, electronic and magnetic properties, and reactivity predictors.

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    Du, Jiguang; Sun, Xiyuan; Chen, Jun; Jiang, Gang

    2010-12-16

    The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of iridium clusters with sizes of n = 2-15 are investigated by employing the generalized gradient approximation of density functional theory. Simple cube evolution pattern is revealed for Ir(2-15) clusters, as predicted by previous reports. It is remarkable that for Ir(10), Ir(11) clusters, new generated isomers with higher stabilities relative to those reported in previous studies are obtained. The even-sized clusters are more stable than the odd-sized species. The Ir-Ir bonds in the cubic Ir(8) and Ir(12) clusters, which are considered as the basic units in the structural evolution present covalent character. Starting from n = 8, the magnetic moments of Ir(n) clusters decrease sharply. The moments of magnetic clusters show 5d characters. The reactive site selectivity of studied clusters with n = 5-15 is analyzed with condensed Fukui function. The capped atoms in certain clusters (Ir(9), Ir(10), Ir(11), and Ir(13)) generally show extraordinary activity for both nucleophilic and electrophilic attack.

  3. First principles study of structural stability, electronic structure and mechanical properties of ReN and TcN

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    Rajeswarapalanichamy, R.; Kavitha, M.; Sudha Priyanga, G.; Iyakutti, K.

    2015-03-01

    The crystal structure, structural stability, electronic and mechanical properties of ReN and TcN are investigated using first principles calculations. We have considered five different crystal structures: NaCl, zinc blende (ZB), NiAs, tungsten carbide (WC) and wurtzite (WZ). Among these ZB phase is found to be the lowest energy phase for ReN and TcN at normal pressure. Pressure induced structural phase transitions from ZB to WZ phase at 214 GPa in ReN and ZB to NiAs phase at 171 GPa in TcN are predicted. The electronic structure reveals that both ReN and TcN are metallic in nature. The computed elastic constants indicate that both the nitrides are mechanically stable. As ReN in NiAs phase has high bulk and shear moduli and low Poisson's ratio, it is found to be a potential ultra incompressible super hard material.

  4. Half metallicity and magnetic stability of sp-electron superlattices in rock-salt structure: A first-principles study

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    Zhou, Baozeng; Dong, Shengjie; Chen, Shanxing; Zhang, Zidan; Zhao, Hui; Wu, Ping

    2014-08-01

    Density functional calculations were performed to study the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of sp-electron half-metallic superlattices (KS)1/(CaS)1, (RbS)1/(SrS)1, and (CsS)1/(BaS)1 (001) in rock-salt structure. All the superlattices are found to be spin polarized, and the calculated band structure suggests a 100% polarization of the conduction carriers. The p-p hybridization is shown to be essential for the formations of localized orbitals and spin-splitting. The half-metallic electronic structure will be destroyed upon an excessive lattice compression, accompanying with a metallic transition. Moreover, the analysis of the orbital-decomposed partial density of states and spin density reveal that S atoms in different layers of the superlattice show distinct polarization directions. Discussion of volume-conserving deformations further demonstrates the stability of half metallicity in sp-electron superlattices.

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

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

    2015-06-24

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

  6. Density functional Studies of structural, electronic and vibrational properties of palladium oxide

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    Kansara, Shivam; Singh, Deobrat; Gupta, Sanjeev K.; Sonvane, Yogesh

    2016-11-01

    In the present paper, structural properties, electronic properties, phonon dispersion curve and Raman spectra at different pressure of the tetragonal palladium oxide (PdO) using density functional theory are discussed. The electronic band structure and density of states (DOS) show the poor metallic behavior of the system but through the hybrid potential calculation show 0.71 eV band gap. The phonon dispersion curve and Raman spectra confirm the stability of the structure while Raman peaks are slightly shifted toward higher frequency due to the applied pressure. Phonon calculations indicate that the PdO structure is stable up to 10 GPa and slightly unstable at 15 GPa pressure. There is no change of the crystallinity with applied pressure which is observed from the intensities of Raman active mode. Palladium oxides are mainly used as a catalysts for catalytic hydrogenation in organic synthesis.

  7. Visualising the electron density structure of blobs and studying its possible effect on neutral turbulence

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    de la Cal, E.; The TJ-II Team

    2016-10-01

    The electron density n e of turbulent coherent structures (blobs) has been measured at the edge plasma of the TJ-II stellarator using the helium line ratio technique. A spectroscopic high-speed camera set-up allowed 2D imaging of n e with spatial resolutions of a few millimetres and exposure times down to 15 µs. The turbulent plasma density structures have been compared with the raw helium emission structures, which in principle should be similar due to the expected relation between both, and although generally positive (negative) emission structures correspond to n e blobs (holes), we see that the shape is different and that in some cases there is even no correspondence at all. A possible explanation could be that the neutral distribution, which relates the intensity emission with the n e, varies on the same spatio-temporal scale as the plasma turbulence. This would be the case if the local n e variations of blobs and holes regulated the neutral density through ionisation, making it also turbulent within our experimental frequency (<100 kHz) and spatial scale (>1 cm). To study this point we simulate the neutrals with a simple transport model to reconstruct the corresponding measured emission profiles using the experimentally obtained n e and T e radial profiles. We do this for two cases: one where the neutral distribution is stationary and another where the atoms respond to the measured n e blob and get locally depleted through ionisation. Comparing the simulated and experimental emission profiles and looking at the characteristic ionisation times we find clear indications that point to the fact that slow thermal neutrals could react to the plasma fluctuations in the 10-100 kHz frequency range, also becoming turbulent.

  8. Ultrafast structural dynamics of boron nitride nanotubes studied using transmitted electrons.

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    Li, Zhongwen; Sun, Shuaishuai; Li, Zi-An; Zhang, Ming; Cao, Gaolong; Tian, Huanfang; Yang, Huaixin; Li, Jianqi

    2017-08-31

    We investigate the ultrafast structural dynamics of multi-walled boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) upon femtosecond optical excitation using ultrafast electron diffraction in a transmission electron microscope. Analysis of the time-resolved (100) and (002) diffraction profiles reveals highly anisotropic lattice dynamics of BNNTs, which can be attributed to the distinct nature of the chemical bonds in the tubular structure. Moreover, the changes in (002) diffraction positions and intensities suggest that the lattice response of BNNTs to the femtosecond laser excitation involves a fast and a slow lattice dynamic process. The fast process with a time constant of about 8 picoseconds can be understood to be a result of electron-phonon coupling, while the slow process with a time constant of about 100 to 300 picoseconds depending on pump laser fluence is tentatively associated with an Auger recombination effect. In addition, we discuss the power-law relationship of a three-photon absorption process in the BNNT nanoscale system.

  9. 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).

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

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

    2013-07-01

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

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

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

    2008-12-10

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

  12. Electron Charge Density Study of (Na1-xKx)NbO3 in Cubic Structure

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    Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kato, Jun-ichi; Terado, Yoshihiro; Wada, Satoshi; Takata, Masaki; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro

    2008-09-01

    The electron charge density study by synchrotron-radiation powder diffraction has been performed for the cubic structure of (Na1-xKx)NbO3 (NKN: 0≤x≤1) at 1000 K to investigate the atomic substitution effect on chemical bonding. Our precise analysis using the maximum entropy method (MEM)/Rietveld method demonstrates that the covalent bonding is formed on the Nb-O bond whereas the Na/K atoms are ionic in the entire composition range. The thermal motion of the Na ion in NaNbO3 is fairly larger than that of the K ion in KNbO3. The charge density distributions around the O atoms in NaNbO3 are extended in the directions perpendicular to the Nb-O bond, which can be related to the rotational mode of the Nb-O6 octahedron driving the antiferroic phase transition. No such anisotropy is clearly observed in KNbO3 around the O atoms. These behaviors are closely related to the change in the tolerance of the perovskite structure caused by the atomic substitution.

  13. Ab initio study of the structural, electronic, and optical properties of ultrathin lead nanowires

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    Agrawal, B. K.; Singh, V.; Srivastava, R.; Agrawal, S.

    2006-12-01

    An ab initio study of the energetic, structural, electronic, and optical absorption properties of the 26 lead nanowires, Pbn (n=1,18) having different m -gonal (m=1-8) cross sections has been made in the density functional theory in local density approximation considering also the spin-orbit coupling (SOI). There are four groups of the stable structures: planar, caged, pyramidal, and helical. The binding energy of a nanowire, in general, increases with the coordination number except in those systems where the nearest neighbors are comparatively far away. A 14-Pb hexagonal helical configuration has maximum stability followed by the heptagonal, other hexagonal, and pentagonal wires. All the nanowires are metallic. The exceptions are the 2-Pb and 3-Pb semiconducting nanowires. A large number of the conduction channels leading to high quantum ballistic conduction are seen for a number of the m -gonal (m=4-8) configuration wires. The calculated optical absorption without and with the SOI are quite different in terms of the number of the absorption peaks which are enhanced approximately by a multiplying factor of 2 by the SOI. The m -gonal (m=4-8) nanowires reveal multipeaked, strong, and extended optical absorption over the whole visible region. Our analysis of the experimental data for the Pb samples that have been fabricated by Romanov points towards the occurrence of the 2-Pb ladder chains.

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

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

    1996-12-31

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

  15. Electronic structure and magnetism of Mn 2CuAl: A first-principles study

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    Li, S. T.; Ren, Z.; Zhang, X. H.; Cao, C. M.

    2009-07-01

    The electronic structure and magnetism of a new Mn-based Heusler alloys Mn 2CuAl has been studied by first-principles calculations. The calculations suggest that Mn 2CuAl crystallizes in the Hg 2CuTi type of structure, in which the Cu atoms have Al as nearest neighbors. As a consequence, the Mn atoms occupy two nearest neighbor sublattices A and B. Like the well known Heusler alloy Cu 2MnAl, the magnetic moment of Mn 2CuAl also comes from the two Mn atoms in the lattice, while the Cu atom is almost nonmagnetic. At equilibrium lattice constant, Mn 2CuAl is a ferrimagnet with moment of 0.22μ B. The partial spin moments of Mn (A) and Mn (B) are -3.52μ B and 3.74μ B, respectively. The small total moment comes from the antiparallel configurations of the Mn partial moments. With a small contraction of the lattice, the total moment becomes near zero and a half-metallic antiferromagnetic state is observed.

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

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    Lu, Donghui

    2009-03-01

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

  17. Theoretical and experimental IR, Raman and NMR spectra in studying the electronic structure of 2-nitrobenzoates

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    Świsłocka, R.; Samsonowicz, M.; Regulska, E.; Lewandowski, W.

    2007-05-01

    The influence of lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium and cesium on the electronic system of the 2-nitrobenzoic acid (2-NBA) was studied. Optimized geometrical structures of studied compounds were calculated by HF, B3PW91, B3LYP methods using 6-311++G ∗∗ basis set. The theoretical IR and NMR spectra were obtained. The vibrational (FT-IR, FT-Raman) and NMR ( 1H and 13C) spectra for 2-nitrobenzoic acid salts of alkali metals were also recorded. The assignment of vibrational spectra was done. Characteristic shifts of band wavenumbers and changes in band intensities along the metal series were observed. Good correlation between the wavenumbers of the vibrational bands in the IR and Raman spectra for 2-nitrobenzoates (2-NB) and ionic potential, electronegativity, atomic mass and affinity of metals were found. The chemical shifts of protons and carbons ( 1H, 13C NMR) in the series of studied alkali metal 2-nitrobenzoates were observed too. The calculated parameters were compared to experimental characteristic of studied compounds.

  18. Structural, electronic, and elastic properties of K-As compounds: a first principles study.

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    Ozisik, Havva Bogaz; Colakoglu, Kemal; Deligoz, Engin; Ozisik, Haci

    2012-07-01

    First-principle calculations are performed to investigate the structural, elastic and electronic properties of K-As compounds (KAs in NaP, LiAs and AuCu-type structures, KAs(2) in MgCu(2)-type structure, K(3)As in Na(3)As, Cu(3)P and Li(3)Bi-type structures, and K(5)As(4) in A(5)B(4)-type structure). The lattice parameters, cohesive energy, formation energy, bulk modulus, and the first derivative of bulk modulus (to fit to the Murnaghan's equation of state) of the considered structures are calculated and reasonable agreement is obtained, and the phase transition pressure is also predicted. The repeated calculations on the electronic band structures and the related partial density of states are also given. The calculated second-order elastic constants based on the stress-strain method and the other related quantities such as Young's modulus, shear modulus, Poisson's ratio, sound velocities, Debye temperature, and shear anisotropy factors for considered structures are presented, and trends are discussed.

  19. Density Functional Study of Stacking Structures and Electronic Behaviors of AnE-PV Copolymer.

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    Dong, Chuan-Ding; Beenken, Wichard J D

    2016-10-10

    In this work, we report an in-depth investigation on the π-stacking and interdigitating structures of poly(p-anthracene-ethynylene)-alt-poly(p-phenylene-vinylene) copolymer with octyl and ethyl-hexyl side chains and the resulting electronic band structures using density functional theory calculations. We found that in the π-stacking direction, the preferred stacking structure, determined by the steric effect of the branched ethyl-hexyl side chains, is featured by the anthracene-ethynylene units stacking on the phenylene-vinylene units of the neighboring chains and vice versa. This stacking structure, combined with the interdigitating structure where the branched side chains of the laterally neighboring chains are isolated, defines the energetically favorable structure of the ordered copolymer phase, which provides a good compromise between light absorption and charge-carrier transport.

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

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

    2014-04-24

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

  1. Surprising electronic structure of the BeH- dimer: a full-configuration-interaction study.

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    Verdicchio, Marco; Bendazzoli, Gian Luigi; Evangelisti, Stefano; Leininger, Thierry

    2013-01-10

    The electronic structure of the beryllium hydride anion, BeH(-), was investigated at valence full-configuration-interaction (FCI) level, using large cc-pV6Z basis sets. It appears that there is a deep change of the wave function nature as a function of the internuclear distance: the ion structure goes from a weakly bonded Be···H(-) complex, at long distance, to a rather strongly bonded system (more than 2 eV) at short distance, having a (:Be-H)(-) Lewis structure. In this case, it is the beryllium atom that formally bears the negative charge, a surprising result in view of the fact that it is the hydrogen atom that has a larger electronegativity. Even more surprisingly, at very short distances the average position of the total electronic charge is close to the beryllium atom but on the opposite side with respect to the hydrogen position.

  2. Molecular structure of gaseous isatin as studied by electron diffraction and quantum chemical calculations

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    Belyakov, Alexander V.; Nikolaenko, Kirill O.; Davidovich, Pavel B.; Ivanov, Anatolii D.; Garabadzhiu, Alexander V.; Rykov, Anatolii N.; Shishkov, Igor F.

    2017-03-01

    The molecular structure of isatin, indole-2,3-dione, was studied by gas-phase electron diffraction (GED) and quantum chemical calculations (M062X and MP2 methods with aug-cc-pVTZ basis set). The best fit of the experimental scattering intensities (R-factor = 4.4%) was obtained for a molecular model of Cs symmetry. The structure of the benzene ring deviates from a regular hexagon due to the adjacent pyrrole heterocycle. The small differences between similar geometric parameters were constrained at the values calculated at the M062X level. The experimental structural parameters agree well with the results of theoretical calculations. The bonds in the benzene moiety are in agreement with their standard values. The (Odbnd)Csbnd C(dbnd O) carbon-carbon bond of the pyrrole moiety (1.573(7) Å) is remarkably lengthened in comparison with standard C(sp2)sbnd C(sp2) value, 1.425(11) Å for N-methylpyrrole. According to NBO analysis of isatin, glyoxal and pyrrole-2,3-dione molecules this lengthening cannot be attributed to the steric interactions of Cdbnd O bonds alone and is, mainly, due to the electrostatic repulsion and hyperconjugation that is delocalization of oxygen lone pairs of π-type into the corresponding carbon-carbon antibonding orbital, nπ(O) → σ∗(Csbnd C). Deletion of σ∗(Csbnd C) orbital followed by subsequent geometry optimization led to shortening of the corresponding Csbnd C bond by 0.06 Å. According to different aromaticity descriptors, aromaticity of benzene moiety of isatin is smaller in comparison with benzene molecule. External magnetic field induces diatropic ring current in benzene moiety of isatin.

  3. Three oxime ether derivatives: Synthesis, crystallographic study, electronic structure and molecular electrostatic potential calculation

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    Dey, Tanusri; Praveena, Koduru Sri Shanthi; Pal, Sarbani; Mukherjee, Alok Kumar

    2017-06-01

    Three oxime ether derivatives, (E)-3-methoxy-4-(prop-2-ynyloxy)-benzaldehyde-O-prop-2-ynyl-oxime (C14H13NO3) (2), benzophenone-O-prop-2-ynyl-oxime (C16H13NO) (3) and (E)-2-chloro-6-methylquinoline-3-carbaldehyde-O-prop-2-ynyl-oxime (C14H11ClN2O) (4), have been synthesized and their crystal structures have been determined. The DFT optimized molecular geometries in 2-4 agree closely with those obtained from the crystallographic study. An interplay of intermolecular Csbnd H⋯O, Csbnd H⋯N, Csbnd H⋯Cl and Csbnd H···π(arene) hydrogen bonds and π···π interactions assembles molecules into a 2D columnar architecture in 2, a 1D molecular ribbon in 3 and a 3D framework in 4. Hirshfeld surface analysis showed that the structures of 2 and 3 are mainly characterized by H⋯H, H⋯C and H⋯O contacts but some contribution of H⋯N and H⋯Cl contacts is also observed in 4. Hydrogen-bond based interactions in 2-4 have been complemented by calculating molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) surfaces. The electronic structures of molecules reveal that the estimated band gap in 3, in which both aldehyde hydrogen atoms of formaldehyde-O-prop-2-ynyl-oxime (1) have been substituted by two benzene rings, is higher than that of 2 and 4 with only one aldehyde hydrogen atom replaced.

  4. A theoretical study of structural, opto-electronic and nonlinear properties of arylboroxine derivatives

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    Islam, Nasarul; Pandith, Altaf Hussain

    2017-07-01

    Density functional theory at CAM-B3LYP/6-311G++ (2d, 2p) level was employed to study the Triphenylboroxine derivatives (TB) containing electron donating and electron substituents, for their charge transfer and nonlinear optical properties. The results reveal that electron donating groups facilitate the rapid electron injection as compared to unsubstituted TB. It was observed that upon substitution with electron donating groups, the TB derivatives show an increased double bond character in the B3-C18 bond indicating an increase in the degree of conjugation. The Frontier molecular orbital studies indicate that highest occupied molecular orbitals of the neutral molecules delocalize primarily over the three phenyl rings and bridging oxygen atoms, whereas the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals localize largely on the two phenyl rings and the boron atoms. Further, the TD-DFT studies indicate that the maximum absorption band results from the electron transitions from the initial states that are contributed by the HOMO and HOMO-1 to the final states that are mainly contributed by the LUMOs. In addition, we have observed that the introduction of electron donating group to the TB-7 leads to more active nonlinear performance.

  5. On the effect of 4f electrons on the structural characteristics of lanthanide trihalides: computational and electron diffraction study of dysprosium trichloride.

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    Lanza, Giuseppe; Varga, Zoltán; Kolonits, Maria; Hargittai, Magdolna

    2008-02-21

    The molecular and electronic structure of dysprosium trichloride, DyCl(3), was calculated by high-level quantum chemical methods in order to learn about the effect of the partially filled 4f subshell and of the possible spin-orbit coupling on them. High-temperature electron diffraction studies of DyCl(3) were also carried out so that we could compare the computed geometry with the experimental one, after thermal corrections on the latter. Dysprosium monochloride, DyCl, and the dimer of dysprosium trichloride, Dy(2)Cl(6), were also investigated by computation. We found that the electron configuration of the 4f subshell does not influence the geometry of the trichloride monomer molecule as the ground state and first excited state molecules have the same geometry. Nonetheless, taking the 4f electrons into account in the calculation, together with the 5s and 5p electrons, is important in order to get geometrical parameters consistent with the results from experiment. Based on electron diffraction and different levels of computation, the suggested equilibrium bond length (r(e)) of DyCl(3) is 2.443(14) A, while the thermal average distance (r(g)) from electron diffraction is 2.459(11) A. The molecule is trigonal planar in equilibrium. Although the ground electronic state splits due to spin-orbit coupling, the lowering of the total electronic energy is very small (about 0.025 hartree) and the geometrical parameters are not affected. In contrast with the monomeric trichloride molecule, the bond angles of the dimer seem to be different for different electronic states, indicating the influence of the 4f electronic configuration on their structure. We carried out an anharmonic analysis of the out-of-plane vibration of the trichloride monomer and found that the vibration is considerably anharmonic at 39.5 cm(-1), compared with the 30.5 cm(-1) harmonic value.

  6. Local electronic structure and nanolevel hierarchical organization of bone tissue: theory and NEXAFS study

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    Pavlychev, A. A.; Avrunin, A. S.; Vinogradov, A. S.; Filatova, E. O.; Doctorov, A. A.; Krivosenko, Yu S.; Samoilenko, D. O.; Svirskiy, G. I.; Konashuk, A. S.; Rostov, D. A.

    2016-12-01

    Theoretical and experimental investigations of native bone are carried out to understand relationships between its hierarchical organization and local electronic and atomic structure of the mineralized phase. The 3D superlattice model of a coplanar assembly of the hydroxyapatite (HAP) nanocrystallites separated by the hydrated nanolayers is introduced to account the interplay of short-, long- and super-range order parameters in bone tissue. The model is applied to (i) predict and rationalize the HAP-to-bone spectral changes in the electronic structure and (ii) describe the mechanisms ensuring the link of the hierarchical organization with the electronic structure of the mineralized phase in bone. To check the predictions the near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) at the Ca 2p, P 2p and O 1s thresholds is measured for native bone and compared with NEXAFS for reference compounds. The NEXAFS analysis has demonstrated the essential hierarchy induced HAP-to-bone red shifts of the Ca and P 2p-to-valence transitions. The lowest O 1s excitation line at 532.2 eV in bone is assigned with superposition of core transitions in the hydroxide OH-(H2O) m anions, Ca2+(H2O) n cations, the carboxyl groups inside the collagen and [PO4]2- and [PO4]- anions with unsaturated P-O bonds.

  7. Atomistic study of the structural and electronic properties of a-Si:H/c-Si interfaces.

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    Santos, Iván; Cazzaniga, Marco; Onida, Giovanni; Colombo, Luciano

    2014-03-05

    We investigate the structural and electronic properties of the interface between hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and crystalline silicon (c-Si) by combining tight-binding molecular dynamics and DFT ab initio electronic structure calculations. We focus on the c-Si(100)(1×1)/a-Si:H, c-Si(100)(2×1)/a-Si:H and c-Si(111)/a-Si:H interfaces, due to their technological relevance. The analysis of atomic rearrangements induced at the interface by the interaction between H and Si allowed us to identify the relevant steps that lead to the transformation from c-Si(100)(1×1)/a-Si:H to c-Si(100)(2×1)/a-Si:H. The interface electronic structure is found to be characterized by spatially localized mid-gap states. Through them we have identified the relevant atomic structures responsible for the interface defect states, namely: dangling-bonds, H bridges, and strained bonds. Our analysis contributes to a better understanding of the role of such defects in c-Si/a-Si:H interfaces.

  8. Ab initio studies of the electronic structure of defects in PbTe

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    Ahmad, Salameh; Mahanti, S. D.; Hoang, Khang; Kanatzidis, M. G.

    2006-10-01

    Understanding the detailed electronic structure of deep defect states in narrow band-gap semiconductors has been a challenging problem. Recently, self-consistent ab initio calculations within density functional theory using supercell models have been successful in tackling this problem. In this paper, we carry out such calculations in PbTe, a well-known narrow band-gap semiconductor, for a large class of defects: cationic and anionic substitutional impurities of different valence, and cationic and anionic vacancies. For the cationic defects, we study the chemical trends in the position of defect levels by looking at series of compounds RPb2n-1Te2n , where R is vacancy or monovalent, divalent, or trivalent atom. Similarly, for anionic defects, we study compounds MPb2nTe2n-1 , where M is vacancy, S, Se or I. We find that the density of states near the top of the valence band and the bottom of the conduction band get significantly modified for most of these defects. This suggests that the transport properties of PbTe in the presence of impurities may not always be interpreted by simple carrier doping (from bound impurity states in the gap) concepts, confirming such ideas developed from qualitative and semiquantitative arguments.

  9. Electronic structure, properties, and phase stability of inorganic crystals: A pseudopotential plane-wave study

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    Milman, V.; Winkler, B.; White, J.A.; Pickard, C.J.; Payne, M.C.; Akhmatskaya, E.V.; Nobes, R.H.

    2000-04-20

    Recent developments in density functional theory (DFT) methods applicable to studies of large periodic systems are outlined. During the past three decades, DFT has become an essential part of computational materials science, addressing problems in materials design and processing. The theory allows one to interpret experimental data and to generate property data (such as binding energies of molecules on surfaces) for known materials, and also serves as an aid in the search for and design of novel materials and processes. A number of algorithmic implementations are currently being used, including ultrasoft pseudopotentials, efficient iterative schemes for solving the one-electron DFT equations, and computationally efficient codes for massively parallel computers. The first part of this article provides an overview of plane-wave pseudopotential DFT methods. Their capabilities are subsequently illustrated by examples including the prediction of crystal structures, the study of the compressibility of minerals, and applications to pressure-induced phase transitions. Future theoretical and computational developments are expected to lead to improved accuracy and to treatment of larger systems with a higher computational efficiency.

  10. Electronic structure of Calcium hexaborides

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    Lee, Byounghak; Wang, Lin-Wang

    2005-06-15

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

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

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    Kweon, Kyoung E.; Hwang, Gyeong S.

    2012-10-01

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

  12. Structural and electronic properties of V-doped cubic BN: A density functional theory study

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    Espitia R, Miguel J.; Díaz F, John H.; Rodríguez Martínez, Jairo Arbey

    2016-10-01

    The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of c-BN compound doped with V atoms were calculated by means of the pseudopotential method, employed exactly as implemented in computational Quantum ESPRESSO code. For the description of the electron-electron interaction, generalized gradient approximation (GGA) was used. A half-metallic behavior is predicted for the concentrations B0.9375V0.0625N and B0.875V0.125N, because of the fact that the majority spins are metallic and the minority spins are semiconducting. We found magnetic moments of 2.0 and 4.0 μβ per supercell, respectively. The main contribution to the magnetic moment comes from the V atom, with local moments of 1.61 μβ/V-atom. These compounds are good candidates for potential applications in spintronics and as spin injectors.

  13. Density functional study of structural, electronic, and optical properties of small bimetallic ruthenium-copper clusters.

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    Karagiannis, Efstathios E; Kefalidis, Christos E; Petrakopoulou, Ioanna; Tsipis, Constantinos A

    2011-05-01

    The structural, electronic, bonding, magnetic, and optical properties of bimetallic [Cu(n)Ru(m)](+/0/-) (n + m ≤ 3; n, m = 0-3) clusters were computed in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) using the full-range PBE0 nonlocal hybrid GGA functional combined with the Def2-QZVPP basis sets. Several low-lying states have been investigated and the stability of the ground state spinomers was estimated with respect to all possible fragmentation schemes. Molecular orbital and population analysis schemes along with computed electronic parameters illustrated the details of the bonding mechanisms in the [Cu(n Ru(m)](+/0/-) clusters. The TD-DFT computed UV-visible absorption spectra of the bimetallic clusters have been fully analyzed and assignments of all principal electronic transitions were made and interpreted in terms of contribution from specific molecular orbital excitations. Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Electron microscopic study of hemolysis: a proposal of formation of a weak structural region in the erythrocyte membrane.

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    Lin, P S

    1981-02-01

    Numerous theories have been advanced to explain the erythrocyte shape in terms of membrane structure. One of the most controversial points has been whether the erythrocyte membrane is a uniform shell. Electron microscopy studies of erythrocytes undergoing osmotic lysis show that the release of hemoglobin is confined to one large area, suggesting that this area is more fragile structurally than that of the rest of the surface membrane. Hypotheses are presented to explain the formation of structurally weak areas on the erythrocyte membrane.

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

  16. Electronic Structures of S-Doped Capped C-SWNT from First Principles Study.

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    Wang, L; Zhang, Yz; Zhang, Yf; Chen, Xs; Lu, W

    2010-04-14

    The semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotube (C-SWNT) has been synthesized by S-doping, and they have extensive potential application in electronic devices. We investigated the electronic structures of S-doped capped (5, 5) C-SWNT with different doping position using first principles calculations. It is found that the electronic structures influence strongly on the workfunction without and with external electric field. It is considered that the extended wave functions at the sidewall of the tube favor for the emission properties. With the S-doping into the C-SWNT, the HOMO and LUMO charges distribution is mainly more localized at the sidewall of the tube and the presence of the unsaturated dangling bond, which are believed to enhance workfunction. When external electric field is applied, the coupled states with mixture of localized and extended states are presented at the cap, which provide the lower workfunction. In addition, the wave functions close to the cap have flowed to the cap as coupled states and to the sidewall of the tube mainly as extended states, which results in the larger workfunction. It is concluded that the S-doped C-SWNT is not incentive to be applied in field emitter fabrication. The results are also helpful to understand and interpret the application in other electronic devices.

  17. Spectroscopic and Electronic Structure Studies of Phenolate Cu(II) Complexes

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    Ghosh, Somdatta; Cirera, Jordi; Vance, Michael A.; Ono, Tetsuya; Fujisawa, Kiyoshi; Solomon, Edward I.

    2009-01-01

    A combination of spectroscopies and DFT calculations have been used to define the electronic structures of two crystallographically defined CuII-phenolate complexes. These complexes differ in the orientation of the phenolate ring which results in different bonding interactions of the phenolate donor orbitals with the CuII, which are reflected in the very different spectroscopic properties of the two complexes. These differences in electronic structures lead to significant differences in DFT calculated reactivities with oxygen. These calculations suggest that oxygen activation via a CuI phenoxyl ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT) complex is highly endergonic (> 50 kcal/mol), hence an unlikely pathway. Rather, the two electron oxidation of the phenolate forming a bridging CuII peroxoquinone complex is more favorable (11.3 kcal/mol). The role of the oxidized metal in mediating this two electron oxidation of the coordinated phenolate and its relevance to the biogenesis of the covalently bound topa quinone in amine oxidase are discussed. PMID:18998639

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

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    Liu, Chang

    2011-01-01

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

  19. Relativistic Multireference Quantum Chemical Study of the Electronic Structure of Actinide Trioxide Molecules.

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    Kovács, Attila

    2017-03-17

    Actinide trioxide (AnO3, An = U, Np, Pu, Am, Cm) molecules have been investigated by relativistic multireference quantum chemical calculations with the goal to elucidate their electronic structures. The molecular geometries of the ground and selected excited electronic states have been optimized at the spin-orbit-free complete active space second-order perturbation theory (SF-CASPT2) level. The low-lying vertical excitation states have been computed and characterized by CASPT2 calculations taking into account spin-orbit coupling. The reason for the considerable lengthening of the equatorial An-O bond in AmO3 and CmO3 with respect to the other trioxides has been analyzed on the basis of valence molecular orbitals of the SF ground electronic states. For the bond in question a singly occupied π orbital has been identified, this orbital is doubly occupied in the other (An = U, Np, Pu) trioxides. The clarified electronic structures of the investigated AnO3 molecules confirmed the pentavalent character of Am and Cm in their trioxides in contrast to the hexavalent character of U, Np, and Pu.

  20. Temperature effect on lattice and electronic structures of WTe2 from first-principles study

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    Liu, Gang; Liu, Huimei; Zhou, Jian; Wan, Xiangang

    2017-01-01

    Tungsten ditelluride (WTe2) exhibits extremely large and unsaturated magnetoresistance (MR). Due to the large spatial extensions of Te-5p and W-5d orbitals, the electronic properties of WTe2 are sensitive to the lattice structures, which can probably affect the strongly temperature dependent MR found in the experiment. Based on first-principle calculations, we investigate the temperature effect on the lattice and electronic structures of WTe2. Our numerical results show that the thermal expansion coefficients of WTe2 are highly anisotropic and considerably large. However, the temperature (less than 300 K) has an ignorable effect on the Fermi surface of WTe2. Our theoretical results clarify that the thermal expansion is not the main reason for the temperature-induced rapid decrease of magnetoresistance.

  1. Studies on the storage effects and the peel structure of citrus irradiated by electron beam

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    Mei, Hua Fen

    1993-07-01

    When radiated with 0.5 kGy electron radiation, the peel structure kept normal, i.e. the waxy layer were thick, the oil cell and spongeous parenchyma cell arranged intensely, which results in plump fruits, lower rate of rot and weight loss during storage, and little bad influence on the flavour. The content of Vitamin C, total acid and total sugar were close to those of control.

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

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

    2012-05-01

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

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

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

    2015-06-24

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

  4. First Principles Study of Electronic Structure of BF3-NH3 Complex and Associated Properties

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    Dubey, Archana; Mahanti, Mahendra K.; Pink, Roger

    2005-03-01

    BF3 is a planar molecule with three-fold symmetry which is widely used to promote various organic reactions such as Friedel-Crafts acylations and alkylations. To obtain a thorough understanding of the mechanisms for this role of BF3, we are studying from first-principles the electronic structures of BF3 and its complexes with NH3. The procedure used is the first principles Hartree-Fock-Roothaan procedure combined with many body perturbation theory. The results for BF3-NH3 system will be reported, such as the binding energy and equilibrium geometry of the complex, the nature of the B-N bond and the changes in the B-F and N-H bond strengths on complex formation. The Nuclear Quadrupole Interactions of the ^19F* (spin 5/2), ^14N, ^11B, and ^2H will be presented and compared with available experimental data. (*) Present Address: Dept. of Physics, Uppsala University, Sweden (**) Also: Dept of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

  5. On an electron diffraction study of the structures of anthraquinone and anthracene

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    Ketker, S. N.; Kelley, M.; Fink, M.; Ivey, R. Charles

    1981-11-01

    The molecular structures of gaseous anthraquinone and anthracene have been studied by electron diffraction at nozzle tip temperatures of about 160°C and 135°C, respectively. Each molecule has D 2h symmetry to within experimental error. Anthraquinone resembles two benzene rings linked by ketone bridges with the bond distances ( ra) and bond angle given by r(CH) = 1.087(4) Å, r(CO) = 1.220(2) Å, r(C 9C 11)= 1.499(2) A, r(C 1C 11) = r(C 1 C 2) = r(C 2C 3) = r(C 11C 12)= 1.400(2) Å, ∠C 12C 10C 13 = 117.4(4)°, ∠C1C11C12= 120.1(2)°. For anthracene the bond lengths (r a) and the bond angles are r(CH) = 1.085 A (assumed), r(C 9C 11) = 1.392(6) Å, r(C 11C 1) = 1.437(4) Å, r(C 1C 2) = 1.397(4) Å, r(C 2C 3) = 1.422(16) Å, r(C 11C 12.)= 1.437(4) Å, ∠C 12.C 10C 13= 112(1)°, ∠C 1, C 11C 12 = 118.8(6)°.

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

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

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    Zuo, Zhiqi

    1997-01-10

    The Full Potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave (FPLAPW or FLAPW) method is used for a spin-polarized band calculation for ordered Fe3Pt. As major purpose, the momentum distributions of the spin-polarized electrons are calculated and compared with results from a magnetic Compton scattering measurement. To get related information, the electronic behavior is also analyzed by examining the partial densities of states and the spatial electron distributions; the role of alloying effects is then explored by studying the electrons in some related alloys: Fe3Ni, Fe3Pd, Ni3Pt and Co3Pt.

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

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    Zeng, Pingying

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

  9. Structural, electronic and adsorption properties of Rh(111)/Mo(110) bimetallic catalyst: A DFT study

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    Palotás, K.; Bakó, I.; Bugyi, L.

    2016-12-01

    Geometric and electronic characterizations of one monolayer rhodium with Nishiyama-Wassermann (NW) structure on Mo(110) substrate have been performed by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. In the NW structure the Rh atoms form a wavy structure propagating along the [001] direction, characterized by an amplitude of 0.26 Å in the [110] direction and by 0.10 Å in the [110] direction of the Mo(110) substrate. Strain and ligand effects operating in the rhodium film are distinguished and found to be manifested in the downward shift of the d-band center of the electron density of states (DOS) by 0.11 eV and 0.18 eV, respectively. The shift in the d-band center of Rh DOS predicts a decrease in the surface reactivity toward CO adsorption, which has been verified by detailed calculations of bond energies of CO located at on-top, bridge and hollow adsorption sites. The CO adsorption energies are decreased by about 35% compared to those reported for pure Rh(111), offering novel catalytic pathways for the molecule. An in-depth analysis of the charge transfer and the partial DOS characters upon CO adsorption on the NW-structured Rh(111)/Mo(110) bimetallic catalyst and on the pure Rh(111) surface sheds light on the bonding mechanism of CO and on the governing factors determining its lowered bond energy on the bimetallic surface.

  10. Vibrational, structural and electronic study of a pyridinium salt assisted by SXRD studies and DFT calculations

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    Labra-Vázquez, Pablo; Palma-Contreras, Miguel; Santillan, Rosa; Farfán, Norberto

    2017-03-01

    The molecular structure of 1-[2-oxo-2-(2-pyridinyl)ethyl]pyridinium iodide (C12H11IN2O) is discussed using an experimental (FT-IR/ATR, NMR, SXRD) and theoretical (DFT, B3LYP/6-311G**) approach. Compound 2 crystallized in the monoclinic P21/c space group with 4 molecules per unit cell and unit cell dimensions a = 7.5629 Å (3), b = 21.5694 Å (7), c = 7.8166 Å (3). The crystal packing is governed by ion-dipole contacts and π-π stacking. High electrostatic potential at the ethanone hydrogens was derived from DFT calculations, further explaining the acidity and reactivity of the molecule as a Michael donor.

  11. Study of electronic structure and magnetism at the relaxed SrTiO3/LaAlO3 interface

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    Ghosh, Soham; Manousakis, Efstratios

    2013-03-01

    The SrTiO3/LaAlO3 interface has been found experimentally to be metallic and magnetic, with bandstructure calculations linking both phenomena to polar catastrophe and surface oxygen vacancies. In this work, we use LDA+U to study the properties of this interface, allowing the ionic structure to be fully relaxed, and investigate the 2-dimensional nature of the electron gas formed at the junction. We present an effort to understand the role of electron-electron correlation on the interfacial collective phenomena, by constructing extended Hubbard-like models based on bandstructure calculation.

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

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

    2015-06-24

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

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

  14. First-principles studies of electric field effects on the electronic structure of trilayer graphene

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    Wang, Yun-Peng; Li, Xiang-Guo; Fry, James N.; Cheng, Hai-Ping

    2016-10-01

    A gate electric field is a powerful way to manipulate the physical properties of nanojunctions made of two-dimensional crystals. To simulate field effects on the electronic structure of trilayer graphene, we used density functional theory in combination with the effective screening medium method, which enables us to understand the field-dependent layer-layer interactions and the fundamental physics underlying band gap variations and the resulting band modifications. Two different graphene stacking orders, Bernal (or ABC) and rhombohedral (or ABA), were considered. In addition to confirming the experimentally observed band gap opening in ABC-stacked and the band overlap in ABA-stacked trilayer systems, our results reveal rich physics in these fascinating systems, where layer-layer couplings are present but some characteristics features of single-layer graphene are partially preserved. For ABC stacking, the electric-field-induced band gap size can be tuned by charge doping, while for ABA band the tunable quantity is the band overlap. Our calculations show that the electronic structures of the two stacking orders respond very differently to charge doping. We find that in the ABA stacking hole doping can reopen a band gap in the band-overlapping region, a phenomenon distinctly different from electron doping. The physical origins of the observed behaviors were fully analyzed, and we conclude that the dual-gate configuration greatly enhances the tunability of the trilayer systems.

