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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, J A; Ramasse, Q M; Asta, M; Browning, N D

    2012-07-25

    Energy loss spectra from fluorite-structured ZrO(2), CeO(2), and UO(2) 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. 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.

  4. First-principles calculations of Mg2X (X = Si, Ge, Sn) semiconductors with the calcium fluorite structure

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    Sandong, Guo

    2015-05-01

    The electronic structures of Mg2X (X = Si, Ge, Sn) have been calculated by using generalized gradient approximation, various screened hybrid functionals, as well as Tran and Blaha's modified Becke and Johnson exchange potential. It was found that the Tran and Blaha's modified Becke and Johnson exchange potential provides a more realistic description of the electronic structures and the optical properties of Mg2X (X = Si, Ge, Sn) than else exchange-correlation potential, and the theoretical gaps and dielectric functions of Mg2X (X = Si, Ge, Sn) are quite compatible with the experimental data. The elastic properties of Mg2X (X = Si, Ge, Sn) have also been studied in detail with the generalized gradient approximation, including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, sound velocities, and Debye temperature. The phonon dispersions of Mg2X (X = Si, Ge, Sn) have been calculated within the generalized gradient approximation, suggesting no structural instability, and the measurable phonon heat capacity as a function of the temperature has been also calculated. Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 2013QNA32) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11404391).

  5. First Principles Study of Carbyne Structural Stability

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    Kwon, Kevin; Holmes, Colin; Kim, Ki Chul; Jang, Seung Soon

    Carbyne is composed of linear sp-hybridized carbon bonds and yields promising results to surpass graphene's mechanical and electrical properties. Carbyne has two semi-stable conformations: Polyyne (alternating triple and single bonds) and Polycumulene (repeating double bonds). This study investigated the stability of these forms at infinite chain lengths by using periodic boundary conditions. Geometric optimization was performed via DFT calculations using DMoL3 and PBE GGA functional group. Each configuration's chain was stretched or compressed until the most stable form - lowest energy - was obtained. After comparing the energies, the most stable form alternated between Polyyne and Polycumulene as the number of carbon atoms within each boundary increased. Polyyne was the most stable form for odd number of carbons and Polycumulene was the most stable for even number of carbons. Finally, K-point sampling was increased in the direction of the chain axis to obtain a more accurate depiction of structural stability. As the number of k-points increased, the Polycumulene structure became more stable compared to Polyyne. School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

  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. 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; ...

    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

  9. Giant Mechanocaloric Effects in Fluorite-Structured Superionic Materials

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    Cazorla, Claudio; Errandonea, Daniel

    2016-05-01

    Mechanocaloric materials experience a change in temperature when a mechanical stress is adiabatically applied on them. 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 characterised by a large entropy increase of the order of 100 J/K*Kg, 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 100 and 10 K, respectively. This work advocates that FIC constitute a new family of mechanocaloric materials showing great promise for prospective solid-state refrigeration applications.

  10. 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.

  11. First Principles Structure Calculations Using the General Potential Lapw Method

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    Wei, Su-Huai

    We have developed a completely general first principles self-consistent full-potential linearized-augmented-plane -wave (LAPW) method program within the density functional formalism to calculate electronic band structure, total energy, pressure and other quantities. No symmetry assumptions are used for the crystal structure. Shape unrestricted charge densities and potentials are calculated inside muffin -tin (MT) spheres as well as in the interstitial regions. All contributions to the Hamiltonian matrix elements are completely taken into account. The core states are treated fully relativistically using the spherical part of the potential only. Scalar relativistic effects are included for the band-states, and spin-orbit coupling is included using a second variation procedure. Both core states and valence states are treated self-consistently, the frozen core approximation is not required. The fast Fourier transformation method is used wherever it is applicable, and this greatly improves the efficiency. This state-of-the-art program has been tested extensively to check the accuracy and convergence properties by comparing calculated electronic band structures, ground state properties, equations of state and cohesive energies for bulk W and GaAs with other theoretical calculations and experimental results. It has been successfully applied to calculate and predict structural and metal-insulator phase transitions for close-packed crystal BaSe and BaTe and the geometric structure of the d-band metal W(001) surface. The results are in generally good agreement with experiment.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  13. First-principles structural design of superhard materials.

