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  1. Investigating the Electronic Structure of Fluorite Oxides: Comparsion of EELS and First Principles Calculations

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    Aguiar, J; Asta, M; Gronbech-Jensen, N; Perlov, A; Milman, V; Gao, S; Pickard, C; Browning, N

    2009-06-05

    Energy loss spectra from a variety of cubic oxides are compared with ab-initio calculations based on the density functional plane wave method (CASTEP). In order to obtain agreement between experimental and theoretical spectra, unique material specific considerations were taken into account. The spectra were calculated using various approximations to describe core-hole effects and electronic correlations. All the calculations are based on the local spin density approximation to show qualitative agreement with the sensitive oxygen K-edge spectra in ceria, zirconia, and urania. Comparison of experimental and theoretical results let us characterize the main electronic interactions responsible for both the electronic structure and the resulting EEL spectra of the compounds in question.

  2. Investigating the electronic structure of fluorite-structured oxide compounds: comparison of experimental EELS with first principles calculations

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    Aguiar, Jeff; Ramasse, Q. M.; Asta, Mark D.; Browning, Nigel D.

    2012-06-27

    Energy loss spectra from fluorite-structured ZrO2, CeO2, and UO2 compounds are compared with theoretical calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) and its extensions, including the use of Hubbard-U corrections (DFT + U) and hybrid functionals. Electron energy loss spectra (EELS) were obtained from each oxide using a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM). The same spectra were computed within the framework of the full-potential linear augmented plane-wave (FLAPW) method. The theoretical and experimental EEL spectra are compared quantitatively using non-linear least squares peak fitting and a cross-correlation approach, with the best level of agreement between experiment and theory being obtained using the DFT + U and hybrid computational approaches.

  3. Interface Structure Prediction from First-Principles

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

    2014-05-08

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

  4. Structural, electronic, and dynamical properties of Pca21-TiO2 by first principles

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    Abbasnejad, M.; Mohammadizadeh, M. R.; Maezono, R.

    2012-03-01

    First-principles calculations of the structural, electronic, and mechanical properties of the modified fluorite structure of TiO2 with Pca21 symmetry are obtained using the plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory. The results indicate that Pca21-TiO2 is a semiconductor with an indirect band gap. The calculated static dielectric constants are larger than those of anatase and brookite, but they are much smaller than those of rutile. The calculated bulk modulus using the equation of state is in good agreement with that calculated from elastic constants. The calculated bulk modulus is in agreement with a recent theoretical and experimental report, which confirms that the experimentally claimed structure (cubic fluorite phase) can be Pca21-TiO2.

  5. Chemical expansion affected oxygen vacancy stability in different oxide structures from first principles calculations

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Liu, Bin; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2015-01-21

    We study the chemical expansion for neutral and charged oxygen vacancies in fluorite, rocksalt, perovskite and pyrochlores materials using first principles calculations. We show that the neutral oxygen vacancy leads to lattice expansion whereas the charged vacancy leads to lattice contraction. In addition, we show that there is a window of strain within which an oxygen vacancy is stable; beyond that range, the vacancy can become unstable. Using CeO2|ZrO2 interface structure as an example, we show that the concentration of oxygen vacancies can be manipulated via strain, and the vacancies can be preferentially stabilized. Furthermore, these results could serve asmore » guiding principles in predicting oxygen vacancy stability in strained systems and in the design of vacancy stabilized materials.« less

  6. Chemical expansion affected oxygen vacancy stability in different oxide structures from first principles calculations

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Liu, Bin; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2015-01-21

    We study the chemical expansion for neutral and charged oxygen vacancies in fluorite, rocksalt, perovskite and pyrochlores materials using first principles calculations. We show that the neutral oxygen vacancy leads to lattice expansion whereas the charged vacancy leads to lattice contraction. In addition, we show that there is a window of strain within which an oxygen vacancy is stable; beyond that range, the vacancy can become unstable. Using CeO2|ZrO2 interface structure as an example, we show that the concentration of oxygen vacancies can be manipulated via strain, and the vacancies can be preferentially stabilized. Furthermore, these results could serve as guiding principles in predicting oxygen vacancy stability in strained systems and in the design of vacancy stabilized materials.

  7. Chemical expansion affected oxygen vacancy stability in different oxide structures from first principles calculations

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Liu, Bin; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2015-03-01

    We study the chemical expansion for neutral and charged oxygen vacancies in fluorite, rocksalt, perovskite and pyrochlores materials using first principles calculations. We show that the neutral oxygen vacancy leads to lattice expansion whereas the charged vacancy leads to lattice contraction. In addition, we show that there is a window of strain within which an oxygen vacancy is stable; beyond that range, the vacancy can become unstable. Using CeO2|ZrO2 interface structure as an example, we show that the concentration of oxygen vacancies can be manipulated via strain, and the vacancies can be preferentially stabilized. These results could serve as guiding principles in predicting oxygen vacancy stability in strained systems and in the design of vacancy stabilized materials.

  8. Giant Mechanocaloric Effects in Fluorite-Structured Superionic Materials.

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    Cazorla, Claudio; Errandonea, Daniel

    2016-05-11

    Mechanocaloric materials experience a change in temperature when a mechanical stress is applied on them adiabatically. Thus, far, only ferroelectrics and superelastic metallic alloys have been considered as potential mechanocaloric compounds to be exploited in solid-state cooling applications. Here we show that giant mechanocaloric effects occur in hitherto overlooked fast ion conductors (FIC), a class of multicomponent materials in which above a critical temperature, Ts, a constituent ionic species undergoes a sudden increase in mobility. Using first-principles and molecular dynamics simulations, we found that the superionic transition in fluorite-structured FIC, which is characterized by a large entropy increase of the order of 10(2) JK(-1) kg(-1), can be externally tuned with hydrostatic, biaxial, or uniaxial stresses. In particular, Ts can be reduced several hundreds of degrees through the application of moderate tensile stresses due to the concomitant drop in the formation energy of Frenkel pair defects. We predict that the adiabatic temperature change in CaF2 and PbF2, two archetypal fluorite-structured FIC, close to their critical points are of the order of 10(2) and 10(1) K, respectively. This work advocates that FIC constitute a new family of mechanocaloric materials showing great promise for prospective solid-state refrigeration applications. PMID:27070506

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

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

    2016-01-15

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  11. 2D ice from first principles: structures and phase transitions

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

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

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

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

    2016-01-15

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

  13. First principles investigation of the structure of a bacteriochlorophyll crystal

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    Marchi, M. |; Hutter, J.; Parrinello, M.

    1996-08-21

    In this communication we present an ab initio study of the crystal of methyl bacteriophorbide (MeBPheo) a, a bacteriochlorophyll derivative, and high-precision structure of which is available. Our main purpose has been to investigate the viability of the technique toward complex molecular systems relevant to biologically important phenomena, in this particular case photosynthesis. Here we present the following results: First, we show that DFT is capable of calculating nuclear positions in excellent agreement with the experimental X-ray structure. Second, the calculated electronic density of the HOMO orbital reveals a {pi} type bond between rings I and III, consistent with the one-dimensional chain structure of the MeBPheo a molecules in the crystal. Finally, after performing the optimization of the molecular geometry with one electron in the LUMO state, we find localized bond length changes near the ring II of the MeBPheo a. 19 refs., 3 figs.

  14. First-principles determination of the structure of magnesium borohydride.

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    Zhou, Xiang-Feng; Oganov, Artem R; Qian, Guang-Rui; Zhu, Qiang

    2012-12-14

    The energy landscape of Mg(BH(4))(2) under pressure is explored by ab initio evolutionary calculations. Two new tetragonal structures, with space groups P4 and I4(1)/acd, are predicted to be lower in enthalpy by 15.4 and 21.2 kJ/mol, respectively, than the earlier proposed P4(2)nm phase. We have simulated x-ray diffraction spectra, lattice dynamics, and equations of state of these phases. The density, volume contraction, bulk modulus, and simulated x-ray diffraction patterns of I4(1)/acd and P4 structures are in excellent agreement with the experimental results.

  15. Two-dimensional boron nitride structures functionalization: first principles studies.

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    Ponce-Pérez, R; Cocoletzi, Gregorio H; Takeuchi, Noboru

    2016-09-01

    Density functional theory calculations have been performed to investigate two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride (2D hBN) structures functionalization with organic molecules. 2x2, 4x4 and 6x6 periodic 2D hBN layers have been considered to interact with acetylene. To deal with the exchange-correlation energy the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) is invoked. The electron-ion interaction is treated with the pseudopotential method. The GGA with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhoff (PBE) functionals together with van der Waals interactions are considered to deal with the composed systems. To investigate the functionalization two main configurations have been explored; in one case the molecule interacts with the boron atom and in the other with the nitrogen atom. Results of the adsorption energies indicate chemisorption in both cases. The total density of states (DOS) displays an energy gap in both cases. The projected DOS indicate that the B-p and N-p orbitals are those that make the most important contribution in the valence band and the H-s and C-p orbitals provide an important contribution in the conduction band to the DOS. Provided that the interactions of the acetylene with the 2D layer modify the structural and electronic properties of the hBN the possibility of structural functionalization using organic molecules may be concluded.

  16. Two-dimensional boron nitride structures functionalization: first principles studies.

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    Ponce-Pérez, R; Cocoletzi, Gregorio H; Takeuchi, Noboru

    2016-09-01

    Density functional theory calculations have been performed to investigate two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride (2D hBN) structures functionalization with organic molecules. 2x2, 4x4 and 6x6 periodic 2D hBN layers have been considered to interact with acetylene. To deal with the exchange-correlation energy the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) is invoked. The electron-ion interaction is treated with the pseudopotential method. The GGA with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhoff (PBE) functionals together with van der Waals interactions are considered to deal with the composed systems. To investigate the functionalization two main configurations have been explored; in one case the molecule interacts with the boron atom and in the other with the nitrogen atom. Results of the adsorption energies indicate chemisorption in both cases. The total density of states (DOS) displays an energy gap in both cases. The projected DOS indicate that the B-p and N-p orbitals are those that make the most important contribution in the valence band and the H-s and C-p orbitals provide an important contribution in the conduction band to the DOS. Provided that the interactions of the acetylene with the 2D layer modify the structural and electronic properties of the hBN the possibility of structural functionalization using organic molecules may be concluded. PMID:27566317

  17. First principles based multiparadigm modeling of electronic structures and dynamics

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    Xiao, Hai

    Electronic structures and dynamics are the key to linking the material composition and structure to functionality and performance. An essential issue in developing semiconductor devices for photovoltaics is to design materials with optimal band gaps and relative positioning of band levels. Approximate DFT methods have been justified to predict band gaps from KS/GKS eigenvalues, but the accuracy is decisively dependent on the choice of XC functionals. We show here for CuInSe2 and CuGaSe2, the parent compounds of the promising CIGS solar cells, conventional LDA and GGA obtain gaps of 0.0-0.01 and 0.02-0.24 eV (versus experimental values of 1.04 and 1.67 eV), while the historically first global hybrid functional, B3PW91, is surprisingly the best, with band gaps of 1.07 and 1.58 eV. Furthermore, we show that for 27 related binary and ternary semiconductors, B3PW91 predicts gaps with a MAD of only 0.09 eV, which is substantially better than all modern hybrid functionals, including B3LYP (MAD of 0.19 eV) and screened hybrid functional HSE06 (MAD of 0.18 eV). The laboratory performance of CIGS solar cells (> 20% efficiency) makes them promising candidate photovoltaic devices. However, there remains little understanding of how defects at the CIGS/CdS interface affect the band offsets and interfacial energies, and hence the performance of manufactured devices. To determine these relationships, we use the B3PW91 hybrid functional of DFT with the AEP method that we validate to provide very accurate descriptions of both band gaps and band offsets. This confirms the weak dependence of band offsets on surface orientation observed experimentally. We predict that the CBO of perfect CuInSe2/CdS interface is large, 0.79 eV, which would dramatically degrade performance. Moreover we show that band gap widening induced by Ga adjusts only the VBO, and we find that Cd impurities do not significantly affect the CBO. Thus we show that Cu vacancies at the interface play the key role in

  18. Structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of various mineral phases of TiO2 from first-principles calculations

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    Liu, Qi-Jun; Zhang, Ning-Chao; Liu, Fu-Sheng; Liu, Zheng-Tang

    2014-07-01

    Titanium dioxide is well known as a semiconductor material, which attracts a great deal of attention for promising applications in many fields due to its outstanding physical and chemical properties. To investigate the structural, elastic, mechanical, electronic and optical properties of various TiO2 phases systematically, we present the ultrasoft pseudopotential planewave method within local density approximation and generalized gradient approximation, as well as the norm-conserving pseudopotential within hybrid functional B3LYP by first-principles calculations on fluorite, pyrite, rutile, anatase, hollandite, brookite, columbite, cotunnite, bronze and baddeleyite TiO2 phases. The structural parameters of ten phases are calculated, which are shown to be consistent with previous theoretical and experimental data. We obtain the elastic constants of ten phases and then estimate the bulk, shear and Young’s moduli, Poisson’s coefficient and Lamé’s constants using the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. The energy band structures, density of states and charge populations of ten phases were obtained and indicated there is covalency in TiO2. Moreover, the complex dielectric function, refractive index and extinction coefficient of the ten phases were calculated; this data can aid future experimental research.

  19. Crystal structure prediction from first principles: The crystal structures of glycine

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    Lund, Albert M.; Pagola, Gabriel I.; Orendt, Anita M.; Ferraro, Marta B.; Facelli, Julio C.

    2015-04-01

    Here we present the results of our unbiased searches of glycine polymorphs obtained using the genetic algorithms search implemented in MGAC, modified genetic algorithm for crystals, coupled with the local optimization and energy evaluation provided by Quantum Espresso. We demonstrate that it is possible to predict the crystal structures of a biomedical molecule using solely first principles calculations. We were able to find all the ambient pressure stable glycine polymorphs, which are found in the same energetic ordering as observed experimentally and the agreement between the experimental and predicted structures is of such accuracy that the two are visually almost indistinguishable.

  20. Crystal Structure Prediction from First Principles: The Crystal Structures of Glycine

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    Lund, Albert M.; Pagola, Gabriel I.; Orendt, Anita M.; Ferraro, Marta B.; Facelli, Julio C.

    2015-01-01

    Here we present the results of our unbiased searches of glycine polymorphs obtained using the Genetic Algorithms search implemented in Modified Genetic Algorithm for Crystals coupled with the local optimization and energy evaluation provided by Quantum Espresso. We demonstrate that it is possible to predict the crystal structures of a biomedical molecule using solely first principles calculations. We were able to find all the ambient pressure stable glycine polymorphs, which are found in the same energetic ordering as observed experimentally and the agreement between the experimental and predicted structures is of such accuracy that the two are visually almost indistinguishable. PMID:25843964

  1. Conformational structures of a decapeptide validated by first principles calculations and cold ion spectroscopy.

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    Roy, Tapta Kanchan; Kopysov, Vladimir; Nagornova, Natalia S; Rizzo, Thomas R; Boyarkin, Oleg V; Gerber, R Benny

    2015-05-18

    Calculated structures of the two most stable conformers of a protonated decapeptide gramicidin S in the gas phase have been validated by comparing the vibrational spectra, calculated from first- principles and measured in a wide spectral range using infrared (IR)-UV double resonance cold ion spectroscopy. All the 522 vibrational modes of each conformer were calculated quantum mechanically and compared with the experiment without any recourse to an empirical scaling. The study demonstrates that first-principles calculations, when accounting for vibrational anharmonicity, can reproduce high-resolution experimental spectra well enough for validating structures of molecules as large as of 200 atoms. The validated accurate structures of the peptide may serve as templates for in silico drug design and absolute calibration of ion mobility measurements.

  2. A genetic algorithm for first principles global structure optimization of supported nano structures

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    Vilhelmsen, Lasse B.; Hammer, Bjørk

    2014-07-28

    We present a newly developed publicly available genetic algorithm (GA) for global structure optimisation within atomic scale modeling. The GA is focused on optimizations using first principles calculations, but it works equally well with empirical potentials. The implementation is described and benchmarked through a detailed statistical analysis employing averages across many independent runs of the GA. This analysis focuses on the practical use of GA’s with a description of optimal parameters to use. New results for the adsorption of M{sub 8} clusters (M = Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Pt, Au) on the stoichiometric rutile TiO{sub 2}(110) surface are presented showing the power of automated structure prediction and highlighting the diversity of metal cluster geometries at the atomic scale.

  3. Structure of the (111) surface of bismuth: LEED analysis and first-principles calculations

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    Moenig, H.; Wells, J.; Hofmann, Ph.; Sun, J.; Pohl, K.; Koroteev, Yu.M.; Bihlmayer, G.; Chulkov, E.V.

    2005-08-15

    The surface structure of Bi(111) was investigated by low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) intensity analysis for temperatures between 140 and 313 K and by first-principles calculations. The diffraction pattern reveals a (1x1) surface structure and LEED intensity versus energy simulations confirm that the crystal is terminated with a Bi bilayer. Excellent agreement is obtained between the calculated and measured diffraction intensities in the whole temperature range. The first interlayer spacing shows no significant relaxation at any temperature while the second interlayer spacing expands slightly. The Debye temperatures deduced from the optimized atomic vibrational amplitudes for the two topmost layers are found to be significantly lower than in the bulk. The experimental results for the relaxations agree well with those of our first-principles calculation.

  4. First principles study of 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.

  5. First-principles calculation of the structural stability of 6d transition metals

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    Oestlin, A.; Vitos, L.

    2011-09-15

    The phase stability of the 6d transition metals (elements 103-111) is investigated using first-principles electronic-structure calculations. Comparison with the lighter transition metals reveals that the structural sequence trend is broken at the end of the 6d series. To account for this anomalous behavior, the effect of relativity on the lattice stability is scrutinized, taking different approximations into consideration. It is found that the mass-velocity and Darwin terms give important contributions to the electronic structure, leading to changes in the interstitial charge density and, thus, in the structural energy difference.

  6. High-pressure crystal structures of TaAs from first-principles calculations

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    Lu, Mingchun; Guo, Yanan; Zhang, Miao; Liu, Hanyu; Tse, John S.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we systematically studied the phase transition of TaAs under high pressures and reported three high-pressure structures P-6m2 (hexagonal, stable at 13-32 GPa), P21/c (monoclinic, stable at 32-103 GPa) and Pm-3m (cubic, stable above 103 GPa), by using particle swarm optimization in combination with first principles electronic structure methodology. All predicted structures are dynamically stable, since there is no imaginary mode to be found in the whole Brillouin zone. At high pressures, the TaAs was found to become superconductor with the superconducting critical temperature of ~1 K at about 100 GPa.

  7. Mechanical properties of the interface structure of nanodiamond composite films: First-principles studies

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    Zhang, Suhui; Liu, Xuejie; Jiang, Yongjun; Ren, Yuan; Li, Suozhi

    2016-02-01

    The elastic properties of the interface structure of nanodiamond composite films are investigated using first-principles calculations. The nanodiamond grains in the films are surrounded by a monolayer heterogeneous interface. The interface phase comprises B, Si, P, and Ge. The elastic constants, bulk, shear and Young's modulus of the interface structures are all obtained with first principle calculations. Calculated elastic constants of the diamond (0 0 1) interface are larger than those of the (1 1 1) interface. For the B, Si, P, and Ge interface structures, as the average atomic distance increases, the average Young's modulus decrease, which follows the sequence EbarB>EbarSi >EbarP > EbarGe , with corresponding values of 927.05, 843.841, 840.152, and 819.805 GPa. The ductility and plasticity, as well as the anisotropy values (A and AU) of the interface structures were discussed based on the obtained mechanical parameters. The results show that P interface structures demonstrate ductile property when stressed longitudinally, whereas the other interface structures are all brittle. Then the visualization of the directional dependence of the Young's modulus are also presented. These reflected an interesting results. For the B, Si, and Ge interface structures, whether they show isotropy or anisotropy depends on the crystal structure, while it depends on the direction of the applied strain for the P interface structures.

  8. Structural phase transition and elastic properties of hafnium dihydride: A first principles study

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

    2014-04-24

    The structural and elastic properties of Hafnium dihydride (HfH{sub 2}) are investigated by first principles calculation based on density functional theory using Vienna ab-initio simulation package (VASP). The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. A pressure induced structural phase transition from CaF{sub 2} to FeS{sub 2} phase is observed in HfH{sub 2} at 10.75 GPa. The calculated elastic constants indicate that this hydride is mechanically stable at ambient condition.

  9. First-principles calculations on the structural evolution of solid fullerene-like CP x

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    Gueorguiev, G. K.; Furlan, A.; Högberg, H.; Stafström, S.; Hultman, L.

    2006-08-01

    The formation and structural evolution of fullerene-like (FL) carbon phosphide (CP x) during synthetic growth were studied by first-principles calculations. Geometry optimizations and comparison between the cohesive energies suggest stability for solid FL-CP x compounds. In comparison with fullerene-like carbon nitride, higher curvature of the graphene sheets and higher density of cross-linkages between them is predicted and explained by the different electronic properties of P and N. Cage-like and onion-like structures, both containing tetragons, are found to be typical for fullerene-like CP x. Segregation of P is predicted at fractions exceeding ˜20 at.%.

  10. 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.

  11. First-principles prediction of the equation of state for TcC with rocksalt structure

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    Sun, Xiao-Wei; Chu, Yan-Dong; Liu, Zi-Jiang; Song, Ting; Tian, Jun-Hong; Wei, Xiao-Ping

    2014-10-01

    The equation of state of TcC with rocksalt structure is investigated by means of first-principles density functional theory calculations combined with the quasi-harmonic Debye model in which the phononic effects are considered. Particular attention is paid to the predictions of the compressibility, the isothermal bulk modulus and its first pressure derivative which play a central role in the formulation of approximate equations of state for the first time. The properties of TcC with rocksalt structure are summarized in the pressure range of 0-80 GPa and the temperature up to 2500 K.

  12. Electronic structure and elastic properties of scandium carbide and yttrium carbide: A first principles study

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    Maibam, Jameson; Indrajit Sharma, B.; Bhattacharjee, Ramendu; Thapa, R. K.; Brojen Singh, R. K.

    2011-11-01

    We have studied the electronic, structural, and elastic properties of scandium carbide and yttrium carbide by means of accurate first principles total energy calculations using the full-potential linearized plane wave method (FP-LAPW). We have used the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange and correlation potential. Volume optimization, energy band structure, and density of states (DOS) of the systems are presented. The second order elastic constants have been calculated and other related quantities such as the Zener anisotropy factor, Poisson's ratio, Young's modulus, Kleinman parameter, Debye temperature, and sound velocities have been determined. The band gap calculation shows that YC is relatively more ionic than ScC.

  13. First-Principles Electronic Structure Calculations of Zinc-Blende Chromium Monopnictides

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    Shirai, M.; Taguchi, H.; Akinaga, H.

    2003-03-01

    Electronic band-structure of zinc-blende (zb) chromium monopnictides, CrP, CrAs, and CrSb, is studied comparatively by using first-principles density-functional calculations. Effect of spin-orbit interaction on the spin-polarization near the Fermi-level is also investigated. It is found that zb-CrAs and CrSb are predicted to be the ferromagnets exhibiting highly spin-polarized electronic band-structure, even if the effect of the spin-orbit interaction is taken into account.

  14. The structural and electronic properties of amorphous HgCdTe from first-principles calculations

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    Zhao, Huxian; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Lu, Jianping; Shu, Haibo; Lu, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Amorphous mercury cadmium telluride (a-MCT) model structures, with x being 0.125 and 0.25, are obtained from first-principles calculations. We generate initial structures by computation alchemy method. It is found that most atoms in the network of amorphous structures tend to be fourfold and form tetrahedral structures, implying that the chemical ordered continuous random network with some coordination defects is the ideal structure for a-MCT. The electronic structure is also concerned. The gap is found to be 0.30 and 0.26 eV for a-Hg0.875Cd0.125Te and a-Hg0.75Cd0.25Te model structures, independent of the composition. By comparing with the properties of crystalline MCT with the same composition, we observe a blue-shift of energy band gap. The localization of tail states and its atomic origin are also discussed.

  15. Pressure induced structural phase transition of OsB{sub 2}: First-principles calculations

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    Ren Fengzhu; Wang Yuanxu; Lo, V.C.

    2010-04-15

    Orthorhombic OsB{sub 2} was synthesized at 1000 deg. C and its compressibility was measured by using the high-pressure X-ray diffraction in a Diacell diamond anvil cell from ambient pressure to 32 GPa [R.W. Cumberland, et al. (2005)]. First-principles calculations were performed to study the possibility of the phase transition of OsB{sub 2}. An analysis of the calculated enthalpy shows that orthorhombic OsB{sub 2} can transfer to the hexagonal phase at 10.8 GPa. The calculated results with the quasi-harmonic approximation indicate that this phase transition pressure is little affected by the thermal effect. The calculated phonon band structure shows that the hexagonal P 6{sub 3}/mmc structure (high-pressure phase) is stable for OsB{sub 2}. We expect the phase transition can be further confirmed by the experimental work. - Abstract: Graphical Abstract Legend (TOC Figure): Table of Contents Figure Pressure induced structural phase transition from the orthorhombic structure to the hexagonal one for OsB{sub 2} takes place under 10.8 GPa (0 K), 10.35 GPa (300, 1000 K) by the first-principles predictions.

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

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    Akashi, Ryosuke

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  18. Structures and magnetic properties of Co-Zr-B magnets studied by first-principles calculations

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    Zhao, Xin; Ke, Liqin; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Wang, Cai -Zhuang; Ho, Kai -Ming

    2015-06-23

    The structures and magnetic properties of Co-Zr-B alloys near the composition of Co5Zr with B at. % ≤6% were studied using adaptive genetic algorithm and first-principles calculations. The energy and magnetic moment contour maps as a function of chemical composition were constructed for the Co-Zr-B magnet alloys through extensive structure searches and calculations. We found that Co-Zr-B system exhibits the same structure motif as the “Co11Zr2” polymorphs, and such motif plays a key role in achieving strong magnetic anisotropy. Boron atoms were found to be able to substitute cobalt atoms or occupy the “interruption” sites. First-principles calculations showed that themore » magnetocrystalline anisotropy energies of the boron-doped alloys are close to that of the high-temperature rhombohedral Co5Zr phase and larger than that of the low-temperature Co5.25Zr phase. As a result, our calculations provide useful guidelines for further experimental optimization of the magnetic performances of these alloys.« less

  19. Structures and magnetic properties of Co-Zr-B magnets studied by first-principles calculations

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    Zhao, Xin; Ke, Liqin; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Wang, Cai -Zhuang; Ho, Kai -Ming

    2015-06-23

    The structures and magnetic properties of Co-Zr-B alloys near the composition of Co5Zr with B at. % ≤6% were studied using adaptive genetic algorithm and first-principles calculations. The energy and magnetic moment contour maps as a function of chemical composition were constructed for the Co-Zr-B magnet alloys through extensive structure searches and calculations. We found that Co-Zr-B system exhibits the same structure motif as the “Co11Zr2” polymorphs, and such motif plays a key role in achieving strong magnetic anisotropy. Boron atoms were found to be able to substitute cobalt atoms or occupy the “interruption” sites. First-principles calculations showed that the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energies of the boron-doped alloys are close to that of the high-temperature rhombohedral Co5Zr phase and larger than that of the low-temperature Co5.25Zr phase. As a result, our calculations provide useful guidelines for further experimental optimization of the magnetic performances of these alloys.

  20. Structures and magnetic properties of Co-Zr-B magnets studied by first-principles calculations

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    Zhao, Xin; Ke, Liqin; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2015-06-01

    The structures and magnetic properties of Co-Zr-B alloys near the composition of Co5Zr with B at. % ≤6% were studied using adaptive genetic algorithm and first-principles calculations. The energy and magnetic moment contour maps as a function of chemical composition were constructed for the Co-Zr-B magnet alloys through extensive structure searches and calculations. We found that Co-Zr-B system exhibits the same structure motif as the "Co11Zr2" polymorphs, and such motif plays a key role in achieving strong magnetic anisotropy. Boron atoms were found to be able to substitute cobalt atoms or occupy the "interruption" sites. First-principles calculations showed that the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energies of the boron-doped alloys are close to that of the high-temperature rhombohedral Co5Zr phase and larger than that of the low-temperature Co5.25Zr phase. Our calculations provide useful guidelines for further experimental optimization of the magnetic performances of these alloys.

  1. Structures and magnetic properties of Co-Zr-B magnets studied by first-principles calculations

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    Zhao, Xin; Ke, Liqin; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Wang, Cai-Zhuang Ho, Kai-Ming

    2015-06-28

    The structures and magnetic properties of Co-Zr-B alloys near the composition of Co{sub 5}Zr with B at. % ≤6% were studied using adaptive genetic algorithm and first-principles calculations. The energy and magnetic moment contour maps as a function of chemical composition were constructed for the Co-Zr-B magnet alloys through extensive structure searches and calculations. We found that Co-Zr-B system exhibits the same structure motif as the “Co{sub 11}Zr{sub 2}” polymorphs, and such motif plays a key role in achieving strong magnetic anisotropy. Boron atoms were found to be able to substitute cobalt atoms or occupy the “interruption” sites. First-principles calculations showed that the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energies of the boron-doped alloys are close to that of the high-temperature rhombohedral Co{sub 5}Zr phase and larger than that of the low-temperature Co{sub 5.25}Zr phase. Our calculations provide useful guidelines for further experimental optimization of the magnetic performances of these alloys.

  2. First principle study on the structure of H+ (H2O)6

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    Kuo, Jer-Lai

    2006-01-01

    The structure of H+ (H2O)6 is investigated by examining selected low-lying minima with several first principle methods to benchmark the performance of these methods employed in the previous theoretical studies. Interestingly, we found that DFT methods with a moderate basis set follow the trends of MP2 with a large basis set very closely. In additional to the conventional zero point energy estimated with harmonic oscillator approximation, the contribution of vibrational anharmonicity is also investigated via first principle calculations. We found the anharmonicity contribution to the zero point energy varies between 2.7 to 5.0 mhartree and with that two kinds of tree structures (simple and branched tree) are found to be the most stable forms with nearly the same energy. The effects of Ar-attachment on the relative stability of these two tree structures are also examined and we found that the Ar-attached branched tree is more stable than the Ar-attached simple tree by about 1.4 mhartree. We shall also discuss the relevance of our findings with the recent experimental spectra on both bare and Ar-attached species.

  3. First-principles calculations of structural stability and mechanical properties of tungsten carbide under high pressure

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    Li, Xinting; Zhang, Xinyu; Qin, Jiaqian; Zhang, Suhong; Ning, Jinliang; Jing, Ran; Ma, Mingzhen; Liu, Riping

    2014-11-01

    The structural stability and mechanical properties of WC in WC-, MoC- and NaCl-type structures under high pressure are investigated systematically by first-principles calculations. The calculated equilibrium lattice constants at zero pressure agree well with available experimental and theoretical results. The formation enthalpy indicates that the most stable WC is in WC-type, then MoC-type finally NaCl-type. By the elastic stability criteria, it is predicted that the three structures are all mechanically stable. The elastic constants Cij, bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E and Poisson's ratio ν of the three structures are studied in the pressure range from 0 to 100 GPa. Furthermore, by analyzing the B/G ratio, the brittle/ductile behavior under high pressure is assessed. Moreover, the elastic anisotropy of the three structures up to 100 GPa is also discussed in detail.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2015-05-01

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

  6. 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.

  7. Structure reconstruction of TiO2-based multi-wall nanotubes: first-principles calculations.

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    Bandura, A V; Evarestov, R A; Lukyanov, S I

    2014-07-28

    A new method of theoretical modelling of polyhedral single-walled nanotubes based on the consolidation of walls in the rolled-up multi-walled nanotubes is proposed. Molecular mechanics and ab initio quantum mechanics methods are applied to investigate the merging of walls in nanotubes constructed from the different phases of titania. The combination of two methods allows us to simulate the structures which are difficult to find only by ab initio calculations. For nanotube folding we have used (1) the 3-plane fluorite TiO2 layer; (2) the anatase (101) 6-plane layer; (3) the rutile (110) 6-plane layer; and (4) the 6-plane layer with lepidocrocite morphology. The symmetry of the resulting single-walled nanotubes is significantly lower than the symmetry of initial coaxial cylindrical double- or triple-walled nanotubes. These merged nanotubes acquire higher stability in comparison with the initial multi-walled nanotubes. The wall thickness of the merged nanotubes exceeds 1 nm and approaches the corresponding parameter of the experimental patterns. The present investigation demonstrates that the merged nanotubes can integrate the two different crystalline phases in one and the same wall structure.

  8. Structure reconstruction of TiO2-based multi-wall nanotubes: first-principles calculations.

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    Bandura, A V; Evarestov, R A; Lukyanov, S I

    2014-07-28

    A new method of theoretical modelling of polyhedral single-walled nanotubes based on the consolidation of walls in the rolled-up multi-walled nanotubes is proposed. Molecular mechanics and ab initio quantum mechanics methods are applied to investigate the merging of walls in nanotubes constructed from the different phases of titania. The combination of two methods allows us to simulate the structures which are difficult to find only by ab initio calculations. For nanotube folding we have used (1) the 3-plane fluorite TiO2 layer; (2) the anatase (101) 6-plane layer; (3) the rutile (110) 6-plane layer; and (4) the 6-plane layer with lepidocrocite morphology. The symmetry of the resulting single-walled nanotubes is significantly lower than the symmetry of initial coaxial cylindrical double- or triple-walled nanotubes. These merged nanotubes acquire higher stability in comparison with the initial multi-walled nanotubes. The wall thickness of the merged nanotubes exceeds 1 nm and approaches the corresponding parameter of the experimental patterns. The present investigation demonstrates that the merged nanotubes can integrate the two different crystalline phases in one and the same wall structure. PMID:24922363

  9. Vibrational and mechanical properties of single layer MXene structures: a first-principles investigation

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    Yorulmaz, Uğur; Özden, Ayberk; Perkgöz, Nihan K.; Ay, Feridun; Sevik, Cem

    2016-08-01

    MXenes, carbides, nitrides and carbonitrides of early transition metals are the new members of two dimensional materials family given with a formula of {{{M}}}n+1 X n . Recent advances in chemical exfoliation and CVD growth of these crystals together with their promising performance in electrochemical energy storage systems have triggered the interest in these two dimensional structures. In this work, we employ first principles calculations for n = 1 structures of Sc, Ti, Zr, Mo and Hf pristine MXenes and their fully surface terminated forms with F and O. We systematically investigated the dynamical and mechanical stability of both pristine and fully terminated MXene structures to determine the possible MXene candidates for experimental realization. In conjunction with an extensive stability analysis, we report Raman and infrared active mode frequencies for the first time, providing indispensable information for the experimental elaboration of MXene field. After determining dynamically stable MXenes, we provide their phonon dispersion relations, electronic and mechanical properties.

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

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    Jiang, Chao

    2008-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  12. Vibrational and mechanical properties of single layer MXene structures: a first-principles investigation.

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    Yorulmaz, Uğur; Özden, Ayberk; Perkgöz, Nihan K; Ay, Feridun; Sevik, Cem

    2016-08-19

    MXenes, carbides, nitrides and carbonitrides of early transition metals are the new members of two dimensional materials family given with a formula of [Formula: see text] X n . Recent advances in chemical exfoliation and CVD growth of these crystals together with their promising performance in electrochemical energy storage systems have triggered the interest in these two dimensional structures. In this work, we employ first principles calculations for n = 1 structures of Sc, Ti, Zr, Mo and Hf pristine MXenes and their fully surface terminated forms with F and O. We systematically investigated the dynamical and mechanical stability of both pristine and fully terminated MXene structures to determine the possible MXene candidates for experimental realization. In conjunction with an extensive stability analysis, we report Raman and infrared active mode frequencies for the first time, providing indispensable information for the experimental elaboration of MXene field. After determining dynamically stable MXenes, we provide their phonon dispersion relations, electronic and mechanical properties. PMID:27377143

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

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    Ono, Tomoya; Saito, Shoichiro; Iwase, Shigeru

    2016-08-01

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

  14. Novel phases of lithium-aluminum binaries from first-principles structural search

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    Sarmiento-Pérez, Rafael; Cerqueira, Tiago F. T.; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A. L.; Valencia-Jaime, Irais; Amsler, Maximilian; Goedecker, Stefan; Romero, Aldo H.

    2015-01-14

    Intermetallic Li–Al compounds are on the one hand key materials for light-weight engineering, and on the other hand, they have been proposed for high-capacity electrodes for Li batteries. We determine from first-principles the phase diagram of Li–Al binary crystals using the minima hopping structural prediction method. Beside reproducing the experimentally reported phases (LiAl, Li{sub 3}Al{sub 2}, Li{sub 9}Al{sub 4}, LiAl{sub 3}, and Li{sub 2}Al), we unveil a structural variety larger than expected by discovering six unreported binary phases likely to be thermodynamically stable. Finally, we discuss the behavior of the elastic constants and of the electric potential profile of all Li–Al stable compounds as a function of their stoichiometry.

  15. Pressure induced structural phase transition of OsB 2: First-principles calculations

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    Ren, Fengzhu; Wang, Yuanxu; Lo, V. C.

    2010-04-01

    Orthorhombic OsB 2 was synthesized at 1000 °C and its compressibility was measured by using the high-pressure X-ray diffraction in a Diacell diamond anvil cell from ambient pressure to 32 GPa [R.W. Cumberland, et al. (2005)]. First-principles calculations were performed to study the possibility of the phase transition of OsB 2. An analysis of the calculated enthalpy shows that orthorhombic OsB 2 can transfer to the hexagonal phase at 10.8 GPa. The calculated results with the quasi-harmonic approximation indicate that this phase transition pressure is little affected by the thermal effect. The calculated phonon band structure shows that the hexagonal P 6 3/ mmc structure (high-pressure phase) is stable for OsB 2. We expect the phase transition can be further confirmed by the experimental work.

  16. Electronic structure of cubic ScF3 from first-principles calculations

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    Bocharov, D.; Žguns, P.; Piskunov, S.; Kuzmin, A.; Purans, J.

    2016-07-01

    The ground state properties of cubic scandium trifluoride (ScF3) perovskite were studied using first-principles calculations. The electronic structure of ScF3 was determined by linear combination of atomic orbital (LCAO) and plane wave projector augmented-wave (PAW) methods using modified hybrid exchange-correlation functionals within the density functional theory (DFT). The comprehensive comparison of the results obtained by two methods is presented. Both methods allowed us to reproduce the lattice constant found experimentally in ScF3 at low temperatures and to predict its electronic structure in good agreement with known experimental valence-band photoelectron and F 1s x-ray absorption spectra.

  17. First-principle study of energy band structure of armchair graphene nanoribbons

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    Ma, Fei; Guo, Zhankui; Xu, Kewei; Chu, Paul K.

    2012-07-01

    First-principle calculation is carried out to study the energy band structure of armchair graphene nanoribbons (AGNRs). Hydrogen passivation is found to be crucial to convert the indirect band gaps into direct ones as a result of enhanced interactions between electrons and nuclei at the edge boundaries, as evidenced from the shortened bond length as well as the increased differential charge density. Ribbon width usually leads to the oscillatory variation of band gaps due to quantum confinement no matter hydrogen passivated or not. Mechanical strain may change the crystal symmetry, reduce the overlapping integral of C-C atoms, and hence modify the band gap further, which depends on the specific ribbon width sensitively. In practical applications, those effects will be hybridized to determine the energy band structure and subsequently the electronic properties of graphene. The results can provide insights into the design of carbon-based devices.

  18. Band structure and optical properties of amber studied by first principles

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    Rao, Zhi-Fan; Zhou, Rong-Feng

    2013-03-01

    The band structure and density of states of amber is studied by the first principles calculation based on density of functional theory. The complex structure of amber has 214 atoms and the band gap is 5.0 eV. The covalent bond is combined C/O atoms with H atoms. The O 2p orbital is the biggest effect near the Fermi level. The optical properties' results show that the reflectivity is low, and the refractive index is 1.65 in visible light range. The highest absorption coefficient peak is at 172 nm and another higher peak is at 136 nm. These convince that the amber would have a pretty sheen and that amber is a good and suitable crystal for jewelry and ornaments.

  19. Electronic structures and optical spectra of BaO from first principles

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    Wu, Chang-Wei; Pan, Bo; Wang, Neng-Ping

    2015-08-21

    We present the results of first-principles study for the electronic structure and optical absorption spectrum of the alkaline-earth metal oxide BaO. The quasiparticle band structure is evaluated within the Hedin's GW approximation [Phys. Rev. 139, A796 (1965)]. Thereafter, the electron-hole interaction is taken into consideration and the Bethe-Salpeter equation for the electron-hole two-particle Green function is solved. The calculated quasiparticle band gap of BaO is 4.1 eV, which is in good agreement with the experimental result. The calculated optical absorption spectrum of BaO is also in agreement with the experimental data. In particular, the calculated excitation energy for the lowest exciton peak in the optical absorption spectrum of BaO reproduces very well the corresponding experimental result.

  20. First-principles calculation of electronic structure and optical absorption of BN ZnO

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    Zhang, Xiao; Schleife, Andre

    2015-03-01

    The α-BN structure of ZnO, a nonequilibrium phase with a transition pressure of 25 GPa, has been found in nano structures of ZnO. The structural difference between the BN structure and the equilibrium wurtzite structure can play an important role for applications of nanostructured ZnO. In order to understand the difference, first principles calculations have been performed on both phases. The electronic structure is computed using the GW method based on Density Functional Theory and HSE hybrid functional calculations. The GW method includes the quasiparticle effects due to the screened electron-electron interaction which gives an accurate description of the electronic band structure and density of states. After that, by solving the Bethe-Salpeter Equation for the optical polarization function, which take excitonic effects into account, we have achieved an accurate description of optical absorption spectra for both structures. We find a good agreement with experimental and previous computational results for WZ structure, and predict the absorption for the BN structure. The BN structure shows a larger band gap and we found a very large optical anisotropy: The gap for extraordinary light polarization is almost 0.7eV larger than that for ordinary light polarization.

  1. The search for new multiferroic ABF4 fluorides via first-principles structure maps

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    Abbett, Brian; Krishnapriyan, Aditi; Fennie, Craig J.

    2013-03-01

    Transition metal ABF4 fluorides are observed in a wide variety of different structure types. One, the BaMnF4 structure, is an interesting family of polar (possibly ferroelectric) materials that display canted-antiferromagnetism, which has been predicted (Ederer and Spaldin) to reverse when the polarization reverses. This strong coupling between magnetism and polarization has motivated us to explore additional ABF4 structure types. In this talk we will discuss our search for new multiferroic ABF4 fluorides by creating structure maps from first principles. As a first step we categorize the ABF4 compounds found in the ICSD. We focus on structures for which the B-site is octahedrally coordinated; these can be fitted into one of four categories: BaMF4, Dion-Jacobson, and the so-called slip (100) or slip (110) structures. These four categories represent high symmetry structures which allow distortions to lower symmetry structures. Note that most of the known multiferroic ABF4 compounds form in the BaMF4 structure. We elucidate a simple descriptor that helps to build the chemical and physical intuition as to why a compound forms in this structure type needed for the rational design of new multiferroic ABF4 fluorides. 2012 CCMR-NSF REU Student

  2. First-principles study of the structural, energetic and electronic properties of C20-carbon nanobuds

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    Wen, Y. W.; Liu, Xiao; Duan, Xianbao; Chen, Rong; Shan, Bin

    2013-04-01

    The structural, energetic and electronic properties of carbon nanobuds (CNBs) with the smallest fullerene C20 covalently attached to the sidewall of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are studied by first-principles calculations. Due to the high curvature of C20 and the resulting chemical activity, the binding between C20 and SWNTs is quite strong. Among different CNB configurations, bond cycloaddition is energetically most favorable. The activation barrier for C20-CNB formation is only one-fourth that of C60 and it would maintain good stability once formed. Our results also reveal that C20-CNB stability depends on the chirality of the SWNTs, and they exhibit tunable band gaps that can be modulated by the density of C20 attached to the SWNTs.

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

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

    2014-04-24

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

  4. 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.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  6. 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.

  7. Half-metallic ferromagnetism and electronic structures in zinc blende YC: The first-principles calculations

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    Wu, Qiao; Wang, Zhonglong; Fan, Shuaiwei; Yao, Kailun

    2014-11-01

    Applying the first-principles with the generalized gradient approximation and the modified Becke and Johnson potential plus the generalized gradient approximation potential as exchange correlation potential, the electronic structures, half-metallicity and the cohesive energy for hypothetical zinc blende YC compound are calculated. Obtained results show that the zinc blende YC is typical half-metallic with a large half-metallic gap of 0.67(2) eV and magnetic moment of 1.00 μB per molecule. Magnetic moments mainly come from the p orbital of C atom, where p-d hybridization mechanism plays a dominating role in the formation of half-metallicity. The relatively stable ferromagnetic ground state, large half-metallic gap, the robust half-metallicity with respect to the lattice constant compression, and negative cohesive energy indicate zinc blende YC would be a promising half metallic ferromagnet.

  8. Electronic structure and optical properties of boron suboxide B6O system: First-principles investigations

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    Wang, Jinjin; Wang, Zhanyu; Jing, Yueyue; Wang, Songyou; Chou, Che-Fu; Hu, Han; Chiou, Shan-Haw; Tsoo, Chia-Chin; Su, Wan-Sheng

    2016-10-01

    The structural, mechanical, electronic, and optical properties of B6O were explored by means of first-principles calculations. Such a system is mechanically stable and also a relatively hard material which are derived from obtained elastic constants and bulk moduli. Bulk B6O is a direct-gap semiconductor with a bandgap of about 2.93 eV within G0W0 approximation. Furthermore, the optical properties, such as real and imaginary parts of dielectric functions, refractive index and extinction coefficient, and the comparison of optical properties between the density-functional theory (DFT) and G0W0 Bethe-Salpeter equation (G0W0-BSE) results, were computed and discussed. The results obtained from our calculations open a possibility for expanding its use in device applications.

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

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

    2014-11-21

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

  10. First-principles assessment of potential ultrafast laser-induced structural transition in Ni

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    Bévillon, E.; Colombier, J. P.; Stoian, R.

    2016-06-01

    The possibility to trigger ultrafast solid-to-solid transitions in transition metals under femtosecond laser irradiation is investigated by means of first-principles calculations. Electronic heating can drastically modify screening, charge distribution and atomic binding features, potentially determining new structural relaxation paths in the solid phase, before thermodynamic solid-to-liquid transformations set in. Consequently, we evaluate here the effect of electronic excitation on structural stability and conditions for structural transitions. Ni is chosen as a case study for the probability of a solid transition, and the stability of its FCC phase is compared to the non-standard HCP structure while accounting for the heating of the electronic subsystem. From a phonon spectra analysis, we show that the thermodynamic stability order reverses at an electronic temperature of around 104 K. Both structures exhibit a dynamic stability, indicating they present a metastability depending on the heating. However, the general hardening of phonon modes with the increase of the electronic temperature points out that no transformation will occur, as confirmed by the study of a typical FCC to HCP diffusionless transformation path, showing an increasing energy barrier. Finally, based on electronic density of states interpretation, the tendency of different metal categories to undergo or not an ultrafast laser-induced structural transition is discussed.

  11. 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.

  12. Structural stabilities, elastic and electronic properties of chromium tetraboride from first-principles calculations

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    Xu, C.; Li, Q.; Liu, C. M.; Duan, M. Y.; Wang, H. K.

    2016-05-01

    First-principles calculations are employed to investigate the structural and elastic properties, formation enthalpies and chemical bonding features as well as hardness values of chromium tetraboride (CrB4) with different structures. The lattice parameters, Poisson’s ratio and B/G ratio are also derived. Our calculations indicate that the orthorhombic structure with Pnnm symmetry is the most energetically stable one for CrB4. Except for WB4P63/mmc structure with imaginary frequencies, another six new structures are investigated through the full phonon dispersion calculations. Their mechanical and thermodynamic stabilities are also studied by calculating the elastic constants and formation enthalpies. Our calculations show that the thermodynamic stabilities of all these CrB4 phases can be enhanced under high pressure. The large shear moduli, Young’s moduli and hardness values indicate that these CrB4 phases are potential hard materials. Analyses of the densities of states (DOSs) and electron localization functions (ELFs) provide further understandings of the chemical and physical properties of these CrB4 phases. It is observed that the large occupations and high strengths of the B-B covalent bonds are important for the stabilities, incompressibility and hardnesses of these CrB4 phases.

  13. 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.

  14. Structural, electronic, optical and bonding properties of strontianite, SrCO3: First-principles calculations

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    Hu, Zuowei; Li, Yun; Zhang, Chuanyu; Ao, Bingyun

    2016-11-01

    The first-principles calculations are performed within the density functional theory to investigate the crystal structure, energy band structure, density of states, optical properties, and bonding properties of strontianite. The optimized structure parameters and bonding results with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functional and the localized density approximation (LDA) functional are in good agreement with the earlier experimental data. The band structure, density of states and chemical bonding of strontianite have been calculated and analyzed. The indirect band gap of strontianite is estimated to be ~4.45 eV (GGA) or ~4.24 eV (LDA). The absorption, reflectivity, refractive index and extinction coefficient have been calculated using the imaginary part of the dielectric function. The calculated results of the optical properties show that strontianite has an optical anisotropy along [100] (or [010]) and [010] polarization directions of incoming light. Furthermore, the calculated results of the density of states and Mulliken population indicate that the interactions among atoms are both ionic and covalent bonding in strontianite.

  15. Structural determination and physical properties of 4d transitional metal diborides by first-principles calculations

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    Ying, Chun; Zhao, Erjun; Lin, Lin; Hou, Qingyu

    2014-10-01

    The structural determination, thermodynamic, mechanical, dynamic and electronic properties of 4d transitional metal diborides MB2 (M = Y-Ag) are systematically investigated by first-principles within the density functional theory (DFT). For each diboride, five structures are considered, i.e. AlB2-, ReB2-, OsB2-, MoB2- and WB2-type structures. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the previously theoretical and experimental studies. The formation enthalpy increases from YB2 to AgB2 in AlB2-type structure (similar to MoB2- and WB2-type). While the formation enthalpy decreases from YB2 to MoB2, reached minimum value to TcB2, and then increases gradually in ReB2-type structure (similar to OsB2-type), which is consistent with the results of the calculated density of states. The structural stability of these materials relates mainly on electronegative of metals, boron structure and bond characters. Among the considered structures, TcB2-ReB2 (TcB2-ReB2 represents TcB2 in ReB2-type structure, the same hereinafter) has the largest shear modulus (248 GPa), and is the hardest compound. The number of electrons transferred from metals to boron atoms and the calculated densities of states (DOS) indicate that each diboride is a complex mixture of metallic, ionic and covalent characteristics. Trends are discussed.

  16. First principles investigations of electronic structure and transport properties of graphitic structures and single molecular junctions

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    Owens, Jonathan R.

    In this work, we first present two powerful methods for understanding the electronic, structural, conducting, and energetic properties of nano-materials: density functional theory (DFT) and quantum transport. The basics of the theory and background of both methods are discussed thoroughly. After establishing a firm foundation, we turn our attention to using these tools to solve practical problems, often in collaboration with experimental colleagues. The first two projects pertain to nitrogen doping in graphene nanoribbons (GNRs). We study nitrogen doping in two different schema: concentration-based (N_x-doped) and structural based (N_2. {AA}-doped). Concentration based doping is explored in the context of experimental measurements of IV curves on GNRs with differing dopant concentrations. These results show a shift towards semi-conducting behavior with an increase in dopant concentration. We combine first principles calculations (DFT) and transport calculations in the Landauer formalism to compute the density-of-states (DOS) and transport curves for various dopant concentrations (0.46%, 1.39%, 1.89%, and 2.31%), which corroborate the experimental observations. The N_2. {AA}-doped GNR study was inspired by experimental observation of an atomically precise nitrogen doping scheme in bulk graphene. Experimental STM images, combined with simulated STM images, revealed that the majority (80%) of doping sites consist of nitrogen atoms on neighboring sites of the same sublattice (A) in graphene, hence N_2. {AA} doping. We examine this doping scheme applied to zigzag and armchair GNRs under different orientations of the dopants. We present spin-resolved charge densities, energetics, transport, DOS, and simulated STM images for all four systems studied. Our results show the possibility of spin-filtered devices and the STM images provide an aid in helping experimentalist identify the dopant patterns, if these GNRs are fabricated. We next venture to explain different observed

  17. Molecular and electronic structure of the peptide subunit of Geobacter sulfurreducens conductive pili from first principles.

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    Feliciano, Gustavo T; da Silva, Antonio J R; Reguera, Gemma; Artacho, Emilio

    2012-08-01

    The respiration of metal oxides by the bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens requires the assembly of a small peptide (the GS pilin) into conductive filaments termed pili. We gained insights into the contribution of the GS pilin to the pilus conductivity by developing a homology model and performing molecular dynamics simulations of the pilin peptide in vacuo and in solution. The results were consistent with a predominantly helical peptide containing the conserved α-helix region required for pilin assembly but carrying a short carboxy-terminal random-coiled segment rather than the large globular head of other bacterial pilins. The electronic structure of the pilin was also explored from first principles and revealed a biphasic charge distribution along the pilin and a low electronic HOMO-LUMO gap, even in a wet environment. The low electronic band gap was the result of strong electrostatic fields generated by the alignment of the peptide bond dipoles in the pilin's α-helix and by charges from ions in solution and amino acids in the protein. The electronic structure also revealed some level of orbital delocalization in regions of the pilin containing aromatic amino acids and in spatial regions of high resonance where the HOMO and LUMO states are, which could provide an optimal environment for the hopping of electrons under thermal fluctuations. Hence, the structural and electronic features of the pilin revealed in these studies support the notion of a pilin peptide environment optimized for electron conduction. PMID:22779741

  18. First principle molecular dynamics simulation of hydrous modal basalt melt structure

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    Karki, B. B.; Bajgain, S. K.

    2012-12-01

    We have performed the first principle molecular dynamics simulation of hydrous model basalt to investigate its structural properties over wide ranges of pressure (0-100 GPa) and temperature (2200-6000 K) ranges. Our initial results show that all partial radial distribution functions represent well-defined peaks with decreased amplitudes compared to those in pure basalt liquid. The mean Si-O (Al-O) coordination number at the reference volume of 3422.47 Å3 is ~ 3.9 (4.8) at the ambient pressure and 3000 K. The coordination increases with increasing pressure but varies only a little with temperature though the abundances of various coordination species are highly sensitive to both pressure and temperature. We find that isolated structures of water component dominate in lower pressure, which consists of hydroxyl, water molecule, O-H-O bridging, and four-atom (O-H-O-H and H-O-H-O) groups. At higher pressures, extended structures (five or more O and H atoms) are formed. The effects of water on melt depolymerization, compressibility and dynamical properties will also be examined.

  19. First-principles material modeling of solid-state electrolytes with the spinel structure.

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    Mees, Maarten J; Pourtois, Geoffrey; Rosciano, Fabio; Put, Brecht; Vereecken, Philippe M; Stesmans, André

    2014-03-21

    Ionic diffusion through the novel (AlxMg1-2xLix)Al2O4 spinel electrolyte is investigated using first-principles calculations, combined with the Kinetic Monte Carlo algorithm. We observe that the ionic diffusion increases with the lithium content x. Furthermore, the structural parameters, formation enthalpies and electronic structures of (AlxMg1-2xLix)Al2O4 are calculated for various stoichiometries. The overall results indicate the (AlxMg1-2xLix)Al2O4 stoichiometries x = 0.2…0.3 as most promising. The (AlxMg1-2xLix)Al2O4 electrolyte is a potential candidate for the all-spinel solid-state battery stack, with the material epitaxially grown between well-known spinel electrodes, such as LiyMn2O4 and Li4+3yTi5O12 (y = 0…1). Due to their identical crystal structure, a good electrolyte-electrode interface is expected.

  20. Topological Insulators, Semi-Metals and Superconductors From First Principles Electronic Structure Calculations

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    Savrasov, Sergey

    2014-03-01

    Using first-principles electronic structure calculations we investigate novel phases that emerge from the interplay of electron correlations, strong spin-orbit coupling and electron-phonon interactions. We first focus on describing the topological semimetal, a three-dimensional phase of a magnetic solid, and argue that it may be realized in a class of pyrochlore iridates (such as Y2Ir2O7) based on calculations using the LDA + U method. This state is a three-dimensional analog of graphene with linearly dispersing excitations and provides a condensed-matter realization of Weyl fermions that obeys a two-component Dirac equation. It also exhibits remarkable topological properties manifested by surface states in the form of Fermi arcs, which are impossible to realize in purely two-dimensional band structures. We second predict that osmium compounds such as CaOs2O4 and SrOs2O4 can be stabilized in the geometrically frustrated spinel crystal structure. They show ferromagnetic order in a reasonable range of the on-site Coulomb correlation U and exotic electronic properties, in particular, a large magnetoelectric coupling characteristic of axion electrodynamics. Finally, the issue of topological superconductivity and the possibility of the odd pairing will be discussed in Cu doped Bi2Te3 materials where electron-phonon coupling constant is calculated for various pairing symmetries using density functional linear response approach.

  1. Prediction of new high pressure structural sequence in thorium carbide: A first principles study

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

    2015-05-01

    In the present work, we report the detailed electronic band structure calculations on thorium monocarbide. The comparison of enthalpies, derived for various phases using evolutionary structure search method in conjunction with first principles total energy calculations at several hydrostatic compressions, yielded a high pressure structural sequence of NaCl type (B1) → Pnma → Cmcm → CsCl type (B2) at hydrostatic pressures of ˜19 GPa, 36 GPa, and 200 GPa, respectively. However, the two high pressure experimental studies by Gerward et al. [J. Appl. Crystallogr. 19, 308 (1986); J. Less-Common Met. 161, L11 (1990)] one up to 36 GPa and other up to 50 GPa, on substoichiometric thorium carbide samples with carbon deficiency of ˜20%, do not report any structural transition. The discrepancy between theory and experiment could be due to the non-stoichiometry of thorium carbide samples used in the experiment. Further, in order to substantiate the results of our static lattice calculations, we have determined the phonon dispersion relations for these structures from lattice dynamic calculations. The theoretically calculated phonon spectrum reveal that the B1 phase fails dynamically at ˜33.8 GPa whereas the Pnma phase appears as dynamically stable structure around the B1 to Pnma transition pressure. Similarly, the Cmcm structure also displays dynamic stability in the regime of its structural stability. The B2 phase becomes dynamically stable much below the Cmcm to B2 transition pressure. Additionally, we have derived various thermophysical properties such as zero pressure equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, its pressure derivative, Debye temperature, thermal expansion coefficient and Gruneisen parameter at 300 K and compared these with available experimental data. Further, the behavior of zero pressure bulk modulus, heat capacity and Helmholtz free energy has been examined as a function temperature and compared with the experimental data of Danan [J. Nucl. Mater. 57, 280

  2. Prediction of new high pressure structural sequence in thorium carbide: A first principles study

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

    2015-05-14

    In the present work, we report the detailed electronic band structure calculations on thorium monocarbide. The comparison of enthalpies, derived for various phases using evolutionary structure search method in conjunction with first principles total energy calculations at several hydrostatic compressions, yielded a high pressure structural sequence of NaCl type (B1) → Pnma → Cmcm → CsCl type (B2) at hydrostatic pressures of ∼19 GPa, 36 GPa, and 200 GPa, respectively. However, the two high pressure experimental studies by Gerward et al. [J. Appl. Crystallogr. 19, 308 (1986); J. Less-Common Met. 161, L11 (1990)] one up to 36 GPa and other up to 50 GPa, on substoichiometric thorium carbide samples with carbon deficiency of ∼20%, do not report any structural transition. The discrepancy between theory and experiment could be due to the non-stoichiometry of thorium carbide samples used in the experiment. Further, in order to substantiate the results of our static lattice calculations, we have determined the phonon dispersion relations for these structures from lattice dynamic calculations. The theoretically calculated phonon spectrum reveal that the B1 phase fails dynamically at ∼33.8 GPa whereas the Pnma phase appears as dynamically stable structure around the B1 to Pnma transition pressure. Similarly, the Cmcm structure also displays dynamic stability in the regime of its structural stability. The B2 phase becomes dynamically stable much below the Cmcm to B2 transition pressure. Additionally, we have derived various thermophysical properties such as zero pressure equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, its pressure derivative, Debye temperature, thermal expansion coefficient and Gruneisen parameter at 300 K and compared these with available experimental data. Further, the behavior of zero pressure bulk modulus, heat capacity and Helmholtz free energy has been examined as a function temperature and compared with the experimental data of Danan [J

  3. Electronic structures and optical properties of realistic transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructures from first principles

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    Komsa, Hannu-Pekka; Krasheninnikov, Arkady V.

    2013-08-01

    We calculate from first principles the electronic structure and optical properties of a number of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) bilayer heterostructures consisting of MoS2 layers sandwiched with WS2, MoSe2, MoTe2, BN, or graphene sheets. Contrary to previous works, the systems are constructed in such a way that the unstrained lattice constants of the constituent incommensurate monolayers are retained. We find strong interaction between the Γ-point states in all TMD/TMD heterostructures, which can lead to an indirect gap. On the other hand, states near the K point remain as in the monolayers. When TMDs are paired with BN or graphene layers, the interaction around the Γ-point is negligible, and the electronic structure resembles that of two independent monolayers. Calculations of optical properties of the MoS2/WS2 system show that, even when the valence- and conduction-band edges are located in different layers, the mixing of optical transitions is minimal, and the optical characteristics of the monolayers are largely retained in these heterostructures. The intensity of interlayer transitions is found to be negligibly small, a discouraging result for engineering the optical gap of TMDs by heterostructuring.