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

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    Li, Jun; Chen, Xiaobo

    2012-02-01

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

  16. Structural and functional studies of multiheme cytochromes C involved in extracellular electron transport in bacterial dissimilatory metal reduction.

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    Tikhonova, T V; Popov, V O

    2014-12-01

    Bacteria utilizing insoluble mineral forms of metal oxides as electron acceptors in respiratory processes are widespread in the nature. The electron transfer from a pool of reduced quinones in the cytoplasmic membrane across the periplasm to the bacterial outer membrane and then to an extracellular acceptor is a key step in bacterial dissimilatory metal reduction. Multiheme cytochromes c play a crucial role in the extracellular electron transfer. The bacterium Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 was used as a model organism to study the mechanism of extracellular electron transport. In this review, we discuss recent data on the composition, structures, and functions of multiheme cytochromes c and their functional complexes responsible for extracellular electron transport in Shewanella oneidensis.

  17. Chromatin Higher-Order Structure Studied by Neutron Scattering and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Gerchman, S. E.; Ramakrishnan, V.

    1987-11-01

    Neutron scattering in solution and scanning transmission electron microscopy were simultaneously done on chicken erythrocyte chromatin at various salt and magnesium concentrations. We show that chromatin is organized into a higher-order structure even at low ionic strength and that the mass per unit length increases continuously as a function of salt concentration, reaching a limiting value of between six and seven nucleosomes per 11 nm. There is no evidence of a transition from a 10-nm to a 30-nm fiber. Fiber diameter is correlated with mass per unit length, showing that both increase during condensation. We also find that there is no essential difference between the mass per unit length measured by scanning transmission electron microscopy and neutron scattering in solution, showing that the ordered regions seen in micrographs are representative of chromatin in solution.

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

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    Yan, Xun-Wang; Huang, Zhongbing; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2013-11-28

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

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

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

    2011-11-15

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

  20. Ab-initio study of structural and electronic properties of AlAs

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    Munjal, N.; Sharma, G.; Vyas, V.; Joshi, K. B.; Sharma, B. K.

    2012-08-01

    The structural properties, i.e. equilibrium lattice constant, transition pressure, bulk modulus and its pressure derivatives, together with electronic properties, i.e. energy bands, Compton profile and autocorrelation function, of AlAs are presented in this work. The linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method of the CRYSTAL code was applied considering the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof correlation energy functional and Becke's ansatz for the exchange. The total energy of AlAs as a function of primitive cell volume has also been calculated for the zincblende (B3), nickel arsenide (B8), sodium chloride (B1) and cesium chloride (B2) phases. Structural parameters of the B3, B8, B1 and B2 phases are determined. The calculated structural parameters are found to be in good agreement with the results of previous investigations. The spherically averaged theoretical values of Compton profile are in good agreement with an earlier measurement. The LCAO calculation shows an indirect band gap of 1.85 eV, in reasonable agreement with earlier data. On the basis of the equal-valence-electron-density Compton profile, it is found that AlAs is more ionic compared to AlSb.

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  3. Structural, electronic and optical properties of BeH2: A density functional theory study

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    An, Xinyou; Zeng, Tixian; Ren, Weiyi

    2017-03-01

    Based on density functional theory, the structural, electronic and optical properties of α-, β-, γ-, δ- and ɛ-BeH2 have been investigated using the plane-wave pseudo-potential and Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno approaches. The calculated equilibrium structural parameters are in excellent agreement with the experimental and other theoretical results. The mechanical stabilities of BeH2 were determined by phonon spectrum calculation, indicating that α-, γ-, δ- and ɛ-BeH2 are dynamically stable, but β-BeH2 is dynamically unstable. The band structures and density of states of BeH2 were calculated and analyzed in detail. Four common characteristics of the valence bands and conduction bands for BeH2 were described. The α- and β-BeH2 exhibit direct band gap characteristics, and the γ-, δ- and ɛ-BeH2 are indirect band gaps. Mulliken population analysis of BeH2 indicates that the charge populations of H 1s and Be 2p states are very obvious, but Be 2s states are relatively weak; the charge transfers are from Be-H, and all of the BeH2 are mixture bonding materials (covalent + ionic bond) and the covalent character is obvious. By combining the electronic properties and frequency-dependent dielectric function ɛ(ω), the linear response optical properties of BeH2 were predicted with a photoelectron energy up to 30 eV.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  5. Ab Initio Study of Structural and Electronic Properties of (ZnO) n "Magical" Nanoclusters n = (34, 60).

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    Bovhyra, Rostyslav; Popovych, Dmytro; Bovgyra, Oleg; Serednytski, Andrew

    2017-12-01

    Density functional theory studies of the structural and electronic properties of nanoclusters (ZnO) n (n = 34, 60) in different geometric configurations were conducted. For each cluster, an optimization (relaxation) of structure geometry was performed, and the basic properties of the band structure were investigated. It was established that for the (ZnO)34 nanoclusters, the most stable are fullerene-like hollow structures that satisfy the rule of six isolated quadrangles. For the (ZnO)60 nanoclusters, different types of isomers, including hollow structures and sodalite-like structures composed from (ZnO)12 nanoclusters, were investigated. It was determined that the most energetically favorable structure was sodalite-type structure composed of seven (ZnO)12 clusters with common quadrangle edges.

  6. Ab Initio Study of Structural and Electronic Properties of (ZnO) n "Magical" Nanoclusters n = (34, 60)

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    Bovhyra, Rostyslav; Popovych, Dmytro; Bovgyra, Oleg; Serednytski, Andrew

    2017-01-01

    Density functional theory studies of the structural and electronic properties of nanoclusters (ZnO) n ( n = 34, 60) in different geometric configurations were conducted. For each cluster, an optimization (relaxation) of structure geometry was performed, and the basic properties of the band structure were investigated. It was established that for the (ZnO)34 nanoclusters, the most stable are fullerene-like hollow structures that satisfy the rule of six isolated quadrangles. For the (ZnO)60 nanoclusters, different types of isomers, including hollow structures and sodalite-like structures composed from (ZnO)12 nanoclusters, were investigated. It was determined that the most energetically favorable structure was sodalite-type structure composed of seven (ZnO)12 clusters with common quadrangle edges.

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

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

    2008-12-07

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

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

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    Sahoo, G. S.; Joshi, D. S.; Tripathy, S. P. E-mail: tripathy@barc.gov.in; Bandyopadhyay, T.

    2016-07-14

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

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

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

    2016-05-23

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

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

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

    2015-03-30

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

  11. Molecular structure of gaseous copper nitrate as studied by electron diffraction

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    Shibata, Shuzo; Iijima, Kinya

    1984-06-01

    The molecular structure of copper nitrate has been reinvestigated by gaseous electron diffraction. The experimental data were found to be consistent with a square-planar arrangement of the oxygen atoms of two bidentate nitrate groups. The bond distances and angles were determined as follows: CuO = 1.946 ± 0.003 A, NO(coordinated) = 1.298 ± 0.003 A, NO(terminal) = 1.205 ± 0.005 A, OCuO = 67.8 ± 0.2°. The sample of copper nitrate was also found to be considerably decomposed by heating at 150°C.

  12. Electronic structure of Fe-Pd alloys studied by using photoemission spectroscopy

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    Nahm, T.-U.

    2017-07-01

    We investigated the electronic structure of Fe x Pd1- x ( x = 0.25, 0.5, and 0.75) alloys by measuring valence-band and core-level photoelectron spectra. The Fe 3 d and Pd 4 d partial spectral weights were determined by using the Cooper minimum phenomenon of the Pd 4 d photoionization cross section. We found that the experimentally determined Fe partial spectral weight of Fe50Pd50 alloy differ much from the band calculation results, and we could not observe a spectral structure due to the Pd 4 d states mixed with the Fe 3 d majority states at the binding energy of 0.9 eV. We suggest that a plausible explanation for these discrepancies should be the spin-dependent lifetime of the Fe 3 d states.

  13. Site preference and electronic structure of Mn2RuSn: A theoretical study

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    Chen, Jianguo; Luo, Hongzhi; Jia, Pengzhong; Meng, Fanbin; Liu, Guodong; Liu, Enke; Wang, Wenhong; Wu, Guangheng

    2014-09-01

    The site preference, electronic structure and magnetism of a newly discovered Heusler alloy Mn2RuSn have been investigated. The Hg2CuTi-type (XA) structure is found to be energetically favored in Mn2RuSn. Mn2RuSn is a normal ferrimagnetic metal at equilibrium lattice constant, but with 2% contraction of the lattice, it becomes a half-metal with a spin moment of 2μB. A tetragonal martensitic transformation is predicted in Mn2RuSn. The total moment of the tetragonal phase is near zero, which results in a large ΔM between the saturation moments of martensite and austenite. Finally, in tetragonal Mn2RuSn, a high spin polarization ratio of 93% is predicted. These properties make Mn2RuSn a potential candidate for spintronics materials.

  14. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of carbon doped boron nitride nanowire: Ab initio study

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    Jalilian, Jaafar; Kanjouri, Faramarz

    2016-11-01

    Using spin-polarized density functional theory calculations, we demonstrated that carbon doped boron nitride nanowire (C-doped BNNW) has diverse electronic and magnetic properties depending on position of carbon atoms and their percentages. Our results show that only when one carbon atom is situated on the edge of the nanowire, C-doped BNNW is transformed into half-metal. The calculated electronic structure of the C-doped BNNW suggests that doping carbon can induce localized edge states around the Fermi level, and the interaction among localized edge states leads to semiconductor to half-metal transition. Overall, the bond reconstruction causes of appearance of different electronic behavior such as semiconducting, half-metallicity, nonmagnetic metallic, and ferromagnetic metallic characters. The formation energy of the system shows that when a C atom is doped on surface boron site, system is more stable than the other positions of carbon impurity. Our calculations show that C-doped BNNW may offer unique opportunities for developing nanoscale spintronic materials.

  15. Electronic structure of aluminium trihydride studied using soft x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopy

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    Takeda, Y.; Saitoh, Y.; Saitoh, H.; Machida, A.; Aoki, K.; Yamagami, H.; Muro, T.; Kato, Y.; Kinoshita, T.

    2011-10-01

    We have performed soft x-ray emission spectroscopy (SXES) and soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (SXAS) experiments on aluminum hydride α-AlH3. The occupied and unoccupied electronic states of the Al 3p partial density of states are obtained experimentally. By comparing the data from Al metal and α-AlH3, a band gap with a few eV is found for α-AlH3. In addition, the occupied states of α-AlH3 have a larger spectral intensity than that of Al metal, indicating an increase in the number of electrons with the Al 3p character through Al-H bond formations. The results of a band-structure calculation account for the formation of the energy gap and the increase of the Al 3p electrons qualitatively. This suggests that a covalent-like nature is important to the Al-H bond in α-AlH3.

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

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

    1988-10-01

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

  17. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of Structural Changes in the O Photointermediate of Bacteriorhodopsin

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    Chen, Deliang; Wang, Jennifer M.; Lanyi, Janos K.

    2007-01-01

    The structural changes of bacteriorhodopsin during its photochemical cycle, as revealed by crystal structures of trapped intermediates, have provided insights to the proton translocation mechanism. Because accumulation of the last photointermediate, O, appears to be hindered by lattice forces in the crystals, the only information about the structure of this state is from suggested analogies with the determined structures of the non-illuminated D85S mutant and wild type bacteriorhodopsin at low pH. We used electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy of site-directed spin labels at the extracellular protein surface in membranes to test these models. Spin-spin dipolar interactions in the authentic O state compared to the non-illuminated state revealed that the distance between helices C and F increases by ca. 4 Å, there is no distance change between helices D and F, and the distance between helix D and helix B of the adjacent monomer increases. Further, the mobility changes of single labels indicate that helices E and F move outward from the proton channel at the center of the protein, and helix D tilts inward. The overall pattern of movements suggests that the model at acid pH is a better representation of the O state than D85S. However, the mobility analysis of spin-labels on the B-C interhelical loop indicates that the anti-parallel β-sheet maintains its ordered secondary structure in O, instead of the predicted disorder in the two structural models. During decay of the O state, the last step of the photocycle, a proton is transferred from Asp85 to proton release complex in the extracellular proton channel. The structural changes in O suggest the need of large conformational changes to drive the Arg82 side-chain back to its initial orientation towards Asp85, and to rearrange the numerous water molecules in this region in order to conduct the proton away from Asp85. PMID:17196982

  18. Electron paramagnetic resonance study of structural changes in the O photointermediate of bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Chen, Deliang; Wang, Jennifer M; Lanyi, Janos K

    2007-02-23

    The structural changes of bacteriorhodopsin during its photochemical cycle, as revealed by crystal structures of trapped intermediates, have provided insights to the proton translocation mechanism. Because accumulation of the last photointermediate, O, appears to be hindered by lattice forces in the crystals, the only information about the structure of this state is from suggested analogies with the determined structures of the non-illuminated D85S mutant and wild-type bacteriorhodopsin at low pH. We used electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy of site-directed spin labels at the extracellular protein surface in membranes to test these models. Spin-spin dipolar interactions in the authentic O state compared to the non-illuminated state revealed that the distance between helices C and F increases by ca 4 Angstroms, there is no distance change between helices D and F, and the distance between helix D and helix B of the adjacent monomer increases. Further, the mobility changes of single labels indicate that helices E and F move outward from the proton channel at the center of the protein, and helix D tilts inward. The overall pattern of movements suggests that the model at acid pH is a better representation of the O state than D85S. However, the mobility analysis of spin-labels on the B-C interhelical loop indicates that the antiparallel beta-sheet maintains its ordered secondary structure in O, instead of the predicted disorder in the two structural models. During decay of the O state, the last step of the photocycle, a proton is transferred from Asp85 to proton release complex in the extracellular proton channel. The structural changes in O suggest the need of large conformational changes to drive the Arg82 side-chain back to its initial orientation towards Asp85, and to rearrange the numerous water molecules in this region in order to conduct the proton away from Asp85.

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

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    Matar, Samir F.

    2012-01-15

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

  20. Performance Analysis of Electronic Structure Codes on HPC Systems: A Case Study of SIESTA

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    Corsetti, Fabiano

    2014-01-01

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

  1. First-principles study of stability, electronic structure and magnetic properties of Be2C nanoribbons

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    Zhang, Jianmin; Xu, Chunyan; Zheng, Huiling; Du, Xiaobo; Yan, Yu

    2017-02-01

    First-principles calculations are carried out to investigate the stability, electronic structure and magnetic properties of Be2C nanoribbons (Be2C-NRs) with their ribbon axis along the a and b axes. It is found that except for b-Be2C-NR with the C site terminated edge, a-Be2C-NRs and other b-Be2C-NRs possess good structural stabilities at room temperature. In addition, H passivation enables b-Be2C-NR with C site terminated edge to stabilize at room temperature by saturating the dangling bonds at edges. Furthermore, stable a-Be2C-NRs and b-Be2C-NRs are all nonmagnetic semiconductors and their band gaps are significantly dependent on the edge configuration and the ribbon width. In contrast, H passivated b-Be2C-NR with C site terminated edge is half-metallic with a magnetic ground state, irrespective of the ribbon width. In particular, H passivated b-Be2C-NR with C site terminated edge has a strong intra-edge ferromagnetic coupling interaction in the ground state, and an inter-edge ferromagnetic interaction is found in small-width H passivated nanoribbon. The calculated density of states and the spin density distribution show that the p-p hybridization interaction involving polarized electrons is responsible for intra-edge and inter-edge ferromagnetic coupling.

  2. Density functional theory study of the electronic structure of fluorite Cu2Se

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    Råsander, Mikael; Bergqvist, Lars; Delin, Anna

    2013-03-01

    We have investigated the electronic structure of fluorite Cu2Se using density functional theory calculations within the LDA, PBE and AM05 approximations as well as the non-local hybrid PBE0 and HSE approximations. We find that Cu2Se is a zero gap semiconductor when using either a local or semi-local density functional approximation while the PBE0 functional opens up a gap. For the HSE approximation, we find that the presence of a gap depends on the range separation for the non-local exchange. For the occupied part in the density of states we find that LDA, PBE, AM05, PBE0 and HSE agree with regard to the overall electronic structure. However, the hybrid functionals result in peaks shifted towards lower energy compared to LDA, PBE and AM05. The valence bands obtained using the hybrid functionals are in good agreement with experimental valence band spectra. We also find that the PBE, PBE0 and HSE approximations give similar results regarding bulk properties, such as lattice constants and bulk modulus. In addition, we have investigated the localization of the Cu d-states and its effect on the band gap in the material using the LDA + U approach. We find that a sufficiently high U indeed opens up a gap; however, this U leads to valence bands that disagree with experimental observations.

  3. Density functional theory study of the electronic structure of fluorite Cu2Se.

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    Råsander, Mikael; Bergqvist, Lars; Delin, Anna

    2013-03-27

    We have investigated the electronic structure of fluorite Cu2Se using density functional theory calculations within the LDA, PBE and AM05 approximations as well as the non-local hybrid PBE0 and HSE approximations. We find that Cu2Se is a zero gap semiconductor when using either a local or semi-local density functional approximation while the PBE0 functional opens up a gap. For the HSE approximation, we find that the presence of a gap depends on the range separation for the non-local exchange. For the occupied part in the density of states we find that LDA, PBE, AM05, PBE0 and HSE agree with regard to the overall electronic structure. However, the hybrid functionals result in peaks shifted towards lower energy compared to LDA, PBE and AM05. The valence bands obtained using the hybrid functionals are in good agreement with experimental valence band spectra. We also find that the PBE, PBE0 and HSE approximations give similar results regarding bulk properties, such as lattice constants and bulk modulus. In addition, we have investigated the localization of the Cu d-states and its effect on the band gap in the material using the LDA + U approach. We find that a sufficiently high U indeed opens up a gap; however, this U leads to valence bands that disagree with experimental observations.

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

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

    1989-10-29

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

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

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    Corsetti, Fabiano

    2014-01-01

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

  6. The Study of Surface Diffusion and Growth Phenomena Using Electronic Structure Calculations.

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    Kaxiras, Efthimios

    1996-03-01

    Diffusion and growth phenomena on semiconductor surfaces represent one of the most challenging problems in the theory of materials. At the core of these phenomena are issues of kinetics and of the thermodynamic stability of surface structures. Such complex issues can be addressed accurately only through the use of first-principles electronic structure calculations in the framework of density functional theory. For realistic systems, these calculations are computationally demanding, but they provide a reliable description of the energetics and the electronic properties. In addition to prototypical systems like Si or Ge, the calculations can also handle successfully variations in the chemical composition, such as the presence of adsorbates (which can affect significantly both the kinetics and the equilibrium geometries on a surface). The results of these calculations can be combined with stochastic simulations and simple phenomenological models to provide direct comparison to experiment. We will illustrate the ability of this theoretical approach to tackle realistic problems of technological importance and to make predictions on the behavior of complicated systems, through several examples, including passivation of surfaces, surfactant mediated growth, and electromigration on stepped surfaces ( In collaboration with D. Kandel. This work was supported by ONR, Contract#N00014-95-1-0350. ).

  7. Electronic structures of Tl-based materials for γ-ray detectors; First-principles study

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    Song, Jung-Hwan; Jin, Hosub; Freeman, Arthur J.; Johnsen, Simon; Androulakis, John; Sebastian, Peter; Liu, Zhifu; Peter, John A.; Cho, Nam-Ki; Wessels, Bruce; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

    2011-03-01

    For Tl-based semiconductors, investigated to find good candidate materials for γ -ray detectors, we performed ab-initio calculations using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method to find their electronic structures and to estimate their physical properties such as band gaps, effective masses, absorption coefficients, dielectric constants, and work functions. Within the LDA scheme, the underestimation of the band gap is well-known and causes serious problems in obtaining optical properties. Therefore, we adopted the screened-exchange LDA (sX-LDA) scheme and acquired correct gap values close to experimental ones. With the sX-LDA, we found that Tl 6 I4 S and Tl 6 I4 Se have direct band gaps of 2.36 and 1.88 eV, respectively, and they exhibit dispersive bands near the band edges. Based on the calculated and experimental results, we discuss the relationship between atom species/crystal structure and electronic characteristics, and suggest several materials for γ -ray detectors. Supported by NSF (Grant No. ARI-MA CMMI-0938810).

  8. A~theoretical study on UV-spectroscopy, electronic structure and reactivity properties of sesquiterpenes

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    Hu, S.-X.; Yu, J.-G.; Zeng, E. Y.

    2010-10-01

    Sesquiterpenes, a class of biogenic volatile organic compounds, are important precursors to secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) in nature. Using density functional theory (DFT), conceptual DFT, time-dependent (TD) DFT, configuration interaction with single excitation (CIS), and Zerner's intermediate neglect of differential overlap (ZINDO) methods, the electronic structures, spectroscopy, and reactivity of sesquiterpenes were systematically investigated. Results from the CIS calculations show the best consistency in the excited energies and allow for assigning and predicting newly found sesquiterpenes. The results suggest that the first peaks in the ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectra for saturated and unsaturated isomers are σ-σ* and π-π* transitions, respectively. It can be deduced from the transit intensities of the isomers that an isomer with an endocyclic C = C bond presents weaker UV transition intensity than its corresponding exocyclic isomer. The electronic structures of these compounds were also analyzed by comparing published UV-spectroscopy with advanced theoretical calculations. α-Zingiberene and longicyclene are the most and least reactive in electron-transfer reactions, respectively. No quantitative linear relationships were discovered between the changes in transit energies, DFT chemical reactivity indices of isomers, different degrees of unsaturated C = C double bonds, or the number of substituents attached to the C = C bond. The larger steric hindrance of substituents or exocyclic C = C bond is related directly to higher chemical reactivity possessed by the isomer compared to a corresponding isomer with smaller steric hindrandce or with an endo C = C bond. These results are imperative to a better understanding of SOA production mechanisms in the troposphere.

  9. Electronic structure of sulfanilamides

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    Grechishkin, V.S.; Grechishkina, R.V.; Starovoitova, O.V.

    1986-05-01

    At present, about 30,000 derivatives of sulfanilamide are known. The establishment of a relationship between the structure of these compounds and their bacteriostatic activity is an urgent problem. In the present work, this problem is solved by means of NQR and NMR spectroscopy. Since the content of the /sup 14/N nuclei in these molecules is not high, to run the NQR, they used the double resonance method. Some samples of the sulfanilamides were studied by direct pulsed NQR method. The high resolution NMR spectra were run in heavy water solution on a RS-60MA spectrometer. All the measurements were carried out at 120/sup 0/K in the solid phase. The results of the calculation of eQq/sub zz/ for the NH/sub 2/ groups in the sulfanilamide residue are listed. To interpret the results by the MO LCAO method in the Hueckel approximation on the EC-1022 computer by a special FORTRAN program, they calculated the charged rho on an atom in the amino group with parameters of hetero atoms and coupling constants.

  10. Electronic structure investigations of quasicrystals

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    Rotenberg, E.; Theis, W.; Horn, K.

    2004-08-01

    We present a review of the determination of density of states (DOS) of quasicrystals using valence band photoemission spectroscopy. The absence of fine or spiky structure in the angle-integrated DOS of quasicrystals suggests the possibility of delocalized electronic states. These were confirmed with angle-resolved photoemission studies, which clearly establish the presence of dispersing features attributed to momentum-dependent bandstructure. Such dispersing states are observed not only for deeper-lying sp states, but also for d-derived bands near the Fermi level. Data from three different high symmetry surfaces of decagonal Al-Ni-Co, an ideal model system, are presented. We find that only a few dominant reciprocal lattice vectors are sufficient to describe the quasiperiodic potential, and the implications for electronic properties are discussed.

  11. Structural studies of influenza virus RNPs by electron microscopy indicate molecular contortions within NP supra-structures.

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    Gallagher, John R; Torian, Udana; McCraw, Dustin M; Harris, Audray K

    2017-03-01

    Ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes of influenza viruses are composed of multiple copies of the viral nucleoprotein (NP) that can form filamentous supra-structures. RNPs package distinct viral genomic RNA segments of different lengths into pleomorphic influenza virions. RNPs also function in viral RNA transcription and replication. Different RNP segments have varying lengths, but all must be incorporated into virions during assembly and then released during viral entry for productive infection cycles. RNP structures serve varied functions in the viral replication cycle, therefore understanding their molecular organization and flexibility is essential to understanding these functions. Here, we show using electron tomography and image analyses that isolated RNP filaments are not rigid helical structures, but instead display variations in lengths, curvatures, and even tolerated kinks and local unwinding. Additionally, we observed NP rings within RNP preparations, which were commonly composed of 5, 6, or 7 NP molecules and were of similar widths to filaments, suggesting plasticity in NP-NP interactions mediate RNP structural polymorphism. To demonstrate that NP alone could generate rings of variable oligomeric state, we performed 2D single particle image analysis on recombinant NP and found that rings of 4 and 5 protomers dominated, but rings of all compositions up to 7 were directly observed with variable frequency. This structural flexibility may be needed as RNPs carry out the interactions and conformational changes required for RNP assembly and genome packaging as well as virus uncoating.

  12. Structural and mutational studies of an electron transfer complex of maize sulfite reductase and ferredoxin.

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    Kim, Ju Yaen; Nakayama, Masato; Toyota, Hiroshi; Kurisu, Genji; Hase, Toshiharu

    2016-08-01

    The structure of the complex of maize sulfite reductase (SiR) and ferredoxin (Fd) has been determined by X-ray crystallography. Co-crystals of the two proteins prepared under different conditions were subjected to the diffraction analysis and three possible structures of the complex were solved. Although topological relationship of SiR and Fd varied in each of the structures, two characteristics common to all structures were found in the pattern of protein-protein interactions and positional arrangements of redox centres; (i) a few negative residues of Fd contact with a narrow area of SiR with positive electrostatic surface potential and (ii) [2Fe-2S] cluster of Fd and [4Fe-4S] cluster of SiR are in a close proximity with the shortest distance around 12 Å. Mutational analysis of a total of seven basic residues of SiR distributed widely at the interface of the complex showed their importance for supporting an efficient Fd-dependent activity and a strong physical binding to Fd. These combined results suggest that the productive electron transfer complex of SiR and Fd could be formed through multiple processes of the electrostatic intermolecular interaction and this implication is discussed in terms of the multi-functionality of Fd in various redox metabolisms.

  13. First-principles study of electronic structures and stability of body-centered cubic Ti-Mo alloys by special quasirandom structures.

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    Sahara, Ryoji; Emura, Satoshi; Ii, Seiichiro; Ueda, Shigenori; Tsuchiya, Koichi

    2014-06-01

    The electronic structures and structural properties of body-centered cubic Ti-Mo alloys were studied by first-principles calculations. The special quasirandom structures (SQS) model was adopted to emulate the solid solution state of the alloys. The valence band electronic structures of Ti-Mo and Ti-Mo-Fe alloys were measured by hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The structural parameters and valence band photoelectron spectra were calculated using first-principles calculations. The results obtained with the SQS models showed better agreement with the experimental results than those obtained using the conventional ordered structure models. This indicates that the SQS model is effective for predicting the various properties of solid solution alloys by means of first-principles calculations.

  14. First-principles study of electronic structures and stability of body-centered cubic Ti–Mo alloys by special quasirandom structures

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    Sahara, Ryoji; Emura, Satoshi; Ii, Seiichiro; Ueda, Shigenori; Tsuchiya, Koichi

    2014-01-01

    The electronic structures and structural properties of body-centered cubic Ti–Mo alloys were studied by first-principles calculations. The special quasirandom structures (SQS) model was adopted to emulate the solid solution state of the alloys. The valence band electronic structures of Ti–Mo and Ti–Mo–Fe alloys were measured by hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The structural parameters and valence band photoelectron spectra were calculated using first-principles calculations. The results obtained with the SQS models showed better agreement with the experimental results than those obtained using the conventional ordered structure models. This indicates that the SQS model is effective for predicting the various properties of solid solution alloys by means of first-principles calculations. PMID:27877690

  15. Study of the electronic structure of the interfaces between 2-TNATA and MoOx.

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    Lim, J T; Park, J W; Jhon, M S; Yeom, G Y

    2013-12-01

    In order to understand the characteristics of ohmic hole-contacts for the inverted/conventional organic light emitting devices, a hole-only device with all ohmic contacts, which is composed of glass/ITO/MoOx/4,4,4-tris[2-naphthyl-phenyl-amino]triphenylamine (2-TNATA)/MoOx/Al, the elements of the electronic structures of MoOx-on-2-TNATA interface and 2-TNATA-on-MoOx interface were investigated by photoemission spectroscopy, with regards to interface energetics, formative mechanism, and a potential charge carrier injection. The electronic structures revealed that the behavior of the interface between MoOx and 2-TNATA was different whether MoOx was deposited on (2-TNATA) or vice versa. The bottom interfaces of 2-TNATA-on-MoOx in this hole-only devices showed no hole-injecting barrier height (Phi(h)B) when the thickness of 2-TNATA was deposited in the range of 0.1 to 5.0 nm on the 10.0 nm-thick MoOx thin films. This has been explained to be attributed to both metal-induced gap states and a chemical reaction at the interfaces. The top interfaces of MoOx-on-2-TNATA in this hole-only device structure also showed no Phi(h)B when a hole was injected from the MoOx-on-2-TNATA interfaces to cathode. The hole-ohmic property in the top interfaces depends on interface dipole by the formation of charge transfer complexes as well as interdiffusion of MoOx into the 2-TNATA film in these interfaces.

  16. Electronic structure of RSb ( R=Y, Ce, Gd, Dy, Ho, Tm, Lu) studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Wu, Yun; Lee, Yongbin; Kong, Tai; ...

    2017-07-15

    Here, we use high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and electronic structure calculations to study the electronic properties of rare-earth monoantimonides RSb (R = Y, Ce, Gd, Dy, Ho, Tm, Lu). The experimentally measured Fermi surface (FS) of RSb consists of at least two concentric hole pockets at the Γ point and two intersecting electron pockets at the X point. These data agree relatively well with the electronic structure calculations. Detailed photon energy dependence measurements using both synchrotron and laser ARPES systems indicate that there is at least one Fermi surface sheet with strong three-dimensionality centered at the Γ point. Duemore » to the “lanthanide contraction”, the unit cell of different rare-earth monoantimonides shrinks when changing the rare-earth ion from CeSb to LuSb. This results in the differences in the chemical potentials in these compounds, which are demonstrated by both ARPES measurements and electronic structure calculations. Interestingly, in CeSb, the intersecting electron pockets at the X point seem to be touching the valence bands, forming a fourfold-degenerate Dirac-like feature. On the other hand, the remaining rare-earth monoantimonides show significant gaps between the upper and lower bands at the X point. Furthermore, similar to the previously reported results of LaBi, a Dirac-like structure was observed at the Γ point in YSb, CeSb, and GdSb, compounds showing relatively high magnetoresistance. This Dirac-like structure may contribute to the unusually large magnetoresistance in these compounds.« less

  17. Electronic structure of R Sb (R =Y , Ce, Gd, Dy, Ho, Tm, Lu) studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Wu, Yun; Lee, Yongbin; Kong, Tai; Mou, Daixiang; Jiang, Rui; Huang, Lunan; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Kaminski, Adam

    2017-07-01

    We use high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and electronic structure calculations to study the electronic properties of rare-earth monoantimonides RSb (R = Y, Ce, Gd, Dy, Ho, Tm, Lu). The experimentally measured Fermi surface (FS) of RSb consists of at least two concentric hole pockets at the Γ point and two intersecting electron pockets at the X point. These data agree relatively well with the electronic structure calculations. Detailed photon energy dependence measurements using both synchrotron and laser ARPES systems indicate that there is at least one Fermi surface sheet with strong three-dimensionality centered at the Γ point. Due to the "lanthanide contraction", the unit cell of different rare-earth monoantimonides shrinks when changing the rare-earth ion from CeSb to LuSb. This results in the differences in the chemical potentials in these compounds, which are demonstrated by both ARPES measurements and electronic structure calculations. Interestingly, in CeSb, the intersecting electron pockets at the X point seem to be touching the valence bands, forming a fourfold-degenerate Dirac-like feature. On the other hand, the remaining rare-earth monoantimonides show significant gaps between the upper and lower bands at the X point. Furthermore, similar to the previously reported results of LaBi, a Dirac-like structure was observed at the Γ point in YSb, CeSb, and GdSb, compounds showing relatively high magnetoresistance. This Dirac-like structure may contribute to the unusually large magnetoresistance in these compounds.

  18. Study of structural stability and electronic structure of nonstoichiometric CdS nano clusters from first principles.

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    Datta, Soumendu; Kabir, Mukul; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri; Sarma, D D

    2009-09-01

    Structural stability of small sized nonstoichiometric CdS nano clusters between zincblende and wurtzite structures has been investigated using first-principles density functional calculations. Our study shows that the relative stability of these two structures depends sensitively on whether the surface is S-terminated or Cd-terminated. The associated band gap also exhibits non-monotonic behavior as a function of cluster size. Our findings may shed light on contradictory reports of experimentally observed structures of CdS nano clusters found in the literature.

  19. First principle study of structural stability, electronic structure and optical properties of Ga doped ZnO with different concentrations

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    Berrezoug, H. I.; Merad, A. E.; Aillerie, M.; Zerga, A.

    2017-03-01

    Structural, electronic and optical properties of pure and Ga doped ZnO (GZO), with different concentrations (x  =  6.25%, 12.5% and 25%) are investigated by the ab initio full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method, using the exchange and correlation potential within the generalized gradient approximation and the modified Becke–Johnson (mBJ) exchange potential. In the present work, some electronic properties, such as the band structure and the density of states as well as some optical properties, such as the dielectric function ε(ω), the refractive index n(ω), the reflectivity R(ω) and the electron energy-loss L(ω) were improved. The calculated lattice constants and the optical band gap (3.27 eV) of pure ZnO were found to be in good agreement with the experimental results. We have shown that the increase of the Ga concentration in ZnO creates shallow donor states Ga-4s in the minimum of the conduction band around the Fermi level, increasing the optical band gap and the conductivity. The absorption edge, presents in the imaginary part of the dielectric function, moves to higher energy levels with increasing Ga concentration. The static refractive index and the reflectivity of GZO increased with the increasing Ga concentrations. The L(ω) spectrum shows a single metal property for pure ZnO, and two peaks were observed for GZO, a small one around 2 eV originated from Ga doping and a second moved to higher energies indicating that the metallic character is more present in GZO than in pure ZnO.

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

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

    2016-05-06

    Structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties of PtZr have been studied using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT). The energy against volume and enthalpy vs. pressure variation in three different structures i.e. B{sub 1}, B{sub 2} and B{sub 3} for PtZr has been presented. The equilibrium lattice parameter, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative have been obtained using optimization method for all the three phases. Furthermore, electronic structure was discussed to reveal the metallic character of the present compound. The linear optical properties are also studied under zero pressure for the first time. Results on elastic properties are obtained using generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange correlation potentials. Ductile nature of PtZr compound is predicted in accordance with Pugh’s criteria.

  1. An experimental and theoretical study on the electronic and structural properties of CdSe@TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Freitas, R G; Lucas, F W S; Santanna, M A; Mendes, R A; Terezo, A J; de Souza, G L C; Mascaro, L H; Pereira, E C

    2016-09-29

    In this work, the effects of the structural (crystallite size, stress) and electronic parameters (band gap, lifetime) on the photoelectrocatalysis and electron transport over CdSe electrodeposited inside TiO2-nanotubes (CdSe@TiO2NT) were investigated. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of TiO2 were used to elucidate the electronic band structure and to correlate with experimental values. CdSe was grown by pulsed electrodeposition into previous and late thermal-treated TiO2NT (Sample-PTT and Sample-LTT, respectively) without blocking the nanotube's entrance. The Rietveld refinement method was used to obtain information from crystallographic data of each photoelectrode. The lattice strains calculated from the Rietveld analysis for Sample-PTT and Sample-LTT were 0.472 and 0.540, and the average volume of the TiO2-anatase unit cell increased from 133.235(0) Å(3) to 136.950(6) Å(3), respectively. Sample-PTT exhibited higher experimental electron lifetime, larger than 1.0 order of magnitude compared to Sample-LTT photoanodes. The band structures and DOS obtained by computational modelling showed theoretical band gap values of 2.54 eV and 2.75 eV, which were close to the experimental values. All studies evidenced a strong dependence of the electronic properties of the CdSe@TiO2 samples on their morphology, and, consequently, on their photoelectrochemical activity in water splitting.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  3. Elucidating cerium + H2O reactivity through electronic structure: A combined PES and DFT study

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    Topolski, J. E.; Kafader, J. O.; Ray, M.; Jarrold, C. C.

    2017-06-01

    The anion photoelectron (PE) spectra of CexOyHz- products formed in sequential reactions between cerium oxide and hydroxide reactions with water are presented and interpreted with supporting density functional theory calculations. The PE spectra of CexOyHz- (x = 2, 3) complexes formed in the sequence of reactions initiated with CexOx- + H2O, exhibit a prominent photodetachment transition indicating that the highest occupied molecular orbital in these species can be described as combinations of Ce 6s atomic orbitals. The electrons in these diffuse orbitals reliably have low binding energies in the range of 0.6-1 eV. The combination of poor orbital overlap and low binding energy is amenable to ionic Cesbnd OH bond formation in reactions with water, rather than Cedbnd O bond formation, which is observed in more reduced clusters that have occupied Ce 5d-based molecular orbitals. Spectral simulations based on computational results, which predict numerous close-lying spin states arising from the singly occupied 4f orbital on each Ce center, support specific structural assignments for the Ce2OyHz- cluster series. A range of Ce3OyHz- products also exhibit the characteristic Ce 6s-based MO photodetachment transition. Based on comparison with calculations that predict stable cerium hydride structures, we infer that the sequence of Ce3OyHz- + H2O reactions proceeds along a path of metastable structures.

  4. Electronic band structures and excitonic properties of delafossites: A GW-BSE study

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    Wang, Xiaoming; Meng, Weiwei; Yan, Yanfa

    2017-08-01

    We report the band structures and excitonic properties of delafossites CuMO2 (M=Al, Ga, In, Sc, Y, Cr) calculated using the state-of-the-art GW-BSE approach. We evaluate different levels of self-consistency of the GW approximations, namely G0W0, GW0, GW, and QSGW, on the band structures and find that GW0, in general, predicts the band gaps in better agreement with experiments considering the electron-hole effect. For CuCrO2, the HSE wave function is used as the starting point for the perturbative GW0 calculations, since it corrects the band orders wrongly predicted by PBE. The discrepancy about the valence band characters of CuCrO2 is classified based on both HSE and QSGW calculations. The PBE wave functions, already good, are used for other delafossites. All the delafossites are shown to be indirect band gap semiconductors with large exciton binding energies, varying from 0.24 to 0.44 eV, in consistent with experimental findings. The excitation mechanisms are explained by examining the exciton amplitude projections on the band structures. Discrepancies compared with experiments are also addressed. The lowest and strongest exciton, mainly contributed from either Cu 3d → Cu 3p (Al, Ga, In) or Cu 3d → M 3d (M = Sc, Y, Cr) transitions, is always located at the L point of the rhombohedral Brillouin zone.