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    Zhang, Xinxin; Wang, Yanchao; Lv, Jian; Zhu, Chunye; Li, Qian; Zhang, Miao; Li, Quan; Ma, Yanming

    2013-03-21

    We reported a developed methodology to design superhard materials for given chemical systems under external conditions (here, pressure). The new approach is based on the CALYPSO algorithm and requires only the chemical compositions to predict the hardness vs. energy map, from which the energetically preferable superhard structures are readily accessible. In contrast to the traditional ground state structure prediction method where the total energy was solely used as the fitness function, here we adopted hardness as the fitness function in combination with the first-principles calculation to construct the hardness vs. energy map by seeking a proper balance between hardness and energy for a better mechanical description of given chemical systems. To allow a universal calculation on the hardness for the predicted structure, we have improved the earlier hardness model based on bond strength by applying the Laplacian matrix to account for the highly anisotropic and molecular systems. We benchmarked our approach in typical superhard systems, such as elemental carbon, binary B-N, and ternary B-C-N compounds. Nearly all the experimentally known and most of the earlier theoretical superhard structures have been successfully reproduced. The results suggested that our approach is reliable and can be widely applied into design of new superhard materials.

  14. Electronic and structural reconstruction in titanate heterostructures from first principles

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    Mulder, Andrew T.; Fennie, Craig J.

    2014-03-01

    Recent advances in transition metal oxide heterostructures have opened new routes to create materials with novel functionalities and properties. One direction has been to combine a Mott insulating perovskite with an electronic d1 configuration, such as LaTiO3, with a band insulating d0 perovskite, such as SrTiO3. An exciting recent development is the demonstration of interfacial conductivity in GdTiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures that display a complex structural motif of octahedral rotations and ferromagnetic properties similar to bulk GdTiO3. In this talk we present our first principles investigation of the interplay of structural, electronic, magnetic, and orbital degrees of freedom for a wide range of d1/d0 titanate heterostructures. We find evidence for both rotation driven ferroelectricity and a symmetry breaking electronic reconstruction with a concomitant structural distortion at the interface. We argue that these materials represent an ideal platform to realize novel functionalities such as the electric field control of electronic and magnetic properties.

  15. First-principles study of pressure-induced structural phase transitions in MnF2.

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    López-Moreno, S; Romero, A H; Mejía-López, J; Muñoz, A

    2016-12-07

    In this work we report a complete structural and magnetic characterization of crystalline MnF2 under pressure obtained using first principle calculations. Density functional theory was used as the theoretical framework, within the generalized gradient approximation plus the Hubbard formalism (GGA+U) necessary to describe the strong correlations present in this material. The vibrational, the magnetic exchange couplings and the structural characterization of MnF2 in the rutile ground state structure and potential high pressure phases are reported. The quasiharmonic approximation has been used to obtain the free energy, which at the same time is used to evaluate the different structural transitions at 300 K. Based on previous theoretical and experimental studies on AF2 compounds, ten different structural candidates were considered for the high pressure regime, which led us to propose a path for the MnF2 structural transitions under pressure. As experimental pressure settings can lead to non-hydrostatic conditions, we consider hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic strains in our calculations. According to our results we found the following sequence for the pressure-driven structural phase transition in MnF2: rutile (P42/mnm) → α-PbO2-type (Pbcn) → dist. HP PdF2-type (Pbca) → dist. fluorite (I4/mmm) → cotunnite (Pnma). This structural path is correlated with other phase transitions reported on other metal rutile fluorides. In particular, we found that our proposed structural phase transition sequence offers an explanation of the different paths observed in the literature by taking into account the role of the hydrostatic conditions. In order to get a deep understanding of the modifications of MnF2 under pressure, we have analyzed the pressure evolution of the structural, vibrational, electronic, and magnetic properties for rutile and for each of the high pressure phases.

  16. Structure of Ce(1-x)Sn(x)O(2) and its relation to oxygen storage property from first-principles analysis.

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    Gupta, Asha; Kumar, Anil; Hegde, M S; Waghmare, U V

    2010-05-21

    CeO(2)-SnO(2) solid solution has been reported to possess high oxygen storage/release property which possibly originates from local structural distortion. We have performed first-principles based density functional calculations of Ce(1-x)Sn(x)O(2) structure (x=0, 0.25, 0.5, 1) to understand its structural stability in fluorite in comparison to rutile structure of the other end-member SnO(2), and studied the local structural distortion induced by the dopant Sn ion. Analysis of relative energies of fluorite and rutile phases of CeO(2), SnO(2), and Ce(1-x)Sn(x)O(2) indicates that fluorite structure is the most stable for Ce(1-x)Sn(x)O(2) solid solution. An analysis of local structural distortions reflected in phonon dispersion show that SnO(2) in fluorite structure is highly unstable while CeO(2) in rutile structure is only weakly unstable. Thus, Sn in Ce(1-x)Sn(x)O(2)-fluorite structure is associated with high local structural distortion whereas Ce in Ce(1-x)Sn(x)O(2)-rutile structure, if formed, will show only marginal local distortion. Determination of M-O (M=Ce or Sn) bond lengths and analysis of Born effective charges for the optimized structure of Ce(1-x)Sn(x)O(2) show that local coordination of these cations changes from ideal eightfold coordination expected of fluorite lattice to 4+4 coordination, leading to generation of long and short Ce-O and Sn-O bonds in the doped structure. Bond valence analyses for all ions show the presence of oxygen with bond valence approximately 1.84. These weakly bonded oxygen ions are relevant for enhanced oxygen storage/release properties observed in Ce(1-x)Sn(x)O(2) solid solution.