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

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

    2011-12-01

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

  5. Stability and electronic structures of isoelectronic impurity complexes in Si: First-principles study

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    Iizuka, Shota; Nakayama, Takashi

    2016-10-01

    The stability and electronic structures of various isoelectronic cation+anion pairs in Si were studied by first-principles calculations. It was shown that the nearest-neighboring substitutional configuration is the most stable structure for most cation+anion pairs, while B+N, Mg+O, and Be+O pairs preferentially occupy a single Si site owing to the small atomic radii of B, N, and O atoms. We found that only Al+N, Ga+N, and In+N pairs produce electron-unoccupied weakly localized states in the band gap of Si, reflecting the large negativity of N atoms. We also showed that single N doping produces N+N pairs and that such pairs induce no electronic states in the band gap of Si. Therefore, the codoping of Al and N atoms is essential to produce an electronic state in the Si band gap and increase the tunneling current in Si tunneling field-effect transistors.

  6. 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.

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

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    2010-01-01

    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. PMID:20672070

  8. First-principles calculation of diamagnetic band structure. II. Spectrum and wave functions

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    Schellnhuber, Hans-Joachim; Obermair, Gustav M.; Rauh, Alexander

    1981-05-01

    The diamagnetic band structure is calculated by means of a variational method. This is done for the simplest nontrivial crystal potential which is characterized by two elementary wave vectors in the plane normal to the magnetic field. The numerical calculations are highly accurate and provide an energy spectrum which is simultaneously correct in the high-field (Landau) case, in the magnetic breakdown area, and in the low-field (Onsager) regime. For comparison we calculate also the spectrum of the effective Peierls-Onsager Hamiltonian (POH) which has been used so far almost exclusively to describe the diamagnetic phenomena in solids. This semiclassical theory turns out to be in serious disagreement with the first-principles spectrum when the effective POH refers to a degenerate Bloch band. We show also that the invariance group of the POH is different from that of the original Hamiltonian. The structure of the wave functions is analyzed in terms of two superposed space periods, one being related to the Larmor radius, the other to the lattice constant.

  9. Structure of hydrophobic hydration of benzene and hexafluorobenzene from first principles

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    Allesch, M; Schwegler, E; Galli, G

    2006-10-23

    We report on the aqueous hydration of benzene and hexafluorobenzene, as obtained by carrying out extensive (>100 ps) first principles molecular dynamics simulations. Our results show that benzene and hexafluorobenzene do not behave as ordinary hydrophobic solutes, but rather present two distinct regions, one equatorial and the other axial, that exhibit different solvation properties. While in both cases the equatorial regions behave as typical hydrophobic solutes, the solvation properties of the axial regions depend strongly on the nature of the {pi}-water interaction. In particular, {pi}-hydrogen and {pi}-lone pair interactions are found to dominate in benzene and hexafluorobenzene, respectively, which leads to substantially different orientations of water near the two solutes. We present atomic and electronic structure results (in terms of Maximally Localized Wannier Functions) providing a microscopic description of benzene- and hexafluorobenzene-water interfaces, as well as a comparative study of the two solutes. Our results point at the importance of an accurate description of interfacial water in order to characterize hydration properties of apolar molecules, as these are strongly influenced by subtle charge rearrangements and dipole moment redistributions in interfacial regions.

  10. First Principles Calculations of the Electronic Structure of ZrN Allotropes

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    Yin, Li-Chang; Saito, Riichiro

    2011-11-01

    The atomic structures and electronic properties of different ZrN allotropes, including face-centered cubic ZrN (B1 ZrN), hypothetic wurtzite (w) ZrN, and hypothetic two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) layered hexagonal (h) ZrN, are investigated by systematic first-principles calculations. Although the cohesive energy calculation indicates that the B1 ZrN is more stable than the hypothetic w-ZrN and h-ZrN, we suggest that the monolayer h-ZrN may be stable on some substrates. Charge population analysis shows that the polar, covalent bonding character appears between N atoms and Zr atoms for all ZrN allotropes involved in this paper. A Van Hove singularity (VHS) with a high density of states (DOS) locating at 0.2 eV above the Fermi level appears for monolayer h-ZrN, which results from a saddle point of the partially occupied Zr-dz^{2 energy bands due to lack of interlayer interaction. Such a VHS observed in the monolayer h-ZrN indicates that this hypothetic monolayer material might be a potential candidate for new superconducting material by electron doping.

  11. The electronic structure and magnetism of CaFeAs2: First principles calculations

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    Wang, Guangtao; Shi, Xianbiao; Zhang, Lin; Yi, Xia

    2014-12-01

    The electronic structure, magnetism and Fermi surface (FS) nesting of the recently discovered superconductive parent material CaFeAs2 are studied by the first-principles, based on the GGA and GGA+U methods. In the nonmagnetic state, the density of states at the Fermi level are mostly derived from the dxy, dyz and dzx orbits, just like LaOFeAs. The Fermi surfaces consist of four hole like FS sheets around the Γ-point, two electron like sheets near the Brillouin zone corner M-point, and small pockets near X-point. The hole like Fermi surfaces will strongly overlap with the electron like FS sheets, if they are shifted by the q-vector q=(π, π, 0). Such FS nesting will induce the magnetic instability and spin density wave (SDW), which has been confirmed to be more stable than other states by the calculated total energy. The calculated bare susceptibility χ0(q) peaked at M-point, and was obviously suppressed with the electron doping. This explains the emergence of the superconductivity in the electron-doped compound Ca1-xLaxFeAs2, because the electron doping suppressed the SDW and induced the superconductivity.

  12. Revealing and understanding the behavior of structural domain walls from first principles

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    Iniguez, Jorge

    2015-03-01

    Ferroelectric and ferroelastic domain walls (DWs) are becoming the focus of renewed excitement. Modern experimental techniques permit an unprecedented control on domain structures, and it is now possible to produce materials with a large volume fraction occupied by the DWs themselves. Also, recent experiments show that DWs can display distinct properties not present in the domains, which suggests the possibility of using the walls themselves as the functional material in nano-devices. In this talk I will review recent projects in which we have used theory and first-principles simulation to reveal and explain a variety of DW-related effects. The presentation will include the formation of novel two-dimensional crystals at the DWs of a ferroelastic material, the occurrence of ferroic orders (ferroelectric, ferromagnetic) confined at the DWs of various compounds, and cases in which peculiar (and useful) response and switching properties relie on existence of a multi-domain state. I will also summarize experimental evidence for most of these incredible findings, which clearly ratify domain and domain-wall engineering as a powerful strategy to obtain novel functional nano-materials. // Work done in collaboration with many researchers, the main ones being: J.C. Wojdeł (ICMAB-CSIC), C. Magén (INA at U. Zaragoza), M. Mostovoy (U. Groningen), P. Zubko (U. College London), as well as the groups of Beatriz Noheda (U. Groningen), R. Ramesh (UC Berkeley) and J.-M. Triscone (U. Geneva). Supported by MINECO-Spain.

  13. Substrate-induced structures of bismuth adsorption on graphene: a first principles study.

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    Lin, Shih-Yang; Chang, Shen-Lin; Chen, Hsin-Hsien; Su, Shu-Hsuan; Huang, Jung-Chun; Lin, Ming-Fa

    2016-07-28

    The geometric and electronic properties of Bi-adsorbed monolayer graphene, enriched by the strong effect of a substrate, are investigated by first-principles calculations. The six-layered substrate, corrugated buffer layer, and slightly deformed monolayer graphene are all simulated. Adatom arrangements are thoroughly studied by analyzing the ground-state energies, bismuth adsorption energies, and Bi-Bi interaction energies of different adatom heights, inter-adatom distance, adsorption sites, and hexagonal positions. A hexagonal array of Bi atoms is dominated by the interactions between the buffer layer and the monolayer graphene. An increase in temperature can overcome a ∼50 meV energy barrier and induce triangular and rectangular nanoclusters. The most stable and metastable structures agree with the scanning tunneling microscopy measurements. The density of states exhibits a finite value at the Fermi level, a dip at ∼-0.2 eV, and a peak at ∼-0.6 eV, as observed in the experimental measurements of the tunneling conductance. PMID:27354143

  14. First-principles study on structural and electronic properties of AlNSix heterosheet

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    Zhang, Jing; Zhang, Jian-Min; Xu, Ke-Wei

    2012-06-01

    Under generalized gradient approximation (GGA), the structural and electronic properties of AlN and Si sheets, hydrogen terminated AlN and Si nanoribbons with hexagonal morphology and 2, 4, 6 zigzag chains across the ribbon width and the hexagonally bonded heterosheets AlNSix (x=2, 4, and 6) consisting of hexagonal networks of AlN (h-AlN) strips and silicene sheets with zigzag shaped borders have been investigated using the first-principles projector-augmented wave (PAW) formalism within the density function theory (DFT) framework. The AlN sheet is an indirect semiconductor with a band gap of 2.56 eV, while the Si sheet has a metallic character since the lowest unoccupied conduction band (LUCB) and the highest occupied valence band (HOVB) meet at one k point from Γ to Z. In the semiconductor 6-ZAlNNR, for example, the states of LUCB and HOVB at zone boundary Z are edge states whose charges are localized at edge Al and N atoms, respectively. In metallic 6-ZSiNR, a flat edge state is formed at the Fermi level EF near the zone boundary Z because its charges are localized at edge Si atoms. The hybridizations between the edge states of h-AlN strips and silicene sheets result in the appearance of border states in the zigzag borders of heterosheets AlNSix whose charges are localized at two atoms of the borders with either bonding or antibonding π character.

  15. Structure and dynamics of aqueous solutions from PBE-based first-principles molecular dynamics simulations

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    Pham, Tuan Anh; Ogitsu, Tadashi; Lau, Edmond Y.; Schwegler, Eric

    2016-10-01

    Establishing an accurate and predictive computational framework for the description of complex aqueous solutions is an ongoing challenge for density functional theory based first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) simulations. In this context, important advances have been made in recent years, including the development of sophisticated exchange-correlation functionals. On the other hand, simulations based on simple generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functionals remain an active field, particularly in the study of complex aqueous solutions due to a good balance between the accuracy, computational expense, and the applicability to a wide range of systems. Such simulations are often performed at elevated temperatures to artificially "correct" for GGA inaccuracies in the description of liquid water; however, a detailed understanding of how the choice of temperature affects the structure and dynamics of other components, such as solvated ions, is largely unknown. To address this question, we carried out a series of FPMD simulations at temperatures ranging from 300 to 460 K for liquid water and three representative aqueous solutions containing solvated Na+, K+, and Cl- ions. We show that simulations at 390-400 K with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) exchange-correlation functional yield water structure and dynamics in good agreement with experiments at ambient conditions. Simultaneously, this computational setup provides ion solvation structures and ion effects on water dynamics consistent with experiments. Our results suggest that an elevated temperature around 390-400 K with the PBE functional can be used for the description of structural and dynamical properties of liquid water and complex solutions with solvated ions at ambient conditions.

  16. FIRST-PRINCIPLES APPROACHES TO THE STRUCTURE AND REACTIVITY OF ATMOSPHERICALLY RELEVANT AQUESOUS INTERFACES

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    Mundy, C; Kuo, I W

    2005-06-08

    successfully applied to studying the complex problems put forth by atmospheric chemists. To date, the majority of the molecular models of atmospherically relevant interfaces have been comprised of two genres of molecular models. The first is based on empirical interaction potentials. The use of an empirical interaction potential suffers from at least two shortcomings. First, empirical potentials are usually fit to reproduce bulk thermodynamic states, or gas phase spectroscopic data. Thus, without the explicit inclusion of charge transfer, it is not at all obvious that empirical potentials can faithfully reproduce the structure at a solid-vapor, or liquid-vapor interface where charge rearrangement is known to occur (see section 5). One solution is the empirical inclusion of polarization effects. These models are certainly an improvement, but still cannot offer insight into charge transfer processes and are usually difficult to parameterize. The other shortcoming of empirical models is that, in general, they cannot describe bond-making/breaking events, i.e. chemistry. In order to address chemistry one has to consider an ab initio (to be referred to as first-principles throughout the remaining text) approach to molecular modeling that explicitly treats the electronic degrees of freedom. First-principles modeling also give a direct link to spectroscopic data and chemistry, but at a large computational cost. The bottle-neck associated with first-principles modeling is usually determined by the level of electronic structure theory that one chooses to study a particular problem. High-level first-principles approaches, such as MP2, provide accurate representation of the electronic degrees of freedom but are only computationally tractable when applied to small system sizes (i.e. 10s of atoms). Nevertheless, this type of modeling has been extremely useful in deducing reaction mechanisms of atmospherically relevant chemistry that will be discussed in this review (see section 4). However

  17. Structure and mechanical properties of tantalum mononitride under high pressure: A first-principles study

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    Chang, Jing; Zhao, Guo-Ping; Zhou, Xiao-Lin; Liu, Ke; Lu, Lai-Yu

    2012-01-01

    The structure and mechanical properties of tantalum mononitride (TaN) are investigated at high pressure from first-principles using the plane wave pseudopotential method within the local density approximation. Three stable phases were considered, i.e., two hexagonal phases (ε and θ) and a cubic δ phase. The obtained equilibrium structure parameters and ground state mechanical properties are in excellent agreement with the experimental and other theoretical results. A full elastic tensor and crystal anisotropy of the ultra-incompressible TaN in three stable phases are determined in the wide pressure range. Results indicated that the elastic properties of TaN in three phases are strongly pressure dependent. And the hexagonal θ-TaN is the most ultraincompressible among the consider phases, which suggests that the θ phase of TaN is a potential candidate structure to be one of the ultraincompressible and hard materials. By the elastic stability criteria, it is predicted that θ-TaN is not stable above 53.9 GPa. In addition, the calculated B/G ratio indicated that the ε and δ phases possess brittle nature in the range of pressure from 0 to 100 GPa. While θ phase is brittleness at low pressure (below 8.2 GPa) and is strongly prone to ductility at high pressure (above 8.2 GPa). The calculated elastic anisotropic factors for three phases of TaN suggest that they are elastically highly anisotropic and strongly dependent on the propagation direction. PMID:23185097

  18. 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.

  19. First-principles modeling of biological systems and structure-based drug-design.

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    Sgrignani, Jacopo; Magistrato, Alessandra

    2013-03-01

    Molecular modeling techniques play a relevant role in drug design providing detailed information at atomistic level on the structural, dynamical, mechanistic and electronic properties of biological systems involved in diseases' onset, integrating and supporting commonly used experimental approaches. These information are often not accessible to the experimental techniques taken singularly, but are of crucial importance for drug design. Due to the enormous increase of the computer power in the last decades, quantum mechanical (QM) or first-principles-based methods have become often used to address biological issues of pharmaceutical relevance, providing relevant information for drug design. Due to their complexity and their size, biological systems are often investigated by means of a mixed quantum-classical (QM/MM) approach, which treats at an accurate QM level a limited chemically relevant portion of the system and at the molecular mechanics (MM) level the remaining of the biomolecule and its environment. This method provides a good compromise between computational cost and accuracy, allowing to characterize the properties of the biological system and the (free) energy landscape of the process in study with the accuracy of a QM description. In this review, after a brief introduction of QM and QM/MM methods, we will discuss few representative examples, taken from our work, of the application of these methods in the study of metallo-enzymes of pharmaceutical interest, of metal-containing anticancer drugs targeting the DNA as well as of neurodegenerative diseases. The information obtained from these studies may provide the basis for a rationale structure-based drug design of new and more efficient inhibitors or drugs.

  20. Differential stress effect on the structural and elastic properties of forsterite by first-principles simulation

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    Liu, Lei; Du, Jianguo; Liu, Hong; Yi, Li

    2014-08-01

    To understand the effect of differential stress on the properties of forsterite, changes of its structural parameters and elastic properties under different differential stress were calculated by first-principles simulations. Totally, 5 sets of different stresses results (namely x = 0, ±1 and ±2 GPa, x is the stress difference among σzz, σyy or σxx), were calculated. The effect of differential stresses on lattice constants show Poisson effect. Compared with the results under hydrostatic stress, all lattice strain (εa, εb, and εc) significantly increased at differential stress conditions. Furthermore, when the largest differential stresses are positive they more effect on lattice strain than the differential stresses are negative. Effect of different differential stress on density of forsterite is different. Compared with the density under hydrostatic pressure, positive differential stresses applied in the x direction or negative differential stresses applied in the y direction make forsterite density decreasing; however, positive differential stresses applied in the y direction or negative differential stresses applied in the x direction make forsterite density increasing. The density differences caused by differential stress are close to the upper mantle density anomaly. The effect of differential stress on density and lattice parameters is more notable when the absolutely value of Δσxx or Δσyy are the biggest among the differential stresses, namely stresses distributing along a and b axis orientation are more influenced on forsterite structural parameters than c axis orientation. Full elastic constants, bulk and shear modulus of forsterite (C11, C22, C33, C44, C55, C66, C12, C13, C23) were calculated under different stress conditions. Bulk modulus, shear modulus and elastic constants of differential stress are also different with the values at hydrostatic pressure, but the calculated results do not show any significant trends.

  1. The electronic structure of epitaxially strained iridate thin films and superlattices from first principles

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    Voss, Johannes; Fennie, Craig J.

    2012-02-01

    Within the Ruddlesden-Popper iridates Srn+1IrnO3n+1, strong spin-orbit interactions lead to the formation of a half-filled, narrow Jeff=1/2 band and filled Jeff=3/2 bands. This places the iridates in the vicinity of a Mott transition, which is sensitive to perturbations in crystal structure, despite relatively weak on-site Coulomb interactions [1]. For example, Sr2IrO4 (n=1) is an antiferromagnetic Mott insulator that displays an almost rigid coupling between spin canting and IrO6 octahedron rotations [2], while epitaxially stabilized SrIrO3 (n=∞) is a correlated metal. In this talk, we will discuss from first-principles within the LDA+SO+U approach the possibility to engineer the electronic structure of SrIrO3 and CaIrO3 thin films using epitaxial strain and by creating superlattices of the form (AIrO3)m(A'BO3)m' with A, A' = Ca, Sr. [1] S.J. Moon, H. Jin, K.W. Kim, W.S. Choi, Y.S. Lee, J. Yu, G. Cao, A. Sumi, H. Funakubo, C. Bernhard, and T.W. Noh, PRL 101, 226402 (2008). [2] B.J. Kim, H. Jin, S.J. Moon, J.-Y. Kim, B.-G. Park, C.S. Leem, J. Yu, T.W. Noh, C. Kim, S.-J. Oh, J.-H. Park, V. Durairaj, G. Cao, and E. Rotenberg, PRL 101, 076402 (2008).

  2. First-Principles Study of Lattice Dynamics, Structural Phase Transition, and Thermodynamic Properties of Barium Titanate

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    Zhang, Huai-Yong; Zeng, Zhao-Yi; Zhao, Ying-Qin; Lu, Qing; Cheng, Yan

    2016-08-01

    Lattice dynamics, structural phase transition, and the thermodynamic properties of barium titanate (BaTiO3) are investigated by using first-principles calculations within the density functional theory (DFT). It is found that the GGA-WC exchange-correlation functional can produce better results. The imaginary frequencies that indicate structural instability are observed for the cubic, tetragonal, and orthorhombic phases of BaTiO3 and no imaginary frequencies emerge in the rhombohedral phase. By examining the partial phonon density of states (PDOSs), we find that the main contribution to the imaginary frequencies is the distortions of the perovskite cage (Ti-O). On the basis of the site-symmetry consideration and group theory, we give the comparative phonon symmetry analysis in four phases, which is useful to analyze the role of different atomic displacements in the vibrational modes of different symmetry. The calculated optical phonon frequencies at Γ point for the four phases are in good agreement with other theoretical and experimental data. The pressure-induced phase transition of BaTiO3 among four phases and the thermodynamic properties of BaTiO3 in rhombohedral phase have been investigated within the quasi-harmonic approximation (QHA). The sequence of the pressure-induced phase transition is rhombohedral→orthorhombic→tetragonal→cubic, and the corresponding transition pressure is 5.17, 5.92, 6.65 GPa, respectively. At zero pressure, the thermal expansion coefficient αV, heat capacity CV, Grüneisen parameter γ, and bulk modulus B of the rhombohedral phase BaTiO3 are estimated from 0 K to 200 K.

  3. First Principles Investigations of Technologically and Environmentally Important Nano-structured Materials and Devices

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    Paul, Sujata

    In the course of my PhD I have worked on a broad range of problems using simulations from first principles: from catalysis and chemical reactions at surfaces and on nanostructures, characterization of carbon-based systems and devices, and surface and interface physics. My research activities focused on the application of ab-initio electronic structure techniques to the theoretical study of important aspects of the physics and chemistry of materials for energy and environmental applications and nano-electronic devices. A common theme of my research is the computational study of chemical reactions of environmentally important molecules (CO, CO2) using high performance simulations. In particular, my principal aim was to design novel nano-structured functional catalytic surfaces and interfaces for environmentally relevant remediation and recycling reactions, with particular attention to the management of carbon dioxide. We have studied the carbon-mediated partial sequestration and selective oxidation of carbon monoxide (CO), both in the presence and absence of hydrogen, on graphitic edges. Using first-principles calculations we have studied several reactions of CO with carbon nanostructures, where the active sites can be regenerated by the deposition of carbon decomposed from the reactant (CO) to make the reactions self-sustained. Using statistical mechanics, we have also studied the conditions under which the conversion of CO to graphene and carbon dioxide is thermodynamically favorable, both in the presence and in the absence of hydrogen. These results are a first step toward the development of processes for the carbon-mediated partial sequestration and selective oxidation of CO in a hydrogen atmosphere. We have elucidated the atomic scale mechanisms of activation and reduction of carbon dioxide on specifically designed catalytic surfaces via the rational manipulation of the surface properties that can be achieved by combining transition metal thin films on oxide

  4. First Principles Modeling of Phonon Heat Conduction in Nanoscale Crystalline Structures

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    Sandip Mazumder; Ju Li

    2010-06-30

    of optical phonons, and (2) by developing a suite of numerical algorithms for solution of the BTE for phonons. The suite of numerical algorithms includes Monte Carlo techniques and deterministic techniques based on the Discrete Ordinates Method and the Ballistic-Diffusive approximation of the BTE. These methods were applied to calculation of thermal conductivity of silicon thin films, and to simulate heat conduction in multi-dimensional structures. In addition, thermal transport in silicon nanowires was investigated using two different first principles methods. One was to apply the Green-Kubo formulation to an equilibrium system. The other was to use Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics (NEMD). Results of MD simulations showed that the nanowire cross-sectional shape and size significantly affects the thermal conductivity, as has been found experimentally. In summary, the project clarified the role of various phonon modes - in particular, optical phonon - in non-equilibrium transport in silicon. It laid the foundation for the solution of the BTE in complex three-dimensional structures using deterministic techniques, paving the way for the development of robust numerical tools that could be coupled to existing device simulation tools to enable coupled electro-thermal modeling of practical electronic/optoelectronic devices. Finally, it shed light on why the thermal conductivity of silicon nanowires is so sensitive to its cross-sectional shape.

  5. First principles investigation of electronic structures and hyperfine properties of semiconductors and high-[Tc] superconductors

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    Sulaiman, S.B.

    1992-01-01

    The first principles Unrestricted Hartree-Fock Cluster procedure has been applied to investigate the electronic structures and associated hyperfine properties of several categories for solid systems. The first category is concerned with the location and nuclear quadrupole interactions (NQI) of fluorine impurity centers in crystalline silicon (c-Si). The Time Differential Perturbed Angular Distribution experiments show that when excited nuclear static fluorine ([sup 19]F*) is implanted into c-Si, two [sup 19]F* centers are formed characterized by two unique axially symmetric electric field gradients (efg). Models have been examined to determine the stable [sup 19]F* sites in the bulk c-Si. The two models, IB and AB, are also able to explain the experimental [sup 19]F* NQI data in crystalline germanium where two centers with axially symmetric efg are observed. The experimental trends of [sup 19]F* NQI are well reproduced by the investigation using the IB and AB models. The second category of the systems investigated deals with the NQI and magnetic hyperfine interaction of [sup 63]Cu in La[sub 2]CuO[sub 4] and YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 6] as well as the NQI of [sup 139]La and [sup 135]Ba in the former and the latter compounds respectively. In the third category, the author investigates the possible stable sites of the Muon Spin Rotation ([mu]SR) probe atom, positive muon ([mu][sup +]) in La[sub 2]CuO[sub 4], and the hyperfine field (H[sub hyp]) at [mu][sup +] site in the antiferromagnetic phase of the system. The most stable [mu][sup +] site is at (0.121a, 0.0, 0.110c) of the tetragonal La[sub 2]CuO[sub 4] unit cell. The value of H[sub hyp] at this site is in reasonable order of magnitude with the observed one.

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

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    Guo, Xiaoqing

    entropy and thus, in principle, all thermodynamic quantities. Illustrative results for the Al-Li alloys show: (i) structural properties versus concentration in very good agreement with experiment and (ii) features on the Al-rich side of the phase diagram of the fcc solid solution which are important for alloy formation. This thermodynamic model shows promise for studying alloy phase diagrams entirely from first principles.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  8. First-principles Electronic Structure Calculations for Scintillation Phosphor Nuclear Detector Materials

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    Canning, Andrew

    2013-03-01

    Inorganic scintillation phosphors (scintillators) are extensively employed as radiation detector materials in many fields of applied and fundamental research such as medical imaging, high energy physics, astrophysics, oil exploration and nuclear materials detection for homeland security and other applications. The ideal scintillator for gamma ray detection must have exceptional performance in terms of stopping power, luminosity, proportionality, speed, and cost. Recently, trivalent lanthanide dopants such as Ce and Eu have received greater attention for fast and bright scintillators as the optical 5d to 4f transition is relatively fast. However, crystal growth and production costs remain challenging for these new materials so there is still a need for new higher performing scintillators that meet the needs of the different application areas. First principles calculations can provide a useful insight into the chemical and electronic properties of such materials and hence can aid in the search for better new scintillators. In the past there has been little first-principles work done on scintillator materials in part because it means modeling f electrons in lanthanides as well as complex excited state and scattering processes. In this talk I will give an overview of the scintillation process and show how first-principles calculations can be applied to such systems to gain a better understanding of the physics involved. I will also present work on a high-throughput first principles approach to select new scintillator materials for fabrication as well as present more detailed calculations to study trapping process etc. that can limit their brightness. This work in collaboration with experimental groups has lead to the discovery of some new bright scintillators. Work supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and carried out under U.S. Department of Energy Contract no. DE-AC02-05CH11231 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  9. Cesium stability in a typical mica structure in dry and wet environments from first-principles

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    Suehara, Shigeru; Yamada, Hirohisa

    2013-05-01

    Cesium ion stability in a typical mica structure in various environments of solid salts (XCl; X = Cs, K, and Na), metals (X) and saltwaters (XCl aqueous liquids) was investigated using first-principles density-functional theory (DFT) with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) functional as well as a van der Waals (vdW) corrected functional (vdW-DFC09x). We specifically examined interlayer ion-exchange in bulk phlogopite-type mica, which is expected to produce a well-defined benchmark in a thermodynamic equilibrium state. In general, theoretical models have well reproduced the experimental and theoretical data found in the literature from the viewpoints of structure, heat capacity, and entropy. The vdW-DFC09x lattice parameters of the mica appear to be better reproducible than the PBE parameters are. However, the vdW correction calculations of the thermodynamic properties with the harmonic approximation using the phonon frequencies showed poor results in some cases, whereas the PBE calculations yielded robust and reasonable results in terms of structure and thermodynamic properties. The isotope effect of the 137Cs atom appears to be confined in thermodynamic properties such as entropy, heat capacity, and ion-exchange energy, although the theoretical infrared spectra showed a small redshift ca. 1 cm-1 in the far-infrared region of 50-75 cm-1. The calculated RDF and the coordination number for X-O (i.e., X-H2O) for the saltwater model indicated that the Cs, K, and Na ions with respective hydrated radii of 0.323, 0.284, and 0.238 nm were surrounded, respectively, by 6.5, 4.5, and 4.0 of H2O molecules in a water solution. Ion-exchange energy values based on free-energy calculations around ambient temperatures derived using the PBE functional and a harmonic approximation suggest that the cesium ion in mica interlayer phlogopite is stable in an environment consisting of KCl, NaCl, K, and Na solids, and in NaCl saltwater as well. However, it can be exchanged competitively by

  10. Phase and structural stability in Ni-Al systems from first principles

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    Goiri, Jon Gabriel; Van der Ven, Anton

    2016-09-01

    We report on a comprehensive first-principles study of phase stability in the Ni-Al binary, both at zero Kelvin and at finite temperature. First-principles density functional theory calculations of the energies of enumerated orderings on fcc and the sublattices of B2 not only predict the stability of known phases, but also reveal the stability of a family of ordered phases that combine features of L 12 and L 10 in different ratios to adjust their overall composition. The calculations also confirm the stability of vacancy ordered B2 derivatives that are stable in the Al-rich half of the phase diagram. We introduce strain order parameters to systematically analyze instabilities with respect to the Bain path connecting the fcc and bcc lattices. Many unstable orderings on both fcc and bcc are predicted around compositions of xNi=0.625 , where a martensitic phase transformation is known to occur. Cluster expansion techniques together with Monte Carlo simulations were used to calculate a finite-temperature-composition phase diagram of the Ni-Al binary. The calculated phase diagram together with an analysis of Bain instabilities reveals the importance of anharmonicity in determining the phase bounds between the B2 based β phase and the L 12 based γ' phase, as well as properties related to martensitic transformations that are observed upon quenching Ni-rich β .

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

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

    2014-04-24

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

  12. First principles study on the electronic structures and stability of Cr 7C 3 type multi-component carbides

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    Xiao, B.; Feng, J.; Zhou, C. T.; Xing, J. D.; Xie, X. J.; Chen, Y. H.

    2008-06-01

    First principles calculations were conducted to investigate the stabilities of six multi-component carbides of Cr 7C 3 by calculating the cohesive energy and formation enthalpy of them. The theoretical predictions were compared with the experimental results and they were in agreement with each other. The electronic structures of the six carbides were also calculated in order to provide more information about the relationship between the stability and crystal compositions at atomic scale.

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

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

    2014-04-24

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

  14. First-Principles Study of Carbon and Vacancy Structures in Niobium

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    Ford, Denise C.; Zapol, Peter; Cooley, Lance D.

    2015-04-03

    The interstitial chemical impurities hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon are important for niobium metal production, and particularly for the optimization of niobium SRF technology. These atoms are present in refined sheets and can be absorbed into niobium during processing treatments, resulting in changes to the residual resistance and the performance of SRF cavities. A first-principles approach is taken to study the properties of carbon in niobium, and the results are compared and contrasted with the properties of the other interstitial impurities. The results indicate that C will likely form precipitates or atmospheres around defects rather than strongly bound complexes withmore » other impurities. Based on the analysis of carbon and hydrogen near niobium lattice vacancies and small vacancy chains and clusters, the formation of extended carbon chains and hydrocarbons is not likely to occur. Association of carbon with hydrogen atoms can, however, occur through the strain fields created by interstitial binding of the impurity atoms. In conclusion, calculated electronic densities of states indicate that interstitial C may have a similar effect as interstitial O on the superconducting transition temperature of Nb.« less

  15. First-Principles Study of Carbon and Vacancy Structures in Niobium

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    Ford, Denise C.; Zapol, Peter; Cooley, Lance D.

    2015-04-03

    The interstitial chemical impurities hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon are important for niobium metal production, and particularly for the optimization of niobium SRF technology. These atoms are present in refined sheets and can be absorbed into niobium during processing treatments, resulting in changes to the residual resistance and the performance of SRF cavities. A first-principles approach is taken to study the properties of carbon in niobium, and the results are compared and contrasted with the properties of the other interstitial impurities. The results indicate that C will likely form precipitates or atmospheres around defects rather than strongly bound complexes with other impurities. Based on the analysis of carbon and hydrogen near niobium lattice vacancies and small vacancy chains and clusters, the formation of extended carbon chains and hydrocarbons is not likely to occur. Association of carbon with hydrogen atoms can, however, occur through the strain fields created by interstitial binding of the impurity atoms. In conclusion, calculated electronic densities of states indicate that interstitial C may have a similar effect as interstitial O on the superconducting transition temperature of Nb.

  16. Thermodynamics of solid electrolytes and related oxide ceramics based on the fluorite structure

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    Navrotsky, Alexandra

    2010-01-01

    Oxides based on the fluorite structure are important as electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells, thermal barrier coatings, gate dielectrics, catalysts, and nuclear materials. Though the parent fluorite structure is simple, the substitution of trivalent for tetravalent cations, coupled with the presence of charge-balancing oxygen vacancies, leads to a wealth of short-range and long-range ordered structures and complex thermodynamic properties. The location of vacancies and the nature of clusters affect the energetics of mixing in rare earth doped zirconia, hafnia, ceria, urania, and thoria, with systematic trends in energetics as a function of cation radius. High temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry has provided direct measurement of formation enthalpies of these refractory materials. Surface and interfacial energies have also been measured in yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) nanomaterials. Other ionic conductors having perovskite, apatite, and mellilite structures are discussed briefly.

  17. Communication: Hydration structure and polarization of heavy alkali ions: A first principles molecular dynamics study of Rb+ and Cs+

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    Ikeda, Takashi; Boero, Mauro

    2012-07-01

    Hydration structure and polarization of Rb+ and Cs+ in liquid water at ambient conditions were studied by first principles molecular dynamics. Our systematic analysis of the relevant electronic structures, based on maximally localized Wannier functions, revealed that the dipole moment of H2O molecules in the first solvation shell of the ions slightly increases with increasing the atomic number. We also found that the polarization of heavy alkali ions, particularly Cs+, tends to stabilize a peculiar asymmetric hydration structure with relevant consequences in the extraction of the harmful 137Cs resulting from nuclear wastes.

  18. 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.

    2016-05-01

    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.

  19. First-principles study of graphene under c-HfO2(111) layers: Electronic structures and transport properties

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    Kaneko, Tomoaki; Ohno, Takahisa

    2016-08-01

    We investigated the electronic properties, stability, and transport of graphene under c-HfO2(111) layers by performing first-principles calculations with special attention to the chemical bonding between graphene and HfO2 surfaces. When the interface of HfO2/graphene is terminated by an O layer, the linear dispersion of graphene is preserved and the degradation of transport is suppressed. For other interface structures, HfO2 is tightly adsorbed on graphene and the transport is strictly limited. In terms of the stability of the interface structures, an O-terminated interface is preferable, which is achieved under an O-deficient condition.

  20. Electronic structures of Stone-Wales defective chiral (6,2) silicon carbide nanotubes: First-principles calculations

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    Song, Jiuxu; Liu, Hongxia; Guo, Yingna; Zhu, Kairan

    2015-11-01

    By using first-principle calculations based on density functional theory, the geometries and electronic structures of the Stone-Wales defective chiral (6,2) silicon carbide nanotubes (SiCNTs) are investigated. Independent on their orientations, Stone-Wales defects form two asymmetric pentagons and heptagons coupled in pairs (5-7-7-5) and a defect energy level in the band gap of the SiCNT. By applying transverse electric fields, significant differences in the electronic structures of the defective (6,2) SiCNTs are achieved, which may provide the foundation of identifying the orientation of Stone-Wales defects in chiral SiCNTs.

  1. Electronic structure and transport properties of CrAs/GaAs/CrAs trilayersfrom first principles theory

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    Bengone, O.; Eriksson, O.; Fransson, J.; Turek, I.; Kudrnovský, J.; Drchal, V.

    2004-07-01

    We present a theoretical study of the transport properties of a CrAs/GaAs/CrAs trilayer. The theory was based on a first principles method for calculating the electronic structure, in combination with a Kubo-Landauer approach for calculating the transport properties in a current perpendicular to the plane geometry. We have also investigated the electronic structure and the magnetic properties of this trilayer, with special focus on electronic and magnetic properties at the CrAs/GaAs interface. Finally, we have studied the effects of chemical disorder on the transport properties, in particular the influence of As antisites at both the Cr and Ga sites.

  2. Phase stability, electronic structure and equation of state of cubic TcN from first-principles calculations

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    Song, T.; Ma, Q.; Sun, X. W.; Liu, Z. J.; Fu, Z. J.; Wei, X. P.; Wang, T.; Tian, J. H.

    2016-09-01

    The phase transition, electronic band structure, and equation of state (EOS) of cubic TcN are investigated by first-principles pseudopotential method based on density-functional theory. The calculated enthalpies show that TcN has a transformation between zincblende and rocksalt phases and the pressure determined by the relative enthalpy is 32 GPa. The calculated band structure indicates the metallic feature and it might make cubic TcN a better candidate for hard materials. Particular attention is paid to the predictions of volume, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative which play a central role in the formulation of approximate EOSs using the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  3. First-principles study of electronic structure, optical and phonon properties of α-ZrW2O8

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    Li, Jinping; Meng, Songhe; Qin, Liyuan; Lu, Hantao

    2016-12-01

    ZrW2O8 exhibits isotropic negative thermal expansions over its entire temperature range of stability, yet so far its physical properties and mechanism have not been fully addressed. In this article, the electronic structure, elastic, thermal, optical and phonon properties of α-ZrW2O8 are systematically investigated from first principles. The agreements between the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) calculation and experiments are found to be quite satisfactory. The calculation results can be useful in relevant material designs, e.g., when ZrW2O8 is employed to adjust the thermal expansion coefficient of ceramic matrix composites.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  5. First-principles mobility calculations and atomic-scale interface roughness in nanoscale structures.

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    Evans, M H; Zhang, X-G; Joannopoulos, J D; Pantelides, S T

    2005-09-01

    Calculations of mobilities have so far been carried out using approximate methods that suppress atomic-scale detail. Such approaches break down in nanoscale structures. Here we report the development of a method to calculate mobilities using atomic-scale models of the structures and density functional theory at various levels of sophistication and accuracy. The method is used to calculate the effect of atomic-scale roughness on electron mobilities in ultrathin double-gate silicon-on-insulator structures. The results elucidate the origin of the significant reduction in mobility observed in ultrathin structures at low electron densities.

  6. First-Principles Mobility Calculations and Atomic-Scale Interface Roughness in Nanoscale Structures

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    Evans, Matthew H; Zhang, Xiaoguang; Joannopoulos, J. D.; Pantelides, Sokrates T

    2005-01-01

    Calculations of mobilities have so far been carried out using approximate methods that suppress atomic-scale detail. Such approaches break down in nanoscale structures. Here we report the development of a method to calculate mobilities using atomic-scale models of the structures and density functional theory at various levels of sophistication and accuracy. The method is used to calculate the effect of atomic-scale roughness on electron mobilities in ultrathin double-gate silicon-on-insulator structures. The results elucidate the origin of the significant reduction in mobility observed in ultrathin structures at low electron densities.

  7. First-principles study on the adsorption properties of phenylalanine on carbon graphitic structures

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    Kang, Seoung-Hun; Kwon, Dae-Gyeon; Park, Sora; Kwon, Young-Kyun

    2015-12-01

    Using ab-initio density functional theory, we investigate the binding properties of phenylalanine, an amino acid, on graphitic carbon structures, such as graphene, nanotubes, and their modified structures. We focus especially on the effect of the adsorbate on the geometrical and the electronic structures of the absorbents. The phenylalanine molecule is found to bind weakly on pristine graphitic structures with a binding energy of 40-70 meV and not to change the electronic configuration of the graphitic structures, implying that the phenylalanine molecule may not be detected on pristine graphitic structures. On the other hand, the phenylalanine molecule exhibits a substantial increase in its binding energy up to ~2.60 eV on the magnesium-decorated boron-doped graphitic structures. We discover that the Fermi level of the system, which was shifted below the Dirac point of the graphitic structures due to p-doping by boron substitution, can be completely restored to the Dirac point because of the amino acid adsorption. This behavior implies that such modified structures can be utilized to detect phenylalanine molecules.

  8. Crystal structure and physical properties of Mo{sub 2}B: First-principle calculations

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    Zhou, Dan; Cui, Qiliang E-mail: liquan777@jlu.edu.cn; Li, Quan E-mail: liquan777@jlu.edu.cn; Wang, Jingshu

    2014-03-21

    Several decades ago, Mo{sub 2}B was assumed to have an Al{sub 2}Cu-type structure with I4/mcm space group. Using ab initio phonon calculations, we identify the earlier proposed Al{sub 2}Cu-type structure is dynamically unstable at ambient pressure. An energetically more favorable phase with the tetragonal I4/m structure was then predicted by employing frozen-phonon technique. The currently predicted I4/m phase is mechanically and dynamically stable and energetically more favorable than that of the earlier proposed Al{sub 2}Cu-type structure. The electronic structures calculations indicate that Mo{sub 2}B is a metal with several bands crossing the Fermi level. Our analysis indicates that the three-dimensional network of the covalent Mo-B bond is responsible for the ultra-incompressible property of Mo{sub 2}B.

  9. Investigating the structural evolution of thiolate protected gold clusters from first-principles

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    Pei, Yong; Zeng, Xiao Cheng

    2012-06-01

    Unlike bulk materials, the physicochemical properties of nano-sized metal clusters can be strongly dependent on their atomic structure and size. Over the past two decades, major progress has been made in both the synthesis and characterization of a special class of ligated metal nanoclusters, namely, the thiolate-protected gold clusters with size less than 2 nm. Nevertheless, the determination of the precise atomic structure of thiolate-protected gold clusters is still a grand challenge to both experimentalists and theorists. The lack of atomic structures for many thiolate-protected gold clusters has hampered our in-depth understanding of their physicochemical properties and size-dependent structural evolution. Recent breakthroughs in the determination of the atomic structure of two clusters, [Au25(SCH2CH2Ph)18]q (q = -1, 0) and Au102(p-MBA)44, from X-ray crystallography have uncovered many new characteristics regarding the gold-sulfur bonding as well as the atomic packing structure in gold thiolate nanoclusters. Knowledge obtained from the atomic structures of both thiolate-protected gold clusters allows researchers to examine a more general ``inherent structure rule'' underlying this special class of ligated gold nanoclusters. That is, a highly stable thiolate-protected gold cluster can be viewed as a combination of a highly symmetric Au core and several protecting gold-thiolate ``staple motifs'', as illustrated by a general structural formula [Au]a+a'[Au(SR)2]b[Au2(SR)3]c[Au3(SR)4]d[Au4(SR)5]e where a, a', b, c, d and e are integers that satisfy certain constraints. In this review article, we highlight recent progress in the theoretical exploration and prediction of the atomic structures of various thiolate-protected gold clusters based on the ``divide-and-protect'' concept in general and the ``inherent structure rule'' in particular. As two demonstration examples, we show that the theoretically predicted lowest-energy structures of Au25(SR)8- and Au38(SR)24 (-R

  10. First-principles calculation of atomic forces and structural distortions in strongly correlated materials.

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    Leonov, I; Anisimov, V I; Vollhardt, D

    2014-04-11

    We introduce a novel computational approach for the investigation of complex correlated electron materials which makes it possible to evaluate interatomic forces and, thereby, determine atomic displacements and structural transformations induced by electronic correlations. It combines ab initio band structure and dynamical mean-field theory and is implemented with the linear-response formalism regarding atomic displacements. We apply this new technique to explore structural transitions of prototypical correlated systems such as elemental hydrogen, SrVO3, and KCuF3. PMID:24765993

  11. First principle calculations of structural phase transition and electronic properties in AmTe

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    Pataiya, Jagdeesh; Aynyas, Mahendra; Makode, C.; Singh, A.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2015-06-01

    The tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital (TB-LMTO) with in the local density approximation is used to calculate total energy, lattice parameters, bulk modulus, density of states and energy band structure of americium telluride at ambient as well as at high pressure. It is found that AmTe is stable in NaCl - type structure under ambient pressure. The phase transition pressure was found to be 15.0 GPa from NaCl-type (B1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B2-phase) structure for this compound. From energy band diagram it is observed that AmTe exhibit metallic behaviour. The calculated ground state properties such as lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in general good agreement with the available results.

  12. First-principle study of structure and stability of nickel carbides.

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    Gibson, Josh S; Uddin, Jamal; Cundari, Thomas R; Bodiford, Nelli K; Wilson, Angela K

    2010-11-10

    Computational studies of nickel carbides, particularly Ni(2)C, are scarce. A systematic density functional theory study is reported for Ni(2)C, along with NiC and Ni(3)C, to understand the stability and electronic structure of nickel carbides of varying stoichiometry. A comprehensive study was executed that involved 28 trial structures of varying space group symmetry for Ni(2)C. An analysis of the electronic structure, geometry and thermodynamics of Ni(2)C is performed, and compared with that for Ni(3)C and NiC as well as several defect structures of varying composition. It is found that the most stable ground state arrangement of Ni(2)C exists within a simple orthorhombic lattice and that it has metallic character. The calculated formation energies (kcal mol(-1)) of NiC, Ni(2)C, and Ni(3)C are 48.6, 7.9 and 6.4, respectively.

  13. First principle calculations of structural phase transition and electronic properties in AmTe

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    Pataiya, Jagdeesh Makode, C.; Aynyas, Mahendra; Singh, A.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2015-06-24

    The tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital (TB-LMTO) with in the local density approximation is used to calculate total energy, lattice parameters, bulk modulus, density of states and energy band structure of americium telluride at ambient as well as at high pressure. It is found that AmTe is stable in NaCl – type structure under ambient pressure. The phase transition pressure was found to be 15.0 GPa from NaCl-type (B{sub 1}-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B{sub 2}-phase) structure for this compound. From energy band diagram it is observed that AmTe exhibit metallic behaviour. The calculated ground state properties such as lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in general good agreement with the available results.

  14. Structure of liquid phosphorus: A liquid-liquid phase transition via constant-pressure first-principles molecular dynamics

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    Morishita, Tetsuya

    2001-12-01

    Constant-pressure first-principles molecular dynamics simulations have been carried out to study structural phase transitions of liquid black phosphorus. By compressing the tetrahedral molecular liquid (a low-pressure phase), a structural phase transition from the molecular to polymeric liquid (a high-pressure phase) was successfully realized just as observed in the recent experiment by Katayama et al. [Nature 170 (2000) 403]. Structural properties in the polymeric liquid were investigated and it is found that the covalent p-state bonds are dominant within the first nearest neighbors of each atom. However, further compression of the polymeric liquid shows that the covalent bonding is weakened as pressure is increased. As a result, liquid phosphorus becomes similar to the simple liquid in which atoms form a close-packed structure at very high pressure.

  15. First principle investigation of structural and electronic properties of bulk ZnSe

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    Khatta, Swati; Tripathi, S. K. Prakash, Satya

    2015-08-28

    Electronic and structural properties of ZnSe are investigated using plane-wave self-consistent field method within the framework of density functional theory. The pseudopotential method within the local density approximation is used for the exchange-correlation potential. The equilibrium lattice parameter, static bulk modulus and its pressure derivative are calculated. The electronic band structure, partial density of states and density of states are also obtained. The results are compared with available theoretical calculations and experimental results.

  16. High pressure structures of "111" type iron-based superconductors predicted from first-principles.

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    Zhang, Xinxin; Wang, Yanchao; Ma, Yanming

    2012-11-21

    The high-pressure crystal structures of the "111" type iron-based superconductors: NaFeAs, LiFeP and LiFeAs have been systematically explored by using particle-swarm structural searches. It was found that though these iron-based superconductors are chemically similar, they adopted distinct structural phase transitions: P4/nmm→Cmcm→P3m1 for NaFeAs, P4/nmm→Cmcm→I4mm for LiFeP, and P4/nmm→P3m1 →I4mm→P6(3)/mmc for LiFeAs under high pressure. The high pressure orthorhombic Cmcm phase preserved the structural features of FeX(4)(X = As, P) tetrahedral layers present in the ambient-pressure P4/nmm structure. However, the FeX(4) tetrahedrons in the Cmcm phase were clearly distorted, leading to changes in the electronic behavior around the Fermi level. Under higher pressures, the FeX(4) layered structural features were no longer persistent and three-dimensional crystal structures were stabilized in other P3m1, I4mm, and P6(3)/mmc phases, which featured FeAs(5)/FeAs(6) hexahedron and octahedrons, FeX(5) tetragonal pyramids, and FeAs(6) octahedrons, respectively. Analysis of the electronic density of states suggests that most of the high pressure phases are metallic except for the tetragonal I4mm phase, which possesses a narrow band gap. This semiconducting state might relate to the tetragonal pyramid structure formed by FeX(5) unit, which might be favorable for charge localization.

  17. Large-Scale Computations Leading to a First-Principles Approach to Nuclear Structure

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    Ormand, W E; Navratil, P

    2003-08-18

    We report on large-scale applications of the ab initio, no-core shell model with the primary goal of achieving an accurate description of nuclear structure from the fundamental inter-nucleon interactions. In particular, we show that realistic two-nucleon interactions are inadequate to describe the low-lying structure of {sup 10}B, and that realistic three-nucleon interactions are essential.

  18. Bridge Structure for the graphene/Ni(111) system: A first principles study

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    Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel A; Baskes, Mike I.; Melechko, Anatoli Vasilievich; Simpson, Michael L

    2008-01-01

    The structure of graphene on Ni(111) is studied with density functional theory (DFT). Six different structures, i.e., top-fcc, top-hcp, hcp-fcc, bridge-top, bridge-fcc, and bridge-hcp, were investigated. Bridge-top, bridge-fcc, and bridge-hcp are studied here. Top-fcc and hcp-fcc have been considered before, experimentally and theoretically, and regarded as energetically stable structures. The calculations employed the local density approximation (LDA) and the Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof (PBE) generalized-gradient approximation to DFT. The results showed that with PBE, none of the structures is stable at the experimentally relevant temperatures; with LDA, only bridge-top and top-fcc are stable. These findings suggest that it will be worthwhile to carry on new experimental studies to revisit the structural determination of the graphene/Ni(111) system, with special emphasis on testing whether bridge-top could exist by itself or coexist with other structures.

  19. Structural and mechanical properties of alkali hydrides investigated by the first-principles calculations and principal component analysis

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    Settouti, Nadera; Aourag, Hafid

    2016-08-01

    The structural and mechanical properties of alkali hydrides (LiH, NaH, KH, RbH, and CsH) were investigated via first-principles calculations which cover the optimized structural parameters. The density functional theory in combination with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) were used in this study. From the present study, one could note that alkali hydrides are brittle materials and mechanically stable. It was found that stiffness and shear resistance are greater in LiH than in other hydrides. It is more brittle in nature, and comparatively harder than the other materials under study; it also presents a high degree of anisotropy. The results were then investigated and analyzed with principal component analysis (PCA), which is one of the most common techniques in multivariate analysis, was used to explore the correlations among material properties of alkali hydrides and to study their trends. The alkali hydrides obtained by the first-principles calculations were also compared with the alkaline-earth metal hydrides (BeH2, MgH2, CaH2, SrH2, and BaH2) and discussed in this work.

  20. First-principles predicted low-energy structures of NaSc(BH4)4

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    Tran, Huan Doan; Amsler, Maximilian; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A. L.; Goedecker, Stefan

    2014-03-01

    According to previous interpretations of experimental data, sodium-scandium double-cation borohydride NaSc(BH4)4 crystallizes in the crystallographic space group Cmcm where each sodium (scandium) atom is surrounded by six scandium (sodium) atoms. A careful investigation of this phase based on ab initio calculations indicates that the structure is dynamically unstable and gives rise to an energetically and dynamically more favorable phase with C2221 symmetry and nearly identical x-ray diffraction pattern. By additionally performing extensive structural searches with the minima-hopping method we discover a class of new low-energy structures exhibiting a novel structural motif in which each sodium (scandium) atom is surrounded by four scandium (sodium) atoms arranged at the corners of either a rectangle with nearly equal sides or a tetrahedron. These new phases are all predicted to be insulators with band gaps of 7.9-8.2 eV. Finally, we estimate the influence of these structures on the hydrogen-storage performance of NaSc(BH4)4.

  1. First-principles study of structural properties of SiO2 bilayers

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    Malashevich, Andrei; Ismail-Beigi, Sohrab; Altman, Eric I.

    Two dimensional (2D) materials draw a tremendous amount of interest because they exhibit unique physical properties due to reduced dimensionality. Recently, SiO2 2D bilayer systems were discovered. The structure of these bilayers is formed by two mirror-image planes of corner-sharing SiO4 tetrahedra and does not have a direct relation to bulk SiO2 systems. SiO2 bilayers may be obtained in crystalline or amorphous forms. In the crystalline form, the bilayers are constructed from six-membered rings of corner-sharing SiO4 tetrahedra. The amorphous form has rings of various sizes typically in the range from four to nine Si atoms in the ring. These structures may be of practical interest as atomically thin membranes and molecular sieves. In our work, we study the effect of strain and doping on the crystalline structure of SiO2 bilayers using density functional theory. We analyze the stability of structures depending on the ring size and establish strain and doping conditions that may render the structures with large ring sizes stable. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation through Grants MRSEC NSF DMR-1119826 and NSF DMR-1506800.

  2. Magnetism, structure and chemical order in small CoPd clusters: A first-principles study

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    Mokkath, Junais Habeeb

    2014-01-01

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of small ComPdn(N=m+n=8,m=0-N) nanoalloy clusters are studied in the framework of a generalized-gradient approximation to density-functional theory. The optimized cluster structures have a clear tendency to maximize the number of nearest-neighbor CoCo pairs. The magnetic order is found to be ferromagnetic-like (FM) for all the ground-state structures. Antiferromagnetic-like spin arrangements were found in some low-lying isomers. The average magnetic moment per atom μ increases approximately linearly with Co content. A remarkable enhancement of the local Co moments is observed as a result of Pd doping. This is a consequence of the increase in the number of Co d holes, due to CoPd charge transfer, combined with the reduced local coordination. The influence of spin-orbit interactions on the cluster properties is also discussed.

  3. Structural and electronic phase transitions of ThS2 from first-principles calculations

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    Guo, Yongliang; Wang, Changying; Qiu, Wujie; Ke, Xuezhi; Huai, Ping; Cheng, Cheng; Zhu, Zhiyuan; Chen, Changfeng

    2016-10-01

    Thorium and its compounds have received considerable attention in recent years due to the renewed interest in developing the thorium fuel cycle as an alternative nuclear energy technology. There is pressing current need to explore the physical properties essential to the fundamental understanding and practical application of these materials. Here we report on a computational study of thorium disulfide (ThS2), which plays an important role in the thorium fuel reprocessing cycle. We have employed the density functional theory and evolutionary structure search methods to determine the crystal structures, electronic band structures, phonon dispersions and density of states, and thermodynamic properties of ThS2 under various pressure and temperature conditions. Our calculations identify several crystalline phases of ThS2 and a series of structural phase transitions induced by pressure and temperature. The calculated results also reveal electronic phase transitions from the semiconducting state in the low-pressure phases of ThS2 in the P n m a and F m 3 ¯m symmetry to the metallic state in the high-pressure phases of ThS2 in the P n m a and I 4 /m m m symmetry. These results explain the experimental observation of the thermodynamic stability of the P n m a phase of ThS2 at the ambient conditions and a pressure-induced structural phase transition in ThS2 around 40 GPa. Moreover, the present study reveals considerable additional information on the structural and electronic properties of ThS2 in a wide range of pressure and temperature. Such information provides key insights into the fundamental material behavior and the underlying mechanisms that lay the foundation for further exploration and application of ThS2.

  4. Structure of a 13-fold superhelix (almost) determined from first principles

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    Schoch, Guillaume A.; Sammito, Massimo; Millán, Claudia; Usón, Isabel; Rudolph, Markus G.

    2015-01-01

    Nuclear hormone receptors are cytoplasm-based transcription factors that bind a ligand, translate to the nucleus and initiate gene transcription in complex with a co-activator such as TIF2 (transcriptional intermediary factor 2). For structural studies the co-activator is usually mimicked by a peptide of circa 13 residues, which for the largest part forms an α-helix when bound to the receptor. The aim was to co-crystallize the glucocorticoid receptor in complex with a ligand and the TIF2 co-activator peptide. The 1.82 Å resolution diffraction data obtained from the crystal could not be phased by molecular replacement using the known receptor structures. HPLC analysis of the crystals revealed the absence of the receptor and indicated that only the co-activator peptide was present. The self-rotation function displayed 13-fold rotational symmetry, which initiated an exhaustive but unsuccessful molecular-replacement approach using motifs of 13-fold symmetry such as α- and β-barrels in various geometries. The structure was ultimately determined by using a single α-helix and the software ARCIMBOLDO, which assembles fragments placed by PHASER before using them as seeds for density modification model building in SHELXE. Systematic variation of the helix length revealed upper and lower size limits for successful structure determination. A beautiful but unanticipated structure was obtained that forms superhelices with left-handed twist throughout the crystal, stabilized by ligand interactions. Together with the increasing diversity of structural elements in the Protein Data Bank the results from TIF2 confirm the potential of fragment-based molecular replacement to significantly accelerate the phasing step for native diffraction data at around 2 Å resolution. PMID:25866655

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

  6. Structure determination of ultra dense magnesium borohydride: A first-principles study

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    Fan, Jing; Duan, Defang; Jin, Xilian; Bao, Kuo; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2013-06-01

    Magnesium borohydride (Mg(BH4)2) is one of the potential hydrogen storage materials. Recently, two experiments [Y. Filinchuk, B. Richter, T. R. Jensen, V. Dmitriev, D. Chernyshov, and H. Hagemann, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 50, 11162 (2011);, 10.1002/anie.201100675 L. George, V. Drozd, and S. K. Saxena, J. Phys. Chem. C 113, 486 (2009), 10.1021/jp807842t] found that α-Mg(BH4)2 can irreversibly be transformed to an ultra dense δ-Mg(BH4)2 under high pressure. Its volumetric hydrogen content at ambient pressure (147 g/cm3) exceeds twice of DOE's (U.S. Department of Energy) target (70 g/cm3) and that of α-Mg(BH4)2 (117 g/cm3) by 20%. In this study, the experimentally proposed P42nm structure of δ-phase has been found to be dynamically unstable. A new Fddd structure has been reported as a good candidate of δ-phase instead. Its enthalpy from 0 to 12 GPa is much lower than P42nm structure and the simulated X-ray diffraction spectrum is in satisfied agreement with previous experiments. In addition, the previously proposed P-3m1 structure, which is denser than Fddd, is found to be a candidate of ɛ-phase due to the agreement of Raman shifts.

  7. First-principles structures and stabilities of AlN+ (N = 46-62) clusters.

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    Aguado, Andrés; López, José M

    2006-07-27

    We present plausible candidates for the global minimum structures of Al(N)(+) (N = 46-62) cluster ions, determined by pseudopotential density functional theory static calculations under the spin-polarized generalized gradient approximation. Our calculations provide a first important step toward the rationalization of recent calorimetric experiments on the meltinglike transition of Al(N)(+). Most clusters with N > or = 48 clearly adopt fragments of the face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystalline lattice, although with significant distortions and a substantial proportion of defects in some cases. Another important driving force for stabilization comes from (111)-like surfaces, as the clusters often prefer to adopt less compact structures in order to keep the proportion of (100)-like surfaces at a minimum level. Al(46)(+) and Al(47)(+) adopt rather disordered structures instead. We find indications of enhanced stabilities for N = 51, 57, and 61 and of a substantial structural change between Al(55)(+) and Al(56)(+). These features correlate, albeit qualitatively, with the experimental observations.

  8. k.p Parameters with Accuracy Control from Preexistent First-Principles Band Structure Calculations

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    Sipahi, Guilherme; Bastos, Carlos M. O.; Sabino, Fernando P.; Faria Junior, Paulo E.; de Campos, Tiago; da Silva, Juarez L. F.

    The k.p method is a successful approach to obtain band structure, optical and transport properties of semiconductors. It overtakes the ab initio methods in confined systems due to its low computational cost since it is a continuum method that does not require all the atoms' orbital information. From an effective one-electron Hamiltonian, the k.p matrix representation can be calculated using perturbation theory and the parameters identified by symmetry arguments. The parameters determination, however, needs a complementary approach. In this paper, we developed a general method to extract the k.p parameters from preexistent band structures of bulk materials that is not limited by the crystal symmetry or by the model. To demonstrate our approach, we applied it to zinc blende GaAs band structure calculated by hybrid density functional theory within the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof functional (DFT-HSE), for the usual 8 ×8 k.p Hamiltonian. Our parameters reproduced the DFT-HSE band structure with great accuracy up to 20% of the first Brillouin zone (FBZ). Furthermore, for fitting regions ranging from 7-20% of FBZ, the parameters lie inside the range of values reported by the most reliable studies in the literature. The authors acknowledge financial support from the Brazilian agencies CNPq (Grant #246549/2012-2) and FAPESP (Grants #2011/19333-4, #2012/05618-0 and #2013/23393-8).