  5. Orbital Ordering in Cs2AgF4 - an electronic structure study

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    Kasinathan, Deepa; Koepernik, Klaus; Nitzsche, Ulrike; Rosner, Helge

    2007-03-01

    The argentate Cs2AgF4, first synthesized in 1974 has many similarities to the high-Tc cuprates, featuring AgF2 sheets in place of CuO2 sheets. While the undoped cuprates are antiferromagnetic, this argentate is ferromagnetic with a TCurie of about 15 K. Density functional calculations in the proposed tetragonal structure produce an itenerant half-metallic ferromagnet. Recent inelastic neutron scattering experiments have suggested an orthorhombic structure that allows an orbitally ordered ferromagnetic ground state. We performed electronic structure calculations using the LDA+U method on this system and were able to obtain an orbitally ordered ground state, not only for the newly proposed orthorhombic lattice but also for the orginal tetragonal lattice by constraining the bravais lattice and allowing the change of the atomic basis. In specific, very small changes in the position of the in-plane fluorine atoms already trigger an orbital ordering. Our calculated energy scale shows that this orbitally ordered state should be stable for all temperatures, consistent with the experiment.

  6. Theoretical study of relativistic effects in the electronic structure of Pu

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    Fernando, G. W.; Sevilla, E. H.; Cooper, Bernard R.

    2000-05-15

    We present a theoretical study of atomic and fcc Pu related to the treatment of relativistic effects and equilibrium fcc volume. The unusually large error in the theoretical fcc volume has been recognized as a fundamental problem of metal physics. The commonly employed second variational treatment of the spin-orbit splitting in Pu is found to have a large ({approx_equal}25%) error in dealing with the 6p semicore states but not the 5f states of the Pu atom. In fcc Pu, this error implies a corresponding nontrivial effect on various calculated equilibrium properties including the lattice volume. This points to the importance of correctly treating the localization of the 6p as well as the 5f electronic states in fcc Pu and thereby recognizing the importance of specific relativistic effects for the 6p electrons that appear to have been ignored up to now. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  7. Green's function and Dyson orbital studies of the electronic structure of cage compounds and flexible molecules: A confrontation of many-body quantum mechanics with electron momentum, photo-electron and penning ionization electron spectroscopies

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    Knippenberg, Stefan

    Electron Momentum Spectroscopy (EMS) has emerged in recent years as a powerful experimental technique for studying the valence electronic structure of molecules and solids. With such experiments, orbital Momentum Distributions (MDs) are reconstructed from an angular analysis of electron impact ionization energies in the limit of the binary encounter, the Born (sudden) and the plane wave impulse approximations. In this thesis, the possibilities and limitations of ubiquitous orbital depictions (Hartree-Fock, Kohn-Sham and Dyson orbitals) are emphasized through theoretical studies of EMS experiments on two extreme cases: rigid cage compounds and conformationally versatile molecules. These EMS studies employ benchmark Green's Function (GF) calculations of valence one-electron and shake-up ionization spectra, as well as spherically averaged MDs derived from the related Dyson orbitals. Shortcomings of empirical analyses of EMS experiments based on Kohn-Sham orbitals and the related eigen-energies are comparatively discussed. Our work demonstrates that, owing to recent advances in energy and momentum resolution, EMS is now at a stage to very finely image the influence of the molecular conformation on orbital topologies, or changes in the effective topology of orbitals at varying distances from the molecular center. GF and Dyson orbital calculations are advocated in particular in order to safely identify complications such as distorted wave effects, vibronic coupling, nuclear dynamics, or a breakdown of the standard orbital picture of ionization. As an example, ionization experiments at large enough electron binding energies seem to result into an ultrafast intramolecular Coulomb decay and fragmentation of norbornane. On the experimental side, our work also advocates accurate enough determination of the absolute temperature in ionization experiments of all kind.

  8. Electronic structure and optical properties of conjugated molecules: SAC-CI study

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    Ehara, Masahiro; Saha, Biswajit; Poolmee, Potjaman; Promkatkaew, Malinee; Hannongbua, Supa; Lu, Yun-peng; Nakatsuji, Hiroshi

    2012-12-01

    Electronic structure and optical properties of some organic conjugated molecules, that is the oligomers for organic-light emitting diodes (OLED), chelating hetero-atomic conjugated ligands, and UVB blocking molecules, have been investigated by the SAC-CI method. The absorption and emission spectra of these molecules were reproduced accurately. For OLED molecules, chain length dependence of the excitation and emission energies was evaluated for poly para-phenylene vinylene and poly para-phenylene. Thermal effect on the electronic spectra of fluorene-thiophene and its derivatives was examined with taking accounts the Boltzmann distribution. The photophysical properties of the chelating hetero-atomic molecules including pyridine-, benxazole-, and benzothiazole derivatives which are useful for electroluminescent metal complex were systematically calculated. The UVB blocking function of the methoxy substituted cinnamates was investigated with regard to the substitution position. The excited-state geometry relaxation of these molecules was interpreted based on the electrostatic force theory. The present work provides a useful basis for the theoretical design predicting the optical properties of the photo-functional molecules.

  9. Structure, electronic, and optical properties of TiO2 atomic clusters: An ab initio study

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    Chiodo, Letizia; Salazar, Martin; Romero, Aldo H.; Laricchia, Savio; Della Sala, Fabio; Rubio, Angel

    2011-12-01

    Atomic clusters of TiO2 are modeled by means of state-of-the-art techniques to characterize their structural, electronic and optical properties. We combine ab initio molecular dynamics, static density functional theory, time-dependent density functional theory, and many body techniques, to provide a deep and comprehensive characterization of these systems. TiO2 clusters can be considered as the starting seeds for the synthesis of larger nanostructures, which are of technological interest in photocatalysis and photovoltaics. In this work, we prove that clusters with anatase symmetry are energetically stable and can be considered as the starting seeds to growth much larger and complex nanostructures. The electronic gap of these inorganic molecules is investigated, and shown to be larger than the optical gap by almost 4 eV. Therefore, strong excitonic effects appear in these systems, much more than in the corresponding bulk phase. Moreover, the use of various levels of theory demonstrates that charge transfer effects play an important role under photon absorption, and therefore the use of adiabatic functionals in time dependent density functional theory has to be carefully evaluated.

  10. Electronic and geometric structure of Pu metal: A high-resolution photoelectron spectromicroscopy study

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    Terry, J.; Schulze, R. K.; Zocco, T.; Lashley, Jason; Farr, J. D.; Heinzelman, K.; Rotenberg, E.; Shuh, D. K.; Blau, M.; Tobin, J.

    2000-07-01

    Soft x-ray techniques (photon energy in the range of 10-1000 eV) such as photoelectron; x-ray emission; and near-edge, x-ray absorption spectroscopies have been used to determine the electronic structure of many (in fact most) materials. However, these techniques have not been fully utilized on the actinides. The safety issues involved in handling the actinides make it necessary to minimize the amount of radioactive materials used in the measurements. To our knowledge, the only synchrotron radiation source in the world where soft x-ray measurements have been performed on plutonium is the Spectromicroscopy Facility at Beam Line 7.0.1 at the Advanced Light Source (ALS). We performed core-level photoemission, valence band photoemission, and near-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy on both polycrystalline α-plutonium and δ-plutonium microcrystals.

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

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

    2015-03-28

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

  12. Effect of phenolic radicals on the geometry and electronic structure of DNA base pairs: computational study

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    Zarei, Mohammad; Seif, Abdolvahab; Azizi, Khaled; Zarei, Mohanna; Bahrami, Jamil

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we show the reaction of a hydroxyl, phenyl and phenoxy radicals with DNA base pairs by the density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The influence of solvation on the mechanism is also presented by the same DFT calculations under the continuum solvation model. The results showed that hydroxyl, phenyl and phenoxy radicals increase the length of the nearest hydrogen bond of adjacent DNA base pair which is accompanied by decrease in the length of furthest hydrogen bond of DNA base pair. Also, hydroxyl, phenyl and phenoxy radicals influenced the dihedral angle between DNA base pairs. According to the results, hydrogen bond lengths between AT and GC base pairs in water solvent are longer than vacuum. All of presented radicals influenced the structure and geometry of AT and GC base pairs, but phenoxy radical showed more influence on geometry and electronic properties of DNA base pairs compared with the phenyl and hydroxyl radicals.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  14. Mechanistic insights on the electronic properties and electronic/atomic structure aspects in orthorhombic SrVO3 thin films: XANES-EXAFS study.

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    Sharma, Aditya; Varshney, Mayora; Cheol Lim, Weon; Shin, Hyun-Joon; Pal Singh, Jitendra; Ok Won, Sung; Hwa Chae, Keun

    2017-03-01

    Correlations among the B-O6 octahedra distortions, existing polymorphous phases, band structures and electronic conductivities of ABO3 perovskites are matters for debate and require a deep understanding of their local atomic/electronic structures and diverse assets. In this study, to illustrate the distortion in V-O6 octahedra and its implication on the band structure and electronic properties, spectroscopic investigations on the RF-sputtering grown insulating SrVO3 thin films were employed using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). V K-edge and V L3,2-edge XANES, along with atomic multiplet calculations, have confirmed the 4+ oxidation state of V ions in the pristine and annealed SrVO3 thin films. Lower t2g/eg peak intensity ratio and smaller energy separation between t2g and eg peaks in the O K-edge XANES spectra, compared to the VO2 reference sample, have confirmed a larger V-O6 distortion in the orthorhombic SrVO3 thin films. Moreover, from the EXAFS data analysis, the local orthorhombic structure has been identified in the pristine and annealed SrVO3 thin films, compelling significant distortion in the V-O6 octahedra. Dimerization in the vanadium chains and V-V twisting, caused by V-O6 octahedra distortion, manifests a miscellaneous ligand field interaction between O 2p and V 3d orbitals and facilitates (i) a larger separation between the bonding and antibonding d‖ orbitals and (ii) an upward shift of the π* band in the band structure, leading to larger band gaps in the insulating SrVO3 thin films. Our spectroscopy results may open up new avenues for the mechanism of insulating/conducting character in other complicated perovskite materials using XANES-EXAFS.

  15. Anisotropic electronic band structure of intrinsic Si(110) studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Matsushita, Stephane Yu; Takayama, Akari; Kawamoto, Erina; Hu, Chunping; Hagiwara, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kazuyuki; Takahashi, Takashi; Suto, Shozo

    2017-09-01

    We have studied the electronic band structure of the hydrogen-terminated Si(110)-(1 ×1 ) [H:Si(110)-(1 ×1 )] surface using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and first-principles calculations in the framework of density functional theory with local density approximation (LDA). The bulk-truncated H:Si(110)-(1 ×1 ) surface is a good template to investigate the electronic band structure of the intrinsic Si(110). In the ARPES spectra, seven bulk states and one surface state due to the H-H interaction are observed clearly. The four bulk states consisting of Si 3 px y orbitals exhibit anisotropic band dispersions along the high symmetric direction of Γ ¯-X ¯ and Γ ¯-X¯' directions, where one state shows one-dimensional character. The calculated band structures show a good agreement with the experimental results except the surface state. We discuss the exact nature of electronic band structures and the applicability of LDA. We have estimated the anisotropic effective masses of electrons and holes of Si(110) for device application.

  16. Electronic structures of porous nanocarbons

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    Baskin, Artem; Král, Petr

    2011-01-01

    We use large scale ab-initio calculations to describe electronic structures of graphene, graphene nanoribbons, and carbon nanotubes periodically perforated with nanopores. We disclose common features of these systems and develop a unified picture that permits us to analytically predict and systematically characterize metal-semiconductor transitions in nanocarbons with superlattices of nanopores of different sizes and types. These novel materials with highly tunable band structures have numerous potential applications in electronics, light detection, and molecular sensing. PMID:22355555

  17. Electronic structures of porous nanocarbons.

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    Baskin, Artem; Král, Petr

    2011-01-01

    We use large scale ab-initio calculations to describe electronic structures of graphene, graphene nanoribbons, and carbon nanotubes periodically perforated with nanopores. We disclose common features of these systems and develop a unified picture that permits us to analytically predict and systematically characterize metal-semiconductor transitions in nanocarbons with superlattices of nanopores of different sizes and types. These novel materials with highly tunable band structures have numerous potential applications in electronics, light detection, and molecular sensing.

  18. Electronic structures of porous nanocarbons

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    Baskin, Artem; Král, Petr

    2011-07-01

    We use large scale ab-initio calculations to describe electronic structures of graphene, graphene nanoribbons, and carbon nanotubes periodically perforated with nanopores. We disclose common features of these systems and develop a unified picture that permits us to analytically predict and systematically characterize metal-semiconductor transitions in nanocarbons with superlattices of nanopores of different sizes and types. These novel materials with highly tunable band structures have numerous potential applications in electronics, light detection, and molecular sensing.

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

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

    2014-04-24

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

  20. Theoretical calculations of structural, electronic, and elastic properties of CdSe1-x Te x : A first principles study

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    M, Shakil; Muhammad, Zafar; Shabbir, Ahmed; Muhammad Raza-ur-rehman, Hashmi; M, A. Choudhary; T, Iqbal

    2016-07-01

    The plane wave pseudo-potential method was used to investigate the structural, electronic, and elastic properties of CdSe1-x Te x in the zinc blende phase. It is observed that the electronic properties are improved considerably by using LDA+U as compared to the LDA approach. The calculated lattice constants and bulk moduli are also comparable to the experimental results. The cohesive energies for pure CdSe and CdTe binary and their mixed alloys are calculated. The second-order elastic constants are also calculated by the Lagrangian theory of elasticity. The elastic properties show that the studied material has a ductile nature.

  1. A comparative study of the effect of gamma and electron beam irradiation on the optical and structural properties of polyurethane

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    Nouh, S. A.; Abutalib, M. M.

    2011-03-01

    The effects of both gamma and electron beam irradiation on the color changes of polyurethane were investigated. Samples from polyurethane were classified into two groups. The first group was exposed to gamma doses at levels between 20 and 200 kGy. The second group was exposed to an electron beam with similar doses. The transmission of these samples in the wavelength range 370-780 nm, as well as any color changes, was studied. The Commission International de E'Claire (CIE units X, Y and Z) methodology is used in this work for the description of the colored samples. Additionally, the color differences between the non-irradiated sample and those irradiated with different gamma or electron beam doses were calculated. The results indicate that the polyurethane polymer acquires color changes under gamma or electron beam irradiation, but the response of polyurethane to color changes by electron beam irradiation is higher than the response to gamma irradiation. The structural modifications in the gamma and electron beam-irradiated polyurethane samples have also been studied as a function of the dose using the refractive index and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy.

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

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

    2015-01-25

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

  3. High-precision electronic structure studies of thermoelectrics: Bi_2Te_3

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    Kim, Miyoung; Freeman, A. J.; Geller, C. B.

    2004-03-01

    The heavy-atom, narrow-bandgap semiconductor Bi_2Te3 is of centralcommercial importance for thermoelectric cooling. Detailed ab initio screened exchange(R. Asahi, W. Mannstadt, A.J. Freeman, Phys. Rev. B, 59), 7486 (1999) (sX-LDA) electronic structure calculations have been performed for Bi_2Te3 within the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW)footnote Wimmer, Krakauer, Weinert, Freeman, Phys. Rev. B 24, 864(1981) method, accounting for spin-orbit coupling self-consistently. An indirect bandgap of 0.155 eV is found for a conduction band (CB) minimum on the mirror plane containing the trigonal and bisectric axes, thus confirming the experimental(H. Köhler, Phys. Status. Solidi, 73), 95 (1976); 74, 591 (1976) and earlier theoretical(S. Youn, A.J. Freeman, Phys. Rev. B, 63), 085112 (2001) observations of sixfold-degenerate CB and VB extrema in doped Bi_2Te_3. The predicted sX-LDA bandgap value is <5% of the zero temperature-extrapolated experimental value(B.M. Golts'man, et.al., Thermoelectric Semiconductor Materials Based on Bi_2Te_3, English trans., US Nat. Tech. Info Center (1973).) (0.162 eV). These values compare with a predicted LDA bandgap^3 (on the mirror plane) of 0.045 eV. The carrier density dependence of the effective mass tensor and the Seebeck coefficient are explored using our accurate quasiparticle band structure.

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

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

    2005-01-01

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

  5. Nanoscale chromatin structure characterization for optical applications: a transmission electron microscopy study (Conference Presentation)

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    Li, Yue; Cherkezyan, Lusik; Zhang, Di; Almassalha, Luay; Roth, Eric; Chandler, John; Bleher, Reiner; Subramanian, Hariharan; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Backman, Vadim

    2017-02-01

    Structural and biological origins of light scattering in cells and tissue are still poorly understood. We demonstrate how this problem might be addressed through the use of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). For biological samples, TEM image intensity is proportional to mass-density, and thus proportional to refractive index (RI). By calculating the autocorrelation function (ACF) of TEM image intensity of a thin-section of cells, we essentially maintain the nanoscale ACF of the 3D cellular RI distribution, given that the RI distribution is statistically isotropic. Using this nanoscale 3D RI ACF, we can simulate light scattering through biological samples, and thus guiding many optical techniques to quantify specific structures. In this work, we chose to use Partial Wave Spectroscopy (PWS) microscopy as a one of the nanoscale-sensitive optical techniques. Hela cells were prepared using standard protocol to preserve nanoscale ultrastructure, and a 50-nm slice was sectioned for TEM imaging at 6 nm resolution. The ACF was calculated for chromatin, and the PWS mean sigma was calculated by summing over the power spectral density in the visible light frequency of a random medium generated to match the ACF. A 1-µm slice adjacent to the 50-nm slice was sectioned for PWS measurement to guarantee identical chromatin structure. For 33 cells, we compared the calculated PWS mean sigma from TEM and the value measured directly, and obtained a strong correlation of 0.69. This example indicates the great potential of using TEM measured RI distribution to better understand the quantification of cellular nanostructure by optical methods.

  6. Influences of Stone-Wales defects on the structure, stability and electronic properties of antimonene: A first principle study

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    Hu, Yonghong; Wu, Yunyi; Zhang, Shengli

    2016-12-01

    Defects are inevitably present in materials, and their existence strongly affects the fundamental physical properties of 2D materials. Here, we performed first-principles calculations to study the structural and electronic properties of antimonene with Stone-Wales defects, highlighting the differences in the structure and electronic properties. Our calculations show that the presence of a SW defect in antimonene changes the geometrical symmetry. And the band gap decreases in electronic band structure with the decrease of the SW defect concentration. The formation energy and cohesive energy of a SW defect in antimonene are studied, showing the possibility of its existence and its good stability, respectively. The difference charge density near the SW defect is explored, by which the structural deformations of antimonene are explained. At last, we calculated the STM images for the SW defective antimonene to provide more information and characters for possible experimental observation. These results may provide meaningful references to the development and design of novel nanodevices based on new 2D materials.

  7. Impact of proton transfer phenomena on the electronic structure of model Schiff bases: An AIM/NBO/ELF study

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    Panek, Jarosław J.; Filarowski, Aleksander; Jezierska-Mazzarello, Aneta

    2013-10-01

    Understanding of the electronic structure evolution due to a proton dynamics is a key issue in biochemistry and material science. This paper reports on density functional theory calculations of Schiff bases containing short, strong intramolecular hydrogen bonds where the bridged proton is located: (i) at the donor site, (ii) strongly delocalized, and (iii) at the acceptor site. The mobility of the bridged proton and its influence on the molecular structure and properties of the chosen Schiff base derivatives have been investigated on the basis of Atoms in Molecules, Natural Bond Orbitals, and Electron Localization Function theories. It has been observed that the extent of the bridged proton delocalization is strongly modified by the steric and inductive effects present in the studied compounds introduced by various substituents. It has been shown that: (i) potential energy profiles for the proton motion are extremely dependent on the substitution of the aromatic ring, (ii) the topology of the free electron pairs present at the donor/acceptor site, as well as their electron populations, are affected qualitatively by the bridged proton position, (iii) the distortion of the molecular structure due to the bridged proton dynamics includes the atomic charge fluctuations, which are in some cases non-monotonic, and (iv) topology of the ELF recognizes events of proton detachment from the donor and attachment to the acceptor. The quantitative and qualitative results shed light onto molecular consequences of the proton transfer phenomena.

  8. Spin-polarized structural, electronic and magnetic properties of intermetallic Dy 2Ni 2Pb from computational study

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    Arbouche, Omar; Azzaz, Yahia; Bendaoud, Hanifi; Belgoumène, Berrzoug; Driz, Mohamed; Abid, Hamza

    2012-03-01

    We report a first-principles study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of ternary plumbides (rare earth-transition metal-Plumb) Dy 2Ni 2Pb crystallizes with the orthorhombic structure of the Mn 2AlB 2 type (space group Cmmm), were studied by means of the full-relativistic version of the full-potential augmented plane wave plus local orbital method within the frame work of spin-polarized density functional theory (SP-DFT). The electronic exchange-correlation energy is described by generalized gradient approximation (GGA). We have calculated the lattice parameters, bulk modulii and the first pressure derivatives of the bulk modulii, total densities of states and magnetic properties. The calculated total magnetic moment is found to be equal to 9.52 μB.

  9. The role of nanographitic phase on enhancing the electron field emission properties of hybrid granular structured diamond films: the electron energy loss spectroscopic studies

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    Kurian, Joji; Jothiramalingam Sankaran, Kamatchi; Thomas, Joseph P.; Tai, N. H.; Chen, Huang-Chin; Lin, I.-Nan

    2014-10-01

    The electron field emission (EFE) properties of the hybrid granular structured diamond (HiD) films were markedly improved by N-ion implantation and annealing processes. The evolution of microstructure/bonding structure of the films due to these processes was investigated using the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and the electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), respectively. The N-ion implanted/annealed HiD films showed a low turn-on field of (E0)HiD = 7.4 V µm-1 with large current density of (Je)HiD = 600 µA cm-2, at 17.8 V µm-1, compared with pristine HiD films ((E0) = 10.3 V µm-1, (Je) = 95 µA cm-2 at the same applied field). While the TEM studies revealed only the microstructural evolution due to N-ion implantation/annealing processes, the EELS elucidated the change in bonding structure, namely the transformation between the sp3-bonded carbons and the sp2-bonded ones. Therefore, the combined TEM/EELS analyses provided more insight into understand the mechanism by which the N-ion implantation/annealing processes enhanced the EFE properties of HiD films. These studies clearly demonstrated that the N-ion implantation/annealing processes induced the formation of nanographitic clusters. These nanographitic phases form an interconnected path throughout the film surface facilitating the easy transport of electrons and thereby markedly enhancing the EFE properties for the N implanted/annealed HiD films.

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

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    Atta-Asafo-Adjei, E.

    1987-01-01

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

  11. Structural, electronic, and elastic properties of CuFeS2: first-principles study

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    Zhou, Meng; Gao, Xiang; Cheng, Yan; Chen, Xiangrong; Cai, Lingcang

    2015-03-01

    The structural, electronic, and elastic properties of CuFeS2 have been investigated by using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), GGA + U (on-site Coulomb repulsion energy), the local density approximation (LDA), and the LDA + U approach in the frame of density functional theory. It is shown that when the GGA + U formalism is selected with a U value of 3 eV for the 3d state of Fe, the calculated lattice constants agree well with the available experimental and other theoretical data. Our GGA + U calculations indicate that CuFeS2 is a semiconductor with a band gap of 0.552 eV and with a magnetic moment of 3.64 µB per Fe atom, which are well consistent with the experimental results. Combined with the density of states, the band structure characteristics of CuFeS2 have been analyzed and their origins have been specified, which reveals a hybridization existing between Fe-3d, Cu-3s, and S-3p, respectively. The charge and Mulliken population analyses indicate that CuFeS2 is a covalent crystal. Moreover, the calculated elastic constants prove that CuFeS2 is mechanically stable but anisotropic. The bulk modulus obtained from elastic constants is 87.1 GPa, which agrees well with the experimental value of 91 ± 15 GPa and better than the theoretical bulk modulus 74 GPa obtained from GGA method by Lazewski et al. The obtained shear modulus and Debye temperature are 21.0 GPa and 287 K, respectively, and the latter accords well with the available experimental value. It is expected that our work can provide useful information to further investigate CuFeS2 from both the experimental and theoretical sides.

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

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

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

    2015-02-15

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

  14. Photoelectron spectroscopy study of the electronic structures at CoPc/Bi(111) interface

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    Sun, Haoliang; Liang, Zhaofeng; Shen, Kongchao; Hu, Jinbang; Ji, Gengwu; Li, Zheshen; Li, Haiyang; Zhu, Zhiyuan; Li, Jiong; Gao, Xingyu; Han, Huang; Jiang, Zheng; Song, Fei

    2017-07-01

    Self-assembly of functional molecules on solid substrate has been recognized as an appealing approach for the fabrication of diverse nanostructures for nanoelectronics. Herein, we investigate the growth of cobalt phthalocyanine (CoPc) on a Bi(111) surface with focus on the interface electronic structures utilizing photoelectron spectroscopy. While charge transfer from bismuth substrate to the molecule results in the emergence of an interface component in the Co 3p core level at lower binding energy, core-levels associated to the molecular ligand (C 1s and N 1s) are less influenced by the adsorption. In addition, density functional theory (DFT) calculations also support the empirical inference that the molecule-substrate interaction mainly involves the out-of-plane empty Co 3d orbital and bismuth states. Finally, valence band spectra demonstrate the molecule-substrate interaction is induced by interface charge transfer, agreeing well with core level measurements. Charge transfer is shown to be mainly from the underlying bismuth substrate to the empty states located at the central Co atom in the CoPc molecules. This report may provide a fundamental basis to the on-surface engineering of interfaces for molecular devices and spintronics.

  15. Ab-initio study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of CdTe doped transition metal Co

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    Zitouni, A.; Bentata, Samir; Benstaali, W.; Abbar, B.

    2014-07-01

    The full potential linear augmented plane wave (FPLAPW) based on density-functional theory (DFT) is employed to study the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of transition metal Co doped CdTe. We have analyzed the structural parameters, charge and spin densities, total and partial densities of states within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The results show a Half-Metallic Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors (HM-DMS) character with an important magnetic moment. The results obtained, make the CoxCd1-xTe a potential promising candidate for application in spintronics.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  17. Study of the Electronic Structure of the Unconventional Superconductor Sr2RuO4 by the Embedded Cluster Method

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    Kaplan, Ilya G.; Soullard, Jacques

    After a short account of the present state in the superconductivity (SC), the non-copper perovskite ruthenate, Sr2RuO4, superconductor is discussed. This superconductor possesses unconventional spin-triplet symmetry of Cooper's pairs and has been a subject of intense researches. It was revealed that the substitution of Ru atoms by small amount of non-magnetic Ti atoms leads to creation of magnetic order and destruction of superconductivity. Comparative study of the electronic structure of pure and Ti-doped Sr2RuO4 was performed by the developed by our group embedded cluster method at the Hartree-Fock and MP2 electron correlation level. The representative cluster was embedded into the Madelung potential that mimic a real crystal. Accounting of interatomic interaction in our calculations leads, in contrast with the tight-binding model usually applied for study Sr2RuO4, to the large electron transfer from O to Ru. Already at the HF level the ionic model failed. At the MP2 level, the electron correlation considerably increases the electron transfer making the values of charges on atoms far enough from the charges in the formal ionic model. Calculation at the DFT level gives the similar results.

  18. Electronic structure quantum Monte Carlo

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    Bajdich, Michal; Mitas, Lubos

    2009-04-01

    Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) is an advanced simulation methodology for studies of manybody quantum systems. The QMC approaches combine analytical insights with stochastic computational techniques for efficient solution of several classes of important many-body problems such as the stationary Schrödinger equation. QMC methods of various flavors have been applied to a great variety of systems spanning continuous and lattice quantum models, molecular and condensed systems, BEC-BCS ultracold condensates, nuclei, etc. In this review, we focus on the electronic structure QMC, i.e., methods relevant for systems described by the electron-ion Hamiltonians. Some of the key QMC achievements include direct treatment of electron correlation, accuracy in predicting energy differences and favorable scaling in the system size. Calculations of atoms, molecules, clusters and solids have demonstrated QMC applicability to real systems with hundreds of electrons while providing 90-95% of the correlation energy and energy differences typically within a few percent of experiments. Advances in accuracy beyond these limits are hampered by the so-called fixed-node approximation which is used to circumvent the notorious fermion sign problem. Many-body nodes of fermion states and their properties have therefore become one of the important topics for further progress in predictive power and efficiency of QMC calculations. Some of our recent results on the wave function nodes and related nodal domain topologies will be briefly reviewed. This includes analysis of few-electron systems and descriptions of exact and approximate nodes using transformations and projections of the highly-dimensional nodal hypersurfaces into the 3D space. Studies of fermion nodes offer new insights into topological properties of eigenstates such as explicit demonstrations that generic fermionic ground states exhibit the minimal number of two nodal domains. Recently proposed trial wave functions based on Pfaffians with

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

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

    2010-10-24

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

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

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

    2013-08-07

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

  1. Strained rocksalt ScN: ab initio studies of electronic structure and lattice-dynamical properties

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    Ahmad, Sohail; Bouarissa, Nadir

    2017-05-01

    Generalized gradient approximation calculations are performed to determine electronic and lattice vibration properties of unstrained and strained rocksalt scandium nitride (ScN). In agreement with earlier studies, our results reveal that unstrained rocksalt ScN is an indirect gap semiconductor from the valence band at Γ point to the conduction band at the X point. The effect of strain is found to have a large variation of energy band gaps and optical phonon frequencies. A large longitudinal and transverse optical phonon frequencies splitting is noted for the material of interest suggesting thus a remarkable dynamic ionicity of rocksalt ScN which varies significantly when ScN is strained. This can lead to engineering novel behaviors and holds promise for new technological applications.

  2. Computational studies of the electronic structure of transition metal and p-block compounds

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    Forslund, Eva Linnea

    A series of calculations, using time-dependent density functional theory as implemented in the Amsterdam Density Functional (ADF) program, have been carried out on 2,3-dialkynyl-1,4-diazabuta-1,3-diene palladium molecules and their complexes in order to determine their electronic excitation energies for comparison with experimental UV/Vis absorption spectra. A molecular orbital explanation is presented for the bathochromic shift which occurs when hydrogen is substituted for a dimethyl amino-group in the para position of the aryl rings of the free ligands. The near infrared (NIR) absorption in the free diazabutadiene is found to be a HOMO LUMO transition, and the bathochromic shift was found to be due to a destabilising an-tibondirig interaction between the NNMe2 P[pi] and the aryl ring in the HOMO. It was found that palladium stabilises the LUMO and hence coniplexation reduces the HOMO-LUMO gap, causing a further bathochromic shift of the NIR absorption. The bond energies of the diatomic halogens (F2 I2) have been studied, using the ADF program, to gain an understanding of why F2 has an unusually low bond energy. The low F-F bond energy was found to be the result of a lower than expected electrostatic energy at the equihbrium bond length. This in turn is due to large electron-electron repulsion of F charge clouds. The gain in the electrostatic energy that occurs when the bond length is decreased from equilibrium is, however, outweighed by the increase in Pauli repulsion energy which is greater in F2 than in the heavier halogens due to the more rapidly varying orbital overlap. The potential energy surface of the C10+H02 reaction has been studied using the ADF program and the results compared with published data obtained using various ab initio and hybrid-DFT methods. The reaction was found to take place either on a singlet surface to form HCl and O3 via a transition state, or on the triplet surface to form HOCl and 02(3[sigma]) without any activation barrier being

  3. Valence electron energy loss study of Fe-doped SrTiO3 and a sigma13 boundary: electronic structure and dispersion forces.

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    van Benthem, K; French, R H; Sigle, W; Elsässer, C; Rühle, M

    2001-02-01

    Valence electron energy loss spectroscopy in a dedicated scanning transmission electron microscope has been used to obtain the interband transition strength of a sigma13 tilt grain boundary in SrTiO3. In a first step the electronic structure of bulk SrTiO3 has been analysed quantitatively by comparing VEELS spectra with vacuum ultraviolet spectra and with ab initio density of states calculations. The electronic structure of a near sigma13 grain boundary and the corresponding dispersion forces were then determined by spatially resolved VEELS. Also the effects of delocalization of the inelastic scattering processes were estimated and compared with results from the literature.

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

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

    2015-10-27

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

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

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

    2015-03-15

    Single crystals of guanidinium 4-nitrobenzoate (GPNB) have been grown by slow evaporation method. Grown crystals were characterized by FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV-Vis absorption and UV-Vis transmission spectroscopies. Crystal defects and surface morphology were studied by etching method. Dielectric properties of the crystal such as dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC electrical conductivity as function of frequency (50 Hz-5 MHz) at two temperatures (35°C and 100°C) were measured. The frequency and temperature dependence of dielectric behaviour were investigated. The equilibrium geometry, vibrational spectral analysis, intramolecular charge transfer interactions using NBO method, first order hyperpolarizability, molecular electrostatic potential and frontier molecular orbital analysis for GPNB have been studied using density functional theory at B3LYP/cc-pVTZ level. Vibrational spectral study reveals the presence of moderate and weak N-H⋯O bonds in GPNB. NBO analysis also confirms the presence of intramolecular N-H⋯O hydrogen bonding and investigates the stability as well as the intervening orbital interactions. The electronic absorption spectrum of the gas and water phases of GPNB were simulated using time dependent density functional theory and NBO transitions for the three lowest excited states were assigned and studied. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. First-principles studies on structural and electronic properties of GaN-AlN heterostructure nanowires.

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    Zhang, Haijun; Li, Yafei; Tang, Qing; Liu, Lu; Zhou, Zhen

    2012-02-21

    The structural and electronic properties of core-shell, eutectic, biaxial and superlattice GaN-AlN nanowires were studied through density functional theory computations. Due to more surface dangling bonds, nanowires with smaller diameters are energetically unfavorable. For the GaN-AlN heterostructure nanowires, their electronic properties highly depend on the GaN content, axial strain, configuration, and size. The valence bands are less affected by the GaN content, while the conduction bands depend on it. Hydrogen-passivated nanowires have much larger band gaps than their counterparts, since the surface states are removed by saturating the dangling bonds with hydrogen atoms. Moreover, due to multiple quantum-well structures, the confined electrons (holes) of superlattice nanowires become more localized and the difference of the mobility between the electron and hole becomes less apparent if the width of the barrier is larger. These findings are of value for better understanding heterostructure nanowires and their potential utilization. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2012

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

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

    1983-01-01

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

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

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

    1983-01-01

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

  9. First-principles study of pressure-induced phase transitions and electronic structure of Be3P2 polymorphs

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    Joshi, K. B.; Paliwal, U.

    2012-03-01

    Structural parameters and electronic bandgaps of two polymorphs of Be3P2 were determined using the first-principles periodic linear combination of atomic orbitals method within the framework of density functional theory implemented in the CRYSTAL code. We studied the tetragonal structure and the cubic O2-type polymorph of Be3P2 which is found to exist at high pressure. Coupling total energy calculations with the Murnaghan equation of state, equilibrium lattice constants and bulk moduli for tetragonal and cubic O2-type Be3P2 are reported. Isothermal pressure-induced structural phase transitions from tetragonal → cubic O2-type and cubic α → cubic O2-type are observed to occur at 25.5 GPa and 217.5 GPa, respectively, from enthalpy calculations. The electronic band structure calculations predict that both tetragonal and cubic O2-type polymorphs of Be3P2 have direct bandgaps of 1.45 eV and 1.22 eV, suggesting utility in IR sensors and detectors. Pressure-dependent band structure calculations were performed to obtain pressure coefficient and volume deformation potential.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  12. First principle studies of doping effects on the electronic and geometric structures of graphitic C3N4

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    Zuluaga, Sebastian; Stolbov, Sergey

    2013-03-01

    Layered carbon nitride g-C3N4 is a promising material as a photo-anode for the H production from water. By doping, the band gap (2.7 eV) can be tuned to the value optimal for efficient absorption of visible light irradiation. We present here our first principle computational study of the effects of doping with B, P and S on the geometric and electronic structures of g-C3N4 and compare them to experimental results. We have evaluated within density functional theory the energetics of various doping scenarios in terms of both thermodynamics and kinetics, and selected the energetically most favorable structures. Our calculations reveal important details of valence charge density redistribution upon the doping. The doping effect on the electronic density of states (DOS), in particular on band gap width, has been evaluated using an accurate GW method. We find the DOS to strongly depend on the doping geometry. The detailed analysis of the projected DOS provides significant insight into the mechanism underlying modification of the electronic structure upon doping.

  13. Structure and chemistry of epitaxial ceria thin films on yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates, studied by high resolution electron microscopy

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    Sinclair, Robert; Lee, Sang Chul; Shi, Yezhou; ...

    2017-03-18

    Here, we have applied aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) to study the structure and chemistry of epitaxial ceria thin films, grown by pulsed laser deposition onto (001) yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrates. There are few observable defects apart from the expected mismatch interfacial dislocations and so the films would be expected to have good potential for applications. Under high electron beam dose rate (above about 6000 e-/Å2s) domains of an ordered structure appear and these are interpreted as being created by oxygen vacancy ordering. The ordered structure does not appear at lower lose ratesmore » (ca. 2600 e-/Å2s) and can be removed by imaging under 1 mbar oxygen gas in an environmental TEM. EELS confirms that there is both oxygen deficiency and the associated increase in Ce3+ versus Ce4+ cations in the ordered domains. In situ high resolution TEM recordings show the formation of the ordered domains as well as atomic migration along the ceria thin film (001) surface.« less

  14. Structure and chemistry of epitaxial ceria thin films on yttria-stabilized zirconia substrates, studied by high resolution electron microscopy.

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    Sinclair, Robert; Lee, Sang Chul; Shi, Yezhou; Chueh, William C

    2017-01-06

    We have applied aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) to study the structure and chemistry of epitaxial ceria thin films, grown by pulsed laser deposition onto (001) yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrates. There are few observable defects apart from the expected mismatch interfacial dislocations and so the films would be expected to have good potential for applications. Under high electron beam dose rate (above about 6000 e(-)/Å(2)s) domains of an ordered structure appear and these are interpreted as being created by oxygen vacancy ordering. The ordered structure does not appear at lower lose rates (ca. 2600 e(-)/Å(2)s) and can be removed by imaging under 1 mbar oxygen gas in an environmental TEM. EELS confirms that there is both oxygen deficiency and the associated increase in Ce(3+) versus Ce(4+) cations in the ordered domains. In situ high resolution TEM recordings show the formation of the ordered domains as well as atomic migration along the ceria thin film (001) surface.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  19. Far-Infrared Studies of 2D and 1D Electrons in Ultra High-Mobility Gated Semiconductor Structures

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    Heron, R. J.; Lewis, R. A.; Rickel, D. G.; Clark, R. G.; Starrett, R. P.; Kane, B. E.; Facer, G. R.; Lumpkin, N. E.; Dzurak, A. S.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    1998-03-01

    Far-infrared (FIR) photoconductivity experiments are reported for extremely high-mobility gated GaAs-AlGaAs 1D and 2D structures in which the electron density and confining potential are separately adjustable by surface gates. Unprecedented mean free paths in excess of 100 μm are observed in ballistic transport measurements in 2D, and conductance quantisation is observed in 5 μm long 1D quantum wires. The electron density is tunable over two orders of magnitude. This allows detailed studies of cyclotron resonance (CR) at differing Landau level filling factors, ν. The samples are undoped, carriers being introduced by a top-gate, so comparisons can be drawn with similar studies in modulation-doped structures, in particular CR measurements in the extreme quantum limit (ν<<1) where a splitting of the CR line has previously been used to probe correlated electron physics. The extension of this work to FIR studies of quantum wires at milli-Kelvin temperatures is expected to provide a spectroscopic probe of 2D-1D coupling and correlation effects in 1D (Luttinger liquid), where the absence of random disorder becomes increasingly important.