  17. Crystal Structure Prediction for Cyclotrimethylene Trinitramine (RDX) from First Principles

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    2009-04-01

    REPORT Crystal structure prediction for cyclotrimethylene trinitramine (RDX) from ?rst principles 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: Crystal... structure prediction and molecular dynamics methods were applied to the cyclotrimethylene trinitramine (RDX) crystal to explore the stability rankings...500 high-density structures resulting from molecular packing were minimized and the 14 lowest-energy structures were subjected to isothermal

  18. Structural and electronic properties of perylene from first principles calculations.

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    Fedorov, I A; Zhuravlev, Y N; Berveno, V P

    2013-03-07

    The electronic structure of crystalline perylene has been investigated within the framework of density functional theory including van der Waals interactions. The computations of the lattice parameters and cohesive energy have good agreement with experimental values. We have also calculated the binding distance and energy of perylene dimers, using different schemes, which include van der Waals interactions.

  19. 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.

  20. Structure of Ni78 from First-Principles Computations

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    Hagen, Gaute; Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Jansen, Gustav R.; ...

    2016-10-17

    Doubly magic nuclei have a simple structure and are the cornerstones for entire regions of the nuclear chart. Theoretical insights into the supposedly doubly magic 78Ni and its neighbors are challenging because of the extreme neutron-to-proton ratio and the proximity of the continuum. In this study, we predict the Jπ = 2more » $$+\\atop{1}$$ state in 78Ni from a correlation with the Jπ = 2$$+\\atop{1}$$ state in 48Ca using chiral nucleon-nucleon and three-nucleon interactions. Our results confirm that 78Ni is doubly magic, and the predicted low-lying states of 79,80Ni open the way for shell-model studies of many more rare isotopes.« less

  1. 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

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

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    Guo, Yongliang; Wang, Changying; Qiu, Wujie; ...

    2016-10-07

    Performed a systematic study using first-principles methods of the pressure-induced structural and electronic phase transitions in ThS2, which may play an important role in the next generation nuclear energy fuel technology.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Radiation Resistance of Fluorite-Structured Nuclear Oxides

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    Garrido, Frederico; Moll, Sandra; Thome, Lionel; Vincent, Laetitia; Nowicki, Lech; Sattonnay, Gaeel

    2009-03-10

    Fluorite-structure oxides are radiation-resistant materials making them ideal candidates for uses as nuclear fuels or as inert matrices for actinide transmutation. The radiation tolerance of urania and cubic zirconia single crystals was investigated by external ion irradiation in predominating domains of electronic and nuclear stopping of bombarding particles. Damage kinetics show that the behavior of the two investigated fluorite-type oxides is almost the same: (i) at low-energy a two-stage disordering process is exhibited--first a ballistic step due to the formation of radiation-induced defects and second a crystal fragmentation induced by the formation of gas bubbles at large concentration-; (ii) at high energy a one-stage damage kinetics associated with the formation of ion tracks whose overlapping at high fluence results in the formation of nanometer-sized domains with a small disorientation.

  6. Interconversion of perovskite and fluorite structures in Ce-Sc-O system.

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    Shukla, Rakesh; Arya, Ashok; Tyagi, Avesh K

    2010-02-01

    CeScO(3) was synthesized by a two-step synthesis route involving a combustion method followed by vacuum heating at 1100 degrees C in the presence of Zr sponge which acts as an oxygen getter. The compound was characterized by various techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), high temperature XRD, thermogravimetry, diffuse reflectance (DR)-UV visible spectrophotometry, and Raman spectroscopy. Fluorite-type (F-type) solid solution with composition Ce(0.5)Sc(0.5)O(1.75) was observed as an intermediate during the synthesis of CeScO(3). Only by mere redox reaction was a reversible transformation between fluorite-type structure and perovskites structure observed. CeScO(3) was found as semiconducting oxide with band gap of 3.2 eV arising mainly between O p states in the valence band and Sc d and Ce d states in the conduction band with small contributions coming from Ce f and Sc p states. First-principles potential plane-wave-based calculations were performed for the band gap and its origin in CeScO(3). Photoluminescence measurement showed that CeScO(3) is a potential host material giving broad blue emission. This was further confirmed by demonstrating CeScO(3) doped with 2 mol % Tb(3+) compound as an efficient green light emitter.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. First principle study of band structure of SrMO3 perovskites

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    Daga, Avinash; Sharma, Smita

    2016-05-01

    First principle study of band structure calculations in the local density approximations (LDA) as well as in the generalized gradient approximations (GGA) have been used to determine the electronic structure of SrMO3 where M stands for Ti, Zr and Mo. Occurrence of band gap proves SrTiO3 and SrZrO3 to be insulating. A small band gap is observed in SrMoO3 perovskite signifies it to be metallic. Band structures are found to compare well with the available data in the literature showing the relevance of this approach. ABINIT computer code has been used to carry out all the calculations.