  9. Structure-property relationships of curved aromatic materials from first principles.

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    Zoppi, Laura; Martin-Samos, Layla; Baldridge, Kim K

    2014-11-18

    CONSPECTUS: Considerable effort in the past decade has been extended toward achieving computationally affordable theoretical methods for accurate prediction of the structure and properties of materials. Theoretical predictions of solids began decades ago, but only recently have solid-state quantum techniques become sufficiently reliable to be routinely chosen for investigation of solids as quantum chemistry techniques are for isolated molecules. Of great interest are ab initio predictive theories for solids that can provide atomic scale insights into properties of bulk materials, interfaces, and nanostructures. Adaption of the quantum chemical framework is challenging in that no single theory exists that provides prediction of all observables for every material type. However, through a combination of interdisciplinary efforts, a richly textured and substantive portfolio of methods is developing, which promise quantitative predictions of materials and device properties as well as associated performance analysis. Particularly relevant for device applications are organic semiconductors (OSC), with electrical conductivity between that of insulators and that of metals. Semiconducting small molecules, such as aromatic hydrocarbons, tend to have high polarizabilities, small band-gaps, and delocalized π electrons that support mobile charge carriers. Most importantly, the special nature of optical excitations in the form of a bound electron-hole pairs (excitons) holds significant promise for use in devices, such as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaics (OPVs), and molecular nanojunctions. Added morphological features, such as curvature in aromatic hydrocarbon structure, can further confine the electronic states in one or more directions leading to additional physical phenomena in materials. Such structures offer exploration of a wealth of phenomenology as a function of their environment, particularly due to the ability to tune their electronic

  10. Structure-property relationships of curved aromatic materials from first principles.

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    Zoppi, Laura; Martin-Samos, Layla; Baldridge, Kim K

    2014-11-18

    CONSPECTUS: Considerable effort in the past decade has been extended toward achieving computationally affordable theoretical methods for accurate prediction of the structure and properties of materials. Theoretical predictions of solids began decades ago, but only recently have solid-state quantum techniques become sufficiently reliable to be routinely chosen for investigation of solids as quantum chemistry techniques are for isolated molecules. Of great interest are ab initio predictive theories for solids that can provide atomic scale insights into properties of bulk materials, interfaces, and nanostructures. Adaption of the quantum chemical framework is challenging in that no single theory exists that provides prediction of all observables for every material type. However, through a combination of interdisciplinary efforts, a richly textured and substantive portfolio of methods is developing, which promise quantitative predictions of materials and device properties as well as associated performance analysis. Particularly relevant for device applications are organic semiconductors (OSC), with electrical conductivity between that of insulators and that of metals. Semiconducting small molecules, such as aromatic hydrocarbons, tend to have high polarizabilities, small band-gaps, and delocalized π electrons that support mobile charge carriers. Most importantly, the special nature of optical excitations in the form of a bound electron-hole pairs (excitons) holds significant promise for use in devices, such as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaics (OPVs), and molecular nanojunctions. Added morphological features, such as curvature in aromatic hydrocarbon structure, can further confine the electronic states in one or more directions leading to additional physical phenomena in materials. Such structures offer exploration of a wealth of phenomenology as a function of their environment, particularly due to the ability to tune their electronic

  11. First-principles study of structural and work function properties for nitrogen-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Shao, Xiji; Li, Detian; Cai, Jianqiu; Luo, Haijun; Dong, Changkun

    2016-04-01

    The structural and electronic properties of the capped (5, 5) single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT), including the structural stability, the work function, and the charge transfer performance, are investigated for the substitutional nitrogen atom doping under different concentrations by first-principles density functional theory. The geometrical structure keeps almost intact with single or two N atom doping, while Csbnd N bonds may break up with serious defects for N concentrations of 23.3 at.% and above. The SWNT remains metallic and the work function drops after doping due to the upward shift of Fermi level, leading to the increase of the electrical conductivity. N doping enhances the oxygen reduction activity stronger than N adsorption because of higher charge transfers.

  12. First-principles study on the structural and electronic properties of metallic HfH2 under pressure

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    Liu, Yunxian; Huang, Xiaoli; Duan, Defang; Tian, Fubo; Liu, Hanyu; Li, Da; Zhao, Zhonglong; Sha, Xiaojing; Yu, Hongyu; Zhang, Huadi; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2015-01-01

    The crystal structures and properties of hafnium hydride under pressure are explored using the first-principles calculations based on density function theory. The material undergoes pressure-induced structural phase transition I4/mmm→Cmma→P21/m at 180 and 250 GPa, respectively, and all of these structures are metallic. The superconducting critical temperature Tc values of I4/mmm, Cmma, and P21/m are 47–193 mK, 5.99–8.16 K and 10.62–12.8 K at 1 atm, 180 and 260 GPa, respectively. Furthermore, the bonding nature of HfH2 is investigated with the help of the electron localization function, the difference charge density and Bader charge analyses, which show that HfH2 is classified as a ionic crystal with the charges transferring from Hf atom to H. PMID:26096298

  13. Thermodynamic stability and structures of iron chloride surfaces: A first-principles investigation

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    Saraireh, Sherin A.; Altarawneh, Mohammednoor

    2014-08-07

    In this study, we report a comprehensive density functional theory investigation of the structure and thermodynamic stability of FeCl{sub 2} and FeCl{sub 3} surfaces. Calculated lattice constants and heats of formation for bulk FeCl{sub 2} and FeCl{sub 3} were found to be in relatively good agreement with experimental measurements. We provide structural parameters for 15 distinct FeCl{sub 2} and FeCl{sub 3} surfaces along the three low-index orientations. The optimized geometries for all surfaces are compared with analogous bulk values. Ab initio atomistic thermodynamic calculations have been carried out to assess the relative thermodynamic stability of FeCl{sub 2} and FeCl{sub 3} surfaces under practical operating conditions of temperatures and pressures. The FeCl{sub 2} (100-Cl) surface is found to afford the most stable configuration at all experimentally accessible gas phase conditions.

  14. Structure and density of basaltic melts at mantle conditions from first-principles simulations

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    Bajgain, Suraj; Ghosh, Dipta B.; Karki, Bijaya B.

    2015-01-01

    The origin and stability of deep-mantle melts, and the magmatic processes at different times of Earth's history are controlled by the physical properties of constituent silicate liquids. Here we report density functional theory-based simulations of model basalt, hydrous model basalt and near-MORB to assess the effects of iron and water on the melt structure and density, respectively. Our results suggest that as pressure increases, all types of coordination between major cations and anions strongly increase, and the water speciation changes from isolated species to extended forms. These structural changes are responsible for rapid initial melt densification on compression thereby making these basaltic melts possibly buoyantly stable at one or more depths. Our finding that the melt-water system is ideal (nearly zero volume of mixing) and miscible (negative enthalpy of mixing) over most of the mantle conditions strengthens the idea of potential water enrichment of deep-mantle melts and early magma ocean. PMID:26450568

  15. Structure and density of basaltic melts at mantle conditions from first-principles simulations.

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    Bajgain, Suraj; Ghosh, Dipta B; Karki, Bijaya B

    2015-01-01

    The origin and stability of deep-mantle melts, and the magmatic processes at different times of Earth's history are controlled by the physical properties of constituent silicate liquids. Here we report density functional theory-based simulations of model basalt, hydrous model basalt and near-MORB to assess the effects of iron and water on the melt structure and density, respectively. Our results suggest that as pressure increases, all types of coordination between major cations and anions strongly increase, and the water speciation changes from isolated species to extended forms. These structural changes are responsible for rapid initial melt densification on compression thereby making these basaltic melts possibly buoyantly stable at one or more depths. Our finding that the melt-water system is ideal (nearly zero volume of mixing) and miscible (negative enthalpy of mixing) over most of the mantle conditions strengthens the idea of potential water enrichment of deep-mantle melts and early magma ocean. PMID:26450568

  16. Structure and density of basaltic melts at mantle conditions from first-principles simulations

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    Bajgain, Suraj; Ghosh, Dipta B.; Karki, Bijaya B.

    2015-10-01

    The origin and stability of deep-mantle melts, and the magmatic processes at different times of Earth's history are controlled by the physical properties of constituent silicate liquids. Here we report density functional theory-based simulations of model basalt, hydrous model basalt and near-MORB to assess the effects of iron and water on the melt structure and density, respectively. Our results suggest that as pressure increases, all types of coordination between major cations and anions strongly increase, and the water speciation changes from isolated species to extended forms. These structural changes are responsible for rapid initial melt densification on compression thereby making these basaltic melts possibly buoyantly stable at one or more depths. Our finding that the melt-water system is ideal (nearly zero volume of mixing) and miscible (negative enthalpy of mixing) over most of the mantle conditions strengthens the idea of potential water enrichment of deep-mantle melts and early magma ocean.

  17. First-Principles Investigation of Structural, Thermal and Transport Properties of Anatase TiO2

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    Naffouti, Wafa; Ben Nasr, Tarek; Meradji, Hocine; Kamoun-Turki, Najoua

    2016-10-01

    A theoretical calculation of the structural, thermal and transport properties of anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2) was investigated with the help of density functional theory and Boltzmann theory. The fully optimized structure was obtained by minimizing the total energy. The variations of the volume ( V), bulk modulus ( B), Debye temperature (Θ), heat capacities at constant volume ( C v ) and constant pressure ( C p ), entropy ( S), Grüneisen parameter ( γ) and thermal expansion coefficient ( α) as a function of the pressure ( P) and temperature ( T) were all obtained and analyzed in detail. Boltzmann theory calculations have been used to evaluate important transport properties such as Seebeck coefficient ( S), electrical conductivity ( σ), electronic thermal conductivity ( K el ) and power factor ( S 2 σ) with respect to scattering time ( τ) as a function of chemical potential ( μ).

  18. ACRES: An Efficient Method for First-Principles Electronic Structure Calculations of Complex Systems

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    WAGHMARE,R.V.; KIM,HANCHUL; PARK,I.J.; MODINE,NORMAND A.; MARAGAKIS,P.; KAXIRAS,EFTHIMIOS

    2000-08-29

    The authors discuss their new implementation of the Adaptive Coordinate Real-space Electronic Structure (ACRES) method for studying the atomic and electronic structure of infinite periodic as well as finite systems, based on density functional theory. This improved version aims at making the method widely applicable and efficient, using high performance Fortran on parallel architectures. The scaling of various parts of an ACRES calculation is analyzed and compared to that of plane-wave based methods. The new developments that lead to enhanced performance, and their parallel implementation, are presented in detail. They illustrate the application of ACRES to the study of elemental crystalline solids, molecules and complex crystalline materials, such as blue bronze and zeolites.

  19. First-Principles Investigation of Structural, Thermal and Transport Properties of Anatase TiO2

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    Naffouti, Wafa; Ben Nasr, Tarek; Meradji, Hocine; Kamoun-Turki, Najoua

    2016-06-01

    A theoretical calculation of the structural, thermal and transport properties of anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2) was investigated with the help of density functional theory and Boltzmann theory. The fully optimized structure was obtained by minimizing the total energy. The variations of the volume (V), bulk modulus (B), Debye temperature (Θ), heat capacities at constant volume (C v ) and constant pressure (C p ), entropy (S), Grüneisen parameter (γ) and thermal expansion coefficient (α) as a function of the pressure (P) and temperature (T) were all obtained and analyzed in detail. Boltzmann theory calculations have been used to evaluate important transport properties such as Seebeck coefficient (S), electrical conductivity (σ), electronic thermal conductivity (K el ) and power factor (S 2 σ) with respect to scattering time (τ) as a function of chemical potential (μ).

  20. First principles calculation of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of Au-Pd atomic chains

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    Dave, Mudra R.; Sharma, A. C.

    2015-06-24

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of free standing Au-Pd bimetallic atomic chain is studied using ab-initio method. It is found that electronic and magnetic properties of chains depend on position of atoms and number of atoms. Spin polarization factor for different atomic configuration of atomic chain is calculated predicting a half metallic behavior. It suggests a total spin polarised transport in these chains.

  1. First-principles study of the structure of water layers on flat and stepped Pb electrodes

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    Lin, Xiaohang; Evers, Ferdinand

    2016-01-01

    Summary On the basis of perodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we have addressed the geometric structures and electronic properties of water layers on flat and stepped Pb surfaces. In contrast to late d-band metals, on Pb(111) the energy minimum structure does not correspond to an ice-like hexagonal arrangement at a coverage of 2/3, but rather to a distorted structure at a coverage of 1 due to the larger lattice constant of Pb. At stepped Pb surfaces, the water layers are pinned at the step edge and form a complex network consisting of rectangles, pentagons and hexagons. The thermal stability of the water layers has been studied by using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations (AIMD) at a temperature of 140 K. Whereas the water layer on Pb(111) is already unstable at this temperature, the water layers on Pb(100), Pb(311), Pb(511) and Pb(711) exhibit a higher stability because of stronger water–water interactions. The vibrational spectra of the water layers at the stepped surfaces show a characteristic splitting into three modes in the O–H stretch region. PMID:27335744

  2. Surface structure and properties of functionalized nanodiamonds: a first-principles study.

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    Datta, Aditi; Kirca, Mesut; Fu, Yao; To, Albert C

    2011-02-11

    The goal of this work is to gain fundamental understanding of the surface and internal structure of functionalized detonation nanodiamonds (NDs) using quantum mechanics based density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The unique structure of ND assists in the binding of different functional groups to its surface which in turn facilitates binding with drug molecules. The ability to comprehensively model the surface properties, as well as drug-ND interactions during functionalization, is a challenge and is the problem of our interest. First, the structure of NDs of technologically relevant size (∼5 nm) was optimized using classical mechanics based molecular mechanics simulations. Quantum mechanics based density functional theory (DFT) was then employed to analyse the properties of smaller relevant parts of the optimized cluster further to address the effect of functionalization on the stability of the cluster and reactivity at its surface. It is found that functionalization is preferred over reconstruction at the (100) surface and promotes graphitization in the (111) surface for NDs functionalized with the carbonyl oxygen (C = O) group. It is also seen that the edges of ND are the preferred sites for functionalization with the carboxyl group (-COOH) vis-à-vis the corners of ND.

  3. 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

    2014-02-01

    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 cm2/Vs. Such estimate confirms the superior transport properties of triarylamine-based nanowires, and make them an attracting materials platform for organic electronics.

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

  5. First-principles study of the structure of water layers on flat and stepped Pb electrodes.

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    Lin, Xiaohang; Evers, Ferdinand; Groß, Axel

    2016-01-01

    On the basis of perodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we have addressed the geometric structures and electronic properties of water layers on flat and stepped Pb surfaces. In contrast to late d-band metals, on Pb(111) the energy minimum structure does not correspond to an ice-like hexagonal arrangement at a coverage of 2/3, but rather to a distorted structure at a coverage of 1 due to the larger lattice constant of Pb. At stepped Pb surfaces, the water layers are pinned at the step edge and form a complex network consisting of rectangles, pentagons and hexagons. The thermal stability of the water layers has been studied by using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations (AIMD) at a temperature of 140 K. Whereas the water layer on Pb(111) is already unstable at this temperature, the water layers on Pb(100), Pb(311), Pb(511) and Pb(711) exhibit a higher stability because of stronger water-water interactions. The vibrational spectra of the water layers at the stepped surfaces show a characteristic splitting into three modes in the O-H stretch region.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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    Chan, Kwai S.; Peng, Xihong

    2016-08-01

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

  9. Investigation of structure and hydrogen bonding of superhydrous phase B (HT) under pressure using first-principles density functional calculations

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    Poswal, H. K.; Sharma, Surinder M.; Sikka, S. K.

    2010-03-01

    High-pressure behaviour of superhydrous phase B (high temperature; HT) of Mg10Si3O14(OH)4 (Shy B) is investigated with the help of density functional theory-based first-principles calculations. In addition to the lattice parameters and equation of state, we use these calculations to determine the positional parameters of atoms as a function of pressure. Our results show that the compression induced structural changes involve cooperative distortions in the full geometry of the hydrogen bonds. The bond-bending mechanism proposed by Hofmeister et al. (Vibrational spectra of dense hydrous magnesium silicates at high pressure: Importance of the hydrogen bond angle, Am. Miner. 84 (1999), pp. 454-464) for hydrogen bonds to relieve the heightened repulsion due to short H- - -H contacts is not found to be effective in Shy B. The calculated O-H bond contraction is consistent with the observed blue shift in the stretching frequency of the hydrogen bond. These results establish that one can use first-principles calculations to obtain reliable insights into the pressure-induced bonding changes of complex minerals.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  11. First principles electronic band structure and phonon dispersion curves for zinc blend beryllium chalcogenide

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    Dabhi, Shweta Mankad, Venu Jha, Prafulla K.

    2014-04-24

    A detailed theoretical study of structural, electronic and Vibrational properties of BeX compound is presented by performing ab-initio calculations based on density-functional theory using the Espresso package. The calculated value of lattice constant and bulk modulus are compared with the available experimental and other theoretical data and agree reasonably well. BeX (X = S,Se,Te) compounds in the ZB phase are indirect wide band gap semiconductors with an ionic contribution. The phonon dispersion curves are represented which shows that these compounds are dynamically stable in ZB phase.

  12. First principles study of structural and electronic properties of AlN (n=1 19) clusters

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    Bai, Qiugui; Song, Bin; Hou, Jinyu; He, Pimo

    2008-06-01

    The structural and electronic properties of AlN ( n=1-19) clusters have been investigated using generalized gradient approximation to the density functional theory. The lowest-energy structures of AlN clusters are given based on the extensive search of the local minima of the potential energy surface. The results indicate that the nitrogen atom tends to occupy an inside position for n≦10, but prefers a peripheral position with a bulklike coordination beyond n=10. As cluster size increases, an icosahedral-like motif emerges, and the cluster grows based on the mechanism of capping N and extra Al atoms on the icosahedron of Al 13. It is found that Al 3N and Al 7N exhibit particularly high stability. The Al sbnd N bonds may simultaneously possess the ionic and covalent bonding characteristics. The calculated HOMO-LUMO gaps exhibit odd-even oscillations as n increases. The vertical ionization potential of the clusters tends to decrease as the cluster size increases, while the vertical electron affinity tends to increase as cluster size increases.

  13. Structural and configurational properties of nanoconfined monolayer ice from first principles

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    Corsetti, Fabiano; Matthews, Paul; Artacho, Emilio

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the structural tendencies of nanoconfined water is of great interest for nanoscience and biology, where nano/micro-sized objects may be separated by very few layers of water. Here we investigate the properties of ice confined to a quasi-2D monolayer by a featureless, chemically neutral potential, in order to characterize its intrinsic behaviour. We use density-functional theory simulations with a non-local van der Waals density functional. An ab initio random structure search reveals all the energetically competitive monolayer configurations to belong to only two of the previously-identified families, characterized by a square or honeycomb hydrogen-bonding network, respectively. We discuss the modified ice rules needed for each network, and propose a simple point dipole 2D lattice model that successfully explains the energetics of the square configurations. All identified stable phases for both networks are found to be non-polar (but with a topologically non-trivial texture for the square) and, hence, non-ferroelectric, in contrast to previous predictions from a five-site empirical force-field model. Our results are in good agreement with very recently reported experimental observations.

  14. First-principles study of structural, elastic, electronic, vibrational and thermodynamic properties of UN

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    Mei, Zhi-Gang; Stan, Marius; Pichler, Benjamin

    2013-09-01

    The structural, elastic, electronic, phonon and thermodynamic properties of UN are studied by density functional theory (DFT) within local-density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA), and GGA + U. The GGA calculations of the ground state structural and elastic properties of UN show an overall better agreement with experimental data compared to LDA or GGA + U. The melting temperature of UN (Tm) is estimated from the calculated elastic constant, with GGA predicting Tm = 2944 ± 300 K, in excellent agreement with experimental data. The calculated phonon dispersions of UN agree well with the low temperature measurements. Furthermore, the thermodynamic properties of UN are studied using quasiharmonic approximation by including both lattice vibrational and thermal electronic contributions. The predicted thermodynamic properties, such as enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs energy, heat capacity and thermal expansion coefficient, agree well with experimental data. The derived thermodynamic functions of UN are useful to the thermodynamic modeling of phase stabilities in UN-based materials. This study shows that the thermal electronic energy and entropy due to U 5f electrons are important to describe the free energy of UN, due to the metallic character of UN. The calculated thermodynamic properties also suggest that the anharmonic effects are less important in UN even at high-temperature.

  15. The ultraviolet spectrum of OCS from first principles: Electronic transitions, vibrational structure and temperature dependence

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    Schmidt, J. A.; Johnson, M. S.; McBane, G. C.; Schinke, R.

    2012-08-01

    Global three dimensional potential energy surfaces and transition dipole moment functions are calculated for the lowest singlet and triplet states of carbonyl sulfide at the multireference configuration interaction level of theory. The first ultraviolet absorption band is then studied by means of quantum mechanical wave packet propagation. Excitation of the repulsive 2 1A' state gives the main contribution to the cross section. Excitation of the repulsive 1 1A″ state is about a factor of 20 weaker at the absorption peak (Eph ≈ 45 000 cm-1) but becomes comparable to the 2 1A' state absorption with decreasing energy (35 000 cm-1) and eventually exceeds it. Direct excitation of the repulsive triplet states is negligible except at photon energies Eph < 38 000 cm-1. The main structure observed in the cross section is caused by excitation of the bound 2 3A″ state, which is nearly degenerate with the 2 1A' state in the Franck-Condon region. The structure observed in the low energy tail of the spectrum is caused by excitation of quasi-bound bending vibrational states of the 2 1A' and 1 1A″ electronic states. The absorption cross sections agree well with experimental data and the temperature dependence of the cross section is well reproduced.

  16. First-principles investigations of electronic structures of pristine and doped anatase titanium dioxide

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    Wang, Yushan

    2007-12-01

    The formation and development of quantum theory in the first half of the 20th century has led to a revolution in our understanding of pure and applied physics. Quantum theory has nowadays demonstrated a surprisingly accurate and predictive power in modern science and engineering. In this study, an important branch of quantum theory, density functional theory (DFT), is applied to studies of TiO2 and doped TiO2, which have shown considerable applications in industry. The first chapter is an introduction to the theoretical background of DFT, in which a large quantity of efforts are focused on the analysis of exchange-correlation energy and how to approximate it by using local density approximation (LDA), generalized gradient approximation (GGA), and LDA+U, where the U is the Hubbard coefficient. This is followed in the second chapter by a discussion of practical implementations of the DFT-based calculations. We primarily introduce linearized augmented plane wave (LAPW) and augmented plane wave plus local orbital (APW+LO) methods, both of which are applied in our calculations. In chapter 3, we briefly introduce some fundamental properties of TiO2 and its applications in industry. Chapters 4 through 8 are divided into two categories. Chapters 4 through 6 are mainly concerned with insights into the mechanism of optical excitation in anatase TiO2. Chapters 7 and 8 are concerned with TiO2-based dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS). Chapter 4 presents detailed calculations on pristine TiO2, including the structural optimization, density of states (DOS), band structure, and optical properties. Our calculations involve both bulk and slab TiO 2, presenting reasonable results without considering inherent drawbacks of the calculation methods involved. Calculations on slab TiO2 provide insight to account for the particular property of TiO2 in nanoscale particles where a significant fraction of atoms are on the surface. In chapter 5, we investigate effects of the non-metal dopants

  17. First-principles investigations on the electronic structures of U3Si2

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    Wang, Tong; Qiu, Nianxiang; Wen, Xiaodong; Tian, Yonghui; He, Jian; Luo, Kan; Zha, Xianhu; Zhou, Yuhong; Huang, Qing; Lang, Jiajian; Du, Shiyu

    2016-02-01

    U3Si2 has been widely utilized as a high-power uranium fuel for research reactors due to its high density of uranium. However, theoretical investigations on this material are still scarce up to now. For this reason, the computational study via density functional theory (DFT) is performed on the U3Si2 compound in this work. The properties of U3Si2, such as stable crystalline structures, density of states, charge distributions, formation energy of defects, as well as the mechanical properties are explored. The calculation results show that the U3Si2 material is metallic and brittle, which is in good agreement with the previous experimental observations. The formation energy of uranium vacancy defect is predicted to be the lowest, similar with that of UN. The theoretical investigation of this work is expected to provide new insight of uranium silicide fuels.

  18. Electronic Structure of ABC-stacked Multilayer Graphene and Trigonal Warping:A First Principles Calculation

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    Yelgel, Celal

    2016-04-01

    We present an extensive density functional theory (DFT) based investigation of the electronic structures of ABC-stacked N-layer graphene. It is found that for such systems the dispersion relations of the highest valence and the lowest conduction bands near the K point in the Brillouin zone are characterised by a mixture of cubic, parabolic, and linear behaviours. When the number of graphene layers is increased to more than three, the separation between the valence and conduction bands decreases up until they touch each other. For five and six layer samples these bands show flat behaviour close to the K point. We note that all states in the vicinity of the Fermi energy are surface states originated from the top and/or bottom surface of all the systems considered. For the trilayer system, N = 3, pronounced trigonal warping of the bands slightly above the Fermi level is directly obtained from DFT calculations.

  19. Surface structure and hole localization in bismuth vanadate: A first principles study

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    Kweon, Kyoung E.; Hwang, Gyeong S.

    2013-09-23

    The monoclinic and tetragonal phases of bismuth vanadate (BiVO{sub 4}) have been found to exhibit significantly different photocatalytic activities for water splitting. To assess a possible surface effect on the phase-dependent behavior, we calculate and compare the geometries and electronic structures of the monoclinic and tetragonal BiVO{sub 4} (001) surfaces using hybrid density functional theory. The relaxed atomic configurations of these two surfaces are found to be nearly identical, while an excess hole shows a relatively stronger tendency to localize at the surface than the bulk in both phases. Possible factors for the phase-dependent photocatalytic activity of BiVO{sub 4} are discussed.

  20. Effect of tensile strain on the electronic structure of Ge: A first-principles calculation

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    Liu, Li; Zhang, Miao; Di, Zengfeng E-mail: shijin.zhao@shu.edu.cn; Hu, Lijuan; Zhao, Shi-Jin E-mail: shijin.zhao@shu.edu.cn

    2014-09-21

    Taking the change of L-point conduction band valley degeneracy under strain into consideration, we investigate the effect of biaxially tensile strain (parallel to the (001), (110), and (111) planes) and uniaxially tensile strain (along the [001], [110], and [111] directions) on the electronic structure of Ge using density functional theory calculations. Our calculation shows that biaxial tension parallel to (001) is the most efficient way to transform Ge into a direct bandgap material among all tensile strains considered. [111]-tension is the best choice among all uniaxial approaches for an indirect- to direct-bandgap transition of Ge. The calculation results, which are further elaborated by bond-orbital approximation, provide a useful guidance on the optical applications of Ge through strain engineering.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of (PbSe)m/(SnSe)n superlattice: A first principles study

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    Do, Duc Cuong; Rhim, S. H.; Hong, Soon Cheol

    2015-03-01

    Figure of merit (ZT) of thermoelectric materials can be enhanced by lowering thermal conductivity or/and increasing electrical conductivity. The extremely high ZT of layered structure SnSe opened up a new direction in study of thermoelectricity due to its low thermal conductivity, which, however, is limited to high temperature. Here, we performed first principles density functional calculations to explore room-temperature thermoelectricity. We consider (PbSe)m/(SnSe)n superlattices with different period, whose quantum well structure is expected to increase electrical conductivity by modulation of charge doping at interface. Calculations of Seebeck coefficients for the superlattices are presented. Supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Korea (20132020000110) and Priority Research Centers Program (2009-0093818) through National Research Foundation of Korea.

  5. Contribution of interlayer hybridization to the electronic structure in iron pnictides: a study of EELS and first-principles calculations.

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    Ma, Chao; Yang, Huaixin; Tian, Huanfang; Shi, Honglong; Wang, Zhiwei; Li, Jianqi

    2013-03-20

    Using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) measurements and first-principles electronic structure calculations, the significant interlayer hybridization between the insulating layers (ReO or Ba) and the conducting FeAs layers was investigated in the layered iron pnictides, which is quite different from the case in the cuprate superconductors. This interlayer hybridization would result in an increase in the bandwidth near the Fermi level and interorbital charge transfer in the Fe 3d orbitals, which subsequently leads to a decrease in the Fe local moment and the modification of the Fermi surface topology. Therefore, a three-dimensional character of the electronic structure due to the interlayer hybridization is expected, as observed in previous experiments. These findings indicate that reduced dimensionality is no longer a necessary condition in the search for high-T(c) superconductors in iron pnictides.

  6. On the influence of tetrahedral covalent-hybridization on electronic band structure of topological insulators from first principles

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    Zhang, X. M.; Xu, G. Z.; Liu, E. K.; Wang, W. H. Wu, G. H.; Liu, Z. Y.

    2015-01-28

    Based on first-principles calculations, we investigate the influence of tetrahedral covalent-hybridization between main-group and transition-metal atoms on the topological band structures of binary HgTe and ternary half-Heusler compounds, respectively. Results show that, for the binary HgTe, when its zinc-blend structure is artificially changed to rock-salt one, the tetrahedral covalent-hybridization will be removed and correspondingly the topologically insulating band character lost. While for the ternary half-Heusler system, the strength of covalent-hybridization can be tuned by varying both chemical compositions and atomic arrangements, and the competition between tetrahedral and octahedral covalent-hybridization has been discussed in details. As a result, we found that a proper strength of tetrahedral covalent-hybridization is probably in favor to realizing the topologically insulating state with band inversion occurring at the Γ point of the Brillouin zone.

  7. First-principle study on electronic structure and optical properties of GaN nanowires with different cross-sections

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    Kong, Yike; Liu, Lei; Xia, Sihao; Wang, Honggang; Wang, Meishan

    2016-08-01

    This paper explores the properties of intrinsic gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires (NWs) in terms of formation energy, band structure, density of state (DOS) and optical properties with plane-wave ultrasoft pseudopotential method based on first-principles. Results show that after relaxation, N atoms of the outer layers move outwards, while Ga atoms move inwards, and the relaxation of surface atomic structure appears less obvious with the increasing cross-sectional area. Comparing different cross-sections of GaN NWs, it is found that the formation energy decreases and the stability goes stronger with the increasing size. With the increasing cross-section, the bandgap is decreased. Moreover, through comparative investigation in optical properties between GaN NWs and bulk GaN, a valuable phenomenom is found that the static dielectric constants of GaN NWs are notably lower, which contributes remarkably to the excellent absorbing performance of GaN NWs.

  8. On the dynamical stability of ferromagnetic Ru and Os in the bct structure: a first-principles study

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    Cifuentes-Quintal, M. E.; de Coss, R.

    2015-08-01

    Recent theoretical studies have predicted magnetic states for Ru and Os in the body-centred tetragonal structure (bct) with ?. In this study, we present first principles calculations of the phonon dispersion for ferromagnetic Ru- and Os-bct along the epitaxial and uniaxial Bain paths, to evaluate their dynamical stability. The phonon dispersions were computed using the density functional perturbation theory, including the gradient corrections to the exchange-correlation functional within the plane-waves ultrasoft-pseudopotential approximation. The phonon dispersion for the local minimum in the Bain path with ? as well as the uniaxial and epitaxial strained structures are analysed. We find imaginary frequencies along different directions of the Brillouin zone, which indicates that both systems are dynamically unstable. Consequently, ferromagnetic Ru and Os in the bct with ? are not truly metastable phases.

  9. The electronic band structures of gadolinium chalcogenides: a first-principles prediction for neutron detecting.

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    Li, Kexue; Liu, Lei; Yu, Peter Y; Chen, Xiaobo; Shen, D Z

    2016-05-11

    By converting the energy of nuclear radiation to excited electrons and holes, semiconductor detectors have provided a highly efficient way for detecting them, such as photons or charged particles. However, for detecting the radiated neutrons, those conventional semiconductors hardly behave well, as few of them possess enough capability for capturing these neutral particles. While the element Gd has the highest nuclear cross section, here for searching proper neutron-detecting semiconductors, we investigate theoretically the Gd chalcogenides whose electronic band structures have never been characterized clearly. Among them, we identify that γ-phase Gd2Se3 should be the best candidate for neutron detecting since it possesses not only the right bandgap of 1.76 eV for devices working under room temperature but also the desired indirect gap nature for charge carriers surviving longer. We propose further that semiconductor neutron detectors with single-neutron sensitivity can be realized with such a Gd-chalcogenide on the condition that their crystals can be grown with good quality. PMID:27049355

  10. First-Principles Study on Electronic Structure of TiO2-Based Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors

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    Kizaki, Hidetoshi; Toyoda, Masayuki; Sato, Kazunori; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2008-03-01

    We investigate the electronic structure in rutile-TiO2-based dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS) within self-interaction- corrected local density approximation (SIC-LDA). These results are compared with those calculated within standard LDA. Although the calculated band-gap energy and energetic position of Ti 3d bands are different in the LDA and the SIC-LDA, half-metallic density of states is predicted in transition- metal-doped TiO2 for both methods. While the LDA calculations predict high-spin state only for Fe-doped one, in the SIC-LDA calculations high-spin state is realized in V-, Cr- and Mn-doped one and low-spin state is realized in Fe- and Co- doped one. However, the absorption and soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements in (Ti0.97, Co0.03)O2-δ indicate the Co^2+ high-spin state in the D2h-symmetry crystal field at the Ti site. These experimental results do not agree with our calculated results. We will discuss the origin of the discrepancy between the theoretical predictions and the experimental observations. In addition, we will discuss the ferromagnetism in TiO2-based DMS.

  11. Unexpected electronic structure of the alloyed and doped arsenene sheets: First-Principles calculations

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    Liu, Ming-Yang; Huang, Yang; Chen, Qing-Yuan; Cao, Chao; He, Yao

    2016-07-01

    We study the equilibrium geometry and electronic structure of alloyed and doped arsenene sheets based on the density functional theory calculations. AsN, AsP and SbAs alloys possess indirect band gap and BiAs is direct band gap. Although AsP, SbAs and BiAs alloyed arsenene sheets maintain the semiconducting character of pure arsenene, they have indirect-direct and semiconducting-metallic transitions by applying biaxial strain. We find that B- and N-doped arsenene render p-type semiconducting character, while C- and O-doped arsenene are metallic character. Especially, the C-doped arsenene is spin-polarization asymmetric and can be tuned into the bipolar spin-gapless semiconductor by the external electric field. Moreover, the doping concentration can effectively affect the magnetism of the C-doped system. Finally, we briefly study the chemical molecule adsorbed arsenene. Our results may be valuable for alloyed and doped arsenene sheets applications in mechanical sensors and spintronic devices in the future.

  12. The electronic band structures of gadolinium chalcogenides: a first-principles prediction for neutron detecting

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    Li, Kexue; Liu, Lei; Yu, Peter Y.; Chen, Xiaobo; Shen, D. Z.

    2016-05-01

    By converting the energy of nuclear radiation to excited electrons and holes, semiconductor detectors have provided a highly efficient way for detecting them, such as photons or charged particles. However, for detecting the radiated neutrons, those conventional semiconductors hardly behave well, as few of them possess enough capability for capturing these neutral particles. While the element Gd has the highest nuclear cross section, here for searching proper neutron-detecting semiconductors, we investigate theoretically the Gd chalcogenides whose electronic band structures have never been characterized clearly. Among them, we identify that γ-phase Gd2Se3 should be the best candidate for neutron detecting since it possesses not only the right bandgap of 1.76 eV for devices working under room temperature but also the desired indirect gap nature for charge carriers surviving longer. We propose further that semiconductor neutron detectors with single-neutron sensitivity can be realized with such a Gd-chalcogenide on the condition that their crystals can be grown with good quality.

  13. Structural, elastic constant, and vibrational properties of wurtzite gallium nitride: a first-principles approach.

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    Usman, Zahid; Cao, Chuanbao; Khan, Waheed S; Mahmood, Tariq; Hussain, Sajad; Nabi, Ghulam

    2011-12-22

    Perdew-Wang proposed generalized gradient approximation (GGA) is used in conjunction with ultrasoft pseudopotential to investigate the structural, elastic constant, and vibrational properties of wurtzite GaN. The equilibrium lattice parameters, axial ratio, internal parameter, bulk modulus, and its pressure derivative are calculated. The effect of pressure on equilibrium lattice parameters, axial ratio, internal parameter (u), relative volume, and bond lengths parallel and perpendicular to the c-axis are discussed. At 52 GPa, the relative volume change is observed to be 17.8%, with an abrupt change in bond length. The calculated elastic constants are used to calculate the shear wave speeds in the [100] and [001] planes. The finite displacement method is employed to calculate phonon frequencies and the phonon density of states. The first- and second-order pressure derivative and volume dependent Gruneisen parameter (γ(j)) of zone-center phonon frequencies are discussed. These phonon calculations calculated at theoretical lattice constants agree well with existing literature.

  14. Unexpected electronic structure of the alloyed and doped arsenene sheets: First-Principles calculations

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    Liu, Ming-Yang; Huang, Yang; Chen, Qing-Yuan; Cao, Chao; He, Yao

    2016-01-01

    We study the equilibrium geometry and electronic structure of alloyed and doped arsenene sheets based on the density functional theory calculations. AsN, AsP and SbAs alloys possess indirect band gap and BiAs is direct band gap. Although AsP, SbAs and BiAs alloyed arsenene sheets maintain the semiconducting character of pure arsenene, they have indirect-direct and semiconducting-metallic transitions by applying biaxial strain. We find that B- and N-doped arsenene render p-type semiconducting character, while C- and O-doped arsenene are metallic character. Especially, the C-doped arsenene is spin-polarization asymmetric and can be tuned into the bipolar spin-gapless semiconductor by the external electric field. Moreover, the doping concentration can effectively affect the magnetism of the C-doped system. Finally, we briefly study the chemical molecule adsorbed arsenene. Our results may be valuable for alloyed and doped arsenene sheets applications in mechanical sensors and spintronic devices in the future. PMID:27373712

  15. First-principles electronic structure and relative stability of pyrite and marcasite: Implications for photovoltaic performance

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    Sun, Ruoshi; Chan, M. K. Y.; Ceder, G.

    2011-06-01

    Despite the many advantages (e.g., suitable band gap, exceptional optical absorptivity, earth abundance) of pyrite as a photovoltaic material, its low open-circuit voltage (OCV) has remained the biggest challenge preventing its use in practical devices. Two of the most widely accepted reasons for the cause of the low OCV are (i) Fermi level pinning due to intrinsic surface states that appear as gap states, and (ii) the presence of the metastable polymorph, marcasite. In this paper, we investigate these claims, via density-functional theory, by examining the electronic structure, bulk, surface, and interfacial energies of pyrite and marcasite. Regardless of whether the Hubbard U correction is applied, the intrinsic {100} surface states are found to be of dz2 character, as expected from ligand field theory. However, they are not gap states but rather located at the conduction-band edge. Thus, ligand field splitting at the symmetry-broken surface cannot be the sole cause of the low OCV. We also investigate epitaxial growth of marcasite on pyrite. Based on the surface, interfacial, and strain energies of pyrite and marcasite, we find from our model that only one layer of epitaxial growth of marcasite is thermodynamically favorable. Within all methods used (LDA, GGA-PBE, GGA-PBE+U, GGA-AM05, GGA-AM05+U, HSE06, and Δ-sol), the marcasite band gap is not less than the pyrite band gap, and is even larger than the experimental marcasite gap. Moreover, gap states are not observed at the pyrite-marcasite interface. We conclude that intrinsic surface states or the presence of marcasite are unlikely to undermine the photovoltaic performance of pyrite.

  16. Analysis of structural and electronic properties of Pr2NiO4 through first-principles calculations.

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    Aspera, S M; Sakaue, M; Wungu, T D K; Alaydrus, M; Linh, T P T; Kasai, H; Nakanishi, M; Ishihara, T

    2012-10-10

    The structural and electronic properties of bulk Pr(2)NiO(4+δ) (δ = 0 and 0.031) were analyzed using first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) for application to electrode materials in solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Two structures of Pr(2)NiO(4) were analyzed: one in space group I4/mmm associated with the high temperature tetragonal (HTT) structure, and the other in Bmab with the low temperature orthorhombic (LTO) structure. The main difference between the two structures is the pronounced tilting of the nickelate octahedra found in the Bmab structure. Here, we will show that the difference in the electronic properties between the two structures, i.e. half-metallic for the I4/mmm structure and metallic for the Bmab structure, is attributed to the tilting of the nickelate octahedra. Furthermore, we found that the presence of interstitial O atoms at the Pr(2)O(2) bilayers is responsible for the tilting of the octahedra and thus is a dominant factor in the transition from the I4/mmm structure to the Bmab structure. These results would be of great significance to materials design related to the enhancement of O diffusivity in this material.

  17. Linear optical properties and electronic structures of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and poly(3-hexylselenophene) crystals from first principles

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    Tsumuraya, Takao; Song, Jung-Hwan; Freeman, Arthur J.

    2012-08-01

    Linear optical properties of regio-regular-poly(3-hexythiophene) (rr-P3HT) and regio-regular-poly(3-hexyselenophene) (rr-P3HS) are investigated in relation to their anisotropic crystal structure by means of first-principles density functional calculations. The optical spectra are evaluated by calculating its dielectric functions, focusing on the frequency dependence of the imaginary part. The optical transition along the π conjugation-connecting backbone direction is found to be the most significant at the band edges. A group-theoretical analysis of the matrix elements is given to explain the interband transitions. The optical spectra, electronic structures, and structural stabilities are calculated using the all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method within the local-density approximation. We proposed several possible crystal structures of rr-P3HT and performed structural optimizations to determine a stable structure. Comparing the total energy differences among these relaxed structures, a base-centered monoclinic structure belonging to the space group A2 is found to be the most stable structure. In the electronic structure, C and S orbitals belonging to polythiophene backbones are the biggest contributors at the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum, but there is almost no contribution from the hexyl side chains. Last, the differences in electronic and optical properties between rr-P3HT and rr-P3HS are discussed.

  18. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of (N, C)-codoped ZnO nanotube: First principles study

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    Esmailian, Amirhosein; Shahrokhi, Masoud; Kanjouri, Faramarz

    2015-04-01

    We have studied the electronic structure and magnetic properties of Nitrogen and Carbon codoped ZnO (5,0) single-walled zigzag nanotube using first-principle calculations based on the density functional theory. We performed our calculations for N- and C- codoping ZnO nanotube in two different configurations. For the first configuration in which the two impurity atoms (N or C) are on first nearest-neighbor sites in the plane of codoping, our calculation predicts that the N- and C-codoped ZnO nanotubes are antiferromagnetic material with no net magnetization. On the other hand, it is found that for the configuration in which the two impurity atoms are next nearest-neighbors, a spin polarization results in a magnetic moment in the N- and C-codoped ZnO nanotubes.

  19. First-principles study on the physical properties of a layered ZnO with hexagonal α-BN structure

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    Su, Y. L.; Zhang, Q. Y.; Zhao, J. J.

    2016-05-01

    A layered ZnO with α-BN structure has been studied using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. The physical properties of the layered ZnO are calculated in terms of dielectric function, infrared reflectance, elastic coefficients, modulus, hardness, and heat capacity. The layered ZnO exhibits a good infrared reflectance with a broad reststrahlen band covering the infrared band below 600 cm-1. The layered ZnO is predicted to be a material behaving in a brittle manner, with a microhardness ~3.6 times higher than that of the wurtzite ZnO. The temperature-dependent thermodynamic functions suggest that the layered ZnO has the thermal properties similar to those of wurtzite ZnO, but having a little higher Debye temperature above room temperature.

  20. Electronic structure and equation of state of Sm2Co17 from first-principles DFT+ U

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    Huang, Patrick; Butch, Nicholas P.; Jeffries, Jason R.; McCall, Scott K.

    2013-03-01

    Rare-earth intermetallics have important applications as permanent magnet materials, and the rational optimization of their properties would benefit greatly from guidance from ab initio modeling. However, these systems are particularly challenging for current electronic structure methods. Here, we present an ab initio study of the prototype material Sm2Co17 and related compounds, using density functional theory with a Hubbard correction for the Sm 4 f-electrons (DFT+ U method) and ultrasoft pseudopotentials. The Hubbard U parameter is derived from first principles [Cococcioni and de Gironcoli, PRB 71, 035105 (2005)], not fit to experiment. Our calculations are in good agreement with recent photoemission measurements at ambient pressure and the equation of state up to 40 GPa, thus supporting the validity of our DFT+ U model. Prepared by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  1. First principles DFT investigation of yttrium-decorated boron-nitride nanotube: Electronic structure and hydrogen storage

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    Jain, Richa Naja; Chakraborty, Brahmananda; Ramaniah, Lavanya M.

    2015-06-01

    The electronic structure and hydrogen storage capability of Yttrium-doped BNNTs has been theoretically investigated using first principles density functional theory (DFT). Yttrium atom prefers the hollow site in the center of the hexagonal ring with a binding energy of 0.8048eV. Decorating by Y makes the system half-metallic and magnetic with a magnetic moment of 1.0µB. Y decorated Boron-Nitride (8,0) nanotube can adsorb up to five hydrogen molecules whose average binding energy is computed as 0.5044eV. All the hydrogen molecules are adsorbed with an average desorption temperature of 644.708 K. Taking that the Y atoms can be placed only in alternate hexagons, the implied wt% comes out to be 5.31%, a relatively acceptable value for hydrogen storage materials. Thus, this system can serve as potential hydrogen storage medium.

  2. Structural, energetic and thermodynamic analyses of Ca(BH4)2·2NH3 from first principles calculations

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    Yuan, Peng-Fei; Wang, Fei; Sun, Qiang; Jia, Yu; Guo, Zheng-Xiao

    2012-01-01

    Ca(BH4)2·2NH3 is a relatively new compound with potential application in hydrogen storage. Here the fundamental properties of the compound, such as electronic structure, energetic and thermodynamic properties, were comprehensively studied using first-principles calculations. Results from electronic density of states (DOS) and electron localization function (ELF) indicate the covalent bond nature of the N-H bond and the B-H bond. Charge density analyses show weak ionic interactions between the Ca atom and the NH3 complexes or the (BH4)- complexes. The calculated vibration frequencies of B-H and N-H are in good agreement with other theoretical and experimental results. Furthermore, we calculated the reaction enthalpy and reaction Gibbs free energy at a range of temperature 0-700 K. Our results are in good agreement with experimental results in literature. Possible reaction mechanism of the decomposition reaction is proposed.

  3. 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

    2010-02-01

    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. PMID:20366776

  4. First principles DFT investigation of yttrium-decorated boron-nitride nanotube: Electronic structure and hydrogen storage

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    Jain, Richa Naja; Chakraborty, Brahmananda; Ramaniah, Lavanya M.

    2015-06-24

    The electronic structure and hydrogen storage capability of Yttrium-doped BNNTs has been theoretically investigated using first principles density functional theory (DFT). Yttrium atom prefers the hollow site in the center of the hexagonal ring with a binding energy of 0.8048eV. Decorating by Y makes the system half-metallic and magnetic with a magnetic moment of 1.0µ{sub B}. Y decorated Boron-Nitride (8,0) nanotube can adsorb up to five hydrogen molecules whose average binding energy is computed as 0.5044eV. All the hydrogen molecules are adsorbed with an average desorption temperature of 644.708 K. Taking that the Y atoms can be placed only in alternate hexagons, the implied wt% comes out to be 5.31%, a relatively acceptable value for hydrogen storage materials. Thus, this system can serve as potential hydrogen storage medium.

  5. On structural and lattice dynamic stability of LaF3 under high pressure: A first principle study

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

    2015-06-01

    Structural and lattice dynamical stability of the LaF3 has been analyzed as a function of hydrostatic compression through first principle electronic band structure calculations. The comparison of enthalpies of various plausible structures calculated at various pressures suggests a phase transition from ambient condition tysonite structure (space group P-3c1) to a primitive orthorhombic structure (space group Pmmn) at a pressure of ˜19.5 GPa, in line with the experimental value of 16 GPa. Further, it is predicted that this phase will remain stable up to 100 GPa (the maximum pressure up to which calculations have been performed in the present work). The theoretically determined equation of state displays a good agreement with experimental data. Various physical quantities such as zero pressure equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, and pressure derivative of bulk modulus have been derived from the theoretically determined equation of state and compared with the available experimental data. Our lattice dynamic calculations correctly demonstrate that at zero pressure the tysonite structure is lattice dynamically stable whereas the Pmmn structure is unstable lattice dynamically. Further, at transition pressure the theoretically calculated phonon spectra clearly show that the Pmmn phase emerges as lattice dynamically stable phase whereas the tysonite structure becomes unstable dynamically, supporting our static lattice calculations.

  6. On structural and lattice dynamic stability of LaF{sub 3} under high pressure: A first principle study

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

    2015-06-24

    Structural and lattice dynamical stability of the LaF3 has been analyzed as a function of hydrostatic compression through first principle electronic band structure calculations. The comparison of enthalpies of various plausible structures calculated at various pressures suggests a phase transition from ambient condition tysonite structure (space group P-3c1) to a primitive orthorhombic structure (space group Pmmn) at a pressure of ∼19.5 GPa, in line with the experimental value of 16 GPa. Further, it is predicted that this phase will remain stable up to 100 GPa (the maximum pressure up to which calculations have been performed in the present work). The theoretically determined equation of state displays a good agreement with experimental data. Various physical quantities such as zero pressure equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, and pressure derivative of bulk modulus have been derived from the theoretically determined equation of state and compared with the available experimental data. Our lattice dynamic calculations correctly demonstrate that at zero pressure the tysonite structure is lattice dynamically stable whereas the Pmmn structure is unstable lattice dynamically. Further, at transition pressure the theoretically calculated phonon spectra clearly show that the Pmmn phase emerges as lattice dynamically stable phase whereas the tysonite structure becomes unstable dynamically, supporting our static lattice calculations.

  7. Fast ion conductivity in strained defect-fluorite structure created by ion tracks in Gd2Ti2O7

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Sachan, Ritesh; Zarkadoula, Eva; Pakarinen, Olli; Chisholm, Matthew F.; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2015-11-10

    The structure and ion-conducting properties of the defect-fluorite ring structure formed around amorphous ion-tracks by swift heavy ion irradiation of Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore are investigated. High angle annular dark field imaging complemented with ion-track molecular dynamics simulations show that the atoms in the ring structure are disordered, and have relatively larger cation-cation interspacing than in the bulk pyrochlore, illustrating the presence of tensile strain in the ring region. Density functional theory calculations show that the non-equilibrium defect-fluorite structure can be stabilized by tensile strain. The pyrochlore to defect-fluorite structure transformation in the ring region is predicted to be induced by recrystallizationmore » during a melt-quench process and stabilized by tensile strain. Static pair-potential calculations show that planar tensile strain lowers oxygen vacancy migration barriers in pyrochlores, in agreement with recent studies on fluorite and perovskite materials. Lastly, in view of these results, it is suggested that strain engineering could be simultaneously used to stabilize the defect-fluorite structure and gain control over its high ion-conducting properties.« less

  8. Fast ion conductivity in strained defect-fluorite structure created by ion tracks in Gd2Ti2O7

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Sachan, Ritesh; Zarkadoula, Eva; Pakarinen, Olli; Chisholm, Matthew F.; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2015-01-01

    The structure and ion-conducting properties of the defect-fluorite ring structure formed around amorphous ion-tracks by swift heavy ion irradiation of Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore are investigated. High angle annular dark field imaging complemented with ion-track molecular dynamics simulations show that the atoms in the ring structure are disordered, and have relatively larger cation-cation interspacing than in the bulk pyrochlore, illustrating the presence of tensile strain in the ring region. Density functional theory calculations show that the non-equilibrium defect-fluorite structure can be stabilized by tensile strain. The pyrochlore to defect-fluorite structure transformation in the ring region is predicted to be induced by recrystallization during a melt-quench process and stabilized by tensile strain. Static pair-potential calculations show that planar tensile strain lowers oxygen vacancy migration barriers in pyrochlores, in agreement with recent studies on fluorite and perovskite materials. In view of these results, it is suggested that strain engineering could be simultaneously used to stabilize the defect-fluorite structure and gain control over its high ion-conducting properties. PMID:26555848

  9. Fast ion conductivity in strained defect-fluorite structure created by ion tracks in Gd2Ti2O7

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Sachan, Ritesh; Zarkadoula, Eva; Pakarinen, Olli; Chisholm, Matthew F.; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2015-11-01

    The structure and ion-conducting properties of the defect-fluorite ring structure formed around amorphous ion-tracks by swift heavy ion irradiation of Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore are investigated. High angle annular dark field imaging complemented with ion-track molecular dynamics simulations show that the atoms in the ring structure are disordered, and have relatively larger cation-cation interspacing than in the bulk pyrochlore, illustrating the presence of tensile strain in the ring region. Density functional theory calculations show that the non-equilibrium defect-fluorite structure can be stabilized by tensile strain. The pyrochlore to defect-fluorite structure transformation in the ring region is predicted to be induced by recrystallization during a melt-quench process and stabilized by tensile strain. Static pair-potential calculations show that planar tensile strain lowers oxygen vacancy migration barriers in pyrochlores, in agreement with recent studies on fluorite and perovskite materials. In view of these results, it is suggested that strain engineering could be simultaneously used to stabilize the defect-fluorite structure and gain control over its high ion-conducting properties.

  10. Fast ion conductivity in strained defect-fluorite structure created by ion tracks in Gd2Ti2O7.

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S; Sachan, Ritesh; Zarkadoula, Eva; Pakarinen, Olli; Chisholm, Matthew F; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J

    2015-11-10

    The structure and ion-conducting properties of the defect-fluorite ring structure formed around amorphous ion-tracks by swift heavy ion irradiation of Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore are investigated. High angle annular dark field imaging complemented with ion-track molecular dynamics simulations show that the atoms in the ring structure are disordered, and have relatively larger cation-cation interspacing than in the bulk pyrochlore, illustrating the presence of tensile strain in the ring region. Density functional theory calculations show that the non-equilibrium defect-fluorite structure can be stabilized by tensile strain. The pyrochlore to defect-fluorite structure transformation in the ring region is predicted to be induced by recrystallization during a melt-quench process and stabilized by tensile strain. Static pair-potential calculations show that planar tensile strain lowers oxygen vacancy migration barriers in pyrochlores, in agreement with recent studies on fluorite and perovskite materials. In view of these results, it is suggested that strain engineering could be simultaneously used to stabilize the defect-fluorite structure and gain control over its high ion-conducting properties.

  11. First-principles study of the structural, defect, and mechanical properties of B2FeCo alloys

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    Fu, C. L.; Krčmar, Maja

    2006-11-01

    B2FeCo has the highest saturation magnetization of any material, but has zero room temperature ductility in the ordered state that somewhat increases in the disordered state. Brittleness of FeCo has long been a puzzle given its high-symmetry B2 structure, 1/2⟨111⟩{110} slip, and low ordering temperature—all features of intrinsically ductile intermetallics. Employing first-principles calculations and statistical mechanics, we study the structural stability, point defects and order-disorder transition of B2FeCo , and suggest a mechanism potentially leading to its intrinsic brittleness. We find that B2FeCo is marginally stable, weakly ordered with a high density of antisite defects, and low anti-phase boundary energies for ⟨111⟩ slip on {110} and {112} planes. Most importantly, this system is very sensitive to the change in local atomic environment: structural instability and transformation into low-symmetry L10 structure or sheared L10 structure can be caused by reduced dimensionality or applied shear stress, respectively. We suggest that the internal stress (e.g., near the dislocation cores) may be closely connected with the B2FeCo intrinsic brittleness, since it is likely to induce local B2→L10 structural transformations.

  12. Special quasirandom structure modeling of fluorite-structured oxide solid solutions with aliovalent cation substitutions

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    Wolff-Goodrich, Silas; Hanken, Benjamin E.; Solomon, Jonathan M.; Asta, Mark

    2015-07-01

    The accuracy of the special quasirandom structure (SQS) approach for modeling the structure and energetics of fluorite-structured oxide solid solutions with aliovalent cation substitutions is assessed in an ionic-pair potential study of urania and ceria based systems mixed with trivalent rare-earth ions. Mixing enthalpies for SQS supercells containing 96 and 324 lattice sites were calculated using ionic pair potentials for U0.5La0.5O1.75, U0.5Y0.5O1.75, Ce0.5La0.5O1.75, Ce0.5Y0.5O1.75, and Ce0.5Gd0.5O1.75, which all have stoichiometries of pyrochlores. The SQS results were compared to benchmark values for random substitutional disorder obtained using large supercell models. The calculations show significant improvement of the mixing enthalpy for the larger 324 site SQS, which is attributed to a better description of the structural distortions, as characterized by the radial distribution functions in relaxed systems.

  13. First-principles study on structure stabilities of α-S and Na-S battery systems

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    Momida, Hiroyoshi; Oguchi, Tamio

    2014-03-01

    To understand microscopic mechanisms of charge and discharge reactions in Na-S batteries, there has been increasing needs to study fundamental atomic and electronic structures of elemental S as well as that of Na-S phases. The most stable form of S is known to be an orthorhombic α-S crystal at ambient temperature and pressure, and α-S consists of puckered S8 rings which crystallize in space group Fddd . In this study, the crystal structure of α-S is examined by using first-principles calculations with and without the van der Waals interaction corrections of Grimme's method, and results clearly show that the van der Waals interactions between the S8 rings have crucial roles on cohesion of α-S. We also study structure stabilities of Na2S, NaS, NaS2, and Na2S5 phases with reported crystal structures. Using calculated total energies of the crystal structure models, we estimate discharge voltages assuming discharge reactions from 2Na+ xS -->Na2Sx, and discharge reactions in Na/S battery systems are discussed by comparing with experimental results. This work was partially supported by Elements Strategy Initiative for Catalysts and Batteries (ESICB) of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), Japan.

  14. First-principles study of MoHn (n =1, 2 and 3) crystal structures under high pressure

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    Feng, Xiaolei; Zhang, Jurong; Liu, Hanyu; Wang, Hui

    Hydrogen-rich materials have attracted attention recently, owing to their fascinating chemical bonding and potential high superconducting critical temperatures temperature. Inspired by the recent identification of polyhydrides of d metals and molybdenum hydride molecules with a high H content, we explored the crystal structures of MoHn (n = 1, 2, and 3) under high pressures using particle swarm optimization combined with first-principles electronic structure calculations. Several novel structures of MoH2 and MoH3 are predicted at high pressures. MoH is calculated to be stable at ambient pressure; at P >2.3 GPa the hexagonal phase of MoH2 becomes stable, and at 24 GPa it transforms into an orthorhombic structure, which remains stable up to 100 GPa. All three stable structures show metallic behavior under pressure. The calculated electronic properties suggest that the d-orbitals of the Mo atoms provide the dominant contribution to the density of states at the Fermi level, which is different from the density of states previously predicted for H-rich materials. The present results offer insights in understanding of chemical and physical properties in hydrogen-rich materials, especially in extreme environments.

  15. First principles study of structural, electronic, elastic and thermal properties of YX (X = Cd, In, Au, Hg and Tl) intermetallics

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    Chouhan, Sunil Singh; Pagare, Gitanjali; Rajagopalan, M.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2012-08-01

    The structural, electronic, elastic and thermal properties of YX (X = Cd, In, Au, Hg and Tl) intermetallic compounds crystallizing in B2-type structure have been studied using first principles density functional theory within generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange correlation potential. Amongst all the YX compounds, YIn is stable in distorted tetragonal (P4/mmm) CuAu-type structure at ambient pressure with very small energy difference of 0.00681 Ry. but it undergoes to CsCl-type (B2 phase) structure at 23.3 GPa. Rest of the compounds are stable in B2 structure at ambient condition. The values of elastic moduli as a function of pressure are also reported. The ductility of these compounds has been analyzed using the Pugh rule. Our calculated results indicate that YTl is the most ductile amongst all the B2-YX compounds. YAu is the hardest and less compressible compound due to the largest bulk modulus. The elastic properties such as Young's modulus (E), Poisson's ratio (σ) and anisotropic ratio (A) are also predicted. The anisotropic factor is found to be unity for YHg which shows that this compound is isotropic.

  16. Structural and electronic properties of ZnO/GaN heterostructured nanowires from first-principles study.

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    Zhang, Yang; Fang, Dang-Qi; Zhang, Sheng-Li; Huang, Rao; Wen, Yu-Hua

    2016-01-28

    ZnO/GaN alloys have exceptional photocatalytic applications owing to their suitable band gaps corresponding to the range of visible light wavelength and thus have attracted extensive attention over the past few years. In this study, the structural stabilities and electronic properties of core/shell, biaxial, and super-lattice ZnO/GaN heterostructured nanowires have been investigated by means of first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory. The effects of the nanowire size, the GaN ratio, and strain have been explored. It is found that all studied heterostructured nanowires are less stable than pure ZnO nanowires, exhibiting larger sized wires with better structural stabilities and inversely proportional relationship between structural stability and the GaN ratio. Electronic band structures imply that all heterostructured nanowires are semiconductors with the band gaps strongly depending on the GaN ratios as well as mechanical strain. Particularly, for the biaxial and the super-lattice nanowires, their band gaps decrease firstly and then increase with the increasing GaN ratios. Electronic contributions to the valence band maximum (VBM) and the conduction band minimum (CBM) are discussed for exploiting the potential photocatalytic applications.

  17. First-principles melting of gallium clusters down to nine atoms: structural and electronic contributions to melting.

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    Steenbergen, Krista G; Gaston, Nicola

    2013-10-01

    First-principles Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations of small gallium clusters, including parallel tempering, probe the distinction between cluster and molecule in the size range of 7-12 atoms. In contrast to the larger sizes, dynamic measures of structural change at finite temperature demonstrate that Ga7 and Ga8 do not melt, suggesting a size limit to melting in gallium exists at 9 atoms. Analysis of electronic structure further supports this size limit, additionally demonstrating that a covalent nature cannot be identified for clusters larger than the gallium dimer. Ga9, Ga10 and Ga11 melt at greater-than-bulk temperatures, with no evident covalent character. As Ga12 represents the first small gallium cluster to melt at a lower-than-bulk temperature, we examine the structural properties of each cluster at finite temperature in order to probe both the origins of greater-than-bulk melting, as well as the significant differences in melting temperatures induced by a single atom addition. Size-sensitive melting temperatures can be explained by both energetic and entropic differences between the solid and liquid phases for each cluster. We show that the lower-than-bulk melting temperature of the 12-atom cluster can be attributed to persistent pair bonding, reminiscent of the pairing observed in α-gallium. This result supports the attribution of greater-than-bulk melting in gallium clusters to the anomalously low melting temperature of the bulk, due to its dimeric structure.

  18. First Principle Calculations of the Electronic Structure, Phase Transition and Properties of ZrSiO4 Polymorphs

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    Du, Jincheng; Devanathan, Ram; Corrales, L Rene; Weber, William J

    2012-01-01

    First principle periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to understand the electronic structure, chemical bonding, phase transition, and physical properties of the zircon (in the chemical composition of ZrSiO4) and its high pressure phase reidite. Temperature effect on phase transition and thermal-mechanical properties such as heat capacity and bulk modulus have been studied by combining the equation of states obtained from DFT calculations with the quasi-harmonic Debye model to take into account the entropy contribution to free energy. Local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) DFT functionals have been systematically compared in predicting the structure and property of this material. It is found that the LDA functional provides a better description of the equilibrium structure and bulk modulus, while GGA predicts a transition pressure closer to experimental values. Both functionals correctly predict the relative stability of the two phases, with GGA giving slightly larger energy differences. The calculated band structures show that both zircon and reidite have indirect bandgaps and the reidite phase has a narrower bandgap than the zircon phase. The atomic charges determined using the Bader method show that bonding in reidite has a stronger covalent character.