  20. Electron affinities and electronic structures of o-, m-, and p-hydroxyphenoxyl radicals: a combined low-temperature photoelectron spectroscopic and Ab initio calculation study.

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    Wang, Xue-Bin; Fu, Qiang; Yang, Jinlong

    2010-09-02

    Hydroxyl substituted phenoxides, o-, m-, p-HO(C(6)H(4))O(-), and the corresponding neutral radicals are important species; in particular, the p-isomer pair, i.e., p-HO(C(6)H(4))O(-) and p-HO(C(6)H(4))O*, is directly involved in the proton-coupled electron transfer in biological photosynthetic centers. Here we report the first spectroscopic study of these species in the gas phase by means of low-temperature photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and ab initio calculations. Vibrationally resolved PES spectra were obtained at 70 K and at several photon energies for each anion, directly yielding electron affinity (EA) and electronic structure information for the corresponding hydroxyphenoxyl radical. The EAs are found to vary with OH positions, from 1.990 +/- 0.010 (p) to 2.315 +/- 0.010 (o) and 2.330 +/- 0.010 (m) eV. Theoretical calculations were carried out to identify the optimized molecular structures for both anions and neutral radicals. The electron binding energies and excited state energies were also calculated to compare with experimental data. Excellent agreement is found between calculations and experiments. Molecular orbital analyses indicate a strong OH antibonding interaction with the phenoxide moiety for the o- as well as the p-isomer, whereas such an interaction is largely missing for the m-anion. The variance of EAs among three isomers is interpreted primarily due to the interplay between two competing factors: the OH antibonding interaction and the H-bonding stabilization (existed only in the o-anion).

  1. Electronic structure of NaxCu1-xIn5S8 compounds: X-ray photoemission spectroscopy study and band structure calculations

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    Guillot-Deudon, Catherine; Harel, Sylvie; Mokrani, Arezki; Lafond, Alain; Barreau, Nicolas; Fernandez, Vincent; Kessler, John

    2008-12-01

    The aim of the present work is to complete a preliminary study concerning the electronic band structure investigations of NaxCu1-xIn5S8 compounds with 0≤x≤1 , which are expected to be formed at the Cu(In,Ga)Se2/In2S3 interface. The band structure calculations demonstrate that for the compounds containing both Na and Cu, as the Cu content increases the band gap tends to decrease, and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy measurements show that this variation is mainly due to valence-band-maximum shift along the solid solution. The band gap strongly depends on the nature of the monovalent cation, and the band structure calculations demonstrate that the d electrons of copper are responsible for the shift of the valence band. In addition, it is worth noting that the Cu-containing compounds have indirect gaps.

  2. Theoretical Studies of Electronic, Vibrational, and Structural Properties of Solids under Pressure.

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    1993-01-01

    Periodic Table . The pressure-dependences of Raman-active phonon modes of high-pressure, metallic phases of silicon, germanium, and tin are studied within the frozen-phonon approximation. In addition, the structural properties of a recently discovered orthorhombic phase of silicon are calculated. The aim of these two investigations is to understand and explain recent experimental results. A third investigation predicts the existence of an orthorhombic, high-pressure phase of germanium. (2) Part II focuses on group V of the Periodic Table . The

  3. Cut and paste RNA for nuclear magnetic resonance, paramagnetic resonance enhancement, and electron paramagnetic resonance structural studies.

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    Duss, Olivier; Diarra Dit Konté, Nana; Allain, Frédéric H-T

    2015-01-01

    RNA is a crucial regulator involved in most molecular processes of life. Understanding its function at the molecular level requires high-resolution structural information. However, the dynamic nature of RNA complicates structure determination because crystallization is often not possible or can result in crystal-packing artifacts resulting in nonnative structures. To study RNA and its complexes in solution, we described an approach in which large multi-domain RNA or protein-RNA complex structures can be determined at high resolution from isolated domains determined by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and then constructing the entire macromolecular structure using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) long-range distance constraints. Every step in this structure determination approach requires different types of isotope or spin-labeled RNAs. Here, we present a simple modular RNA cut and paste approach including protocols to generate (1) small isotopically labeled RNAs (<10 nucleotides) for NMR structural studies, which cannot be obtained by standard protocols, (2) large segmentally isotope and/or spin-labeled RNAs for diamagnetic NMR and paramagnetic relaxation enhancement NMR, and (3) large spin-labeled RNAs for pulse EPR spectroscopy.

  4. Electronic transport in nanoscale structures

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    Lagerqvist, Johan

    In this dissertation electronic transport in nanoscale structures is discussed. An expression for the shot noise, a fluctuation in current due to the discreteness of charge, is derived directly from the wave functions of a nanoscale system. Investigation of shot noise is of particular interest due to the rich fundamental physics involved. For example, the study of shot noise can provide fundamental insight on the nature of electron transport in a nanoscale junction. We report calculations of the shot noise properties of parallel wires in the regime in which the interwire distance is much smaller than the inelastic mean free path. The validity of quantized transverse momenta in a nanoscale structure and its effect on shot noise is also discussed. We theoretically propose and show the feasibility of a novel protocol for DNA sequencing based on the electronic signature of single-stranded DNA while it translocates through a nanopore. We find that the currents for the bases are sufficiently different to allow for efficient sequencing. Our estimates reveal that sequencing of an entire human genome could be done with very high accuracy in a matter of hours, e.g., orders of magnitude faster than present techniques. We also find that although the overall magnitude of the current may change dramatically with different detection conditions, the intrinsic distinguishability of the bases is not significantly affected by pore size and transverse field strength. Finally, we study the ability of water to screen charges in nanopores by using all-atom molecular dynamics simulations coupled to electrostatic calculations. Due to the short length scales of the nanopore geometry and the large local field gradient of a single ion, the energetics of transporting an ion through the pore is strongly dependent on the microscopic details of the electric field. We show that as long as the pore allows the first hydration shell to stay intact, e.g., ˜6 nearby water molecules, the electric field

  5. Theoretical electronic structure of structurally modified graphene

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    Dvorak, Marc David

    Graphene has emerged as a promising replacement for silicon in next-generation electronics and optoelectronic devices. If graphene is to be used in semiconductor devices, however, it must acquire an electronic band gap. Numerous approaches have been proposed to control the band gap of graphene, including the periodic patterning of defects. However, the mechanism for band gap opening and the associated physics in graphene patterned with defects remain unclear. Using both analytic theory and first-principles calculations, we show that periodic patterning of defects on graphene can open a large and tunable band gap, induce strong absorption peaks at optical wavelengths, and host a giant band gap quantum spin Hall phase. First, a geometric rule is analytically derived for the arrangements of defects that open a band gap in graphene, with one ninth of all possible patterns opening a band gap. Next, we perform ab-initio density functional calculations to compare the effects of structural vacancies, hexagonal BN dopants, and passivants on the electronic structure of graphene. Qualitatively, these three types of structural defects behave the same, with only slight differences in their resulting band structures. By adjusting the shape of structural defects, we show how to move the Dirac cones in reciprocal space in accordance with the tight-binding model for the anisotropic honeycomb lattice, while the fundamental mechanism for band gap opening remains the same. To quantitatively predict the band gap and optical properties of these materials, we employ many-body perturbation theory with Green's functions (GW/Bethe-Salpeter equation) to directly include electron-electron and electron-hole interactions. Structurally modified graphene shows a strong renormalization of the fundamental band gap over single particle descriptions, and a strong electron-hole interaction as indicated by strong exciton binding energies (> 0.5 eV). Finally, we show that structurally modified graphene

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

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

    2012-09-01

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

  7. Structural physiology based on electron crystallography

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    Fujiyoshi, Yoshinori

    2011-01-01

    There are many questions in brain science, which are extremely interesting but very difficult to answer. For example, how do education and other experiences during human development influence the ability and personality of the adult? The molecular mechanisms underlying such phenomena are still totally unclear. However, technological and instrumental advancements of electron microscopy have facilitated comprehension of the structures of biological components, cells, and organelles. Electron crystallography is especially good for studying the structure and function of membrane proteins, which are key molecules of signal transduction in neural and other cells. Electron crystallography is now an established technique to analyze the structures of membrane proteins in lipid bilayers, which are close to their natural biological environment. By utilizing cryo-electron microscopes with helium cooled specimen stages, which were developed through a personal motivation to understand functions of neural systems from a structural point of view, structures of membrane proteins were analyzed at a resolution higher than 3 Å. This review has four objectives. First, it is intended to introduce the new research field of structural physiology. Second, it introduces some of the personal struggles, which were involved in developing the cryo-electron microscope. Third, it discusses some of the technology for the structural analysis of membrane proteins based on cryo-electron microscopy. Finally, it reviews structural and functional analyses of membrane proteins. PMID:21416541

  8. Total energy study of the microscopic structure and electronic properties of tetragonal perovskite SrTiO3

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    Rubio-Ponce, A.; Olguín, D.

    2014-05-01

    To study the structural and electronic properties of cubic perovskite SrTiO3 and its stress-induced tetragonal phase, we have performed total energy calculations and studied the effect of oxygen vacancies on the electronic properties of tetragonal perovskite SrTiO3. The method used was the relativistic full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method. To obtain the geometry that minimizes the total energy, we relaxed the internal atomic sites of the tetragonal cell. As a result of this procedure, we have found that the titanium atoms move toward the plane of the vacancy by 0.03 Å, and the apical oxygen atoms move to the same plane by approximately 0.14 Å. These results are discussed in comparison with experimental data.

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

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    Rubio-Ponce, A.; Olguín, D.

    2014-05-15

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

  10. Carrier type inversion in quasi-free standing graphene: studies of local electronic and structural properties

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    Melios, Christos; Panchal, Vishal; Giusca, Cristina E.; Strupiński, Włodek; Silva, S. Ravi P.; Kazakova, Olga

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the local surface potential and Raman characteristics of as-grown and ex-situ hydrogen intercalated quasi-free standing graphene on 4H-SiC(0001) grown by chemical vapor deposition. Upon intercalation, transport measurements reveal a change in the carrier type from n- to p-type, accompanied by a more than three-fold increase in carrier mobility, up to μh ≈ 4540 cm2 V−1 s−1. On a local scale, Kelvin probe force microscopy provides a complete and detailed map of the surface potential distribution of graphene domains of different thicknesses. Rearrangement of graphene layers upon intercalation to (n + 1)LG, where n is the number of graphene layers (LG) before intercalation, is demonstrated. This is accompanied by a significant increase in the work function of the graphene after the H2-intercalation, which confirms the change of majority carriers from electrons to holes. Raman spectroscopy and mapping corroborate surface potential studies. PMID:26030153

  11. Aromatic interactions and rotational strengths within protein environment: An electronic structural study on β-lactamases from class A

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    Christov, Christo; Karabencheva, Tatyana; Lodola, Alessio

    2008-04-01

    β-Lactamases are important enzymes, responsible for bacterial resistance against β-lactam antibiotics. The enzymes from class A are the most common and the most intensively studied. Here we present our electronic structural study on the relationships between electrostatic interactions and chiroptical properties of three enzymes from class A in the following directions: (i) an integrated influence of environment and ionization state on the rotational strengths mechanisms of tyrosine chromophore in TEM-1 β-lactamase; (ii) an effect of electrostatic environment on the mechanisms of aromatic rotational strengths in β-lactamases from Streptomyces albus and Staphylococcus aureus.

  12. Electronic structure of wet DNA.

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    Gervasio, Francesco Luigi; Carloni, Paolo; Parrinello, Michele

    2002-09-02

    The electronic properties of a Z-DNA crystal synthesized in the laboratory are investigated by means of density-functional theory Car-Parrinello calculations. The electronic structure has a gap of only 1.28 eV. This separates a manifold of 12 occupied states which came from the pi guanine orbitals from the lowest empty states in which the electron is transferred to the Na+ from PO-4 groups and water molecules. We have evaluated the anisotropic optical conductivity. At low frequency the conductivity is dominated by the pi-->Na+ transitions. Our calculation demonstrates that the cost of introducing electron holes in wet DNA strands could be lower than previously anticipated.

  13. Electronic structure study of UV photodoping evolution on the TiO2 terminated SrTiO3

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    Zhang, Chaofan; Liu, Zhongkai; Chen, Zhuoyu; Jia, Chunjing; Wang, Yao; Xie, Yanwu; Li, Wei; Lee, James.-J.; Jia, Tao; Rebec, Slavko; Ma, Eric Yue; Mo, Sungkwan; Moritz, Brian; Moorer, Robert; He, Ruihua; Devereaux, T.-P.; Meevasana, Worawat; Shen, Zhixun

    The metallic two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) has been observed on the UV light irradiated bare SrTiO3 surface of various terminations ((001),(110),(111)) using angular resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). The study of electronic structure of 2DEG opens a window to study the complex physical properties on the bare SrTiO3 surface, such as the superconductivity, the high mobility and ferromagnetism. In this talk, we will show the clear polaron band that due to the electron phonon coupling formed at low carrier density gradually screening out and vanishing as the photodoping increases, instead of that, the quantum well states start appearing at higher doping level. Besides that, the upshifting of both the incoherent in-gap and deep valence states towards the Fermi level suggests a huge gap shrinking, which we believe to be the negative electronic compressibility on the 2DEG surface on SrTiO3. All the properties mentioned above were observed at all the three terminations. We also would like to compare their behavior at similar carrier density range.

  14. Theoretical studies on electronic structures and photophysical properties of anthracene derivatives as hole-transporting materials for OLEDs.

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    Chitpakdee, Chirawat; Namuangruk, Supawadee; Khongpracha, Pipat; Jungsuttiwong, Siriporn; Tarsang, Ruangchai; Sudyoadsuk, Taweesak; Promarak, Vinich

    2014-05-05

    The electronic structures and photophysical properties of anthracene derivatives as hole-transporting materials (HTM) in OLEDs have been studied by DFT and TD-DFT methods. Thiophene and triphenylamine (TPA) moieties are used as substituents in anthracene based HTMs providing FATn and FAPn compounds (n=1-2), respectively. The calculated electronic levels by B3LYP show proper energy matching of FAPn and hole-injecting layer (HIL), indicating that the hole-transports of the FAPn compounds are better than the FATn compounds. The photophysical properties calculated by TD-B3LYP elucidate that TPA in FAPn compounds acts as electron donating group and induces charge transfer character in the absorptions. Furthermore, the calculated ionization potential (IP), electron affinity (EA) and reorganization energies also revealed that the extended FAP2 compound has the highest charge-transporting ability among the studied compounds. The calculated results are consistent to our experimental observations showing that FAP2 exhibits bright fluorescence with highest quantum yield in electroluminescent devices. Understanding of these properties is useful for further design of new HTMs of desired properties, such as high efficiency and stability.

  15. Electronic Structure Principles and Aromaticity

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    Chattaraj, P. K.; Sarkar, U.; Roy, D. R.

    2007-01-01

    The relationship between aromaticity and stability in molecules on the basis of quantities such as hardness and electrophilicity is explored. The findings reveal that aromatic molecules are less energetic, harder, less polarizable, and less electrophilic as compared to antiaromatic molecules, as expected from the electronic structure principles.

  16. Electronic Structure Principles and Aromaticity

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    Chattaraj, P. K.; Sarkar, U.; Roy, D. R.

    2007-01-01

    The relationship between aromaticity and stability in molecules on the basis of quantities such as hardness and electrophilicity is explored. The findings reveal that aromatic molecules are less energetic, harder, less polarizable, and less electrophilic as compared to antiaromatic molecules, as expected from the electronic structure principles.

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

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

    2007-09-01

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

  18. Structural, phononic and electronic properties of Ge-doped γ-graphynes: A first-principles study

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    Liu, Junxian; Xin, Zihua; Yan, Xiao; Li, Hui; Yu, M.

    2017-05-01

    Three stable Ge-doped γ-graphyne-like structures have been systematically studied by first principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). These analogues were derived by substituting carbon atoms alternately with Ge atoms in the hexatomic ring of γ-graphyne family and referred to as GeC-graphyne, GeC-graphdiyne and GeC-graphyne-3. These novel systems were found to have planar structures with Ge atoms staying at hexagons with sp2-hybridization. Their dynamical stabilities were confirmed from calculated phonon dispersion spectrums, and their electronic band structures show direct band gap semiconducting behaviors with the band gaps of 1.186 eV, 0.967 eV and 0.828 eV, respectively, indicating that Ge-doping can effectively increase the band gap of pristine γ-graphyne family materials.

  19. Electronic structure and optical properties of ZnX ( X=O, S, Se, Te): A density functional study

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    Karazhanov, S. Zh.; Ravindran, P.; Kjekshus, A.; Fjellvåg, H.; Svensson, B. G.

    2007-04-01

    Electronic band structure and optical properties of zinc monochalcogenides with zinc-blende- and wurtzite-type structures were studied using the ab initio density functional method within the local-density approximation (LDA), generalized-gradient approximation, and LDA+U approaches. Calculations of the optical spectra have been performed for the energy range 0-20eV , with and without including spin-orbit coupling. Reflectivity, absorption and extinction coefficients, and refractive index have been computed from the imaginary part of the dielectric function using the Kramers-Kronig transformations. A rigid shift of the calculated optical spectra is found to provide a good first approximation to reproduce experimental observations for almost all the zinc monochalcogenide phases considered. By inspection of the calculated and experimentally determined band-gap values for the zinc monochalcogenide series, the band gap of ZnO with zinc-blende structure has been estimated.

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

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    Wu, Yang; Zhang, Tiantian

    2009-10-01

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

  1. Structural, electronic and spectral properties of carborane-containing boron dipyrromethenes (BODIPYs): A first-principles study.

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    Li, Xiaojun

    2017-10-05

    In this work, we reported the geometrical structures, electronic and spectral properties of the carborane-containing BODIPYs complexes using the density functional theory calculations. In two structures, the calculated main bond lengths and bond angels of structural framework are consistent with X-ray experiment, and the two BODIPYs complexes are thermodynamically and kinetically stable. The strongest DOS band is mainly dominated by the BB and BH σ-bonds of carborane fragment, whereas the π-type MOs on the pyrromethene fragment contribute to the high-energy DOS bands. Analysis of the AdNDP chemical bonding indicates that the carborane cage can be stabilized by eleven delocalized 3c2e and two delocalized 4c2e σ-bonds, while the pyrromethene fragment corresponds to five delocalized 3c2e π-bonds. In addition, the main characteristic peaks of the two simulated IR spectra for the BODIPYs complexes are properly assigned. Hopefully, all these results will be helpful for understanding the electronic structures, and further stimulate the study on the biological and medical applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Structural, electronic and spectral properties of carborane-containing boron dipyrromethenes (BODIPYs): A first-principles study

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    Li, Xiaojun

    2017-10-01

    In this work, we reported the geometrical structures, electronic and spectral properties of the carborane-containing BODIPYs complexes using the density functional theory calculations. In two structures, the calculated main bond lengths and bond angels of structural framework are consistent with X-ray experiment, and the two BODIPYs complexes are thermodynamically and kinetically stable. The strongest DOS band is mainly dominated by the Bsbnd B and Bsbnd H σ-bonds of carborane fragment, whereas the π-type MOs on the pyrromethene fragment contribute to the high-energy DOS bands. Analysis of the AdNDP chemical bonding indicates that the carborane cage can be stabilized by eleven delocalized 3csbnd 2e and two delocalized 4csbnd 2e σ-bonds, while the pyrromethene fragment corresponds to five delocalized 3csbnd 2e π-bonds. In addition, the main characteristic peaks of the two simulated IR spectra for the BODIPYs complexes are properly assigned. Hopefully, all these results will be helpful for understanding the electronic structures, and further stimulate the study on the biological and medical applications.

  3. Effects of the charge on the structural, electronic and reactivity properties of 43 substituted N-Phenylmaleimides. A DFT study

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    Cortes Hernandez, Hector F.; Castro, Miguel

    2016-12-01

    The structural, electronic, and reactivity properties of 43 N-phenylmaleimide derivatives were studied by means of first principles theoretical calculations performed at the B3LYP/6-311+G(d,p) level of theory. Neutral, positively and negatively charged derivatives were studied. Different donor- and attractor-electron groups, attached at the ortho, meta and para positions, were selected, allowing to search for the effects of the charge on the geometrical, energetic and reactivity properties of the generated compounds. Firstly, the calculated ground state (GS) structures are in near agreement with the reported experimental X-Ray data and provide insight on some main features of the observed infrared spectra. Besides, the GS geometries show that the torsion angle, of the phenyl-maleimide rings, is an important parameter that impacts the properties of the species and of the polymeric chains, formed from such N-phenylmaleimides. It was found that the torsion angles depends on the nature (donor or attractor) of the selected group, on the position (ortho, meta, or para) on which the substitution was done, and on the charge (0e, +1e, -1e). For each compound, the effects of the charge on the: torsion angles, electronic (atomic populations and molecular orbitals) and energetic parameters (ionization energies and electron affinities) were studied. This information allows determining the chemical potentials, hardness, softness as well as the Fukui functions. Thus, the reactivity properties of these compounds were determined at this level of treatment. In neutral N-phenylmaleimides, the electrophylic attack mainly proceeds via the phenyl ring whereas the nucleophylic behavior is mostly defined by the imide group. These behaviors are enhanced on the cation and anion, respectively. Changes of these properties, produced by the substituent groups, are addressed.

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

    A Cu–Co composite material is chosen as a model system to study structural evolution and phase formations during severe plastic deformation. The evolving microstructures as a function of the applied strain were characterized at the micro-, nano-, and atomic scale-levels by combining scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy including energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The amount of intermixing between the two phases at different strains was examined at the atomic scale using atom probe tomography as complimentary method. It is shown that Co particles are dissolved in the Cu matrix during severe plastic deformation to a remarkable extent and their size, number, and volume fraction were quantitatively determined during the deformation process. From the results, it can be concluded that supersaturated solid solutions up to 26 at.% Co in a fcc Cu–26 at.% Co alloy are obtained during deformation. However, the distribution of Co was found to be inhomogeneous even at the highest degree of investigated strain. PMID:26523113

  6. First principles study of structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of the cubic perovskite BaHfO 3

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    Bouhemadou, A.; Djabi, F.; Khenata, R.

    2008-06-01

    First principles study of structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of the cubic perovskite-type BaHfO 3 has been reported using the pseudo-potential plane wave method within the local density approximation. The calculated equilibrium lattice is in a reasonable agreement with the available experimental data. The elastic constants and their pressure dependence are calculated using the static finite strain technique. A linear pressure dependence of the elastic stiffnesses is found. Band structures show that BaHfO 3 is a direct band gap between the occupied O 2 p and unoccupied Hf d states. The variation of the gap versus pressure is well fitted to a quadratic function. Furthermore, in order to understand the optical properties of BaHfO 3, the dielectric function, absorption coefficient, optical reflectivity, refractive index, extinction coefficient, and electron energy loss are calculated for radiation up to 30 eV. We have found that O 2 p states and Hf 5 d states play a major role in the optical transitions as initial and final states, respectively. This is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of the elastic, electronic and optical properties of BaHfO 3 compound, and it still awaits experimental confirmation.

  7. Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of Y(n)O (n=2-14) clusters: Density functional study.

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    Yang, Zhi; Xiong, Shi-Jie

    2008-09-28

    The geometries stability, electronic properties, and magnetism of Y(n)O clusters up to n=14 are systematically studied with density functional theory. In the lowest-energy structures of Y(n)O clusters, the equilibrium site of the oxygen atom gradually moves from an outer site of the cluster, via a surface site, and finally, to an interior site as the number of the Y atoms increases from 2 to 14. Starting from n=12, the O atom falls into the center of the cluster with the Y atoms forming the outer frame. The results show that clusters with n=2, 4, 8, and 12 are more stable than their respective neighbors, and that the total magnetic moments of Y(n)O clusters are all quite small except Y(12)O cluster. The lowest-energy structure of Y(12)O cluster is a perfect icosahedron with a large magnetic moment 6mu(B). In addition, we find that the total magnetic moments are quenched for n=2, 6, and 8 due to the closed-shell electronic configuration. The calculated ionization potentials and electron affinities are in good agreement with the experimental results, which imply that the present theoretical treatments are satisfactory.

  8. First principles study of electronic structure dependent optical properties of oxychalcogenides BiOCuCh (Ch = S, Se, Te)

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    Ul Islam, A. K. M. Farid; Helal, M. A.; Liton, M. N. H.; Kamruzzaman, M.; Islam, H. M. Tariqul

    2016-11-01

    The optical properties of BiOCuCh and their dependency on the electronic structures are investigated using first principles study. Modified Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation functional for solids are used to optimize lattice parameters. These optimized lattice parameters are used to calculate the electronic energy band, density of state and optical properties. It is observed that the optical constants are dependent on the energy band gap and also on the contribution of Copper and Chalcogen atoms in the formation of electronic band structure. The obtained results reveal that the optical constants are dominated by the inter-band transitions. In the case of higher incident photon energy these materials behave like metal, where optical constants are dominated by the free carriers. The obtained optical band gaps 0.60, 0.56 and 0.55 eV for BiOCuS, BiOCuSe and BiOCuTe, respectively are consistent with available theoretical results. We also calculate the carrier concentration, electrical conductivity, effective mass of the carrier and their temperature dependency using semi-classical BoltzTraP package. Among these three materials BiOCuTe shows higher electrical conductivity. Analyzing their optical properties, we conclude that these materials are useful in the optoelectronic devices such as coating materials, high frequency reflector, infrared radiation detector and emitter and also important to design quantum devices.

  9. First principles study of electronic structure dependent optical properties of oxychalcogenides BiOCu Ch ( Ch = S, Se, Te)

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    Ul Islam, A. K. M. Farid; Helal, M. A.; Liton, M. N. H.; Kamruzzaman, M.; Islam, H. M. Tariqul

    2017-04-01

    The optical properties of BiOCu Ch and their dependency on the electronic structures are investigated using first principles study. Modified Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation functional for solids are used to optimize lattice parameters. These optimized lattice parameters are used to calculate the electronic energy band, density of state and optical properties. It is observed that the optical constants are dependent on the energy band gap and also on the contribution of Copper and Chalcogen atoms in the formation of electronic band structure. The obtained results reveal that the optical constants are dominated by the inter-band transitions. In the case of higher incident photon energy these materials behave like metal, where optical constants are dominated by the free carriers. The obtained optical band gaps 0.60, 0.56 and 0.55 eV for BiOCuS, BiOCuSe and BiOCuTe, respectively are consistent with available theoretical results. We also calculate the carrier concentration, electrical conductivity, effective mass of the carrier and their temperature dependency using semi-classical BoltzTraP package. Among these three materials BiOCuTe shows higher electrical conductivity. Analyzing their optical properties, we conclude that these materials are useful in the optoelectronic devices such as coating materials, high frequency reflector, infrared radiation detector and emitter and also important to design quantum devices.

  10. Electron spin resonance and electron spin echo modulation studies of N,N,N',N'-tetramethylbenzidine photoionization in sodium dodecyl sulfate micelles: structural effects of alcohol addition

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    Baglioni, P.; Kevan, L.

    1987-04-09

    Electron spin echo modulation (ESEM) and electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra of the photogenerated N,N,N',N'-tetramethylbenzidine cation radical (TMB/sup +/) in frozen micellar solutions of sodium dodecyl sulfate containing 2-propanol, 1-propanol, 1-pentanol, 1-octanol, 2-propanol-d/sub 7/, and 1-octanol-d/sub 17/ in H/sub 2/O and D/sub 2/O have been studied as a function of the alcohol concentration from 0 to 200 mM. Modulation effects due to the TMB/sup +/ interactions with deuteriums in D/sub 2/O and in 2-propanol-d/sub 7/ or 1-octanol-d/sub 17/ give direct evidence that 2-propanol is mainly located at the micellar interface whereas the alkyl chain of 1-octanol is located deeper into the micelle. Alcohol addition leads to an increase of water penetration into the micellar interface in the order 1-propanol < 2-propanol approx.= 1-pentanol < 1-octanol. The initial efficiency of charge separation upon potoionization of TMB as a function of alcohol concentration correlates with the degree of water penetration into the micelle, but the maximum photoionization efficiency seems more related to the degree of water organization at the micellar surface due to specific perturbing effects on the micellar structure dependent on the alcohol structure.

  11. The structural, electronic and phonon behavior of CsPbI{sub 3}: A first principles study

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

    2016-05-06

    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, CsPbI{sub 3} 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.

  12. Study of structural, magnetic and electronic properties of Ni-Fe-Ga based ferromagnetic shape memory alloys

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    Baral, Madhusmita; Roy, Tufan; Mondal, Balaji; Chakrabarti, Aparna; Ganguli, Tapas

    2017-05-01

    The structural, magnetic and electronic properties of two samples with nominal compositions Ni50Fe20Ga30 (NFG-1) and Ni45Fe25Ga30 (NFG-2) have been studied. With increasing Fe substitution in place of Ni atoms, the valence electron concentration per unit cell (e/a) ratio decreased from 7.59 to 7.42. This decrease in e/a ratio results in increase Tc and saturation magnetization in NFG-2 compared to NFG-1. Photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) measurements have been carried out at 20 K and 300 K for both the samples. A comparison of the calculated (first principles) and the measured density of states (by PES) show that NFG-1 undergoes a martensite phase transition, whereas no such transition is observed for NFG-2.

  13. Hybrid density functional study of structural and electronic properties of functionalized Tin+1Xn (X=C, N) monolayers

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    Xie, Yu; Kent, P. R. C.

    2013-06-01

    Density functional theory simulations with conventional (PBE) and hybrid (HSE06) functionals were performed to investigate the structural and electronic properties of MXene monolayers, Tin+1Cn and Tin+1Nn (n=1-9) with surfaces terminated by O, F, H, and OH groups. We find that PBE and HSE06 give similar results. Without functional groups, MXenes have magnetically ordered ground states. All the studied materials are metallic except for Ti2CO2, which we predict to be semiconducting. The calculated density of states at the Fermi level of the thicker MXenes (n⩾5) is much higher than for thin MXenes, indicating that properties such as electronic conductivity and surface chemistry will be different. In general, the carbides and nitrides behave differently with the same functional groups.

  14. Strong interplay between structure and electronic properties in CuIn(S,Se){2}: a first-principles study.

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    Vidal, Julien; Botti, Silvana; Olsson, Pär; Guillemoles, Jean-François; Reining, Lucia

    2010-02-05

    We present a first-principles study of the electronic properties of CuIn(S,Se){2} (CIS) using state-of-the-art self-consistent GW and hybrid functionals. The calculated band gap depends strongly on the anion displacement u, an internal structural parameter that measures lattice distortion. This contrasts with the observed stability of the band gap of CIS solar panels under operating conditions, where a relatively large dispersion of values for u occurs. We solve this apparent paradox considering the coupled effect on the band gap of copper vacancies and lattice distortions. The correct treatment of d electrons in these materials requires going beyond density functional theory, and GW self-consistency is critical to evaluate the quasiparticle gap and the valence band maximum.

  15. Geometry dependent structural and electronic properties of CdS nanowires: An ab-inito study

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    Khan, Md Shahzad; Srivastava, Anurag

    2017-01-01

    Cadmium sulphide nanowires in wurtzite hexagonal and triangular shape have been investigated using density functional theory based ab initio approach. Stability of these nanowires increases with enlarging diameter, evaluated in terms of formation energies. The increase in diameter of these geometric nanowires, reduces the bandgap, however increases the electronic charge carrier mobility. Electron difference density contour analysis reveal almost similar distribution of charges over diametrically large triangular and hexagonal nanowires. These observations further verified for almost same effective mass of negative and positive charge carriers along the length of large diameter nanowires and may be considered for their use in solar cells and Gas/chemical sensors.

  16. Fabrication and interfacial electronic structure studies on polypyrrole/TiO2 nano hybrid systems for photovoltaic aspects.

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    Kumar, Ganesan Mohan; Kawakita, Jin; Jayavel, Ramasamy

    2011-05-01

    The progress in studying the interfacial electronic structures of the developing new class of hybrid organic/inorganic material systems have envisaged a new dimension into the field of photovoltaics, which could be of great help in understanding the nature of charge transfer in them. In this regard, electropolymerization of pyrrole monomers have been carried out at room temperature on the surface of TiO2 working electrodes (assisted by UV radiations) and their interfacial electronic structure has been studied as a function of the applied photo anodic potentials. The formation of polypyrrole deposits has been ensured using FT-IR and Raman spectroscopy. Surface analysis of the hybrid matrix revealed the tendency of polymer molecules to cover up the spherical surface of TiO2 nanoparticles that could help in improving the light absorption rate. Signals (bands) corresponding to pyrrole molecules observed in the ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy measurements have been correlated with the polaronic states formed and identified to shift as a function of the applied photo anodic potentials, revealing the decrease in work function of the hybrid system to take place (confirmed using cyclic voltammetry measurements). The decreasing trend in the work function elucidates the adjustment in electronic structure of the system (hybrid materials possessing smaller work functions are generally preferred for photovoltaic studies). The aforementioned behavioural aspects have been reasoned with the increase in overpotential values for polarization, from the decrease in up-take rate of the anionic dopant, which increases the current density values, thereby modifying the conductivity of the systems.

  17. Hybrid-exchange density-functional theory study of the electronic structure of MnV2O4 : Exotic orbital ordering in the cubic structure

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    Wu, Wei

    2015-05-01

    The electronic structures of cubic and tetragonal MnV2O4 have been studied using hybrid-exchange density-functional theory. The computed electronic structure of the tetragonal phase shows an antiferro-orbital ordering on V sites and a ferrimagnetic ground state (the spins on V and Mn are antialigned). These results are in good agreement with the previous theoretical result obtained from the local-density approximation + U methods [S. Sarkar et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 216405 (2009), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.216405]. Moreover, the electronic structure, especially the projected density of states of the cubic phase, has been predicted with good agreement with the recent soft x-ray spectroscopy experiment. Similar to the tetragonal phase, the spins on V and Mn in the cubic structure favor a ferrimagnetic configuration. Most interesting is that the computed charge densities of the spin-carrying orbitals on V in the cubic phase show an exotic orbital ordering, i.e., a ferro-orbital ordering along [110] but an antiferro-orbital ordering along [1 ¯10 ] .

  18. Study of structural and electronic properties of ScN and ScAs in rocksalt and zincblende structure: A DFT approach

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    Nayak, Vikas Verma, U. P.

    2015-08-28

    In this paper, we have studied the structural and electronic properties of ScN and ScAs in zincblende (ZB) and rocksalt (RS) phases. We have employed the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-APW) method within the density functional theory (DFT). Generalized gradient approximation (GGA), due to Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) has been used to estimate the exchange-correlation functional. Our band structure results for ScN shows the metallic nature, whereas ScAs shows the semiconducting behavior. The obtained results are in excellent agreement with earlier reported data.

  19. First principles study on electronic structure and elastic properties of LaCd and LaHg

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    Devi, Hansa E-mail: gita-pagare@yahoo.co.in; Pagare, Gitanjali E-mail: gita-pagare@yahoo.co.in; Chouhan, S. S. E-mail: gita-pagare@yahoo.co.in; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2014-04-24

    Full -potential linearized augmented plane wave method (FP- LAPW) has been used for the comparative study of electronic structure and elastic properties of CsCl-type LaCd and LaHg intermetallic compounds using generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The density of states at the Fermi Level, N (E{sub F}), is found to be 0.06 and 3.03 states/eV for LaCd and LaHg respectively. We report elastic constants for these compounds for the first time. The ductility/brittleness of these compounds has been analyzed using Pugh rule and Cauchy’s pressure.

  20. Electronic structure and thermoelectric property of Co2YGe (Y=Mn, Fe) Heusler compounds: a first principle study

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    Joshi, Himanshu; Rai, D. P.; Sandeep; Thapa, R. K.

    2016-10-01

    The electronic and thermoelectric properties of Co2YGe (Y=Mn, Fe) Heusler compounds have been studied by first principle density functional theory and compared with the known experimental and theoretical results. Results of the density of states (DOS) and band structures shows the half-metallicity of the Heusler alloy Co2MnGe, whereas the Heusler alloy Co2FeGe fails to give half-metallicity when treated with GGA. The ZT value calculated for these materials is much below the benchmark value 1.

  1. Optical diffraction studies of crystalline structures in electron micrographs. I. Theoretical considerations.

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    Berger, J E

    1969-12-01

    Determination of the unit cell of crystalline particles by optical diffraction analysis of electron micrographs may establish the identity and help in approximating the molecular weight of the substances contained in the crystal. This technique may be particularly helpful when isolation and purification of the crystalline material cannot be accomplished.

  2. Structural studies on protein O-fucosylation by electron capture dissociation

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    Mormann, Michael; Macek, Boris; de Peredo, Anne Gonzalez; Hofsteenge, Jan; Peter-Katalinic, Jasna

    2004-05-01

    The low energy dissociation technique electron capture dissociation has been applied to a series of thrombospondin and properdin derived O-fucosylated glycopeptides. Followed by capture of an electron by multiply protonated precursor ions [M+nH]n+ reduced odd electron radical cations [M+nH](n-1)[radical sign]+ were generated. The latter mainly fragment by cleavage of the N---C[alpha] bonds of the peptide chain without loss of the labile sugar moiety allowing an unambiguous assignment of the glycosylation site. Apart from peptide backbone cleavages, side chain losses of aminocarbonylmethyl and aminocarbonylmethylthiyl radicals from carboxyamidomethylated cysteins are observed. The N---C[alpha] bond cleavage is greatly reduced on both sides of alkylated Cys. However, fragment ions that are formed by secondary fragmentations of z-type radical cations containing N-terminal cystein give rise to even electron z---[radical sign]SCH2CONH2 ions. The potential of the high mass accuracy for the identification of the protein modification topology has been fully explored.

  3. Phase stability and electronic structure of UMo2Al20: A first-principles study

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    Liu, Peng-Chuang; Xian, Ya-Jiang; Wang, Xin; Zhang, Yu-Ting; Zhang, Peng-Cheng

    2017-09-01

    In this paper, the phase stability of UMo2Al20 was explored using cluster formula in combination with first-principles calculations. Cluster formula analysis uncovered that the compound was composed of two principal clusters, i.e. [Mo-Al12] and [U-Al16]. The electronic interactions between U, Mo and Al atoms in this compound were discussed using elastic property, Bader charges and energy-resolved local bonding analysis, as well as the electronic interactions between Mo and Al atoms in [Mo-Al12] cluster and between U and Al atoms in [U-Al16] cluster. It revealed that UMo2Al20 satisfied the mechanical stability criterion for cubic system, and exhibited near ionic bonding character with weak bonding directionality. The calculations within both standard DFT and HSE frameworks demonstrated that U and Al atoms acted as an electron donor while Mo atoms acted as electron acceptor. The intrinsic stability of UMo2Al20 mainly stemmed from the bonding states of Mo-Al bonds and Al-Al bonds in [Mo-Al12] cluster. These calculations provide a further insight on the CeCr2Al20-type ternary compounds.

  4. First Principles Study of Electronic and Crystallographic Structure and Elastic Properties of RbNiF3

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    Antonov, V.; Krezhov, K.; Trendafilova, N.