  11. 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.%.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Circuit elements at optical frequencies from first principles: A synthesis of electronic structure and circuit theories

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    Ramprasad, R.; Tang, C.

    2006-08-01

    A first principles electronic structure based method is presented to determine the equivalent circuit representations of nanostructured physical systems at optical frequencies, via a mapping of the effective permittivity calculated for a lattice of physical nano-elements using density functional theory to that calculated for a lattice of impedances using circuit theory. Specifically, it is shown that silicon nanowires and carbon nanotubes can be represented as series combinations of inductance, capacitance and resistance. It is anticipated that the generality of this approach will allow for an alternate description of physical systems at optical frequencies, and in the realization of novel opto- and nanoelectronic devices, including negative refractive index materials.

  15. Structure of YSi2 nanowires from scanning tunneling spectroscopy and first principles

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    Iancu, V.; Kent, P. R. C.; Zeng, C. G.; Weitering, H. H.

    2009-01-01

    Exceptionally long and uniform YSi2 nanowires are formed via self-assembly on Si(001). The in-plane width of the thinnest wires is known to be quantized in odd multiples of the silicon lattice constant. Here, we identify a class of nanowires that violates the “odd multiple” rule. The structure of the thinnest wire in this category is determined by comparing scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements with the calculated surface density of states of candidate models by means of the Pendry R-factor analysis. The relative stability of the odd and even wire systems is analyzed via first-principles calculations. PMID:19859579

  16. Efficient first-principles simulation of noncontact atomic force microscopy for structural analysis.

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    Chan, T-L; Wang, C Z; Ho, K M; Chelikowsky, James R

    2009-05-01

    We propose an efficient scheme to simulate noncontact atomic force microscopy images by using first-principles self-consistent potential from the sample as input without explicit modeling of the atomic force microscopy tip. Our method is applied to various types of semiconductor surfaces including Si(111)-(7x7), TiO2(110)-(1x1), Ag/Si(111)-(sqrt[3]xsqrt[3])R30 degrees, and Ge/Si(105)-(1x2) surfaces. We obtain good agreement with experimental results and previous theoretical studies, and our method can aid in identifying different structural models for surface reconstruction.

  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

    2015-06-28

    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.

  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; ...

    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

  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

    2015-06-23

    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.

  1. A novel anion interstitial defect structure in zinc-blende materials: A first-principles study

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    Yin, Yuan; Chen, Guangde; Ye, Honggang; Duan, Xiangyang; Zhu, Youzhang; Wu, Yelong

    2016-05-01

    The low-formation energy structure of anion interstitial defect in zinc-blende materials is usually identified as the tetrahedron central structure where the anion interstitial atom is surrounded by four countercation atoms. A line-type anion interstitial defect structure AD_il , however, is found to be lower in energy than the tetrahedron central anion interstitial defect structure by first-principles calculations. By analyzing the structural and electronical characters of this line-type defect in relative compounds of zinc-blende materials, we attribute this to the electronegativity shift trends and the bond forming, which lead to the hybridization types varying from sp 3 to sp-like and ending at sp.

  2. First-principles study of structural and vibrational properties of crystalline silver azide under high pressure

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    Zhu, Weihua; Xiao, Heming

    2007-12-01

    A detailed first-principles study of the structural and vibrational properties of crystalline silver azide under hydrostatic pressure of 0-500 GPa has been performed with density functional theory in the generalized gradient approximation. The crystal structure is relaxed to allow ionic configurations, cell shape, and volume to change without any symmetry constraints. It is found that the silver azide crystal remains orthorhombic structure with Ibam space group for pressures up to 7 GPa, where there is a transition to an I4 /mcm tetragonal symmetry. The lattice parameter and electronic structure are investigated as functions of pressure. The calculated vibrational frequencies at ambient pressure are in agreement with available experimental data. We also discuss the pressure-induced frequency shifts for the internal and lattice modes of silver azide crystal upon compression.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