  19. Medium-range structure of vitreous SiO2 obtained through first-principles investigation of vibrational spectra

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    Giacomazzi, Luigi; Umari, P.; Pasquarello, Alfredo

    2009-02-01

    Using a density-functional framework, we investigate the vibrational spectra of vitreous SiO2 to determine to what extent these spectra provide information about the medium-range structure of the oxide network. We carry out a comparative study involving three model structures, which all feature a nondefective network of corner-sharing tetrahedra but differ through their Si-O-Si bond-angle distributions and ring statistics. We first address the results of typical diffraction probes. Fair agreement with experiment is achieved for the total neutron and total x-ray structure factors of all models, indicating limited sensitivity of these structure factors to the medium-range structure. The same consideration also applies to the Si-O and O-O partial structure factors. At variance, the Si-Si partial structure factor is found to be highly sensitive to the Si-O-Si bond-angle distribution. We then address typical vibrational spectra, such as the inelastic neutron spectrum, the infrared spectra, and the Raman spectra. For the inelastic neutron spectrum and the infrared spectra, the comparison with experiment is fair for all models, indicating poor sensitivity to the structural arrangement of tetrahedra. The only noticeable exception is the feature at ˜800cm-1 which shifts to higher frequencies with decreasing Si-O-Si angles. At variance, the Raman spectra are shown to be very informative about the medium-range organization of the network through their sensitivity to the concentrations of three-membered and four-membered rings. Our study indicates that the considered experimental data are globally consistent with a medium-range structure characterized by an average Si-O-Si bond angle of 148° and with small-ring concentrations as derived from the intensities of the experimental Raman defect lines. To describe the infrared and Raman couplings, our work also introduces parametric models which reproduce well the spectra calculated from first principles.

  20. First-principles calculations for the structural and electronic properties of GaAs1-xPx nanowires

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    Mohammad, Rezek; Katırcıoğlu, Şenay

    2016-09-01

    Structural stability and electronic properties of GaAs1-xPx (0.0≤x≤1.0) nanowires (NWs) in zinc-blende (ZB) (˜5≤ diameter ≤˜21Å) and wurtzite (WZ) (˜5≤diameter≤˜29Å) phases are investigated by first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). GaAs (x=0.0) and GaP (x=1.0) compound NWs in WZ phase are found energetically more stable than in ZB structural ones. In the case of GaAs1-xPx alloy NWs, the energetically favorable phase is found size and composition dependent. All the presented NWs have semiconductor characteristics. The quantum size effect is clearly demonstrated for all GaAs1-xPx (0.0≤x≤1.0) NWs. The band gaps of ZB and WZ structural GaAs compound NWs with ˜10≤ diameter ≤˜21Å and ˜5≤diameter≤˜29Å, respectively are enlarged by the addition of concentrations of phosphorus for obtaining GaAs1-xPx NWs proportional to the x values around 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75.

  1. The Harvard Clean Energy Project: High-throughput screening of organic photovoltaic materials using first-principles electronic structure theory

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    Hachmann, Johannes; Olivares-Amaya, Roberto; Atahan-Evrenk, Sule; Amador-Bedolla, Carlos; Aspuru-Guzik, Alan

    2012-02-01

    We present the Harvard Clean Energy Project (CEP) which is concerned with the computational screening and design of new organic photovoltaic materials. CEP has established an automated, high-throughput, in silico framework to study millions of potential candidate structures. This presentation discusses the CEP branch which employs first-principles computational quantum chemistry for the characterization of molecular motifs and the assessment of their quality with respect to applications as electronic materials. In addition to finding specific structures with certain properties, it is the goal of CEP to illuminate and understand the structure-property relations in the domain of organic electronics. Such insights can open the door to a rational, systematic, and accelerated development of future high-performance materials. CEP is a large-scale investigation which utilizes the massive computational resource of IBM's World Community Grid. In this context, it is deployed as a screensaver application harvesting idle computing time on donor machines. This cyberinfrastructure paradigm has already allowed us to characterize 3.5 million molecules of interest in about 50 million DFT calculations.

  2. First-Principles Study on Structural and Thermoelectric Properties of Al- and Sb-Doped Mg2Si

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    Hirayama, Naomi; Iida, Tsutomu; Funashima, Hiroki; Morioka, Shunsuke; Sakamoto, Mariko; Nishio, Keishi; Kogo, Yasuo; Takanashi, Yoshifumi; Hamada, Noriaki

    2015-06-01

    We theoretically investigate the structural and thermoelectric properties of magnesium silicide (Mg2Si) incorporating Al or Sb atoms as impurities using first-principles calculations. We optimized the structural properties through variable-cell relaxation using a pseudopotential method based on density functional theory. The result indicates that the lattice constant can be affected by the insertion of impurity atoms into the system, mainly because the ionic radii of these impurities differ from those of the matrix constituents Mg and Si. We then estimate, on the basis of the optimized structures, the site preferences of the impurity atoms using a formation energy calculation. The result shows a nontrivial concentration-dependence of the site occupation, such that Al tends to go into the Si, Mg, and interstitial sites with comparable formation energies at low doping levels (<2 at.%); it can start to substitute for the Mg sites preferentially at higher doping levels (<4 at.%). Sb, on the other hand, shows a strong preference for the Si sites at all impurity concentrations. Furthermore, we obtain the temperature-dependence of the thermoelectromotive force (Seebeck coefficient) of the Al- and Sb-doped Mg2Si using the full-potential linearized augmented-plane-wave method and the Boltzmann transport equation.

  3. First-principles study of the Pd–Si system and Pd(001)/SiC(001) hetero-structure

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

    2014-11-01

    First-principles molecular dynamics simulations of the Pd(001)/3C–SiC(001) nano-layered structure were carried out at different temperatures ranging from 300 to 2100 K. Various PdSi (Pnma, Fm3m, P6m2, Pm3m), Pd2Si (P6⁻2m, P63/mmc, P3m1, P3⁻1m) and Pd3Si (Pnma, P6322, Pm3m, I4/mmm) structures under pressure were studied to identify the structure of the Pd/Si and Pd/C interfaces in the Pd/SiC systems at high temperatures. It was found that a large atomic mixing at the Pd/Si interface occurred at 1500–1800 K, whereas the Pd/C interface remained sharp even at the highest temperature of 2100 K. At the Pd/C interface, voids and a graphite-like clustering were detected. Palladium and silicon atoms interact at the Pd/Si interface to mostly form C22-Pd2Si and D011-Pd3Si fragments, in agreement with experiment.

  4. Electronic structure of lithium borocarbide as a cathode material for a rechargeable Li-ion battery: First-principles calculation

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    Xu, Qiang; Ban, Chunmei; Dillon, Anne; Wei, Suhuai; Zhao, Yufeng

    2011-03-01

    Traditional cathode materials, such as transition-metal oxides, are heavy, expensive, and often not benign. Therefore, alternative materials without transition metal elements are highly desirable in order to design high-capacity Li-ion batteries of light weight and low price. Here we report on potential application of the LiBC compound as cathode materials, in which graphene-like BC sheets are intercalated by Li ions. The crystal structure and properties of LiBC were firstly reported by Wörle et al. in 1995. Importantly, it was found that the 75% Li ions can be retrieved out of the compound without changing the layered structure. We have performed first-principles calculations based on density functional theory, as implemented in the Vienna Ab-initio Simulation Package. According to our calculation, the layered Li x BC structure can be well preserved at x > 0.5 . Thereversibleelectrochemicalreaction , LiBC <--> Li 0.5 , gives an energy capacity of 609mAh/g and an open-circuit voltage of 2.42V. The volume change is only about 5% during the charging and discharging process. All these results point to a potentially promising application of LiBC as a novel cathode material for high-capacity Li-ion batteries in replacement of the transition metal oxides.

  5. Attempts at a determination of the fine-structure constant from first principles: a brief historical overview

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    Jentschura, U. D.; Nándori, I.

    2014-12-01

    It has been a notably elusive task to find a remotely sensical ansatz for a calculation of Sommerfeld's electrodynamic fine-structure constant αQED ≈ 1 / 137.036 based on first principles. However, this has not prevented a number of researchers to invest considerable effort into the problem, despite the formidable challenges, and a number of attempts have been recorded in the literature. Here, we review a possible approach based on the quantum electrodynamic (QED) β function, and on algebraic identities relating αQED to invariant properties of "internal" symmetry groups, as well as attempts to relate the strength of the electromagnetic interaction to the natural cutoff scale for other gauge theories. Conjectures based on both classical as well as quantum-field theoretical considerations are discussed. We point out apparent strengths and weaknesses of the most prominent attempts that were recorded in the literature. This includes possible connections to scaling properties of the Einstein-Maxwell Lagrangian which describes gravitational and electromagnetic interactions on curved space-times. Alternative approaches inspired by string theory are also discussed. A conceivable variation of the fine-structure constant with time would suggest a connection of αQED to global structures of the Universe, which in turn are largely determined by gravitational interactions.

  6. 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.

  7. The electronic structure, mechanical flexibility and carrier mobility of black arsenic-phosphorus monolayers: a first principles study.

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    Sun, Jie; Lin, Na; Ren, Hao; Tang, Cheng; Yang, Letao; Zhao, Xian

    2016-04-14

    New artificial layered semiconductors - black arsenic-phosphorus (b-AsP) - which have tunable band gaps owing to good tunability of the chemical compositions have been synthesized in a recent experiment. In the present work, first principles calculations are performed to systematically study the structure, and mechanical, electrical, and transport properties of b-AsP monolayers. The mechanical analysis demonstrates that the exfoliation of single-layer b-AsP systems from the bulk form is more difficult compared with that of pure black phosphorus (BP). In addition, the breaking strain of the b-AsP monolayer is comparable with other widely studied two dimensional materials, indicating their excellent mechanical flexibility and good potential for flexible device applications. Besides, the electronic structures of b-AsP system monolayers are not sensitive to their specific compositions, which however, can be flexibly modulated by the strain effect. The predicted carrier mobilities of b-AsP systems are directionally anisotropic, similar to pure BP. However, the degradation of their carrier mobilities may become a practical limitation in real electronic device applications. PMID:27003857

  8. First-principles calculation of the electronic structure, chemical bonding, and thermodynamic properties of β-US2

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    Li, Shi-Chang; Zheng, Yuan-Lei; Ma, Sheng-Gui; Gao, Tao; Ao, Bing-Yun

    2015-12-01

    The electronic structure, magnetic states, chemical bonding, and thermodynamic properties of β-US2 are investigated by using first-principles calculation through the density functional theory (DFT) +U approach. The obtained band structure exhibits a direct band gap semiconductor at Γ point with a band gap of 0.9 eV for β-US2, which is in good agreement with the recent experimental data. The charge-density differences, the Bader charge analysis, and the Born effective charges suggest that the U-S bonds of the β-US2 have a mixture of covalent and ionic characters, but the ionic character is stronger than covalent character. The Raman-active, infrared-active, and silent modes at the Γ point are further assigned and discussed. The obtained optical-mode frequencies indicate that the three apparent LO-TO (longitudinal optical-transverse optical) splittings occur in B1u, B2u, and B3u modes, respectively. Furthermore, the Helmholtz free energy ΔF, the specific heat ΔE, vibrational entropy S, and constant volume CV are studied over a range from 0 K˜100 K. We expect that our work can provide some valuable information for further experimental investigation of the dielectric properties and the infrared reflectivity spectrum of uranium chalcogenide. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 21371160 and 21401173).

  9. Competing collinear magnetic structures in superconducting FeSe by first-principles quantum Monte Carlo calculations

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    Busemeyer, Brian; Dagrada, Mario; Sorella, Sandro; Casula, Michele; Wagner, Lucas K.

    2016-07-01

    Resolving the interplay between magnetic interactions and structural properties in strongly correlated materials through a quantitatively accurate approach has been a major challenge in condensed-matter physics. Here we apply highly accurate first-principles quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) techniques to obtain structural and magnetic properties of the iron selenide (FeSe) superconductor under pressure. Where comparable, the computed properties are very close to the experimental values. Of potential ordered magnetic configurations, collinear spin configurations are the most energetically favorable over the explored pressure range. They become nearly degenerate in energy with bicollinear spin orderings at around 7 GPa, when the experimental critical temperature Tc is the highest. On the other hand, ferromagnetic, checkerboard, and staggered dimer configurations become relatively higher in energy as the pressure increases. The behavior under pressure is explained by an analysis of the local charge compressibility and the orbital occupation as described by the QMC many-body wave function, which reveals how spin, charge, and orbital degrees of freedom are strongly coupled in this compound. This remarkable pressure evolution suggests that stripelike magnetic fluctuations may be responsible for the enhanced Tc in FeSe and that higher Tc is associated with nearness to a crossover between collinear and bicollinear ordering.

  10. Interfacial properties and electron structure of Al/B4C interface: A first-principles study

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    Xian, Yajiang; Qiu, Ruizhi; Wang, Xin; Zhang, Pengcheng

    2016-09-01

    This research aims at investigating the structural, mechanical and electronic properties of the Al (111)/B4C (0001) interface by first-principles calculations. This model geometry Al (111)/B4C (0001) is chosen because the close-packed planes of Al and B4C have the (111) and (0001) orientation, respectively, and the lattice mismatch is only ∼2.1%. Among four B4C (0001) surfaces with different terminations, our calculation of surface free energies predicted that C-terminated B4C (0001) surface is the most stable one. Relaxed atomic geometries, the work of adhesion and interfacial free energies were calculated for three C-terminated B4C (0001)/Al (111) interfaces with different stacking sequences (top-site, hollow-site, and bridge-site). Results reveal that the relaxed top-site (hollow-site-like) Al/B4C interface has the best adhesion force and also be the most stable. The interfacial electron structure including charge density difference, Bader charge and density of states (DOS) is analyzed to determine the nature of metal/carbide bonding and we find the formation of Alsbnd C bond and possibly the formation of Al4C3 in the interface.

  11. First-Principles Electronic Structure Calculations of N2H4 Adsorbed on Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

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    Yu, M.; Tian, W. Q.; Jayanthi, C. S.; Wu, S. Y.

    2008-03-01

    Recent experiments conducted by Desai et al. [1] reveal that single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) networks exposed to N2H4 vapor at various pressures exhibit considerable drop in resistance with respect to the pristine sample. Experimental findings reveal: (i) n-type behavior for the adsorption of N2H4/SWCNT, and (ii) the binding of N2H4 on SWCNT as chemisorption. In the present work, we have performed first-principles electronic structure calculations [2] for the N2H4 adsorbed on the (14, 0) SWCNT, where several orientations for the N2H4 molecule were considered. Calculations for the combined system were performed using 3 unit cells with the DFT/GGA and ultra soft pseudo-potentials. Our calculations reveal: (i) the binding of N2H4 on SWCNT as physisorption, and (ii) the electronic structure of SWCNT to be practically unaltered by the adsorption of N2H4, suggesting that there will not be a dramatic drop in resistance for N2H4/SWCNT. This is in disagreement with the experimental findings. To further understand the experimental observations, we will discuss mechanisms that may alter the binding nature of N2H4 on SWCNT. [1] S. Desai, G. Sumanasekera, et al. (APS, March 2008). [2] G. Kresse and J. Furthmuller, Phys. Rev. B 54, 11169 (1996).

  12. Mechanical Properties and Electronic Structure of N and Ta Doped TiC: A First-Principles Study

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    Ma, Shi-Qing; Liu, Ying; Ye, Jin-Wen; Wang, Bin

    2014-12-01

    The first principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) are employed to investigate the mechanical properties and electronic structure of N and Ta doped TiC. The result shows that the co-doping of nitrogen and tantalum dilates the lattice constant and improves the stability of TiC. Nitrogen and tantalum can signiβcantly enhance the elastic constants and elastic moduli of TiC. The results of B/G and C12-C44 indicate tantalum can markedly increase the ductility of TiC. The electronic structure is calculated to describe the bonding characteristic, which revealed the strong hybridization between C-p and Ta-d and between N-p and Ti-d. The hardnessis is estimated by a semi-empirical model that is based on the Mulliken overlap population and bond length. While the weakest bond takes determinative role of the hardness of materials, the addition of Ta sharply reduces the hardness of TiC.

  13. Interfacial bonding and electronic structure of GaN/GaAs interface: A first-principles study

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    Cao, Ruyue; Zhang, Zhaofu; Wang, Changhong; Li, Haobo; Dong, Hong; Liu, Hui; Wang, Weichao; Xie, Xinjian

    2015-04-07

    Understanding of GaN interfacing with GaAs is crucial for GaN to be an effective interfacial layer between high-k oxides and III-V materials with the application in high-mobility metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) devices. Utilizing first principles calculations, here, we investigate the structural and electronic properties of the GaN/GaAs interface with respect to the interfacial nitrogen contents. The decrease of interfacial N contents leads to more Ga dangling bonds and As-As dimers. At the N-rich limit, the interface with N concentration of 87.5% shows the most stability. Furthermore, a strong band offsets dependence on the interfacial N concentration is also observed. The valance band offset of N7 with hybrid functional calculation is 0.51 eV. The electronic structure analysis shows that significant interface states exist in all the GaN/GaAs models with various N contents, which originate from the interfacial dangling bonds and some unsaturated Ga and N atoms. These large amounts of gap states result in Fermi level pinning and essentially degrade the device performance.

  14. Structural phase transitions and fundamental band gaps of MgxZn1 xO alloys from first principles

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    Maznichenko, I. V.; Ernst, Arthur; Bouhassoune, M.; Henk, J.; Daene, Markus W; Lueders, Martin; Bruno, Patrick; Wolfam, Hergert; Mertig, I.; Szotek, Zdzislawa; Temmerman, Walter M

    2009-01-01

    The structural phase transitions and the fundamental band gaps of MgxZn1 xO alloys are investigated by detailed first-principles calculations in the entire range of Mg concentrations x, applying a multiple-scattering theoretical approach (Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method). Disordered alloys are treated within the coherent-potential approximation. The calculations for various crystal phases have given rise to a phase diagram in good agreement with experiments and other theoretical approaches. The phase transition from the wurtzite to the rock-salt structure is predicted at the Mg concentration of x=0.33, which is close to the experimental value of 0.33 0.40. The size of the fundamental band gap, typically underestimated by the local-density approximation, is considerably improved by the self-interaction correction. The increase in the gap upon alloying ZnO with Mg corroborates experimental trends. Our findings are relevant for applications in optical, electrical, and, in particular, in magnetoelectric devices.

  15. First principle investigation of electronic structure, chemical bonding and optical properties of tetrabarium gallium trinitride oxide single crystal

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    Khan, Saleem Ayaz Azam, Sikander

    2015-10-15

    The electronic band structure, valence electron charge density and optical susceptibilities of tetrabarium gallium trinitride (TGT) were calculated via first principle study. The electronic band structure calculation describes TGT as semiconductor having direct band gap of 1.38 eV. The valence electronic charge density contour verified the non-polar covalent nature of the bond. The absorption edge and first peak of dielectric tensor components showed electrons transition from N-p state to Ba-d state. The calculated uniaxial anisotropy (0.4842) and birefringence (−0.0061) of present paper is prearranged as follow the spectral components of the dielectric tensor. The first peak in energy loss function (ELOS) shows the energy loss of fast traveling electrons in the material. The first sharp peak produced in ELOS around 10.5 eV show plasmon loss having plasma frequencies 0.1536, 0.004 and 0.066 of dielectric tensor components. This plasmon loss also cause decrease in reflectivity spectra.

  16. Interfacial properties and electronic structure of β-SiC(111)/α-Ti(0001): A first principle study

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    Li, Jian; Yang, Yanqing; Li, Lili; Lou, Juhong; Luo, Xian; Huang, Bin

    2013-01-01

    First-principles calculations of β-SiC(111)/α-Ti(0001) interface have been performed and the adhesion strength, interface energy, interfacial fracture toughness, and electronic structure are obtained. Six C-terminated β-SiC(111)/α-Ti(0001) interface models are investigated to clarify the influence of stacking sites and Ti atoms tilt direction on the interface bonding and fracture toughness. The hollow-site-stacked interfaces, in which Ti atoms locate on the hollow site of interfacial C atoms (cases III and IV), are more thermodynamically stable with larger work of adhesion, and interfacial fracture toughness. The center-site-stacked (cases I and II) and top-site-stacked (cases V and VI) interfaces have a decreasing interface adhesion as the order. The electronic structure of hollow-site-stacked interface (case IV) gives the evidence that atomic bonding exists between interfacial C, Si, and Ti atoms, and the C-Ti bonds exhibit more covalent features than Si-Ti. The tilt direction of Ti atoms, namely the stacking style of Ti, has a subtle and secondary effect on the interface stability.

  17. The structure of water at a Pt(111) electrode and the potential of zero charge studied from first principles.

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    Sakong, Sung; Forster-Tonigold, Katrin; Groß, Axel

    2016-05-21

    The structure of a liquid water layer on Pt(111) has been studied by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations based on periodic density functional theory calculations. First the reliability of the chosen exchange-correlation function has been validated by considering water clusters, bulk ice structures, and bulk liquid water, confirming that the dispersion corrected RPBE-D3/zero functional is a suitable choice. The simulations at room temperature yield that a water layer that is six layers thick is sufficient to yield liquid water properties in the interior of the water film. Performing a statistical average along the trajectory, a mean work function of 5.01 V is derived, giving a potential of zero charge of Pt(111) of 0.57 V vs. standard hydrogen electrode, in good agreement with experiments. Therefore we propose the RPBE-D3/zero functional as the appropriate choice for first-principles calculations addressing electrochemical aqueous electrolyte/metal electrode interfaces. PMID:27208959

  18. Interfacial bonding and electronic structure of GaN/GaAs interface: A first-principles study

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    Cao, Ruyue; Zhang, Zhaofu; Wang, Changhong; Li, Haobo; Xie, Xinjian; Dong, Hong; Liu, Hui; Wang, Weichao

    2015-04-01

    Understanding of GaN interfacing with GaAs is crucial for GaN to be an effective interfacial layer between high-k oxides and III-V materials with the application in high-mobility metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) devices. Utilizing first principles calculations, here, we investigate the structural and electronic properties of the GaN/GaAs interface with respect to the interfacial nitrogen contents. The decrease of interfacial N contents leads to more Ga dangling bonds and As-As dimers. At the N-rich limit, the interface with N concentration of 87.5% shows the most stability. Furthermore, a strong band offsets dependence on the interfacial N concentration is also observed. The valance band offset of N7 with hybrid functional calculation is 0.51 eV. The electronic structure analysis shows that significant interface states exist in all the GaN/GaAs models with various N contents, which originate from the interfacial dangling bonds and some unsaturated Ga and N atoms. These large amounts of gap states result in Fermi level pinning and essentially degrade the device performance.

  19. Anisotropy and temperature dependence of structural, thermodynamic, and elastic properties of crystalline cellulose Iβ: a first-principles investigation

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    Dri, Fernando L.; Shang, ShunLi; Hector, Louis G., Jr.; Saxe, Paul; Liu, Zi-Kui; Moon, Robert J.; Zavattieri, Pablo D.

    2014-12-01

    Anisotropy and temperature dependence of structural, thermodynamic and elastic properties of crystalline cellulose Iβ were computed with first-principles density functional theory (DFT) and a semi-empirical correction for van der Waals interactions. Specifically, we report the computed temperature variation (up to 500 K) of the monoclinic cellulose Iβ lattice parameters, constant pressure heat capacity, Cp, entropy, S, enthalpy, H, the linear thermal expansion components, ξi, and components of the isentropic and isothermal (single crystal) elastic stiffness matrices, CijS (T) and CijT (T) , respectively. Thermodynamic quantities from phonon calculations computed with DFT and the supercell method provided necessary inputs to compute the temperature dependence of cellulose Iβ properties via the quasi-harmonic approach. The notable exceptions were the thermal conductivity components, λi (the prediction of which has proven to be problematic for insulators using DFT) for which the reverse, non-equilibrium molecular dynamics approach with a force field was applied. The extent to which anisotropy of Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio is temperature-dependent was explored in terms of the variations of each with respect to crystallographic directions and preferred planes containing specific bonding characteristics (as revealed quantitatively from phonon force constants for each atomic pair, and qualitatively from charge density difference contours). Comparisons of the predicted quantities with available experimental data revealed reasonable agreement up to 500 K. Computed properties were interpreted in terms of the cellulose Iβ structure and bonding interactions.

  20. Structural and electronic properties of Li-ion battery cathode material MoF{sub 3} from first-principles

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    Li, A.Y.; Wu, S.Q.; Yang, Y.; Zhu, Z.Z.

    2015-07-15

    The transition metal fluorides have been extensively investigated recently as the electrode materials with high working voltage and large capacity. The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of MoF{sub 3} are studied by the first-principles calculations within both the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and GGA+U frameworks. Our results show that the antiferromagnetic configuration of MoF{sub 3} is more stable than the ferromagnetic one, which is consistent with experimental results. The analysis of the electronic density of states shows that MoF{sub 3} is a Mott–Hubbard insulator with a d–d type band gap, which is similar to the case of FeF{sub 3}. Moreover, small spin polarizations were found on the sites of fluorine ions, which accords with a fluorine-mediated superexchange mechanism for the Mo–Mo magnetic interaction. - Graphical abstract: Deformation charge density and spin-density for MoF{sub 3} in the AF configuration. - Highlights: • The ground state of MoF{sub 3} is shown to be antiferromagnetic, in consistent with experiments. • The electronic states show that MoF{sub 3} is a Mott–Hubbard insulator with a d–d type band gap. • A fluorine-mediated super-exchange mechanism for the Mo–Mo magnetic interaction is shown.

  1. Stability and Electronic Structures of Al-, Si- and Au-incorporated Divacancy Graphenes: A First-principles Study

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    Kim, Na-Young; Lee, Eui-Sup; Kim, Yong-Hyun

    2013-03-01

    C, N, and O decorated divacancy pores in graphene have been reported as well. Especially, the N4 divacancy pore can strongly bind with the divalent 3d transition metals (TMs) because of the large enough pore size and the strong p-d hybridization. Recently, the Si- and Au-incorporated divacancy pore have been also proposed, but understanding of the stability or electronic properties is largerly lacking. In this work, we invesgated the stability and electronic structure of Al-, Si- and Au-incoporated divacancy graphenes decorated with reactangular CmNn, NnOl, and OlCm, based on first-principles density-functional theory (DFT) calculations. We found that the Al-CN3, Si-C2N2, and Au-CN3 are most stable configurations for each cations because the unpaired electrons of edge atoms of divacancy pore could be completely passivated. The binding energies are also higher than cohessive energies due to the strong p-p or p-d hybridization. Because of the strong hybridizaition, the restoration of π-network of graphene or small band-gap opening near the fermi-level are also observed.

  2. First principles many-body calculations of electronic structure and optical properties of SiC nanoribbons

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    Alaal, Naresh; Loganathan, Vaideesh; Medhekar, Nikhil; Shukla, Alok

    2016-03-01

    A first principles many-body approach is employed to calculate the band structure and optical response of nanometer-sized ribbons of SiC. Many-body effects are incorporated using the GW approximation, and excitonic effects are included using the Bethe-Salpeter equation. Both unpassivated and hydrogen-passivated armchair SiC nanoribbons are studied. As a consequence of low dimensionality, large quasiparticle corrections are seen to the Kohn-Sham energy gaps. In both cases quasiparticle band gaps are increased by up to 2 eV, as compared to their Kohn-Sham energy values. Inclusion of electron-hole interactions modifies the absorption spectra significantly, giving rise to strongly bound excitonic peaks in these systems. The results suggest that hydrogen passivated armchair SiC nanoribbons have the potential to be used in optoelectronic devices operating in the UV-Vis region of the spectrum. We also compute the formation energies of these nanoribbons as a function of their widths, and conclude that hydrogen-saturated ribbons will be much more stable as compared to bare ones.

  3. First-Principles Study of Electronic Structure and Hydrogen Adsorption of 3d Transition Metal Exposed Paddle Wheel Frameworks

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    Bak, J. H.; Le, V. D.; Kang, J.; Wei, S. H.; Kim, Y. H.

    2012-04-05

    Open-site paddle wheels, comprised of two transition metals bridged with four carboxylate ions, have been widely used for constructing metal-organic frameworks with large surface area and high binding energy sites. Using first-principles density functional theory calculations, we have investigated atomic and electronic structures of various 3d transition metal paddle wheels before and after metal exposure and their hydrogen adsorption properties at open metal sites. Notably, the hydrogen adsorption is impeded by covalent metal-metal bonds in early transition metal paddle wheels from Sc to Cr and by the strong ferromagnetic coupling of diatomic Mn and Fe in the paddle wheel configurations. A significantly enhanced H{sub 2} adsorption is predicted in the nonmagnetic Co{sub 2} and Zn{sub 2} paddle wheel with the binding energy of {approx}0.2 eV per H{sub 2}. We also propose the use of two-dimensional Co{sub 2} and Zn{sub 2} paddle wheel frameworks that could have strongly adsorbed dihydrogen up to 1.35 wt % for noncryogenic hydrogen storage applications.

  4. Electronic structures and optical properties of Nb-doped SrTiO3 from first principles

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    Shujuan, Jiao; Jinliang, Yan; Guipeng, Sun; Yinnü, Zhao

    2016-07-01

    The n-type Nb-doped SrTiO3 with different doping concentrations were studied by first principles calculations. The effects of Nb concentration on the formation enthalpy, electronic structure and optical property were investigated. Results show that Nb preferentially enters the Ti site in SrTiO3, which is in good agreement with the experimental observation. The Fermi level of Nb-doped SrTiO3 moves into the bottom of the conduction band, and the system becomes an n-type semiconductor. The effect of Nb-doping concentration on the conductivity was discussed from the microscopic point of view. Furthermore, the 1.11 at% Nb-doped SrTiO3 shows strong absorption in the visible light and becomes a very useful material for photo-catalytic activity. The 1.67 at% and 2.5 at% Nb-doped models will be potential transparent conductive materials. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 10974077) and the Innovation Project of Shandong Graduate Education, China (No. SDYY13093).

  5. First Principles Electronic Structure of Mn doped GaAs, GaP, and GaN Semiconductors

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    Schulthess, Thomas C; Temmerman, Walter M; Szotek, Zdzislawa; Svane, Axel; Petit, Leon

    2007-01-01

    We present first-principles electronic structure calculations of Mn doped III-V semiconductors based on the local spin-density approximation (LSDA) as well as the self-interaction corrected local spin density method (SIC-LSD). We find that it is crucial to use a self-interaction free approach to properly describe the electronic ground state. The SIC-LSD calculations predict the proper electronic ground state configuration for Mn in GaAs, GaP, and GaN. Excellent quantitative agreement with experiment is found for magnetic moment and p-d exchange in (GaMn)As. These results allow us to validate commonly used models for magnetic semiconductors. Furthermore, we discuss the delicate problem of extracting binding energies of localized levels from density functional theory calculations. We propose three approaches to take into account final state effects to estimate the binding energies of the Mn-d levels in GaAs. We find good agreement between computed values and estimates from photoemisison experiments.

  6. SEMICONDUCTOR PHYSICS: First-principles of wurtzite ZnO (0001) and (000bar 1) surface structures

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    Yufei, Zhang; Zhiyou, Guo; Xiaoqi, Gao; Dongxing, Cao; Yunxiao, Dai; Hongtao, Zhao

    2010-08-01

    The surface structures of wurtzite ZnO (0001) and (000bar 1) surfaces are investigated by using a first-principles calculation of plane wave ultra-soft pseudo-potential technology based on density functional theory (DFT). The calculated results reveal that the surface energy of ZnO-Zn is bigger than that of ZnO-O, and the ZnO-Zn surface is more unstable and active. These two surfaces are apt to relax inward, but the contractions of the ZnO-Zn surface are smaller than the ZnO-O surface. Due to the dispersed Zn4s states and the states of stronger hybridization between the Zn and O atoms, the ZnO-Zn surface shows n-type conduction, while the O2p dangling-bond bands in the upper part of the valence cause the ZnO-O surface to have p-type conduction. The above results are broadly consistent with the experimental results.

  7. Electronic structure of quasi-one-dimensional superconductor K2Cr3As3 from first-principles calculations.

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    Jiang, Hao; Cao, Guanghan; Cao, Chao

    2015-01-01

    The electronic structure of quasi-one-dimensional superconductor K2Cr3As3 is studied through systematic first-principles calculations. The ground state of K2Cr3As3 is paramagnetic. Close to the Fermi level, the Cr-3dz(2), dxy, and d(x(2)-y(2)) orbitals dominate the electronic states, and three bands cross EF to form one 3D Fermi surface sheet and two quasi-1D sheets. The electronic DOS at EF is less than 1/3 of the experimental value, indicating a large electron renormalization factor around EF. Despite of the relatively small atomic numbers, the antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling splitting is sizable (≈60 meV) on the 3D Fermi surface sheet as well as on one of the quasi-1D sheets. Finally, the imaginary part of bare electron susceptibility shows large peaks at Γ, suggesting the presence of large ferromagnetic spin fluctuation in the compound.

  8. Structural and electronic properties of free standing one-sided and two-sided hydrogenated silicene: A first principle study

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    Mohan, Brij Kumar, Ashok Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2014-04-24

    We performed first-principle study of the structural and electronic properties of two-dimensional hydrogenated silicene for two configurations; one is hydrogenation along one side of silicene sheet and second is hydrogenation in both sides of silicene sheet. The one-side hydrogenated silicene is found stable at planar geometry while increased buckling of 0.725 Å is found for both-side hydrogenated silicene. The result shows that the hydrogenation occupy the extended π-bonding network of silicene, and thus it exhibits semi-conducting behaviour with a band gap of 1.77 eV and 2.19 eV for one-side hydrogenated silicene and both-side hydrogenated silicene respectively. However, both-side hydrogenated silicene of binding energy 4.56 eV is more stable than one-side hydrogenated silicene of binding energy 4.30 eV, but experimentally silicene is synthesized on substrates which interacts one side of silicene layer and only other side is available for H-atoms. Therefore, practically one-side hydrogenation is also important.

  9. The effect of moisture on the structures and properties of lead halide perovskites: a first-principles theoretical investigation.

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    Zhang, Lei; Ju, Ming-Gang; Liang, WanZhen

    2016-08-17

    With efficiencies exceeding 20% and low production costs, lead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have become potential candidates for future commercial applications. However, there are serious concerns about their long-term stability and environmental friendliness, heavily related to their commercial viability. Herein, we present a theoretical investigation based on the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations and the first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations to investigate the effects of sunlight and moisture on the structures and properties of MAPbI3 perovskites. AIMD simulations have been performed to simulate the impact of a few water molecules on the structures of MAPbI3 surfaces terminated in three different ways. The evolution of geometric and electronic structures as well as the absorption spectra has been shown. It is found that the PbI2-terminated surface is the most stable while both the MAI-terminated and PbI2-defective surfaces undergo structural reconstruction, leading to the formation of hydrated compounds in a humid environment. The moisture-induced weakening of photoabsorption is closely related to the formation of hydrated species, and the hydrated crystals MAPbI3·H2O and MA4PbI6·2H2O scarcely absorb the visible light. The electronic excitation in the bare and water-absorbed MAPbI3 nanoparticles tends to weaken Pb-I bonds, especially those around water molecules, and the maximal decrease of photoexcitation-induced bond order can reach up to 20% in the excited state in which the water molecules are involved in the electronic excitation, indicating the accelerated decomposition of perovskites in the presence of sunlight and moisture. This work is valuable for understanding the mechanism of chemical or photochemical instability of MAPbI3 perovskites in the presence of moisture. PMID:27499005

  10. First-principles study of homologous series of layered Bi-Sb-Te-Se and Sn-O structures

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    Govaerts, Kirsten

    In the first part of the thesis, we present a systematic study of the stable layered structures at T = 0 K for the Bi-Sb-Te-Se system by means of a combination of the Cluster Expansion (CE) method and first-principles electronic structure calculations. In order to account for the existence of long-periodic layered structures and the strong structural relaxations we have developed a one-dimensional CE with occupation variables explicitly accounting for the fact that Bi or Sb atoms are part of an even or odd number of layers. For the binary systems A1-xQx (A = Sb, Bi; Q = Te, Se) the resulting (meta)stable structures are the homologous series (A2) n(A2Q3)m built up from successive bilayers A 2 and quintuple units A2Q3. The Bi1-xSb x system is found to be an almost ideal solution. The CE for the ternary Bi-Sb-Te system not only reproduces the binary stable structures but also finds stable ternary layered compounds with an arbitrary stacking of Sb 2Te3, Bi2Te3 and Te-Bi-Te-Sb-Te quintuple units, optionally separated by mixed Bi/Sb bilayers. We also investigate the electronic properties of the newly found ground state structures, and in particular the effect of Bi bilayers on the electronic structure of the topological insulator Bi2Se3. Due to the charge transfer from the Bi bilayers to the quintuple layers, the top- and bottom-surface Dirac cones shift down in energy. Also the Rashba-split conduction band states shift down, resulting in a new Dirac cone. The bands of the additional Bi bilayer are just ordinary Rashba-split states originating from the dipole built up by the charge transfer. These results offer new insight in experimental results, where cones are not always correctly identified. In a second part of the thesis, we investigate the Sn-O system. First we show that a combination of current van der Waals-corrected functionals and many-body calculations within the GW approximation provide accurate values for both structural and electronic properties of Sn

  11. 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. PMID:27491896

  12. Structural, vibrational, and thermodynamic properties of ordered and disordered Ni1-xPtx alloys from first-principles calculations

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    Shang, S. L.; Wang, Y.; Kim, D. E.; Zacherl, C. L.; Du, Y.; Liu, Z. K.

    2011-04-01

    In terms of first-principles phonon calculations and the quasiharmonic approach, the structural, vibrational, and thermodynamic properties have been investigated for the ordered and disordered Ni1-xPtx alloys, with the main focus being on disordered Ni0.5Pt0.5. To gain insight into the disordered alloys, we use special quasirandom structures (SQSs) and demonstrate their capabilities in predicting (i) the bond-length distributions, (ii) the phonon spectra, and (iii) the elastic stiffness constants of the disordered alloys. It is found that the Pt-Pt atomic pairs possess the longest bond lengths relative to the Ni-Pt and Ni-Ni ones in the disordered alloys, the predicted force constants indicate that the Pt-Pt bond is stiffer when compared to the Ni-Pt and the Ni-Ni ones for both the ordered and disordered alloys, and the phonon density of states of the disordered alloys are similar to the broadened versions of the ordered cases. Based on the results of the ordered and disordered alloys, a slightly positive deviation from Vegard's law is found for the volume variation of Ni1-xPtx, and correspondingly, a negative deviation is predicted for the change of bulk modulus. With increasing Pt content, the bulk modulus derivative relative to pressure increases approximately linearly, whereas the magnetic moment decreases. In addition, the SQS-predicted relative energies (enthalpies of formation) for the disordered Ni1-xPtx are also compared to cluster expansion predictions. As an application of the finite temperature thermodynamic properties, the phase transition between the ordered L10 and the disordered Ni0.5Pt0.5 is predicted to be 755 ± 128 K, which agrees reasonably well with the measurement ˜900 K, demonstrating that the driving force of the phase transition stems mainly from the configurational entropy rather than the vibrational entropy.

  13. 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.

  14. First-principles study of configurational disorder in B4C using a superatom-special quasirandom structure method

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    Ektarawong, A.; Simak, S. I.; Hultman, L.; Birch, J.; Alling, B.

    2014-07-01

    Configurationally disordered crystalline boron carbide, with the composition B4C, is studied using first-principles calculations. We investigate both dilute and high concentrations of carbon-boron substitutional defects. For the latter purpose, we suggest a superatom's picture of the complex structure and combine it with a special quasirandom structure approach for disorder. In this way, we model a random distribution of high concentrations of the identified low-energy defects: (1) bipolar defects and (2) rotation of icosahedral carbon among the three polar-up sites. Additionally, the substitutional disorder of the icosahedral carbon at all six polar sites, as previously discussed in the literature, is also considered. Two configurational phase transitions from the ordered to the disordered configurations are predicted to take place upon an increase in temperature using a mean-field approximation for the entropy. The first transition, at 870 K, induces substitutional disorder of the icosahedral carbon atoms among the three polar-up sites; meanwhile the second transition, at 2325 K, reveals the random substitution of the icosahedral carbon atoms at all six polar sites coexisting with bipolar defects. Already the first transition removes the monoclinic distortion existing in the ordered ground-state configuration and restore the rhombohedral system (R3m). The restoration of inversion symmetry yielding the full rhombohedral symmetry (R3¯m ) on average, corresponding to what is reported in the literature, is achieved after the second transition. Investigating the effects of high pressure on the configurational stability of the disordered B4C phases reveals a tendency to stabilize the ordered ground-state configuration as the configurationally ordering/disordering transition temperature increases with pressure exerted on B4C. The electronic density of states, obtained from the disordered phases, indicates a sensitivity of the band gap to the degree of configurational

  15. 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.

  16. Determination of solubility limit of Sn(4+) in fluorite structured terbia with simultaneous evaluation of photocatalytic function.

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    Tripathi, Vikash Kumar; Nagarajan, Rajamani

    2016-07-01

    Although the fluorite structure is highly common among stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric terbia compositions, high pressures are necessary to stabilize SnO2 in the fluorite structure. With this objective, the extent of solubility of Sn(4+) in terbia possessing the fluorite structure has been determined by conducting its synthesis via an epoxide mediated sol-gel method. Up to 40% of Sn(4+) can be incorporated in terbia, which retains its fluorite structure, as concluded from PXRD, FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, FESEM, HR-TEM and SAED measurements. The cubic lattice constant decreases systematically, as inferred from successful Rietveld refinements of PXRD patterns. The stretching vibration of the Tb-O bond is manifested as broad band at 734 cm(-1) for the terbia, and moves to lower wavenumber for the tin substituted samples. The broad band at 611 cm(-1) in the Raman spectrum of terbia became even broader with the maxima shifting towards higher values, which indicated the strain of the lattice and generation of oxygen vacancies with progressive tin substitution. The band gap value increased from 1.78 eV for terbia to 2.05 eV for the 40% tin substituted sample. Emission in the blue region became intense upon tin substitution, which was indicative of increased oxygen vacancies and this has been constructively utilized for environmental remediation as a catalyst to degrade aqueous Rhodamine-6G and Methylene Blue dye solutions. PMID:27328282

  17. Understanding the Atomic-Level Chemistry and Structure of Oxide Deposits on Fuel Rods in Light Water Nuclear Reactors Using First Principles Methods

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    Rak, Zs.; O'Brien, C. J.; Brenner, D. W.; Andersson, D. A.; Stanek, C. R.

    2016-09-01

    The results of recent studies are discussed in which first principles calculations at the atomic level have been used to expand the thermodynamic database for science-based predictive modeling of the chemistry, composition and structure of unwanted oxides that deposit on the fuel rods in pressurized light water nuclear reactors. Issues discussed include the origin of the particles that make up deposits, the structure and properties of the deposits, and the forms by which boron uptake into the deposits can occur. These first principles approaches have implications for other research areas, such as hydrothermal synthesis and the stability and corrosion resistance of other materials under other extreme conditions.

  18. First-principles molecular spin dynamics study on the magnetic structure of Mn-based alloys with Cu3Au-type crystal structure

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    Uchida, T.; Kakehashi, Y.; Kimura, N.

    2016-02-01

    The magnetic and electronic structures of Mn3Pt and Mn3Rh, which are three-dimensional frustrated itinerant magnets with a Cu3Au-type crystal structure, have been investigated by means of the first-principles Molecular Spin Dynamics (MSD) method. The theory is based on the first-principles tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital Hamiltonian combined with the functional integral method and the isothermal MSD technique, and allows us to determine automatically the magnetic structures of itinerant magnets at finite temperatures. The MSD calculations using a self-consistent site-dependent effective medium show that below the Néel temperature Mn3Pt with fixed crystal structure (Cu3Au structure) and volume exhibits a second-order transition from a triangular structure to another noncollinear phase with increasing temperature. Mn3Rh, on the other hand, shows no sign of a phase transition up to the Néel temperature. We found that the Mn-Eg DOS peak, which is responsible for the ferromagnetic couplings among the second nearest-neighbor Mn local moments, develops at the Fermi energy (EF) around 350 K for Mn3Pt, while the peak development for Mn3Rh occurs with increasing temperature slightly above EF.

  19. Effect of lattice anharmonicity in the structural phase transformation of Laves phase HfV2 alloy: A first-principles investigation

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    Krcmar, Maja; Fu, Chong Long

    2013-01-01

    First-principles theory was developed to study the structural phase transformations in the Laves phase HfV2 alloy. We explored the energy landscape and established the role of lattice anharmonicity underlying the structural phase transitions. Our approach is based on a phenomenological Landau theory for the structural phase transition and a mean-field approximation for the free energy. First-principles calculations were utilized to obtain the distortion energy as a function of relevant deformations, and to deduce parameters for constructing the free energy. Our result for the phase transition temperature of HfV2 is in good agreement with experiment. We find that the high-temperature cubic C15 phase is stabilized by the effect of lattice anharmonicity. The theory also predicts an anomalous increase in shear modulus with increasing temperature for systems where the anharmonicity is pronounced.

  20. Comparison of Electronic and Optical Properties of GaN Monolayer and Bulk Structure: a First Principle Study

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    Imran, Muhammad; Hussain, Fayyaz; Rashid, Muhammad; Ullah, Hafeez; Sattar, Atif; Iqbal, Faisal; Ahmad, Ejaz

    2016-03-01

    The semiconducting two-dimensional (2D) architectures materials have potential applications in electronics and optics. The design and search of new 2D materials have attracted extensive attention recently. In this study, first principle calculation has been done on 2D gallium nitride (GaN) monolayer with respect to its formation and binding energies. The electronic and optical properties are also investigated. It is found that the single isolated GaN sheet is forming mainly ionic GaN bonds despite a slightly weaker GaN interaction as compared with its bulk counterpart. The dielectric constant value of 2D GaN is smaller as compared to 3D GaN due to less effective electronic screening effect in the layer, which is accompanied by lesser optical adsorption range and suggested to be a promising candidate in electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  1. Electronic structure and thermoelectric performance of Zintl compound Sr3GaSb3: A first-principles study

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    Feng Shi, Qing; Li Yan, Yu; Xu Wang, Yuan

    2014-01-01

    By using first-principles method and Boltzmann theory, we simulated the thermoelectric transport properties of p-type and n-type Sr3GaSb3. It is found that the thermoelectric figure-of merit (ZT) of n-type Sr3GaSb3 is probably better than that of p-type, mainly due to its large band degeneracy. Moreover, a high ZT value of 1.74 at 850 K can be achieved for n-type Sr3GaSb3 along the yy direction, corresponding to the carrier concentration 3.5 × 1020 e cm-3. We propose that the high ZT value of experimentally synthesized p-type Sr3GaSb3 is originated from appearing of the larger number of band valley on the top of valence bands.

  2. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES: First-Principles Calculations of Elastic and Thermal Properties of Molybdenum Disilicide

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    Zhu, Zun-Lue; Fu, Hong-Zhi; Sun, Jin-Feng; Liu, Yu-Fang; Shi, De-Heng; Xu, Guo-Liang

    2009-08-01

    The first-principles plane-wave pseudopotential method using the generalized gradient approximation within the framework of density functional theory is applied to anaylse the equilibrium lattice parameters, six independent elastic constants, bulk moduli, thermal expansions and heat capacities of MoSi2. The quasi-harmonic Debye model, using a set of total energy versus cell volume obtained with the plane-wave pseudopotential method, is applied to the study of the elastic properties, thermodynamic properties and vibrational effects. The calculated zero pressure elastic constants are in overall good agreement with the experimental data. The calculated heat capacities and the thermal expansions agree well with the observed values under ambient conditions and those calculated by others. The results show that the temperature has hardly any effect under high pressure.

  3. Alloying effects on structural and thermal behavior of Ti1-xZrxC: A first principles study

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    Chauhan, Mamta; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2016-05-01

    The formation energy, equilibrium lattice parameter, bulk modulus, Debye temperature and heat capacity at constant volume have been calculated for TiC, ZrC, and their intermediate alloys (Ti1-xZrxC, x = 0,0.25.0.5,0.75,1) using first principles approach. The calculated values of lattice parameter and bulk modulus agree well with the available experimental and earlier theoretical reports. The variation of lattice parameter and bulk modulus with the change in concentration of Zr atom in Ti1-xZrxC has also been reported. The heat capacities of TiC, ZrC, and their intermediate alloys have been calculated by considering both vibrational and electronic contributions.

  4. La2Hf2O7 crystal and local structure changes on the fluorite - pyrochlore phase transition

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    Popov, V. V.; Menushenkov, A. P.; Yastrebtsev, A. A.; Zubavichus, Ya V.

    2016-09-01

    The process of La2Hf2O7 (rLa3+/rHf4+ = 1.63) nanocrystals formation and evolution upon calcinations up to 1400 °C has been investigated by means of synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. It has been shown that isothermal calcination at 800 °C/3h of the X-ray amorphous precursor firstly leads to the formation of oxide nanocrystalline powders with a defect fluorite structure. In the temperature range 900 - 1000 °C we observed the nucleation and growth of pyrochlore nanodomains inside a well crystalline fluorite matrix. The pyrochlore-type superstructural ordering of cations and anions appears at calcinations temperature higher than 1000 °C.

  5. Strontium ruthenate-anatase titanium dioxide heterojunctions from first-principles: Electronic structure, spin, and interface dipoles

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    Ferdous, Naheed; Ertekin, Elif

    2016-07-01

    The epitaxial integration of functional oxides with wide band gap semiconductors offers the possibility of new material systems for electronics and energy conversion applications. We use first principles to consider an epitaxial interface between the correlated metal oxide SrRuO3 and the wide band gap semiconductor TiO2, and assess energy level alignment, interfacial chemistry, and interfacial dipole formation. Due to the ferromagnetic, half-metallic character of SrRuO3, according to which only one spin is present at the Fermi level, we demonstrate the existence of a spin dependent band alignment across the interface. For two different terminations of SrRuO3, the interface is found to be rectifying with a Schottky barrier of ≈1.3-1.6 eV, in good agreement with experiment. In the minority spin, SrRuO3 exhibits a Schottky barrier alignment with TiO2 and our calculated Schottky barrier height is in excellent agreement with previous experimental measurements. For majority spin carriers, we find that SrRuO3 recovers its exchange splitting gap and bulk-like properties within a few monolayers of the interface. These results demonstrate a possible approach to achieve spin-dependent transport across a heteroepitaxial interface between a functional oxide material and a conventional wide band gap semiconductor.

  6. Temperature-dependence of structural and mechanical properties of TiB{sub 2}: A first principle investigation

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    Xiang, Huimin; Feng, Zhihai; Li, Zhongping; Zhou, Yanchun E-mail: yczhou714@gmail.com

    2015-06-14

    High temperature mechanical and thermodynamic properties of TiB{sub 2} are important to its applications as ultrahigh temperature ceramic, which were not well understood. In this study, the thermodynamic and mechanical properties of TiB{sub 2} were investigated by the combination of first principle and phonon dispersion calculations. The thermal expansion of TiB{sub 2} was anisotropic, α{sub c}/α{sub a} is nearly constant (1.46) from 300 K to 1500 K, theoretically. The origination of this anisotropy is the anisotropic compressibility. The heat capacity at constant pressure was estimated from the theoretical entropy and fitted the experimental result quite well when higher-order anharmonic effects were considered. Theoretical isentropic elastic constants and mechanical properties were calculated and their temperature dependence agreed with the existed experiments. From room temperature to 1500 K, the theoretical slope is −0.0211 GPa·K{sup −1}, −0.0155 GPa·K{sup −1}, and −0.0384 GPa·K{sup −1} for B, G, and E, respectively. Our theoretical results highlight the suitability of this method in predicting temperature dependent properties of ultrahigh temperature ceramics and show ability in selecting and designing of novel ultrahigh temperature ceramics.

  7. Rationalization of Hubbard U in CeOx from first principles: Unveiling the role of local structure in screening

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    Lu, Deyu; Liu, Ping

    2014-03-01

    DFT+U method has been widely employed in theoretical studies on various ceria systems to correct the delocalization bias in local and semi-local DFT functionals with moderate computational cost. To rationalize the Hubbard U of Ce 4f, we employed the first principles linear response method to compute Hubbard U for Ce in ceria clusters, bulks, and surfaces. We found that in contrast to the commonly used approach treating U as a constant, the Hubbard U varies in a wide range from 4.1 eV to 6.7 eV, and exhibits a strong correlation with the Ce coordination numbers and Ce-O bond lengths, rather than the Ce 4f valence state. The variation of the Hubbard U can be explained by the changes in the strength of local screening due to O --> Ce intersite transition. Our study represents a systematic, quantitative investigation of the relationship between the Hubbard U and the local atomic arrangement, enabling a DFT+environment-dependent U scheme that can have potential impact on catalysis research of strongly correlated systems. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  8. Electronic structures and formation energies of pentavalent-ion-doped SnO2: First-principles hybrid functional calculations

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    Behtash, Maziar; Joo, Paul H.; Nazir, Safdar; Yang, Kesong

    2015-05-01

    We studied the electronic properties and relative thermodynamic stability of several pentavalent-ion (Ta, Nb, P, Sb, and I) doped SnO2 systems using first-principles hybrid density functional theory calculations, in order to evaluate their potential as transparent conducting oxides (TCOs). I-doped SnO2, though conductive, shows a narrowed optical band gap with respect to the undoped system due to the formation of gap states above the valence band. Nb-doped SnO2 forms localized impurity states below the conduction band bottom, suggesting that the Nb dopant exists as an Nb4+-like cation, which is consistent with the recent experimental finding of the formation of the impurity level below the conduction band bottom [Appl. Phys. Express 5, 061201 (2012)]. Ta- and Sb-doped SnO2 display n-type conductivity, high charge carrier density, and widened optical band gap. P-doped SnO2 shows similar n-type electronic properties with that of Sb- and Ta-doped systems, and thus P-doped SnO2 is proposed as a promising candidate TCO for further experimental validation.

  9. Electronic structures and ferromagnetism of SnO2 (rutile) doped with double-impurities: First-principles calculations

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    Fakhim Lamrani, A.; Belaiche, M.; Benyoussef, A.; Kenz, El

    2014-01-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of double-impurities-doped SnO2 (rutile) are explored using first-principles calculations within the generalized gradient approximation to examine their potential use as spintronic system. Calculations are performed for double impurities (M1 and M2) from M1 = Cr, and M2 = Mn, and Re. The origins of ferromagnetism are shown to be different in the two cases. For Sn1-2xCrxMnxO2, the hybridization between Cr-3d and O-2p results in Cr becoming ferromagnetic with a magnetic moment of about 5.0 μB per supercell. The Cr-and Mn-doped SnO2 system exhibits half-metallic ferromagnetism. The strong ferromagnetic couplings between local magnetic moments can be attributed to p-d hybridization. In contrast, in (Cr, Re) codoped TiO2, the local magnetic moments of the impurities and their oxidation states agree with the charge transfer between Cr and Re, which would lead to the ferromagnetic through the double-exchange mechanism in transition metal oxides. Since there are two possible couplings between the impurities, we studied both configurations (ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic (AF)) for double-impurities-doped SnO2. Our calculations show that a ferromagnetic alignment of the spins is energetically always more stable than simple AF arrangements, which makes these materials possible candidates for spin injection in spintronic devices.

  10. Electronic structures and ferromagnetism of SnO{sub 2} (rutile) doped with double-impurities: First-principles calculations

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    Fakhim Lamrani, A.; Belaiche, M.; Benyoussef, A.; and others

    2014-01-07

    The electronic and magnetic properties of double-impurities-doped SnO{sub 2} (rutile) are explored using first-principles calculations within the generalized gradient approximation to examine their potential use as spintronic system. Calculations are performed for double impurities (M1 and M2) from M1 = Cr, and M2 = Mn, and Re. The origins of ferromagnetism are shown to be different in the two cases. For Sn{sub 1-2x}Cr{sub x}Mn{sub x}O2, the hybridization between Cr-3d and O-2p results in Cr becoming ferromagnetic with a magnetic moment of about 5.0 μ{sub B} per supercell. The Cr-and Mn-doped SnO{sub 2} system exhibits half-metallic ferromagnetism. The strong ferromagnetic couplings between local magnetic moments can be attributed to p-d hybridization. In contrast, in (Cr, Re) codoped TiO{sub 2}, the local magnetic moments of the impurities and their oxidation states agree with the charge transfer between Cr and Re, which would lead to the ferromagnetic through the double-exchange mechanism in transition metal oxides. Since there are two possible couplings between the impurities, we studied both configurations (ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic (AF)) for double-impurities-doped SnO{sub 2}. Our calculations show that a ferromagnetic alignment of the spins is energetically always more stable than simple AF arrangements, which makes these materials possible candidates for spin injection in spintronic devices.

  11. Low energy structures of lithium-ion battery materials Li(MnxNixCo1-2x)O2 revealed by first-principles calculations

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    Shang, ShunLi; Wang, Yi; Wang, William Y.; Fang, Huazhi; Liu, Zi-Kui

    2013-07-01

    A long-standing issue regarding the low energy structures for the partially disordered cathode materials Li(MnxNixCo1-2x)O2 has been probed by first-principles calculations. It is found that the transitional metals Mn, Ni, and Co in Li(MnxNixCo1-2x)O2 follow the maximum entropy probability distribution (MEPD), instead of the random distribution, according to the distributions of the minimal partial radial distribution functions and the correlation functions. Here, the MEPD is proposed to understand the low energy structures of the partially disordered lithium-ion battery materials.

  12. Solid oxide fuel cell composite cathodes based on perovskite and fluorite structures

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    Sadykov, Vladislav; Mezentseva, Natalia; Usoltsev, Vladimir; Sadovskaya, Ekaterina; Ishchenko, Arkady; Pavlova, Svetlana; Bespalko, Yulia; Kharlamova, Tamara; Zevak, Ekaterina; Salanov, Aleksei; Krieger, Tamara; Belyaev, Vladimir; Bobrenok, Oleg; Uvarov, Nikolai; Okhlupin, Yury; Smorygo, Oleg; Smirnova, Alevtina; Singh, Prabhakar; Vlasov, Aleksandr; Korobeynikov, Mikhail; Bryazgin, Aleksandr; Kalinin, Peter; Arzhannikov, Andrei

    This work presents the results related to the functionally graded fluorite (F)-perovskite (P) nanocomposite cathodes for IT SOFC. Nanocrystalline fluorites (GDC, ScCeSZ) and perovskites (LSrMn, LSrFNi) were synthesized by Pechini method. Nanocomposites were prepared by the ultrasonic dispersion of F and P powders in isopropanol with addition of polyvinyl butyral. Different techniques for deposition and sintering of functionally graded cathode materials were applied including traditional approaches as well as original methods, such as radiation-thermal sintering under electron beam or microwave radiation. Morphology, microstructure and elemental composition of nanocomposites was characterized by XRD and HRTEM/SEM with EDX. Even for dense composites, the sizes of perovskite and fluorite domains remain in the nanorange providing developed P-F interfaces. Oxygen isotope heteroexchange and conductivity/weight relaxation studies demonstrated that these interfaces provide a path for fast oxygen diffusion. The redistribution of the elements between P and F phases in nanocomposites occurs without formation of insulating zirconate phases. Button-size fuel cells with nanocomposite functionally graded cathodes, thin YSZ layers and anode Ni/YSZ cermet (either bulk or supported on Ni-Al foam substrates) were manufactured. For optimized composition and functionally graded design of P-F nanocomposite cathodes, a stable performance in the intermediate temperature range with maximum power density up to 0.5 W cm -2 at 700 °C in wet H 2/air feeds was demonstrated.

  13. Room-temperature ferromagnetism in Cr-doped Si achieved by controlling atomic structure, Cr concentration, and carrier densities: A first-principles study

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    Wei, Xin-Yuan; Yang, Zhong-Qin; Zhu, Yan; Li, Yun

    2015-04-28

    By using first-principles calculations, we investigated how to achieve a strong ferromagnetism in Cr-doped Si by controlling the atomic structure and Cr concentration as well as carrier densities. We found that the configuration in which the Cr atom occupies the tetrahedral interstitial site can exist stably and the Cr atom has a large magnetic moment. Using this doping configuration, room-temperature ferromagnetism can be achieved in both n-type and p-type Si by tuning Cr concentration and carrier densities. The results indicate that the carrier density plays a crucial role in realizing strong ferromagnetism in diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  14. Room-temperature ferromagnetism in Cr-doped Si achieved by controlling atomic structure, Cr concentration, and carrier densities: A first-principles study

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    Wei, Xin-Yuan; Zhu, Yan; Yang, Zhong-Qin; Li, Yun

    2015-04-01

    By using first-principles calculations, we investigated how to achieve a strong ferromagnetism in Cr-doped Si by controlling the atomic structure and Cr concentration as well as carrier densities. We found that the configuration in which the Cr atom occupies the tetrahedral interstitial site can exist stably and the Cr atom has a large magnetic moment. Using this doping configuration, room-temperature ferromagnetism can be achieved in both n-type and p-type Si by tuning Cr concentration and carrier densities. The results indicate that the carrier density plays a crucial role in realizing strong ferromagnetism in diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  15. First-principles calculation of structural, mechanical, magnetic and thermodynamic properties for γ-M23C6 (M = Fe, Cr) compounds

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    Han, J. J.; Wang, C. P.; Liu, X. J.; Wang, Y.; Liu, Zi-Kui

    2012-12-01

    We report the results of our first-principles calculations of structural stability, mechanical, magnetic, and thermodynamic properties for γ-M23C6 (M = Fe, Cr) compounds with each of the four metal Wyckoff sites being occupied in turn by Fe. The thermodynamic properties and the temperature dependence of the mechanical behavior of γ-M23C6 compounds are investigated based on the quasi-harmonic Debye model. The results show that the thermodynamic properties of γ-M23C6 (M = Fe, Cr) compounds are more dependent on the position of Fe atoms than the amount of Fe.