    2010-01-01

    First principles calculations, based on density functional theory (DFT) with ultra-soft pseudo potentials were performed to simulate the electronic, magnetic and crystallographic structure and elastic properties of RbNiF3, a candidate for magneto optical applications. The transparent magnetodielectric RbNiF3 is of interest because in contrast to the majority of other ABF3 compounds, which are orthorhombic perovskites, it is a representative of a much smaller group of chalcogenides with hexagonal crystal symmetry. In fact, this is the structural phase at normal pressure and it is isomorphous with the hexagonal modification of BaTiO3. The compound becomes ferrimagnetically ordered below a Néel temperature reported as 135 K. Synthesis at elevated temperature and pressure yields another phase that is a cubic perovskite (a0 = 4.077 Ǻ), reported as antiferromagnetic. Computer simulations were performed using the generalized gradient approximation exchange-correlation functional with included Hubbard correction term; (GGA+U) approach. The relative stabilities of the hexagonal and cubic phases versus applied pressure were investigated. The stability of different magnetic structures available from theoretical calculations and experimental results has been studied. The elastic constants have been evaluated via the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. According to the DFT calculations RbNiF3 is an insulator in both phase structures. The present results for calculated electronic band structure, magnetic structures, lattice parameters, atomic positions and elastic constants can reproduce reasonably well the available own and literature data. For the cubic phase G type antiferromagnetic ordering with magnetization collinear to axis <111> was predicted.

  5. Electronic structure of tin monosulfide

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    Bletskan, D. I.; Bletskan, M. M.; Glukhov, K. E.

    2017-01-01

    The band structure of three-dimensional and two-dimensional tin monosulfide was calculated by the density functional method in LDA and LDA+U approximations. Group-theoretical analysis of the electronic band structure of SnS crystallized in the orthorhombic structure with space group D2h16- Pcmn is carried out, the symmetry of wave functions of the valence band and the bottom of the conduction band is found. The selection rules for direct and indirect optical transitions at different incident light polarization are determined. The group-theoretical analysis of energy states of the three-dimensional and two-dimensional SnS structures explains the formation of the band structure including the Davydov splitting. The calculated total density of states is compared with the known experimental XPS and UPS spectra, providing the assignment of their main features.

  6. A combined photoelectron spectroscopy and relativistic ab initio studies of the electronic structures of UFO and UFO-

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    Roy, Soumendra K.; Jian, Tian; Lopez, Gary V.; Li, Wei-Li; Su, Jing; Bross, David H.; Peterson, Kirk A.; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Li, Jun

    2016-02-01

    The observation of the gaseous UFO- anion is reported, which is investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy and relativisitic ab initio calculations. Two strong photoelectron bands are observed at low binding energies due to electron detachment from the U-7sσ orbital. Numerous weak detachment bands are also observed due to the strongly correlated U-5f electrons. The electron affinity of UFO is measured to be 1.27(3) eV. High-level relativistic quantum chemical calculations have been carried out on the ground state and many low-lying excited states of UFO to help interpret the photoelectron spectra and understand the electronic structure of UFO. The ground state of UFO- is linear with an O-U-F structure and a 3H4 spectral term derived from a U 7sσ25fφ15fδ1 electron configuration, whereas the ground state of neutral UFO has a 4H7/2 spectral term with a U 7sσ15fφ15fδ1 electron configuration. Strong electron correlation effects are found in both the anionic and neutral electronic configurations. In the UFO neutral, a high density of electronic states with strong configuration mixing is observed in most of the scalar relativistic and spin-orbit coupled states. The strong electron correlation, state mixing, and spin-orbit coupling of the electronic states make the excited states of UFO very challenging for accurate quantum chemical calculations.

  7. Photoelectron spectroscopic study of electronic state and surface structure of In2O3 single crystals

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    Nagata, Takahiro; Bierwagen, Oliver; Galazka, Zbigniew; Imura, Masataka; Ueda, Shigenori; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Yamashita, Yoshiyuki; Chikyow, Toyohiro

    2017-01-01

    The electronic states and band bending behavior of melt-grown In2O3 single crystals were investigated by combining surface-sensitive soft- and bulk-sensitive hard-X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. The as-grown In2O3 crystal had a higher density of in-gap states related to oxygen vacancies than the In2O3 crystal annealed in air at 1000 °C. Nevertheless, the polished surfaces of both samples had surface electron accumulation layers (SEALs) with similar Fermi level pinning energies at the surface. The estimated peak carrier density at the surface of both samples was 1.2 × 1020 cm-3. The SEALs may originate from defects due to surface polishing or adsorbates.

  8. Electronic structures of geometrically restricted nanocarbons

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    Baskin, Artem; Kral, Petr

    2012-02-01

    We use large scale ab-initio calculations to explore the electronic structures of graphene, graphene nanoribbons, and carbon nanotubes periodically perforated with nanopores. We disclose common features in electronic structures of these porous nanocarbons (PNCs) with nanopores of different size, shapes, and localization. We develop a unified picture that permits to analytically predict and systematically characterize metal-semiconductor transitions in PNCs, allowing mapping of their electronic structures on those in pristine nanocarbons [1]. In contrast to other studies, we show that porous graphene can be metallic for certain arrangements of the pores. When we replace pores by defects (such as SW 55-77), we observe similar features in the electronic structures of the formed nanocarbons. We also study magnetic ordering in these nanocarbons and show that the position of pores/defects can influence the ordering of localized electronic spin states. These periodically modified nanocarbons with highly tunable band structures have great potential applications in electronics and optics. [1] A.I. Baskin and P. Kral, Sci. Rep.1, 36 (2011).

  9. First-Principles Electronic Structure Studies of the Current-Voltage Characteristics of Molecular Nanostructures

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    Pati, Ranjit; Karna, Shashi P.

    2001-03-01

    Recent advancements in the experimental measurement of conductance across a single molecule(M. A. Reed et al, Science, 278) , 252 (1997). have generated great deal of interest in the feasibility of molecular electronic devices. A successful realization of molecule based electronic devices rests on a detailed understanding of the physical principles underlying controlled transport of electron/hole across molecular units. In order to develop such a fundamental understanding, we have investigated current-voltage characteristics of metal atom (Ag, Au) substituted 1,4-dithiobenzene within Green's function approach according to Datta and coworkers( W. Tian et al, J. Chem. Phys., 109), 2874 (1998).. Ab initio Hamiltonian matrix elements are used to construct the Green's function. The calculated conductance spectrum for the molecule with S bonded to Au atoms qualitatively agrees with the experiment^1. However, large quantitative difference between the calculated and measured conductance is noted. The Au and Ag bonded 1,4-dithiobenzene molecules exhibit marked difference in their resistance and conductance spectra. The conductance of the Ag-bonded molecule is calculated to be about 1.5 times larger than that bonded with Au.

  10. Electronic and geometric structure of doped rare-gas clusters: surface, site and size effects studied with luminescence spectroscopy

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    von Pietrowski, R.; von Haeften, K.; Laarmann, T.; Möller, T.; Museur, L.; Kanaev, A. V.

    2006-05-01

    The electronic and geometric structure of rare gas clusters doped with rare-gas atoms Rg = Xe, Kr or Ar is investigated with fluorescence excitation spectroscopy in the VUV spectral range. Several absorption bands are observed in the region of the first electronic excitations of the impurity atoms, which are related to the lowest spin-orbit split atomic 3P1 and 1P1 states. Due to influence of surrounding atoms of the cluster, the atomic lines are shifted to the blue and broadened (“electronical cage effect”). From the known interaction potentials and the measured spectral shifts the coordination of the impurity atom in ArN, KrN, NeN and HeN could be studied in great detail. In the interior of KrN and ArN the Xe atoms are located in substitutional sites with 12 nearest neighbours and internuclear distances comparable to that of the host matrix. In NeN and HeN the cluster atoms (18 and 22, respectively) arrange themselves around the Xe impurity with a bondlength comparable to that of the heteronuclear dimer. The results confirm that He clusters are liquid while Ne clusters are solid for N≥ 300. Smaller Ne clusters exhibit a liquid like behaviour. When doping is strong, small Rgm-clusters (Rg = Xe, Kr, Ar, m≤10 2) are formed in the interior sites of the host cluster made of Ne or He. Specific electronically excited states, assigned to interface excitons are observed. Their absorption bands appear and shift towards lower energy when the cluster size m increases, according to the Frenkel exciton model. The characteristic bulk excitons appear in the spectra, only when the cluster radius exceeds the penetration depth of the interface exciton, which can be considerably larger than that in free Rgm clusters. This effect is sensitive to electron affinities of the guest and the host cluster.

  11. A structural study of solid electrolyte interface on negative electrode of lithium-Ion battery by electron microscopy.

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    Matsushita, Tadashi; Watanabe, Jiro; Nakao, Tatsuya; Yamashita, Seiichi

    2014-11-01

    For the last decades, the performance of the lithium-ion battery (LIB) has been significantly improved and its applications have been expanding rapidly. However, its performance has yet to be enhanced.In the lithium-ion battery development, it is important to elucidate the electrode structure change in detail during the charge and discharge cycling. In particular, solid electrolyte interface (SEI) formed by decomposition of the electrolytes on the graphite negative electrode surface should play an important role for battery properties. Therefore, it is essential to control the structure and composition of SEI to improve the battery performance. Here, we conducted a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) study to elucidate the structures of the SEI during the charge and discharge process using LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 [1] cathode and graphite anode. [2] Since SEI is a lithium-containing compound with high activity, it was observed without being exposed to the atmosphere. The electrodes including SEI were sampled after dismantling batteries with cutoff voltages of 3V and 4.2V for the charge process and 3V for the discharge process. Fig.1 shows SEM images of the graphite electrode surface during the charge and discharge process. The change of the SEI structure during the process was clearly observed. Further, TEM images showed that the SEI grew thicker during the charge process and becomes thinner when discharged. These results with regard to the reversible SEI structure could give a new insight for the battery development.jmicro;63/suppl_1/i21/DFU056F1F1DFU056F1Fig. 1.SEM images of the graphite electrode surface:(a) before charge process;(b) with charge-cutoff voltage of 3.0V; (c) with charge-cutoff voltage of 4.2V; (d) with discharge-cutoff voltage of 3.0V.

  12. What do we know about the structure of human thymic Hassall's corpuscles? A histochemical, immunohistochemical, and electron microscopic study.

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    Mikušová, Renáta; Mešťanová, Veronika; Polák, Štefan; Varga, Ivan

    2017-05-01

    Hassall's corpuscles are the most prominent structures in the human thymus. However, relatively few analyses have been performed to determine their function and cellular origins during development. In this study, we evaluated the cellular microenvironment of human thymic Hassall's corpuscles using histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and transmission electron microscopy. We examined 95 human thymic tissue samples, which were perioperatively obtained from children undergoing cardiac surgery. To characterize the complex cellular microenvironment of human thymic corpuscles, we used a panel of 14 different antibodies to identify discrete cell types. We also utilized various histochemical methods (PAS reaction, alcian blue staining, alkaline phosphatase and acid phosphatase activity staining, von Kossa staining of calcified particles) and transmission electron microscopy to visualize these structures. Considerable variation in the sizes, shapes, and numbers of Hassall's corpuscles was observed, even amongst children of the same age. Inside the largest Hassall's corpuscles, cystic dilatation with an accumulation of cellular debris was found. These morphological observations might be associated with disruptions in the formation, migration, or differentiation of cardiac neural crest cells, which are essential for heart and thymus development. Immunohistochemical staining and electron microscopy revealed that Hassall's corpuscles resemble other types of stratified squamous epithelia. Most Hassall's corpuscles are heterocellular, consisting of thymic epithelial cells, macrophages, interdigitating dendritic cells, myoid cells, and, occasionally, mast cells and lymphocytes. To explore the potential functions of Hassall's corpuscles, we found that the concentrations of B-lymphocytes and BCL2-positive lymphocytes suggested a role in regulation of lymphopoiesis. We also found that these structures do not originate from the perivascular epithelium as previously proposed, nor

  13. Ab initio study of structural, electronic and optical properties of ternary CdO1-xSex alloys using special quasi-random structures

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    Muhammad, Rashid; Fayyaz, Hussain; Muhammad, Imran; A. Ahmad, S.; A. Noor, N.

    2014-01-01

    The structural, electronic, and optical properties of binary CdO, CdSe, and their ternary CdO1-xSex alloys (0 <= x <= 1) in the rock salt and zinc blend phases have been studied by the special quasi-random structure (SQS) method. All the calculations are performed using full-potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital's (FP-LAPW+lo) method within the framework of density function theory (DFT). We use Wu—Cohen (WC) generalized gradient approximation (GGA) to calculate structural parameters, whereas both Wu—Cohen and Engel—Vosko (EV) GGA have been applied to calculate electronic structure of the materials. Our predicted results of lattice constant and bulk modulus show only a slight deviation from Vegard's law for the whole concentrations. The obtained band structure indicates that for the rock-salt phase, the ternary alloys present semi-metallic behavior, while for the zinc blend phase, semiconductor behavior with direct bandgap is observed with decreasing order of x except for CdSe. Finally, by incorporating the basic optical properties, we discuss the dielectric function, refractive index, optical reflectivity, the absorption coefficient, and optical conductivity in terms of incident photon energy up to 14 eV. The calculated results of both binaries are in agreement with existing experimental and theoretical values.

  14. Dependence of the electronic structure on the chain geometry in stereoregular polypropylene: An exploratory theoretical study

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    Flamant, I.; Mosley, D.H.; Deleuze, M.

    1994-12-31

    Ab initio RHF/STO-3G band structure calculations are carried out on extended regular polypropylene chains (isotatic helical, syndiotactic helical, and zigzag planar) to assess qualitatively the dependence of the energy band structure and density of states on the molecular geometry. It is found that discrimination between the two syndiotactic forms should be possible from spectral features in the valence region of corresponding PS spectra.

  15. X-ray/neutron diffraction studies and ab initio electronic structure of CeMgNi 4 and its hydride

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    Roquefere, Jean-Gabriel; Matar, Samir F.; Huot, Jacques; Bobet, Jean-Louis

    2009-11-01

    The crystal structure of CeMgNi 4 intermetallic compound has been studied by both X-ray and neutron diffraction. Rietveld refinement shows that both 4a and 4c sites are occupied by Ce and Mg. The exchange has been evaluated to be about 15%. The hydrogenation of the sample leads to a decomposition and to the formation of CeH 2.52. Ab initio calculations using pseudo-potential and all-electron DFT methods are performed to explain such an unexpected behaviour. They predict a larger stability of the hydride system in the orthorhombic structure rather than in the cubic one. Anti-bonding Ce-H interactions within the hydride are proposed to assess the observed easy decomposition. Moreover, the metastability introduced by mechanosynthesis (i.e. exchange between Ce and Mg) was also evaluated.

  16. Transmission Electron Microscopy Study of Twin Domain Structures in YBa2Cu3O7-x Superconductor

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    Cai, Liying; Zhao, Gangkai; Zhao, Meijuan; Zhang, Meizhen; Zhang, Xiaowen

    The study of the twin domain structure of YBa2Cu3O7-x superconductor synthesized by coprecipitation method has been carried out by using the transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the twin domain boundary was parallel to the (110) lattice planes. The twin domain is designated as a 90° one. The same twin structure exhibited different characteristics of spot splitting in its selected area eletron diffraction patterns (SADP) when it was irradiated in different incidence directions. The experimental results were satisfactorily consistent with the theoretical calculation. The mechanism of the formation of 90° twin domain has also been discussed. The phase transformation from tetragonal to orthorhombic taking place in YBa2Cu3O7-x ceramics during cooling is considered to be of the “Martensite”.

  17. Electronic Structure and Energy Transfer in Europium(III)-Ciprofloxacin Complexes: A Theoretical Study.

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    Emelina, Tatiana B; Freidzon, Alexandra Ya; Bagaturyants, Alexander A; Karasev, Vladimir E

    2016-09-29

    The structure and ligand-localized excited states of [Eu(cfqH) (cfq)(H2O)4]Cl2 (cfqH is ciprofloxacin) are studied by XMCQDPT2/CASSCF with full geometry optimization. The complex includes one anionic and one zwitterionic ligand. Two low-lying triplet states, both localized on the anionic ligand, are found. One of them has sufficient energy to transfer to the (5)D1 sublevel of Eu(3+), because its T-S0 vertical transition energy is equal (or very close) to the (7)F0-(5)D1 Eu(3+) excitation energy. The other triplet state has a very small S0-T1 gap, which favors fast nonradiative relaxation. Two other triplet states are localized on the zwitterionic ligand. One low-lying excited singlet state (S1) is localized on the anionic ligand; the other excited singlet is localized on the zwitterionic one. Spin-orbit coupling constants were calculated for the relaxed geometry of each state (ground state, two low-lying triplets, and one low-lying excited singlet) by spin-orbit configuration interaction (CI) with Pauli-Breit Hamiltonian. Large spin-orbit coupling constants between S1 and both triplets together with small energy gaps are indicative of fast intersystem crossing (ISC) from the excited singlet state to the triplet manifold. This ISC process is followed by energy transfer from the ligand-localized triplet states to the (5)D1 sublevel of Eu(3+). However, relatively large spin-orbit coupling constants between S0 and one of the triplet states together with the small T-S0 energy gap shows that this state can decay without transferring its energy to Eu(3+). This mechanism is expected to be common for other Ln(3+)-fluoroquinolone complexes.

  18. First-principles study of structural, electronic, vibrational, dielectric and elastic properties of tetragonal Ba2YTaO6

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    Ganeshraj, C.; Santhosh, P. N.

    2014-10-01

    We report first-principles study of structural, electronic, vibrational, dielectric, and elastic properties of Ba2YTaO6, a pinning material in high temperature superconductors (HTS), by using density functional theory. By using different exchange-correlation potentials, the accuracy of the calculated lattice constants of Ba2YTaO6 has been achieved with GGA-RPBE, since many important physical quantities crucially depend on change in volume. We have calculated the electronic band structure dispersion, total and partial density of states to study the band gap origin and found that Ba2YTaO6 is an insulator with a direct band gap of 3.50 eV. From Mulliken population and charge density studies, we conclude that Ba2YTaO6 have a mixed ionic-covalent character. Moreover, the vibrational properties, born effective charges, and the dielectric permittivity tensor have been calculated using linear response method. Vibrational spectrum determined through our calculations agrees well with the observed Raman spectrum, and allows assignment of symmetry labels to modes. We perform a detailed analysis of the contribution of the various infrared-active modes to the static dielectric constant to explain its anisotropy, while electronic dielectric tensor of Ba2YTaO6 is nearly isotropic, and found that static dielectric constant is in good agreement with experimental value. The six independent elastic constants were calculated and found that tetragonal Ba2YTaO6 is mechanically stable. Other elastic properties, including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, and elastic anisotropy ratios are also investigated and found that Poisson's ratio and Young's modulus of Ba2YTaO6 are similar to that of other pinning materials in HTS.

  19. First-principles study of structural, electronic, vibrational, dielectric and elastic properties of tetragonal Ba₂YTaO₆

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    Ganeshraj, C.; Santhosh, P. N.

    2014-10-14

    We report first-principles study of structural, electronic, vibrational, dielectric, and elastic properties of Ba₂YTaO₆, a pinning material in high temperature superconductors (HTS), by using density functional theory. By using different exchange-correlation potentials, the accuracy of the calculated lattice constants of Ba₂YTaO₆ has been achieved with GGA-RPBE, since many important physical quantities crucially depend on change in volume. We have calculated the electronic band structure dispersion, total and partial density of states to study the band gap origin and found that Ba₂YTaO₆ is an insulator with a direct band gap of 3.50 eV. From Mulliken population and charge density studies, we conclude that Ba₂YTaO₆ have a mixed ionic-covalent character. Moreover, the vibrational properties, born effective charges, and the dielectric permittivity tensor have been calculated using linear response method. Vibrational spectrum determined through our calculations agrees well with the observed Raman spectrum, and allows assignment of symmetry labels to modes. We perform a detailed analysis of the contribution of the various infrared-active modes to the static dielectric constant to explain its anisotropy, while electronic dielectric tensor of Ba₂YTaO₆ is nearly isotropic, and found that static dielectric constant is in good agreement with experimental value. The six independent elastic constants were calculated and found that tetragonal Ba₂YTaO₆ is mechanically stable. Other elastic properties, including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, and elastic anisotropy ratios are also investigated and found that Poisson's ratio and Young's modulus of Ba₂YTaO₆ are similar to that of other pinning materials in HTS.

  20. Electronic structure and ground-state properties of Na{sub 2}Po: A first-principles study

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    Eithiraj, R. D.

    2015-06-24

    Self-consistent scalar-relativistic band structure calculations have been performed to investigate the electronic structure and ground-state properties of Na{sub 2}Po in cubic antifluorite (anti-CaF{sub 2}-type) structure using the linear muffin-tin orbital in its tight-binding representation (TB-LMTO) method. Ground state properties such as equilibrium lattice constant and bulk modulus were calculated. The results of the electronic structure calculations show that Na{sub 2}Po is direct bandgap semiconductor.

  1. A study of 3D structure of nighttime electron density enhancement in the mid-latitude ionosphere by GPS tomography

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    Chen, C.; Saito, A.

    2011-12-01

    The mid-latitude summer nighttime anomaly (MSNA) is a feature that the nighttime electron density larger than that in the daytime mid-latitude ionosphere. This anomaly was first detected in the southern hemisphere five decades ago and observed in the northern hemisphere recently by ionosondes and satellites. Previous studies presented the electron density structure of MSNA by using COSMIC occultation data and found that MSNA is clearly seen around 300 km altitude during local summer. However, due to lack of observation, the day-to-day variation of MSNA was not investigated. A GPS tomography method by SPEL of Kyoto University using the total electron content (TEC) data measured by the ground-based GPS receiver network is employed in this study. The wide coverage and continuous observation of GPS receivers are suitable for investigating the spatial and day-to-day variations of ionospheric electron densities. The algorithm of the GPS tomography developed by SPEL of Kyoto University use a constraint condition that the gradient of election density tends to be smooth in the horizontal direction and steep in the vicinity of the F2 peak, instead of inputting the initial conditions. Therefore, the algorithm is independent of any ionospheric and plasmaspheric electron density distribution models. The dense ground-based GPS receiver network around European region is used to study the three dimensional (3D) structure of MSNA with GPS tomography. Results show that the MSNA usually appear around the geomagnetic mid-latitude region during local summer nighttime. The feature of MSNA is most obvious at the ionospheric F2-peak altitudes. The result also shows a day-to-day variation in the formation of MSNA, in terms of the occurrence time, intensity, and spatial extent. The tomographic results are compared with the ionosondes, satellites, and radar measurements. A theoretical model simulation, SAMI2, is also used to further discuss the mechanism of MSNA. The comparison with other

  2. Comparative study of the electronic structure, phonon spectra, and electron-phonon interaction of ZrB2 and TiB2

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    Sichkar, S. M.; Antonov, V. N.; Antropov, V. P.

    2013-02-28

    The electronic structure, optical and x-ray absorption spectra, angledependence of the cyclotron masses and extremal cross sections of the Fermisurface, phonon spectra, electron-phonon Eliashberg and transport spectralfunctions, temperature dependence of electrical resistivity of the MB2 (M=Tiand Zr) diborides were investigated from first principles using the fullpotential linear muffin-tin orbital method. The calculations of the dynamicmatrix were carried out within the framework of the linear response theory. Agood agreement with experimental data of optical and x-ray absorption spectra,phonon spectra, electron-phonon spectral functions, electrical resistivity,cyclotron masses and extremal cross sections of the Fermi surface was achieved.

  3. Electronic structure and magnetism of Mn-doped GaSb for spintronic applications: A DFT study

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    Seña, N.; Dussan, A.; Mesa, F.; Castaño, E.; González-Hernández, R.

    2016-08-07

    We have carried out first-principles spin polarized calculations to obtain comprehensive information regarding the structural, magnetic, and electronic properties of the Mn-doped GaSb compound with dopant concentrations: x = 0.062, 0.083, 0.125, 0.25, and 0.50. The plane-wave pseudopotential method was used in order to calculate total energies and electronic structures. It was found that the Mn{sub Ga} substitution is the most stable configuration with a formation energy of ∼1.60 eV/Mn-atom. The calculated density of states shows that the half-metallic ferromagnetism is energetically stable for all dopant concentrations with a total magnetization of about 4.0 μ{sub B}/Mn-atom. The results indicate that the magnetic ground state originates from the strong hybridization between Mn-d and Sb-p states, which agree with previous studies on Mn-doped wide gap semiconductors. This study gives new clues to the fabrication of diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  4. The Role of Electron Microscopy in Studying the Continuum of Changes in Membranous Structures during Poliovirus Infection.

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    Rossignol, Evan D; Yang, Jie E; Bullitt, Esther

    2015-10-12

    Replication of the poliovirus genome is localized to cytoplasmic replication factories that are fashioned out of a mixture of viral proteins, scavenged cellular components, and new components that are synthesized within the cell due to viral manipulation/up-regulation of protein and phospholipid synthesis. These membranous replication factories are quite complex, and include markers from multiple cytoplasmic cellular organelles. This review focuses on the role of electron microscopy in advancing our understanding of poliovirus RNA replication factories. Structural data from the literature provide the basis for interpreting a wide range of biochemical studies that have been published on virus-induced lipid biosynthesis. In combination, structural and biochemical experiments elucidate the dramatic membrane remodeling that is a hallmark of poliovirus infection. Temporal and spatial membrane modifications throughout the infection cycle are discussed. Early electron microscopy studies of morphological changes following viral infection are re-considered in light of more recent data on viral manipulation of lipid and protein biosynthesis. These data suggest the existence of distinct subcellular vesicle populations, each of which serves specialized roles in poliovirus replication processes.

  5. Electronic structure of fluorinated multiwalled carbon nanotubes studied using x-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Brzhezinskaya, M. M.; Muradyan, V. E.; Vinogradov, N. A.; Preobrajenski, A. B.; Gudat, W.; Vinogradov, A. S.

    2009-04-01

    This paper presents the results of combined investigation of the chemical bond formation in fluorinated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with different fluorine contents (10-55wt%) and reference compounds (highly oriented pyrolytic graphite crystals and “white” graphite fluoride) using x-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy at C1s and F1s thresholds. Measurements were performed at BESSY II (Berlin, Germany) and MAX-laboratory (Lund, Sweden). The analysis of the soft x-ray absorption and photoelectron spectra points to the formation of covalent chemical bonding between fluorine and carbon atoms in the fluorinated nanotubes. It was established that within the probing depth (˜15nm) of carbon nanotubes, the process of fluorination runs uniformly and does not depend on the fluorine concentration. In this case, fluorine atoms interact with MWCNTs through the covalent attachment of fluorine atoms to graphene layers of the graphite skeleton (phase 1) and this bonding is accompanied by a change in the hybridization of the 2s and 2p valence electron states of the carbon atom from the trigonal (sp2) to tetrahedral (sp3) hybridization and by a large electron transfer between carbon an fluorine atoms. In the MWCNT near-surface region the second fluorine-carbon phase with weak electron transfer is formed; it is located mainly within two or three upper graphene monolayers, and its contribution becomes much poorer as the probing depth of fluorinated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (F-MWCNTs) increases. The defluorination process of F-MWCNTs on thermal annealing has been investigated. The conclusion has been made that F-MWCNT defluorination without destruction of graphene layers is possible.

  6. The electronic structure of VO in its ground and electronically excited states: A combined matrix isolation and quantum chemical (MRCI) study

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    Hübner, Olaf; Hornung, Julius; Himmel, Hans-Jörg

    2015-07-01

    The electronic ground and excited states of the vanadium monoxide (VO) molecule were studied in detail. Electronic absorption spectra for the molecule isolated in Ne matrices complement the previous gas-phase spectra. A thorough quantum chemical (multi-reference configuration interaction) study essentially confirms the assignment and characterization of the electronic excitations observed for VO in the gas-phase and in Ne matrices and allows the clarification of open issues. It provides a complete overview over the electronically excited states up to about 3 eV of this archetypical compound.

  7. The electronic structure of VO in its ground and electronically excited states: A combined matrix isolation and quantum chemical (MRCI) study

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    Hübner, Olaf; Hornung, Julius; Himmel, Hans-Jörg

    2015-07-14

    The electronic ground and excited states of the vanadium monoxide (VO) molecule were studied in detail. Electronic absorption spectra for the molecule isolated in Ne matrices complement the previous gas-phase spectra. A thorough quantum chemical (multi-reference configuration interaction) study essentially confirms the assignment and characterization of the electronic excitations observed for VO in the gas-phase and in Ne matrices and allows the clarification of open issues. It provides a complete overview over the electronically excited states up to about 3 eV of this archetypical compound.

  8. Spin-Resolved Electronic Structure Studies of Non-Magnetic Systems: Possible Observation of the Fano Effect in Polycrystal Ce

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    Tobin, J; Morton, S; Chung, B; Yu, S; Waddill, G

    2005-06-01

    The valence electronic structure and electron spectra of Cerium remain a subject of uncertainty and controversy. Perhaps the best and most direct method of ascertaining the valence electronic structure is the application of electron spectroscopies [1-17], e.g. photoelectron spectroscopy for the occupied states [1-10, 12-14] and x-ray absorption [2] and Bremstrahlung Isochromat Spectroscopy (inverse photoelectron spectroscopy) [3,11,13] for the unoccupied states. Much of the controversy revolves around the interpretation of the Ce photoemission structure in terms of a modified Anderson Impurity Model [15,16]. Here, in this correlated and multi-electronic picture, semi-isolated 4f states (at a nominal binding energy of 1 eV) are in contact with the bath of spd valence electrons, generating spectral features at the Fermi Level and at a binding energy corresponding to the depth of the bath electron well, about 2 eV below the Fermi Level in the case of Ce. This controversy has spilled over into issues such as the volume collapse associated with the alpha to gamma phase transition [17-19] and the electronic structure of Ce compounds [20-23]. (A more generalized schematic illustrating the competition between the bandwidth (W) and correlation strength (U) is shown in Figure 1.) Considering the remaining uncertainty associated with the spectral features and valence electronic structure of Ce, it seemed plausible that the situation would benefit from the application of a spectroscopy with increased resolution and probing power. To this end, we have applied circularly polarized soft x-rays and true spin detection, in a modified form of the photoelectron spectroscopy experiment, to the enigmatic Ce system. The result of this is that we have observed the first evidence of the Fano Effect in the valence electronic features of non-magnetic Cerium ultra-thin films.

  9. The Electronic Structure of Heavy Element Complexes

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    Bursten, Bruce E.

    2000-07-25

    The area of study is the bonding in heavy element complexes, and the application of more sophisticated electronic structure theories. Progress is recounted in several areas: (a) technological advances and current methodologies - Relativistic effects are extremely important in gaining an understanding of the electronic structure of compounds of the actinides, transactinides, and other heavy elements. Therefore, a major part of the continual benchmarking was the proper inclusion of the appropriate relativistic effects for the properties under study. (b) specific applications - These include organoactinide sandwich complexes, CO activation by actinide atoms, and theoretical studies of molecules of the transactinide elements. Finally, specific directions in proposed research are described.

  10. First Principles Study on the Electronic Structure and Interface Stability of Hybrid Silicene/Fluorosilicene Nanoribbons

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    Jiang, Q. G.; Zhang, J. F.; Ao, Z. M.; Wu, Y. P.

    2015-01-01

    The interface stability of hybrid silicene/fluorosilicene nanoribbons (SFNRs) has been investigated by using density functional theory calculations, where fluorosilicene is the fully fluorinated silicene. It is found that the diffusion of F atoms at the zigzag and armchair interfaces of SFNRs is endothermic, and the corresponding minimum energy barriers are respectively 1.66 and 1.56 eV, which are remarkably higher than the minimum diffusion energy barrier of one F atom and two F atoms on pristine silicene 1.00 and 1.29 eV, respectively. Therefore, the thermal stability of SFNRs can be significantly enhanced by increasing the F diffusion barriers through silicene/fluorosilicene interface engineering. In addition, the electronic and magnetic properties of SFNRs are also investigated. It is found that the armchair SFNRs are nonmagnetic semiconductors, and the band gap of armchair SFNRs presents oscillatory behavior when the width of silicene part changing. For the zigzag SFNRs, the antiferromagnetic semiconducting state is the most stable one. This work provides fundamental insights for the applications of SFNRs in electronic devices. PMID:26496976

  11. First Principles Study on the Electronic Structure and Interface Stability of Hybrid Silicene/Fluorosilicene Nanoribbons

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    Jiang, Q. G.; Zhang, J. F.; Ao, Z. M.; Wu, Y. P.

    2015-10-01

    The interface stability of hybrid silicene/fluorosilicene nanoribbons (SFNRs) has been investigated by using density functional theory calculations, where fluorosilicene is the fully fluorinated silicene. It is found that the diffusion of F atoms at the zigzag and armchair interfaces of SFNRs is endothermic, and the corresponding minimum energy barriers are respectively 1.66 and 1.56 eV, which are remarkably higher than the minimum diffusion energy barrier of one F atom and two F atoms on pristine silicene 1.00 and 1.29 eV, respectively. Therefore, the thermal stability of SFNRs can be significantly enhanced by increasing the F diffusion barriers through silicene/fluorosilicene interface engineering. In addition, the electronic and magnetic properties of SFNRs are also investigated. It is found that the armchair SFNRs are nonmagnetic semiconductors, and the band gap of armchair SFNRs presents oscillatory behavior when the width of silicene part changing. For the zigzag SFNRs, the antiferromagnetic semiconducting state is the most stable one. This work provides fundamental insights for the applications of SFNRs in electronic devices.

  12. Structural and electronic properties of rare earth skutterudites EuRu4P12: a first principle study

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    Yadav, Priya; Kumari, Meena; Rajpoot, Priyanka; Nautiyal, Shashank; Verma, U. P.

    2017-05-01

    Ternary skutterudites materials exhibit a large variety of electronic properties due to the unpaired 3d and 4f electronic configuration of the transition and rare-earth elements respectively. In this communication we have performed structural optimization and electronic structure calculation of the Rare Earth Skutterudite EuRu4P12, using FP-LAPW method. The optimized lattice parameter is in good agreement with the available experimental value. No band gap between the valence band and the conduction band has been observed which indicates that its character is metallic.

  13. Electronic Band Structures of the Highly Desirable III-V Semiconductors: TB-mBJ DFT Studies

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    Rehman, Gul; Shafiq, M.; Saifullah; Ahmad, Rashid; Jalali-Asadabadi, S.; Maqbool, M.; Khan, Imad; Rahnamaye-Aliabad, H.; Ahmad, Iftikhar

    2016-07-01

    The correct band gaps of semiconductors are highly desirable for their effective use in optoelectronic and other photonic devices. However, the experimental and theoretical results of the exact band gaps are quite challenging and sometimes tricky. In this article, we explore the electronic band structures of the highly desirable optical materials, III-V semiconductors. The main reason of the ineffectiveness of the theoretical band gaps of these compounds is their mixed bonding character, where large proportions of electrons reside outside atomic spheres in the intestinal regions, which are challenging for proper theoretical treatment. In this article, the band gaps of the compounds are revisited and successfully reproduced by properly treating the density of electrons using the recently developed non-regular Tran and Blaha's modified Becke-Johnson (nTB-mBJ) approach. This study additionally suggests that this theoretical scheme could also be useful for the band gap engineering of the III-V semiconductors. Furthermore, the optical properties of these compounds are also calculated and compared with the experimental results.

  14. Study of materials and machines for 3D printed large-scale, flexible electronic structures using fused deposition modeling

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    Hwang, Seyeon

    The 3 dimensional printing (3DP), called to additive manufacturing (AM) or rapid prototyping (RP), is emerged to revolutionize manufacturing and completely transform how products are designed and fabricated. A great deal of research activities have been carried out to apply this new technology to a variety of fields. In spite of many endeavors, much more research is still required to perfect the processes of the 3D printing techniques especially in the area of the large-scale additive manufacturing and flexible printed electronics. The principles of various 3D printing processes are briefly outlined in the Introduction Section. New types of thermoplastic polymer composites aiming to specified functional applications are also introduced in this section. Chapter 2 shows studies about the metal/polymer composite filaments for fused deposition modeling (FDM) process. Various metal particles, copper and iron particles, are added into thermoplastics polymer matrices as the reinforcement filler. The thermo-mechanical properties, such as thermal conductivity, hardness, tensile strength, and fracture mechanism, of composites are tested to figure out the effects of metal fillers on 3D printed composite structures for the large-scale printing process. In Chapter 3, carbon/polymer composite filaments are developed by a simple mechanical blending process with an aim of fabricating the flexible 3D printed electronics as a single structure. Various types of carbon particles consisting of multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT), conductive carbon black (CCB), and graphite are used as the conductive fillers to provide the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) with improved electrical conductivity. The mechanical behavior and conduction mechanisms of the developed composite materials are observed in terms of the loading amount of carbon fillers in this section. Finally, the prototype flexible electronics are modeled and manufactured by the FDM process using Carbon/TPU composite filaments and

  15. Singlet oxygen generation in PUVA therapy studied using electronic structure calculations

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    Serrano-Pérez, Juan José; Olaso-González, Gloria; Merchán, Manuela; Serrano-Andrés, Luis

    2009-06-01

    The ability of furocoumarins to participate in the PUVA (Psoralen + UV-A) therapy against skin disorders and some types of cancer, is analyzed on quantum chemical grounds. The efficiency of the process relies on its capability to populate its lowest triplet excited state, and then either form adducts with thymine which interfere DNA replication or transfer its energy, generating singlet molecular oxygen damaging the cell membrane in photoactivated tissues. By determining the spin-orbit couplings, shown to be the key property, in the intersystem crossing yielding the triplet state of the furocoumarin, the electronic couplings in the triplet-triplet energy transfer process producing the singlet oxygen, and the reaction rates and lifetimes, the efficiency in the phototherapeutic action of the furocoumarin family is predicted as: khellin < 5-methoxypsoralen (5-MOP) < 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP) < psoralen < 4,5‧,8-trimethylpsoralen (TMP) < 3-carbethoxypsoralen (3-CPS), the latter being the most efficient photosensitizer and singlet oxygen generator.

  16. Ab-initio study of structural, electronic, and transport properties of zigzag GaP nanotubes.

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    Srivastava, Anurag; Jain, Sumit Kumar; Khare, Purnima Swarup

    2014-03-01

    Stability and electronic properties of zigzag (3 ≤ n ≤ 16) gallium phosphide nanotubes (GaP NTs) have been analyzed by employing a systematic ab-intio approach based on density functional theory using generalized gradient approximation with revised Perdew Burke Ernzerhoff type parameterization. Diameter dependence of bond length, buckling, binding energy, and band gap has been investigated and the analysis shows that the bond length and buckling decreases with increasing diameter of the tube, highest binding energy of (16, 0) confirms this as the most stable amongst all the NTs taken into consideration. The present GaP NTs shows direct band gap and it increases with diameter of the tubes. Using a two probe model for (4, 0) NT the I-V relationship shows an exponential increase in current on applying bias voltage beyond 1.73 volt.

  17. First-principles study on adsorption structure and electronic state of stanene on α-alumina surface

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    Araidai, Masaaki; Kurosawa, Masashi; Ohta, Akio; Shiraishi, Kenji

    2017-09-01

    The adsorption structure and electronic state of stanene on an α-Al2O3(0001) 1×1 surface were investigated by first-principles calculations. The variation in the electronic state of the adsorbed stanene from that of the free-standing one increased with the stanene-alumina distance, because the strength of the stanene-alumina interaction increased with the distance. The band splitting induced by the Rashba effect was observed in the electronic band structures. It was observed from the band structures with spin-orbit interactions that the degrees of band-gap opening due to the spin-orbit interactions were much lower than that due to the interaction between stanene and the α-alumina surface. By population analyses for chemical bonds, we revealed that the electronic state of stanene on the α-alumina surface was affected by Sn-O bonds with antibonding nature.