    2005-03-01

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

  6. Effect of ionic substitutions on the structure and dielectric properties of hafnia: A first principles study

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    Cockayne, Eric

    2008-04-01

    First principles calculations were used to study the effects of Si, Ti, Zr, and Ta (+N) substitutional impurities on the structure and dielectric properties of crystalline HfO2. The dielectric constant of monoclinic HfO2 can be enhanced by substituting more polarizable ions for Hf, but the band gap is decreased. Enhancing the permittivity without decreasing the band gap requires forming the tetragonal or cubic phase of HfO2. Among the ions studied, Si alone is found to stabilize a nonmonoclinic phase of HfO2 relative to the monoclinic phase, but only at an atomic concentration above about 20%. Various experiments have reported the formation of nonmonoclinic phases of HfO2 with increased permittivity when other ions are substituted for Hf. It is concluded that these structures are, in general, either metastable or are stabilized by extrinsic factors or by a layered arrangement of the substitutional cations.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

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

    2015-08-01

    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.

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  11. 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.

  12. First-principles study of Co3(Al,W) alloys using special quasirandom structures

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    Jiang, Chao

    2008-01-01

    We have developed 32-atom special quasi-random structures (SQSs) to model the substitutionally random pseudo-binary A3(B0.5C0.5) alloys in L12, D019, and D03 crystal structures, respectively. First-principles SQS calculations are performed to examine the phase stability of the recently identified L12-Co3Al0.5W0.5 compound in the Co-Al-W ternary system. By computing total energy as a function of applied strain, the single-crystal elastic constants of L12-Co3Al0.5W0.5 are also predicted and our results show excellent agreement with recent experimental measurements.

  13. 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.

  14. Exotic Multigap Structure in UPt3 Unveiled by a First-Principles Analysis

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    Nomoto, Takuya; Ikeda, Hiroaki

    2016-11-01

    A heavy-fermion superconductor UPt3 is a unique spin-triplet superconductor with multiple superconducting phases. Here, we provide the first report on a first-principles analysis of the microscopic superconducting gap structure. We find that the promising gap structure is an unprecedented E2 u state, which is completely different from the previous phenomenological E2 u models. Our obtained E2 u state has in-plane twofold vertical line nodes on small Fermi surfaces and point nodes with linear dispersion on a large Fermi surface. These peculiar features cannot be explained in the conventional spin 1 /2 representation, but is described by the group-theoretical representation of the Cooper pairs in the total angular momentum j =5 /2 space. Our findings shed new light on the long-standing problems in the superconductivity of UPt3 .

  15. 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.

  16. First-principles study of structural and thermodynamic properties of osmium

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    Liu, Ke; He, Duan-Wei; Zhou, Xiao-Lin; Chen, Hai-Hua

    2011-08-01

    We employ the first-principles plane wave pseudopotential density functional theory method to calculate the equilibrium lattice parameters of osmium and the thermodynamic properties of hcp structure osmium. The obtained lattice parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data investigated up to 58.2 GPa using radial X-ray diffraction (RXRD) together with lattice strain theory in a diamond-anvil cell and the available theoretical data of others. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, the dependencies of the normalized lattice parameters a/ a0 and c/ c0 on pressure P, the normalized primitive volume V/V0 on pressure P, the Debye temperature ΘD and the heat capacity CV on pressure P and temperature T, as well as the variation of the thermal expansion α with temperature and pressure are obtained successfully.

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

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

    2008-08-21

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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

    2012-07-01

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

  1. Systematic investigation of the structure of the Si(553)-Au surface from first principles

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    Riikonen, Sampsa; Sánchez-Portal, Daniel

    2008-04-01

    We present here a comprehensive search for the structure of the Si(553)-Au reconstruction. More than 200 different trial structures have been studied using first-principles density-functional calculations with the SIESTA code. An iterative procedure, with a step-by-step increase in the accuracy and computational cost of the calculations, was used to allow for the study of this large number of configurations. We have considered reconstructions restricted to the topmost bilayer and studied two types: (i) “flat” surface-bilayer models, where atoms at the topmost bilayer present different coordinations and registries with the underlying bulk, and (ii) nine different models based on the substitution of a silicon atom by a gold atom in different positions of a π -bonded chain reconstruction of the Si(553) surface. We have developed a compact notation that allows us to label and identify all these structures. This is very useful for the automatic generation of trial geometries and for counting the number of inequivalent structures, i.e., structures that have different bonding topologies. The most stable models are those that exhibit a honeycomb-chain structure at the step edge. One of our models (model “f2”) reproduces the main features of the room temperature photoemission and scanning-tunneling microscopy data. Thus, we conclude that this model is a good candidate for the high temperature structure of the Si(553)-Au surface.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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    Wang, Hui; LeBlanc, K. A.; Gao, Bo; Yao, Yansun