  16. Electronic structures of an epitaxial graphene monolayer on SiC(0001) after metal intercalation (metal = Al, Ag, Au, Pt, and Pd): A first-principles study

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    Hsu, Chia-Hsiu; Lin, Wen-Huan; Ozolins, Vidvuds; Chuang, Feng-Chuan

    2012-02-01

    The atomic structures and electronic properties of metal-intercalated (metal = Al, Ag, Au, Pt, and Pd) graphene monolayers on SiC(0001) were investigated using first-principles calculations. The unique Dirac cone of graphene near the K point reappeared as the graphite layer was intercalated by these metals at a coverage of 3/8 ML. Furthermore, our results show that metal intercalation leads to n-type doping of graphene. The bands contributed from graphene exhibit small splitting after intercalation, whereas the bands contributed from the intercalated metal layer have significant Rashba spin-orbit splittings in all cases except Al.

  17. The effect of Ag adsorption on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of the ZnO (10 1 ̅ 0) surface: A first-principles study

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    Lahmer, M. A.

    2016-09-01

    The effect of the Ag adsorption on the structural, electronic and optical properties of the clean ZnO(10 1 ̅ 0) surface was investigated using the first principles method. The obtained results show that adsorbed Ag atoms transfer charge to the surface which results in a charge accumulation in near-surface region accompanied with a decrease of the work function. On the other hand, our results show that the adsorption of Ag atoms leads also to the new optical absorption peaks in the visible region which could improve ZnO photocatalytical properties.

  18. Atomic structure of icosahedral B4C boron carbide from a first principles analysis of NMR spectra.

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    Mauri, F; Vast, N; Pickard, C J

    2001-08-20

    Density functional theory is demonstrated to reproduce the 13C and 11B NMR chemical shifts of icosahedral boron carbides with sufficient accuracy to extract previously unresolved structural information from experimental NMR spectra. B4C can be viewed as an arrangement of 3-atom linear chains and 12-atom icosahedra. According to our results, all the chains have a CBC structure. Most of the icosahedra have a B11C structure with the C atom placed in a polar site, and a few percent have a B (12) structure or a B10C2 structure with the two C atoms placed in two antipodal polar sites.

  19. Origin of structural analogies and differences between the atomic structures of GeSe4 and GeS4 glasses: A first principles study.

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    Bouzid, Assil; Le Roux, Sébastien; Ori, Guido; Boero, Mauro; Massobrio, Carlo

    2015-07-21

    First-principles molecular dynamics simulations based on density functional theory are employed for a comparative study of structural and bonding properties of two stoichiometrically identical chalcogenide glasses, GeSe4 and GeS4. Two periodic cells of 120 and 480 atoms are adopted. Both glasses feature a coexistence of Ge-centered tetrahedra and Se(S) homopolar connections. Results obtained for N = 480 indicate substantial differences at the level of the Se(S) environment, since Ge-Se-Se connections are more frequent than the corresponding Ge-S-S ones. The presence of a more prominent first sharp diffraction peak in the total neutron structure factor of glassy GeS4 is rationalized in terms of a higher number of large size rings, accounting for extended Ge-Se correlations. Both the electronic density of states and appropriate electronic localization tools provide evidence of a higher ionic character of Ge-S bonds when compared to Ge-Se bonds. An interesting byproduct of these investigations is the occurrence of discernible size effects that affect structural motifs involving next nearest neighbor distances, when 120 or 480 atoms are used.

  20. 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.

  1. Origin of structural analogies and differences between the atomic structures of GeSe{sub 4} and GeS{sub 4} glasses: A first principles study

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    Bouzid, Assil; Le Roux, Sébastien; Ori, Guido; Boero, Mauro; Massobrio, Carlo

    2015-07-21

    First-principles molecular dynamics simulations based on density functional theory are employed for a comparative study of structural and bonding properties of two stoichiometrically identical chalcogenide glasses, GeSe{sub 4} and GeS{sub 4}. Two periodic cells of 120 and 480 atoms are adopted. Both glasses feature a coexistence of Ge-centered tetrahedra and Se(S) homopolar connections. Results obtained for N = 480 indicate substantial differences at the level of the Se(S) environment, since Ge–Se–Se connections are more frequent than the corresponding Ge–S–S ones. The presence of a more prominent first sharp diffraction peak in the total neutron structure factor of glassy GeS{sub 4} is rationalized in terms of a higher number of large size rings, accounting for extended Ge–Se correlations. Both the electronic density of states and appropriate electronic localization tools provide evidence of a higher ionic character of Ge–S bonds when compared to Ge–Se bonds. An interesting byproduct of these investigations is the occurrence of discernible size effects that affect structural motifs involving next nearest neighbor distances, when 120 or 480 atoms are used.

  2. First-principles study on the structure, elastic properties, hardness and electronic structure of TMB{sub 4} (TM=Cr, Re, Ru and Os) compounds

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    Pan, Y.; Zheng, W.T.; Guan, W.M.; Zhang, K.H.; Fan, X.F.

    2013-11-15

    The structural formation, elastic properties, hardness and electronic structure of TMB{sub 4} (TM=Cr, Re, Ru and Os) compounds are investigated using first-principles approach. The value of C{sub 22} for these compounds is almost two times bigger than the C{sub 11} and C{sub 33}. The intrinsic hardness, shear modulus and Young's modulus are calculated to be in a sequence of CrB{sub 4}>ReB{sub 4}>RuB{sub 4}>OsB{sub 4}, and the Poisson's ratio and B/G ratio of TMB{sub 4} follow the order of CrB{sub 4}first-principles calculations show that the intrinsic hardness of CrB{sub 4} and ReB{sub 4} are bigger than 40 GPa, which are the potential superhard materials due to the B–B bonds cage structure. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The intrinsic hardness of CrB{sub 4} and ReB{sub 4} is bigger than 40 GPa. • The hardness of TMB{sub 4} is calculated to be in a sequence of CrB{sub 4}>ReB{sub 4}>RuB{sub 4}>OsB{sub 4}. • The trend of hardness for TMB{sub 4} is consistent with the variation of elastic modulus. • The C{sub 22} value of TMB{sub 4} is bigger than that of C{sub 11} and C{sub 33}. • The high hardness of TMB{sub 4} is originated from the B–B bonds cage.

  3. First-principles study of lattice dynamics of TiO2 in brookite and cotunnite structures

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    Shojaee, E.; Abbasnejad, M.; Saeedian, M.; Mohammadizadeh, M. R.

    2011-05-01

    The zone-center phonons and dielectric properties of orthorhombic brookite and cotunnite structures TiO2 were studied in the framework of density functional perturbative theory. The dielectric properties of brookite and anatase structures are similar. The calculated static dielectric permittivity of brookite is found to be slightly higher than that of anatase, but far lower than that of the rutile structure. This is in contrast with the recent experimental report on brookite flowers. Our study suggests that the static dielectric constant of cotunnite structure is smaller than those of rutile and brookite structures. We obtained the full phonon band structure and elastic properties of these structures. The bulk modulus and Debye temperature of brookite are intermediate between those of the anatase and rutile structures. The obtained value of 301 GPa for the bulk modulus of cotunnite is in good agreement with the stiffness of the material reported experimentally. Because of the similarity in z-direction packing of the TiO6 tetrahedron between brookite and rutile structures, the elastic constants associated with the z-polarized movement of atoms in brookite are similar to those of the rutile structure. The elastic constants of brookite associated with the movement of the atoms in x-y plane, are similar to the corresponding constants in anatase and rutile structures. This demonstrates the similarity between the packing character of the brookite structure with both anatase and rutile structures. So, the lattice dynamics of brookite is intermediate between those of anatase and rutile polymorphs. The calculated phonon density of states of cotunnite shows that it is stable at ambient pressure.

  4. 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.

  5. First principles investigation of electronic and magnetic structures of centrosymmetric BiMnO3 using an improved approach

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    Zhu, X. H.; Chen, X. R.; Liu, B. G.

    2016-10-01

    Recent temperature-dependent x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy experiment proved that single-crystalline BiMnO3 assumes a centrosymmetric monoclinic structure (C2/c space group). Here we investigate magnetic structure and electronic structure of this centrosymmetric BiMnO3 phase by using the modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) exchange functional within the density functional theory (DFT). Our mBJ calculated semiconductor gap, magnetic moment, and other aspects of the electronic structure, in contrast with previous DFT results, are in good agreement with recent experimental values. This satisfactory description of the electronic structure and magnetism of the BiMnO3 is because mBJ reasonably captures the kinetic property and correlation of electrons. Our calculated results with mBJ approach are both useful to study such Bi-based perovskite oxide materials for spintronics applications.

  6. Structural and elastic properties of La{sub 2}Mg{sub 17} from first-principles calculations

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    Luo, Tao-Peng; Ma, Li; Pan, Rong-Kai; Zhou, Si-Chen; Wang, Hai-Chen; Tang, Bi-Yu

    2013-10-15

    Structural and elastic properties of La{sub 2}Mg{sub 17} with layer structure have been investigated within framework of the density functional theory. Different from the general layer-structured materials, the obtained c/a is less than unity. The calculated elastic constants C{sub 33} is larger than C{sub 11}, being novel in comparison with other alloys with layer structure. The calculated bulk, shear and Young’s modulus of La{sub 2}Mg{sub 17} are higher than other Mg–La alloys with higher La content, implying the stronger covalent bonding. Moreover, the elastic isotropies of La{sub 2}Mg{sub 17} are more excellent. The electronic structure within basal plane is highly symmetric, and the electronic interaction within basal plane is slightly weaker than one between basal planes, which reveal the underlying mechanism for the structural and elastic properties of La{sub 2}Mg{sub 17}. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure (a) and the atomic positions for (b) (0 0 0 2), (c) (0 0 0 4) and (d) (1 2{sup ¯} 1 0) plane of La{sub 2}Mg{sub 17}. Display Omitted - Highlights: • The c/a of La{sub 2}Mg{sub 17} is anomalously less than unity. • It is novel that for La{sub 2}Mg{sub 17} the elastic constants C{sub 33} is larger than C{sub 11}. • The elastic modulus of La{sub 2}Mg{sub 17} is higher than other Mg–La alloys. • The elastic isotropy of La{sub 2}Mg{sub 17} is excellent. • The electronic structure within basal plane is highly symmetric.

  7. Prediction of unusual stable ordered structures of Au-Pd alloys via a first-principles cluster expansion

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    Barabash, Sergey V.; Blum, Volker; Zunger, Alex; Mueller, Stefan

    2006-07-15

    We describe an iterative procedure which yields an accurate cluster expansion for Au-Pd using only a limited number of ab initio formation enthalpies. Our procedure addresses two problems: (a) given the local-density-approximation (LDA) formation energies for a fixed set of structures, it finds the pair and many-body cluster interactions best able to predict the formation energies of new structures, and (b) given such pair and many-body interactions, it augments the LDA set of 'input structures' by identifying additional structures that carry most information not yet included in the 'input'. Neither step can be done by intuitive selection. Using methods including genetic algorithm and statistical analysis to iteratively solve these problems, we build a cluster expansion able to predict the formation enthalpy of an arbitrary fcc lattice configuration with precision comparable to that of ab initio calculations themselves. We also study possible competing non-fcc structures of Au-Pd, using the results of a 'data mining' study. We then address the unresolved problem of bulk ordering in Au-Pd. Experimentally, the phase diagram of Au-Pd shows only a disordered solid solution. Even though the mixing enthalpy is negative, implying ordering, no ordered bulk phases have been detected. Thin film growth shows L1{sub 2}-ordered structures with composition Au{sub 3}Pd and AuPd{sub 3} and L1{sub 0} structure with composition AuPd. We find that (i) all the ground states of Au-Pd are fcc structures; (ii) the low-T ordered states of bulk Au-Pd are different from those observed experimentally in thin films; specifically, the ordered bulk Au{sub 3}Pd is stable in D0{sub 23} structure and and AuPd in chalcopyritelike Au{sub 2}Pd{sub 2} (201) superlattice structure, whereas thin films are seen in the L1{sub 2} and L1{sub 0} structures; (iii) AuPd{sub 3} L1{sub 2} is stable and does not phase separate, contrary to the suggestions of an earlier investigation; (iv) at compositions around

  8. First-principles predicted low-energy structures of NaSc(BH{sub 4}){sub 4}

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    Tran, Huan Doan Amsler, Maximilian; Goedecker, Stefan; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A. L.

    2014-03-28

    According to previous interpretations of experimental data, sodium-scandium double-cation borohydride NaSc(BH{sub 4}){sub 4} crystallizes in the crystallographic space group Cmcm where each sodium (scandium) atom is surrounded by six scandium (sodium) atoms. A careful investigation of this phase based on ab initio calculations indicates that the structure is dynamically unstable and gives rise to an energetically and dynamically more favorable phase with C222{sub 1} symmetry and nearly identical x-ray diffraction pattern. By additionally performing extensive structural searches with the minima-hopping method we discover a class of new low-energy structures exhibiting a novel structural motif in which each sodium (scandium) atom is surrounded by four scandium (sodium) atoms arranged at the corners of either a rectangle with nearly equal sides or a tetrahedron. These new phases are all predicted to be insulators with band gaps of 7.9–8.2 eV. Finally, we estimate the influence of these structures on the hydrogen-storage performance of NaSc(BH{sub 4}){sub 4}.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  10. First principles simulation of laser-induced periodic surface structure using the particle-in-cell method

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    Mitchell, Robert A.; Schumacher, Douglass W.; Chowdhury, Enam A.

    2015-11-01

    We present our results of a fundamental simulation of a periodic grating structure formation on a copper target during the femtosecond-pulse laser damage process, and compare our results to recent experiment. The particle-in-cell (PIC) method is used to model the initial laser heating of the electrons, a two-temperature model (TTM) is used to model the thermalization of the material, and a modified PIC method is employed to model the atomic transport leading to a damage crater morphology consistent with experimental grating structure formation. This laser-induced periodic surface structure (LIPSS) is shown to be directly related to the formation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) and their interference with the incident laser pulse.

  11. First principles investigation of the crystal and electronic structures of CeNCl and "CeNF"

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    Matar, Samir F.

    2015-10-01

    Based on DFT energy discrimination and detailed electronic and bonding properties, it is shown that the hitherto unexplored cerium nitride fluoride can be obtained in rhombohedral ThNF structure whereas actual CeNCl is confirmed in the early determination with PbFCl-like structure. The respectively adopted 3D and 2D like structures are assigned to the major role played by the F polarizability, four times smaller than Cl. In their ground state both compounds are found small gap insulators with 1.9 eV (CeNCl), 1.8 eV (CeNF) compared to insulating isoelectronic cerine CeO2 with 2.2 eV band gap. The bonding shows balance between covalence brought by Ce-N bond versus ionic Ce-F(Cl) bonding and d(Ce-N) < d(Ce-F(Cl)) distances. Synthesis routes for CeNF are proposed.

  12. Cu/ZnO(0001) under oxidating and reducing conditions: A first-principles survey of surface structures

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    Warschkow, O.; Chuasiripattana, K.; Lyle, M. J.; Delley, B.; Stampfl, C.

    2011-09-01

    We investigate the stability of Cu-exposed ZnO(0001) surface structures in an oxygen environment using density functional theory and the method of ab initio atomistic thermodynamics. A two-dimensional phase diagram is constructed which identifies stable surface structures as a function of the copper and oxygen chemical potentials. Two structures with a (3×3)R30∘ unit cell are found to be prominently stable at intermediate oxygen and copper chemical potentials. These phases are characterized by a single adlayer of Cu4O3 and Cu12O13 stoichiometry on ZnO(0001). We rationalize recent experimental observations in the literature in terms of our results.

  13. A First-Principles Study on the Structural and Electronic Properties of Sn-Based Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites

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    Ma, Zi-Qian; Pan, Hui; Wong, Pak Kin

    2016-11-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskites have attracted increasing interest on solar-energy harvesting because of their outstanding electronic properties. In this work, we systematically investigate the structural and electronic properties of Sn-based hybrid perovskites MASnX3 and FASnX3 (X = I, Br) based on density-functional-theory calculations. We find that their electronic properties strongly depend on the organic molecules, halide atoms, and structures. We show that there is a general rule to predict the band gap of the Sn-based hybrid perovskite: its band gap increases as the size of halide atom decreases as well as that of organic molecule increase. The band gap of high temperature phase (cubic structure) is smaller than that of low temperature phase (orthorhombic structure). The band gap of tetragonal structure (medium-temperature phase) may be larger or smaller than that of cubic phase, depending on the orientation of the molecule. Tunable band gap within a range of 0.73-1.53 eV can be achieved by choosing halide atom and organic molecule, and controlling structure. We further show that carrier effective mass also reduces as the size of halide atom increases and that of molecule decreases. By comparing with Pb-based hybrid perovskites, the Sn-based systems show enhanced visible-light absorption and carrier mobility due to narrowed band gap and reduced carrier effective mass. These Sn-based organic-inorganic halide perovskites may find applications in solar energy harvesting with improved performance.

  14. A First-Principles Study on the Structural and Electronic Properties of Sn-Based Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites

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    Ma, Zi-Qian; Pan, Hui; Wong, Pak Kin

    2016-08-01

    Organic-inorganic halide perovskites have attracted increasing interest on solar-energy harvesting because of their outstanding electronic properties. In this work, we systematically investigate the structural and electronic properties of Sn-based hybrid perovskites MASnX3 and FASnX3 (X = I, Br) based on density-functional-theory calculations. We find that their electronic properties strongly depend on the organic molecules, halide atoms, and structures. We show that there is a general rule to predict the band gap of the Sn-based hybrid perovskite: its band gap increases as the size of halide atom decreases as well as that of organic molecule increase. The band gap of high temperature phase (cubic structure) is smaller than that of low temperature phase (orthorhombic structure). The band gap of tetragonal structure (medium-temperature phase) may be larger or smaller than that of cubic phase, depending on the orientation of the molecule. Tunable band gap within a range of 0.73-1.53 eV can be achieved by choosing halide atom and organic molecule, and controlling structure. We further show that carrier effective mass also reduces as the size of halide atom increases and that of molecule decreases. By comparing with Pb-based hybrid perovskites, the Sn-based systems show enhanced visible-light absorption and carrier mobility due to narrowed band gap and reduced carrier effective mass. These Sn-based organic-inorganic halide perovskites may find applications in solar energy harvesting with improved performance.

  15. Hydrostatic Pressure Effects on Structural and Electronic Properties of ETN and PETN from First-Principles Calculations.

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    Fedorov, Igor A; Fedorova, Tatyana P; Zhuravlev, Yuriy N

    2016-05-26

    We studied the structural and electronic properties of pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) and erythritol tetranitrate (ETN) crystals within the framework of density functional theory with van der Waals interactions. The computed lattice parameters have good agreement with experimental data. Electronic and structural properties of the crystals under 0-20 GPa hydrostatic pressure were studied. The parameters of equations of state calculated from the theoretical data show good agreement with experiment within the studied pressure intervals. We have also calculated the detonation velocity and pressure. PMID:27128718

  16. First-Principles Calculations of Structural, Electronic and Optical Properties of CaTiO3 Crystal

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    Medeiros, Subênia; Silva, Jusciane; Albuquerque, Eudenilson; Freire, Valder

    2013-03-01

    The structural, electronic, vibrational, and optical properties of perovskite CaTiO3 in the cubic, orthorhombic, and tetragonal phase are calculated in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) with different exchange-correlation potentials by CASTEP package. The calculated band structure shows an indirect band gap of 1.88 eV at the Γ-R points in the Brillouin zone to the cubic structure, a direct band gap of 2.41 eV at the Γ - Γ points to the orthorhombic structure, and an indirect band gap of 2.31 eV at the M' Γ points to the tetragonal phase. I have concluded that the bonding between Ca and TiO2 is mainly ionic and that the TiO2 entities bond covalently. Unlike some perovskites the CaTiO3 does not exhibit a ferroelectric phase transition down to 4.2 K. It is still known that the CaTiO3 has a static dielectric constant that extrapolates to a value greater than 300 at zero temperature. Our calculated lattice parameters, elastic constants, optical properties, and vibrational frequencies are found to be in good agreement with the available theoretical and experimental values. The results for the effective mass in the electron and hole carriers are also presented in this work.

  17. Elemental vacancy diffusion database from high-throughput first-principles calculations for fcc and hcp structures

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    Angsten, Thomas; Mayeshiba, Tam; Wu, Henry; Morgan, Dane

    2014-01-01

    This work demonstrates how databases of diffusion-related properties can be developed from high-throughput ab initio calculations. The formation and migration energies for vacancies of all adequately stable pure elements in both the face-centered cubic (fcc) and hexagonal close packing (hcp) crystal structures were determined using ab initio calculations. For hcp migration, both the basal plane and z-direction nearest-neighbor vacancy hops were considered. Energy barriers were successfully calculated for 49 elements in the fcc structure and 44 elements in the hcp structure. These data were plotted against various elemental properties in order to discover significant correlations. The calculated data show smooth and continuous trends when plotted against Mendeleev numbers. The vacancy formation energies were plotted against cohesive energies to produce linear trends with regressed slopes of 0.317 and 0.323 for the fcc and hcp structures respectively. This result shows the expected increase in vacancy formation energy with stronger bonding. The slope of approximately 0.3, being well below that predicted by a simple fixed bond strength model, is consistent with a reduction in the vacancy formation energy due to many-body effects and relaxation. Vacancy migration barriers are found to increase nearly linearly with increasing stiffness, consistent with the local expansion required to migrate an atom. A simple semi-empirical expression is created to predict the vacancy migration energy from the lattice constant and bulk modulus for fcc systems, yielding estimates with errors of approximately 30%.

  18. Structural, mechanical, and electronic properties of Rh2B and RhB2: first-principles calculations

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    Chu, Binhua; Li, Da; Tian, Fubo; Duan, Defang; Sha, Xiaojing; Lv, Yunzhou; Zhang, Huadi; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2015-01-01

    The crystal structures of Rh2B and RhB2 at ambient pressure were explored by using the evolutionary methodology. A monoclinic P21/m structure of Rh2B was predicted and donated as Rh2B-I, which is energetically much superior to the previously experimentally proposed Pnma structure. At the pressure of about 39 GPa, the P21/m phase of Rh2B transforms to the C2/m phases. For RhB2, a new monoclinic P21/m phase was predicted, named as RhB2-II, it has the same structure type with Rh2B. Rh2B-I and RhB2-II are both mechanically and dynamically stable. They are potential low compressible materials. The analysis of electronic density of states and chemical bonding indicates that the formation of strong and directional covalent B-B and Rh-B bonds in these compounds contribute greatly to their stabilities and high incompressibility. PMID:26123399

  19. Point defect structures of YA12 and ZrCo2 Laves phase compounds by first-principles calculations

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    Krcmar, Maja; Fu, Chong Long

    2007-01-01

    In Laves phase alloys with prominent size mismatch between constituent atoms and/or large negative enthalpy of formation, the existence of vacancies as the dominant point defect type is often suggested. However, there are not enough experimental data to prove or disprove these arguments. Employing first-principles calculations, we study the point defect structures of YAl{sub 2} and ZrCo{sub 2} C15 Laves phases, as both compounds exhibit large size mismatch between constituent atoms, and large negative enthalpy of formation. We find that one must go beyond the simple geometrical or enthalpy arguments in determining the point defect structures of these alloys. In both compounds, the point defect structure is found to be dominated by the anti-site defects on the larger atom-rich side of the stoichiometry.

  20. The effects of surface bond relaxation on electronic structure of Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} nano-films by first-principles calculation

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    Li, C. Zhao, Y. F.; Fu, C. X.; Gong, Y. Y.; Chi, B. Q.; Sun, C. Q.

    2014-10-15

    The effects of vertical compressive stress on Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} nano-films have been investigated by the first principles calculation, including stability, electronic structure, crystal structure, and bond order. It is found that the band gap of nano-film is sensitive to the stress in Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} nano-film and the critical thickness increases under compressive stress. The band gap and band order of Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} film has been affected collectively by the surface and internal crystal structures, the contraction ratio between surface bond length of nano-film and the corresponding bond length of bulk decides the band order of Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} film.

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

  2. Structural flexibility of 4,4'-methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (4,4'-MDI): evidence from first principles calculations.

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    Rodziewicz, Pawel; Goclon, Jakub

    2014-02-01

    A reactant used globally in the production of polyurethane is the molecule 4,4'-methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (4,4'-MDI). The structural flexibility of 4,4'-MDI is one of the most important molecular properties influencing the polymerization process and this property was therefore modeled using density functional theory (DFT) calculations and Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Global and local minima structures were found and confirmed by vibrational analysis. The energy barriers related to rotation of the aromatic rings were estimated by DFT calculations. The stability of global and local minima was verified by Car-Parrinello (MD) runs at finite temperature. The presence of weak C-H⋯π hydrogen bonds was confirmed by atoms in molecules analysis and found to be responsible for the low energy barriers.

  3. The structural and electronic properties of cubic AgMO3 (M=Nb, Ta) by first principles calculations

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    Prasad, K. Ganga; Niranjan, Manish K.; Asthana, Saket

    2016-05-01

    We report the electronic structure of the AgMO3(M=Nb, Ta) within the frame work of density functional theory and calculations are performed within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) by using ultrasoft pseudopotentials. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and volumes are extracted from fitting of Birch third order equation of state and which are reasonable agreement with the available experimental results. The density of states,band structure of Ag(Nb,Ta)O3 reveals that the valance bands mostly occupied with O-2p and O-2s states and whereas conduction band occupied with Nb (Ta) 4d(5d) states including less contribution from Ag 5s states.

  4. A first principles study of the lattice stability of diamond-structure semiconductors under intense laser irradiation

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    Feng Shiquan; Zhao Jianling; Cheng Xinlu

    2013-01-14

    Using density-functional linear-response theory, we calculated the phonon dispersion curves for the diamond structural elemental semiconductors of Ge, C and zinc-blende structure semiconductors of GaAs, InSb at different electronic temperatures. We found that the transverse-acoustic phonon frequencies of C and Ge become imaginary as the electron temperature is elevated, which means the lattices of C and Ge become unstable under intense laser irradiation. These results are very similar with previous theoretical and experimental results for Si. For GaAs and InSb, not only can be obtained the similar results for their transverse-acoustic modes, but also their LO-TO splitting gradually decreases as the electronic temperature is increased. It means that the electronic excitation weakens the strength of the ionicity of ionic crystal under intense laser irradiation.

  5. First-Principles Study of the Structural, Optical, Dynamical and Thermodynamic Properties of BaZnO2 Under Pressure

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    Wang, Yi-Xian; Hu, Cui-E.; Chen, Yang-Mei; Cheng, Yan; Ji, Guang-Fu

    2016-11-01

    The structural, optical, dynamical, and thermodynamic properties of BaZnO2 under pressure are studied based on the density functional theory. The calculated structural parameters are consistent with the available experimental data. In the ground state, the electronic band structure and density of states indicate that BaZnO2 is an insulator with a direct gap of 2.2 eV. The Mulliken charges are also analyzed to characterize the bonding property. After the structural relaxation, the optical properties are studied. It is found that the dielectric function of E Vert x and EVert y are isotropic, whereas the EVert x and EVert z are anisotropic. The effect of pressure on the energy-loss function in the ultraviolet region becomes more obvious as the pressure increases. Furthermore, the dynamical properties under different pressures are investigated using the finite displacement method. We find that the P3121 phase of BaZnO2 is dynamically stable under the pressure ranging from 0 GPa to 30 GPa. The phonon dispersion curves, phonon density of states, vibrational modes and atoms that contribute to these vibrations at {{\\varvec{Γ }}} point under different pressures are also reported in this work. Finally, by employing the quasi-harmonic approximation, the thermodynamic properties such as the temperature dependence of the thermal expansion coefficient, specific heat, entropy and Gibbs free energy under different pressures are investigated. It is found that the influences of the temperature on the heat capacity are much more significant than that of the pressure on it.

  6. Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of tetragonal Mn{sub 3-x}Ga: Experiments and first-principles calculations

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    Winterlik, Juergen; Balke, Benjamin; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Felser, Claudia; Alves, Maria C. M.; Bernardi, Fabiano; Morais, Jonder

    2008-02-01

    This work reports on the electronic, magnetic, and structural properties of the binary intermetallic compounds Mn{sub 3-x}Ga. The tetragonal DO{sub 22} phase of the Mn{sub 3-x}Ga series, with x varying from 0 to 1.0 in steps of x=0.1, was successfully synthesized and investigated. It was found that all these materials are hard magnetic, with energy products ranging from 10.1 kJ m{sup -3} for low Mn content (x{yields}1) to 61.6 kJ m{sup -3} for high Mn content (x{yields}0). With decreasing Mn content, the average saturation magnetization per atom increases from 0.26{mu}{sub B} for Mn{sub 3}Ga to 0.47{mu}{sub B} for Mn{sub 2}Ga. The increase in the saturation magnetization as the Mn content is reduced indicates a ferrimagnetic order with partially compensating moments of the two different Mn atoms on the two crystallographically different sites of the DO{sub 22} structure. This type of magnetic order is supported by ab initio calculations of the electronic structure that predict a nearly half-metallic ferrimagnet with the highest spin polarization of 88% at the Fermi energy for Mn{sub 3}Ga. The Curie temperature of the compounds is restricted to approximately 770 K because of a structural phase transition to the hexagonal DO{sub 19} phase. Thermal irreversibilities between zero-field-cooled and field-cooled measurements suggest that the Mn{sub 3-x}Ga series belongs to the class of magnetically frustrated ferrimagnets. The most pronounced magnetic anomaly is found for Mn{sub 3}Ga.

  7. Tuning band structure and electronic transport properties of ZrN nanotube--a first-principles investigation.

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    Chandiramouli, R; Nagarajan, V

    2015-02-01

    The band structure and electronic transport properties of pristine ZrN nanotube, oxygen, fluorine and niobium substituted ZrN are successfully optimized using density functional theory. The transport properties of ZrN nanotube are studied in terms of band structure, density of states, electron density and transmission spectrum of ZrN nanotube. The band structure reveals that the nanostructures show metallic nature due to orbital overlapping of zirconium and nitrogen atoms. The density of states gives the information of localization of charges in energy intervals. The major contribution in density of states arises from p and d orbitals of zirconium and nitrogen atoms. The electron density is observed more in nitrogen sites for pristine and impurity substituted ZrN nanotube. The electrons near the Fermi level contributes more to the transmission, the impact in the transmission is seen due to substitution impurity and position of the defect in the ZrN nanotube. The results of the present work focus light to tailor ZrN nanotube with enhanced electronic properties in nanoelectronics applications. PMID:25459628

  8. Tuning band structure and electronic transport properties of ZrN nanotube - A first-principles investigation

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    Chandiramouli, R.; Nagarajan, V.

    2015-02-01

    The band structure and electronic transport properties of pristine ZrN nanotube, oxygen, fluorine and niobium substituted ZrN are successfully optimized using density functional theory. The transport properties of ZrN nanotube are studied in terms of band structure, density of states, electron density and transmission spectrum of ZrN nanotube. The band structure reveals that the nanostructures show metallic nature due to orbital overlapping of zirconium and nitrogen atoms. The density of states gives the information of localization of charges in energy intervals. The major contribution in density of states arises from p and d orbitals of zirconium and nitrogen atoms. The electron density is observed more in nitrogen sites for pristine and impurity substituted ZrN nanotube. The electrons near the Fermi level contributes more to the transmission, the impact in the transmission is seen due to substitution impurity and position of the defect in the ZrN nanotube. The results of the present work focus light to tailor ZrN nanotube with enhanced electronic properties in nanoelectronics applications.

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

  10. Tuning band structure and electronic transport properties of ZrN nanotube--a first-principles investigation.

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    Chandiramouli, R; Nagarajan, V

    2015-02-01

    The band structure and electronic transport properties of pristine ZrN nanotube, oxygen, fluorine and niobium substituted ZrN are successfully optimized using density functional theory. The transport properties of ZrN nanotube are studied in terms of band structure, density of states, electron density and transmission spectrum of ZrN nanotube. The band structure reveals that the nanostructures show metallic nature due to orbital overlapping of zirconium and nitrogen atoms. The density of states gives the information of localization of charges in energy intervals. The major contribution in density of states arises from p and d orbitals of zirconium and nitrogen atoms. The electron density is observed more in nitrogen sites for pristine and impurity substituted ZrN nanotube. The electrons near the Fermi level contributes more to the transmission, the impact in the transmission is seen due to substitution impurity and position of the defect in the ZrN nanotube. The results of the present work focus light to tailor ZrN nanotube with enhanced electronic properties in nanoelectronics applications.

  11. First-principles calculations of the structural, electronic, optical and thermal properties of the BNxAs1-x alloys

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    Hamioud, L.; Boumaza, A.; Touam, S.; Meradji, H.; Ghemid, S.; El Haj Hassan, F.; Khenata, R.; Omran, S. Bin

    2016-06-01

    The present paper aims to study the structural, electronic, optical and thermal properties of the boron nitride (BN) and BAs bulk materials as well as the BNxAs1-x ternary alloys by employing the full-potential-linearised augmented plane wave method within the density functional theory. The structural properties are determined using the Wu-Cohen generalised gradient approximation that is based on the optimisation of the total energy. For band structure calculations, both the Wu-Cohen generalised gradient approximation and the modified Becke-Johnson of the exchange-correlation energy and potential, respectively, are used. We investigated the effect of composition on the lattice constants, bulk modulus and band gap. Deviations of the lattice constants and the bulk modulus from the Vegard's law and the linear concentration dependence, respectively, were observed for the alloys where this result allows us to explain some specific behaviours in the electronic properties of the alloys. For the optical properties, the calculated refractive indices and the optical dielectric constants were found to vary nonlinearly with the N composition. Finally, the thermal effect on some of the macroscopic properties was predicted using the quasi-harmonic Debye model in which the lattice vibrations are taken into account.

  12. Low kV Atomic Resolution and First Principles Study of the Structure and Bonding at SrTiO3/GaAs Hetero-interfaces

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    Qiao, Qiao; Klie, Robert; Ogut, Serdar

    2012-02-01

    Ultrathin transition-meal oxide films on polar substrates have attracted increasing attention in recent years, due to the emergence of novel interfacial phases, not seen in the bulk of either material. In this study, we have combined aberration-corrected atomic-resolution Z-contrast imaging, electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) with first-principles density functional theory calculations to examined the atomic and electronic structures of epitaxially grown, ultrathin SrTiO3 (100) films on GaAs (001). We find that the interface is atomically abrupt and no surface reconstruction of the GaAs (001) surface is observed. Using atomic-column resolved EELS, we show that Ti diffuses into the first few monolayers of GaAs and we will present evidence for the formation of As-oxides at the interface depending on the thin film growth conditions. First-principles DFT calculations will be used to analyze the formation energies of Ti-related impurity defects in the bulk and surface regions of GaAs, as well as the stability of any surface reconstruction at the SrTiO3/GaAs interface. These findings are used to explain transport behavior of the SrTiO3 films as a function of deposition conditions.

  13. The crystal structure and chemical state of aluminum-doped hydroxyapatite by experimental and first principles calculation studies.

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    Wang, Ming; Wang, Liping; Shi, Chao; Sun, Tian; Zeng, Yi; Zhu, Yingchun

    2016-08-01

    Aluminum (Al) is a trace element found in hard tissues, and the induction of bone diseases by Al accumulation has generated interest in the role and mechanism of Al in bone metabolism. Because hydroxyapatite (HA) constitutes the main inorganic content of human hard tissues, the biological effect of Al in human hard tissues is closely related to the intrinsic state of Al-doped HA (Al-HA). However, few investigations to date have focused on the crystallography of Al-HA. Herein, we determined the crystallographic characteristics and energy states of Al-HA by conducting theoretical and experimental studies. Al-HA [Ca10-1.5xAlx(PO4)6(OH)2] with a defect structure was synthesized. XRD patterns and morphology images revealed that doping of Al decreased the crystallinity and the HA nanocrystal size. The optimized crystal structure indicated that Al was preferentially substituted for Ca(2) and Ca vacancies appeared at the Ca(2)1 site. Al doping locally distorted the regularity and integrity of the HA crystal structure, leading to the occurrence of Ca(2+) vacancies and the displacement and rotation of OH(-) and [PO4](3-) chains. The total energy of Al-HA increased and the stability decreased. Consequently, Al-HA might be readily degraded by osteoclasts and bone resorption could be accelerated. The destruction and over-resorption of bones caused by excessive Al could result in abnormal bone metabolism. The present findings not only provide the first crystallographic information on the disruptive effects of Al doping in HA but also complement the present understanding of the mechanisms underlying Al-induced bone diseases. PMID:27436334

  14. 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.

  15. Strain effect on electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic SnSe: A first principles study

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    Cuong, Do Duc; Rhim, S. H. Hong, Soon Cheol; Lee, Joo-Hyong

    2015-11-15

    Strain effect on thermoelectricity of orthorhombic SnSe is studied using density function theory. The Seebeck coefficients are obtained by solving Boltzmann Transport equation (BTE) with interpolated band energies. As expected from the crystal structure, calculated Seebeck coefficients are highly anisotropic, and agree well with experiment. Changes in the Seebeck coefficients are presented, when strain is applied along b and c direction with strength from -3% to +3%, where influence by band gaps and band dispersions are significant. Moreover, for compressive strains, the sign change of Seebeck coefficients at particular direction suggests that the bipolar transport is possible for SnSe.

  16. Structure and pressure-induced ferroelectric phase transition in antiphase domain boundaries of strontium titanate from first principles

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    Kvasov, Alexander; Tagantsev, Alexander K.; Setter, Nava

    2016-08-01

    In this work, using zero kelvin ab initio calculations, we revisit the structure and ferroelectric phase transition in antiphase domain boundaries (APBs) in SrTiO3 (STO), which has been previously addressed in terms of a phenomenological approach. We confirmed the main qualitative conclusion of the phenomenological results that APBs normal to the rotation axis of the oxygen octahedra ("easy" walls) do not exhibit the transition while those parallel to the rotation axis ("hard" walls) do. However, we found the structure of the hard walls to be close to the Ising type in contrast to the phenomenological prediction of the nearly Néel type. We simulated a pressure-induced phase transition in the hard wall. Combining the results of simulation and experimental data on STO, we evaluated the pressure sensitivity of the ferroelectricity in the hard wall at low temperatures to show that it can be suppressed with very small pressure (a few kbar). We also roughly estimated the ferroelectric transition temperature in the hard wall corroborating the result of the phenomenological treatment.

  17. Prediction of Pressure-Induced Structural Transition and Mechanical Properties of MgY from First-Principles Calculations

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    Pu, Chun-Ying; Xun, Xian-Chao; Song, Hai-Zhen; Zhang, Fei-Wu; Lu, Zhi-Wen; Zhou, Da-Wei

    2016-01-01

    Using the particle swarm optimization algorithm on crystal structure prediction, we first predict that MgY alloy undergoes a first-order phase transition from CsCl phase to P4/NMM phase at about 55 GPa with a small volume collapse of 2.63%. The dynamical stability of P4/NMM phase at 55 GPa is evaluated by the phonon spectrum calculation and the electronic structure is discussed. The elastic constants are calculated, after which the bulk moduli, shear moduli, Young's modui, and Debye temperature are derived. The brittleness/ductile behavior, and anisotropy of two phases under pressure are discussed in details. Our results show that external pressure can change the brittle behavior to ductile at 10 GPa for CsCl phase and improve the ductility of MgY alloy. As pressure increases, the elastic anisotropy in shear of CsCl phase decreases, while that of P4/NMM phase remains nearly constant. The elastic anisotropic constructions of the directional dependences of reciprocals of bulk modulus and Young's modulus are also calculated and discussed. Supported by the Henan Joint Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. U1304612, U1404608, the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 51501093, 51374132, and the Special Fund of the Theoretical Physics of China under Grant No. 11247222, Postdoctoral Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 2015M581767, and Young Core Instructor Foundation of Henan Province under Grant No. 2015GGJS-122

  18. Electronic structure and optical properties of F-doped β-Ga2O3 from first principles calculations

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    Jinliang, Yan; Chong, Qu

    2016-04-01

    The effects of F-doping concentration on geometric structure, electronic structure and optical property of β-Ga2O3 were investigated. All F-doped β-Ga2O3 with different concentrations are easy to be formed under Ga-rich conditions, the stability and lattice parameters increase with the F-doping concentration. F-doped β-Ga2O3 materials display characteristics of the n-type semiconductor, occupied states contributed from Ga 4s, Ga 4p and O 2p states in the conduction band increase with an increase in F-doping concentration. The increase of F concentration leads to the narrowing of the band gap and the broadening of the occupied states. F-doped β-Ga2O3 exhibits the sharp band edge absorption and a broad absorption band. Absorption edges are blue-shifted, and the intensity of broad band absorption has been enhanced with respect to the fluorine content. The broad band absorption is ascribed to the intra-band transitions from occupied states to empty states in the conduction band. Project supported by the Innovation Project of Shandong Graduate Education, China (No. SDYY13093) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 10974077).

  19. First-principle study of the electronic structure and magnetism of lithium-adsorbed 3d transition-metal phthalocyanines

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    Wang, M.; Hu, Y.; Zhang, Z.; Li, Y.; Zhou, T.; Ren, J.

    2016-02-01

    Based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations, the electronic structures and magnetic properties of 3d transition-metal phthalocyanine (TMPc, TM = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Cu), as well as Li-adsorbed phthalocyanines have been studied. The results show that the pristine TMPcs all have a good D4h symmetry. When there is one Li atom adsorbed on TMPcs directly over (LiTMPc-α) or slantly above (LiTMPc-β) the TM atoms, the geometries and electronic structures will be changed. For LiTMPc-α systems, the central TM atoms will deviate from the molecular plane and the molecules exhibit good C4v symmetry. LiTMPc-β systems are more stable than LiTMPc-α systems but it do not possess D4h and C4v symmetries. The total and local magnetic moments and the charge transfer are also presented. Finally, by using the orbit mixing and splitting theory under D4h and C4v symmetry, we get the ordering of the energy levels of the central TM atoms.

  20. Structural, Thermodynamic, Elastic, and Electronic Properties of α-SnS at High Pressure from First-Principles Investigations

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    Liu, Chun Mei; Xu, Chao; Duan, Man Yi

    2015-10-01

    SnS has potential technical applications, but many of its properties are still not well studied. In this work, the structural, thermodynamic, elastic, and electronic properties of α-SnS have been investigated by the plane wave pseudo-potential density functional theory with the framework of generalised gradient approximation. The calculated pressure-dependent lattice parameters agree well with the available experimental data. Our thermodynamic properties of α-SnS, including heat capacity CP , entropy S, and Gibbs free energy relation of -(GT -H0) curves, show similar growth trends as the experimental data. At T=298.15 K, our CP =52.31 J/mol·K, S=78.93 J/mol·K, and -(GT -H0)=12.03 J/mol all agree very well with experimental data CP =48.77 J/mol·K and 49.25 J/mol·K, S=76.78 J/mol·K, and -(GT -H0)=12.38 J/mol. The elastic constants, together with other elastic properties, are also computed. The anisotropy analyses indicate obvious elastic anisotropy for α-SnS along different symmetry planes and axes. Moreover, calculations demonstrate that α-SnS is an indirect gap semiconductor, and it transforms to semimetal with pressure increasing up to 10.2 GPa. Combined with the density of states, the characters of the band structure have been analysed in detail.

  1. Structural, electronic, and optical properties of ZnO1-xSex alloys using first-principles calculations

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    Muhammad, Rashid; Fayyaz, Hussain; Muhammad, Imran; S, A. Ahmad; N, A. Noor; M, U. Sohaib; S, M. Alay-e.-Abbas

    2013-08-01

    The structural, electronic, and optical properties of binary ZnO, ZnSe compounds, and their ternary ZnO1-xSex alloys are computed using the accurate full potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital (FP-LAPW + lo) method in the rocksalt (B1) and zincblende (B3) crystallographic phases. The electronic band structures, fundamental energy band gaps, and densities of states for ZnO1-xSex are evaluated in the range 0 <= x <= 1 using Wu—Cohen (WC) generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange—correlation potential. Our calculated results of lattice parameters and bulk modulus reveal a nonlinear variation for pseudo-binary and their ternary alloys in both phases and show a considerable deviation from Vegard's law. It is observed that the predicted lattice parameter and bulk modulus are in good agreement with the available experimental and theoretical data. We establish that the composition dependence of band gap is semi-metallic in B1 phase, while a direct band gap is observed in B3 phase. The calculated density of states is described by taking into account the contribution of Zn 3d, O 2p, and Se 4s, and the optical properties are studied in terms of dielectric functions, refractive index, reflectivity, and energy loss function for the B3 phase and are compared with the available experimental data.

  2. First-principles study of the structural and dynamic properties of the liquid and amorphous Li-Si alloys

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    Chiang, Han-Hsin; Lu, Jian-Ming; Kuo, Chin-Lung

    2016-01-01

    We have performed density functional theory calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics to investigate the structures and dynamic properties of the liquid and amorphous LixSi alloys over a range of composition from x = 1.0 - 4.8. Our results show that Si atoms can form a variety of covalently bonded polyanions with diverse local bonding structures in the liquid alloys. Like in c-LiSi, Si atoms can form a continuous bond network in liquid Li1.0Si at 1050 K, while it gradually disintegrates into many smaller Si polyanions as the Li content increases in the alloys. The average sizes of Si polyanions in these liquid alloys were found to be relatively larger than those in their crystalline counterparts, which can even persist in the highly lithiated Li4.81Si alloy at 1500 K. Our results also show that amorphous LixSi alloys have similar local bonding structures but a largely increased short-range order as compared to their liquid counterparts. The differences between the average coordination number of each atomic pair in amorphous solids and that in the liquids are less than 1.1. Furthermore, our calculations reveal that Li and Si atoms can exhibit very distinct dynamic behaviors in the liquids and their diffusivities appear to be largely dependent on the chemical composition of the alloys. The diffusivity of Li was found to increase with the Li content in the alloys primarily because of the reduced interactions between Li and Si atoms, while the Si diffusivity also increases due to the gradual disintegration of the strongly interconnected Si bond network. The diffusivity of Li in amorphous LixSi was predicted to lie in the range between 10-7 and 10-9 cm2/s at 300 K, which is more than 20-fold larger than that of Si over the composition range considered. Our calculations further show that the diffusivities of both Li and Si can increase by two orders of magnitude as x increases from 1.0 to 3.57 in amorphous LixSi, indicating a more profound dependence on the alloy

  3. First-principles study of the structural and dynamic properties of the liquid and amorphous Li-Si alloys.

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    Chiang, Han-Hsin; Lu, Jian-Ming; Kuo, Chin-Lung

    2016-01-21

    We have performed density functional theory calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics to investigate the structures and dynamic properties of the liquid and amorphous LixSi alloys over a range of composition from x = 1.0 - 4.8. Our results show that Si atoms can form a variety of covalently bonded polyanions with diverse local bonding structures in the liquid alloys. Like in c-LiSi, Si atoms can form a continuous bond network in liquid Li1.0Si at 1050 K, while it gradually disintegrates into many smaller Si polyanions as the Li content increases in the alloys. The average sizes of Si polyanions in these liquid alloys were found to be relatively larger than those in their crystalline counterparts, which can even persist in the highly lithiated Li4.81Si alloy at 1500 K. Our results also show that amorphous LixSi alloys have similar local bonding structures but a largely increased short-range order as compared to their liquid counterparts. The differences between the average coordination number of each atomic pair in amorphous solids and that in the liquids are less than 1.1. Furthermore, our calculations reveal that Li and Si atoms can exhibit very distinct dynamic behaviors in the liquids and their diffusivities appear to be largely dependent on the chemical composition of the alloys. The diffusivity of Li was found to increase with the Li content in the alloys primarily because of the reduced interactions between Li and Si atoms, while the Si diffusivity also increases due to the gradual disintegration of the strongly interconnected Si bond network. The diffusivity of Li in amorphous LixSi was predicted to lie in the range between 10(-7) and 10(-9) cm(2)/s at 300 K, which is more than 20-fold larger than that of Si over the composition range considered. Our calculations further show that the diffusivities of both Li and Si can increase by two orders of magnitude as x increases from 1.0 to 3.57 in amorphous LixSi, indicating a more profound dependence on the

  4. First-principles study of the structural and dynamic properties of the liquid and amorphous Li-Si alloys.

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    Chiang, Han-Hsin; Lu, Jian-Ming; Kuo, Chin-Lung

    2016-01-21

    We have performed density functional theory calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics to investigate the structures and dynamic properties of the liquid and amorphous LixSi alloys over a range of composition from x = 1.0 - 4.8. Our results show that Si atoms can form a variety of covalently bonded polyanions with diverse local bonding structures in the liquid alloys. Like in c-LiSi, Si atoms can form a continuous bond network in liquid Li1.0Si at 1050 K, while it gradually disintegrates into many smaller Si polyanions as the Li content increases in the alloys. The average sizes of Si polyanions in these liquid alloys were found to be relatively larger than those in their crystalline counterparts, which can even persist in the highly lithiated Li4.81Si alloy at 1500 K. Our results also show that amorphous LixSi alloys have similar local bonding structures but a largely increased short-range order as compared to their liquid counterparts. The differences between the average coordination number of each atomic pair in amorphous solids and that in the liquids are less than 1.1. Furthermore, our calculations reveal that Li and Si atoms can exhibit very distinct dynamic behaviors in the liquids and their diffusivities appear to be largely dependent on the chemical composition of the alloys. The diffusivity of Li was found to increase with the Li content in the alloys primarily because of the reduced interactions between Li and Si atoms, while the Si diffusivity also increases due to the gradual disintegration of the strongly interconnected Si bond network. The diffusivity of Li in amorphous LixSi was predicted to lie in the range between 10(-7) and 10(-9) cm(2)/s at 300 K, which is more than 20-fold larger than that of Si over the composition range considered. Our calculations further show that the diffusivities of both Li and Si can increase by two orders of magnitude as x increases from 1.0 to 3.57 in amorphous LixSi, indicating a more profound dependence on the

  5. First-principles study of the structural, elastic, electronic, optical, and vibrational properties of intermetallic Pd2Ga

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    Yildirim, A.; Koc, H.; Deligoz, E.

    2012-03-01

    The structural, elastic, electronic, optical, and vibrational properties of the orthorhombic Pd2Ga compound are investigated using the norm-conserving pseudopotentials within the local density approximation in the frame of density functional theory. The calculated lattice parameters have been compared with the experimental values and found to be in good agreement with these results. The second-order elastic constants and the other relevant quantities, such as the Young's modulus, shear modulus, Poisson's ratio, anisotropy factor, sound velocity, and Debye temperature, have been calculated. It is shown that this compound is mechanically stable after analysing the calculated elastic constants. Furthermore, the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function and the optical constants, such as the optical dielectric constant and the effective number of electrons per unit cell, are calculated and presented. The phonon dispersion curves are derived using the direct method. The present results demonstrate that this compound is dynamically stable.

  6. Multidomains made of different structural phases in multiferroic BiFeO3: A first-principles-based study

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    Wang, Dawei; Salje, Ekhard K. H.; Mi, Shao-Bo; Jia, Chun-Lin; Bellaiche, L.

    2013-10-01

    An effective Hamiltonian scheme is used to reveal the properties of a multidomain structure in BiFeO3 consisting of alternating domains that are initially made of two phases, namely, R3c (ferroelectric with antiphase oxygen octahedral tilting) versus Pnma (antiferroelectric with in-phase and antiphase oxygen octahedral tiltings). These two types of domains dramatically modify their properties as a result of their cohabitation. The weak ferromagnetic vector and polarization rotate, and significantly change their magnitude, in the R3c-like region, while the Pnma-like region becomes polar along the direction of domain propagation. Moreover, the domain walls possess distinct polar and oxygen octahedral tilting patterns that facilitate the transition between these two regions. The studied multidomain is also predicted to exhibit other anomalous properties, such as its strain adopting several plateaus and steps when increasing the magnitude of an applied electric field.

  7. First Principles Calculations of Structural, Electronic, Thermodynamic and Thermal Properties of BaxSr1-xTe Ternary Alloys

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    Chelli, S.; Meradji, H.; Amara Korba, S.; Ghemid, S.; El Haj Hassan, F.

    2014-12-01

    The structural, electronic thermodynamic and thermal properties of BaxSr1-xTe ternary mixed crystals have been studied using the ab initio full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT). In this approach, the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof-generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA) was used for the exchange-correlation potential. Moreover, the recently proposed modified Becke Johnson (mBJ) potential approximation, which successfully corrects the band-gap problem was also used for band structure calculations. The ground-state properties are determined for the cubic bulk materials BaTe, SrTe and their mixed crystals at various concentrations (x = 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75). The effect of composition on lattice constant, bulk modulus and band gap was analyzed. Deviation of the lattice constant from Vegard's law and the bulk modulus from linear concentration dependence (LCD) were observed for the ternary BaxSr1-xTe alloys. The microscopic origins of the gap bowing were explained by using the approach of Zunger and co-workers. On the other hand, the thermodynamic stability of these alloys was investigated by calculating the excess enthalpy of mixing, ΔHm as well as the phase diagram. It was shown that these alloys are stable at high temperature. Thermal effects on some macroscopic properties of BaxSr1-xTe alloys were investigated using the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered.

  8. First-principles study on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys

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    Ahmadian, F.; Salary, A.

    2016-01-01

    The structural, electronic, and optical properties of binary CaSe and SrSe compounds and Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys were studied by using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FPLAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT). The band structure calculations showed that the CaSe and the SrSe binary compounds in the rocksalt (RS), zinc-blende (ZB) and wurtzite (WZ) phases were semiconductors while they had a metallic characteristic in the CsCl phase. The lattice constant and bulk modulus values for the Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys in the RS and the ZB phases at different concentrations were calculated and compared with those obtained by using Vegard's law. The energy band gap values in the RS and the ZB phases were estimated for different x values by using both define acronyms the Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof (PBE-GGA) and the Engel and Vosko (EV-GGA) schemes, and the results were compared with those obtained by using the empirical electronegativity expression. The band gap bowing parameters were calculated by using quadratic functions and the procedure of Bernard and Zunger to fit the non-linear variation of the band gaps. The static dielectric constant ɛ 1(0) was calculated at different concentrations. The energy loss function L( ω) for the Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys in the RS and the ZB phases has a main peak corresponding to the plasmon frequency. The values of the static refractive index ( n(0)) for the Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys were calculated and compared with the values predicted by using the Moss, Ravindra, and Vandamme models. Finally, the extinction indic incident photon energies. es ( k( ω)) and the reflectivities ( R( ω)) for the Ca1- x Sr x Se alloys were calculated within a wide range of incident photon energies.

  9. Possibility of transforming the electronic structure of one species of graphene adatoms into that of another by application of gate voltage: First-principles calculations

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    Chan, Kevin T.; Lee, Hoonkyung; Cohen, Marvin L.

    2011-10-01

    Graphene provides many advantages for controlling the electronic structure of adatoms and other adsorbates via gating. Using the projected density of states and charge density obtained from first-principles density-functional periodic supercell calculations, we investigate the possibility of performing “alchemy” of adatoms on graphene, i.e., transforming the electronic structure of one species of adatom into that of another species by application of a gate voltage. Gating is modeled as a change in the number of electrons in the unit cell, with the inclusion of a compensating uniform background charge. Within this model and the generalized gradient approximation to the exchange-correlation functional, we find that such transformations are possible for K, Ca, and several transition-metal adatoms. Gate control of the occupation of the p states of In on graphene is also investigated. The validity of the supercell approximation with uniform compensating charge and the model for exchange and correlation is also discussed.

  10. The structural evolution of hydrogenated silicon carbide nanocrystals: an approach from bond energy model, Wang–Landau method and first-principles studies

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    Wang, Ya-Ting; Zhao, Yu-Jun; Yang, Xiao-Bao

    2016-06-01

    The novel properties of nanomaterials are attributed to their variety of structures, while it is a central task to determine the stable configurations under different environment conditions. Exemplified with the hydrogenated cubic silicon carbide nanocrystals (H-SiCNCs), we propose an efficient approach to determine the stable H-SiCNCs by the convex analysis with the possible candidates pre-screened by the Wang–Landau method and a bond energy model, followed by the property analysis from first-principles. We find that the configurations of H-SiCNCs are dominated by the hydrogen and carbon chemical potentials according to the phase diagram, and there are structural transitions with the increasing size from tetrahedron, hexahedron, to octahedron. The energy gaps of tetrahedral H-SiCNCs are larger than that of octahedral ones at similar sizes, and in hexagonal ones there is a charge separation for the highest occupied molecular orbitals and lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals.

  11. Structural, dynamic, electronic, and vibrational properties of flexible, intermediate, and stressed rigid As-Se glasses and liquids from first principles molecular dynamics

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    Bauchy, M.; Kachmar, A.; Micoulaut, M.

    2014-11-21

    The structural, vibrational, electronic, and dynamic properties of amorphous and liquid As{sub x}Se{sub 1-x} (0.10 First Principles Molecular Dynamics. Within the above range of compositions, thresholds, and anomalies are found in the behavior of reciprocal and real space properties that can be correlated to the experimental location of the Boolchand intermediate phase in these glassy networks, observed at 0.27 structural and dynamical atomic-scale fingerprints for the onset of rigidity within the network, while also providing a much more complex picture than the one derived from mean-field approaches of stiffness transitions.

  12. Thermodynamic Effects on Phase Stabilities and Structural Properties of TiO2 from the First-principles

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    Aoki, Yuta; Saito, Susumu

    2013-03-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most representative photocatalytic materials and much attention is focused on understanding and improvement of its photocatalytic activity. At the same time, TiO2 is known to be a highly polymorphic material and as many as eleven crystal phases have been identified so far. It is expected that TiO2 show various photocatalytic properties depending on crystal phases. However, relative stabilities of these identified phases are still controversial. In order to clarify the thermodynamic phase stabilities of TiO2, we obtain the free energies of its several representative phases, rutile, anatase, brookite, and TiO2-II within the framework of the density-functional theory using the pseudopotential method. We calculate both the static energy and the contribution of phonons to the free energy through the quasiharmonic approximation for each phase. It is found that treatment of semicore electrons in constructing the pseudopotential of the Ti atom significantly affects the relative phase stabilities. From the phase diagram obtained, we find that the anatase phase is the most stable at lower temperature and pressure. We also discuss the thermodynamic effects on structural properties such as thermal expansion. We acknowledge the financial supports from the Global Center-of-Excellence Program by MEXT, Japan through the Nanoscience and Quantum Physics Project of Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the Elements Science and Technology Project by MEXT.

  13. Spectroscopic and electronic structure calculation of a potential antibacterial agent incorporating pyrido-dipyrimidine-dione moiety using first principles

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    Fatma, Shaheen; Bishnoi, Abha; Singh, Vineeta; Al-Omary, Fatmah A. M.; El-Emam, Ali A.; Pathak, Shilendra; Srivastava, Ruchi; Prasad, Onkar; Sinha, Leena

    2016-04-01

    Quantum chemical calculations of geometrical structure, energy and vibrational wavenumbers of a novel functionalized pyrido-pyrimidine compound (a prospective antibacterial agent), chemically known as 6-Methyl,13,14,15-Trihydro-14-(4-Nitrophenyl)pyrido[1,2-a:1‧,2‧-a‧] pyrido[2″,3″-d:6″,5″-d‧]dipyrimidine-13,15-dione (C24H16N6O4), were carried out, using B3LYP/6311++G(d,p) method. Comprehensive interpretation of the infrared and Raman spectra of the compound under study is based on potential energy distribution. A good coherence between experimental and theoretical wavenumbers shows the preciseness of the assignments. NLO properties like the dipole moment, polarizability, first static hyperpolarizability and molecular electrostatic potential surface have been calculated to get a better cognizance of the properties of the title compound. Molecular docking results reveal that the title compound exhibit inhibitory activity against Staphylococcus aureus.

  14. Structural and electronic properties of CdS/ZnS core/shell nanowires: A first-principles study

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    Kim, Hyo Seok; Kim, Yong-Hoon

    2015-03-01

    Carrying out density functional theory (DFT) calculation, we studied the relative effects of quantum confinement and strain on the electronic structures of II-IV semiconductor compounds with a large lattice-mismatch, CdS and ZnS, in the core/shell nanowire geometry. We considered different core radii and shell thickness of the CdS/ZnS core/shell nanowire, different surface facets, and various defects in the core/shell interface and surface regions. To properly describe the band level alignment at the core/shell boundary, we adopted the self-interaction correction (SIC)-DFT scheme. Implications of our findings in the context of device applications will be also discussed. This work was supported by the Basic Science Research Grant (No. 2012R1A1A2044793), Global Frontier Program (No. 2013-073298), and Nano-Material Technology Development Program (2012M3A7B4049888) of the National Research Foundation funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea. Corresponding author

  15. First-principles investigations of the structure and stability of oxygen adsorption and surface oxide formation at Au(111)

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    Shi, Hongqing; Stampfl, Catherine

    2007-08-01

    We perform density-functional theory calculations to investigate the adsorption of oxygen at the Au(111) surface, including on-surface, subsurface, and surface oxide formation. We find that atomic oxygen adsorbs weakly on the surface and is barely stable with respect to molecular oxygen, while pure subsurface adsorption is only metastable. Interestingly, however, we find that the most favorable structure investigated involves a thin surface-oxide-like configuration, where the oxygen atoms are quasithreefold-coordinated to gold atoms, and the gold atoms of the surface layer are twofold, linearly coordinated to oxygen atoms. By including the effect of temperature and oxygen pressure through the description of ab initio atomistic thermodynamics, we find that this configuration is the most stable for realistic catalytic temperatures and pressures, e.g., for low-temperature oxidation reactions, and is predicted to be stable up to temperatures of around 420K at atmospheric pressure. This gives support to the notion that oxidized Au, or surface-oxide-like regions, could play a role in the behavior of oxide-supported nanogold catalysts.