  18. First-principles study of the electronic structure of nonmetal-doped anatase TiO2

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    Wang, Yuan; Ma, Jing; Zhou, Jian-Ping; Chen, Xiao-Ming; Wang, Jing-Zhou

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, we present a detailed study of the structure, defect formation energy, and electronic and magnetic properties of nonmetal-doped TiO2 by using the first-principles projector augmented wave (PAW) potential within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The formation energy reduces with increasing electronegativity of the dopant. After doping with nonmetal elements, some band gaps of the doped-TiO2 become narrow, and others become wide, in which impurity states appear in the band gap. The relative positions of the impurity states are much different, mainly caused by the different electronegativities of the nonmetal elements F, O, B, C and N. When H is added to achieve a charge balance, the impurity states approach the valence band maximum, because the electronegativity difference among the nonmetal elements is decreased. Therefore, nonmetal and H codoping is an effective way to improve the visible-light catalytic activity of anatase TiO2. In addition, N-doping and C-doping can cause spin polarization of the TiO2 electronic structure and form 1.0 μ B and 2.0 μ B magnetic moment, respectively.

  19. Electronic structure of metal hydrides. VI. Photoemission studies and band theory of VH, NbH, and TaH

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    Peterman, D.J.; Misemer, D.K.; Weaver, J.H.; Peterson, D.T.

    1983-01-15

    The electronic structures of VH/sub x/, NbH/sub x/, and TaH/sub x/ (0.6< or =x< or =1.0) have been studied with the use of photoemission spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation (10< or =h..nu..< or =100 eV). Two hydrogen-derived features are observed at approx.5.5- and 7.5-eV binding energies, and the metal d bands are shown to be modified by the hydrogen interaction. These results show no agreement with rigid-band models based on the density of states of the pure metals and relatively poor agreement with previous band-structure calculations for monohydrides. We have calculated the energy bands of ..gamma..-phase NbH (self-consistently) and of NbH/sub 0/ and NbH/sub 2/ (non-self-consistently). Together, the calculations and experiments show how the metal-hydrogen interaction alters the electronic properties of the bcc metals.

  20. Relationships between geometrical and electronic structures and optical properties of 1,8-naphthosultam substituents and derivatives: TDDFT study

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    Fedorov, M. S.; Giricheva, N. I.; Lapykina, E. A.; Suvorova, O. A.

    2017-08-01

    Geometrical and electronic structure and optical properties of several substituents and derivatives of 1,8-naphthosultam are studied by quantum-chemical DFT and TDDFT. It is found that the substituents -NO2, -CF3, and -N(CH3)2 affect the geometrical and electronic structure the most. It is shown that the Stokes shift is greatest (≈260 nm) for compounds with the strong donor substituent -N(CH3)2, while strong acceptor substituents provide a quite small Stokes shift. The dependence of the Stokes shift on the difference in energies of the frontier orbitals of the ground and excited states of molecules is found. Of the 1,8-naphthosultam substituents considered, compounds with -N(CH3)2 substituent, which emit in the biological window region, can be advised for use in optical bioimaging. The results can be used as a basis for the development and creation of new functional materials and biologically active compounds.

  1. Electronic structure study of screw dislocation core energetics in Aluminum and core energetics informed forces in a dislocation aggregate

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    Das, Sambit; Gavini, Vikram

    2017-07-01

    We use a real-space formulation of orbital-free DFT to study the core energetics and core structure of an isolated screw dislocation in Aluminum. Using a direct energetics based approach, we estimate the core size of a perfect screw dislocation to be ≈ 7 |b|, which is considerably larger than previous estimates of 1-3 |b| based on displacement fields. The perfect screw upon structural relaxation dissociates into two Shockley partials with partial separation distances of 8.2 Å and 6.6 Å measured from the screw and edge component differential displacement plots, respectively. Similar to a previous electronic structure study on edge dislocation, we find that the core energy of the relaxed screw dislocation is not a constant, but strongly dependent on macroscopic deformations. Next, we use the edge and screw dislocation core energetics data with physically reasonable assumptions to develop a continuum energetics model for an aggregate of dislocations that accounts for the core energy dependence on macroscopic deformations. Further, we use this energetics model in a discrete dislocation network, and from the variations of the core energy with respect to the nodal positions of the network, we obtain the nodal core force which can directly be incorporated into discrete dislocation dynamics frameworks. We analyze and classify the nodal core force into three different contributions based on their decay behavior. Two of these contributions to the core force, both arising from the core energy dependence on macroscopic deformations, are not accounted for in currently used discrete dislocation dynamics models which assume the core energy to be a constant excepting for its dependence on the dislocation line orientation. Using case studies involving simple dislocation structures, we demonstrate that the contribution to the core force from the core energy dependence on macroscopic deformations can be significant in comparison to the elastic Peach-Koehler force even up to

  2. Structural Dynamics of Electronic Systems

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    Suhir, E.

    2013-03-01

    The published work on analytical ("mathematical") and computer-aided, primarily finite-element-analysis (FEA) based, predictive modeling of the dynamic response of electronic systems to shocks and vibrations is reviewed. While understanding the physics of and the ability to predict the response of an electronic structure to dynamic loading has been always of significant importance in military, avionic, aeronautic, automotive and maritime electronics, during the last decade this problem has become especially important also in commercial, and, particularly, in portable electronics in connection with accelerated testing of various surface mount technology (SMT) systems on the board level. The emphasis of the review is on the nonlinear shock-excited vibrations of flexible printed circuit boards (PCBs) experiencing shock loading applied to their support contours during drop tests. At the end of the review we provide, as a suitable and useful illustration, the exact solution to a highly nonlinear problem of the dynamic response of a "flexible-and-heavy" PCB to an impact load applied to its support contour during drop testing.

  3. First principle study on electronic structure, structural phase stability, optical and vibrational properties of Ba2ScMO6 (M = Nb, Ta)

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    Rameshe, Balasubramaniam; Murugan, Ramaswamy; Palanivel, Balan

    2016-12-01

    First principle calculations are performed to investigate the electronic structure, structural phase stability, optical and vibrational properties of double perovskite oxide semiconductors namely Ba2ScMO6 (M = Nb, Ta) in the cubic symmetry using WIEN2k. In order to study the ground state properties of these compounds, the total energies are calculated as a function of reduced volumes and fitted with Brich Murnaghan equation. The estimated ground state parameters are comparable with the available experimental data. Calculations of electronic band structure on these compounds reveal that both Ba2ScNbO6 and Ba2ScTaO6 exhibit a semiconducting behavior with a direct energy gap of 2.78 and 3.15 eV, respectively. To explore the optical transitions in these compounds, the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function, refractive index, extinction coefficient, reflectivity, optical absorption coefficient, real part of optical conductivity and the energy-loss function are calculated at ambient pressure and analyzed. The collective Raman active modes of the atoms of these materials are also calculated in order to understand the structural stability of these compounds.

  4. Luminescence studies on electron and structural states in dielectrics under irradiation

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    Plaksin, O. A.; Stepanov, V. A.; Stepanov, P. A.; Chernov, V. M.; Skuratov, V. A.

    1996-10-01

    Spectra of radiation-induced luminescence (RIL) and photoluminescence (PL) of Al 2O 3 and BeAl 2O 4:Cr 3- single crystals and BN ceramics have been obtained. In Al 2O 3 under 8 MeV proton irradiation, the recharging of defects causing RIL has been shown to occur in the track vicinity of 10 -6 cm size. After neutron irradiation, an essentially non-equilibrium distribution of Cr 3+ impurities over structurally distinguishable sites in the crystal lattice of BeAl 2O 4 was registered by PL spectroscopy. An effective temperature characterising this distribution under neutron irradiation exceeds the melting point of the material. The RIL and PL of BN were caused by colour centres on grain boundaries. Radiation-induced structural transformations in BN ceramics under neutron and 26.7 MeV Ne ion irradiation principally occur on the grain boundaries but not in the bulk of grains.

  5. Theoretical Studies on Docking Dynamics and Electronic Structure in Metalloprotein Complexes

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    Sugiyama, Ayumu; Nishikawa, Keigo; Yamamoto, Tetsunori; Purqon, Acep; Nishikawa, Kiyoshi; Nagao, Hidemi

    2007-12-01

    An investigating of docking structure and dynamics between metalloprotein is interested from the viewpoint of searching the function of protein. We investigate the cytochrome c551 and azurin complexes by three computational methods, quantum mechanical calculation, docking searching algorism and molecular dynamics simulation. At first we present the docking structure of the cytochrome c551-azurin complexes expected by ZDOCK searching algorism. Quantum chemical calculation is tools to estimate the charge distrubution around the active site for each protein and force field parameters. From these parameters, we reproduce the protein docking dynamics by molecular dynamics simulation. We analyze some physical properties of complex system such as binding free energy, dynamical cross correlation map, and so on. We discuss the docking stability and dynamical effect of the cytochrome c551-azurin complexes.

  6. Crystal structure of CD155 and electron microscopic studies of its complexes with polioviruses.

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    Zhang, Ping; Mueller, Steffen; Morais, Marc C; Bator, Carol M; Bowman, Valorie D; Hafenstein, Susan; Wimmer, Eckard; Rossmann, Michael G

    2008-11-25

    When poliovirus (PV) recognizes its receptor, CD155, the virus changes from a 160S to a 135S particle before releasing its genome into the cytoplasm. CD155 is a transmembrane protein with 3 Ig-like extracellular domains, D1-D3, where D1 is recognized by the virus. The crystal structure of D1D2 has been determined to 3.5-A resolution and fitted into approximately 8.5-A resolution cryoelectron microscopy reconstructions of the virus-receptor complexes for the 3 PV serotypes. These structures show that, compared with human rhinoviruses, the virus-receptor interactions for PVs have a greater dependence on hydrophobic interactions, as might be required for a virus that can inhabit environments of different pH. The pocket factor was shown to remain in the virus during the first recognition stage. The present structures, when combined with earlier mutational investigations, show that in the subsequent entry stage the receptor moves further into the canyon when at a physiological temperature, thereby expelling the pocket factor and separating the viral subunits to form 135S particles. These results provide a detailed analysis of how a nonenveloped virus can enter its host cell.

  7. First-principles study of the structural, electronic and thermal properties of CaLiF3

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    Chouit, N.; Amara Korba, S.; Slimani, M.; Meradji, H.; Ghemid, S.; Khenata, R.

    2013-09-01

    Density functional theory calculations have been performed to study the structural, electronic and optical properties of CaLiF3 cubic fluoroperovskite. Our calculations were carried out by means of the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method. The exchange-correlation potential is treated by the local density approximation and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) (Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof). Moreover, the alternative form of GGA proposed by Engel and Vosko is also used for band structure calculations. The calculated total energy versus volume allows us to obtain structural properties such as the lattice constant (a0), bulk modulus (B0) and pressure derivative of the bulk modulus (B'0 ). Band structure, density of states and band gap pressure coefficients are also given. Our calculations show that CaLiF3 has an indirect band gap (R-Γ). Following the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered, the temperature and pressure effects on the lattice constant, bulk modulus, thermal expansion coefficient, Debye temperature and heat capacities are calculated.

  8. An x-ray absorption spectroscopic study of the electronic structure and bonding of rare-earth orthoferrites

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    Hayes, J.R.; Grosvenor, A.P.

    2011-11-07

    Rare-earth orthoferrites, REFeO{sub 3} (RE=rare earth; Y), are tremendously adaptable compounds that are being investigated for use in a wide variety of applications including gas sensors, vehicle catalytic converters, and solid-oxide fuel cells. They also exhibit interesting magnetic properties such as high-temperature antiferromagnetism, making them useful for data storage applications. The compounds adopt a distorted perovskite-type structure where the tilt angle of the octahedra increases (Fe-O-Fe bond angle decreases) as the size of the rare-earth atom decreases. Despite intensive study of the physical properties of these compounds, very few studies have investigated how the bonding and electronic structure of these systems change with substitution of the RE. X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) is a technique well-suited for such a study, and, in view of this, Fe L-, Fe K- and O K-edge spectra from a series of REFeO{sub 3} compounds (RE=La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Ho, Yb, Y) have been collected, and are presented here. Fe L-edge spectra show that Fe is octahedrally coordinated and that the Fe-centered octahedra do not appear to distort with changes in the identity of the RE. The Fe K-edge spectra contain an intersite hybrid peak, which is an ill-studied feature that is attributed to non-local transitions of 1s electrons to 3d states on the next-nearest-neighbor atom that are hybridized with 4p states on the absorbing atom through O 2p states. In this study, it is shown that the intensity of this feature is strongly dependent on the Fe-O-Fe bond angle; the lower the Fe-O-Fe bond angle, the less intense the intersite hybrid peak is.

  9. Theoretical study of the molecular and electronic structure of methanol on a TiO2(110) surface

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    Zhao, Jin; Yang, Jinlong; Petek, Hrvoje

    2009-12-10

    We present density-functional-theory calculations of the molecular and electronic structure of methanol adsorption on stoichiometric TiO2(110) surface. We have investigated 11 different molecular and dissociated adsorption structures of CH3OH at 1 monolayer coverage. The relative stabilities of different structures depend on the chemisorption-induced charge transfer, the relative strengths of different types of hydrogen bonds, the steric hindrance between methyl groups and the surface stress. We found the intermolecular hydrogen bonding to play an important role in stabilizing the overlayer. We also investigated the occupied and unoccupied surface electronic structure, and the adsorbate-induced surface dipole moment and work-function changes. The electronic structures show that the highest-occupied molecular orbital of CH3OH is near the valance-band maximum, which reflects the character of CH3OH as a hole scavenger on TiO2 surfaces. The unoccupied partially solvated or “wet” electron states for CH3OH on TiO2 are primarily distributed on H atoms of methyl groups. Despite many different structural motifs, the wet-electron-state energy primarily correlates with the surface dipole moment.

  10. Tunable electronic structures of germanium monochalcogenide nanosheets via light non-metallic atom functionalization: a first-principles study.

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    Ding, Yi; Wang, Yanli

    2016-08-17

    Germanium monochalcogenides, i.e. GeS and GeSe sheets, are isoelectronic analogues of phosphorene, which have been synthesized in recent experiments (P. Ramasamy et al., J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 479). Utilizing first-principles calculations, we have investigated their tunable electronic and magnetic properties via light non-metallic atom (B, C, N, O, Si, P, S) functionalization. We find that on these GeS and GeSe sheets O and S adatoms prefer to locate at the top site above the Ge atom, while the other ones like to occupy the anion site, which push the original S/Se atom to the hollow site instead. O and S adatoms slightly affect the semiconducting behaviour of the doped systems, while B, C, N, Si, P ones will drastically modify their band structures and induce versatile spintronic properties. Through the supercell calculations, B and C adatoms are found to induce a bipolar semiconducting behaviour in the decorated systems, while the N/P adatom will cause a spin-gapless-semiconducting/nearly-half-metallic feature in them. The B/C/N/Si/P-substituted GeS/GeSe sheet can be formed by removing the hollow-site S/Se atom from the adatom-decorated structures, which exhibit an opposite semiconducting/metallic behaviour to their phosphorene counterparts. A general odd-even rule is proposed for this phenomenon, which shows that an odd (even) number of valence electron difference between the substitution and host atoms would cause a metallic (semiconducting) feature in the substituted systems. Our study demonstrates that atom functionalization is an efficient way to tailor the properties of GeS and GeSe nanosheets, which have adaptable electronic properties for potential applications in nanoelectronics and spintronics.

  11. Electronic structures of hydrogenated Si(001) surfaces

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    Lee, Seung Mi; Lee, Young Hee

    1996-02-01

    We have studied the electronic structure of clean and hydrogenated Si(001) surfaces via the empirical tight-binding total energy scheme. In the clean Si(001) surface, several reconstructed structures such as symmetric (2 × 1), buckled (2 × 1), p(2 × 2), and are studied. We find that higher-orderings such as the c(4 × 2) and p(2 × 2) are energetically favorable configurations. The electr density of states of these structures are also provided and compared with experimental results. In the hydrogenated Si(001) surface, there are three stable structures: monohydride, dihydride, and a (3 × 1) phase upon hydrogen coverage. We suggest that the electronic density of states can provide a way to distinguish the respective structures by several characteristic hydrogen-related peaks. These are further compared with experimental results.

  12. A first principles study of structural, electronic mechanical and magnetic properties of rare earth nitride:TmN

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    Murugan, A.; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R. Santhosh, M.; Manikandan, M.

    2016-05-23

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

  13. Ab initio study of electron-ion structure factors in binary liquids with different types of chemical bonding

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    Klevets, Ivan; Bryk, Taras

    2014-12-07

    Electron-ion structure factors, calculated in ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, are reported for several binary liquids with different kinds of chemical bonding: metallic liquid alloy Bi–Pb, molten salt RbF, and liquid water. We derive analytical expressions for the long-wavelength asymptotes of the partial electron-ion structure factors of binary systems and show that the analytical results are in good agreement with the ab initio simulation data. The long-wavelength behaviour of the total charge structure factors for the three binary liquids is discussed.

  14. Study of electronic structure and Compton profiles of transition metal diborides

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    Bhatt, Samir; Heda, N. L.; Kumar, Kishor; Ahuja, B. L.

    2017-08-01

    We report Compton profiles (CPs) of transition metal diborides (MB2; M= Ti and Zr) using a 740 GBq 137Cs Compton spectrometer measured at an intermediate resolution of 0.34 a.u. To validate the experimental momentum densities, we have employed the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method to compute the theoretical CPs along with the energy bands, density of states (DOS) and Mulliken's population response. The LCAO computations have been performed in the frame work of density functional theory (DFT) and hybridization of Hartree-Fock and DFT (namely B3LYP and PBE0). For both the diborides, the CPs based on revised Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof exchange and correlation functions (DFT-PBESol) lead to a better agreement with the experimental momentum densities than other reported approximations. Energy bands, DOS and real space analysis of CPs confirm a metallic-like character of both the borides. Further, a comparison of DFT-PBESol and experimental data on equal-valence-electron-density scale shows more ionicity in ZrB2 than that in TiB2, which is also supported by the Mulliken's population based charge transfer data.

  15. Size and structure of antigen-antibody complexes. Electron microscopy and light scattering studies.

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    Murphy, R M; Slayter, H; Schurtenberger, P; Chamberlin, R A; Colton, C K; Yarmush, M L

    1988-01-01

    Size parameters of model antigen-antibody (Ag-Ab) complexes formed by the interaction of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and pairs of monoclonal anti-BSA antibodies (mAb) were evaluated by quasielastic light scattering, classical light scattering, and electron microscopy (EM). Mean values for the hydrodynamic radius, radius of gyration, and molecular weight were determined by light scattering. Detailed information regarding the molecular weight distribution and the presence of cycles or open chains was obtained with EM. Average molecular weights were calculated from the EM data, and the Porod-Kratky wormlike chain theory was used to model the conformational behavior of the Ag-mAb complexes. Ag-mAb complexes prepared from three different mAb pairs displayed significantly different properties as assessed by each of the techniques employed. Observations and size parameter calculations from EM photomicrographs were consistent with the results from light scattering. The differences observed between the mab pairs would not have been predicted by idealized thermodynamic models. These results suggest that the geometric constraints imposed by the individual epitope environment and/or the relative epitope location are important in determining the average size of complexes and the ratio of linear to cyclic complexes. Images FIGURE 3 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 5 FIGURE 7 PMID:3416033

  16. Time-resolved structural studies at synchrotrons and X-ray free electron lasers: opportunities and challenges

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    Neutze, Richard; Moffat, Keith

    2012-01-01

    X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) are potentially revolutionary X-ray sources because of their very short pulse duration, extreme peak brilliance and high spatial coherence, features that distinguish them from today’s synchrotron sources. We review recent time-resolved Laue diffraction and time-resolved wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) studies at synchrotron sources, and initial static studies at XFELs. XFELs have the potential to transform the field of time-resolved structural biology, yet many challenges arise in devising and adapting hardware, experimental design and data analysis strategies to exploit their unusual properties. Despite these challenges, we are confident that XFEL sources are poised to shed new light on ultrafast protein reaction dynamics. PMID:23021004

  17. Transmission electron microscopy and time resolved optical spectroscopy study of the electronic and structural interactions of ZnO nanorods with bovine serum albumin.

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    Klaumünzer, M; Weichsel, U; Mačković, M; Spiecker, E; Peukert, W; Kryschi, C

    2013-08-22

    The adsorption behavior and electronic interactions of bovine serum albumin (BSA) with ZnO nanorod surfaces were investigated using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy as well as stationary and time-resolved optical spectroscopy techniques. Transmission electron microscopy shows that ZnO nanorod surfaces are surrounded by a homogeneous amorphous BSA film with thicknesses between ~2.5 and 5.0 nm. The electronic structure and adsorption geometry of BSA were examined using high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with electron energy loss spectroscopy. The adsorption process was observed to result into an unfolded conformation of BSA becoming predominantly bound in the side-on orientation at the ZnO surface. This adsorption mode of the BSA molecules allows for a strong interaction with surface states of the ZnO nanorods. This is obvious from its efficient quenching of the defect-center photoluminescence of ZnO. Complementary information of electronic interactions across the ZnO nanorod interface was obtained from femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy experiments. The rise dynamics of the measured transients revealed altered hole trapping dynamics and, thus, indicated to heterogeneous charge transfer as emerging from adsorbed BSA molecules to defect centers of the ZnO interface.

  18. Electronic instrumentation for smart structures

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    Blanar, George J.

    1995-04-01

    The requirements of electronic instrumentation for smart structures are similar to those of data acquisition systems at our national particle physics laboratories. Modern high energy and heavy ion physics experiments may have tens of thousands of channels of data sources producing data that must be converted to digital form, compacted, stored and interpreted. In parallel, multiple sensors distributed in and around smart structures generate either binary or analog signals that are voltage, charge, or time like in their information content. In all cases, they must be transmitted, converted and preserved into a unified digital format for real-time processing. This paper will review the current status of practical large scale electronic measurement systems with special attention to architectures and physical organization. Brief surveys of the current state of the art will include preamplifiers and amplifiers, comparators and discriminators, voltage or charge analog-to-digital converters, time internal meters or time-to-digital converters, and finally, counting or scalar systems. The paper will conclude by integrating all of these ideas in a concept for an all-digital readout of a smart structure using the latest techniques used in physics research today.

  19. Electronic structure and rovibrational properties of ZnOH in the X̃²A' electronic state: a computational molecular spectroscopy study.

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    Hirano, Tsuneo; Andaloussi, Mounir Ben Dahman; Nagashima, Umpei; Jensen, Per

    2014-09-07

    The three-dimensional ground-state potential energy surface of ZnOH has been calculated ab initio at the MR-SDCI+Q_DK3/[QZP ANO-RCC (Zn, O, H)] level of theory and used as basis for a study of the rovibrational properties carried out by means of the program MORBID (Morse Oscillator Rigid Bender Internal Dynamics). The electronic ground state is  (2)A' (correlating with (2)Σ(+) at the linear configuration). The equilibrium structure has r(e)(Zn-O) = 1.8028 Å, r(e)(O-H) = 0.9606 Å, and ∠e(Zn-O-H) = 114.9°. The Zn-O bond is essentially ionic, with appreciable covalency. The bonding character is compared with those of FeOH (quasi-linear) and CsOH (linear). The rovibrationally averaged structural parameters, determined as expectation values over MORBID wavefunctions, are ⟨r(Zn-O)⟩0 = 1.8078 Å, ⟨r(O-H)⟩0 = 0.9778 Å, and ⟨∠(Zn-O-H)⟩0 = 117°. The Yamada-Winnewisser quasi-linearity parameter is found to be γ0 = 0.84, which is close to 1.0 as expected for a bent molecule. Since no experimental rovibrational spectrum has been reported thus far, this spectrum has been simulated from the ab initio potential energy and dipole moment surfaces. The amphoteric character of ZnOH is also discussed.

  20. Global minimum structures, stability and electronic properties of small NixSny (x + y ≤ 5) bimetallic clusters; a DFT study

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    Sosa-Hernández, Elisa Marina; Montejano-Carrizales, Juan Martin; Alvarado-Leyva, Pedro Gilberto

    2016-10-01

    We report DFT calculations about the global minimum structures, stability and electronic properties of small free Ni x Sn y nanoalloys ( x + y ≤ 5), by using the free SIESTA code. Our results show that the optimized structures of these binary nanoalloys prefer geometries with high coordination and show significant variations as compared to lower energies structures of the pure clusters. The excess energy reveals a favorable mixing of the constituent atoms for all the clusters studied here. The electronic behavior is analyzed through the ionization potential, electron affinity and hardness.

  1. Electron microscope studies

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    Crewe, A.V.; Kapp, O.H.

    1991-06-01

    This year our laboratory has continued to make progress in the design of electron-optical systems, in the study of structure-function relationships of large multi-subunit proteins, in the development of new image processing software and in achieving a workable sub-angstrom STEM. We present an algebraic approach to the symmetrical Einzel (unipotential) lens wherein we simplify the analysis by specifying a field shape that meets some preferred set of boundary or other conditions and then calculate the fields. In a second study we generalize this approach to study of three element electrostatic lenses of which the symmetrical Einzel lens is a particular form. The purpose is to develop a method for assisting in the design of a lens for a particular purpose. In our biological work we study a stable and functional dodecameric complex of globin chains from the hemoglobin of Lumbricus terrestris. This is a complex lacking the linker'' subunit first imaged in this lab and required for maintenance of the native structure. In addition, we do a complete work-up on the hemoglobin of the marine polychaete Eudistylia vancouverii demonstrating the presence of a hierarchy of globin complexes. We demonstrate stable field-emission in the sub-angstrom STEM and the preliminary alignment of the beam. We continue our exploration of a algorithms for alignment of sequences of protein and DNA. Our computer facilities now include four second generation RISC workstations and we continue to take increasing advantage of the floating-point and graphical performance of these devices.

  2. A combined photoelectron spectroscopy and relativistic ab initio studies of the electronic structures of UFO and UFO(-).

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    Roy, Soumendra K; Jian, Tian; Lopez, Gary V; Li, Wei-Li; Su, Jing; Bross, David H; Peterson, Kirk A; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Li, Jun

    2016-02-28

    The observation of the gaseous UFO(-) anion is reported, which is investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy and relativisitic ab initio calculations. Two strong photoelectron bands are observed at low binding energies due to electron detachment from the U-7sσ orbital. Numerous weak detachment bands are also observed due to the strongly correlated U-5f electrons. The electron affinity of UFO is measured to be 1.27(3) eV. High-level relativistic quantum chemical calculations have been carried out on the ground state and many low-lying excited states of UFO to help interpret the photoelectron spectra and understand the electronic structure of UFO. The ground state of UFO(-) is linear with an O-U-F structure and a (3)H4 spectral term derived from a U 7sσ(2)5fφ(1)5fδ(1) electron configuration, whereas the ground state of neutral UFO has a (4)H(7/2) spectral term with a U 7sσ(1)5fφ(1)5fδ(1) electron configuration. Strong electron correlation effects are found in both the anionic and neutral electronic configurations. In the UFO neutral, a high density of electronic states with strong configuration mixing is observed in most of the scalar relativistic and spin-orbit coupled states. The strong electron correlation, state mixing, and spin-orbit coupling of the electronic states make the excited states of UFO very challenging for accurate quantum chemical calculations.

  3. Computational study and experimental validation of porous structures fabricated by electron beam melting: a challenge to avoid stress shielding.

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    Herrera, A; Yánez, A; Martel, O; Afonso, H; Monopoli, D

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, several diamond non-stochastic lattice structures, fabricated by electron beam melting, were mechanically characterized by compression tests. A finite element model of the structures was developed, obtaining an equation that estimates the elastic modulus of the lattice structure. Finally, the differences between the numerical and the experimental results were analyzed and discussed. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. IPET and FETR: Experimental Approach for Studying Molecular Structure Dynamics by Cryo-Electron Tomography of a Single-Molecule Structure

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    Zhang, Lei; Ren, Gang

    2012-01-01

    The dynamic personalities and structural heterogeneity of proteins are essential for proper functioning. Structural determination of dynamic/heterogeneous proteins is limited by conventional approaches of X-ray and electron microscopy (EM) of single-particle reconstruction that require an average from thousands to millions different molecules. Cryo-electron tomography (cryoET) is an approach to determine three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of a single and unique biological object such as bacteria and cells, by imaging the object from a series of tilting angles. However, cconventional reconstruction methods use large-size whole-micrographs that are limited by reconstruction resolution (lower than 20 Å), especially for small and low-symmetric molecule (<400 kDa). In this study, we demonstrated the adverse effects from image distortion and the measuring tilt-errors (including tilt-axis and tilt-angle errors) both play a major role in limiting the reconstruction resolution. Therefore, we developed a “focused electron tomography reconstruction” (FETR) algorithm to improve the resolution by decreasing the reconstructing image size so that it contains only a single-instance protein. FETR can tolerate certain levels of image-distortion and measuring tilt-errors, and can also precisely determine the translational parameters via an iterative refinement process that contains a series of automatically generated dynamic filters and masks. To describe this method, a set of simulated cryoET images was employed; to validate this approach, the real experimental images from negative-staining and cryoET were used. Since this approach can obtain the structure of a single-instance molecule/particle, we named it individual-particle electron tomography (IPET) as a new robust strategy/approach that does not require a pre-given initial model, class averaging of multiple molecules or an extended ordered lattice, but can tolerate small tilt-errors for high-resolution single

  5. The electronic structure of Lu

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    Tibbetts, T. A.; Harmon, B. N.

    1982-12-01

    The electronic structure of hcp Lu has been calculated using a linearized augmented plane wave (LAPW) method and the Hedin-Lundqvist local density approximation for exchange and correlation. Although complete self-consistency was hindered by the proximity of the 4f levels to the Fermi energy, the valence bands were converged and the calculation yielded a Fermi surface remarkably similar to that calculated by Keeton and Loucks. Comparison is made with recent de Haas-van Alphen and neutron magnetic form factor experiments.

  6. A first principles study of structural stability, electronic structure and mechanical properties of ABeH{sub 3} (A = Li, Na)

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

    2015-06-24

    Ab initio calculations are performed to investigate the structural stability, electronic structure and mechanical properties of ABeH{sub 3} (A = Li, Na) for three different crystal structures, namely orthorhombic (Pnma), monoclinic (P2{sub 1}/c) and triclinic (P-1) phase. Among the considered structures monoclinic (P2{sub 1}/c) phase is found to be the most stable one for all the three hydrides at ambient condition. The electronic structure reveals that these materials are wide band gap semiconductors. The calculated elastic constants indicate that these materials are mechanically stable at ambient condition.

  7. Time-Resolved Surface Structural Study by Picosecond Reflection High- Energy Electron Diffraction

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    1989-03-21

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  8. Study of the structural and electronic properties of YC using DFT: The true ground state is a NiAs-like structure

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

    2013-11-01

    We study the structural and electronic properties of YC in volume using density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), using the scheme of Wu-Cohen 2006 and Tran et al. 2007. Several crystal structures were considered: Nickel Arsenide (NiAs), Sodium Chloride (NaCl), Cesium Chloride (CsCl), and zincblende (ZB). A new fact that we present in this paper is the inclusion of the NiAs-like structure, which is the true ground state (GS) for YC. We calculated the density of states (DOS) and the band structure and found that YC is non-magnetic and its behavior is metallic-like. The lattice parameter alatt is 3.69 Å and the c/a = 1.47. Cohesion energy (Ecoh) is -12.90 eV, which is very close to Ecoh of the NaCl structure. Therefore, YC exists in these two structures. Our results with respect to alatt, bulk modulus (B), Ecoh, and the main features of the electronic properties are in good agreement with those found by other researchers. Other researchers found a transition from NaCl to CsCl, but we found a new transition from NiAs to CsCl, where the volume diminishes ~10% and its transition pressure (PT ~79 GPa) is very close to the 80 GPa of the former. The contraction can fracture the material if it is worked on near the transition. For pressures before and after the transition, YC maintains non-magnetic and metallic behaviors.

  9. A theoretical study of the local electronic structure of two adjacent CuOplanes in YBa 2Cu 3O 7

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    Suter, H. U.; Stoll, E. P.; Hüsser, P.; Schafroth, S.; Meier, P. F.

    1997-08-01

    To reveal the local electronic structure of the two adjacent CuOplanes in YBa 2Cu 3O 7, ab initio studies on a small cluster (Cu 2Y 4O 8) were performed. Electron correlation was investigated with both density functional theory and Møller-Plesset theory. The ionisation energies, electron affinities adn the singlet-triplet differences are discussed with respect to model Hamiltonians of high-T c compounds.

  10. Atomic and electronic structures of novel silicon surface structures

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    Terry, J.H. Jr.

    1997-03-01

    The modification of silicon surfaces is presently of great interest to the semiconductor device community. Three distinct areas are the subject of inquiry: first, modification of the silicon electronic structure; second, passivation of the silicon surface; and third, functionalization of the silicon surface. It is believed that surface modification of these types will lead to useful electronic devices by pairing these modified surfaces with traditional silicon device technology. Therefore, silicon wafers with modified electronic structure (light-emitting porous silicon), passivated surfaces (H-Si(111), Cl-Si(111), Alkyl-Si(111)), and functionalized surfaces (Alkyl-Si(111)) have been studied in order to determine the fundamental properties of surface geometry and electronic structure using synchrotron radiation-based techniques.

  11. Generalized molecular mechanics including quantum electronic structure variation of polar solvents. II. A molecular dynamics simulation study of water

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    Bursulaya, Badry D.; Jeon, Jonggu; Zichi, Dominic A.; Kim, Hyung J.

    1998-02-01

    By employing the truncated adiabatic basis set (TAB) description developed in the preceding article [B. D. Bursulaya and H. J. Kim, J. Chem. Phys. 108, 3277 (1998), preceding paper], solvent water under an ambient condition is studied via a molecular dynamics (MD) computer simulation method. The evolving charge distribution of each water molecule is described by the mixing of the TAB functions, which fluctuates with its local environment. The parametrization of these basis functions is couched in terms of the complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) ab initio calculations in vacuum. By using an interaction site representation for the diagonal and overlap charge distributions of the basis functions, electronic polarizability both in and out of the water molecular plane is accounted for. The ground-state charge distribution for the entire solvent system is determined at the self-consistent field (SCF) level with a numerical iteration method. Two different models, TAB/10 and TAB/10D, are studied. The average water dipole moment in liquid is found to be 2.58 D for the former and 2.65 D for the latter, while it is 1.85 D in vacuum for both models. The solution-phase electronic polarizability distributions, characterized by a narrow but finite width, show that nonlinear hyperpolarizability makes a non-negligible contribution to instantaneous electronic response of water even though its average response mainly falls in a linear regime. It is found that the TAB water predictions for structural, dynamic, spectroscopic, dielectric, and transport properties are in good agreement with corresponding experimental results.

  12. Compton scattering study and electronic structure of different phases of NH4NO3

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    Jain, Pradeep; Sahariya, Jagrati; Ahuja, B. L.

    2013-06-01

    In this paper, we present energy bands, density of states and the nature of hydrogen bonding in different temperature-dependent phases of NH4NO3, namely phases II (357-398 K), III (305-357 K) and IV (257-305 K), using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave and linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) methods. Both band structure calculations show the insulating character of the II-IV phases of NH4NO3. In addition, we have reported the isotropic Compton profile of NH4NO3(IV) measured using 661.65 keV γ-radiation from a 137Cs isotope. The experimental momentum density has been compared with that based on density functional theory (DFT) and Hartree-Fock schemes within the LCAO method. It is seen that the LCAO with hybridization of DFT and Hartree-Fock (so-called B3LYP) gives better agreement with the present Compton profile measurement.

  13. Electronic magnetic structure of intermetallic compounds RNi2Mn studied by XMCD

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    Kuznetsova, Tatyana V.; Grebennikov, Vladimir I.; Gerasimov, E. G.; Mushnikov, N. V.

    2017-10-01

    The x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and the x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements in the hard X-ray range at the Ni and Mn K edges and Tb, Dy L2, 3 edges were carried out in TbNi2Mn and DyNi2Mn in magnetic field up to 6 T at 10 K. XMCD on the Dy and Tb L-edges reaches 3.2%. The spin and orbital d-projected density of states on Tb and Dy atoms were obtained from the XMCD spectra. The Ni and Mn K-edges absorptions are practically identical in both compounds, as well as the dichroism spectra. The magnitude of dichroism is less than 0.5% and its length of about 50 eV. Scattering of outgoing p-wave on magnetic atoms environment is the main source of the K-edge dichroism. Element-specific magnetic hysteresis-loops measurements on TbNi2Mn and DyNi2Mn were performed by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism.

  14. Electronic structure of individual hybrid colloid particles studied by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy in the X-ray microscope.

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    Henzler, Katja; Guttmann, Peter; Lu, Yan; Polzer, Frank; Schneider, Gerd; Ballauff, Matthias

    2013-02-13

    The electronic structure of individual hybrid particles was studied by nanoscale near-edge X-ray absorption spectromicroscopy. The colloidal particles consist of a solid polystyrene core and a cross-linked poly-N-(isopropylacrylamide) shell with embedded crystalline titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) nanoparticles (d = 6 ± 3 nm). The TiO(2) particles are generated in the carrier network by a sol-gel process at room temperature. The hybrid particles were imaged with photon energy steps of 0.1 eV in their hydrated environment with a cryo transmission X-ray microscope (TXM) at the Ti L(2,3)-edge. By analyzing the image stacks, the obtained near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra of our individual hybrid particles show clearly that our synthesis generates TiO(2) in the anastase phase. Additionally, our spectromicroscopy method permits the determination of the density distribution of TiO(2) in single carrier particles. Therefore, NEXAFS spectroscopy combined with TXM presents a unique method to get in-depth insight into the electronic structure of hybrid materials.

  15. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURAL, MECHANICAL, AND THERMAL PROPERTIES: First-Principles Study of Structural, Elastic and Electronic Properties of OsSi

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    Li, Jin; Linghu, Rong-Feng; Yang, Ze-Jin; Cao, Yang; Yang, Xiang-Dong

    2009-10-01

    First-principles study of structural, elastic, and electronic properties of the B20 structure OsSi has been reported using the plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory method. The calculated equilibrium lattice and elastic constants are in good agreement with the experimental data and other theoretical results. The dependence of the elastic constants, the aggregate elastic modulus, the deviation from the Cauchy relation, the elastic wave velocities in different directions and the elastic anisotropy on pressure have been obtained and discussed. This could be the first quantitative theoretical prediction of the elastic properties under high pressure of OsSi compound. Moreover, the electronic structure calculations show that OsSi is a degenerate semiconductor with the gap value of 0.68 eV, which is higher than the experimental value of 0.26 eV. The analysis of the PDOS reveals that hybridization between Os d and Si p states indicates a certain covalency of the Os-Si bonds.

  16. Structural, Elastic, Electronic and Optical Properties of LaOAgS-Type Silver Fluoride Chalcogenides: First-Principles Study

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    Boudiaf, K.; Bouhemadou, A.; Boudrifa, O.; Haddadi, K.; Saoud, F. Saad; Khenata, R.; Al-Douri, Y.; Bin-Omran, S.; Ghebouli, M. A.

    2017-07-01

    First-principles density functional calculations were performed to investigate the structural parameters, elastic moduli and related properties, electronic band structure and optical properties of three LaOAgS-type barium silver fluoride chalcogenides BaAg ChF ( Ch denotes the chalcogenides S, Se and Te). The calculated structural parameters are in good accordance with the existing experimental data. The single-crystal and polycrystal elastic moduli were determined via the strain-stress technique. The investigated compounds show a strong anisotropic behaviour of the structural and elastic parameters. The calculated electronic band structure using the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential reveals that the three considered systems are large direct band gap semiconductors. The assignments of the energy band electronic states and chemical bonding character were accomplished with the help of the l-decomposed atomic densities of states diagrams. Frequency-dependent polarized optical functions were computed for an energy range from 0 eV to 30 eV. The microscopic origin of the electronic states that is responsible for the optical spectra structures were determined. The optical spectra exhibit a considerable anisotropy. Several trends in the variation of the considered physical properties with the atomic number Z of the chalcogenide Ch element in the BaAg ChF series are observed.