    2014-01-28

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

  5. Study of magnetism in nano structures of graphene and functionalized graphene: a first principle study

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    Kumar, N.; Sharma, M.; Sharma, J. D.; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2015-02-01

    A first principle calculation has been performed to explore the magnetism in nano structures of graphene due to vacancies in carbon lattice and functionalized (hydrogenated) graphene due to vacancies in hydrogen lattice. Nano structures containing 50C atoms (5 × 5 × 1 super cell) have been considered. Using the method of numeric localized atomic orbitals, pseudo potentials and density functional theory, spin polarised electron density of states have been calculated and C-C bond lengths, C-C-C and H-C-C bond angles, formation energy and magnetic moment have been obtained. It has been found that due to defects (vacancies) in carbon lattice of pristine graphene, nano structure develops magnetic moment, which varies with the size of defect. A nano structure with four contiguous vacancies is found to have a magnetic moment of 2.0 µB. The nano structures of hydrogenated graphene also develop magnetic moment due to vacancies in hydrogen lattice , which varies with number and position of vacancies. A nano structure with half hydrogenated graphene obtained by removing all the hydrogen atoms from one side of graphane, (alternate vacancies in hydrogen lattice 50C25H atoms, graphone) is found to develop a large magnetic moment of 25.0 µB.

  6. Crystal Structures, Stabilities, Electronic Properties, and Hardness of MoB2: First-Principles Calculations.

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    Ding, Li-Ping; Shao, Peng; Zhang, Fang-Hui; Lu, Cheng; Ding, Lei; Ning, Shu Ya; Huang, Xiao Fen

    2016-07-18

    On the basis of the first-principles techniques, we perform the structure prediction for MoB2. Accordingly, a new ground-state crystal structure WB2 (P63/mmc, 2 fu/cell) is uncovered. The experimental synthesized rhombohedral R3̅m and hexagonal AlB2, as well as theoretical predicted RuB2 structures, are no longer the most favorite structures. By analyzing the elastic constants, formation enthalpies, and phonon dispersion, we find that the WB2 phase is thermodynamically and mechanically stable. The high bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, low Poisson's ratio ν, and small B/G ratio are benefit to its low compressibility. When the pressure is 10 GPa, a phase transition is observed between the WB2-MoB2 and the rhombohedral R3̅m MoB2 phases. By analyzing the density of states and electron density, we find that the strong covalent is formed in MoB2 compounds, which contributes a great deal to its low compressibility. Furthermore, the low compressibility is also correlated with the local buckled structure.

  7. 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.

  8. An Insight into Sodiation of Antimony from First-Principles Crystal Structure Prediction

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    Caputo, Riccarda

    2016-02-01

    Elemental antimony has recently become an attractive anode material for potential application in rechargeable sodium-ion batteries. I present a first-principles study of the structure-composition dependence of the Na-Sb system for both sodiation and desodiation processes. The enthalpy of reaction of x moles of sodium with the hexagonal structure of antimony reveals several stable crystal structures for 0 < x ≤ 3, with variable composition states for 1.25 < x < 2.75. The direct and reverse reactions pass through similar states in terms of enthalpy of formation and symmetry representation of the corresponding optimized structures, in particular for x = 1 and x = 3, confirming the two known phases, namely NaSb and Na3Sb. The calculations suggest that the optimal composition range for reversible sodiation of antimony is 1 < x ≤ 3, thus avoiding the global minimum at x = 1. This can help to rationalize the structure-composition dependence of the electrochemical performance of antimony in Na-ion batteries.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. First-principles exploration of multiferroic oxides with double-perovskite structure

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    Oguchi, Tamio; Shishidou, Tatsuya; Uratani, Yoshitaka

    2006-03-01

    Multiferroics have attracted much attention recently because of their novel properties. There are a few known as ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials, particularly with perovskite-type crystal structure. Ferroelectrics should be insulating and likely ionic. Furthermore, it is widely recognized that covalent bonds between the cation and anion orbitals are crucial to realize atomic displacements to a noncentrosymmetric structure. As for magnetism, most of magnetic perovskite oxides usually have an antiferromagnetic order (mostly frustrating) due to a superexchange coupling. According to the Kanamori-Goodenough rule for the superexchange coupling, certain combinations of the transition-metals ions (d^3-d^5 and d^3-d^8 configurations) may possibly give a ferromagnetic coupling by the 180^o superexchange mechanism. In this study, we explore possible co-existence of spontaneous electric polarization and ferromagnetic ordering from first principles, by focusing bismuth double-perovskite oxides Bi2BB'O6 (B, B' = 3d ions) as target materials. Ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic solutions are obtained for cubic Bi2MnNiO6, Bi2CrFeO6 and Bi2CrCuO6 with nearly gapped electronic structure. Quite recently, Bi2MnNiO6 has been successfully synthesized by a high-pressure technique and revealed multiferroic properties. Possible multiferroic properties of Bi2MnNiO6 with the observed monoclinic structure are investigated in detail.