  16. First-principles computation of structural, elastic and magnetic properties of Ni2FeGa across the martensitic transformation.

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    Sahariah, Munima B; Ghosh, Subhradip; Singh, Chabungbam S; Gowtham, S; Pandey, Ravindra

    2013-01-16

    The structural stabilities, elastic, electronic and magnetic properties of the Heusler-type shape memory alloy Ni(2)FeGa are calculated using density functional theory. The volume conserving tetragonal distortion of the austenite Ni(2)FeGa find an energy minimum at c/a = 1.33. Metastable behaviour of the high temperature cubic austenite phase is predicted due to elastic softening in the [110] direction. Calculations of the total and partial magnetic moments show a dominant contribution from Fe atoms of the alloy. The calculated density of states shows a depression in the minority spin channel of the cubic Ni(2)FeGa just above the Fermi level which gets partially filled up in the tetragonal phase. In contrast to Ni(2)MnGa, the transition metal spin-down states show partial hybridization in Ni(2)FeGa and there is a relatively high electron density of states near the Fermi level in both phases.

  17. First-principles study of structural, elastic, electronic and thermodynamic properties of topological insulator Bi2Se3 under pressure

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    Gao, Xiang; Zhou, Meng; Cheng, Yan; Ji, Guangfu

    2016-01-01

    The structural, elastic, electronic and thermodynamic properties of the rhombohedral topological insulator Bi2Se3 are investigated by the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) with the Wu-Cohen (WC) exchange-correlation functional. The calculated lattice constants agree well with the available experimental and other theoretical data. Our GGA calculations indicate that Bi2Se3 is a 3D topological insulator with a band gap of 0.287 eV, which are well consistent with the experimental value of 0.3 eV. The pressure dependence of the elastic constants Cij, bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E, and Poisson's ratio σ of Bi2Se3 are also obtained successfully. The bulk modulus obtained from elastic constants is 53.5 GPa, which agrees well with the experimental value of 53 GPa. We also investigate the shear sound velocity VS, longitudinal sound velocity VL, and Debye temperature ΘE from our elastic constants, as well as the thermodynamic properties from quasi-harmonic Debye model. We obtain that the heat capacity Cv and the thermal expansion coefficient α at 0 GPa and 300 K are 120.78 J mol-1 K-1 and 4.70 × 10-5 K-1, respectively.

  18. Two ferromagnetic azido-bridged copper(ll) complexes studied by first-principle electronic-structure calculation.

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    Zhang, Y S; Yao, K L; Liu, Z L

    2005-09-22

    The electronic structures of two ferromagnetic polynuclear copper(II) complexes, derived from end-to-end azido ligand and tridentate (NNN donor) Schiff base ligand, have been studied using the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method based on the density-functional theory. They are [Cu(L1)(micro-1,3-N3)]n(ClO4)n (1) and [Cu(L2)(micro-1,3-N3)]n(ClO4)n (2). The result shows that the spin populations in these two complexes are mainly distributed on the equatorial planes of a square pyramidal that surround the copper(II) ions. There are large and positive spin populations on copper(II) ions, small and positive spin populations on the three nitrogen atoms of tridentate Schiff base ligand, and the two terminal nitrogen atoms of asymmetrical end-to-end azido ligand, while weak and negative spin populations on the central nitrogen atoms of asymmetrical end-to-end azido ligand. Ferromagnetic coupling through the asymmetrical azido ligand in these two complexes has been mainly attributed to the spin delocalization, also with weak spin-polarization effect. PMID:16392483

  19. Two ferromagnetic azido-bridged copper(II) complexes studied by first-principle electronic-structure calculation

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    Zhang, Y. S.; Yao, K. L.; Liu, Z. L.

    2005-09-01

    The electronic structures of two ferromagnetic polynuclear copper(II) complexes, derived from end-to-end azido ligand and tridentate (NNN donor) Schiff base ligand, have been studied using the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method based on the density-functional theory. They are [Cu(L1)(μ-1,3-N3)]n(ClO4)n (1) and [Cu(L2)(μ-1,3-N3)]n(ClO4)n (2). The result shows that the spin populations in these two complexes are mainly distributed on the equatorial planes of a square pyramidal that surround the copper(II) ions. There are large and positive spin populations on copper(II) ions, small and positive spin populations on the three nitrogen atoms of tridentate Schiff base ligand, and the two terminal nitrogen atoms of asymmetrical end-to-end azido ligand, while weak and negative spin populations on the central nitrogen atoms of asymmetrical end-to-end azido ligand. Ferromagnetic coupling through the asymmetrical azido ligand in these two complexes has been mainly attributed to the spin delocalization, also with weak spin-polarization effect.

  20. Structural and electronic properties of ZrX2)and HfX2 (X=S and Se) from first principles calculations.

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    Jiang, Hong

    2011-05-28

    Early transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC), characterized by their quasi-two-dimensional layered structure, have attracted intensive interest due to their versatile chemical and physical properties, but a comprehensive understanding of their structural and electronic properties from a first-principles point of view is still lacking. In this work, four simple TMDC materials, MX(2) (M = Zr and Hf, X = S and Se), are investigated by the Kohn-Sham density functional theory (KS-DFT) with different local or semilocal exchange-correlation (xc) functionals and many-body perturbation theory in the GW approximation. Although the widely used Perdew-Burke-Ernzelhof (PBE) generalized gradient approximation (GGA) xc functional overestimates the interlayer distance dramatically, two newly developed GGA functionals, PBE-for-solids (PBEsol) and Wu-Cohen 2006 (WC06), can reproduce experimental crystal structures of these TMDC materials very well. The GW method, currently the most accurate first-principles approach for electronic band structures of extended systems, gives the fundamental band gaps of all these materials in good agreement with the experimental values obtained from optical absorption. The minimal direct gaps from GW are systematically larger than those measured from thermoreflectance by about 0.1-0.3 eV, implying that excitonic effects may be stronger than previously estimated. The calculated density of states from GW quasi-particle band energies agrees very well with photo-emission spectroscopy data. Ionization potentials of these materials are also computed by combining PBE calculations based on the slab model and GW quasi-particle corrections. The calculated absolute band energies with respect to the vacuum level indicate that that ZrS(2) and HfS(2), although having suitable band gaps for visible light absorption, cannot be used for overall water splitting as a result of mismatch of the conduction band minimum with the redox potential of H(+)/H(2).

  1. Hydration shell structure and dynamics of curium(III) in aqueous solution: first principles and empirical studies.

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    Atta-Fynn, Raymond; Bylaska, Eric J; Schenter, Gregory K; de Jong, Wibe A

    2011-05-12

    Results of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD), quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM), and classical molecular dynamics (CMD) simulations of Cm(3+) in liquid water at a temperature of 300 K are reported. The AIMD simulation was based on the Car-Parrinello MD scheme and GGA-PBE formulation of density functional theory. Two QM/MM simulations were performed by treating Cm(3+) and the water molecules in the first shell quantum mechanically using the PBE (QM/MM-PBE) and the hybrid PBE0 density functionals (QM/MM-PBE0). Two CMD simulations were carried out using ab initio derived pair plus three-body potentials (CMD-3B) and empirical Lennard-Jones pair potential (CMD-LJ). The AIMD and QM/MM-PBE simulations predict average first shell hydration numbers of 8, both of which disagree with recent experimental EXAFS and TRLFS value of 9. On the other hand, the average first shell hydration numbers obtained in the QM/MM-PBE0 and CMD simulations was 9, which agrees with experiment. All the simulations predicted an average first shell and second shell Cm-O bond distance of 2.49-2.53 Å and 4.67-4.75 Å respectively, both of which are in fair agreement with corresponding experimental values of 2.45-2.48 and 4.65 Å. The geometric arrangement of the 8-fold and 9-fold coordinated first shell structures corresponded to the square antiprism and tricapped trigonal prisms, respectively. The second shell hydration number for AIMD QM/MM-PBE, QM/MM-PBE0, CMD-3B, and CMD-LJ, were 15.8, 17.2, 17.7, 17.4, and 16.4 respectively, which indicates second hydration shell overcoordination compared to a recent EXAFS experimental value of 13. Save the EXAFS spectra CMD-LJ simulation, all the computed EXAFS spectra agree fairly well with experiment and a clear distinction could not be made between configurations with 8-fold and 9-fold coordinated first shells. The mechanisms responsible for the first shell associative and dissociative ligand exchange in the classical simulations have been

  2. Hydration Shell Structure and Dynamics of Curium(III) in Aqueous Solution: First Principles and Empirical Studies

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    Atta-Fynn, Raymond; Bylaska, Eric J.; Schenter, Gregory K.; De Jong, Wibe A.

    2011-05-12

    Results of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD), quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) and classical molecular dynamics (CMD) simulations of Cm3+ in liquid water at a temperature of 300 K are reported. The AIMD simulation was based on the Car-Parrinello MD scheme and GGA-PBE formulation of density functional theory. Two QM/MM simulations were performed by treating Cm3+ and the water molecules in the first shell quantum mechanically using the PBE (QM/MM-PBE) and the hybrid PBE0 density functionals (QM/MM-PBE0). Two CMD simulations were carried out using ab initio derived pair plus three-body potentials (CMD-3B) and empirical Lennard-Jones pair potential (CMD-LJ). The AIMD and QM/MM-PBE simulations predict average first shell hydration numbers of 8, both of which disagree with recent experimental EXAFS and TRLFS value of 9. On the other hand, the average first shell hydration numbers obtained in the QM/MM-PBE0 and CMD simulations was 9, which agrees with experiment. All the simulations predicted a average first shell and second shell Cm-O bond distances of 2.49-2.53 Å and 4.67-4.75 Å respectively, both of which are in fair agreement with corresponding experimental values of 2.45-2.48 Å and 4.65 Å. The average geometric arrangement of the eight-fold and nine-fold coordinated first shell structures corresponded to the square anti-prism and tricapped trigonal prisms respectively. The second shell hydration number for AIMD QM/MM-PBE, QM/MM-PBE0, CMD-3B, and CMD-LJ, were 15.8, 17.2, 17.7, 17.4, and 16.4 respectively, which indicates second hydration shell over-coordination compared to recent EXAFS experimental value of 13. Save the EXAFS spectra CMD-LJ simulation, all the computed EXAFS spectra agree fairly well with experiment and a clear distinction could not be made between configurations with 8-fold and 9-fold coordinated first shells. The mechanisms responsible for the first shell associative and dissociative ligand exchange in the classical simulations

  3. X-ray absorption and infrared spectra of water and ice: A first-principles electronic structure study

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    Chen, Wei

    Water is of essential importance for chemistry and biology, yet the physics concerning many of its distinctive properties is not well known. In this thesis we present a theoretical study of the x-ray absorption (XA) and infrared (IR) spectra of water in liquid and solid phase. Our theoretical tools are the density functional theory (DFT), Car-Parrinello (CP) molecular dynamics (MD), and the so-called GW method. Since a systematic review of these ab initio methods is not the task of this thesis, we only briefly recall the main concepts of these methods as needed in the course of our exposition. The focus is, instead, an investigation of what is the important physics necessary for a better description of these excitation processes, in particular, core electron excitations (in XA) that reveal the local electronic structure, and vibrational excitations (in IR) associated to the molecular dynamics. The most interesting question we are trying to answer is: as we include better approximations and more complete physical descriptions of these processes, how do the aforementioned spectra reflect the underlying hydrogen-bonding network of water? The first part of this thesis consists of the first four chapters, which focus on the study of core level excitation of water and ice. The x-ray absorption spectra of water and ice are calculated with a many-body approach for electron-hole excitations. The experimental features, even the small effects of a temperature change in the liquid, are reproduced with quantitative detail using molecular configurations generated by ab initio molecular dynamics. We find that the spectral shape is controlled by two major modifications of the short range order that mark the transition from ice to water. One is associated to dynamic breaking of the hydrogen bonds which leads to a strong enhancement of the pre-edge intensity in the liquid. The other is due to densification, which follows the partial collapse of the hydrogen bond network and is

  4. Solid State Structure-Reactivity Studies on Bixbyites, Fluorites and Perovskites Belonging to the Vanadate, Titanate and Cerate Families

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    Shafi, Shahid P.

    This thesis primarily focuses on the systematic understanding of structure-reactivity relationships in two representative systems: bixbyite and related structures as well as indium doped CeO2. Topotactic reaction routes have gained significant attention over the past two decades due to their potential to access kinetically controlled metastable materials. This has contributed substantially to the understanding of solid state reaction pathways and provided first insights into mechanisms. Contrary to the widely used ex-situ methods, in-situ techniques including powder x-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis have been employed extensively throughout this work in order to follow the reaction pathways in real time. Detailed analysis of the AVO3 (A = In, Sc) bixbyite reactivity under oxidative conditions has been carried out and a variety of novel metastable oxygen defect phases have been identified and characterized. The novel metastable materials have oxygen deficient fluorite structures and consequently are potential ion conductors. Structural aspects of the topotactic vs. reconstructive transformations are illustrated with this model system. The structure-reactivity study of AVO3 phases was extended to AVO3 perovskite family. Based on the research methodologies and results from AVO3 bixbyite reactivity studies a generalized mechanistic oxidation pathway has been established with a non-vanadium phase, ScTiO3 bixbyite. However, there is stark contrast in terms of structural stability and features beyond this stability limit during AVO3 and ScTiO3 bixbyite reaction pathways. A series of complex reaction sequences including phase separation and phase transitions were identified during the investigation of ScTiO3 reactivity. The two-step formation pathway for the fluorite-type oxide ion conductor Ce1-xInxO2-delta (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) is being reported. The formation of the BaCe1-xInxO 3-delta perovskites and the subsequent CO2-capture reaction

  5. First-Principles Studies of Pressure-Induced Structural and Insulator-To Transitions in Alkaline-Earth Dicarbides MC2 (M = Ca, Sr and Ba)

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    Jiang, Li-Na

    2013-12-01

    Pressure-induced phase transitions in MC2 (M = Ca, Sr and Ba) are investigated by using the first-principles plane wave pseudopotential method within the generalized gradient approximation. The first-order phase transition from tetragonal phase (CaC2-type, space group I4/mmm) to rhombohedral (CsCl-type, space group R/line{3}m) structure is predicted to occur at 22.2, 10.0 and 3.6 GPa, respectively, and transition pressure point of BaC2 agrees well with recent theoretical works. Based on the electronic analysis, the ionic Ca-C bond character becomes stronger with increasing pressure in both I4/mmm and R/line{3}m phases. In particular, there will occur a transition from insulator to metal with increasing pressure due to the reason that the calculated band gap gets narrower and finally closes at some high pressure.

  6. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURAL, MECHANICAL, AND THERMAL PROPERTIES: First-Principle Studies on Conductive Behaviors of P-Type ZnO Codoped by N and B

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    Li, Ping; Deng, Sheng-Hua; Zhang, Xue-Yong; Zhang, Li; Liu, Guo-Hong; Yu, Jiang-Ying

    2010-10-01

    Using a first-principle method, the electronic structures and the impurity formation energy of ZnO, ZnO (N), ZnO (N+B), and ZnO (2N+B) have been calculated, based on which the feasibility to obtain p-type ZnO is discussed. According to the results, when ZnO is single doped by N, the acceptor level is deep, and the formation energy is negative, so the ideal p-type ZnO can not be obtained by this way. On the contrary, when 2N+B are codoped into ZnO, the acceptor level becomes much lower, and the formation energy is positive, so it is a better way to obtain p-type ZnO.

  7. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of (Cu, N)-codoped 3C-SiC studied by first-principles calculations

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    Pan, Feng-chun; Chen, Zhi-peng; Lin, Xue-ling; Zheng, Fu; Wang, Xu-ming; Chen, Huan-ming

    2016-09-01

    The electronic structures and magnetic properties of the Cu and N codoped 3C-SiC system have been investigated by the first-principles calculation. The results show that the Cu doped SiC system prefers the anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) state. Compared to the Cu doped system, the ionicities of C-Cu and C-Si in Cu and N codoped SiC are respectively enhanced and weakened. Especially, the Cu and N codoped SiC systems favor the ferromagnetic (FM) coupling. The FM interactions can be explained by virtual hopping. However, higher N concentration will weaken the ferromagnetism. In order to keep the FM interaction, the N concentration should be restricted within 9.3% according to our analysis. Project supported by the Higher School Science Research Outstanding Youth Fund Project of Ningxia, China (Grant No. NGY2015049).

  8. Rock-salt structure lithium deuteride formation in liquid lithium with high-concentrations of deuterium: a first-principles molecular dynamics study

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    Chen, Mohan; Abrams, T.; Jaworski, M. A.; Carter, Emily A.

    2016-01-01

    Because of lithium’s possible use as a first wall material in a fusion reactor, a fundamental understanding of the interactions between liquid lithium (Li) and deuterium (D) is important. We predict structural and dynamical properties of liquid Li samples with high concentrations of D, as derived from first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. Liquid Li samples with four concentrations of inserted D atoms (LiDβ , β =0.25 , 0.50, 0.75, and 1.00) are studied at temperatures ranging from 470 to 1143 K. Densities, diffusivities, pair distribution functions, bond angle distribution functions, geometries, and charge transfer between Li and D atoms are calculated and analyzed. The analysis suggests liquid-solid phase transitions can occur at some concentrations and temperatures, forming rock-salt LiD within liquid Li. We also observe formation of some D2 molecules at high D concentrations.

  9. First-principles study of the structural stability of cubic, tetragonal and hexagonal phases in Mn3Z (Z=Ga, Sn and Ge) Heusler compounds

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    Zhang, Delin; Yan, Binghai; Wu, Shu-Chun; Kübler, Jürgen; Kreiner, Guido; Parkin, Stuart S. P.; Felser, Claudia

    2013-05-01

    We investigate the structural stability and magnetic properties of the cubic, tetragonal and hexagonal phases of Mn3Z (Z=Ga, Sn and Ge) Heusler compounds using first-principles density-functional theory. We propose that the cubic phase plays an important role as an intermediate state in the phase transition from the hexagonal to the tetragonal phases. Consequently, Mn3Ga and Mn3Ge behave differently from Mn3Sn, because the relative energies of the cubic and hexagonal phases are different. This result agrees with experimental observations for these three compounds. The weak ferromagnetism of the hexagonal phase and the perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the tetragonal phase obtained in our calculations are also consistent with experiment.

  10. First-principles study of the structural stability of cubic, tetragonal and hexagonal phases in Mn₃Z (Z=Ga, Sn and Ge) Heusler compounds.

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    Zhang, Delin; Yan, Binghai; Wu, Shu-Chun; Kübler, Jürgen; Kreiner, Guido; Parkin, Stuart S P; Felser, Claudia

    2013-05-22

    We investigate the structural stability and magnetic properties of the cubic, tetragonal and hexagonal phases of Mn3Z (Z=Ga, Sn and Ge) Heusler compounds using first-principles density-functional theory. We propose that the cubic phase plays an important role as an intermediate state in the phase transition from the hexagonal to the tetragonal phases. Consequently, Mn3Ga and Mn3Ge behave differently from Mn3Sn, because the relative energies of the cubic and hexagonal phases are different. This result agrees with experimental observations for these three compounds. The weak ferromagnetism of the hexagonal phase and the perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the tetragonal phase obtained in our calculations are also consistent with experiment.

  11. Deciphering the atomic structure of a complex Sr/Ge (100) phase via scanning tunneling microscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Lukanov, Boris; Garrity, Kevin; Ismail-Beigi, Sohrab; Altman, Eric I.

    2012-05-01

    The details of a Sr-induced (3×4) reconstruction on Ge(100) were examined using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory. At 1/6 ML of Sr, this reconstruction is similar to the 1/6 ML (3×2) Sr phase previously observed on Si. In contrast to Si, however, atomic-resolution images of the Sr-Ge phase exhibit more dramatic and unusual bias dependence in STM that could be explained with the help of first-principles calculations of minimum energy structures. Simulated STM images are in excellent agreement with the experimental data and allow the (3×2) Sr-Si double dimer vacancy alloy model to be extended to the Ge surface through a more complex (3×4) arrangement of its building blocks. The difference between Si and Ge is interpreted in terms of the lower Ge-Ge binding energy and differences in the interatomic bond lengths.

  12. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of (Cu, N)-codoped 3C-SiC studied by first-principles calculations

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    Pan, Feng-chun; Chen, Zhi-peng; Lin, Xue-ling; Zheng, Fu; Wang, Xu-ming; Chen, Huan-ming

    2016-09-01

    The electronic structures and magnetic properties of the Cu and N codoped 3C-SiC system have been investigated by the first-principles calculation. The results show that the Cu doped SiC system prefers the anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) state. Compared to the Cu doped system, the ionicities of C–Cu and C–Si in Cu and N codoped SiC are respectively enhanced and weakened. Especially, the Cu and N codoped SiC systems favor the ferromagnetic (FM) coupling. The FM interactions can be explained by virtual hopping. However, higher N concentration will weaken the ferromagnetism. In order to keep the FM interaction, the N concentration should be restricted within 9.3% according to our analysis. Project supported by the Higher School Science Research Outstanding Youth Fund Project of Ningxia, China (Grant No. NGY2015049).

  13. Energy Band Structure and Optical Response Function of Icosahedral B12As2: A Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and First-principles Calculational Study

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    Bakalova, S.; Gong, Y; Cobet, C; Esser, N; Zhang, Y; Edgar, J; Zhang, Y; Dudley, M; Kuball, M

    2010-01-01

    An experimental and theoretical study on the dielectric-response function of icosahedral B{sub 12}As{sub 2} in the spectral region between 1.24 and 9.8 eV is presented. Comprehensive experimental information on the energy band structure from the analysis of features in the optical dispersion was complemented by spin-orbit first-principles calculations. The lowest indirect band gap width is 3.2 eV; the two lowest direct interband transitions are at 3.46 and 3.9 eV. High-energy critical points are assigned to specific electron transitions in the Brillouin zone and their dimensionality was determined. The static dielectric constant of B{sub 12}As{sub 2} is uniaxially anisotropic with values of 7.84 and 9.02 for polarization perpendicular and parallel to the trigonal axis. Hole and electron effective masses are derived from the band dispersions.

  14. Investigation of structural, surface morphological, optical properties and first-principles study on electronic and magnetic properties of (Ce, Fe)-co doped ZnO

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

    2015-01-01

    We report on the synthesis of ((Zn1-2xCexFex) O (x=0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04 and 0.05)) nanoparticles via microwave combustion by using urea as a fuel. To understand how the dopant influenced the structural, magnetic and optical properties of nanoparticles, it was characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectra and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The stability and magnetic properties of Ce and Fe co-doped ZnO were probed by first principle calculations. From the analysis of X-ray diffraction, the samples are identified with the wurtzite crystal structure. The change in lattice parameters, micro-strain, and a small shift in XRD peaks confirms the substitution of co dopants into the ZnO lattice. Morphological investigation of the products revealed the existence of irregular shapes, such as spherical, spherodial and hexagonal. DRS measurements showed a decrease in the energy gap with increasing dopants contents, probably due to an increase in the lattice parameters. PL spectra consist of visible emission, due to the electronic defects, which are related to deep level emissions, such as oxide antisite (OZn), interstitial zinc (Zni), interstitial oxygen (Oi) and zinc vacancy (VZn). Magnetic measurements showed a ferromagnetic behavior for all the doped samples at room temperature. The first principle calculation results showed that the Ce governs the stability, while the Fe adjusts the magnetic characteristics in the Ce and Fe co-doped ZnO.

  15. TS-1 from First Principles

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    Gamba, Aldo; Tabacchi, Gloria; Fois, Ettore

    2009-09-01

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

  16. A first-principles study on structural stability and mechanical properties of polar intermetallic phases CaZn2 and SrZn2

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    Hu, Wen-Cheng; Liu, Yong; Li, De-Jiang; Li, Ke; Jin, Hua-Lan; Xu, Ying-Xuan; Xu, Chun-Shui; Zeng, Xiao-Qin

    2014-12-01

    Structural stability and electronic properties of polar intermetallic CaZn2 and SrZn2 in both CeCu2-type and MgZn2-type structures have been investigated using first-principles method. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters agree closely with the available experimental and other theoretical results. In terms of formation enthalpy, it is discovered that the present compounds with CeCu2-type structure are energetically more stable than that with MgZn2-type. They are all mechanically stable according to the criteria of elastic stability. In particular, we have investigated the pressure effect on the compressive behaviour and structural stability of each compound. Subsequently, the bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, theoretical hardness, Poisson's ratio and Debye temperature in the ground state can be estimated using Voigt-Reuss-Hill homogenization method. Mechanical anisotropy is characterized by the anisotropic factors and direction-dependent Young's modulus. Finally, the electronic structures are determined to reveal the bonding characteristics of considered phases.

  17. First-principles investigation of the structural stability and electronic properties of Pd doped monoclinic Cu6Sn5 intermetallic compounds

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    Shao, Wei-Quan; Lu, Wen-Cai; Chen, Sha-Ou

    2014-12-01

    Tri-layer Au/Pd/Ni(P) films have been widely used as surface finish over the Cu pads in high-end packaging applications. It was found that a thin (Cu,Pd)6Sn5 IMC layer was beneficial in effective reducing inter-diffusion between a Cu substrate and a solder, and therefore the growth of the IMC layer and the EM (electromigration) processes. In this study, the structural properties and phase stability of monoclinic Cu6Sn5-based structures with Pd substitutions were studied by using the first-principles method. The (Cu,Pd)6Sn5 structure with the 4e site substituted by Pd has the lowest heat of formation and is the most stable among (Cu,Pd)6Sn5 structures. Hybridization of Pd-d and Sn-p states is a dominant factor for stability improvement. Moreover, Pd atoms concentration corresponding to the most stable structure of (Cu,Pd)6Sn5 was found to be 1.69 %, which is consistent with the experimental results.

  18. Structure of amorphous GeSe9 by neutron diffraction and first-principles molecular dynamics: Impact of trajectory sampling and size effects

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    Le Roux, Sébastien; Bouzid, Assil; Kim, Kye Yeop; Han, Seungwu; Zeidler, Anita; Salmon, Philip S.; Massobrio, Carlo

    2016-08-01

    The structure of glassy GeSe9 was investigated by combining neutron diffraction with density-functional-theory-based first-principles molecular dynamics. In the simulations, three different models of N = 260 atoms were prepared by sampling three independent temporal trajectories, and the glass structures were found to be substantially different from those obtained for models in which smaller numbers of atoms or more rapid quench rates were employed. In particular, the overall network structure is based on Sen chains that are cross-linked by Ge(Se4)1/2 tetrahedra, where the latter are predominantly corner as opposed to edge sharing. The occurrence of a substantial proportion of Ge-Se-Se connections does not support a model in which the material is phase separated into Se-rich and GeSe2-rich domains. The appearance of a first-sharp diffraction peak in the Bhatia-Thornton concentration-concentration partial structure factor does, however, indicate a non-uniform distribution of the Ge-centered structural motifs on an intermediate length scale.

  19. Structural stability and O{sub 2} dissociation on nitrogen-doped graphene with transition metal atoms embedded: A first-principles study

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    Yang, Mingye; Wang, Lu E-mail: yyli@suda.edu.cn; Li, Min; Hou, Tingjun; Li, Youyong E-mail: yyli@suda.edu.cn

    2015-06-15

    By using first-principles calculations, we investigate the structural stability of nitrogen-doped (N-doped) graphene with graphitic-N, pyridinic-N and pyrrolic-N, and the transition metal (TM) atoms embedded into N-doped graphene. The structures and energetics of TM atoms from Sc to Ni embedded into N-doped graphene are studied. The TM atoms at N{sub 4}V {sub 2} forming a 4N-centered structure shows the strongest binding and the binding energies are more than 7 eV. Finally, we investigate the catalytic performance of N-doped graphene with and without TM embedding for O{sub 2} dissociation, which is a fundamental reaction in fuel cells. Compared to the pyridinic-N, the graphitic-N is more favorable to dissociate O{sub 2} molecules with a relatively low reaction barrier of 1.15 eV. However, the catalytic performance on pyridinic-N doped structure can be greatly improved by embedding TM atoms, and the energy barrier can be reduced to 0.61 eV with V atom embedded. Our results provide the stable structure of N-doped graphene and its potential applications in the oxygen reduction reactions.

  20. Electronic, structural and magnetic studies of niobium borides of group 8 transition metals, Nb2MB2 (M=Fe, Ru, Os) from first principles calculations

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    Touzani, Rachid St.; Fokwa, Boniface P. T.

    2014-03-01

    The Nb2FeB2 phase (U3Si2-type, space group P4/mbm, no. 127) is known for almost 50 years, but until now its magnetic properties have not been investigated. While the synthesis of Nb2OsB2 (space group P4/mnc, no. 128, a twofold superstructure of U3Si2-type) with distorted Nb-layers and Os2-dumbbells was recently achieved, "Nb2RuB2" is still not synthesized and its crystal structure is yet to be revealed. Our first principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations have confirmed not only the experimental structures of Nb2FeB2 and Nb2OsB2, but also predict "Nb2RuB2" to crystalize with the Nb2OsB2 structure type. According to chemical bonding analysis, the homoatomic B-B interactions are optimized and very strong, but relatively strong heteroatomic M-B, B-Nb and M-Nb bonds (M=Fe, Ru, Os) are also found. These interactions, which together build a three-dimensional network, are mainly responsible for the structural stability of these ternary borides. The density-of-states at the Fermi level predicts metallic behavior, as expected, from metal-rich borides. Analysis of possible magnetic structures concluded preferred antiferromagnetic ordering for Nb2FeB2, originating from ferromagnetic interactions within iron chains and antiferromagnetic exchange interactions between them.

  1. Structure of amorphous GeSe9 by neutron diffraction and first-principles molecular dynamics: Impact of trajectory sampling and size effects.

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    Le Roux, Sébastien; Bouzid, Assil; Kim, Kye Yeop; Han, Seungwu; Zeidler, Anita; Salmon, Philip S; Massobrio, Carlo

    2016-08-28

    The structure of glassy GeSe9 was investigated by combining neutron diffraction with density-functional-theory-based first-principles molecular dynamics. In the simulations, three different models of N = 260 atoms were prepared by sampling three independent temporal trajectories, and the glass structures were found to be substantially different from those obtained for models in which smaller numbers of atoms or more rapid quench rates were employed. In particular, the overall network structure is based on Sen chains that are cross-linked by Ge(Se4)1/2 tetrahedra, where the latter are predominantly corner as opposed to edge sharing. The occurrence of a substantial proportion of Ge-Se-Se connections does not support a model in which the material is phase separated into Se-rich and GeSe2-rich domains. The appearance of a first-sharp diffraction peak in the Bhatia-Thornton concentration-concentration partial structure factor does, however, indicate a non-uniform distribution of the Ge-centered structural motifs on an intermediate length scale. PMID:27586930

  2. Structural stability and O2 dissociation on nitrogen-doped graphene with transition metal atoms embedded: A first-principles study

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    Yang, Mingye; Wang, Lu; Li, Min; Hou, Tingjun; Li, Youyong

    2015-06-01

    By using first-principles calculations, we investigate the structural stability of nitrogen-doped (N-doped) graphene with graphitic-N, pyridinic-N and pyrrolic-N, and the transition metal (TM) atoms embedded into N-doped graphene. The structures and energetics of TM atoms from Sc to Ni embedded into N-doped graphene are studied. The TM atoms at N4V 2 forming a 4N-centered structure shows the strongest binding and the binding energies are more than 7 eV. Finally, we investigate the catalytic performance of N-doped graphene with and without TM embedding for O2 dissociation, which is a fundamental reaction in fuel cells. Compared to the pyridinic-N, the graphitic-N is more favorable to dissociate O2 molecules with a relatively low reaction barrier of 1.15 eV. However, the catalytic performance on pyridinic-N doped structure can be greatly improved by embedding TM atoms, and the energy barrier can be reduced to 0.61 eV with V atom embedded. Our results provide the stable structure of N-doped graphene and its potential applications in the oxygen reduction reactions.

  3. Energetic stability, oxidation states, and electronic structure of Bi-doped NaTaO3: a first-principles hybrid functional study.

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    Joo, Paul H; Behtash, Maziar; Yang, Kesong

    2016-01-14

    We studied the defect formation energies, oxidation states of the dopants, and electronic structures of Bi-doped NaTaO3 using first-principles hybrid density functional theory calculations. Three possible structural models, including Bi-doped NaTaO3 with Bi at the Na site (Bi@Na), with Bi at the Ta site (Bi@Ta), and with Bi at both Na and Ta sites [Bi@(Na,Ta)], are constructed. Our results show that the preferred doping sites of Bi are strongly related to the preparation conditions of NaTaO3. It is energetically more favorable to form a Bi@Na structure under Na-poor conditions, to form a Bi@Ta structure under Na-rich conditions, and to form a Bi@(Na,Ta) structure under mildly Na-rich conditions. The Bi@Na doped model shows an n-type conducting character along with an expected blueshift of the optical absorption edge, in which the Bi atoms exist as Bi(3+) (6s(2)6p(0)). The Bi@Ta doped model has empty gap states consisting of Bi 6s states in its band gap, which can lead to visible-light absorption via the electron transition among the valence band, the conduction band, and the gap states. The Bi dopant is present as a Bi(5+) ion in this model, consistent with the experimental results. In contrast, the Bi@(Na,Ta) doped model has occupied gap states consisting of Bi 6s states in its band gap, and thus visible-light absorption is also expected in this system due to electron excitation from these occupied states to the conduction band, in which the Bi dopants exist as Bi(3+) ions. Our first-principles electronic structure calculations revealed the relationship between the Bi doping sites and the material preparation conditions, and clarified the oxidation states of Bi dopants in NaTaO3 as well as the origin of different visible-light photocatalytic hydrogen evolution behaviors in Bi@Ta and Bi@(Na,Ta) doped NaTaO3. This work can provide a useful reference for preparing a Bi-doped NaTaO3 photocatalyst with desired doping sites.

  4. Contact prediction for beta and alpha-beta proteins using integer linear optimization and its impact on the first principles 3D structure prediction method ASTRO-FOLD.

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    Rajgaria, R; Wei, Y; Floudas, C A

    2010-06-01

    An integer linear optimization model is presented to predict residue contacts in beta, alpha + beta, and alpha/beta proteins. The total energy of a protein is expressed as sum of a C(alpha)-C(alpha) distance dependent contact energy contribution and a hydrophobic contribution. The model selects contact that assign lowest energy to the protein structure as satisfying a set of constraints that are included to enforce certain physically observed topological information. A new method based on hydrophobicity is proposed to find the beta-sheet alignments. These beta-sheet alignments are used as constraints for contacts between residues of beta-sheets. This model was tested on three independent protein test sets and CASP8 test proteins consisting of beta, alpha + beta, alpha/beta proteins and it was found to perform very well. The average accuracy of the predictions (separated by at least six residues) was approximately 61%. The average true positive and false positive distances were also calculated for each of the test sets and they are 7.58 A and 15.88 A, respectively. Residue contact prediction can be directly used to facilitate the protein tertiary structure prediction. This proposed residue contact prediction model is incorporated into the first principles protein tertiary structure prediction approach, ASTRO-FOLD. The effectiveness of the contact prediction model was further demonstrated by the improvement in the quality of the protein structure ensemble generated using the predicted residue contacts for a test set of 10 proteins.

  5. Contact Prediction for Beta and Alpha-Beta Proteins Using Integer Linear Optimization and its Impact on the First Principles 3D Structure Prediction Method ASTRO-FOLD

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    Rajgaria, R.; Wei, Y.; Floudas, C. A.

    2010-01-01

    An integer linear optimization model is presented to predict residue contacts in β, α + β, and α/β proteins. The total energy of a protein is expressed as sum of a Cα – Cα distance dependent contact energy contribution and a hydrophobic contribution. The model selects contacts that assign lowest energy to the protein structure while satisfying a set of constraints that are included to enforce certain physically observed topological information. A new method based on hydrophobicity is proposed to find the β-sheet alignments. These β-sheet alignments are used as constraints for contacts between residues of β-sheets. This model was tested on three independent protein test sets and CASP8 test proteins consisting of β, α + β, α/β proteins and was found to perform very well. The average accuracy of the predictions (separated by at least six residues) was approximately 61%. The average true positive and false positive distances were also calculated for each of the test sets and they are 7.58 Å and 15.88 Å, respectively. Residue contact prediction can be directly used to facilitate the protein tertiary structure prediction. This proposed residue contact prediction model is incorporated into the first principles protein tertiary structure prediction approach, ASTRO-FOLD. The effectiveness of the contact prediction model was further demonstrated by the improvement in the quality of the protein structure ensemble generated using the predicted residue contacts for a test set of 10 proteins. PMID:20225257

  6. Functionalization-induced changes in the structural and physical properties of amorphous polyaniline: a first-principles and molecular dynamics study

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    Chen, X. P.; Liang, Q. H.; Jiang, J. K.; Wong, Cell K. Y.; Leung, Stanley Y. Y.; Ye, H. Y.; Yang, D. G.; Ren, T. L.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present a first-principles and molecular dynamics study to delineate the functionalization-induced changes in the local structure and the physical properties of amorphous polyaniline. The results of radial distribution function (RDF) demonstrate that introducing -SO3−Na+ groups at phenyl rings leads to the structural changes in both the intrachain and interchain ordering of polyaniline at shorter distances (≤5 Å). An unique RDF feature in 1.8–2.1 Å regions is usually observed in both the interchain and intrachain RDF profiles of the -SO3−Na+ substituted polymer (i.e. Na-SPANI). Comparative studies of the atom-atom pairs, bond structures, torsion angles and three-dimensional structures show that EB-PANI has much better intrachain ordering than that of Na-SPANI. In addition, investigation of the band gap, density of states (DOS), and absorption spectra indicates that the derivatization at ring do not substantially alter the inherent electronic properties but greatly change the optical properties of polyaniline. Furthermore, the computed diffusion coefficient of water in Na-SPANI is smaller than that of EB-PANI. On the other hand, the Na-SPANI shows a larger density than that of EB-PANI. The computed RDF profiles, band gaps, absorption spectra, and diffusion coefficients are in quantitative agreement with the experimental data. PMID:26857962

  7. First principles phase transition, elastic properties and electronic structure calculations for cadmium telluride under induced pressure: density functional theory, LDA, GGA and modified Becke-Johnson potential

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    Kabita, Kh; Maibam, Jameson; Indrajit Sharma, B.; Brojen Singh, R. K.; Thapa, R. K.

    2016-01-01

    We report first principles phase transition, elastic properties and electronic structure for cadmium telluride (CdTe) under induced pressure in the light of density functional theory using the local density approximation (LDA), generalised gradient approximation (GGA) and modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) potential. The structural phase transition of CdTe from a zinc blende (ZB) to a rock salt (RS) structure within the LDA calculation is 2.2 GPa while that within GGA is found to be at 4 GPa pressure with a volume collapse of 20.9%. The elastic constants and parameters (Zener anisotropy factor, Shear modulus, Poisson’s ratio, Young’s modulus, Kleinmann parameter and Debye’s temperature) of CdTe at different pressures of both the phases have been calculated. The band diagram of the CdTe ZB structure shows a direct band gap of 1.46 eV as predicted by mBJ calculation which gives better results in close agreement with experimental results as compared to LDA and GGA. An increase in the band gap of the CdTe ZB phase is predicted under induced pressure while the metallic nature is retained in the CdTe RS phase.

  8. Core-hole effect on XANES and electronic structure of minor actinide dioxides with fluorite structure

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    Suzuki, Chikashi; Nishi, Tsuyoshi; Nakada, Masami; Akabori, Mitsuo; Hirata, Masaru; Kaji, Yoshiyuki

    2012-02-01

    The authors investigated theoretically core-hole effects on X-ray absorption near-edge structures (XANES) of Np and Am LIII in neptunium dioxide (NpO2) and americium dioxide (AmO2) with CaF2-type crystal lattices using the all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FP-LAPW) method. The peak creation mechanism of XANES was shown by examining the electronic structures of these oxides, which indicated that core-hole screening was more marked for AmO2 than for NpO2 because of the difference in the charge transfer between these oxides. Furthermore, the results of charge density analysis suggested that the white line was assigned to the quasi-bound state composed of the localized Np d or Am d components and O components, and that the tail structure was created as a result of delocalized standing waves between the Np or Am atoms.

  9. First principles modeling of Mo6S9 nanowires via condensation of Mo4S6 clusters and the effect of iodine doping on structural and electronic properties.

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    Laraib, Iflah; Karthikeyan, J; Murugan, P

    2016-02-21

    By employing first principles DFT calculations, we propose a new stable model for Mo6S9 nanowires (NWs) obtained by condensing tetrahedral Mo4S6 clusters rather than octahedral Mo6S8 clusters, which are known as magic clusters in the Mo-S polyhedral cluster family. The pristine NW is found to be metallic and its local structure and physical properties can be tuned by doping of iodine atoms. This doping increases the number of Mo-Mo bonds in the NW, thus, Mo4 tetrahedra are initially fused to the Mo6 octahedron, and then, to the Mo8 dodecahedron. Further, a close correlation among the Mo-Mo bonding in the local structure, mechanical and electronic properties, is observed from our study. Finally, the stability of the pristine and iodine doped Mo8S12-xIx NW structures obtained from condensation of Mo4 tetrahedra are found to be quite comparable with that of already reported Mo6S9-xIx NWs with Mo6 octahedra as building blocks. PMID:26863389

  10. First-principles insights into the structure of the incipient magnesium oxide and its instability to decomposition: Oxygen chemisorption to Mg(0001) and thermodynamic stability

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    Francis, M. F.; Taylor, C. D.

    2013-02-01

    In this paper, a detailed density functional theory analysis of oxygen binding to Mg(0001) and subsequent clustering is presented. Oxygen monomer adsorption to Mg(0001) is demonstrated to be subsurface. It is shown that magnesium mediates an attractive oxygen-oxygen interaction which ultimately leads to the formation of hexagonal clusters of O* in the tetrahedral-1 site. The structure, work function, and binding properties of oxygen chemisorbed structures are compared with experiment, which allows the unique identification of the tetrahedral-1 site as the low coverage oxygen binding site and the construction of a picture of the early stages of oxide nuclei formation over magnesium. A model of oxide growth at O*/Mg(0001) is proposed. First-principles thermodynamics analysis is used to describe the surface oxide structures and reveals that surface oxides of intermediate oxygen coverage undergo spinodal decomposition. The thermodynamics of an underlying spinodal create an energetic driving force for decomposition of an oxide surface and renewal of a reactive metal interface that may be important in understanding magnesium corrosion. The implications of the findings are that magnesium unalloyed for oxide behavior will always be highly vulnerable to corrosion.

  11. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURAL, MECHANICAL, AND THERMAL PROPERTIES: First-Principles Calculations of Atomic and Electronic Properties of Tl and In on Si(111)

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    Dai, Xian-Qi; Zhao, Jian-Hua; Sun, Yong-Can; Wei, Shu-Yi; Wei, Guo-Hong

    2010-09-01

    The atomic and electronic structures of Tl and In on Si(111) surfaces are investigated using the first-principles total energy calculations. Total energy optimizations show that the energetically favored structure is 1/3 ML Tl adsorbed at the T4 sites on Si(111) surfaces. The adsorption energy difference of one Tl adatom between (√3 × √3) and (1 × 1) is less than that of each In adatom. The DOS indicates that Tl 6p and Si 3p electrons play a very important role in the formation of the surface states. It is concluded that the bonding of Tl adatoms on Si(111) surfaces is mainly polar covalent, which is weaker than that of In on Si(111). So Tl atom is more easy to be migrated than In atom in the same external electric field and the structures of Tl on Si(111) is prone to switch between (√3 × √3) and (1 × 1).

  12. First-Principles Study on the Structural, Electronic, Magnetic and Thermodynamic Properties of Full Heusler Alloys Co2VZ (Z = Al, Ga)

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    Bentouaf, Ali; Hassan, Fouad H.; Reshak, Ali H.; Aïssa, Brahim

    2016-08-01

    We report on the investigation of the structural and physical properties of the Co2VZ (Z = Al, Ga) Heusler alloys, with L21 structure, through first-principles calculations involving the full potential linearized augmented plane-wave method within density functional theory. These physical properties mainly revolve around the electronic, magnetic and thermodynamic properties. By using the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation, the calculated lattice constants and spin magnetic moments were found to be in good agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, the thermal effects using the quasi-harmonic Debye model have been investigated in depth while taking into account the lattice vibrations, the temperature and the pressure effects on the structural parameters. The heat capacities, the thermal expansion coefficient and the Debye temperatures have also been determined from the non-equilibrium Gibbs functions. An application of the atom in molecule theory is presented and discussed in order to analyze the bonding nature of the Heusler alloys. The focus is on the mixing of the metallic and covalent behavior of Co2VZ (Z = Al, Ga) Heusler alloys.

  13. Structural, Elastic, and Optical Properties of Chalcopyrite CdSiP2 with the Application in Nonlinear Optical from First Principles Calculations

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    Hou, H. J.; Zhu, H. J.; Xu, J.; Zhang, S. R.; Xie, L. H.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we investigated the structural, electronic, elastic, and optical properties of the chalcopyrite structure CdSiP2 under pressure from first principles in the frame of the density functional theory (DFT). It is found that the obtained lattice constants of CdSiP2 under zero pressure and zero temperature from our calculations are in favorable agreement with the available experimental data and other theoretical ones. The pressure dependences of the elastic constants C ij; bulk modulus B; shear modulus G; elastic anisotropy index A U, A B, and A G; and Young's modulus E of CdSiP2 are also successfully obtained for the first time. Especially, the elastic constants C ij and the Young's modulus E under high pressure up to 20 GPa are obtained and analyzed systematically for the first time. In addition, our calculations give a band gap of 1.358 eV, indicating that the chalcopyrite structure CdSiP2 is a semiconductor, consistent with other theoretical results. Finally, the optical properties such as the dielectric function, refractive index, absorption coefficient, and extinction coefficient for energy up to 22.5 eV under pressure have also been reported.

  14. A first-principles study on the structural, elastic and electronic properties of the C14 Laves phase compounds TiX2 (X=Cr, Mn, Fe)

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    Nong, Zhi-Sheng; Zhu, Jing-Chuan; Cao, Yong; Yang, Xia-Wei; Lai, Zhong-Hong; Liu, Yong

    2013-06-01

    The structural, elastic and electronic properties of nonmagnetic TiCr2, TiMn2 and antiferromagnetic TiFe2 with hexagonal C14 structure were investigated by mean of the first-principles calculations within the frame work of density functional theory (DFT). The calculated lattice constants were in good agreement with the experimental values. The obtained cohesive energy and formation enthalpy showed TiCr2, TiMn2 and TiFe2 are of the structural stability from the energetic point of view. The five independent elastic constants were calculated, showing that these compounds are mechanically stable. Then the polycrystalline elastic parameters (bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E, and Poisson's ratio ν) were obtained by using the Voigt-Reuss-Hill (V-R-H) approximation, and the ductility and plasticity of these compounds were further analyzed. The elastic anisotropy of these compounds was also discussed in details. Finally, the electronic density of states (DOS) and charge density distribution were also calculated, indicating the existence of a combination of metallic, covalent and ionic bonding in these C14 compounds.

  15. Insight into structural, mechanical, electronic and thermodynamic properties of intermetallic phases in Zr-Sn system from first-principles calculations

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    Liu, Shuai; Zhan, Yongzhong; Wu, Junyan; Wei, Xuanchen

    2015-11-01

    The structural, phase stabilities, mechanical, electronic and thermodynamic properties of intermetallic phases in Zr-Sn system are investigated by using first-principles method. The equilibrium lattice constants, enthalpy of formation (ΔHform) and elastic constants are obtained and compared with available experimental and theoretical data. The configuration of Zr4Sn is measured with reasonable precision. The ΔHform of five hypothetical structures are obtained in order to find possible metastable phase for Zr-Sn system. The mechanical properties, including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio, are calculated by Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation and the Zr5Sn4 and Zr5Sn3 show excellent mechanical properties. The electronic density of states for Zr5Sn4, Zr5Sn3 and cP8-Zr3Sn are calculated to further investigate the stability of intermetallic compounds. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, the Debye temperature, heat capacity and thermal expansion coefficient under temperature of 0-300 K and pressure of 0-50 GPa for Zr5Sn3 and Zr5Sn4 are deeply investigated.

  16. First-principles calculation of the structural, electronic, elastic, and optical properties of sulfur-doping ε-GaSe crystal

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    Huang, Chang-Bao; Wu, Hai-Xin; Ni, You-Bao; Wang, Zhen-You; Qi, Ming; Zhang, Chun-Li

    2016-08-01

    The structural, electronic, mechanical properties, and frequency-dependent refractive indexes of GaSe1–x S x (x = 0, 0.25, and 1) are studied by using the first-principles pseudopotential method within density functional theory. The calculated results demonstrate the relationships between intralayer structure and elastic modulus in GaSe1–x S x (x = 0, 0.25, and 1). Doping of ε-GaSe with S strengthens the Ga–X bonds and increases its elastic moduli of C 11 and C 66. Born effective charge analysis provides an explanation for the modification of cleavage properties about the doping of ε-GaSe with S. The calculated results of band gaps suggest that the distance between intralayer atom and substitution of SSe, rather than interlayer force, is a key factor influencing the electronic exciton energy of the layer semiconductor. The calculated refractive indexes indicate that the doping of ε-GaSe with S reduces its refractive index and increases its birefringence. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51202250).

  17. Electronic structure and topological features of tin-based binary nanosheets and their hydrogenated/fluorinated derivatives: A first-principles study

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    Wang, Yanli; Ding, Yi

    2016-09-01

    Utilizing first-principles calculations, we have investigated the structural, electronic and topological properties of binary SnSi and SnGe nanosheets as well as their H-/F-derivatives. It is found that all these systems have chair-like buckled configurations with robust structural stabilities. Unlike the elemental group-IV sheets, SnSi and SnGe sheets are narrow-band-gap semiconductors, which have a gapped Dirac cone with massive Fermions. Under the strains, a direct-to-indirect band gap transition and a semiconductor-to-metal transition would occur in these systems. Although these binary systems are trivial band insulators with ℤ2 = 0, their topological features can be altered by the surface decorations. Particularly, the fluorinated SiGe sheet becomes a topological insulator with ℤ2 = 1, and such non-trivial state can also be found in the strained fluorinated SnSi and hydrogenated SnGe sheets. Large non-trivial SOC band gaps of 0.09-0.17 eV are obtained in these 2D topological insulating systems, which will be beneficial for realizing the room-temperature quantum spin Hall effect. Our study demonstrates that binary Sn-based nanomaterials possess tunable electronic and topological properties, which have potential applications in low-power nano-electrics and devices.

  18. First-principles calculation of the structural, electronic, elastic, and optical properties of sulfur-doping ɛ-GaSe crystal

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    Huang, Chang-Bao; Wu, Hai-Xin; Ni, You-Bao; Wang, Zhen-You; Qi, Ming; Zhang, Chun-Li

    2016-08-01

    The structural, electronic, mechanical properties, and frequency-dependent refractive indexes of GaSe1-x S x (x = 0, 0.25, and 1) are studied by using the first-principles pseudopotential method within density functional theory. The calculated results demonstrate the relationships between intralayer structure and elastic modulus in GaSe1-x S x (x = 0, 0.25, and 1). Doping of ɛ-GaSe with S strengthens the Ga-X bonds and increases its elastic moduli of C 11 and C 66. Born effective charge analysis provides an explanation for the modification of cleavage properties about the doping of ɛ-GaSe with S. The calculated results of band gaps suggest that the distance between intralayer atom and substitution of SSe, rather than interlayer force, is a key factor influencing the electronic exciton energy of the layer semiconductor. The calculated refractive indexes indicate that the doping of ɛ-GaSe with S reduces its refractive index and increases its birefringence. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51202250).

  19. Band structure, Fermi surface, elastic, thermodynamic, and optical properties of AlZr 3 , AlCu 3 , and AlCu 2 Zr: First-principles study

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    Parvin, R.; Parvin, F.; Ali, M. S.; Islam, A. K. M. A.

    2016-08-01

    The electronic properties (Fermi surface, band structure, and density of states (DOS)) of Al-based alloys AlM 3 (M = Zr and Cu) and AlCu2Zr are investigated using the first-principles pseudopotential plane wave method within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The structural parameters and elastic constants are evaluated and compared with other available data. Also, the pressure dependences of mechanical properties of the compounds are studied. The temperature dependence of adiabatic bulk modulus, Debye temperature, specific heat, thermal expansion coefficient, entropy, and internal energy are all obtained for the first time through quasi-harmonic Debye model with phononic effects for T = 0 K-100 K. The parameters of optical properties (dielectric functions, refractive index, extinction coefficient, absorption spectrum, conductivity, energy-loss spectrum, and reflectivity) of the compounds are calculated and discussed for the first time. The reflectivities of the materials are quite high in the IR-visible-UV region up to ˜ 15 eV, showing that they promise to be good coating materials to avoid solar heating. Some of the properties are also compared with those of the Al-based Ni3Al compound.

  20. Illustration of high-active Ag2CrO4 photocatalyst from the first-principle calculation of electronic structures and carrier effective mass

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    Zhang, Jinfeng; Yu, Weilai; Liu, Jianjun; Liu, Baoshun

    2015-12-01

    Although Ag2CrO4 has been frequently studied as a highly active photocatalytic material under visible light irradiation in recent years, we are still less-known on its detailed mechanism. Also, it is difficult to illustrate this issue just from the experimental discussion. Contrarily, theoretical investigation can deepen our understanding on its photocatalytic mechanism from the electronic level. In this work, the crystal structures, band structures, density of states, and chemical bonding for Ag2CrO4 were studied by the first-principles calculation based on the density functional theory. The calculation results indicate that Ag2CrO4 has an indirect band gap of ca. 1.42 eV, a deep position of valence band edge and a strong optical absorption coefficient, implying that Ag2CrO4 has strong oxidation ability and high photocatalytic activity for decomposing organic pollutant under visible light irradiation. Moreover, our calculation also indicates that Ag2CrO4 has small effective mass of electrons and holes, and great effective mass difference between hole and electron, which can respectively facilitate the migration and separation of electrons and holes, and finally improve the photocatalytic performance.

  1. Electronic structures and elastic properties of monolayer and bilayer transition metal dichalcogenides MX2 (M = Mo, W; X = O, S, Se, Te): A comparative first-principles study

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    Zeng, Fan; Zhang, Wei-Bing; Tang, Bi-Yu

    2015-09-01

    First-principle calculations with different exchange-correlation functionals, including LDA, PBE, and vdW-DF functional in the form of optB88-vdW, have been performed to investigate the electronic and elastic properties of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) with the formula of MX2(M = Mo, W; X = O, S, Se, Te) in both monolayer and bilayer structures. The calculated band structures show a direct band gap for monolayer TMDCs at the K point except for MoO2 and WO2. When the monolayers are stacked into a bilayer, the reduced indirect band gaps are found except for bilayer WTe2, in which the direct gap is still present at the K point. The calculated in-plane Young moduli are comparable to that of graphene, which promises possible application of TMDCs in future flexible and stretchable electronic devices. We also evaluated the performance of different functionals including LDA, PBE, and optB88-vdW in describing elastic moduli of TMDCs and found that LDA seems to be the most qualified method. Moreover, our calculations suggest that the Young moduli for bilayers are insensitive to stacking orders and the mechanical coupling between monolayers seems to be negligible. Project supported by the Construct Program of the Key Discipline in Hunan Province, China and Aid Program for Science and Technology Innovative Research Team in Higher Educational Institutions of Hunan Province, China.

  2. First-principles study of structural, electronic, and mechanical properties of the nanolaminate compound Ti4GeC3 under pressure

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    Li, Chenliang; Wang, Zhenqing

    2010-06-01

    This paper investigates the pressure dependences of the structural, electronic, mechanical, and optical properties of the nanolaminate Ti4GeC3 compound using the first-principles method based on the density functional theory. The lattice parameters and atom positions of Ti4GeC3 in bulk form were predicted and show that Ti4GeC3 is more compressible in the c direction than along the a direction. The elastic constants, shear modulus and Young's moduli of Ti4GeC3 were then calculated at various pressures. The results indicate that Ti4GeC3 is mechanically stable in the pressure range of 0-70 GPa and that its brittle-ductile transition occurs at 60 GPa. By examining the densities of states, we also found that Ti4GeC3 remains structurally stable for pressures up to 70 GPa. Moreover, the Ti-Ge bonding is softer than all the Ti-C bonding and indicates that the Ti-C bond is more resistant to deformation than the Ti-Ge bond. Finally, the reflectivity spectrum of Ti4GeC3 under various pressures was investigated. Based on the results, we found that Ti4GeC3 can be used as a coating on spacecrafts to avoid solar heating, but it is not suitable for use under high pressure conditions.

  3. Structures and Electronic Properties of Different CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 Interface: A First-Principles Study

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    Geng, Wei; Tong, Chuan-Jia; Liu, Jiang; Zhu, Wenjun; Lau, Woon-Ming; Liu, Li-Min

    2016-01-01

    Methylammonium lead iodide perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, has attracted particular attention due to its fast increase in efficiency in dye sensitization TiO2 solid-state solar cells. We performed first-principles calculations to investigate several different types of CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 interfaces. The interfacial structures between the different terminated CH3NH3PbI3 and phase TiO2 are thoroughly explored, and the calculated results suggest that the interfacial Pb atoms play important roles in the structure stability and electronic properties. A charge transfer from Pb atoms to the O atoms of TiO2 lead to the band edge alignment of Pb-p above Ti-d about 0.4 eV, suggesting a better carries separation. On the other hand, for TiO2, rutile (001) is the better candidate due to the better lattice and atoms arrangement match with CH3NH3PbI3. PMID:26846401

  4. First-principles studies of BN sheets with absorbed transition metal single atoms or dimers: stabilities, electronic structures, and magnetic properties.

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    Ma, Dongwei; Lu, Zhansheng; Ju, Weiwei; Tang, Yanan

    2012-04-11

    BN sheets with absorbed transition metal (TM) single atoms, including Fe, Co, and Ni, and their dimers have been investigated by using a first-principles method within the generalized gradient approximation. All of the TM atoms studied are found to be chemically adsorbed on BN sheets. Upon adsorption, the binding energies of the Fe and Co single atoms are modest and almost independent of the adsorption sites, indicating the high mobility of the adatoms and isolated particles to be easily formed on the surface. However, Ni atoms are found to bind tightly to BN sheets and may adopt a layer-by-layer growth mode. The Fe, Co, and Ni dimers tend to lie (nearly) perpendicular to the BN plane. Due to the wide band gap of the pure BN sheet, the electronic structures of the BN sheets with TM adatoms are determined primarily by the distribution of TM electronic states around the Fermi level. Very interesting spin gapless semiconductors or half-metals can be obtained in the studied systems. The magnetism of the TM atoms is preserved well on the BN sheet, very close to that of the corresponding free atoms and often weakly dependent on the adsorption sites. The present results indicate that BN sheets with adsorbed TM atoms have potential applications in fields such as spintronics and magnetic data storage due to the special spin-polarized electronic structures and magnetic properties they possess.

  5. Structural and Thermodynamic Properties of TiC x N y O z Solid Solution: Experimental Study and First-Principles Approaches

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    Xiao, Jiusan; Jiang, Bo; Huang, Kai; Jiao, Shuqiang; Zhu, Hongmin

    2016-09-01

    A series of TiC x N y O z solid solutions were synthesized via solid-state reaction and XRD patterns exhibited a single phase of FCC structure over the whole concentration range. The structural and thermodynamic properties of TiC x N y O z solid solutions were studied using experimental method and first-principles calculations. The difference between the calculated and experimental lattice parameters could be attributed to the vacancies segregated in TiO part. The fitting formulae for lattice parameters and mixing enthalpies were firstly given for TiC x N y O z solid solution over the whole concentration range. The obtained thermodynamic data for TiC x N y O z solid solution properly explained the reaction sequence of the carbothermal reduction of TiO2, providing theoretical foundation for TiC x N y O z solid solution as a kind of prospective material for consuming anode utilized in USTB titanium electrolysis process.

  6. Band structure, Fermi surface, elastic, thermodynamic, and optical properties of AlZr 3 , AlCu 3 , and AlCu 2 Zr: First-principles study

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    Parvin, R.; Parvin, F.; Ali, M. S.; Islam, A. K. M. A.

    2016-08-01

    The electronic properties (Fermi surface, band structure, and density of states (DOS)) of Al-based alloys AlM 3 (M = Zr and Cu) and AlCu2Zr are investigated using the first-principles pseudopotential plane wave method within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The structural parameters and elastic constants are evaluated and compared with other available data. Also, the pressure dependences of mechanical properties of the compounds are studied. The temperature dependence of adiabatic bulk modulus, Debye temperature, specific heat, thermal expansion coefficient, entropy, and internal energy are all obtained for the first time through quasi-harmonic Debye model with phononic effects for T = 0 K–100 K. The parameters of optical properties (dielectric functions, refractive index, extinction coefficient, absorption spectrum, conductivity, energy-loss spectrum, and reflectivity) of the compounds are calculated and discussed for the first time. The reflectivities of the materials are quite high in the IR–visible–UV region up to ∼ 15 eV, showing that they promise to be good coating materials to avoid solar heating. Some of the properties are also compared with those of the Al-based Ni3Al compound.

  7. First-Principle Study of the Structural, Electronic, and Optical Properties of Cubic InNxP1-x Ternary Alloys under Hydrostatic Pressure

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    Hattabi, I.; Abdiche, A.; Moussa, R.; Riane, R.; Hadji, K.; Soyalp, F.; Varshney, Dinesh; Syrotyuk, S. V.; Khenata, R.