  17. Electronic structure and properties of highly ordered C60 nano arrays on Au (111): STM & DFT study

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    Win, Zaw-Myo; HUANG, Chao; ZHANG, Rui-Qin

    2017-06-01

    Template assisted assembly of molecular nano arrays is one of the key steps towards molecular electronics and fullerene is one of the potential structural building blocks in fabrication of identical molecular nano arrays for miniature devices such as photovoltaic devices and single-molecule transistors. In this report, the reconstructed Au (111) with defect areas (steps) has been used as a template to assemble the highly ordered C60 nano array at low coverage studied with scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) in conjunction with density functional theory (DFT). The interaction between the substrate and C60 nano arrays is strong enough to change the geometrical shape of C60. As a result of strong interaction, the C60 molecule appears to be deformed into ellipsoidal shape which causes the reduction of C60 nano arrays on step sites of Au (111).

  18. Pressure dependence in the methyl vinyl ketone + OH and methacrolein + OH oxidation reactions: an electronic structure study.

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    Ochando-Pardo, Montserrat; Nebot-Gil, Ignacio; González-Lafont, Angels; Lluch, José M

    2005-08-12

    High-level electronic structure calculations were carried out for the study of the reaction pathways in the OH-initiated oxidations of methyl vinyl ketone (MVK) and methacrolein (MACR). For the two conformers of MVK (called synperiplanar and antiperiplanar), the addition channels of OH to the terminal and central carbon atom of the double bond dominate the overall rate constant, whereas the abstraction of the methyl hydrogen atoms has no significant kinetic role. In the case of MACR, only the antiperiplanar conformer is important in its reactivity. In addition, the lower Gibbs free energy barrier for MACR corresponds to the aldehydic hydrogen abstraction reaction, which will be somewhat more favorable than the addition processes. The subtle balance between the different pathways (additions versus abstractions) serves to give an understanding of the pressure dependence of the rate constants of these tropospheric oxidation processes.

  19. Opportunities and challenges for time-resolved studies of protein structural dynamics at X-ray free-electron lasers.

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    Neutze, Richard

    2014-07-17

    X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) are revolutionary X-ray sources. Their time structure, providing X-ray pulses of a few tens of femtoseconds in duration; and their extreme peak brilliance, delivering approximately 10(12) X-ray photons per pulse and facilitating sub-micrometre focusing, distinguish XFEL sources from synchrotron radiation. In this opinion piece, I argue that these properties of XFEL radiation will facilitate new discoveries in life science. I reason that time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography and time-resolved wide angle X-ray scattering are promising areas of scientific investigation that will be advanced by XFEL capabilities, allowing new scientific questions to be addressed that are not accessible using established methods at storage ring facilities. These questions include visualizing ultrafast protein structural dynamics on the femtosecond to picosecond time-scale, as well as time-resolved diffraction studies of non-cyclic reactions. I argue that these emerging opportunities will stimulate a renaissance of interest in time-resolved structural biochemistry.

  20. Opportunities and challenges for time-resolved studies of protein structural dynamics at X-ray free-electron lasers

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    Neutze, Richard

    2014-01-01

    X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) are revolutionary X-ray sources. Their time structure, providing X-ray pulses of a few tens of femtoseconds in duration; and their extreme peak brilliance, delivering approximately 1012 X-ray photons per pulse and facilitating sub-micrometre focusing, distinguish XFEL sources from synchrotron radiation. In this opinion piece, I argue that these properties of XFEL radiation will facilitate new discoveries in life science. I reason that time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography and time-resolved wide angle X-ray scattering are promising areas of scientific investigation that will be advanced by XFEL capabilities, allowing new scientific questions to be addressed that are not accessible using established methods at storage ring facilities. These questions include visualizing ultrafast protein structural dynamics on the femtosecond to picosecond time-scale, as well as time-resolved diffraction studies of non-cyclic reactions. I argue that these emerging opportunities will stimulate a renaissance of interest in time-resolved structural biochemistry. PMID:24914150

  1. Orientation and electronic structure of ion exchanged dye molecules on mica: An X-ray absorption study

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    Fischer, D.; Caseri, W.R.; Haehner, G.

    1998-02-15

    Dye molecules are frequently used to determine the specific surface area and the ion exchange capacity of high-surface-area materials such as mica. The organic molecules are often considered to be planar and to adsorb in a flat orientation. In the present study the authors have investigated the orientation and electronic structure of crystal violet (CV) and malachite green (MG) on muscovite mica, prepared by immersing the substrates for extended periods into aqueous solutions of the dyes of various concentrations. The K{sup +} ions of the mica surface are replaced by the organic cations via ion exchange. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals that only one amino group is involved in the interaction of CV and MG with the muscovite surface, i.e., certain resonance structures are abolished upon adsorption. With near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy a significant tilt angle with respect to the surface was found for all investigated species. A flat orientation, as has often been proposed before, can effectively be ruled out. Hence, results are in marked contrast to the often quoted orientation and suggest that the specific surface areas determined with dyes may, in general, be overestimated.

  2. Computational study of structural, elastic and electronic properties of lithium disilicate (Li(2)Si(2)O(5)) glass-ceramic.

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    Biskri, Zine Elabidine; Rached, Habib; Bouchear, Merzoug; Rached, Djamel

    2014-04-01

    The objective of this study is to investigate theoretically the structural, elastic and electronic properties of Lithium Disilicate (LD) crystal (Li2Si2O5), using the pseudo potential method based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) with the Local Density Approximation (LDA) and the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). The calculated structural properties namely the equilibrium lattice parameters and cell volume are in good agreement with the available experimental results. However, for the LD crystal elastic moduli: Shear modulus G, Young's modulus E and Poisson's ratio ν we have found a discrepancy between our theoretical values and experimental ones reported in polycrystalline sample containing LD crystals. The calculated elastic properties show that LD is more rigid compared with other components. We also investigated the mechanical stability of Li2Si2O5 compound and we have noticed that this compound is stable against elastic deformations. On the basis of shear to bulk modulus ratio analysis, we inferred that Li2Si2O5 compound is brittle in nature. In order to complete the fundamental characteristics of this compound we have measured the elastic anisotropy. Our results for the energy band structure and Density of States (DOS) show that Li2Si2O5 compound has an insulator characteristic.

  3. Chalcopyrite Magnetic Semiconductors: An Ab-Initio Study of Their Structural, Electronic and Magnetic Properties

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2001-04-01

    UNCLASSIFIED Defense Technical Information Center Compilation Part Notice ADP012281 TITLE: Chalcopyrite Magnetic Semiconductors: An Ab-Initio Study...UNCLASSIFIED Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 674 © 2001 Materials Research Society CHALCOPYRITE MAGNETIC SEMICONDUCTORS: AN AB-INITIO STUDY OF THEIR...slight reduction of the total magnetic moment per Mn atom from ’-𔃿 pB in all the Cd-rich P-based chalcopyrites to -4 p13 in the Mn rich MnGeP 2 and

  4. Comparative Study on Electronic Structures of Sc and Ti Contacts with Monolayer and Multilayer MoS2.

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    Li, Zhongjun; Li, Xingxing; Yang, Jinlong

    2015-06-17

    Understanding the nature of the contacts in devices based on MoS2 with metal electrodes is vital to enhancing carrier injection efficiency. In this work, geometric and electronic structures of Sc and Ti contacts with MoS2 have been comparatively studied by first-principles calculations. The analyses of geometric parameters, charge density distributions, and density of states for the Sc and Ti top contacts with monolayer MoS2 (mMoS2) indicate that the interface bonding results in the localization of 4d states of Mo atoms and the consequent metallization of mMoS2. Therefore, the Sc and Ti top contacts with mMoS2 are Ohmic, and electron injections via these contacts are efficient. Because of the formations of the metalized Sc-mMoS2 and Ti-mMoS2 complexes, in the Sc and Ti top contacts with multilayer MoS2, Schottky interfaces may be formed in two contact regions. One is in the edge contacts of the Sc-mMoS2 and Ti-mMoS2 complexes with mMoS2 in the channel region in which Schottky barrier heights of 0.11 and 0.39 eV are extracted, respectively. The other is in the top contacts of these two complexes with mMoS2 under the contacts in which Schottky barrier heights of 0.15 and 0.34 eV are obtained, respectively. Moreover, as the layer number of MoS2 increases in the top contacts, the Schottky barrier heights show decreasing trends. These trends can be understood on the basis of the changes of electron affinity of multilayer MoS2. According to the present results, the device based on MoS2 with Sc electrodes should have better electron injection efficiency and stronger back-gated manipulation of current than the one with Ti electrodes. Furthermore, the electron injection efficiency can be enhanced by using multilayer MoS2. These predictions are generally consistent with recent experimental observations and provide a delicate understanding of the contacts in these devices.

  5. Magnetic properties and electronic structure of manganese-based blue pigments: a high-frequency and -field EPR study.

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    Krzystek, J; Telser, Joshua; Li, Jun; Subramanian, M A

    2015-09-21

    A variety of new oxide-based materials based on hexagonal phase of YInO3 have been recently described. In some of these materials, the In(III) ions are substituted by Mn(III), which finds itself in a trigonal-bipyramidal (TBP) coordination environment. While YInO3 is colorless and YMnO3 is black, mixed systems YIn1-xMnxO3 (0.02 < x < 0.25) display intense blue color and have been proposed as novel blue pigments. Since the Mn(III) ion is paramagnetic, its presence imparts distinct magnetic properties to the whole class of materials. These properties were investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) in its high-frequency and -field version (HFEPR), a technique ideally suited for transition metal ions such as Mn(III) that, in contrast to, for example, Mn(II), are difficult to study by EPR at (conventional) low frequency and field. YIn1-xMnxO3 with 0.02 < x < 0.2 exhibited high-quality HFEPR spectra up to room temperature that could be interpreted as arising from isolated S = 2 paramagnets. A simple ligand-field model, based on the structure and optical spectra, explains the spin Hamiltonian parameters provided by HFEPR, which were D = +3.0 cm(-1), E = 0; g⊥ = 1.99, g∥ = 2.0. This study demonstrates the general applicability of a combined spectroscopic and classical theoretical approach to understanding the electronic structure of novel materials containing paramagnetic dopants. Moreover, HFEPR complements optical and other experimental methods as being a sensitive probe of dopant level.

  6. Theoretical Studies of the Electronic Structure of Metal/Semiconductor/ Hydrogen Systems

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    1991-04-01

    U"miM .50 w ~Cesium, hydrogen and oxygen adsorption on beryllium clusters are-studied usinq restricted Hartree-Fock (RHF) calculations and ab initio...hydrogen, and oxygen adsorption on the work function of beryllium Publication 10 ....... ..................... .... 52 Imaging of colloidal gold on...involved a series of ab initio self-consistent field (SCF) calculations on clusters of beryllium atoms together with associated cesium and hydrogen atoms

  7. Ab initio electronic band structure study of the valence bands of II-VI C(2 × 2) reconstructed surfaces

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    Rubio-Ponce, A.; Olguín, D.

    2015-01-01

    The structural and electronic properties of CdTe(001), CdSe(001), and ZnSe(001) C(2 x 2) reconstructed surfaces have been investigated through the use of first-principles calculations. To simulate the surface, we employed the slab model. Using the experimentally determined lattice parameters as inputs, we relaxed the internal atomic positions of the outer atomic layers. We demonstrate that our model appropriately reproduces both the surface structural parameters and the known electronic properties found for these semiconductor compounds in bulk. Finally, we discuss our results of the projected bulk bands and the surface and resonance states found for these surfaces.

  8. Phosphine oxide derivatives as hosts for blue phosphors: A joint theoretical and experimental study of their electronic structure

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    Kim, Dongwook; Salman, Seyhan; Coropceanu, Veaceslav; Salomon, Eric; Padmaperuma, Asanga B.; Sapochak, Linda S.; Kahn, Antoine; Bredas, Jean-Luc

    2010-01-12

    We report on a joint theoretical and experimental investigation of the electronic structure of a series of bis(diphenylphosphine oxide) derivatives containing a central aromatic core with high triplet energy. Such molecules can serve as host material in the emissive layer of blue electro-phosphorescent organic devices. The aromatic cores considered in the theoretical study consist of biphenyl, fluorene, dibenzofuran, dibenzothiophene, dibenzothiophenesulfone or carbazole, linked to the two phosphoryl groups in either para or meta positions. With respect to the isolated core molecules, it is found that addition of the diphenylphosphine oxide moieties has hardly any impact on the core geometry and only slightly reduces the energy of the lowest triplet state (by at most ~0.2 eV). However, the diphenylphosphine oxide functionalities significantly impact the ionization potential and electron affinity values, in a way that is different for para and meta substitutions. Excellent comparison is obtained between the experimental UPS and IPES spectra of the para biphenyl and meta dibenzothiophene and dibenzothiophenesulfone compounds and the simulated spectra. In general, the phosphine oxide derivatives present triplet energies that are calculated to be at least 0.2 eV higher than those of currently widely used blue phosphorescent emitters.

  9. Structural changes in iron oxide and gold catalysts during nucleation of carbon nanotubes studied by in situ transmission electron microscopy.

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    Tang, Dai-Ming; Liu, Chang; Yu, Wan-Jing; Zhang, Li-Li; Hou, Peng-Xiang; Li, Jin-Cheng; Li, Feng; Bando, Yoshio; Golberg, Dmitri; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2014-01-28

    We report a simple, versatile in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) approach for investigating the nucleation and growth mechanism of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), by which the composition, phase transition, and physical state of various catalysts can be clearly resolved. In our approach, catalyst nanoparticles (NPs) are placed in a multiwall CNT "tubular furnace" with two open ends, and a high temperature is obtained by Joule heating in the specimen chamber of a TEM. The carbon is supplied by electron irradiation-induced injection of carbon atoms. Comparative studies on the catalytic behavior of traditional iron oxide and recently discovered gold catalysts were performed. It was found that the growth of CNTs from iron oxide involves the reduction of Fe2O3 to Fe3C, nucleation and growth of CNTs from partially liquefied Fe3C, and finally the formation of elemental Fe when the growth stops. In contrast, while changes in shape, size, and orientation were also observed for the fluctuating Au NPs, no chemical reactions or phase transitions occurred during the nucleation of CNTs. These two distinct nucleation and growth processes and mechanisms would be valuable for the structure-controlled growth of CNTs by catalyst design and engineering.

  10. First-principles study of the structural and electronic properties of graphene/MoS2 interfaces

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    Hieu, Nguyen Ngoc; Phuc, Huynh Vinh; Ilyasov, Victor V.; Chien, Nguyen D.; Poklonski, Nikolai A.; Van Hieu, Nguyen; Nguyen, Chuong V.

    2017-09-01

    In this paper, we study the structural and electronic properties of graphene adsorbed on MoS2 monolayer (G/MoS2) with different stacking configurations using dispersion-corrected density functional theory. Our calculations show that the interaction between graphene and MoS2 monolayer is a weak van der Waals interaction in all four stacking configurations with the binding energy per carbon atom of -30 meV. In the presence of MoS2 monolayer, the linear bands on the Dirac cone of graphene at the interfaces are slightly split. A band gap about 3 meV opens in G/MoS2 interfaces due to the breaking of sublattice symmetry by the intrinsic interface dipole, and it could be effectively modulated by the stacking configurations. Furthermore, we found that an n-type Schottky contact is formed at the G/MoS2 interface in all four stacking configurations with a small Schottky barrier about 0.49 eV. The appearance of the non-zero band gap in graphene has opened up new possibilities for its application in electronic devices such as graphene field-effect transistors.

  11. Structural and electronic properties for atomic clusters

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    Sun, Yan

    We have studied the structural and electronic properties for different groups of atomic clusters by doing a global search on the potential energy surface using the Taboo Search in Descriptors Space (TSDS) method and calculating the energies with Kohn-Sham Density Functional Theory (KS-DFT). Our goal was to find the structural and electronic principles for predicting the structure and stability of clusters. For Ben (n = 3--20), we have found that the evolution of geometric and electronic properties with size reflects a change in the nature of the bonding from van der Waals to metallic and then bulk-like. The cluster sizes with extra stability agree well with the predictions of the jellium model. In the 4d series of transition metal (TM) clusters, as the d-type bonding becomes more important, the preferred geometric structure changes from icosahedral (Y, Zr), to distorted compact structures (Nb, Mo), and FCC or simple cubic crystal fragments (Tc, Ru, Rh) due to the localized nature of the d-type orbital. Analysis of relative isomer energies and their electronic density of states suggest that these clusters tend to follow a maximum hardness principle (MHP). For A4B12 clusters (A is divalent, B is monovalent), we found unusually large (on average 1.95 eV) HOMO-LUMO gap values. This shows the extra stability at an electronic closed shell (20 electrons) predicted by the jellium model. The importance of symmetry, closed electronic and ionic shells in stability is shown by the relative stability of homotops of Mg4Ag12 which also provides support for the hypothesis that clusters that satisfy more than one stability criterion ("double magic") should be particularly stable.

  12. Electronic structure and reactivity in water splitting of the iron oxide dimers and their hexacarbonyls: A density functional study

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    Uzunova, Ellie L.; Mikosch, Hans

    2014-01-14

    The iron oxide dimers (FeO){sub 2} and their peroxide isomers are studied with the B3LYP density functional as bare clusters and as hexacarbonyls. Among the bare clusters the planar four-member ring structures are more stable than the non-planar ones and the rhombic dioxide Fe{sub 2}O{sub 2} with antiferromagnetically ordered electrons on iron centers is the global minimum. Water adsorption on the bare diiron dioxide is exothermic, but dissociation does not occur. Carbonylation favors a non-planar Fe{sub 2}O{sub 2} ring for both the dioxides and the peroxides and high electron density at the Fe centers is induced, evidenced by the natural charge distribution, the high proton affinity, and the values of global electronegativity and hardness. The iron dioxide hexacarbonyl Fe{sub 2}O{sub 2}(CO){sub 6} is diamagnetic in the state of the global minimum. It is separated from the next low-lying triplet state by a small energy gap of 0.22 eV. Time-dependent density functional theory methods were applied to examine electron excitations from the ground state to the low-lying triplet states in the hexacarbonyls and their adsorption complexes with water. Singlet-to-triplet state excitations occur via ligand-to-metal charge transfer in the hexacarbonyls; in the adsorption complexes excitations from the oxygen lone pairs to the adsorption center also occur and they appear in the IR-visible region. The lowest energy singlet and triplet state reaction paths for water splitting were followed. On the singlet potential energy surface (PES), water splitting is spontaneous, while for the triplet PES an activation barrier of 14.1 kJ mol{sup −1} was determined.

  13. Electronic structure of interstitial hydrogen in lutetium oxide from DFT+U calculations and comparison study with μ SR spectroscopy

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    da Silva, E. Lora; Marinopoulos, A. G.; Vieira, R. B. L.; Vilão, R. C.; Alberto, H. V.; Gil, J. M.; Lichti, R. L.; Mengyan, P. W.; Baker, B. B.

    2016-07-01

    The electronic structure of hydrogen impurity in Lu2O3 was studied by first-principles calculations and muonium spectroscopy. The computational scheme was based on two methods which are well suited to treat defect calculations in f -electron systems: first, a semilocal functional of conventional density-functional theory (DFT) and secondly a DFT+U approach which accounts for the on-site correlation of the 4 f electrons via an effective Hubbard-type interaction. Three different types of stable configurations were found for hydrogen depending upon its charge state. In its negatively charged and neutral states, hydrogen favors interstitial configurations residing either at the unoccupied sites of the oxygen sublattice or at the empty cube centers surrounded by the lanthanide ions. In contrast, the positively charged state stabilized only as a bond configuration, where hydrogen binds to oxygen ions. Overall, the results between the two methods agree in the ordering of the formation energies of the different impurity configurations, though within DFT+U the charge-transition (electrical) levels are found at Fermi-level positions with higher energies. Both methods predict that hydrogen is an amphoteric defect in Lu2O3 if the lowest-energy configurations are used to obtain the charge-transition, thermodynamic levels. The calculations of hyperfine constants for the neutral interstitial configurations show a predominantly isotropic hyperfine interaction with two distinct values of 926 MHz and 1061 MHz for the Fermi-contact term originating from the two corresponding interstitial positions of hydrogen in the lattice. These high values are consistent with the muonium spectroscopy measurements which also reveal a strongly isotropic hyperfine signature for the neutral muonium fraction with a magnitude slightly larger (1130 MHz) from the ab initio results (after scaling with the magnetic moments of the respective nuclei).

  14. Electronic structure of disordered conjugated polymers: Polythiophenes

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    Vukmirovic, Nenad; Wang, Lin-Wang

    2008-11-26

    Electronic structure of disordered semiconducting conjugated polymers was studied. Atomic structure was found from a classical molecular dynamics simulation and the charge patching method was used to calculate the electronic structure with the accuracy similar to the one of density functional theory in local density approximation. The total density of states, the local density of states at different points in the system and the wavefunctions of several states around the gap were calculated in the case of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and polythiophene (PT) systems to gain insight into the origin of disorder in the system, the degree of carrier localization and the role of chain interactions. The results indicated that disorder in the electronic structure of alkyl substituted polythiophenes comes from disorder in the conformation of individualchains, while in the case of polythiophene there is an additional contribution due to disorder in the electronic coupling between the chains. Each of the first several wavefunctions in the conduction and valence band of P3HT is localized over several rings of a single chain. It was shown that the localization can be caused in principle both by ring torsions and chain bending, however the effect of ring torsions is much stronger. PT wavefunctions are more complicated due to larger interchain electronic coupling and are not necessarily localized on a single chain.

  15. Ab initio study of electronic structure, elastic and optical properties of anti-perovskite type alkali metal oxyhalides

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    Ramanna, J.; Yedukondalu, N.; Ramesh Babu, K.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2013-06-01

    We report the structural, elastic, electronic, and optical properties of antiperovskite alkali metal oxyhalides Na3OCl, Na3OBr, and K3OBr using two different density functional methods within generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Plane wave pseudo potential (PW-PP) method has been used to calculate the ground state structural and elastic properties while the electronic structure and optical properties are calculated explicitly using full potential-linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The calculated ground state properties of the investigated compounds agree quite well with the available experimental data. The predicted elastic constants using both PW-PP and FP-LAPW methods are in good accord with each other and show that the materials are mechanically stable. The low values of the elastic moduli indicate that these materials are soft in nature. The bulk properties such as shear moduli, Young's moduli, and Poisson's ratio are derived from the calculated elastic constants. Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson (TB-mBJ) potential improves the band gaps over GGA and Engel-Vosko GGA. The computed TB-mBJ electronic band structure reveals that these materials are direct band gap insulators. The complex dielectric function of the metal oxyhalide compounds have been calculated and the observed prominent peaks are analyzed through the TB-mBJ electronic structures. By using the knowledge of complex dielectric function other important optical properties including absorption, reflectivity, refractive index and loss function have been obtained as a function of energy.

  16. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Study of Properties in Superconducting Nanowires

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    Liang, Fang-Ying; Wang, Jian-Hua; Zhang, Zhi-Gang

    2010-04-01

    We consider a simple approach of standard Ginzburg-Landau free-energy functional for a wire to study the properties of superconducting nanowires, and analyze the problem of quantum and thermally activated phase slips. In such systems one can consider a possibility for phase slips to be created not only due to thermal but also due to quantum fluctuations of a superconducting order parameter. We obtain some expressions of the free energy, the entropy, the specific heat and the bias current, respectively. The bias current I is a function of the temperature and the length of superconducting nanowires, and has a quantum phase slip. We obtain the stochastic dynamics of superconductive-resistive switching in hysteretic current-biased superconducting nanowires undergoing phase-slip fluctuations, and obtain the distribution of switching currents. Our results can be verified in modern experiments with superconducting nanowires.

  17. Diels-Alder addition to H2O@C60 an electronic and structural study

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    Reveles, J. Ulises; Govinda, K. C.; Baruah, Tunna; Zope, Rajendra R.

    2017-10-01

    Exohedral reactivity of endohedral fullerenes has aroused a significant interest because of its potential applications. The present letter examines the effect of an entrapped single water molecule on the reactivity of C60. We study the thermodynamics and kinetics of a Diels-Alder reaction occurring at all non-identical bonds of free C60 and H2O@C60. Our calculations show that encapsulation of water does not have a significant effect on H2O@C60 reactivity compared to C60, as attested by the investigation of the reaction under several orientations of H2O inside C60. Reaction and activation energies indicate that [6,6] bonds are the most reactive sites.

  18. First-principles study of the structural, electronic, dynamical, and thermodynamic properties of Li5AlO4

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    Guan, Qiushi; Chen, Xiaojun; Gao, Tao; Xiao, Chengjian; Zhao, Linjie; He, Jianchao; Long, Xinggui

    2015-10-01

    Pentalithium aluminate, Li5AlO4, has attracted increasing attention for its high lithium density and potential uses in tritium breeding materials and thermal batteries. In this work, the structural, electronic, lattice dynamical, and thermodynamic properties of α- and β-phase Li5AlO4 were investigated using first-principles density functional theory. The optimized structural parameters were consistent with the experimental values, with the absolute deviation being less than 2.5%. The indirect band gaps of α- and β-Li5AlO4 were 4.82 and 5.16 eV, respectively, showing that they are insulators. In addition, the vibrational properties of α- and β-Li5AlO4 were computed using density functional perturbation theory. By adding Born effective charges into the phonon calculations, the longitudinal optical-transverse optical (LO-TO) splittings were calculated. The optical modes at the Γ point were categorized as Raman- and IR-active modes. Our results show that β-Li5AlO4 is more polar and anisotropic than α-Li5AlO4. Furthermore, their thermodynamic functions were determined using the calculated phonon density of states. The results were in good agreement with those of previous theoretical studies. The data presented in this work will help in the further characterization of Li5AlO4, which may be valuable for future experimental studies.

  19. Structural transformation and physical properties of a hydrogel-forming peptide studied by NMR, transmission electron microscopy, and dynamic rheometer.

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    Huang, Hongzhou; Herrera, Alvaro I; Luo, Zhiping; Prakash, Om; Sun, Xiuzhi S

    2012-09-05

    Peptide-based hydrogels are attractive biological materials. Study of their self-assembly pathways from their monomer structures is important not only for undertaking the rational design of peptide-based materials, but also for understanding their biological functions and the mechanism of many human diseases relative to protein aggregation. In this work, we have monitored the conformation, morphological, and mechanical properties of a hydrogel-forming peptide during hydrogelation in different dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO)/H(2)O solutions. The peptide shows nanofiber morphologies in DMSO/H(2)O solution with a ratio lower than 4:1. Increased water percentage in the solution enhanced the hydrogelation rate and gel strength. One-dimensional and two-dimensional proton NMR and electron microscopy studies performed on the peptide in DMSO/H(2)O solution with different ratios indicate that the peptide monomer tends to adopt a more helical structure during the hydrogelation as the DMSO/H(2)O ratio is reduced. Interestingly, at the same DMSO/H(2)O ratio, adding Ca(2+) not only promotes peptide hydrogelation and gel strength, but also leads to special shear-thinning and recovery properties of the hydrogel. Without changing the peptide conformation, Ca(2+) binds to the charged Asp residues and induces the change of interfiber interactions that play an important role in hydrogel properties.

  20. Theoretical study of structure, electronic properties, and photophysics of cyano-substituted thiophenes and terthiophenes.

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    Solc, Roland; Lukes, Vladimír; Klein, Erik; Griesser, Markus; Kelterer, Anne-Marie

    2008-10-30

    In this paper, quantum chemical calculations for various cyano derivatives of thiophene and terthiophenes at the density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio Møller-Plesset (MP2) levels of theory are presented. In the case of the studied terthiophenes, CN groups located in the central part of the molecule lead to a preference of cis-cis geometry over trans-trans conformation. For alpha-substituted dicyano terthiophene, the investigation of torsional dependences shows that the highest energy barrier occurs at the perpendicular orientation of the aromatic rings. On the other hand, the dicyano substitution in the central part of terthiophene molecule exhibits the lowest energy barrier. Excitation energies were calculated using time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). The obtained theoretical results show that the CN groups in alpha and beta positions have a distinct effect on the excitation energies and corresponding oscillator strengths. A CN group located in the alpha position causes a larger bathochromic shift than a CN group in the beta position. Besides, a CN group in the beta position has negligible influence on the position of the first absorption maximum.

  1. Hartree-Fock Cluster Study of Electronic Structures and Nuclear Quadrupole Interactions in Solid Nucleobases.

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    Scheicher, R. H.; Dubey, Archana; Badu, S. R.; Saha, H. P.; Pink, R. H.; Nagamine, K.; Torikai, E.; Chow, Lee; Das, T. P.

    2008-03-01

    In recent work [1] we have studied nucleobases attached to a CH3 group to simulate the influence of their binding to the sugar rings and the phosphate groups in DNA and RNA and the effect of this binding on the nuclear quadrupole interactions of ^14N, ^17O and ^2H nuclei. Our results from this work have indicated that for ^17O, the binding to the CH3 group moves our results from the free nucleobases closer to the experimentally observed data [2] in the solid nucleobases. We are now investigating the solid nucleobases by the first --principles Hartree-Fock cluster procedure that we have employed earlier for the halogen molecular solids [3]. Our results for the binding energy of an imidazole molecule in the molecular solid system and the ^14N, ^17O and ^2H nuclear quadrupole interaction parameters will be presented. [1] T.P. Das et al (at this APS meeting), [2] Gang Wu et al, J. Am.Chem. Soc. 124, 1768(2002). [3] M.M. Aryal et al Hyperfine Interactions (to be published).

  2. First-principles study of structural, elastic, and electronic properties of CeB6 under pressure

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    Tang, Mei; Liu, Lei; Cheng, Yan; Ji, Guang-Fu

    2015-12-01

    We performed a first-principles study of the electronic, elastic, and thermal properties of the rareearth hexaboride CeB6 using the local density approximation (LDA) in consideration of the effective onsite Coulomb parameter U eff . To systemically evaluate the effect of U eff on the structure of the material, the dependences of the lattice parameter a 0 and bulk modulus B on U eff were examined in the framework of the LDA+ U and GGA(PBE)+ U scheme. We obtained a lattice constant a 0, elastic constants C ij , and a bulk modulus B at 0 K and 0 GPa that were in good agreement with the experimental results and other theoretical findings. We focused on the electronic structure by analyzing the variation of the density of states with different U eff values and pressures, which indicates the metallic characteristic of CeB6. Interestingly, the effect of high pressure was similar to that of increasing U eff , as the peaks at the bottom of the conduction band moved to the high-energy region in both cases. The elastic constants C ij , bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E, shear-sound velocity V S , and longitudinal-sound velocity V L were calculated from 0 to 120 GPa. Additionally, the Debye temperature Θ D and elastic Debye temperature Θ E were systematically calculated using the thermodynamic methods in the range of 0-100 GPa. This research may provide a comprehensive understanding of the Kondo compound CeB6 and similar rare-earth hexaborides.

  3. Examination of electronic structure differences between CIGSSe and CZTSSe by photoluminescence study

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    Tai, Kong Fai; Huan, Cheng Hon Alfred; Gershon, Talia; Gunawan, Oki

    2015-06-21

    In this paper, we elaborate on the interpretation and use of photoluminescence (PL) measurements as they relate to the “donor/acceptor” and “electrostatic potential fluctuations” models for compensated semiconductors. Low-temperature (7 K) PL measurements were performed on high-efficiency Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se){sub 2} and two Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4} solar cells with high- and low-S/(S + Se) ratio, all fabricated by a hydrazine solution-processing method. From excitation-dependent PL, the total defect density (which include radiative and non-radiative defects) within the band gap (E{sub g}) was estimated for each material and the consequent depth of the electrostatic potential fluctuation (γ) was calculated. The quasi-donor-acceptor pair (QDAP) density was estimated from the blue-shift magnitude of the QDAP PL peak position in power-dependent PL spectra. As a further verification, we show that the slope of the lifetime as a function of photon energies (dτ/dE) is consistent with our estimate for the magnitude of γ. Lastly, the energetic depth of the QDAP defects is examined by studying the spectral evolution of the PL as a function of temperature. The shallow defect levels in CIGSSe resulted in a significant blue-shift of the PL peak with temperature, whereas no obvious shift was observed for either CZTSSe sample, indicating an increase in the depth of the defects. Further improvement on Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4} solar cell should focus on reducing the sub-E{sub g} defect density and avoiding the formation of deep defects.

  4. Ionization of cytosine monomer and dimer studied by VUV photoionization and electronic structure calculations

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    Kostko, Oleg; Bravaya, Ksenia; Krylov, Anna; Ahmed, Musahid

    2009-12-14

    We report a combined theoretical and experimental study of ionization of cytosine monomers and dimers. Gas-phase molecules are generated by thermal vaporization of cytosine followed by expansion of the vapor in a continuous supersonic jet seeded in Ar. The resulting species are investigated by single photon ionization with tunable vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) synchrotron radiation and mass analyzed using reflectron mass spectrometry. Energy onsets for the measured photoionization efficiency (PIE) spectra are 8.60+-0.05 eV and 7.6+-0.1 eV for the monomer and the dimer, respectively, and provide an estimate for the adiabatic ionization energies (AIE). The first AIE and the ten lowest vertical ionization energies (VIEs) for selected isomers of cytosine dimer computed using equation-of-motion coupled-cluster (EOM-IP-CCSD) method are reported. The comparison of the computed VIEs with the derivative of the PIE spectra, suggests that multiple isomers of the cytosine dimer are present in the molecular beam. The calculations reveal that the large red shift (0.7 eV) of the first IE of the lowest-energy cytosine dimer is due to strong inter-fragment electrostatic interactions, i.e., the hole localized on one of the fragments is stabilized by the dipole moment of the other. A sharp rise in the CH+ signal at 9.20+-0.05 eV is ascribed to the formation of protonated cytosine by dissociation of the ionized dimers. The dominant role of this channel is supported by the computed energy thresholds for the CH+ appearance and the barrierless or nearly barrierless ionization-induced proton transfer observed for five isomers of the dimer.

  5. Structural and electronic studies of a-SiGe:H alloys

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    Paul, W. )

    1993-04-01

    This report describes work to produce alloys of a-Si[sub 1-x]Ge[sub x]:H of improved photoelectronic quality by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The goal was to discover optimum preparation conditions for the end-component, a-Ge:H, to establish whether modification of the usual practice of starting from a-Si:H preparation conditions was advisable. Such modification, found to be necessary, gave films of a-Ge:H with efficiency-mobility-lifetime products ([eta][mu][tau]) 10[sup 2] to 10[sup 3] higher than were earlier available, in homogeneous environmentally stable material. Both a-Ge:H and a-Si[sub 1-x]Ge[sub x]:H of large x were studied in detail. Alloy material was shown to have [eta][mu][tau] 10[sup 2] larger than found earlier. However, just as the [eta][mu][tau] of a-Si:H decreases when Ge is added, so also the [eta][mu][tau] of these alloys with Si addition. By contrast, the ambipolar diffusion lengths, L[sub o] which are governed by the hole mobility, vary by only a factor of two over the whole alloy series. Using the experimental finding of a small valence band offset between a-Si:H and a-Ge:H compositional fluctuations on a 10-mm scale are suggested to explain the behavior of [eta][mu][tau] and L[sub o] The implications for eventual improvement of the alloys are profound, but require direct experimental tests of the postulated compositional fluctuations.

  6. Electronic and geometric structure of thin CoO(100) films studied by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and Auger electron diffraction

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    Heiler, M.; Chassé, A.; Schindler, K.-M.; Hollering, M.; Neddermeyer, H.

    2000-05-01

    We have prepared ordered thin films of CoO by evaporating cobalt in an O 2 atmosphere on to a heated (500 K) Ag(100) substrate. The geometric and electronic structure of the films was characterized by means of Auger electron diffraction (AED) and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARUPS), respectively. The experimental AED results were compared with simulated data, which showed that the film grows in (100) orientation on the Ag(100) substrate. Synchrotron-radiation-induced photoemission investigations were performed in the photon energy range from 25 eV to 67 eV. The dispersion of the transitions was found to be similar to that of previous results on a single-crystal CoO(100) surface. The resonance behaviour of the photoemission lines in the valence-band region was investigated by constant-initial-state (CIS) spectroscopy. The implications of this behaviour for assignment of the photoemission lines to specific electronic transitions is discussed and compared with published theoretical models of the electronic structure.

  7. Electronic and structural properties of functional nanostructures

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    Yang, Teng

    In this Thesis, I present a study of electronic and structural properties of functional nanostructures such as MoSxIy nanowires, self-assembled monolayer on top of metallic surfaces and structural changes induced in graphite by photo excitations. MoSxI y nanowires, which can be easily synthesized in one step, show many advantages over conventional carbon nanotubes in molecular electronics and many other applications. But how to self-assemble them into desired pattern for practical electronic network? Self-assembled monolayers of polymers on metallic surfaces may help to guide pattern formation of some nanomaterials such as MoSxIy nanowires. I have investigated the physical properties of these nanoscale wires and microscopic self-assembly mechanisms of patterns by total energy calculations combined with molecular dynamics simulations and structure optimization. First, I studied the stability of novel Molybdenum chaicohalide nanowires, a candidate for molecular electronics applications. Next, I investigated the self-assembly of nanoparticles into ordered arrays with the aid of a template. Such templates, I showed, can be formed by polymer adsorption on surfaces such as highly ordered pyrolytic graphite and Ag(111). Finally, I studied the physical origin of of structural changes induced in graphite by light in form of a femtosecond laser pulse.

  8. Electronic structure and magnetism of Ge(Sn)TMXTe1-X (TM = V, Cr, Mn): A first principles study

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    Liu, Yong; Bose, S. K.; Kudrnovský, J.

    2016-12-01

    This work presents the results of first principles calculations of the electronic and magnetic properties of the compound SnTe and GeTe in zinc blende (ZB) and rock salt (RS) structures, doped with 3d transition metal V, Cr, and Mn. The present study, initiated from the viewpoint of potential application in spintronics, is motivated by our earlier work involving these two compounds, where the doping was limited to the Sn and Ge sublattices. In view of some discrepancies between our calculated results and the available experimental data, in this work we have examined the effect of the Te-sublattice doping. The case of Mn-doping, where the previous results of calculations seemed to differ most from the experimentally available data, is examined further by looking at the effect of Mn atoms partially occupying interstitial sites as well. From the standpoint of potential application in spintronics, we look for half-metallic (HM) states and tabulate their properties in both rock salt and zinc blende structures. ZB structure is found to be more conducive to HM state in general. Among the binary compounds we identify several HM candidates: VGe, VSn, MnGe, MnSn and MnTe at their equilibrium volumes and all in ZB structure. Estimates of the Curie temperature for the ferromagnetic compounds including the half-metals are presented. It is shown that despite the ferromagnetic (FM) nature of the Mn-Mn interaction for the Te-doped case, a simultaneous doping of both Ge(Sn)- and Te-sublattice with Mn atoms would leave the material predominantly antiferromagnetic (AFM).

  9. Structure-Function Studies of Blood and Air Capillaries in Chicken Lung Using 3D Electron Microscopy

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    West, John B.; Fu, Zhenxing; Deerinck, Thomas J.; Mackey, Mason R.; Obayashi, James T.; Ellisman, Mark H.