  12. First principles calculations of structural, electronic and optical properties of InN compound

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    Graine, R.; Chemam, R.; Gasmi, F. Z.; Nouri, R.; Meradji, H.; Khenata, R.

    2015-11-01

    We carried out ab initio calculations of structural, electronic and optical properties of Indium nitride (InN) compound in both zinc blende and wurtzite phases, using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method (FP-LAPW), within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). For the exchange and correlation potential, local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) were used. Moreover, the alternative form of GGA proposed by Engel and Vosko (EV-GGA) and modified Becke-Johnson schemes (mBJ) were also applied for band structure calculations. Ground state properties such as lattice parameter, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative are calculated. Results obtained for band structure of these compounds have been compared with experimental results as well as other first principle computations. Our results show good agreement with the available data. The calculated band structure shows a direct band gap Γ → Γ. In the optical properties section, several optical quantities are investigated; in particular we have deduced the interband transitions from the imaginary part of the dielectric function.

  13. 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.

  14. Structural properties of liquid Ge2Se3: A first-principles study

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    Le Roux, Sébastien; Zeidler, Anita; Salmon, Philip S.; Boero, Mauro; Micoulaut, Matthieu; Massobrio, Carlo

    2011-10-01

    The structural properties of liquid Ge2Se3were investigated by first-principles molecular dynamics using the Becke-Lee-Yang-Parr scheme for the treatment of the exchange-correlation functional in density functional theory. Our data for the total neutron structure factor and the total pair-distribution function are in excellent agreement with the experimental results. The structure is made predominantly (˜61%) from units comprising fourfold coordinated Ge atoms in the form of Ge-GeSe3 or Ge-Se4 motifs, but there is also a large variety of motifs in which Ge and Se are not fourfold and twofold coordinated, respectively. The miscoordinated atoms and homopolar bonds lead to a highly perturbed tetrahedral network, as reflected by diffusion coefficients that are larger than in the case of liquid GeSe2. The network does, nevertheless, exhibit intermediate range order which is associated with the Ge-Ge correlations and which manifests itself by a first sharp diffraction peak in the total neutron structure factor. The evolution of the properties of GexSe1-x liquids (0 ≤x≤ 1) with composition is discussed.

  15. First-principles study of structural, elastic, and thermodynamic properties of ZrHf alloy

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    Wei, Zhao; Zhai, Dong; Shao, Xiao-Hong; Lu, Yong; Zhang, Ping

    2015-04-01

    Structural parameters, elastic constants, and thermodynamic properties of ordered and disordered solid solutions of ZrHf alloys are investigated through first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory (DFT). The special quasi-random structure (SQS) method is used to model the disordered phase as a single unit cell, and two lamella structures are generated to model the ordered alloys. Small strains are applied to the unit cells to measure the elastic behavior and mechanical stability of ZrHf alloys and to obtain the independent elastic constants by the stress-strain relationship. Phonon dispersions and phonon density of states are presented to verify the thermodynamic stability of the considered phases. Our results show that both the ordered and disordered phases of ZrHf alloys are structurally stable. Based on the obtained phonon frequencies, thermodynamic properties, including Gibbs free energy, entropy, and heat capacity, are predicted within the quasi-harmonic approximation. It is verified that there are no obvious differences in energy between ordered and disordered phases over a wide temperature range. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51102009) and the Long-Term Subsidy Mechanism from the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education of China.

  16. First-principles study of nanotubes within the tetragonal, hexagonal and dodecagonal cycle structures

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    BabaeiPour, M.; Safari, E. Keshavarz; Shokri, A. A.

    2017-02-01

    A systematic study has been done on the structural and electronic properties of carbon, boron nitride and aluminum nitride nanotubes with structure consisting of periodically distributed tetragonal (T ≡A2X2), hexagonal (H ≡A3X3) and dodecagonal (D ≡A6X6) (AX=C2, BN, AlN) cycles. The method has been performed using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). The optimized lattice parameters, density of state (DOS) curves and band structure of THD-NTs are obtained for (3, 0) and (0, 2) types. Our calculation results indicate that carbon nanotubes of these types (THD-CNTs) behave as a metallic, but the boron nitride nanotubes (THD-BNNTs) (with a band gap of around 4 eV) as well as aluminum nitride nanotubes (THD-AlNNTs) (with a band gap of around 2.6 eV) behave as an semiconductor. The inequality in number of atoms in different directions is affected on structures and diameters of nanotubes and their walls curvature.

  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

    2012-08-02

    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.