    2016-09-01

    In this article, we present results of the first-principle study of the structural, electronic, and optical properties of the InN, InP binary compounds and their related ternary alloy InNxP1-x in the zinc-blend (ZB) phase within a nonrelativistic full potential linearised augmented plan wave (FP-LAPW) method using Wien2k code based on the density functional theory (DFT). Different approximations of exchange-correlation energy were used for the calculation of the lattice constant, bulk modulus, and first-order pressure derivative of the bulk modulus. Whereas the lattice constant decreases with increasing nitride composition x. Our results present a good agreement with theoretical and experimental data. The electronic band structures calculated using Tran-Blaha-modified Becke-Johnson (TB-mBJ) approach present a direct band gap semiconductor character for InNxP1-x compounds at different x values. The electronic properties were also calculated under hydrostatic pressure for (P=0.00, 5.00, 10.0, 15.0, 20.0, 25.0 GPa) where it is found that the InP compound change from direct to indirect band gap at the pressure P≥7.80 GPa. Furthermore, the pressure effect on the dielectric function and the refractive index was carried out. Results obtained in our calculations present a good agreement with available theoretical reports and experimental data.

  8. Structures and Electronic Properties of Different CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 Interface: A First-Principles Study.

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    Geng, Wei; Tong, Chuan-Jia; Liu, Jiang; Zhu, Wenjun; Lau, Woon-Ming; Liu, Li-Min

    2016-01-01

    Methylammonium lead iodide perovskite, CH3NH3PbI3, has attracted particular attention due to its fast increase in efficiency in dye sensitization TiO2 solid-state solar cells. We performed first-principles calculations to investigate several different types of CH3NH3PbI3/TiO2 interfaces. The interfacial structures between the different terminated CH3NH3PbI3 and phase TiO2 are thoroughly explored, and the calculated results suggest that the interfacial Pb atoms play important roles in the structure stability and electronic properties. A charge transfer from Pb atoms to the O atoms of TiO2 lead to the band edge alignment of Pb-p above Ti-d about 0.4 eV, suggesting a better carries separation. On the other hand, for TiO2, rutile (001) is the better candidate due to the better lattice and atoms arrangement match with CH3NH3PbI3. PMID:26846401

  9. Structural stabilities, surface morphologies and electronic properties of spinel LiTi2O4 as anode materials for lithium-ion battery: A first-principles investigation

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    Wang, Qi; Yu, Hai-Tao; Xie, Ying; Li, Ming-Xia; Yi, Ting-Feng; Guo, Chen-Feng; Song, Qing-Shan; Lou, Ming; Fan, Shan-Shan

    2016-07-01

    The thermodynamic stabilities, surface morphologies, and electronic structures of the LiTi2O4 compound were investigated by the first-principles methods. The formation enthalpies and lattice constants of LixTi2O4 decrease at first and then increase again. This phenomenon is related to the balance between Lisbnd O attractions and Lisbnd Li repulsions. Population analysis revealed that pure ionic and strong covalent bonds are formed respectively between lithium and oxygen and between titanium and oxygen in LiTi2O4 material. These interactions are very crucial for the thermodynamic stability of the compounds. The surface stability was considered as functions of the chemical potentials, and five terminations, (100)-Ti2O4, (110)-Ti2O4, (210)-Ti2O4, (111)-LiTiO4, and (310)-Ti2O8ones, are dominant in the stability diagram. Our calculation showed that a particle morphology with mono (110) facet can be obtained at Ti- and/or O-moderate conditions, and this morphology will be very helpful for improving the rate performance of the material via reduction of the lithium diffusion distance. Furthermore, partially filled electronic states at the Fermi energy were confirmed for bulk LiTi2O4 and some of the surfaces, and they are responsible for the excellent electronic conductivity of the material. Further calculations showed that the work functions are sensitive to the stoichiometry of the surfaces.

  10. Electronic structure, phonons, and thermal properties of ScN, ZrN, and HfN: A first-principles study

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    Saha, Bivas; Acharya, Jagaran; Sands, Timothy D.; Waghmare, Umesh V.

    2010-02-01

    With a motivation to understand microscopic aspects of ScN, ZrN, and HfN relevant to the thermoelectric properties of nitride metal/semiconductor superlattices, we determine their electronic structure, vibrational spectra and thermal properties using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory with a generalized gradient approximation of the exchange correlation energy. We find a large energy gap in the phonon dispersions of metallic ZrN and HfN, but a gapless phonon spectrum for ScN spanning the same energy range, this suggests that a reduced thermal conductivity, suitable for thermoelectric applications, should arise in superlattices made with ScN and ZrN or ScN and HfN. To obtain an electronic energy band gap of ScN comparable to experiment, we use a Hubbard correction with a parameter U (=3.5 eV). Anomalies in the acoustic branches of the phonon dispersion of ZrN and HfN, manifested as dips in the bands, can be understood through the nesting of Fermi surface determined from our calculations. To connect with transport properties, we have determined effective masses of ScN and determined their dependence on the U parameter. Using the relaxation time approximation in the Boltzmann transport theory, we estimate the temperature dependence of the lattice thermal conductivity and discuss the chemical trends among these nitrides.

  11. Relation between reactivity and electronic structure for α'L-, β- and γ-dicalcium silicate: A first-principles study

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    Wang, Qianqian; Li, Feng; Shen, Xiaodong; Shi, Wujun; Li, Xuerun; Guo, Yanhua; Xiong, Shijie; Zhu, Qing

    2014-03-01

    The effect of the electronic structures of α'L-, β-, and γ-dicalcium silicate (α'L-, β- and γ-C₂S, C = CaO, S = SiO₂) on hydration reactivity have been investigated by first-principles calculations. Active O atoms with larger charge densities are found in α'L- and β-C₂S, while they are absent in γ-C₂S. The local density of states of valence band maximum in α'L- and β-C₂S is highly localized around active O atoms, whereas that in γ-C₂S is homogeneously dispersed. For the active O-2p orbital in α'L- and β-C₂S, the highest orbital energy in the partial density of states is about 0.31 eV higher than that of the inactive O in γ-C₂S. These differences make the active O atoms of α'L- and β-C₂S more susceptible to electrophilic attack and result in higher hydration reactivity for α'L- and β-C₂S.

  12. First-principles study of the structural and electronic properties of MoS2-WS2 and MoS2-MoTe2 monolayer heterostructures

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    Wang, Qianwen; Wu, Ping; Cao, Gengyu; Huang, Min

    2013-12-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we have systematically investigated the geometric and electronic structure of MoS2-WS2 and MoS2-MoTe2 monolayer (ML) heterostructures. Analysis of the variation of the total density of states and partial density of states of the specific atoms in the interfaces demonstrates that the two heterostructures show rather different properties and different changes from the initial MoS2 ML. The MoS2-WS2 ML heterostructure is still a semiconductor with a band gap of 1.58 eV, which is smaller than that of MoS2 and WS2 MLs. However, the strong interactions between MoS2and MoTe2 at the interfacial sites induce the MoS2-MoTe2 ML heterostructure to display metallic characteristics. Our results indicate that the ML heterostructures of MoS2-WS2 and MoS2-MoTe2 are expected to be a possible way to extend the application of the transition-metal dichalcogenides.

  13. First-principles, structure-based transdermal transport model to evaluate lipid partition and diffusion coefficients of hydrophobic permeants solely from stratum corneum permeation experiments.

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    Kushner, Joseph; Deen, William; Blankschtein, Daniel; Langer, Robert

    2007-12-01

    To account for the effect of branched, parallel transport pathways in the intercellular domain of the stratum corneum (SC) on the passive transdermal transport of hydrophobic permeants, we have developed, from first-principles, a new theoretical model-the Two-Tortuosity Model. This new model requires two tortuosity factors to account for: (1) the effective diffusion path length, and (2) the total volume of the branched, parallel transport pathways present in the SC intercellular domain, both of which may be evaluated from known values of the SC structure. After validating the Two-Tortuosity model with simulated SC diffusion experiments in FEMLAB (a finite element software package), the vehicle-bilayer partition coefficient, K(b), and the lipid bilayer diffusion coefficient, D(b), in untreated human SC were evaluated using this new model for two hydrophobic permeants, naphthol (K(b) = 225 +/- 42, D(b) = 1.7 x 10(-7) +/- 0.3 x 10(-7) cm(2)/s) and testosterone (K(b) = 92 +/- 29, D(b) = 1.9 x 10(-8) +/- 0.5 x 10(-8) cm(2)/s). The results presented in this paper demonstrate that this new method to evaluate K(b) and D(b) is comparable to, and simpler than, previous methods, in which SC permeation experiments were combined with octanol-water partition experiments, or with SC solute release experiments, to evaluate K(b) and D(b). PMID:17887175

  14. Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of tris(8-hydroxyquinoline)iron(III) molecules and their magnetic coupling with ferromagnetic surface: first-principles study

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    Jiang, W.; Zhou, M.; Liu, Z.; Sun, D.; Vardeny, Z. V.; Liu, F.

    2016-05-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we have systematically investigated the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of facial (fac-) and meridional (mer-) tris(8-hydroxyquinoline)iron(III) (Feq3) molecules and their interaction with ferromagnetic substrate. Our calculation results show that for the isolated Feq3, mer-Feq3 is more stable than the fac-Feq3; both Feq3 isomers have a high spin-state of 5 μ B as the ground state when an on-site Hubbard-U term is included to treat the highly localized Fe 3d electrons; while the standard DFT calculations produce a low spin-state of 1 μ B for mer-Feq3. These magnetic behaviors can be understood by the octahedral ligand field splitting theory. Furthermore, we found that fac-Feq3 has a stronger bonding to the Co surface than mer-Feq3 and an anti-ferromagnetic coupling was discovered between Fe and Co substrate, originating from the superexchange coupling between Fe and Co mediated by the interface oxygen and nitrogen atoms. These findings suggest that Feq3 molecular films may serve as a promising spin-filter material in spintronic devices.

  15. First-principle calculation of the elastic, band structure, electronic states, and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnS nanolayers

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    Lahiji, Mohammadreza Askaripour; Ziabari, Ali Abdolahzadeh

    2016-11-01

    The structural, elastic, electronic, and optical properties of undoped and Cu-doped ZnS nanostructured layers have been studied in the zincblende (ZB) phase, by first-principle approach. Density functional theory (DFT) has been employed to calculate the fundamental properties of the layers using full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FPLAPW) method. Mechanical analysis revealed that the bulk modulus increases with the increase of Cu content. Cu doping was found to reduce the band gap value of the material. In addition, DOS effective mass of the electrons and heavy holes was evaluated. Adding Cu caused the decrement/increment of transmission/reflectance of nanolayers in the UV-vis region. The substitution by Cu increased the intensity of the peaks, and a slight red shift was observed in the absorption peak. Moreover, the static dielectric constant, and static refractive index increased with Cu content. The optical conductivity also followed a similar trend to that of the dielectric constants. Energy loss function of the modeled compounds was also evaluated. All calculated parameters were compared with the available experimental and other theoretical results.

  16. First-principles study of strain effect on the formation and electronic structures of oxygen vacancy in SrFeO2

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    Wei, Zhang; Jie, Huang

    2016-05-01

    Motivated by recent experimental observations of metallic conduction in the quasi-two-dimensional SrFeO2, we study the epitaxial strain effect on the formation and electronic structures of oxygen vacancy (Vo) by first-principles calculations. The bulk SrFeO2 is found to have the G-type antiferromagnetic ordering (G-AFM) at zero strain, which agrees with the experiment. Under compressive strain the bulk SrFeO2 keeps the G-AFM and has the trend of Mott insulator-metal transition. Different from most of the previous similar work about the strain effect on Vo, both the tensile strain and the compressive strain enhance the Vo formation. It is found that the competitions between the band energies and the electrostatic interactions are the dominant mechanisms in determining the Vo formation. We confirm that the Vo in SrFeO2 would induce the n-type conductivity where the donor levels are occupied by the delocalized d x 2-y 2 electrons. It is suggested that the vanishing of n-type conductivity observed by the Hall measurement on the strained films are caused by the shift of donor levels into the conduction band. These results would provide insightful information for the realization of metallic conduction in SrFeO2. Project supported by the Creative Plan Project of Nanjing Forest Police College, China (Grant Nos. 201512213045xy and 201512213007x).

  17. First-principles studies of effects of interstitial boron and carbon on the structural, elastic, and electronic properties of Ni solution and Ni3Al intermetallics

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    Huang, Meng-Li; Wang, Chong-Yu

    2016-10-01

    The effects of boron and carbon on the structural, elastic, and electronic properties of both Ni solution and Ni3Al intermetallics are investigated using first-principles calculations. The results agree well with theoretical and experimental data from previous studies and are analyzed based on the density of states and charge density. It is found that both boron and carbon are inclined to occupy the Ni-rich interstices in Ni3Al, which gives rise to a cubic interstitial phase. In addition, the interstitial boron and carbon have different effects on the elastic moduli of Ni and Ni3Al. The calculation results for the G/B and Poisson’s ratios further demonstrate that interstitial boron and carbon can both reduce the brittleness of Ni, thereby increasing its ductility. Meanwhile, boron can also enhance the ductility of the Ni3Al while carbon hardly has an effect on its brittleness or ductility. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB606402).

  18. Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of tris(8-hydroxyquinoline)iron(III) molecules and their magnetic coupling with ferromagnetic surface: first-principles study.

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    Jiang, W; Zhou, M; Liu, Z; Sun, D; Vardeny, Z V; Liu, F

    2016-05-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we have systematically investigated the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of facial (fac-) and meridional (mer-) tris(8-hydroxyquinoline)iron(III) (Feq3) molecules and their interaction with ferromagnetic substrate. Our calculation results show that for the isolated Feq3, mer-Feq3 is more stable than the fac-Feq3; both Feq3 isomers have a high spin-state of 5 μB as the ground state when an on-site Hubbard-U term is included to treat the highly localized Fe 3d electrons; while the standard DFT calculations produce a low spin-state of 1 μB for mer-Feq3. These magnetic behaviors can be understood by the octahedral ligand field splitting theory. Furthermore, we found that fac-Feq3 has a stronger bonding to the Co surface than mer-Feq3 and an anti-ferromagnetic coupling was discovered between Fe and Co substrate, originating from the superexchange coupling between Fe and Co mediated by the interface oxygen and nitrogen atoms. These findings suggest that Feq3 molecular films may serve as a promising spin-filter material in spintronic devices. PMID:27044670

  19. Electronic structure, phase stability and resistivity of hybrid hexagonal Cx(BN) 1 - x two-dimensional nanomaterial: A first-principles study

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    D'Souza, Ransell; Mukherjee, Sugata

    2015-05-01

    We use density functional theory based first-principles method to investigate the bandstructure and phase stability in the laterally grown hexagonal Cx(BN) 1 - x, two-dimensional Graphene and h-BN hybrid nanomaterials, which were synthesized by experimental groups recently (Liu et al., 2013). Our detailed electronic structure calculations on such materials, with both armchair and zigzag interfaces between the Graphene and h-BN domains, indicate that the band-gap decreases non-monotonically with the concentration of Carbon. The calculated bandstructure shows the onset of Dirac cone like features near the band-gap at high Carbon concentration (x ∼ 0.8). From the calculated energy of formation, the phase stability of Cx(BN) 1 - x was studied using a regular solution model and the system was found to be in the ordered phase below a few thousand Kelvin. Furthermore, using the Boltzmann transport theory we calculate the electrical resistivity from the bandstructure of Cx(BN) 1 - x at different temperature (T), which shows a linear behavior when plotted in the logarithmic scale against T-1, as observed experimentally.

  20. First-principles study of strain effect on the formation and electronic structures of oxygen vacancy in SrFeO2

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    Wei, Zhang; Jie, Huang

    2016-05-01

    Motivated by recent experimental observations of metallic conduction in the quasi-two-dimensional SrFeO2, we study the epitaxial strain effect on the formation and electronic structures of oxygen vacancy (Vo) by first-principles calculations. The bulk SrFeO2 is found to have the G-type antiferromagnetic ordering (G-AFM) at zero strain, which agrees with the experiment. Under compressive strain the bulk SrFeO2 keeps the G-AFM and has the trend of Mott insulator-metal transition. Different from most of the previous similar work about the strain effect on Vo, both the tensile strain and the compressive strain enhance the Vo formation. It is found that the competitions between the band energies and the electrostatic interactions are the dominant mechanisms in determining the Vo formation. We confirm that the Vo in SrFeO2 would induce the n-type conductivity where the donor levels are occupied by the delocalized d x 2‑y 2 electrons. It is suggested that the vanishing of n-type conductivity observed by the Hall measurement on the strained films are caused by the shift of donor levels into the conduction band. These results would provide insightful information for the realization of metallic conduction in SrFeO2. Project supported by the Creative Plan Project of Nanjing Forest Police College, China (Grant Nos. 201512213045xy and 201512213007x).

  1. First principle study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of half-Heusler IrCrZ (Z=Ge, As, sn and sb) compounds

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    Allaf Behbahani, Marzieh; Moradi, Mahmood; Rostami, Mohammad; Davatolhagh, Saeed

    2016-05-01

    First-principle calculations based on the density functional theory for new half-Heusler IrCrZ (Z=Ge, As, Sn and Sb) alloys are performed. It is found that the half-Heusler IrCrGe and IrCrSn compounds have an antiferromagnetic ground state while the ferromagnetic state is more stable than the antiferromagnetic and non-magnetic states for both IrCrAs and IrCrSb compounds. IrCrAs and IrCrSb exhibit half-metallic property with integer magnetic moments of 2.00 μB per formula unit and half-metallic gaps of 0.28 and 0.27 eV at their equilibrium volume, respectively. In addition, the density of states (DOSs) and band structures of IrCrAs and IrCrSb compounds are studied and the origin of their half-metallic gaps are discussed in detail. The estimation of Curie temperatures of IrCrAs and IrCrSb compounds is performed within the mean field approximation (MFA). The Curie temperatures of IrCrAs and IrCrSb are estimated to be 1083 and 1470 K, respectively. The stability of the half-metallicity in IrCrAs and IrCrSb compounds with the variation of lattice constant are also investigated.

  2. Liquid structures of water, methanol, and hydrogen fluoride at ambient conditions from first principles molecular dynamics simulations with a dispersion corrected density functional.

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    McGrath, Matthew J; Kuo, I-Feng William; Siepmann, J Ilja

    2011-11-28

    Using first principles molecular dynamics simulations in the isobaric-isothermal ensemble (T = 300 K, p = 1 atm) with the Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr exchange/correlation functional and a dispersion correction due to Grimme, the hydrogen bonding networks of pure liquid water, methanol, and hydrogen fluoride are probed. Although an accurate density is found for water with this level of electronic structure theory, the average liquid densities for both hydrogen fluoride and methanol are overpredicted by 50 and 25%, respectively. The radial distribution functions indicate somewhat overstructured liquid phases for all three compounds. The number of hydrogen bonds per molecule in water is about twice as high as for methanol and hydrogen fluoride, though the ratio of cohesive energy over number of hydrogen bonds is lower for water. An analysis of the hydrogen-bonded aggregates revealed the presence of mostly linear chains in both hydrogen fluoride and methanol, with a few stable rings and chains spanning the simulation box in the case of hydrogen fluoride. Only an extremely small fraction of smaller clusters was found for water, indicating that its hydrogen bond network is significantly more extensive. A special form of water with on average about two hydrogen bonds per molecule yields a hydrogen-bonding environment significantly different from the other two compounds.

  3. Structure, electronic and magnetic properties of hexagonal boron nitride sheets doped by 5d transition metal atoms: First-principles calculations and molecular orbital analysis

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    Zhang, Zhaofu; Geng, Zhaohui; Cai, Danyun; Pan, Tongxi; Chen, Yixin; Dong, Liyuan; Zhou, Tiege

    2015-01-01

    A first-principles calculation based on density functional theory is carried out to reveal the geometry, electronic structures and magnetic properties of hexagonal boron nitride sheets (h-BNSs) doped by 5d transitional mental atoms (Lu, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, Au and Hg) at boron-site (B5d) and nitrogen-site (N5d). Results of pure h-BNS, h-BNS with B vacancy (VB) and N vacancy (VN) are also given for comparison. It is shown that all the h-BNSs doped with 5d atoms possess a C3v local symmetry except for NLu and NHg which have a clear deviation. For the same 5d dopant, the binding energy of B5d is larger than that of N5d, which indicates the substitution of a 5d atom for B is preferred. The total densities of states are presented, where impurity energy levels exist. Besides, the total magnetic moments (TMMs) change regularly with the increment of the 5d atomic number. Theoretical analyses by molecular orbital under C3v symmetry explain the impurity energy levels and TMMs.

  4. First-principles investigation of the structural, electronic and optical properties of V-doped single-walled ZnO nanotube (8, 0)

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    Mendi, R. Taghavi; Elahi, S. M.; Abolhassani, M. R.

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, the structural, electronic and optical properties of V-doped single-walled ZnO nanotube (8, 0) (SWZnONT (8, 0)) were investigated by the first principles. The calculated formation energy shows that V-doped SWZnONT (8, 0) is more stable than pure SWZnONT (8, 0). Our results show that pure SWZnONT (8, 0) has a direct bandgap about 1.443 eV in Γ point. In the V-doped SWZnONT (8, 0), some bands in both spin down and up cross the Fermi level and the calculated total spin magnetic momentum was obtained about 2.345 μB. So we expect that the V-doped SWZnONT (8, 0) exhibits magnetic and metallic behavior. These results are in agreement with other theoretical works. The optical properties such as dielectric function, energy loss function, optical conductivity, refractive index and reflectivity are calculated. Redshift, metallic behavior and anisotropic property were observed in the V-doped SWZnONT (8, 0). Our results suggest that the V-doped SWZnONT (8, 0) can be used in magneto-optical devices. The results showed that the reflectivity of pure and V-doped SWZnONT (8, 0) in the wide energy range is low, therefore, pure and V-doped SWZnONT (8, 0) can be used in transparent coating.

  5. First-principles electronic structure and formation energies of group V and VII impurities in the α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} alloys

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    Xia, Congxin; Jia, Yu; Zhang, Qiming

    2014-09-21

    Based on density functional theory, the electronic structures, formation energy, and transition level of the selected group V and VII impurities in α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} are investigated by means of first-principles methods. Numerical results show that the group V and VII atoms-doped α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} can be energetically favorable under the Fe-rich condition. Group V atom substituting O atom can induce the acceptor impurity level, while the deep donor impurity states are formed inside the band gap when group VII atom substitute O atom in the α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Moreover, our results show that halogen atom F substituting O atom should be very easy in the α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. In addition, our results also show that for both group V and VII atom-doped α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the upper sides of valence band are modified obviously, while the conduction band edge does not change.

  6. Crystallographic, magnetic, and electronic structures of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys Ni{sub 2}XGa (X=Mn,Fe,Co) from first-principles calculations

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    Bai, J.; Raulot, J. M.; Zhang, Y. D.; Esling, C.; Zhao, X.; Zuo, L.

    2011-01-01

    The crystallographic, magnetic and electronic structures of the ferromagnetic shape memory alloys Ni{sub 2}XGa (X=Mn, Fe, and Co), are systematically investigated by means of the first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory using the VIENNA AB INITIO SOFTWARE PACKAGE. The lattice parameters of both austenitic and martensitic phases in Ni{sub 2}MnGa have been calculated. The formation energies of the cubic phase of Ni{sub 2}XGa are estimated, and show a destabilization tendency if Mn atom is substituted by Fe or Co. From Ni{sub 2}MnGa to Ni{sub 2}CoGa, the down spin total density of states (DOS) at Fermi level is gradually increasing, whereas that of the up spin part remains almost unchanged. This is the main origin of the difference of the magnetic moment in these alloys. The partial DOS is dominated by the Ni and Mn 3d states in the bonding region below E{sub F}. There are two bond types existing in Ni{sub 2}XGa: one is between neighboring Ni atoms in Ni{sub 2}MnGa; the other is between Ni and X atoms in Ni{sub 2}FeGa and Ni{sub 2}CoGa alloys.

  7. Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of Cu2ZnGeSe4 : First-Principles Calculations and Vacuum-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Ellipsometric Studies

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    Choi, S. G.; Park, J.-S.; Donohue, A. L.; Christensen, S. T.; To, B.; Beall, C.; Wei, S.-H.; Repins, I. L.

    2015-11-01

    Cu2ZnGeSe4 is of interest for the development of next-generation thin-film photovoltaic technologies. To understand its electronic structure and related fundamental optical properties, we perform first-principles calculations for three structural variations: kesterite, stannite, and primitive-mixed CuAu phases. The calculated data are compared with the room-temperature dielectric function ɛ =ɛ1+i ɛ2 spectrum of polycrystalline Cu2ZnGeSe4 determined by vacuum-ultraviolet spectroscopic ellipsometry in the photon-energy range of 0.7 to 9.0 eV. Ellipsometric data are modeled with the sum of eight Tauc-Lorentz oscillators, and the best-fit model yields the band-gap and Tauc-gap energies of 1.25 and 1.19 eV, respectively. A comparison of overall peak shapes and relative intensities between experimental spectra and the calculated ɛ data for three structural variations suggests that the sample may not have a pure (ordered) kesterite phase. The complex refractive index N =n +i k , normal-incidence reflectivity R , and absorption coefficients α are calculated from the modeled ɛ spectrum, which are also compared with those of Cu2ZnSnSe4 . The spectral features for Cu2ZnGeSe4 appear to be weaker and broader than those for Cu2ZnSnSe4 , which is possibly due to more structural imperfections presented in Cu2ZnGeSe4 than Cu2ZnSnSe4 .

  8. The fluorite related modulated structures of the Gd2(Zr2-xCex)O7 solid solution: An analogue for Pu disposition

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    Reid, D. P.; Stennett, M. C.; Hyatt, N. C.

    2012-07-01

    We present an overview of the Gd2(Zr2-xCex)O7 phase diagram, of interest as a model system for ceramic disposition of Pu (with Ce as a Pu surrogate). The fluorite related structures of this solid solution were determined using a modulated structure approach, to identify the underlying cation and vacancy ordering mechanisms from analysis of key satellite reflections in selected zone axis electron diffraction patterns. This revealed the formation of four structure types: pyrochlore for x<0.25, defect fluorite for 0.5structure for x=1.00, and a C-type structure for x>1.50. X-ray absorption (XAS) and electron energy loss (EELS) spectra confirmed the presence of Ce4+ as the dominant species in compositions across this system, remaining analogous to Pu4+.

  9. Fluorite and mixed-metal Kagome-related topologies in metal-organic framework compounds: synthesis, structure, and properties.

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    Mahata, Partha; Raghunathan, Rajamani; Banerjee, Debamalya; Sen, Diptiman; Ramasesha, S; Bhat, S V; Natarajan, S

    2009-06-01

    Two new three-dimensional metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) [Mn(2)(mu(3)-OH)(H(2)O)(2)(BTC)] x 2 H(2)O, I, and [NaMn(BTC)], II (BTC = 1,2,4-benzenetricarboxylate = trimellitate) were synthesized and their structures determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD). In I, the Mn(4) cluster, [Mn(4)(mu(3)-OH)(2)(H(2)O)(4)O(12)], is connected with eight trimellitate anions and each trimellitate anion connects to four different Mn(4) clusters, resulting in a fluorite-like structure. In II, the Mn(2)O(8) dimer is connected with two Na(+) ions through carboxylate oxygen to form mixed-metal distorted Kagome-related two-dimensional -M-O-M- layers, which are pillared by the trimellitate anions forming the three-dimensional structure. The extra-framework water molecules in I are reversibly adsorbed and are also corroborated by powder XRD studies. The formation of octameric water clusters involving free and coordinated water molecules appears to be new. Interesting magnetic behavior has been observed for both compounds. Electron spin resonance (ESR) studies indicate a broadening of the signal below the ordering temperature and appear to support the findings of the magnetic studies.

  10. Structural optimization and physical properties of TcB3 and MoB3 at high-pressure: First-principles

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    Ying, Chun; Bai, Xiaowan; Du, Yungang; Zhao, Erjun; Lin, Lin; Hou, Qingyu

    2016-06-01

    The thermodynamic, mechanical and dynamic properties of TcB3 and MoB3 are systematically investigated at high-pressure by first-principles within density functional theory (DFT). The calculated formation enthalpies are negative for TcB3 with considered structures under the pressure range from 0 to 100 GPa. Triboride hP4-TcB3 (i.e., TcB3 in hP4-OsB3 type structure) has the lowest formation enthalpy of -1.44 eV under ambient condition. The largest shear modulus of 240 GPa and smallest Poisson’s ratio of 0.20 for oP16-TcB3 are comparable to those of 267 GPa and 0.15 for ReB2. The calculated elastic constants show that MB3 (M=Tc and Mo) are mechanically stable at ambient conditions, except for mP8-MoB3. The estimated high hardness of 33.4 and 33.1 GPa for oP16-TcB3 and hP4-TcB3, respectively, are reported for the first time. The calculated lattice parameters for MoB3 are in good agreement with the previously theoretical and experimental studies. Below 13 GPa, hP16-MoB3 and hR24-MoB3 are thermodynamically more favorable than MoB3 in other structures. A pressure-induced phase transition is predicted at 13 GPa from hP16-MoB3 and hR24-MoB3 to hP4-MoB3. Above 13 GPa, hP4-MoB3 becomes the thermodynamically most stable phase among MoB3 in considered structures. All compounds with considered structures are metallic, and the electronic structures of MB3 are governed by a strong hybridization between M-4d and B-2p states. The strong and directional covalent bonding between M-4d and B-2p as well as the strong interlayer interactions of boron layers are correlated to the high hardness of 38.0 and 38.4 GPa for hP16-MoB3 and hR24-MoB3, respectively.

  11. Electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of (Mg2X)2 / (Mg2Y)2 (X, Y = Si, Ge, Sn) superlattices from first-principle calculations

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    Guo, San-Dong

    2016-05-01

    To identify thermoelectric materials containing abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements, we have studied the electronic structures and thermoelectric properties of (Mg2X)2/ (Mg2Y)2 (X, Y = Si, Ge, Sn) superlattices with state-of-the-art first-principles calculations using a modified Becke and Johnson (mBJ) exchange potential. Our results show that (Mg2Ge)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 and (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 are semi-metals using mBJ plus spin-orbit coupling (mBJ + SOC), while (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Ge)2 is predicted to be a direct-gap semiconductor with a mBJ gap value of 0.46 eV and mBJ + SOC gap value of 0.44 eV. Thermoelectric properties are predicted by through solving the Boltzmann transport equations within the constant scattering time approximation. It is found that (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Ge)2 has a larger Seebeck coefficient and power factor than (Mg2Ge)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 and (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 for both p-type and n-type doping. The detrimental influence of SOC on the power factor of p-type (Mg2X)2/ (Mg2Y)2 (X, Y = Si, Ge, Sn) is analyzed as a function of the carrier concentration, but there is a negligible SOC effect for n-type. These results can be explained by the influence of SOC on their valence and conduction bands near the Fermi level.

  12. Pressure-induced structural changes in the network-forming isostatic glass GeSe4: An investigation by neutron diffraction and first-principles molecular dynamics

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    Bouzid, Assil; Pizzey, Keiron J.; Zeidler, Anita; Ori, Guido; Boero, Mauro; Massobrio, Carlo; Klotz, Stefan; Fischer, Henry E.; Bull, Craig L.; Salmon, Philip S.

    2016-01-01

    The changes to the topological and chemical ordering in the network-forming isostatic glass GeSe4 are investigated at pressures up to ˜14.4 GPa by using a combination of neutron diffraction and first-principles molecular dynamics. The results show a network built from corner- and edge-sharing Ge(Se1 /2)4 tetrahedra, where linkages by Se2 dimers or longer Sen chains are prevalent. These linkages confer the network with a local flexibility that helps to retain the network connectivity at pressures up to ˜8 GPa, corresponding to a density increase of ˜37 % . The network reorganization at constant topology maintains a mean coordination number n ¯≃2.4 , the value expected from mean-field constraint-counting theory for a rigid stress-free network. Isostatic networks may therefore remain optimally constrained to avoid stress and retain their favorable glass-forming ability over a large density range. As the pressure is increased to around 13 GPa, corresponding to a density increase of ˜49 % , Ge(Se1 /2)4 tetrahedra remain as the predominant structural motifs, but there is an appearance of 5-fold coordinated Ge atoms and homopolar Ge-Ge bonds that accompany an increase in the fraction of 3-fold coordinated Se atoms. The band gap energy decreases with increasing pressure, and midgap states appear at pressures beyond ˜6.7 GPa. The latter originate from undercoordinated Se atoms that terminate broken Sen chains.

  13. Electronic structures and magnetic properties of the transition-metal atoms (Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) doped WS2: A first-principles study

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    Xie, Ling-Yun; Zhang, Jian-Min

    2016-10-01

    The spin-polarized first-principles calculations are performed to study the electronic structures and magnetic properties of a single or double identical transition metal (TM) atoms X (X = Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) doped monolayer WS2 systems. Although the pristine monolayer WS2 system is a nonmagnetic semiconductor with a direct band gap of 1.820 eV, a single Mn, Fe, Co or Ni doped WS2 systems exhibit the magnetic half-metallic (HM) characters with the total magnetic moments Mtot of 1, 2, 3 and 4 μB and the smaller spin-down gaps Eg of 1.262, 1.154, 1.407 and 1.073 eV, respectively. For double identical TM atoms doped monolayer WS2 systems, except for the cases of two Ni atoms doped at the first (0,1), second (0,2) and third (0,3) nearest-neighbor cation configuration which are antiferromagnetic (AFM), ferromagnetic (FM) and FM metals, respectively, the other cases are all HM ferromagnets, and the total magnetic moment Mtot increases not only for double identical TM dopants Mn, Fe, Co and Ni (except for (0,1) AFM case) successively at the same nearest-neighbor cation configuration but also for each of the double identical TM dopants at the first (0,1), second (0,2) and third (0,3) nearest-neighbor cation configurations successively. These results provide a theoretical guide to choose new two-dimensional HM ferromagnetic materials in spintronic applications.

  14. Crystal structure of Sr{sub 6}Y{sub 2}Al{sub 4}O{sub 15}: XRD refinements and first-principle calculations

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    Wang Chunhai; Guo Dongfang; Li Zhaofei; Wang Xiaoming; Lin Jianhua; Zeng Zhengzhi; Jing Xiping

    2012-08-15

    The ternary oxide phase Sr{sub 6}Y{sub 2}Al{sub 4}O{sub 15} (SYA) was synthesized and the crystal structure was determined by using the X-ray powder diffraction data. Structure of the phase can be considered as an oxygen-deficient perovskite Sr(Y{sub 1/3}Al{sub 2/3})O{sub 2.5} and has a monoclinic C2 (S.G. No. 5) unit cell with the unit cell parameters: a=17.597(1) A, b=5.7408(1) A, c=7.6860(1) A, {beta}=90.7659(3) Degree-Sign , V{sub cell}=776.37(1) A{sup 3}, Z=2. By bond parameter analysis and first-principle calculations, we confirmed the reasonability of our crystal structure model. According to the calculated band structure, SYA has an indirect band gap {approx}4.3 eV and a direct band gap {approx}4.4 eV, which is wide to be transparent to UV and visible lights. We also synthesized other rare-earth isomorphs Sr{sub 6}Ln{sub 2}Al{sub 4}O{sub 15} (Ln=Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) and obtained their cell parameters. - Graphical abstract: Sr{sub 6}Y{sub 2}Al{sub 4}O{sub 15} has a monoclinic unit cell with space group C2 (5) with unit cell parameters: a=17.597(1) A, b=5.7408(1) A, c=7.6860(1) A, {beta}=90.7659(3) Degree-Sign . Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sr{sub 6}Y{sub 2}Al{sub 4}O{sub 15} (SYA) has an oxygen-deficient perovskite structure Sr(Y{sub 1/3}Al{sub 2/3})O{sub 2.5}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SYA shows C2 symmetry: a=17.597(1) A, b=5.7408(1) A, c=7.6860(1) A, {beta}=90.7659(3) Degree-Sign . Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SYA has an indirect band gap {approx}4.3 eV and a direct band gap {approx}4.4 eV.

  15. Formation, structure and magnetism of the metastable defect fluorite phases AVO{sub 3.5+x} (A=In, Sc)

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    Shafi, Shahid P.; Lundgren, Rylan J.; Cranswick, Lachlan M.D.; Bieringer, Mario

    2007-12-15

    We report the preparation and stability of ScVO{sub 3.5+x} and the novel phase InVO{sub 3.5+x}. AVO{sub 3.5+x} (A=Sc, In) defect fluorite structures are formed as metastable intermediates during the topotactic oxidation of AVO{sub 3} bixbyites. The oxidation pathway has been studied in detail by means of thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis and in-situ powder X-ray diffraction. The oxidation of the bixbyite phase follows a topotactic pathway at temperatures between 300 and 400 deg. C in air/carbon dioxide. The range of accessible oxygen stoichiometries for the AVO{sub 3.5+x} structures following this pathway are 0.00{<=}x{<=}0.22. Rietveld refinements against powder X-ray and neutron data revealed that InVO{sub 3.54} and ScVO{sub 3.70} crystallize in the defect fluorite structure in space group Fm-3 m (227) with a=4.9863(5) and 4.9697(3)A, respectively with A{sup 3+}/V{sup 4+} disorder on the (4a) cation site. Powder neutron diffraction experiments indicate clustering of oxide defects in all samples. Bulk magnetic measurements showed the presence of V{sup 4+} and the absence of magnetic ordering at low temperatures. Powder neutron diffraction experiments confirmed the absence of a long range ordered magnetic ground state. - Graphical abstract: Topotactic oxidation of AVO{sub 3} bixbyite to AVO{sub 3.5} defect fluorite structure followed by in-situ powder X-ray diffraction. The upper structural diagram shows a six coordinated (A/V)-O{sub 6} fragment in bixbyite, the lower structure illustrates the same seven-fold coordinated (A/V)-O{sub 7} cubic environment in the defect fluorite structure.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  17. Structural, energetic and thermodynamic analyses of Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}{center_dot}2NH{sub 3} from first principles calculations

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    Yuan Pengfei; Wang Fei; Sun Qiang; Jia Yu; Guo Zhengxiao

    2012-01-15

    Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}{center_dot}2NH{sub 3} is a relatively new compound with potential application in hydrogen storage. Here the fundamental properties of the compound, such as electronic structure, energetic and thermodynamic properties, were comprehensively studied using first-principles calculations. Results from electronic density of states (DOS) and electron localization function (ELF) indicate the covalent bond nature of the N-H bond and the B-H bond. Charge density analyses show weak ionic interactions between the Ca atom and the NH{sub 3} complexes or the (BH{sub 4}){sup -} complexes. The calculated vibration frequencies of B-H and N-H are in good agreement with other theoretical and experimental results. Furthermore, we calculated the reaction enthalpy and reaction Gibbs free energy at a range of temperature 0-700 K. Our results are in good agreement with experimental results in literature. Possible reaction mechanism of the decomposition reaction is proposed. - Graphical Abstract: The crystal structure of this compound and the calculated decomposition reaction free energy for two different reactions: Reac(2):Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} Dot-Operator 2NH{sub 3} Long-Rightwards-Arrow {sup 162 Degree-Sign C}Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} Dot-Operator NH{sub 3}+NH{sub 3} Long-Rightwards-Arrow {sup 230 Degree-Sign C}Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}+2NH{sub 3} Reac(3):Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} Dot-Operator 2NH{sub 3} Long-Rightwards-Arrow {sup 190 Degree-Sign C}1/4Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}+1/4Ca{sub 3}(BN{sub 2}){sub 2}+BN+6H{sub 2}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystal structure of this compound was studied in detail. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electronic properties were calculated for the first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phonon density of states and reaction free energy at different temperatures were first calculated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Possible decomposition mechanism was presented.

  18. First principles determination of dislocation properties.

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    Hamilton, John C.

    2003-12-01

    This report details the work accomplished on first principles determination of dislocation properties. It contains an introduction and three chapters detailing three major accomplishments. First, we have used first principle calculations to determine the shear strength of an aluminum twin boundary. We find it to be remarkably small ({approx}17 mJ/m{sup 2}). This unexpected result is explained and will likely pertain for many other grain boundaries. Second, we have proven that the conventional explanation for finite grain boundary facets is wrong for a particular aluminum grain boundary. Instead of finite facets being stabilized by grain boundary stress, we find them to originate from kinetic effects. Finally we report on a new application of the Frenkel-Kontorova model to understand reconstructions of (100) type surfaces. In addition to the commonly accepted formation of rectangular dislocation arrays, we find numerous other possible solutions to the model including hexagonal reconstructions and a clock-rotated structure.

  19. First-principles transversal DNA conductance deconstructed.

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    Zhang, X-G; Krstić, Predrag S; Zikić, Radomir; Wells, Jack C; Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel

    2006-07-01

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

  20. First-principles transversal DNA conductance deconstructed

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

    2006-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-21

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

  2. Structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of R{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} (R=K, Rb, Cs): A first-principle calculation

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    Li, Jia; Zhang, Shengli; Huang, Shiping; Wang, Peng; Tian, Huiping

    2013-02-15

    R{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} (R=K, Rb, Cs) series have been investigated with respect to the crystal structure, electronic and thermodynamic properties using first-principle methods based on density functional theory with generalized gradient approximation. The optimized structures and atomic coordinates are in good agreement with the experimental data. The strong covalent interactions are obtained between Zn and H atoms in the 18-electron [ZnH{sub 4}]{sup 2-} complex, while an ionic interaction is found between [ZnH{sub 4}]{sup 2-} and R atom. The formation enthalpies show that the formations of R{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} hydrides are all exothermic at 298 K. The vibration free energies of R{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} show that the thermodynamic stabilities of R{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} hydrides decrease with the increasing diameter of R atom. Two possible decomposition reactions of R{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} series have been suggested in our work. One (reaction one) is that R{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} hydrides decomposes to elements directly, and the other (reaction two) is that R{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} hydrides decomposes to RH hydride. The results show that the first decomposition reaction is more favorable one. The spontaneous decomposition reaction of K{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} hydrides occur upon 465 K via reaction one, and 564 K via reaction two, respectively. - Graphical abstract: Total charge density of K{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electronic and thermodynamic properties of R{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} (R=K, Rb, Cs) were calculated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The formations of R{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} hydrides are all exothermic at 298 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The thermodynamic stabilities decrease with the increasing diameter of R atom. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two possible decomposition pathways of R{sub 3}ZnH{sub 5} were investigated.

  3. Noncontact atomic force microscopy imaging of atomic structure and cation defects of the polar MgAl2O4 (100) surface: Experiments and first-principles simulations

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    Rasmussen, Morten K.; Foster, Adam S.; Canova, Filippo F.; Hinnemann, Berit; Helveg, Stig; Meinander, Kristoffer; Besenbacher, Flemming; Lauritsen, Jeppe V.

    2011-12-01

    Atom-resolved noncontact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) was recently used to reveal that the insulating spinel MgAl2O4(100) surface, when prepared under vacuum conditions, adopts a structurally well-defined Al and O-rich structure (Al4-O4-Al4 termination) consisting of alternating Al and double-O rows, which are, however, interrupted by defects identified as interchanged Mg in the surface layers (so-called antisite defects). From an interplay of futher NC-AFM experiments and first-principles NC-AFM image simulations, we present here a detailed analysis of the NC-AFM contrast on the MgAl2O4(100) surface. Experiments show that the contrast on MgAl2O4(100) in atom-resolved NC-AFM is dominated by two distinctly different types of contrast modes, reflecting two oppositely charged tip-apex terminations. In this paper, we analyze the contrast associated with these imaging modes and show that a positively charged tip-apex (presumably Mg2+) interacts most strongly with the oxygen atoms, thus imaging the oxygen lattice, whereas a negatively charged tip-apex (O2-) will reveal the cation sublattice on MgAl2O4. The analysis of force-vs-distance calculations for the two tips shows that this qualitative picture, developed in our previous study, holds for all realistic tip-surface imaging parameters, but the detailed resolution on the O double rows and Al rows changes as a function of tip-surface distance, which is also observed experimentally. We also provide an analysis of the tip dependency and tip-surface distance dependency for the NC-AFM contrast associated with single Al vacancies and Mg-Al antisite defects on the MgAl2O4(100) surface and show that it is possible on the basis of NC-AFM image simulations to discriminate between the Al3+ and Mg2+ species in antisite defects and hypothetical Al vacancies.

  4. First-principles study of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of double perovskite Sr2FeReO6 containing various imperfections

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    Yan, Zhang; Li, Duan; Vincent, Ji; Ke-Wei, Xu

    2016-05-01

    The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of double perovskite Sr2FeReO6 containing eight different imperfections of FeRe or ReFe antisites, Fe1-Re1 or Fe1-Re4 interchanges, VFe, VRe, VO or VSr vacancies have been studied by using the first-principles projector augmented wave (PAW) within generalized gradient approximation as well as taking into account the on-site Coulomb repulsive interaction (GGA+U). No obvious structural changes are observed for the imperfect Sr2FeReO6 containing FeRe or ReFe antisites, Fe1-Re1 or Fe1-Re4 interchanges, or VSr vacancy defects. However, the six (eight) nearest oxygen neighbors of the vacancy move away from (close to) VFe or VRe (VO) vacancies. The half-metallic (HM) character is maintained for the imperfect Sr2FeReO6 containing FeRe or ReFe antisites, Fe1-Re4 interchange, VFe, VO or VSr vacancies, while it vanishes when the Fe1-Re1 interchange or VRe vacancy is presented. So the Fe1-Re1 interchange and the VRe vacancy defects should be avoided to preserve the HM character of Sr2FeReO6 and thus usage in spintronic devices. In the FeRe or ReFe antisites, Fe1-Re1 or Fe1-Re4 interchanges cases, the spin moments of the Fe (Re) cations situated on Re (Fe) antisites are in an antiferromagnetic coupling with those of the Fe (Re) cations on the regular sites. In the VFe, VRe, VO, or VSr vacancies cases, a ferromagnetic coupling is obtained within each cation sublattice, while the two cation sublattices are coupled antiferromagnetically. The total magnetic moments μ tot (μ B/f.u.) of the imperfect Sr2FeReO6 containing eight different defects decrease in the sequence of VSr vacancy (3.50), VRe vacancy (3.43), FeRe antisite (2.74), VO vacancy (2.64), VFe vacancy (2.51), ReFe antisite (2.29), Fe1-Re4 interchange (1.96), Fe1-Re1 interchange (1.87), and the mechanisms of the saturation magnetization reduction have been analyzed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51501017).

  5. Decreasing the singlet-triplet gap for thermally activated delayed fluorescence molecules by structural modification on the donor fragment: First-principles study

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    Fan, Jian-zhong; Lin, Li-li; Wang, Chuan-kui

    2016-05-01

    The small energy gap between singlet excitons (S) and triplet excitons (T) of organic molecules is a dominant condition for high efficient thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF). In this study, influence of modification in donor groups of a series of molecules on their geometries, S-T energy gaps, and photophysical properties, is investigated based on first-principles calculations. Investigation shows that, as the electron donating ability is increased, both S-T energy gap and overlap between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) are decreased. This work provides strategy for designing high efficient and multi-color TADF devices.

  6. First-principle and experiment investigation of MoS2@SnO2 nano-heterogeneous structures with enhanced humidity sensing performance

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    Lei, Xiang; Yu, Ke; Li, Honglin; Tang, Zheng; Guo, Bangjun; Li, Jinzhu; Fu, Hao; Zhang, Qingfeng; Zhu, Ziqiang

    2016-04-01

    In this work, we report the First-principle investigation and synthesis of MoS2@SnO2 heterostructure as high-performance humidity sensor by a two-step hydrothermal method. The first-principles calculations were performed to explain water molecule adsorption mechanism by applying density of state model to simulate the interaction between water molecule and sensing base material. The higher specific surface and the lower adsorption energy theoretically predicted the improvement on humidity sensing performance, which was confirmed by experiments testing. The MoS2@SnO2 heterostructure exhibited promoted humidity sensing characteristics on response time of 53 s and recovery time of 21 s, while switching the humidity between 11% relative humidity (RH) and 95% RH. The corresponding humidity sensing mechanisms of MoS2@SnO2 were elaborately interpreted. This work could bring forward a new design method on practical humidity sensing devices with an excellent stability and fast response by using MoS2@SnO2 heterostructure.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Structural determination of fluorite-type oxygen excess uranium oxides using EXAFS spectroscopy

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    Jones, D.J.; Roziere, J.; Allen, G.C.; Tempest, P.A.

    1986-06-01

    Extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy has been carried out at 77 K at the uranium L/sub III/ edge for UO/sub 2/, ..beta..-U/sub 3/O/sub 7/, and U/sub 4/O/sub 9/ with the aim of determining the structure of these highly defective (oxygen excess) uranium oxide phases, which are of industrial importance. Use has been made of a difference Fourier technique for U/sub 3/O/sub 7/, in which the EXAFS of a perfect lattice model is subtracted. U--O bond lengths calculated from the remaining EXAFS signal, assumed to result only from interstitial oxygens, have been used to determine the atomic coordinates of these interstitials. The analysis of EXAFS data in terms of coordination number has allowed an insight into the defect aggregate arrangement of oxygens in U/sub 3/O/sub 7/ and U/sub 4/O/sub 9/. Furthermore, EXAFS data indicate that the uranium sublattice is perturbed by the incorporation of additional oxygen atoms.

  10. Water orientation and hydrogen-bond structure at the fluorite/water interface.

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    Khatib, Rémi; Backus, Ellen H G; Bonn, Mischa; Perez-Haro, María-José; Gaigeot, Marie-Pierre; Sulpizi, Marialore

    2016-01-01

    Water in contact with mineral interfaces is important for a variety of different processes. Here, we present a combined theoretical/experimental study which provides a quantitative, molecular-level understanding of the ubiquitous and important CaF2/water interface. Our results show that, at low pH, the surface is positively charged, causing a substantial degree of water ordering. The surface charge originates primarily from the dissolution of fluoride ions, rather than from adsorption of protons to the surface. At high pH we observe the presence of Ca-OH species pointing into the water. These OH groups interact remarkably weakly with the surrounding water, and are responsible for the "free OH" signature in the VSFG spectrum, which can be explained from local electronic structure effects. The quantification of the surface termination, near-surface ion distribution and water arrangement is enabled by a combination of advanced phase-resolved Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation spectra of CaF2/water interfaces and state-of-the-art ab initio molecular dynamics simulations which include electronic structure effects. PMID:27068326

  11. Water orientation and hydrogen-bond structure at the fluorite/water interface

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    Khatib, Rémi; Backus, Ellen H. G.; Bonn, Mischa; Perez-Haro, María-José; Gaigeot, Marie-Pierre; Sulpizi, Marialore

    2016-01-01

    Water in contact with mineral interfaces is important for a variety of different processes. Here, we present a combined theoretical/experimental study which provides a quantitative, molecular-level understanding of the ubiquitous and important CaF2/water interface. Our results show that, at low pH, the surface is positively charged, causing a substantial degree of water ordering. The surface charge originates primarily from the dissolution of fluoride ions, rather than from adsorption of protons to the surface. At high pH we observe the presence of Ca-OH species pointing into the water. These OH groups interact remarkably weakly with the surrounding water, and are responsible for the “free OH” signature in the VSFG spectrum, which can be explained from local electronic structure effects. The quantification of the surface termination, near-surface ion distribution and water arrangement is enabled by a combination of advanced phase-resolved Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation spectra of CaF2/water interfaces and state-of-the-art ab initio molecular dynamics simulations which include electronic structure effects. PMID:27068326

  12. Water orientation and hydrogen-bond structure at the fluorite/water interface

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    Khatib, Rémi; Backus, Ellen H. G.; Bonn, Mischa; Perez-Haro, María-José; Gaigeot, Marie-Pierre; Sulpizi, Marialore

    2016-04-01

    Water in contact with mineral interfaces is important for a variety of different processes. Here, we present a combined theoretical/experimental study which provides a quantitative, molecular-level understanding of the ubiquitous and important CaF2/water interface. Our results show that, at low pH, the surface is positively charged, causing a substantial degree of water ordering. The surface charge originates primarily from the dissolution of fluoride ions, rather than from adsorption of protons to the surface. At high pH we observe the presence of Ca-OH species pointing into the water. These OH groups interact remarkably weakly with the surrounding water, and are responsible for the “free OH” signature in the VSFG spectrum, which can be explained from local electronic structure effects. The quantification of the surface termination, near-surface ion distribution and water arrangement is enabled by a combination of advanced phase-resolved Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation spectra of CaF2/water interfaces and state-of-the-art ab initio molecular dynamics simulations which include electronic structure effects.

  13. First-principles study of locally disordered structures of Mn-induced GaAs(001)-(2 × 2) surface

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    Akaishi, Akira; Funatsuki, Kenta; Ohtake, Akihiro; Nakamura, Jun

    2016-08-01

    Various atomic arrangements of the Mn-induced GaAs(001) surface, consisting of one Ga-As dimer and one Mn atom in the (2 × 2) unit, have been investigated by first-principles calculations. The most stable arrangement is reasonable in view of the classical electrostatic theory. It has been revealed that the topmost Ga-As dimers tend to be aligned along the [1\\bar{1}0] direction, while they are less ordered along the [110] direction. These anisotropic orderings, that is, anisotropic interactions, imply that the Mn atom, which is located between the Ga-As dimers, enhances the local electrostatic interaction between the dimers along the [1\\bar{1}0] direction, as a result of the dielectric anisotropy at the surface.

  14. Structural and magnetic properties of NiCx and NiNx (x=0 to (1)/(3)) solid solutions from first-principles calculations

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    Fang, C. M.; Sluiter, M. H. F.; van Huis, M. A.; Zandbergen, H. W.

    2012-10-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed for a variety of Ni3X (X = C, N) phases, as well as for NiXy (y = 0 to (1)/(3)) solid solutions to clarify the persistent controversy regarding its magnetic state. The calculations show that the solid solution phases based on hexagonal-close-packed (hcp or ɛ-) Ni have relatively high stability for X concentrations greater than about 0.1 whereas the face-centered-cubic (fcc or γ-) Ni phases are favored for smaller X concentration. Hence, during carburization or nitridization of Ni, a phase transformation is to be expected. In spite of the close-packed nature of both hcp- and fcc-based solid solutions, X quenches the magnetization more effectively in fcc than in hcp-based solid solutions. These findings resolve many apparently contradictory experimental observations concerning C- and N-containing Ni alloys in the literature.

  15. Rationalization of the Hubbard U parameter in CeO{sub x} from first principles: Unveiling the role of local structure in screening

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    Lu, Deyu E-mail: pingliu3@bnl.gov; Liu, Ping E-mail: pingliu3@bnl.gov

    2014-02-28

    The density functional theory (DFT)+U method has been widely employed in theoretical studies on various ceria systems to correct the delocalization bias in local and semi-local DFT functionals with moderate computational cost. We present a systematic and quantitative study, aiming to gain better understanding of the dependence of Hubbard U on the local atomic arrangement. To rationalize the Hubbard U of Ce 4f, we employed the first principles linear response method to compute Hubbard U for Ce in ceria clusters, bulks, and surfaces. We found that the Hubbard U varies in a wide range from 4.3 eV to 6.7 eV, and exhibits a strong correlation with the Ce coordination number and Ce–O bond lengths, rather than the Ce 4f valence state. The variation of the Hubbard U can be explained by the changes in the strength of local screening due to O → Ce intersite transitions.

  16. Rationalization of the Hubbard U parameter in CeOx from first principles: Unveiling the role of local structure in screening

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    Lu, Deyu; Liu, Ping

    2014-02-01

    The density functional theory (DFT)+U method has been widely employed in theoretical studies on various ceria systems to correct the delocalization bias in local and semi-local DFT functionals with moderate computational cost. We present a systematic and quantitative study, aiming to gain better understanding of the dependence of Hubbard U on the local atomic arrangement. To rationalize the Hubbard U of Ce 4f, we employed the first principles linear response method to compute Hubbard U for Ce in ceria clusters, bulks, and surfaces. We found that the Hubbard U varies in a wide range from 4.3 eV to 6.7 eV, and exhibits a strong correlation with the Ce coordination number and Ce-O bond lengths, rather than the Ce 4f valence state. The variation of the Hubbard U can be explained by the changes in the strength of local screening due to O → Ce intersite transitions.

  17. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, THERMAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES: First-principles calculations on the electronic and vibrational properties of β-V2O5

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    Zhou, Bo; Su, Qing; He, De-Yan

    2009-11-01

    Using a first-principles approach based on density functional theory, this paper studies the electronic and dynamical properties of β-V2O5. A smaller band gap and much wider split-off bands have been observed in comparison with α-V2O5. The Raman- and infrared-active modes at the Γ point of the Brillouin zone are evaluated with LO/TO splitting, where the symbol denotes the longitudinal and transverse optical model. The nonresonant Raman spectrum of a β-V2O5 powder sample is also computed, providing benchmark theoretical results for the assignment of the experimental spectrum. The computed spectrum agrees with the available experimental data very well. This calculation helps to gain a better understanding of the transition from α- to β-V2O5.

  18. The Effect of Ce-N Codoping on the Electronic Structure and Optical Property of Anatase TiO2: a First-Principles Study

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    Mao, Fei; Hou, Qingyu; Zhao, Chunwang; Guo, Shaoqiang; Zhang, Yue

    2014-01-01

    Based on the first-principles plane wave ultra-soft pseudo potential (USP) method of density function theory pure N and Ce doped and Ce-N codoping anatase TiO2 supercell models were established, respectively, and calculated their energy in this paper. The calculated results show that the three doping systems compared to the pure anatase TiO2 band gap narrowed which results in red-shift of the optical absorption edges and Ce-N codoped anatase TiO2 have the most obvious visible effect. Meanwhile, synergy is very effective for the separation of electron-hole pairs and the electrons have a better lifespan. Research found that the trend of the donor's movements at the shallow level of Ce-N codoped anatase TiO2 is not obvious. This is due to its very thick shell, resulting in shielding effect of the outer layer of the Ce-4f.

  19. First-principles theory of field-effect doping in transition-metal dichalcogenides: Structural properties, electronic structure, Hall coefficient, and electrical conductivity

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    Brumme, Thomas; Calandra, Matteo; Mauri, Francesco

    2015-04-01

    We investigate how field-effect doping affects the structural properties, the electronic structure, and the Hall coefficient of few-layers transition-metal dichalcogenides by using density-functional theory. We consider monolayers, bilayers, and trilayers of the H polytype of MoS2, MoSe2, MoTe2, WS2, and WSe2 and provide a full database of electronic structures and Hall coefficients for hole and electron doping. We find that, for both electron and hole doping, the electronic structure depends on the number of layers and cannot be described by a rigid band shift. Furthermore, it is important to relax the structure under the asymmetric electric field. Interestingly, while the width of the conducting channel depends on the doping, the number of occupied bands at each given k point is almost uncorrelated with the thickness of the doping-charge distribution. Finally, we calculate within the constant-relaxation-time approximation the electrical conductivity and the inverse Hall coefficient. We demonstrate that in some cases the charge determined by Hall-effect measurements can deviate from the real charge by up to 50%. For hole-doped MoTe2 the Hall charge has even the wrong polarity at low temperature. We provide the mapping between the doping charge and the Hall coefficient. We present more than 250 band structures for all doping levels of the transition-metal dichalcogenides considered within this work.

  20. Chamber Clearing First Principles Modeling

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    Loosmore, G

    2009-06-09

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

  1. First-Principles Study of Structural, Optical, and Thermodynamic Properties of ZnIn2X4 (X = Se, Te) Compounds with DC or DF Structure

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    Reguieg, S.; Baghdad, R.; Abdiche, A.; Bezzerrouk, M. A.; Benyoucef, B.; Khenata, R.; Bin-Omran, S.

    2016-08-01

    Structural and optoelectronic properties of ZnIn2Se4 and ZnIn2Te4 compounds in defect chalcopyrite (DC) and defect famatinite (DF) structures have been calculated by the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FP-LAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT) as implemented in the WIEN2K package. For the exchange correlation effects, we adopted the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for structural calculations and the Tran-Blaha-modified Becke-Johnson (TB-mBJ) functional for electronic properties. The lattice parameters (a, c) and internal parameters (x, y, z) are in good agreement with available results. The band structures prove that these kinds of material have a direct bandgap (Γ-Γ) in both structures. Optical properties such as the dielectric function ɛ(ω) and refractive index n(ω) were calculated in the energy range from 0 eV to 14 eV. Thermodynamic properties were also analyzed using the quasiharmonic Debye model.

  2. First-Principle Calculations of Large Fullerenes.

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    Calaminici, Patrizia; Geudtner, Gerald; Köster, Andreas M

    2009-01-13

    State of-the-art density functional theory calculations have been performed for the large fullerenes C180, C240, C320, and C540 using the linear combination of Gaussian-type orbitals density functional theory (LCGTO-DFT) approach. For the calculations all-electron basis sets were employed. All fullerene structures were fully optimized without symmetry constrains. The analysis of the obtained structures as well as a study on the evolution of the bond lengths and calculated binding energies are presented. The fullerene results are compared to diamond and graphene which were calculated at the same level of theory. This represents the first systematic study on these large fullerenes based on nonsymmetry adapted first-principle calculations, and it demonstrates the capability of DFT calculations for energy and structure computations of large scale structures without any symmetry constraint.

  3. First-principles DFT+DMFT calculations of structural properties of actinides: Role of Hund's exchange, spin-orbit coupling, and crystal structure

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    Amadon, Bernard

    2016-09-01

    We utilize a combination of an ab initio calculation of effective Coulomb interactions and a DFT+DMFT calculation of total energy to study the structural properties of pure actinides. We first show that the effective direct Coulomb interactions in plutonium and americium are much smaller than usually expected. Secondly, we emphasize the key role of Hund's exchange in combination with the spin-orbit coupling in determining the structural parameters of δ -plutonium and americium. Thirdly, using this ab initio description, we reproduce the experimental transition from low volume early actinides (uranium, neptunium, α -plutonium) to high-volume late actinides (δ -plutonium, americium, and curium) without the need of an artificial magnetism. Finally, we compare the energies and structural properties of α , γ , ɛ , and δ phases of plutonium to experimental data.