    2010-01-01

    Avian pulmonary capillaries differ from those of mammals in three important ways. The blood-gas barrier is much thinner, it is more uniform in thickness, and the capillaries are far more rigid when their transmural pressure is altered. The thinness of the barrier is surprising because it predisposes the capillaries to stress failure. A possible mechanism for these differences is that avian pulmonary capillaries, unlike mammalian, are supported from the outside by air capillaries, but the details of the support are poorly understood. To clarify this we studied the blood and air capillaries in chicken lung using transmission electron microscopy (EM) and two relatively new techniques that allow 3D visualization: electron tomography and serial block-face scanning EM. These studies show that the pulmonary capillaries are flanked by epithelial bridges composed of two extremely thin epithelial cells with large surface areas. The junctions of the bridges with the capillary walls show thickening of the epithelial cells and an accumulation of extracellular matrix. Collapse of the pulmonary capillaries when the pressure outside them is increased is apparently prevented by the guy wire-like action of the epithelial bridges. The enlarged junctions between the bridges and the walls could provide a mechanism that limits the hoop stress in the capillary walls when the pressure inside them is increased. The support of the pulmonary capillaries may also be explained by an interdependence mechanism whereby the capillaries are linked to a rigid assemblage of air capillaries. These EM studies show the supporting structures in greater detail than has previously been possible, particularly in 3D, and they allow a more complete analysis of the mechanical forces affecting avian pulmonary capillaries. PMID:20038456

  10. Ab initio density functional theory study on the atomic and electronic structure of GaP/Si(001) heterointerfaces

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    Romanyuk, O.; Supplie, O.; Susi, T.; May, M. M.; Hannappel, T.

    2016-10-01

    The atomic and electronic band structures of GaP/Si(001) heterointerfaces were investigated by ab initio density functional theory calculations. Relative total energies of abrupt interfaces and mixed interfaces with Si substitutional sites within a few GaP layers were derived. It was found that Si diffusion into GaP layers above the first interface layer is energetically unfavorable. An interface with Si/Ga substitution sites in the first layer above the Si substrate is energetically the most stable one in thermodynamic equilibrium. The electronic band structure of the epitaxial GaP/Si(001) heterostructure terminated by the (2 ×2 ) surface reconstruction consists of surface and interface electronic states in the common band gap of two semiconductors. The dispersion of the states is anisotropic and differs for the abrupt Si-Ga, Si-P, and mixed interfaces. Ga 2 p , P 2 p , and Si 2 p core-level binding-energy shifts were computed for the abrupt and the lowest-energy heterointerface structures. Negative and positive core-level shifts due to heterovalent bonds at the interface are predicted for the abrupt Si-Ga and Si-P interfaces, respectively. The distinct features in the heterointerface electronic structure and in the core-level shifts open new perspectives in the experimental characterization of buried polar-on-nonpolar semiconductor heterointerfaces.

  11. Intermetallic solid solution Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}Ga{sub 3}: Synthesis, structure, NQR study and electronic band structure calculations

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    Verchenko, V.Yu.; Likhanov, M.S.; Kirsanova, M.A.; Gippius, A.A; Tkachev, A.V.; Gervits, N.E.; Galeeva, A.V.; Buettgen, N.; Kraetschmer, W.; Lue, C.S.; Okhotnikov, K.S.; Shevelkov, A.V.

    2012-10-15

    Unlimited solid solution Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}Ga{sub 3} was prepared from Ga flux. Its crystal structure was refined for Fe{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 3} (P4{sub 2}/mnm, a=6.2436(9), c=6.4654(13), Z=4) and showed no ordering of the metal atoms. A combination of the electronic band structure calculations within the density functional theory (DFT) approach and {sup 69,71}Ga nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spectroscopy clearly shows that the Fe-Fe and Co-Co dumbbells are preferred to the Fe-Co dumbbells in the crystals structure. The band structure features a band gap of about 0.4 eV, with the Fermi level crossing peaks of a substantial density of electronic states above the gap for x>0. The solid solution is metallic for x>0.025. The study of the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation shows that the rate of the relaxation, 1/T{sub 1}, is very sensitive to the Co concentration and correlates well with the square of the density of states at the Fermi level, N{sup 2}(E{sub F}). - Graphical abstract: Rate of the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation, 1/T{sub 1}, observed in the {sup 69}Ga NQR experiments for the intermetallic solid solution Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}Ga{sub 3} is the highest for x=0.25 with the highest calculated density of electronic states at the Fermi level, N(E{sub F}); in general, 1/T{sub 1} correlates with N{sup 2}(E{sub F}). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}Ga{sub 3} solid solution is prepared in single crystalline form from Ga flux. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In the crystal structure Fe-Fe and Co-Co dumbbells are preferred to Fe-Co dumbbells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Metal-to-semiconductor transition occurs at 0

  12. A comparative study of electronic, structural, and magnetic properties of α -, β -, and γ -Cu2V2O7

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    Bhowal, S.; Sannigrahi, J.; Majumdar, S.; Dasgupta, I.

    2017-02-01

    We have carried out a detailed first-principles study of the copper pyrovanadate Cu2V2O7 which crystallizes in at least three different polymorphs α , β , and γ . The magnetic properties of these systems are analyzed by calculating various exchange interactions and deriving the relevant spin Hamiltonian. Our detailed analysis based on the derived spin model suggests the crucial role of the crystal structure in governing the electronic and magnetic properties of the three different phases of the system. In particular, our calculations reveal that a subtle difference in the crystal structure has a substantial impact on the magnetic properties of the α phase. The important role of spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is also investigated for the three different phases of Cu2V2O7 . Although SOC stabilizes magnetic order in all the phases, the absence of inversion symmetry leads to an appreciable Dzyaloshinski-Moriya interaction in the α phase which in turn causes the canting of the spins and adds to the stabilization of the long-range order. Finally, from the symmetry analysis and total energy calculation we have obtained the magnetic ground state for the different phases of Cu2V2O7 . While the symmetry-allowed magnetic ground states for the α and β phases are in agreement with the experimental observations, the theoretically predicted magnetic ground state for the γ phase is found to be a realization of a dimeric system with the potential to host novel physics.

  13. 42214 layered Fe-based superconductors: An ab initio study of their structural, magnetic, and electronic properties

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    Bucci, F.; Sanna, A.; Continenza, A.; Katrych, S.; Karpinski, J.; Gross, E. K. U.; Profeta, G.

    2016-01-01

    As a follow-up to the discovery of a new family of Fe-based superconductors, namely, the RE4Fe2As2Te1 -xO4 (42214) (RE = Pr, Sm, and Gd), we present a detailed ab initio study of these compounds highlighting the role of rare-earth (RE) atoms, external pressure, and Te content on their physical properties. Modifications of the structural, magnetic, and electronic properties of the pure (e.g., x =0.0 ) 42214 compounds and their possible correlations with the observed superconducting properties are calculated and discussed. The careful analysis of the results obtained shows that (i) changing the RE atoms allows one to tune the internal pressure acting on the As height with respect to the Fe planes; (ii) similarly to other Fe pnictides, the 42214 pure compounds show an antiferromagnetic-stripe magnetic ground state phase joined by an orthorhombic distortion (not experimentally found yet); (iii) smaller RE atoms increase the magnetic instability of the compounds possibly favoring the onset of the superconducting state; (iv) external pressure induces the vanishing of the magnetic order with a transition to the tetragonal phase and can be a possible experimental route towards higher superconducting critical temperature (Tc) ; and (v) Te vacancies act on the structural parameters, changing the As height and affecting the stability of the magnetic phase.

  14. A Study of the Spin Structure on the Neutron in Deep Inelastic Scattering of Polarized Electrons on Polarized Neutrons

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    Spengos, M

    2004-01-06

    The internal spin structure of the neutron, was studied in deep inelastic scattering of longitudinally polarized electrons from a polarized {sup 3}He target in the End Station A of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). The spin asymmetry of the neutron was measured at energies between 19 and 26 GeV in the range 0.03 {le} x {le} 0.06 at an average Q{sup 2} of 2 (GeV/c){sup 2}. The results are in agreement with a new measurement of the asymmetry by SMC within their six times larger uncertainties. The spin dependent structure function g{sub 1}(x) for the neutron was determined from the asymmetry measurement and, its integral over x is found to be {integral}g{sub 1}{sup n}(x)dx = -0.038 {+-} 0.009. This result is 2.7 standard deviations from the Ellis-Jaffe Sum Rule and combined with the EMC results from the proton in very good agreement with the Bjorken Sum Rule. In the Quark Parton Model (QPM), in conjunction with the weak coupling constants F and D, from baryon decay, the result implies that the quarks contribute approximately 32% of the nucleon helicity. Finally, different ways of evolving the data, based on various theoretical models, is attempted and future aspects for spin physics, with emphasis at spin physics at SLAC, are discussed.

  15. Electronic structure of trioxide, oxoperoxide, oxosuperoxide, and ozonide clusters of the 3d elements: density functional theory study.

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    Uzunova, Ellie L

    2011-03-03

    The trioxide clusters with stoichiometry MO3, and the structural isomers with side-on and end-on bonded oxygen atoms, are studied by DFT with the B1LYP functional. For the first half of the 3d elements row (Sc to Cr), pyramidal or distorted pyramidal structures dominate among the trioxide and oxoperoxide ground states, while the remaining elements form planar trioxides, oxoperoxides, oxosuperoxides, and ozonides. Low-lying trioxide clusters are formed by Ti, V, Cr, and Mn, among which the distorted pyramidal VO3 in the (2)A'' state, the pyramidal CrO3 in the (1)A1 state, and the planar MnO3 in the (2)A1' state are global minima. With the exception of the middle-row elements Mn, Fe, and Co, the magnetic moment of the ground-state clusters is formed with a major contribution from unpaired electrons located at the oxygen atoms. The stability of trioxides and oxoperoxides toward release of molecular oxygen is significantly higher for Sc, Ti, and V than for the remaining elements of the row. A trend of increasing the capability to dissociate one oxygen molecule is observed from Cr to Cu, with the exception of OFe(O2) being more reactive than OCo(O2). A gradual increase of reactivity from Ti to Cu is observed for the complete fragmentation reaction M + O + O2.

  16. Atomic and electronic structure of unreduced and reduced CeO2 surfaces: a first-principles study.

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    Yang, Zongxian; Woo, Tom K; Baudin, Micael; Hermansson, Kersti

    2004-04-22

    The atomic and electronic structure of (111), (110), and (100) surfaces of ceria (CeO2) were studied using density-functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. Both stoichiometric surfaces and surfaces with oxygen vacancies (unreduced and reduced surfaces, respectively) have been examined. It is found that the (111) surface is the most stable among the considered surfaces, followed by (110) and (100) surfaces, in agreement with experimental observations and previous theoretical results. Different features of relaxation are found for the three surfaces. While the (111) surface undergoes very small relaxation, considerably larger relaxations are found for the (110) and (100) surfaces. The formation of an oxygen vacancy is closely related to the surface structure and occurs more easily for the (110) surface than for (111). The preferred vacancy location is in the surface layer for CeO2(110) and in the subsurface layer (the second O-atomic layer) for CeO2(111). For both surfaces, the O vacancy forms more readily than in the bulk. An interesting oscillatory behavior is found for the vacancy formation energy in the upper three layers of CeO2(111). Analysis of the reduced surfaces suggests that the additional charge resulting from the formation of the oxygen vacancies is localized in the first three layers of the surface. Furthermore, they are not only trapped in the 4f states of cerium. (c) 2004 American Institute of Physics

  17. Electronic-structure study of an edge dislocation in Aluminum and the role of macroscopic deformations on its energetics

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    Iyer, Mrinal; Radhakrishnan, Balachandran; Gavini, Vikram

    2015-03-01

    We employed a real-space formulation of orbital-free density functional theory using finite-element basis to study the defect-core and energetics of an edge dislocation in Aluminum. Our study shows that the core-size of a perfect edge dislocation is around ten times the magnitude of the Burgers vector. This finding is contrary to the widely accepted notion that continuum descriptions of dislocation energetics are accurate beyond ∼1-3 Burgers vector from the dislocation line. Consistent with prior electronic-structure studies, we find that the perfect edge dislocation dissociates into two Shockley partials with a partial separation distance of 12.8 Å. Interestingly, our study revealed a significant influence of macroscopic deformations on the core-energy of Shockley partials. We show that this dependence of the core-energy on macroscopic deformations results in an additional force on dislocations, beyond the Peach-Koehler force, that is proportional to strain gradients. Further, we demonstrate that this force from core-effects can be significant and can play an important role in governing the dislocation behavior in regions of inhomogeneous deformations.

  18. From the Superatom Model to a Diverse Array of Super-Elements: A Systematic Study of Dopant Influence on the Electronic Structure of Thiolate-Protected Gold Clusters.

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    Schacht, Julia; Gaston, Nicola

    2016-10-18

    The electronic properties of doped thiolate-protected gold clusters are often referred to as tunable, but their study to date, conducted at different levels of theory, does not allow a systematic evaluation of this claim. Here, using density functional theory, the applicability of the superatomic model to these clusters is critically evaluated, and related to the degree of structural distortion and electronic inhomogeneity in the differently doped clusters, with dopant atoms Pd, Pt, Cu, and Ag. The effect of electron number is systematically evaluated by varying the charge on the overall cluster, and the nominal number of delocalized electrons, employed in the superatomic model, is compared to the numbers obtained from Bader analysis of individual atomic charges. We find that the superatomic model is highly applicable to all of these clusters, and is able to predict and explain the changing electronic structure as a function of charge. However, significant perturbations of the model arise due to doping, due to distortions of the core structure of the Au13 [RS(AuSR)2 ]6(-) cluster. In addition, analysis of the electronic structure indicates that the superatomic character is distributed further across the ligand shell in the case of the doped clusters, which may have implications for the self-assembly of these clusters into materials. The prediction of appropriate clusters for such superatomic solids relies critically on such quantitative analysis of the tunability of the electronic structure.

  19. Temperature dependent evolution of the local electronic structure of atmospheric plasma treated carbon nanotubes: Near edge x-ray absorption fine structure study

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    Roy, S. S.; Papakonstantinou, P.; Okpalugo, T. I. T.; Murphy, H.

    2006-09-01

    Near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy has been employed to obtain the temperature dependent evolution of the electronic structure of acid treated carbon nanotubes, which were further modified by dielectric barrier discharge plasma processing in an ammonia atmosphere. The NEXAFS studies were performed from room temperature up to 900 deg. C. The presence of oxygen and nitrogen containing functional groups was observed in C K edge, N K edge, and O K edge NEXAFS spectra of the multiwalled carbon nanotubes. The N K edge spectra revealed three types of {pi}* features, the source of which was decisively identified by their temperature dependent evolution. It was established that these features are attributed to pyridinelike, NO, and graphitelike structures, respectively. The O K edge indicated that both carbonyl (C=O), {pi}*(CO), and ether C-O-C, {sigma}*(CO), functionalities were present. Upon heating in a vacuum to 900 deg. C the {pi}*(CO) resonances disappeared while the {sigma}*(CO) resonances were still present confirming their higher thermal stability. Heating did not produce a significant change in the {pi}* feature of the C K edge spectrum indicating that the tabular structure of the nanotubes is essentially preserved following the thermal decomposition of the functional groups on the nanotube surface.

  20. Can Excited State Electronic Coherence Be Tuned via Molecular Structural Modification? A First-Principles Quantum Electronic Dynamics Study of Pyrazolate-Bridged Pt(II) Dimers.

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    Lingerfelt, David B; Lestrange, Patrick J; Radler, Joseph J; Brown-Xu, Samantha E; Kim, Pyosang; Castellano, Felix N; Chen, Lin X; Li, Xiaosong

    2017-03-09

    Materials and molecular systems exhibiting long-lived electronic coherence can facilitate coherent transport, opening the door to efficient charge and energy transport beyond traditional methods. Recently, signatures of a possible coherent, recurrent electronic motion were identified in femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy experiments on a binuclear platinum complex, where a persistent periodic beating in the transient absorption signal's anisotropy was observed. In this study, we investigate the excitonic dynamics that underlie the suspected electronic coherence for a series of binuclear platinum complexes exhibiting a range of interplatinum distances. Results suggest that the long-lived coherence can only result when competitive electronic couplings are in balance. At longer Pt-Pt distances, the electronic couplings between the two halves of the binuclear system weaken, and exciton localization and recombination is favored on short time scales. For short Pt-Pt distances, electronic couplings between the states in the coherent superposition are stronger than the coupling with other excitonic states, leading to long-lived coherence.

  1. Studies of local structural distortions in strained ultrathin BaTiO3 films using scanning transmission electron microscopy.

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    Park, Daesung; Herpers, Anja; Menke, Tobias; Heidelmann, Markus; Houben, Lothar; Dittmann, Regina; Mayer, Joachim

    2014-06-01

    Ultrathin ferroelectric heterostructures (SrTiO3/BaTiO3/BaRuO3/SrRuO3) were studied by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) in terms of structural distortions and atomic displacements. The TiO2-termination at the top interface of the BaTiO3 layer was changed into a BaO-termination by adding an additional BaRuO3 layer. High-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) imaging by aberration-corrected STEM revealed that an artificially introduced BaO-termination can be achieved by this interface engineering. By using fast sequential imaging and frame-by-frame drift correction, the effect of the specimen drift was significantly reduced and the signal-to-noise ratio of the HAADF images was improved. Thus, a quantitative analysis of the HAADF images was feasible, and an in-plane and out-of-plane lattice spacing of the BaTiO3 layer of 3.90 and 4.22 Å were determined. A 25 pm shift of the Ti columns from the center of the unit cell of BaTiO3 along the c-axis was observed. By spatially resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy studies, a reduction of the crystal field splitting (CFS, ΔL3=1.93 eV) and an asymmetric broadening of the eg peak were observed in the BaTiO3 film. These results verify the presence of a ferroelectric polarization in the ultrathin BaTiO3 film.

  2. Electronic structure and nonlinear optical properties of the fullerenes C60 and C70: A valence-effective-Hamiltonian study

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    Shuai, Zhigang; Brédas, J. L.

    1992-12-01

    Based on the geometries optimized by the AM1 semiempirical technique (Austin Model 1 of Dewar et al.), we exploit the valence-effective-Hamiltonian (VEH) method to study the electronic structures of C60 and C70. The valence-electronic density of states (DOS) calculated is found to be in excellent agreement with the high-resolution energy-distribution curves obtained from synchrotron-photoemission experiments in terms of both positions and relative intensities of the peaks. The maximum difference in peak position between theory and experiment is 0.4 eV. This shows that the VEH method provides a very reasonable description of these two fullerenes. We then apply the VEH-SOS (sum-over-states) approach to study the nonlinear optical response of C60 and C70. We obtain that the off-resonance third-order susceptibility χ(3) is on the order of 10-12 esu. Our results are fully consistent with the electric-field-induced second-harmonic generation and third-harmonic-generation (THG) measurements by Wang and Cheng and the degenerate-four-wave-mixing measurements by Kafafi et al., but about three to four orders of magnitude lower than the data reported by Blau et al. and by Yang et et al. The static χ(3) values of C60 and C70 are compared to those of polyacetylene. We also investigate the dynamic nonlinear optical response by calculating the THG spectrum. We find that the lowest two-photon and three-photon resonances occur at almost the same frequency for C60, because of the symmetry of the molecule.

  3. Study of the molecular structure, ionization spectrum, and electronic wave function of 1,3-butadiene using electron momentum spectroscopy and benchmark Dyson orbital theories

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    Deleuze, M. S.; Knippenberg, S.

    2006-09-01

    The scope of the present work is to reconcile electron momentum spectroscopy with elementary thermodynamics, and refute conclusions drawn by Saha et al. in J. Chem. Phys. 123, 124315 (2005) regarding fingerprints of the gauche conformational isomer of 1,3-butadiene in electron momentum distributions that were experimentally inferred from gas phase (e,2e) measurements on this compound [M. J. Brunger et al., J. Chem. Phys. 108, 1859 (1998)]. Our analysis is based on thorough calculations of one-electron and shake-up ionization spectra employing one-particle Green's function theory along with the benchmark third-order algebraic diagrammatic construction [ADC(3)] scheme. Accurate spherically averaged electron momentum distributions are correspondingly computed from the related Dyson orbitals. The ionization spectra and Dyson orbital momentum distributions that were computed for the trans-conformer of 1,3-butadiene alone are amply sufficient to quantitatively unravel the shape of all available experimental (e,2e) electron momentum distributions. A comparison of theoretical ADC(3) spectra for the s-trans and gauche energy minima with inner- and outer-valence high-resolution photoelectron measurements employing a synchrotron radiation beam [D. M. P. Holland et al., J. Phys. B 29, 3091 (1996)] demonstrates that the gauche structure is incompatible with ionization experiments in high-vacuum conditions and at standard temperatures. On the other hand, outer-valence Green's function calculations on the s-trans energy minimum form and approaching basis set completeness provide highly quantitative insights, within ˜0.2eV accuracy, into the available experimental one-electron ionization energies. At last, analysis of the angular dependence of relative (e,2e) ionization intensities nicely confirms the presence of one rather intense π-2 π*+1 satellite at ˜13.1eV in the ionization spectrum of the s-trans conformer.

  4. Single-shot mega-electronvolt ultrafast electron diffraction for structure dynamic studies of warm dense matter

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    Mo, M. Z.; Shen, X.; Chen, Z.; Li, R. K.; Dunning, M.; Sokolowski-Tinten, K.; Zheng, Q.; Weathersby, S. P.; Reid, A. H.; Coffee, R.; Makasyuk, I.; Edstrom, S.; McCormick, D.; Jobe, K.; Hast, C.; Glenzer, S. H.; Wang, X.

    2016-08-04

    We have developed a single-shot mega-electronvolt ultrafast-electron-diffraction system to measure the structural dynamics of warm dense matter. The electron probe in this system is featured by a kinetic energy of 3.2 MeV and a total charge of 20 fC, with the FWHM pulse duration and spot size at sample of 350 fs and 120 µm respectively. We demonstrate its unique capability by visualizing the atomic structural changes of warm dense gold formed from a laser-excited 35-nm freestanding single-crystal gold foil. The temporal evolution of the Bragg peak intensity and of the liquid signal during solid-liquid phase transition are quantitatively determined. This experimental capability opens up an exciting opportunity to unravel the atomic dynamics of structural phase transitions in warm dense matter regime

  5. Single-shot mega-electronvolt ultrafast electron diffraction for structure dynamic studies of warm dense matter

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    Mo, M. Z.; Shen, X.; Chen, Z.; ...

    2016-08-04

    We have developed a single-shot mega-electronvolt ultrafast-electron-diffraction system to measure the structural dynamics of warm dense matter. The electron probe in this system is featured by a kinetic energy of 3.2 MeV and a total charge of 20 fC, with the FWHM pulse duration and spot size at sample of 350 fs and 120 µm respectively. We demonstrate its unique capability by visualizing the atomic structural changes of warm dense gold formed from a laser-excited 35-nm freestanding single-crystal gold foil. The temporal evolution of the Bragg peak intensity and of the liquid signal during solid-liquid phase transition are quantitatively determined.more » This experimental capability opens up an exciting opportunity to unravel the atomic dynamics of structural phase transitions in warm dense matter regime« less

  6. Single-shot mega-electronvolt ultrafast electron diffraction for structure dynamic studies of warm dense matter

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    Mo, M. Z.; Shen, X.; Chen, Z.; Li, R. K.; Dunning, M.; Sokolowski-Tinten, K.; Zheng, Q.; Weathersby, S. P.; Reid, A. H.; Coffee, R.; Makasyuk, I.; Edstrom, S.; McCormick, D.; Jobe, K.; Hast, C.; Glenzer, S. H.; Wang, X.

    2016-08-04

    We have developed a single-shot mega-electronvolt ultrafast-electron-diffraction system to measure the structural dynamics of warm dense matter. The electron probe in this system is featured by a kinetic energy of 3.2 MeV and a total charge of 20 fC, with the FWHM pulse duration and spot size at sample of 350 fs and 120 µm respectively. We demonstrate its unique capability by visualizing the atomic structural changes of warm dense gold formed from a laser-excited 35-nm freestanding single-crystal gold foil. The temporal evolution of the Bragg peak intensity and of the liquid signal during solid-liquid phase transition are quantitatively determined. This experimental capability opens up an exciting opportunity to unravel the atomic dynamics of structural phase transitions in warm dense matter regime

  7. Single-shot mega-electronvolt ultrafast electron diffraction for structure dynamic studies of warm dense matter

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    Mo, M. Z. Shen, X.; Chen, Z.; Li, R. K.; Dunning, M.; Zheng, Q.; Weathersby, S. P.; Reid, A. H.; Coffee, R.; Makasyuk, I.; Edstrom, S.; McCormick, D.; Jobe, K.; Hast, C.; Glenzer, S. H.; Wang, X.; Sokolowski-Tinten, K.

    2016-11-15

    We have developed a single-shot mega-electronvolt ultrafast-electron-diffraction system to measure the structural dynamics of warm dense matter. The electron probe in this system is featured by a kinetic energy of 3.2 MeV and a total charge of 20 fC, with the FWHM pulse duration and spot size at sample of 350 fs and 120 μm respectively. We demonstrate its unique capability by visualizing the atomic structural changes of warm dense gold formed from a laser-excited 35-nm freestanding single-crystal gold foil. The temporal evolution of the Bragg peak intensity and of the liquid signal during solid-liquid phase transition are quantitatively determined. This experimental capability opens up an exciting opportunity to unravel the atomic dynamics of structural phase transitions in warm dense matter regime.

  8. Periodic density functional theory study of structural and electronic properties of single-walled zinc oxide and carbon nanotubes

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    Marana, Naiara L.; Albuquerque, Anderson R.; La Porta, Felipe A.; Longo, Elson; Sambrano, Julio R.

    2016-05-15

    Periodic density functional theory calculations with the B3LYP hybrid functional and all-electron Gaussian basis set were performed to simulate the structural and electronic properties as well as the strain and formation energies of single-walled ZnO nanotubes (SWZnONTs) and Carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with different chiralities as functions of their diameters. For all SWZnONTs, the band gap, strain energy, and formation energy converge to ~4.5 eV, 0.0 eV/atom, and 0.40 eV/atom, respectively. This result suggests that the nanotubes are formed more easily from the surface than from the bulk. For SWCNTs, the strain energy is always positive, while the formation energy is negative for armchair and zigzag nanotubes, therefore suggesting that these types of nanotubes can be preferentially formed from the bulk. The electronic properties of SWCNTs depend on the chirality; all armchair nanotubes are metallic, while zigzag and chiral nanotubes can be metallic or semiconducting, depending on the n and m vectors. - Graphical abstract: DFT/B3LYP were performed to simulate the structural and electronic properties as well as the strain and formation energies of SWZnONTs and SWCNTs with different chiralities as functions of their diameters. - Highlights: • The energies of SWZnONTs converge for chirality with diameters up 20 Å. • SWCNTs electronic properties depend on the chirality. • The properties of SWZnONTs are very similar to those of monolayer surface.

  9. DFT study on the electronic structure and chemical state of Americium in an (Am,U) mixed oxide

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    Suzuki, Chikashi; Nishi, Tsuyoshi; Nakada, Masami; Tsuru, Tomohito; Akabori, Mitsuo; Hirata, Masaru; Kaji, Yoshiyuki

    2013-12-01

    We investigated the electronic state of an (Am,U) mixed oxide with the fluorite structure using the all-electron full potential linear augmented plane wave method and compared it with those of Am2O3, AmO2, UO2, and La0.5U0.5O2. The valence of Am in the mixed oxide was close to that of Am2O3 and the valence of U in the mixed oxide was pentavalent. The electronic structure of AmO2 was different from that of Am2O3, particularly just above the Fermi level. In addition, the electronic states of Am and U in the mixed oxide were similar to those of trivalent Am and pentavalent U oxides. These electronic states reflected the high oxygen potential of AmO2 and the heightened oxygen potential resulting from the addition of Am to UO2 and also suggested the occurrence of charge transfer from Am to U in the solid solution process.

  10. A first principles study of structural stability, electronic structure and mechanical properties of beryllium alanate BeAlH{sub 5}

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

    2015-06-24

    Ab initio calculations are performed to investigate the structural stability, electronic structure and mechanical properties of BeAlH{sub 5} for monoclinic crystal structures with two different types of space group namely P2{sub 1} and C{sub 2}/c. Among the considered structures monoclinic (P2{sub 1}) phase is found to be the most stable at ambient condition. The structural phase transition from monoclinic (P2{sub 1}) to monoclinic (C{sub 2}/c) phase is observed in BeAlH{sub 5}. The electronic structure reveals that this compound is insulator. The calculated elastic constants indicate that this material is mechanically stable at ambient condition.

  11. Electronic Structure of UGe_2

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    Denlinger, J. D.; Rossnagel, Kai; Allen, J. W.; Huxley, A. D.; Flouquet, J.

    2003-03-01

    UGe2 is of high current interest in connection with the possible role of ferromagnetic fluctuations in its pressure induced superconductivity, for which the Fermi surface (FS) is thought to be important. The band structure and FS contours of a single crystal have been measured using resonant angle-resolved photoemission near the U 5d to 5f edge. Quantitative comparisons to available band structure calculations and to magneto-oscillaory measurements will be presented. Discrepancies with theory are generically similar to those(J.D. Denlinger et al.), J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenom. 117-118, 347 (2001). found for heavy Fermion URu_2Si2 in that the underlying non-f bands appear to play the major role in defining the FS and in determining the k-space location of 5f spectral weight, in contrast to the important role of actual f-bands in the theory. Supported by the U.S. NSF at U. Mich. (DMR-9971611) and by the U.S. DOE at U. Mich. (DE-FG02-90ER45416) and at the Advanced Light Source (DE-AC03-76SF00098).

  12. Medium-energy backscattered electron diffraction studies of TiO 2(110): relation to surface structure

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    Maschhoff, Brian L.; Pan, Jian-Mei; Madey, Theodore E.

    1991-12-01

    Medium-energy backscattered electron diffraction (MEED) studies are reported for the rutile TiO 2(110) surface. Two-dimensional diffraction images are obtained using a retarding field analyzer with a microchannel plate-intensified detector. Background removal is accomplished using digital image processing techniques. We find that the backscattered pattern for 750 eV incident electrons is predominantly due to diffraction of the outgoing electrons (subsequent to backscattering from subsurface atoms) by overlying lattice atoms. We also find effects related to the orientation of the incident beam relative to the surface. These effects are ascribed to diffraction of the incoming electrons (prior to backscattering) and possibly the focusing of electron intensity on second-layer atoms. Single-scattering cluster (SSC) calculations are used to model the outgoing diffraction process. The results are qualitatively consistent with a bulk-like termination of the TiO 2(110) surface.

  13. Hetero-ring-expansion design for purine analogs: A theoretical study on the structural, electronic, and excited-state properties

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    Zhang, Laibin; Zhou, Liuzhu; Tian, Jianxiang; Li, Xiaoming

    2014-03-01

    A series of hetero-ring-expanded purine analogs are designed and their structural, electronic and excited-state properties are investigated by DFT calculations. The results indicate that the designed analogs can form stable base pairs with natural counterparts. Compared with natural ones, these size-expanded analogs and corresponding base pairs have smaller ionization potentials and HOMO-LUMO gaps. Furthermore, the A-analogs have ionization potentials even lower than natural G. Finally, the electronic absorption spectra are calculated and the nature of the low-lying excited states is discussed. These observations imply their promising applications as molecular wires and new DNA motifs.

  14. In operando X-ray absorption fine structure studies of polyoxometalate molecular cluster batteries: polyoxometalates as electron sponges.

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    Wang, Heng; Hamanaka, Shun; Nishimoto, Yoshio; Irle, Stephan; Yokoyama, Toshihiko; Yoshikawa, Hirofumi; Awaga, Kunio

    2012-03-14

    We carried out in operando Mo K-edge X-ray absorption fine structure measurements on the rechargeable molecular cluster batteries (MCBs) of polyoxometalates (POMs), in which a Keggin-type POM, [PMo(12)O(40)](3-), is utilized as a cathode active material with a lithium metal anode. The POM-MCBs exhibit a large capacity of ca. 270 (A h)/kg in a voltage range between V = 4.0 V and V = 1.5 V. X-ray absorption near-edge structure analyses demonstrate that all 12 Mo(6+) ions in [PMo(12)O(40)](3-) are reduced to Mo(4+) in the discharging process. This means the formation of a super-reduced state of the POM, namely, [PMo(12)O(40)](27-), which stores 24 electrons, and this electron number can explain the large capacity of the POM-MCBs. Furthermore, extended X-ray absorption fine structure analyses reveal the molecular structure of [PMo(12)O(40)](27-), which is slightly reduced in size compared to the original [PMo(12)O(40)](3-) and involves Mo(4+) metal-metal-bonded triangles. Density functional theory calculations suggest that these triangles are formed because of the large number of additional electrons in the super-reduced state.

  15. 1H NMR study of the effect of variable ligand on heme oxygenase electronic and molecular structure

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    Ma, Li-Hua; Liu, Yangzhong; Zhang, Xuhong; Yoshida, Tadashi; La Mar, Gerd N.

    2009-01-01

    Heme oxygenase carries out stereospecific catabolism of protohemin to yield iron, CO and biliverdin. Instability of the physiological oxy complex has necessitated the use of model ligands, of which cyanide and azide are amenable to solution NMR characterization. Since cyanide and azide are contrasting models for bound oxygen, it is of interest to characterize differences in their molecular and/or electronic structures. We report on detailed 2D NMR comparison of the azide and cyanide substrate complexes of heme oxygenase from Neisseria meningitidis, which reveals significant and widespread differences in chemical shifts between the two complexes. To differentiate molecular from electronic structural changes between the two complexes, the anisotropy and orientation of the paramagnetic susceptibility tensor were determined for the azide complex for comparison with those for the cyanide complex. Comparison of the predicted and observed dipolar shifts reveals that shift differences are strongly dominated by differences in electronic structure and do not provide any evidence for detectable differences in molecular structure or hydrogen bonding except in the immediate vicinity of the distal ligand. The readily cleaved C-terminus interacts with the active site and saturation-transfer allows difficult heme assignments in the high-spin aquo complex. PMID:18976815

  16. A theoretical study of CO and NO interaction with Cu sites in ZSM-5: Electronic structure and vibrational spectra

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    Ramprasad, R.; Hass, K.C.; Schneider, W.F.

    1996-10-01

    The interaction of CO and NO with various Cu sites in zeolites were studied theoretically within the framework of density functional theory. Our models of the active sites are simple charged clusters, with Cu ions coordinated to a certain number of water ligands and in some cases to a hydroxyl ligand in addition to water ligands. We have studied the electronic and geometric structure of monocarbonyl, mono- and dinitrosyl complexes. We find that in all mono- and dinitrosyl complexes that we considered, the Cu preferred to be in its 1+ oxidation state, irrespective of the overall cluster charge or the degree of coordination resulting in three different binding modes. We have also performed vibrational frequency calculations for the optimal monocarbonyl, mono- and dinitrosyl geometries. Of all the complexes that we considered, our results for low coordinated Cu(I) (coordinated to about 2 water ligands) and hydroxyl ligand coordinated Cu(II) are consistent with experimentally observed CO and NO stretch frequencies in Cu-ZSM-5.

  17. Structural and electronic properties of TiX (X=N, As) in rock salt and zinc blende phase: A DFT study

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    Verma, U. P.; Nayak, V.

    2016-05-23

    Quantum mechanical first principle calculations have been performed to study the electronic and structural properties of TiN and TiAs in zinc blende (ZB) and rock salt (RS) structures. The full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method has been used within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). The exchange correlation functional has been solved employing generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Our predicted results for lattice constants are in good agreement with the earlier findings. The electronic band structures of TiX are metallic in both the phases.

  18. Study of surface and bulk electronic structure of II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals using Cu as a nanosensor.

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    Grandhi, G Krishnamurthy; Tomar, Renu; Viswanatha, Ranjani

    2012-11-27

    Efficiency of the quantum dots based solar cells relies on charge transfer at the interface and hence on the relative alignment of the energy levels between materials. Despite a high demand to obtain size specific band offsets, very few studies exist where meticulous methods like photoelectron spectroscopy are used. However, semiconductor charging during measurements could result in indirect and possibly inaccurate measurements due to shift in valence and conduction band position. Here, in this report, we devise a novel method to study the band offsets by associating an atomic like state with the conduction band and hence obtaining an internal standard. This is achieved by doping copper in semiconductor nanocrystals, leading to the development of a characteristic intragap Cu-related emission feature assigned to the transition from the conduction band to the atomic-like Cu d state. Using this transition we determine the relative band alignment of II-VI semiconductor nanocrystals as a function of size in the below 10 nm size regime. The results are in excellent agreement with the available photoelectron spectroscopy data as well as the theoretical data. We further use this technique to study the excitonic band edge variation as a function of temperature in CdSe nanocrystals. Additionally, surface electronic structure of CdSe nanocrystals have been studied using quantitative measurements of absolute quantum yield and PL decay studies of the Cu related emission and the excitonic emission. The role of TOP and oleic acid as surface passivating ligand molecules has been studied for the first time.

  19. A comparative study of oxygen-doped and pure beryllium clusters based on structural, energetic and electronic properties

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    Li, Jin-Ye; Wu, Di; Li, Ying; Li, Zhi-Ru

    2017-04-01

    The lowest-energy structures of the oxygen-doped Ben (n = 1-12) clusters are obtained at the B3PW91 level. Various energetic and electronic properties of the BenO clusters are systematically investigated using the QCISD(T) method, which are compared with those of pure Ben+1 clusters. The evolution of these properties with cluster size shows the unique stability of Be11O, which can actually be considered as an ionic compound (Be11)2+O2-. On the one hand, O2- has 8 valence electrons, satisfying the octet rule. On the other hand, the Be112+ moiety has a shell-closed electronic configuration, which renders itself particularly stable.

  20. Electron density analysis of the effects of sugars on the structure of lipid bilayers at low hydration - a preliminary study

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    Lenné, T.; Kent, B.; Koster, K.L.; Garvey, C.J.; Bryant, G.

    2012-02-06

    Small angle X-ray scattering is used to study the effects of sugars on membranes during dehydration. Previous work has shown that the bilayer and chain-chain repeat spacings of DPPC bilayers are relatively unaffected by the presence of sugars. In this work we present a preliminary analysis of the electron density profiles of DPPC in the presence of sugars at low hydration. The difficulties of determining the correct phasing are discussed. Sugars and other small solutes have been shown to have an important role in improving the tolerance of a range of species to desiccation and freezing. In particular it has been shown that sugars can stabilize membranes in the fluid membrane phase during dehydration, and in the fully dehydrated state. Equivalently, at a particular hydration, the presence of sugars lowers the transition temperature between the fluid and gel phases. There are two competing models for explaining the effects of sugars on membrane phase transition temperatures. One, designated the water replacement hypothesis (WRH) states that sugars hydrogen bond to phospholipid headgroups, thus hindering the fluid-gel phase transition. One version of this model suggests that certain sugars (such as trehalose) achieve the measured effects by inserting between the phospholipid head groups. An alternative model explains the observed effects of sugars in terms of the sugars effect on the hydration repulsion that develops between opposing membranes during dehydration. The hydration repulsion leads to a lateral compressive stress in the bilayer which squeezes adjacent lipids more closely together, resulting in a transition to the gel phase. When sugars are present, their osmotic and volumetric effects reduce the hydration repulsion, reduce the compressive stress in the membranes, and therefore tend to maintain the average lateral separation between lipids. This model is called the hydration forces explanation (HFE). We recently showed that neither mono- nor di