  4. Magnetic properties and structural transitions of fluorite-related rare earth osmates Ln{sub 3}OsO{sub 7} (Ln=Pr, Tb)

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    Hinatsu, Yukio; Doi, Yoshihiro

    2013-02-15

    Ternary rare-earth osmates Ln{sub 3}OsO{sub 7} (Ln=Pr, Tb) have been prepared. They crystallize in an ortho-rhombic superstructure of cubic fluorite with space group Cmcm. Both of these compounds undergo a structural phase transition at 130 K (Ln=Pr) and 580 K (Ln=Tb). These compounds show complex magnetic behavior at low temperatures. Pr{sub 3}OsO{sub 7} exhibits magnetic transitions at 8 and 73 K, and Tb{sub 3}OsO{sub 7} magnetically orders at 8 and 60 K. The Os moments become one-dimensionally ordered, and when the temperature is furthermore decreased, it provokes the ordering in the Ln{sup 3+} sublattice that simultaneously becomes three-dimensionally ordered with the Os sublattice. - Graphical abstract: Ternary rare-earth osmates Ln{sub 3}OsO{sub 7} (Ln=Pr, Tb) have been prepared. They crystallize in an orthorhombic superstructure of cubic fluorite with space group Cmcm. Both of these compounds undergo a structural phase transition at 130 K (Ln=Pr) and 580 K (Ln=Tb). These compounds show complex magnetic behavior at low temperatures. Pr{sub 3}OsO{sub 7} exhibits magnetic transitions at 8 and 73 K, and Tb{sub 3}OsO{sub 7} magnetically orders at 8 and 60 K. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ternary rare-earth osmates Ln{sub 3}OsO{sub 7} (Ln=Pr, Tb) with an ordered defect-fluorite structure have been prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both of these compounds undergo a structural phase transition at 130 K (Ln=Pr) and 580 K (Ln=Tb). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These compounds show complex magnetic behavior at low temperatures due to magnetic ordering of Ln and Os.

  5. Fast ion conductivity in strained defect-fluorite structure created by ion tracks in Gd2Ti2O7

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Sachan, Ritesh; Zarkadoula, Eva; Pakarinen, Olli; Chisholm, Matthew F.; Zhang, Yanwen; Weber, William J.

    2015-11-10

    The structure and ion-conducting properties of the defect-fluorite ring structure formed around amorphous ion-tracks by swift heavy ion irradiation of Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore are investigated. High angle annular dark field imaging complemented with ion-track molecular dynamics simulations show that the atoms in the ring structure are disordered, and have relatively larger cation-cation interspacing than in the bulk pyrochlore, illustrating the presence of tensile strain in the ring region. Density functional theory calculations show that the non-equilibrium defect-fluorite structure can be stabilized by tensile strain. The pyrochlore to defect-fluorite structure transformation in the ring region is predicted to be induced by recrystallization during a melt-quench process and stabilized by tensile strain. Static pair-potential calculations show that planar tensile strain lowers oxygen vacancy migration barriers in pyrochlores, in agreement with recent studies on fluorite and perovskite materials. Lastly, in view of these results, it is suggested that strain engineering could be simultaneously used to stabilize the defect-fluorite structure and gain control over its high ion-conducting properties.

  6. Dynamic compression of water to 700 GPa: single- and double shock experiments on Sandia's Z machine, first principles simulations, and structure of water planets

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    Mattsson, Thomas R.

    2011-11-01

    Significant progress has over the last few years been made in high energy density physics (HEDP) by executing high-precision multi-Mbar experiments and performing first-principles simulations for elements ranging from carbon [1] to xenon [2]. The properties of water under HEDP conditions are of particular importance in planetary science due to the existence of ice-giants like Neptune and Uranus. Modeling the two planets, as well as water-rich exoplanets, requires knowing the equation of state (EOS), the pressure as a function of density and temperature, of water with high accuracy. Although extensive density functional theory (DFT) simulations have been performed for water under planetary conditions [3] experimental validation has been lacking. Accessing thermodynamic states along planetary isentropes in dynamic compression experiments is challenging because the principal Hugoniot follows a significantly different path in the phase diagram. In this talk, we present experimental data for dynamic compression of water up to 700 GPa, including in a regime of the phase-diagram intersected by the Neptune isentrope and water-rich models for the exoplanet GJ436b. The data was obtained on the Z-accelerator at Sandia National Laboratories by performing magnetically accelerated flyer plate impact experiments measuring both the shock and re-shock in the sample. The high accuracy makes it possible for the data to be used for detailed model validation: the results validate first principles based thermodynamics as a reliable foundation for planetary modeling and confirm the fine effect of including nuclear quantum effects on the shock pressure. Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000. [4pt] [1] M.D. Knudson, D.H. Dolan, and M.P. Desjarlais, SCIENCE

  7. Structural, mechanical and electronic properties of 3d transition metal nitrides in cubic zincblende, rocksalt and cesium chloride structures: a first-principles investigation.

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    Liu, Z T Y; Zhou, X; Khare, S V; Gall, D

    2014-01-15

    We report systematic results from ab initio calculations with density functional theory on three cubic structures, zincblende (zb), rocksalt (rs) and cesium chloride (cc), of the ten 3d transition metal nitrides. We computed lattice constants, elastic constants, their derived moduli and ratios that characterize mechanical properties. Experimental measurements exist in the literature of lattice constants for rs-ScN, rs-TiN and rs-VN and of elastic constants for rs-TiN and rs-VN, all of which are in good agreement with our computational results. Similarly, computed Vickers hardness (HV) values for rs-TiN and rs-VN are consistent with earlier experimental results. Several trends were observed in our rich data set of 30 compounds. All nitrides, except for zb-CrN, rs-MnN, rs-FeN, cc-ScN, cc-CrN, cc-NiN and cc-ZnN, were found to be mechanically stable. A clear correlation in the atomic density with the bulk modulus (B) was observed with maximum values of B around FeN, MnN and CrN. The shear modulus, Young's modulus, HV and indicators of brittleness showed similar trends and all showed maxima for cc-VN. The calculated value of HV for cc-VN was about 30 GPa, while the next highest values were for rs-ScN and rs-TiN, about 24 GPa. A relation (H(V) is proportional to θ(D)(2)) between HV and Debye temperature (θD) was investigated and verified for each structure type. A tendency for anti-correlation of the elastic constant C44, which strongly influences stability and hardness, with the number of electronic states around the Fermi energy was observed.

  8. First-principles study of crystal structure, electronic structure, and second-harmonic generation in a polar double perovskite Bi2ZnTiO6.

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    Ju, Sheng; Guo, Guang-Yu

    2008-11-21

    Within the density functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation, we present a systematic ab initio investigation of crystal structure, electronic structure, and linear and nonlinear optical responses in a polar double perovskite Bi(2)ZnTiO(6). The effect of B-site ordering is explored by comparing three possible configurations: A-type with alternative Zn and Ti layers stacking along the c axis; C-type with Zn and Ti c axis chains; and G-type with every Zn(Ti) atoms is surrounded by its nearby six Ti(Zn) atoms. It is found that the system with G-type B-site ordering is energetically favorable, which is lower in the total energies of 0.055 and 0.133 eV/formula unit than C-type and A-type, respectively. Optical calculations indicate that all the three configurations show large second-harmonic generation (SHG) coefficients, and the largest static SHG observed in the C-type system reaches 123 (10(-9) esu), the value of which is much larger than ever known polar oxides, e.g., 72 (10(-9) esu) in LiNbO(3). The predicted significant nonlinear optical properties are consistent with the calculated high tetragonality as well as the large off-center displacement of Zn, Ti, and Bi atoms. In particular, a large off-center displacement greater than 0.5 A in Zn atoms is revealed for the first time. A further microscopic picture is presented via the successful connection of the prominent feature of SHG in Bi(2)ZnTiO(6) with that of the linear optical dielectric function in terms of single-photon and double-photon resonances. Our calculations demonstrate the promising application of Bi(2)ZnTiO(6) in optoelectronics.

  9. Magnetism driven by non-metal interstitials from first-principles prediction: The case of hydrogen- and fluorine-doped calcium monoxide with rock-salt structure

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    Dong, Shengjie; Zhao, Hui

    2014-12-01

    Our first-principles calculations based on density functional theory confirmed the formation of sp-ferromagnetic states of calcium monoxide with interstitial nonmagnetic F or H atoms. The hydrogen and fluorine interstitials in the oxides were found to be spin polarized and are more stable in the antiferromagnetic state and the ferromagnetic state, respectively. For H-doped CaO, no considerable charge transfer takes place and the spin remains localized on the impurity. For F-doped oxide, the observation may be attributed to the p-p interaction and the charge transfer between the interstitial atom and the neighboring O atoms. We demonstrate that H-doped compound is a potential n-type antiferromagnet, while F-doped material is a potential p-type ferromagnet. The different dopants would induce different magnetic couplings, thus show different ground-state magnetic configurations. The mechanism for the magnetism should be useful for understanding d0 magnetic semiconductors or insulators. The present potential d0 diluted magnetic materials, at least some of them, may be useful in spintronics.

  10. Electronic structures and formation energies of pentavalent-ion-doped SnO{sub 2}: First-principles hybrid functional calculations

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    Behtash, Maziar; Joo, Paul H.; Nazir, Safdar; Yang, Kesong

    2015-05-07

    We studied the electronic properties and relative thermodynamic stability of several pentavalent-ion (Ta, Nb, P, Sb, and I) doped SnO{sub 2} systems using first-principles hybrid density functional theory calculations, in order to evaluate their potential as transparent conducting oxides (TCOs). I-doped SnO{sub 2}, though conductive, shows a narrowed optical band gap with respect to the undoped system due to the formation of gap states above the valence band. Nb-doped SnO{sub 2} forms localized impurity states below the conduction band bottom, suggesting that the Nb dopant exists as an Nb{sup 4+}-like cation, which is consistent with the recent experimental finding of the formation of the impurity level below the conduction band bottom [Appl. Phys. Express 5, 061201 (2012)]. Ta- and Sb-doped SnO{sub 2} display n-type conductivity, high charge carrier density, and widened optical band gap. P-doped SnO{sub 2} shows similar n-type electronic properties with that of Sb- and Ta-doped systems, and thus P-doped SnO{sub 2} is proposed as a promising candidate TCO for further experimental validation.

  11. Electronic structure and thermoelectric performance of Zintl compound Sr{sub 3}GaSb{sub 3}: A first-principles study

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    Feng Shi, Qing; Li Yan, Yu; Xu Wang, Yuan

    2014-01-06

    By using first-principles method and Boltzmann theory, we simulated the thermoelectric transport properties of p-type and n-type Sr{sub 3}GaSb{sub 3}. It is found that the thermoelectric figure-of merit (ZT) of n-type Sr{sub 3}GaSb{sub 3} is probably better than that of p-type, mainly due to its large band degeneracy. Moreover, a high ZT value of 1.74 at 850 K can be achieved for n-type Sr{sub 3}GaSb{sub 3} along the yy direction, corresponding to the carrier concentration 3.5 × 10{sup 20} e cm{sup −3}. We propose that the high ZT value of experimentally synthesized p-type Sr{sub 3}GaSb{sub 3} is originated from appearing of the larger number of band valley on the top of valence bands.

  12. First principles studies on anatase surfaces

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    Selcuk, Sencer

    TiO2 is one of the most widely studied metal oxides from both the fundamental and the technological points of view. A variety of applications have already been developed in the fields of energy production, environmental remediation, and electronics. Still, it is considered to have a high potential for further improvement and continues to be of great interest. This thesis describes our theoretical studies on the structural and electronic properties of anatase surfaces, and their (photo)chemical behavior. Recently much attention has been focused on anatase crystals synthesized by hydrofluoric acid assisted methods. These crystals exhibit a high percentage of {001} facets, generally considered to be highly reactive. We used first principles methods to investigate the structure of these facets, which is not yet well understood. Our results suggest that (001) surfaces exhibit the bulk-terminated structure when in contact with concentrated HF solutions. However, 1x4-reconstructed surfaces, as observed in UHV, become always more stable at the typical temperatures used to clean the as-prepared crystals in experiments. Since the reconstructed surfaces are only weakly reactive, we predict that synthetic anatase crystals with dominant {001} facets should not exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity. Understanding how defects in solids interact with external electric fields is important for technological applications such as memristor devices. We studied the influence of an external electric field on the formation energies and diffusion barriers of the surface and the subsurface oxygen vacancies at the anatase (101) surface from first principles. Our results show that the applied field can have a significant influence on the relative stabilities of these defects, whereas the effect on the subsurface-to-surface defect migration is found to be relatively minor. Charge carriers play a key role in the transport properties and the surface chemistry of TiO2. Understanding their

  13. Protein Repeats from First Principles.

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    Turjanski, Pablo; Parra, R Gonzalo; Espada, Rocío; Becher, Verónica; Ferreiro, Diego U

    2016-01-01

    Some natural proteins display recurrent structural patterns. Despite being highly similar at the tertiary structure level, repeating patterns within a single repeat protein can be extremely variable at the sequence level. We use a mathematical definition of a repetition and investigate the occurrences of these in sequences of different protein families. We found that long stretches of perfect repetitions are infrequent in individual natural proteins, even for those which are known to fold into structures of recurrent structural motifs. We found that natural repeat proteins are indeed repetitive in their families, exhibiting abundant stretches of 6 amino acids or longer that are perfect repetitions in the reference family. We provide a systematic quantification for this repetitiveness. We show that this form of repetitiveness is not exclusive of repeat proteins, but also occurs in globular domains. A by-product of this work is a fast quantification of the likelihood of a protein to belong to a family. PMID:27044676

  14. Protein Repeats from First Principles.

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    Turjanski, Pablo; Parra, R Gonzalo; Espada, Rocío; Becher, Verónica; Ferreiro, Diego U

    2016-04-05

    Some natural proteins display recurrent structural patterns. Despite being highly similar at the tertiary structure level, repeating patterns within a single repeat protein can be extremely variable at the sequence level. We use a mathematical definition of a repetition and investigate the occurrences of these in sequences of different protein families. We found that long stretches of perfect repetitions are infrequent in individual natural proteins, even for those which are known to fold into structures of recurrent structural motifs. We found that natural repeat proteins are indeed repetitive in their families, exhibiting abundant stretches of 6 amino acids or longer that are perfect repetitions in the reference family. We provide a systematic quantification for this repetitiveness. We show that this form of repetitiveness is not exclusive of repeat proteins, but also occurs in globular domains. A by-product of this work is a fast quantification of the likelihood of a protein to belong to a family.

  15. Protein Repeats from First Principles

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    Turjanski, Pablo; Parra, R. Gonzalo; Espada, Rocío; Becher, Verónica; Ferreiro, Diego U.

    2016-01-01

    Some natural proteins display recurrent structural patterns. Despite being highly similar at the tertiary structure level, repeating patterns within a single repeat protein can be extremely variable at the sequence level. We use a mathematical definition of a repetition and investigate the occurrences of these in sequences of different protein families. We found that long stretches of perfect repetitions are infrequent in individual natural proteins, even for those which are known to fold into structures of recurrent structural motifs. We found that natural repeat proteins are indeed repetitive in their families, exhibiting abundant stretches of 6 amino acids or longer that are perfect repetitions in the reference family. We provide a systematic quantification for this repetitiveness. We show that this form of repetitiveness is not exclusive of repeat proteins, but also occurs in globular domains. A by-product of this work is a fast quantification of the likelihood of a protein to belong to a family. PMID:27044676

  16. Iron diffusion from first principles calculations

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

    2013-12-01

    The cores of Earth and other terrestrial planets are made up largely of iron1 and it is therefore very important to understand iron's physical properties. Chemical diffusion is one such property and is central to many processes, such as crystal growth, and viscosity. Debate still surrounds the explanation for the seismologically observed anisotropy of the inner core2, and hypotheses include convection3, anisotropic growth4 and dendritic growth5, all of which depend on diffusion. In addition to this, the main deformation mechanism at the inner-outer core boundary is believed to be diffusion creep6. It is clear, therefore, that to gain a comprehensive understanding of the core, a thorough understanding of diffusion is necessary. The extremely high pressures and temperatures of the Earth's core make experiments at these conditions a challenge. Low-temperature and low-pressure experimental data must be extrapolated across a very wide gap to reach the relevant conditions, resulting in very poorly constrained values for diffusivity and viscosity. In addition to these dangers of extrapolation, preliminary results show that magnetisation plays a major role in the activation energies for diffusion at low pressures therefore creating a break down in homologous scaling to high pressures. First principles calculations provide a means of investigating diffusivity at core conditions, have already been shown to be in very good agreement with experiments7, and will certainly provide a better estimate for diffusivity than extrapolation. Here, we present first principles simulations of self-diffusion in solid iron for the FCC, BCC and HCP structures at core conditions in addition to low-temperature and low-pressure calculations relevant to experimental data. 1. Birch, F. Density and composition of mantle and core. Journal of Geophysical Research 69, 4377-4388 (1964). 2. Irving, J. C. E. & Deuss, A. Hemispherical structure in inner core velocity anisotropy. Journal of Geophysical

  17. First-principles simulations of thiophene oligomers

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    Scherlis, Damian; Marzari, Nicola

    2003-03-01

    Conducting polymers, extensively investigated for their use in electronic and nanotechnology applications, have recently gained prominence for their possible use as molecular actuators in mechanical and bioengineering devices. We have focused our efforts on thiophene-based compounds, a class of materials that can be designed for high stress generation and large linear displacement (actuation strain), ideally outperforming mammalian muscle. Key features for the development of these materials are the microscopic binding properties of thiophene and thiophene oligomers stacks, where applied electric fields lead to oxidation and enhanced pi-pi bonding. We have completed the structural studies of neutral and charged oligothiophene dimers, in the search for efficient dimerization mechanisms. A comparison between different density-functional and quantum-chemistry approaches is critically presented, as are solvation effects, described in this work with a combination of first-principles molecular dynamics and a QM/MM approach for the solvating medium.

  18. Stability of MnB2 with AlB2-type structure revealed by first-principles calculations and experiments

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    Gou, Huiyang; Steinle-Neumann, Gerd; Bykova, Elena; Nakajima, Yoichi; Miyajima, Nobuyoshi; Li, Yuan; Ovsyannikov, Sergey V.; Dubrovinsky, Leonid S.; Dubrovinskaia, Natalia

    2013-02-01

    MnB2 with the ReB2-type structure has been theoretically predicted to be a superhard material which could be synthesized at ambient pressure. However, this phase has not been observed experimentally to date. In the present work, we show that even applying moderate pressure does not facilitate the formation of ReB2-structured MnB2. Our high-pressure high-temperature experiments resulted in the synthesis of single crystals of MnB2 with the previously known AlB2-type structure. This is at odds with results from density functional theory-based calculations using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The discrepancy with the computational prediction was reconciled by including on-site repulsion (GGA + U), which found the anti-ferromagnetically ordered AlB2-type structure energetically favored over the ReB2-structure for MnB2.

  19. First-principles investigation of electronic, vibrational, elastic, and structural properties of ThN and UN up to 100 GPa

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    Modak, P.; Verma, Ashok K.

    2011-07-01

    We have investigated the electronic properties, phonon dispersion relations, elastic constants, structural phase transitions, and pressure-volume equations-of-state of thorium (Th) and uranium (U) mononitrides (ThN and UN) under pressure (0-100 GPa) using pseudopotential density functional theoretical methods. The generalized gradient approximation (GGA) is found to describe the ground-state and high-pressure experimental data much better than the local density approximation (LDA) for both compounds. ThN shows acoustic mode phonon softening along the Γ-X direction of the Brillouin zone in the NaCl phase under pressure, followed by a transition to a CsCl structure at 72.5 GPa. Detailed electronic structure analysis revealed an electronic topological transition under pressure that could be responsible for acoustic mode phonon softening and structural phase transition. Unlike ThN, UN shows a structural phase transition from an NaCl to R-3m structure at a much smaller pressure (18 GPa), and the calculated C44 shear elastic constant decreases with pressure and becomes negative at 15 GPa. A Peierls-like distortion, due to f states, is found responsible for elastic instability and structural phase transition. Our results are in reasonably good agreement with available experimental data. We have also tested the effect of on-site Coulomb interactions on a few ground-state properties and on the phase-transition behavior of UN.

  20. Structural, electronic, elastic and magnetic properties of RuFe{sub 3}N and OsFe{sub 3}N: A first principle study

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    Puvaneswari, S.; Priyanga, G. Sudha; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R. Santhosh, M.

    2015-06-24

    The structural, electronic, elastic and magnetic properties of the perovskite structure of RuFe{sub 3}N, and OsFe{sub 3}N have been reported using the VASP within the gradient generalized approximation. Total energy calculations are performed using both spin and non-spin polarized calculations and it is found that, at ambient pressure both RuFe{sub 3}N and OsFe{sub 3}N are stable in ferromagnetic phase. The electronic structure reveals that both RuFe{sub 3}N and OsFe{sub 3}N are metallic in nature at ambient pressure.

  1. First principles investigations of structural, elastic, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of { Ba,Sr,Pb } TiO3, { Ba,Sr,Pb } ZrO3 and { Ba,Sr,Pb } { Zr,Ti } O3 ceramics

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    Akgenc, Berna; Tasseven, Cetin; Cagin, Tahir

    2015-03-01

    We use first-principle density-functional study of structural, anisotropic mechanical, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of {Ba,Sr,Pb}TiO3, {Ba,Sr,Pb}ZrO3 and {Ba,Sr,Pb}{Zr,Ti}O3 alloys in cubic perovskite structures at zero temperature. Because there is significant interest in finding new piezoelectrics that do not contain toxic elements such as lead. In this study, we compare piezoelectric response of those alloys to synthesize outstanding piezoelectric materials. In perovskite structures, the spontaneous polarization is due to enormous values of Born effective charges computed by linear response within density functional perturbation theory, which are much larger than predicted nominal charge. We deeply investigated the effects of composition, order and site defects structure on piezoelectric constants.

  2. Structure determination and stability for Pa-Si, Np-Si and U-X-Si (X = Mo, Th, Np) phases from first-principles

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    Noordhoek, Mark J.; Andersson, David; Besmann, Theodore M.

    2016-10-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed for Pa-Si, Np-Si and uranium-based ternary silicide phases. Structure prediction calculations are used to search for competing phases in these systems. Results using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), on-site Coulomb correction (GGA + U) and van der Waals interactions are presented. All Pa-Si compounds reported here are structurally analogous to those found in other actinide silicide systems. The electronic structure of Pa3Si2 shows the f-orbital electrons are largely unoccupied, which is in contrast to calculations for Np3Si2. For the Np-Si system, predicted stable structures using GGA differ from the experimentally observed structures, which, however, are energetically preferred in results using the GGA + U method. Structure searches for U2MoSi, U2ThSi2 and UNpSi reveal dynamically stable ternary compounds. The phonon dispersion curves, elastic constants and electronic density of states for the various phases are compared to those from previous DFT calculations for U-Si phases.

  3. High Pressure Hydrogen from First Principles

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    Morales, M. A.

    2014-12-01

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

  4. First-principles studies of boron nanostructures

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    Lau, Kah Chun

    Boron is an 'electron deficient' element which has a rather fascinating chemical versatility. In the solid state, the elemental boron has neither a pure covalent nor a pure metallic character. As a result, its vast structural dimensionality and peculiar bonding features hold a unique place among other elements in the periodic table. In order to understand and properly describe these unusual bonding features, a detailed and systematic theoretical study is needed. In this work, I will show that some of the qualitative features of boron nanostructures, including clusters, sheets and nanotubes can easily be extracted from the results of first principles calculations based on density functional theory. Specifically, the size-dependent evolution of topological structures and bonding characteristics of boron clusters, Bn will be discussed. Based on the scenario observed in the boron clusters, the unique properties of boron sheets and boron nanotubes will be described. Moreover, the ballistic electron transport in single-walled boron nanotube relative to that of single-walled carbon nanotubes will be considered. It is expected that the theoretical results obtained in the present thesis will initiate further studies on boron nanostructures, which will be helpful in understanding, designing and realizing boron-based nanoscale devices.

  5. The electronic, structural and magnetic properties of La(1-1/3)Sr(1/3)MnO3 film with oxygen vacancy: a first principles investigation.

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    Li, Jia

    2016-01-01

    We have systematically investigated the influence of oxygen vacancy defects on the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of La(1-x)Sr(x)MnO3 (x = 1/3) film by means of ab initio calculations using bare GGA as well as GGA+U formalism, in the latter of which, the on-site Coulombic repulsion parameter U for Mn 3d orbital has been determined by the linear response theory. It is revealed that the introduction of the vacancy defects causes prominent structural changes including the distortion of MnO6 octahedra and local structural deformation surrounding the oxygen vacancy. The GGA+U formalism yields a significantly larger structural change than the bare GGA method, surprisingly in contrast with the general notion that the inclusion of Hubbard U parameter exerts little influence on structural properties. The distortion of MnO6 octahedra leads to a corresponding variation in the hybridization between Mn 3d and O 2p, which gets strengthened if the Mn-O distance becomes smaller and vice versa. The magnetic moments of the Mn atoms located in three typical sites of the vacancy-containing supercell are all larger than those in the pristine system. We have characterized the O-vacancy defect as a hole-type defect that forms a negative charge center, attracting electrons. PMID:26927290

  6. First-principles investigation of electronic structure, effective carrier masses, and optical properties of ferromagnetic semiconductor CdCr2S4

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    Xu-Hui, Zhu; Xiang-Rong, Chen; Bang-Gui, Liu

    2016-05-01

    The electronic structures, the effective masses, and optical properties of spinel CdCr2S4 are studied by using the full-potential linearized augmented planewave method and a modified Becke-Johnson exchange functional within the density-functional theory. Most importantly, the effects of the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) on the electronic structures and carrier effective masses are investigated. The calculated band structure shows a direct band gap. The electronic effective mass and the hole effective mass are analytically determined by reproducing the calculated band structures near the BZ center. SOC substantially changes the valence band top and the hole effective masses. In addition, we calculated the corresponding optical properties of the spinel structure CdCr2S4. These should be useful to deeply understand spinel CdCr2S4 as a ferromagnetic semiconductor for possible semiconductor spintronic applications. Project supported by the Joint Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the China Academy of Engineering Physics (Grant Nos. U1430117 and U1230201).

  7. First principles study of structural, electronic, mechanical and magnetic properties of actinide nitrides AnN (An = U, Np and Pu)

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

    2016-09-01

    The electronic, structural, mechanical and magnetic properties of Actinide nitrides AnN (An = U, Np and Pu) are investigated in three cubic phases, namely, NaCl (B1), CsCl (B2) and zinc blende (B3). At normal pressure, UN is stable in antiferromagnetic state while the other two nitrides are stable in the ferromagnetic state with NaCl (B1) structure. A pressure induced structural phase transition from B1 to B3 phase is predicted in these nitrides. The electronic structure reveals that these nitrides are metallic in nature. The magnetic phase transition from antiferromagnetic to non-magnetic state is observed in UN at a pressure of 127 GPa while ferromagnetic to non-magnetic state is observed in NpN and PuN at the pressures of 67 GPa and 102.3 GPa respectively. The computed structural parameters, bulk modulus density of states and charge density distributions are compared with experimental and other theoretical calculations.

  8. Crystal and electronic structures of pentacene thin films from grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction and first-principles calculations

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    Nabok, Dmitrii; Puschnig, Peter; Ambrosch-Draxl, Claudia; Werzer, Oliver; Resel, Roland; Smilgies, Detlef-M.

    2007-12-15

    Combined experimental and theoretical investigations on thin films of pentacene are performed in order to determine the structure of the pentacene thin film phase. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction is used for studying a pentacene thin film with a nominal thickness of 180 nm. The crystal structure is found to exhibit the lattice parameters a=0.592 nm, b=0.754 nm, c=1.563 nm, {alpha}=81.5 deg. , {beta}=87.2 deg. , and {gamma}=89.9 deg. . These crystallographic unit cell dimensions are used as the only input parameters for ab initio total-energy calculations within the framework of density functional theory revealing the molecular packing within the crystal structure. Moreover, we calculate the electronic band structure of the thin film phase and compare it to that of the bulk phase. We find the intermolecular bandwidths of the thin film phase to be significantly larger compared to the bulk structure, e.g., the valence bandwidth is twice as large. This remarkable effect is traced back to an enhanced intermolecular {pi}-{pi} overlap due to the upright standing molecules in the thin film phase.

  9. Pressure-Induced Structural Phase Transition in CeNi: X-ray and Neutron Scattering Studies and First-Principles Calculations

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    Mirmelstein, A.; Podlesnyak, Andrey A.; dos Santos, Antonio M.; Ehlers, Georg; Kerbel, O.; Matvienko, V.; Sefat, A. S.; Saporov, B.; Halder, G. J.; Tobin, J. G.

    2015-08-03

    The pressure-induced structural phase transition in the intermediate-valence compound CeNi has been investigated by x-ray and neutron powder diffraction techniques. It is shown that the structure of the pressure-induced CeNi phase (phases) can be described in terms of the Pnma space group. Equations of state for CeNi on both sides of the phase transition are derived and an approximate P-T phase diagram is suggested for P<8 GPa and T<300 K. The observed Cmcm→Pnma structural transition is then analyzed using density functional theory calculations, which successfully reproduce the ground state volume, the phase transition pressure, and the volume collapse associated withmore » the phase transition.« less

  10. Pressure-Induced Structural Phase Transition in CeNi: X-ray and Neutron Scattering Studies and First-Principles Calculations

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    Mirmelstein, A.; Podlesnyak, Andrey A.; dos Santos, Antonio M.; Ehlers, Georg; Kerbel, O.; Matvienko, V.; Sefat, A. S.; Saporov, B.; Halder, G. J.; Tobin, J. G.

    2015-08-03

    The pressure-induced structural phase transition in the intermediate-valence compound CeNi has been investigated by x-ray and neutron powder diffraction techniques. It is shown that the structure of the pressure-induced CeNi phase (phases) can be described in terms of the Pnma space group. Equations of state for CeNi on both sides of the phase transition are derived and an approximate P-T phase diagram is suggested for P<8 GPa and T<300 K. The observed Cmcm→Pnma structural transition is then analyzed using density functional theory calculations, which successfully reproduce the ground state volume, the phase transition pressure, and the volume collapse associated with the phase transition.

  11. Quantitative Subsurface Atomic Structure Fingerprint for 2D Materials and Heterostructures by First-Principles-Calibrated Contact-Resonance Atomic Force Microscopy.

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    Tu, Qing; Lange, Björn; Parlak, Zehra; Lopes, Joao Marcelo J; Blum, Volker; Zauscher, Stefan

    2016-07-26

    Interfaces and subsurface layers are critical for the performance of devices made of 2D materials and heterostructures. Facile, nondestructive, and quantitative ways to characterize the structure of atomically thin, layered materials are thus essential to ensure control of the resultant properties. Here, we show that contact-resonance atomic force microscopy-which is exquisitely sensitive to stiffness changes that arise from even a single atomic layer of a van der Waals-adhered material-is a powerful experimental tool to address this challenge. A combined density functional theory and continuum modeling approach is introduced that yields sub-surface-sensitive, nanomechanical fingerprints associated with specific, well-defined structure models of individual surface domains. Where such models are known, this information can be correlated with experimentally obtained contact-resonance frequency maps to reveal the (sub)surface structure of different domains on the sample. PMID:27263541

  12. First principles calculations on electronic structure and magnetism of (CrAs)1(GaAs)x (x = 1, 3, and 5) superlattices

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    Cha, Gi-Beom; Cho, Sunglae; Hong, Soon C.

    2004-06-01

    Recently CrAs, which has a NiAs structure in nature, was grown epitaxially in a zinc-blende structure on a GaAs substrate and was proved to be a ferromagnetic half-metal with Curie temperature over 400 K. In this study, we investigated zinc-blende bulk CrAs and (CrAs)1(GaAs)x (x = 1, 3, and 5) superlattices, using the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method based on local spin density approximation. Their ferromagnetic states were found to be energetically more stable, compared to their antiferromagnetic states. The magnetism and electronic structure of CrAs in the superlattices were not modified significantly from those of the bulk zinc-blende CrAs. The calculated total magnetic moments per Cr are 3.0 B for all the systems, and As atoms are coupled antiferromagnetically to the Cr atoms.

  13. Quantitative Subsurface Atomic Structure Fingerprint for 2D Materials and Heterostructures by First-Principles-Calibrated Contact-Resonance Atomic Force Microscopy.

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    Tu, Qing; Lange, Björn; Parlak, Zehra; Lopes, Joao Marcelo J; Blum, Volker; Zauscher, Stefan

    2016-07-26

    Interfaces and subsurface layers are critical for the performance of devices made of 2D materials and heterostructures. Facile, nondestructive, and quantitative ways to characterize the structure of atomically thin, layered materials are thus essential to ensure control of the resultant properties. Here, we show that contact-resonance atomic force microscopy-which is exquisitely sensitive to stiffness changes that arise from even a single atomic layer of a van der Waals-adhered material-is a powerful experimental tool to address this challenge. A combined density functional theory and continuum modeling approach is introduced that yields sub-surface-sensitive, nanomechanical fingerprints associated with specific, well-defined structure models of individual surface domains. Where such models are known, this information can be correlated with experimentally obtained contact-resonance frequency maps to reveal the (sub)surface structure of different domains on the sample.

  14. Structural Transformation of MXene (V2C, Cr2C, and Ta2C) with O Groups during Lithiation: A First-Principles Investigation.

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    Sun, Dandan; Hu, Qianku; Chen, Jinfeng; Zhang, Xinyu; Wang, Libo; Wu, Qinghua; Zhou, Aiguo

    2016-01-13

    For high capacities and extremely fast charging rates, two-dimensional (2D) crystals exhibit a significant promising application on lithium-ion batteries. With density functional calculations, this paper systematically investigated the Li storage properties of eight 2D M2CO2 (M = V, Cr, Ta, Sc, Ti, Zr, Nb, and Hf), which are the recently synthesized transition-metal carbides (called MXenes) with O groups. According to whether the structural transformation occurs or not during the adsorption of the first Li layer, the adsorption of Li can be grouped into two types: V-type (V2CO2, Cr2CO2, and Ta2CO2) and Sc-type (Sc2CO2, Ti2CO2, Zr2CO2, Nb2CO2, and Hf2CO2). The structural transformation behaviors of V-type are reversible during lithiation/delithiation and are confirmed by ab initio molecular dynamic simulations. Except for Nb-MXene, the V-type prefers the sandwich H2H1T-M2CO2Li4 structure and the Sc-type prefers the TH1H2-M2CO2Li4 structure during the adsorption of the second Li layer. The H2H1T-M2CO2Li4 structure of O layer sandwiched by two Li layers preferred by V-type can prevent forming Li dendrite and therefore stabilize the lithiated system. The tendency of O bonding to Li rather than M in V-type is bigger than that in Sc-type, which causes that the sandwich structure of H2H1T-M2CO2Li4 is more suitable for V-type than Sc-type. PMID:26703113

  15. Composition and temperature dependent electronic structures of NiS2 -xSex alloys: First-principles dynamical mean-field theory approach

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    Moon, Chang-Youn; Kang, Hanhim; Jang, Bo Gyu; Shim, Ji Hoon

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the evolution of the electronic structure of NiS2 -xSex alloys with varying temperature and composition x by using the combined approach of density-functional theory and dynamical mean-field theory. Adopting realistic alloy structures containing S and Se dimers, we map their electronic correlation strength on the phase diagram and observe the metal-insulator transition (MIT) at the composition x =0.5 , which is consistent with the experimental measurements. The temperature dependence of the local magnetic susceptibility is found to show a typical Curie-Weiss-like behavior in the insulating phase while it shows a constant Pauli-like behavior in the metallic phase. A comparison of the electronic structures for NiS2 and NiSe2 in different lattice structures suggests that the MIT in this alloy system can be classified as of bandwidth-control type, where the change in the hybridization strength between Ni d and chalcogen p orbitals is the most important parameter.

  16. First principles treatment of structural, optical, and thermoelectric properties of Li{sub 7}MnN{sub 4} as electrode for a Li secondary battery

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    Khan, Wilayat; Reshak, A.H.

    2015-01-15

    The electronic structure, electronic charge density and linear optical properties of the metallic Li{sub 7}MnN{sub 4} compound, having cubic symmetry, are calculated using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The calculated band structure and density of states using the local density, generalized gradient and Engel–Vosko approximations, depict the metallic nature of the cubic Li{sub 7}MnN{sub 4} compound. The bands crossing the Fermi level in the calculated band structure are mainly from the Mn-d states with small support of N-p states. In addition, the Mn-d states at the Fermi level enhance the density of states, which is very useful for the electronic transport properties. The valence electronic charge density depicts strong covalent bond between Mn and two N atoms and polar covalent bond between Mn and Li atoms. The frequency dependent linear optical properties like real and imaginary part of the dielectric function, optical conductivity, reflectivity and energy loss function are calculated on the basis of the computed band structure. Both intra-band and inter-band transitions contribute to the calculated optical parameters. Using the BoltzTraP code, the thermoelectric properties like electrical and thermal conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, power coefficient and heat capacity of the Li{sub 7}MnN{sub 4} are also calculated as a function of temperature and studied.

  17. First-principles calculations on structure and properties of amorphous Li5P4O8N3 (LiPON)

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    Sicolo, Sabrina; Albe, Karsten

    2016-11-01

    The structural, electronic and ion transport properties of an amorphous member of the LiPON family with non-trivial composition and cross-linking are studied by means of electronic structure calculations within Density Functional Theory. By a combination of an evolutionary algorithm followed by simulated annealing and alternatively by a rapid quenching protocol, structural models of disordered Li5P4O8N3 are generated, which are characterized by a local demixing in Li-rich and Li-poor layers. These structures have a composition close to what is found experimentally in thin films and contain all the expected diversely coordinated atoms, namely triply- and doubly-coordinated nitrogens and bridging and non-bridging oxygens. The issue of ionic conductivity is addressed by calculating defect formation energies and migration barriers of neutral and charged point defects. Li+ interstitials are energetically much preferred over vacancies, both when the lithium reservoir is metallic lithium and LiCoO2. The competitive formation of neutral Li interstitials when LiPON is contacted with metallic Li results in the chemical reduction of LiPON and the disruption of the network, as recently observed in experiments.

  18. High Pressure Structural Phase Transition and Electronic Properties of NdX (X = P, As, Sb) Compounds : A First Principles Study

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    Kumar Singh, Sanjay; Singh, Rajeshwar; Singh, R. P.

    2015-06-01

    The structural and phase transition properties of NdX (X = P, As, Sb) under high pressure have been investigated using an ab-initiofull potential linear augmented plane wave plus local orbitals approach within the framework of density functional theory as implanted in the WIEN2k package. In this approach the generalized gradient approximation is chosen for the exchange-correlation functional energy optimization for calculating the total energy. At ambient conditions NdX stabilize in NaCl (B1 phase) structure. Under compression, it undergoes first-order structural transition from Fm-3m to P4/mmm (body centre tetragonal) phase at 30.0, 24.06 and 15.1 GPa which is found to be in good agreement with the available experimental data 30.0, 24.2 and 15.0 GPa respectively. The structural properties viz., equilibrium lattice constants, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative and volume collapse are also calculated and compared with previous calculations and available experimental data. The local spin-density approximation along with Hubbard-U corrections and spin-orbit coupling has been used for correct prediction of electronic properties.

  19. Comparative Study Between GGA and LDA Approximation Using First- Principles Calculations of Structural, Electronic, Optical and Vibrational Properties of CaTiO3 Crystal

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    Medeiros, Subenia; Araujo, Maeva

    2015-03-01

    The structural, electronic, vibrational, and optical properties of perovskite CaTiO3 in the cubic, orthorhombic, and tetragonal phase are calculated in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) with different exchange-correlation potentials by CASTEP package. The calculated band structure shows an indirect band gap of 1.88 eV at the Γ-R points in the Brillouin zone to the cubic structure, a direct band gap of 2.41 eV at the Γ- Γ points to the orthorhombic structure, and an indirect band gap of 2.31 eV at theM - Γ points to the tetragonal phase. It is still known that the CaTiO3 has a static dielectric constant that extrapolates to a value greater than 300 at zero temperature, and the dielectric response is dominated by low frequency (ν ~ 90cm-1) polar optical modes in which cation motion opposes oxygen motion. Our calculated lattice parameters, elastic constants, optical properties, and vibrational frequencies are found to be in good agreement with the available theoretical and experimental values. The results for the effective mass in the electron and hole carriers are also presented in this work.

  20. Structural, half-metallic magnetism and elastic properties of the KMnQ2 (Q=O, S, Se, Te) chalcogenides from first-principles calculations

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    Benmakhlouf, A.; Bentabet, A.; Bouhemadou, A.; Maabed, S.; Benghia, A.; Khenata, R.; Bin-Omran, S.

    2016-06-01

    The structural, electronic, magnetic and elastic properties of the ternary chalcogenides KMnQ2 (Q=O, S, Se, Te) crystals were investigated by means of spin-polarized density functional theory calculations. The 3d orbitals of the Mn atoms were treated using the GGA+U approach. The calculated equilibrium structural parameters agree well with the experimental data. Based on the analysis of the spin-polarized band structures and density of states, we predict the half-metallic character of the studied compounds, with a half-metallic gap of 1.38 eV, 0.53 eV, 0.37 eV and 0.14 eV for KMnO2, KMnS2, KMnSe2 and KMnTe2, respectively, and a total magnetic moment of 4.00μB per unit-cell for all considered structures. The examined properties for the title compounds include also the single-crystal elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio.

  1. Magnetic properties and structural transitions of fluorite-related rare earth osmates Ln3OsO7 (Ln=Pr, Tb)

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    Hinatsu, Yukio; Doi, Yoshihiro

    2013-02-01

    Ternary rare-earth osmates Ln3OsO7 (Ln=Pr, Tb) have been prepared. They crystallize in an ortho-rhombic superstructure of cubic fluorite with space group Cmcm. Both of these compounds undergo a structural phase transition at 130 K (Ln=Pr) and 580 K (Ln=Tb). These compounds show complex magnetic behavior at low temperatures. Pr3OsO7 exhibits magnetic transitions at 8 and 73 K, and Tb3OsO7 magnetically orders at 8 and 60 K. The Os moments become one-dimensionally ordered, and when the temperature is furthermore decreased, it provokes the ordering in the Ln3+ sublattice that simultaneously becomes three-dimensionally ordered with the Os sublattice.

  2. Relationship between Oxide-Ion Conduction and Dielectric Properties of Gd2Zr2O7 Having a Fluorite-Type Structure

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    Yamamura, Hiroshi; Nishino, Hanako; Kakinuma, Katsuyoshi

    2008-07-01

    The relationship between electrical conduction and dielectric properties was investigated for the oxide-ion conductor Gd2Zr2O7 having a fluorite-type structure. Computer simulation clarified that the anomalously large dielectric constant (ɛr') was successfully explained by the superposition of the Debye-type polarization and the electrolyte-electrode interfacial polarization. Two Debye-type relaxations were observed at 673 K and above. The lower-frequency relaxation was ascribed to the dopant-vacancy associate, (GdCe'-VO••-GdCe'), and the higher one to the long range migration of oxide ions on the basis of the discussions of both the activation energies and the relaxation frequencies. The frequency dependences of both the ac conductivity (σac) and the loss tangent (tan δ) were also successfully explained using the dielectric parameters of the Debye-type dopant-vacancy associates.

  3. First principles studies of multiferroic materials.

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    Picozzi, Silvia; Ederer, Claude

    2009-07-29

    Multiferroics, materials where spontaneous long-range magnetic and dipolar orders coexist, represent an attractive class of compounds, which combine rich and fascinating fundamental physics with a technologically appealing potential for applications in the general area of spintronics. Ab initio calculations have significantly contributed to recent progress in this area, by elucidating different mechanisms for multiferroicity and providing essential information on various compounds where these effects are manifestly at play. In particular, here we present examples of density-functional theory investigations for two main classes of materials: (a) multiferroics where ferroelectricity is driven by hybridization or purely structural effects, with BiFeO(3) as the prototype material, and (b) multiferroics where ferroelectricity is driven by correlation effects and is strongly linked to electronic degrees of freedom such as spin-, charge-, or orbital-ordering, with rare-earth manganites as prototypes. As for the first class of multiferroics, first principles calculations are shown to provide an accurate qualitative and quantitative description of the physics in BiFeO(3), ranging from the prediction of large ferroelectric polarization and weak ferromagnetism, over the effect of epitaxial strain, to the identification of possible scenarios for coupling between ferroelectric and magnetic order. For the second class of multiferroics, ab initio calculations have shown that, in those cases where spin-ordering breaks inversion symmetry (e.g. in antiferromagnetic E-type HoMnO(3)), the magnetically induced ferroelectric polarization can be as large as a few µC cm(-2). The examples presented point the way to several possible avenues for future research: on the technological side, first principles simulations can contribute to a rational materials design, aimed at identifying spintronic materials that exhibit ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity at or above room temperature. On

  4. Study of V Substitution Effect on Structural and Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Zn1-xVxO0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5 by First Principles Calculations

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    Taghavi Mendi, R.; Majidiyan, M.; Boochani, A.; Elahi, S. M.; Bakhshayeshi, A.; Beryani Nezafat, N.

    2013-08-01

    In this paper some structural, magnetic and electronic properties of Zn1-xVxO for 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5, such as optimized lattice constant, cohesive energy, formation enthalpy, density of states, band structure, effective mass and Fermi surface are being investigated. In calculating these properties first principle approach is being used. The calculations performed using DFT theory with full potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) and GGA approximation. It is shown that by substituting V instead of Zn, Zn1-xVxO compound will gain magnetic properties. The band structure of Zn1-xVxO shows that metallic behavior increases with increasing substituted V. This substitution increases extremal area in Fermi surface around Γ point. The results obtained from calculated cohesive energy and formation enthalpy show that substituting V increases the stability of Zn1-xVxO. The calculated band gap is in a good agreement with other theoretical results.

  5. Lattice dynamics properties of XAs (X=Al, Ga and In) with zinc-blende structure from first-principle calculations

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    Li, Xingxiu; Tao, Xiaoma; Li, Ran; Chen, Hongmei; Ouyang, Yifang; Du, Yong

    2012-08-01

    Band structures, density of states, dielectric and vibrational properties of XAs (X=Al, Ga and In) alloys with zinc-blende structure have been studied using the density functional theory (DFT). The calculated lattice constants, band gap, static dielectric constants and phonon frequencies are all in good agreement with the available experimental data and other theoretical results. The calculated results show that Born effective charges ZB increase with cation mass. A similar tendency has been observed for phonon frequencies ωTO and ωLO. Calculation results prove that static dielectric constants ɛ(0) increase with atomic weight, i.e. in the sequences AlAs-GaAs-InAs, and show an inverse sequence for band gap.

  6. Behavior of heptavalent technetium in sulfuric acid under α-irradiation: structural determination of technetium sulfate complexes by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and first principles calculations.

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    Denden, I; Poineau, F; Schlegel, M L; Roques, J; Solari, P Lorenzo; Blain, G; Czerwinski, K R; Essehli, R; Barbet, J; Fattahi, M

    2014-03-01

    The effect of α-radiolysis on the behavior of heptavalent technetium has been investigated in 13 and 18 M H2SO4. Irradiation experiments were performed using α-particles ((4)He(2+), E = 68 MeV) generated by the ARRONAX cyclotron. UV-visible and X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopic studies indicate that Tc(VII) is reduced to Tc(V) under α-irradiation. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy measurements are consistent with the presence of mononuclear technetium sulfate complexes. Experimental results and density functional calculations show the formation of [TcO(HSO4)3(H2O)(OH)](-) and/or [TcO(HSO4)3(H2O)2] and [Tc(HSO4)3(SO4)(H2O)] and/or [Tc(HSO4)3(SO4)(OH)](-) for 13 and 18 M H2SO4, respectively.

  7. First-principles study of the structures and electronic band properties of Bi 2 Te 3 { 0 1 1 ¯ 5 } nanoribbons

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    Ma, Jing; Zhou, Jian-Ping; Yang, Jia; Zhao, Hong-Sheng; Chen, Xiao-Ming; Deng, Chao-Yong

    2015-06-01

    Bi2Te3 is known to be an excellent thermoelectric material as well as a topological insulator. We prepare Bi 2 Te 3 { 0 1 1 ¯ 5 } nanosheets with a hydrothermal method and find that the interplanar spacings have a little difference though they belong to a same family of crystal planes. Then, we investigate the structural and electronic properties of Bi 2 Te 3 { 0 1 1 ¯ 5 } nanoribbons with one to six atomic layers by density-functional theory. The results indicate that the nanoribbons exhibit insulator with a band gap except the three-atomic-layer ribbon, which unexpectedly shows a metallic behavior with a gapless band structure.

  8. Structure sensitivity in oxide catalysis: First-principles kinetic Monte Carlo simulations for CO oxidation at RuO2(111)

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    Wang, Tongyu; Reuter, Karsten

    2015-11-24

    We present a density-functional theory based kinetic Monte Carlo study of CO oxidation at the (111) facet of RuO2. We compare the detailed insight into elementary processes, steady-state surface coverages, and catalytic activity to equivalent published simulation data for the frequently studied RuO2(110) facet. Qualitative differences are identified in virtually every aspect ranging from binding energetics over lateral interactions to the interplay of elementary processes at the different active sites. Nevertheless, particularly at technologically relevant elevated temperatures, near-ambient pressures and near-stoichiometric feeds both facets exhibit almost identical catalytic activity. As a result, these findings challenge the traditional definition of structure sensitivity based on macroscopically observable turnover frequencies and prompt scrutiny of the applicability of structure sensitivity classifications developed for metals to oxide catalysis.

  9. Structure sensitivity in oxide catalysis: First-principles kinetic Monte Carlo simulations for CO oxidation at RuO{sub 2}(111)

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    Wang, Tongyu; Reuter, Karsten

    2015-11-28

    We present a density-functional theory based kinetic Monte Carlo study of CO oxidation at the (111) facet of RuO{sub 2}. We compare the detailed insight into elementary processes, steady-state surface coverages, and catalytic activity to equivalent published simulation data for the frequently studied RuO{sub 2}(110) facet. Qualitative differences are identified in virtually every aspect ranging from binding energetics over lateral interactions to the interplay of elementary processes at the different active sites. Nevertheless, particularly at technologically relevant elevated temperatures, near-ambient pressures and near-stoichiometric feeds both facets exhibit almost identical catalytic activity. These findings challenge the traditional definition of structure sensitivity based on macroscopically observable turnover frequencies and prompt scrutiny of the applicability of structure sensitivity classifications developed for metals to oxide catalysis.

  10. First principles investigations of the influence of O-adsorption on the structural and electronic properties of TiC(111) surfaces with vacancies

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    Ilyasov, Victor V.; Pham, Khang D.; Yalovega, Galina E.; Ershov, Igor V.; Ilyasov, Alexey V.; Nguyen, Chuong V.

    2016-07-01

    We used ab initio calculations to systematically investigate the adsorption of atomic oxygen on non-stoichiometric polar TiC(111) and Ti xC y(111) with Ti/C vacancies surface simulating its potential tructions with laser radiation. Local atomic structures of O/Ti xC y(111) polar surfaces were studied in the selected models as well as their thermodynamic and electronic properties based on the density functional theory. The bond length and adsorption energy for various reconstructions of the O/Ti xC y(111) surface atomic structure were established. We also have examined the effects of oxygen adsorption upon the band and electron spectra of TiC(111) surface in its various reconstructions. We have established a correlation between the energy level of flat bands (- 5.1 eV and - 5.7 eV) responsible for the doublet of singular peaks corresponding to partial densities of oxygen 2p electrons and the energy of oxygen adsorption in non-stoichiometric O/TiC y(111) systems. Effective charges of the oxygen atom and the titanium and carbon atoms nearest to it were identified in the examined adsorption models. We have established charge transfer from titanium atom to oxygen and carbon atoms determined by the reconstruction of local atomic and electronic structures. Charge transfer correlates with the electronegativity values of titanium, carbon, and oxygen atoms, and chemisorption processes. Calculated values of structural parameters in the studied models of ultrathin O/TiC(111) and O/Ti xC y(111) films correlate well with experimental findings and other theoretical results.

  11. First-principles study of atomic and electronic structures of 60° perfect and 30°/90° partial glide dislocations in CdTe

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    Kweon, Kyoung E.; Aberg, Daniel; Lordi, Vincenzo

    2016-05-16

    The atomic and electronic structures of 60° glide perfect and 30°/90° glide partial dislocations in CdTe are studied using combined semi-empirical and density functional theory calculations. The calculations predict that the dislocation cores tend to undergo significant reconstructions along the dislocation lines from the singly-periodic (SP) structures, yielding either doubly-periodic (DP) ordering by forming a dimer or quadruply-periodic (QP) ordering by alternating a dimer and a missing dimer. Charge modulation along the dislocation line, accompanied by the QP reconstruction for the Cd-/Te-core 60° perfect and 30° partials or the DP reconstruction for the Cd-core 90° partial, results in semiconducting character,more » as opposed to the metallic character of the SP dislocation cores. Dislocation-induced defect states for the 60° Cd-/Te-core are located relatively close to the band edges, whereas the defect states lie in the middle of the band gap for the 30° Cd-/Te-core partial dislocations. In addition to the intracore charge modulation within each QP core, the possibility of intercore charge transfer between two different dislocation cores when they are paired together in the same system is discussed. As a result, the analysis of the electronic structures reveals the potential role of the dislocations on charge transport in CdTe, particularly in terms of charge trapping and recombination.« less

  12. Structural, electronic, elastic, thermoelectric and thermodynamic properties of the NbMSb half heusler (M=Fe, Ru, Os) compounds with first principle calculations

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    Abid, O. Miloud; Menouer, S.; Yakoubi, A.; Khachai, H.; Omran, S. Bin; Murtaza, G.; Prakash, Deo; Khenata, R.; Verma, K. D.

    2016-05-01

    The structural, electronic, elastic, thermoelectric and thermodynamic properties of NbMSb (M = Fe, Ru, Os) half heusler compounds are reported. The full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) plus local orbital (lo) method, based on the density functional theory (DFT) was employed for the present study. The equilibrium lattice parameter results are in good compliance with the available experimental measurements. The electronic band structure and Boltzmann transport calculations indicated a narrow indirect energy band gap for the compound having electronic structure favorable for thermoelectric performance as well as with substantial thermopowers at temperature ranges from 300 K to 800 K. Furthermore, good potential for thermoelectric performance (thermopower S ≥ 500 μeV) was found at higher temperature. In addition, the analysis of the charge density, partial and total densities of states (DOS) of three compounds demonstrate their semiconducting, ionic and covalent characters. Conversely, the calculated values of the Poisson's ratio and the B/G ratio indicate their ductile makeup. The thermal properties of the compounds were calculated by quasi-harmonic Debye model as implemented in the GIBBS code.

  13. First-Principles Calculation of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of half-Heusler LiCaC and NaCaC compounds

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    Umamaheswari, R.; Vijayalakshmi, D.; Kalpana, G.

    2014-09-01

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of LiCaC and NaCaC compounds in half-Heusler structure have been studied using local density approximation (LDA) based on density functional theory (DFT). From the total energy calculation, it is found that the compounds LiCaC and NaCaC are stable in ferromagnetic phase. The spin-polarized electronic band structure and density of states of these compounds show that the minority spin channel has metallic nature and the majority spin channel has a semiconducting gap of 2.27 and 2.0 eV for LiCaC and NaCaC respectively, resulting in a stable half-metallic ferromagnetic (HMF) behavior with magnetic moment of 1 μB per formula unit. Analysis of density of states of these compounds indicates that the magnetic moment mainly originates from the strong spin-polarization of 2p like states of C and the hybridization between the C-2p like states and the Ca-3d like states. The robustness of half-metallicity against the lattice constant is also calculated. Presence of HMF in LiCaC and NaCaC compounds without any transition metal makes these compounds promising materials for spintronic applications.

  14. First principles study of the structural and electronic properties of double perovskite Ba2YTaO6 in cubic and tetragonal phases

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    Deluque Toro, C. E.; Rodríguez M., Jairo Arbey; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Moreno Salazar, N. O.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2014-12-01

    The Ba2YTaO6 double perovskite presents a transition from cubic (Fm-3m) to tetragonal structure (I4/m) at high temperature. In this work, we present a detailed study of the structural and electronic properties of the double perovskite Ba2YTaO6 in space group Fm-3m and I4/m. Calculations were made with the Full-Potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave method (FP-LAPW) within the framework of the Density Functional Theory (DFT) with exchange and correlation effects in the Generalized Gradient (GGA) and Local Density (LDA) approximations. From the minimization of energy as a function of volume and the fitting of the Murnaghan equation some structural characteristics were determined as, for example, total energy, lattice parameter (a=8.50 Å in cubic phase and a=5.985 Å and c=8.576 Å in tetragonal), bulk modulus (135.6 GPa in cubic phase and 134.1 GPa in tetragonal phase) and its derivative. The study of the electronic characteristics was performed from the analysis of the electronic density of states (DOS). We find a non-metallic behavior for this with a direct band gap of approximately 3.5 eV and we found that the Ba2YTaO6 (I4/m) phase is the most stable one. © 2013 Elsevier Science.

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

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

    2014-12-28

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

  16. First-principles study of atomic and electronic structures of 60∘ perfect and 30∘/90∘ partial glide dislocations in CdTe

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    Kweon, Kyoung E.; Åberg, Daniel; Lordi, Vincenzo

    2016-05-01

    The atomic and electronic structures of 60∘ glide perfect and 30∘/90∘ glide partial dislocations in CdTe are studied using combined semi-empirical and density functional theory calculations. The calculations predict that the dislocation cores tend to undergo significant reconstructions along the dislocation lines from the singly-periodic (SP) structures, yielding either doubly-periodic (DP) ordering by forming a dimer or quadruply-periodic (QP) ordering by alternating a dimer and a missing dimer. Charge modulation along the dislocation line, accompanied by the QP reconstruction for the Cd-/Te-core 60∘ perfect and 30∘ partials or the DP reconstruction for the Cd-core 90∘ partial, results in semiconducting character, as opposed to the metallic character of the SP dislocation cores. Dislocation-induced defect states for the 60∘ Cd-/Te-core are located relatively close to the band edges, whereas the defect states lie in the middle of the band gap for the 30∘ Cd-/Te-core partial dislocations. In addition to the intracore charge modulation within each QP core, the possibility of intercore charge transfer between two different dislocation cores when they are paired together in the same system is discussed. The analysis of the electronic structures reveals the potential role of the dislocations on charge transport in CdTe, particularly in terms of charge trapping and recombination.

  17. First-principles studies of the structural, electronic, and optical properties of a novel thorium compound Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15}

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    Brik, M.G.

    2014-04-01

    The structural, electronic, and optical properties of a recently synthesized thorium compound Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15} have been calculated in the density functional theory framework for the first time. The calculated direct band gap was 1.471 eV (generalized gradient approximation) and 1.171 eV (local density approximation), with both results being close to the experimental result of 1.83 eV. High covalency/iconicity of the Th–Se/Rb–Se bonds was demonstrated by calculating effective Mulliken charges of all ions. The polarized calculations of the complex dielectric function are presented; dependence of the calculated index of refraction was fitted to the Sellmeyer equation in the wavelength range from 500 to 2500 nm. - Graphical abstract: Calculated band structure of Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15}. - Highlights: • The first theoretical analysis of the Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15} properties is reported. • Structural, electronic and optical properties of Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15} were calculated. • An indirect character of Rb{sub 2}Th{sub 7}Se{sub 15} band gap was confirmed. • Dependence of the refractive index on the wavelength was calculated.

  18. First-principles survey of the structure, formation energies, and transition levels of As-interstitial defects in InGaAs

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    Lee, S. R.; Wright, A. F.; Modine, N. A.; Battaile, C. C.; Foiles, S. M.; Thomas, J. C.; Van der Ven, A.

    2015-07-01

    While point defects in elemental (Si) and compound (GaAs, GaN, AlN) semiconductors have been extensively studied both experimentally and theoretically, only limited theoretical studies of these defects exist for technologically important binary (S ixG e1 -x) and pseudobinary (I nxG a1 -xAs , I nxG a1 -xN , A lxG a1 -xN ) semiconductor alloys. Here, we use density-functional theory and a recently developed bounds-analysis approach to survey the atomic structures, formation energies, and charge-state transition levels of the stable and metastable states of As interstitials in the pseudobinary alloy I n0 .5G a0 .5As . Our studies consider seven different candidate defect structures for the As interstitial, with calculations performed for selected defect charge states in the range q =-2 to +3 . In each case, the mean and standard deviations of the defect-formation energy are determined using statistical sampling methods that place the defect into a wide variety of differing local-alloy environments. When examined from the point of view of the mean formation energy of the defect, the stable configurations of the As interstitial in I n0 .5G a0 .5As are found to resemble previous findings for GaAs, with a C1 h-p 001III interstitial structure in a q =+1 charge state favored near midgap and below, and a C2 v-11 0a split-interstitial structure in a q =-1 charge state favored above midgap (the named point-group symmetries refer to the underlying symmetry that the alloy defect would possess if within GaAs). The statistical sampling reveals a strong dependence of the defect-formation energy on the local-alloy environment, with the standard deviation σ of the formation energy approaching 0.21 eV for the most stable As-interstitial structures. Because the range of ground-state energies encountered by an As-interstitial defect when moving through the alloy is found to be quite large, approaching ˜1.2 eV (±3 σ ) , defect-diffusion pathways in I n0 .5G a0 .5As will have spatial

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

  20. A first-principles study of the electronic and structural properties of Sb and F doped SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals

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    Kim, Minjung; Scott Bobbitt, N.; Marom, Noa; Chelikowsky, James R.

    2015-01-28

    We examine the electronic properties of Sb and F doped SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals up to 2.4 nm in diameter. A real-space pseudopotential implementation of density functional theory is employed within the local density approximation. We calculate electron binding energies and dopant formation energies as function of nanocrystal size, dopant concentration, and dopant species. Structural changes for different dopant species are also investigated. Our study should provide useful information for the design of transparent conducting oxides at the nanoscale.