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  20. Structural, elastic, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of Terbium oxide: First-principles investigations

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    Al-Qaisi, Samah; Abu-Jafar, M. S.; Gopir, G. K.; Ahmed, R.; Bin Omran, S.; Jaradat, Raed; Dahliah, Diana; Khenata, R.

    First-principles investigations of the Terbium oxide TbO are performed on structural, elastic, mechanical and thermodynamic properties. The investigations are accomplished by employing full potential augmented plane wave FP-LAPW method framed within density functional theory DFT as implemented in the WIEN2k package. The exchange-correlation energy functional, a part of the total energy functional, is treated through Perdew Burke Ernzerhof scheme of the Generalized Gradient Approximation PBEGGA. The calculations of the ground state structural parameters, like lattice constants a0, bulk moduli B and their pressure derivative B‧ values, are done for the rock-salt RS, zinc-blende ZB, cesium chloride CsCl, wurtzite WZ and nickel arsenide NiAs polymorphs of the TbO compound. The elastic constants (C11, C12, C13, C33, and C44) and mechanical properties (Young's modulus Y, Shear modulus S, Poisson's ratio σ, Anisotropic ratio A and compressibility β), were also calculated to comprehend its potential for valuable applications. From our calculations, the RS phase of TbO compound was found strongest one mechanically amongst the studied cubic structures whereas from hexagonal phases, the NiAs type structure was found stronger than WZ phase of the TbO. To analyze the ductility of the different structures of the TbO, Pugh's rule (B/SH) and Cauchy pressure (C12-C44) approaches are used. It was found that ZB, CsCl and WZ type structures of the TbO were of ductile nature with the obvious dominance of the ionic bonding while RS and NiAs structures exhibited brittle nature with the covalent bonding dominance. Moreover, Debye temperature was calculated for both cubic and hexagonal structures of TbO in question by averaging the computed sound velocities.

  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.

    2015-05-14

    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

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

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

    2016-10-01

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

  3. High-pressure structure and elastic properties of tantalum single crystal: First principles investigation

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    Gu, Jian-Bing; Wang, Chen-Ju; Zhang, Wang-Xi; Sun, Bin; Liu, Guo-Qun; Liu, Dan-Dan; Yang, Xiang-Dong

    2016-12-01

    Since knowledge of the structure and elastic properties of Ta at high pressures is critical for addressing the recent controversies regarding the high-pressure stable phase and elastic properties, we perform a systematical study on the high-pressure structure and elastic properties of the cubic Ta by using the first-principles method. Results show that the initial body-centered cubic phase of Ta remains stable even up to 500 GPa and the high-pressure elastic properties are excellently consistent with the available experimental results. Besides, the high-pressure sound velocities of the single- and poly-crystals Ta are also calculated based on the elastic constants, and the predications exhibit good agreement with the existing experimental data. Project supported by the Basic and Frontier Technical Research Project of Henan Province, China (Grant No. 152300410228), the University Innovation Team Project in Henan Province, China (Grant No. 15IRTSTHN004), and the Key Scientific Research Project of Higher Education of Henan Province, China (Grant No. 17A140014).

  4. Structural and magnetic properties of N doped Fe_mCon superlattices: First principles calculations.

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    Kim, Miyoung; Freeman, A. J.

    2001-03-01

    Magnetic alloys and multilayers have been widely investigated because of their potential for magnetic device applications. In this, materials exhibiting high magnetization as well as good soft magnetic properties are desirable. We investigated the magnetic and structural properties of Fe_mCon superlattices with various compositions via first principles local density full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method^(1) calculations. For the 25% Co composition which showed the maximum magnetic moments, we inserted N atoms to make (Fe_3Co)_4N_2, in order to examine the possible magnetic enhancement by N, which has drawn much attention since the first report (in 1972) of a giant magnetic moment for the quasi-stable α-Fe_16N_2. The structural optimization was fully accomplished by total energy and atomic force calculations. Despite the lattice expansion due to the N insertion, the magnetic moment of (Fe_3Co)_4N2 was found to be reduced from the value of the Fe_3Co superlattice by the strong hybridization of N with Fe and Co. (1) E. Wimmer, H. Krakauer, M. Weinert and A. J. Freeman, Phys. Rev. B 24, 864 (1981).

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

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

    2010-04-14

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

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

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

    2017-02-01

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

  8. First-principles calculation of W/WC interface: Atomic structure, stability and electronic properties

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    Jin, Na; Yang, Yanqing; Luo, Xian; Liu, Shuai; Xiao, Zhiyuan; Guo, Pengfei; Huang, Bin

    2015-01-01

    The structural, adhesive, and electronic properties of α-W(1 1 0)/α-WC(0 0 0 1) interfaces are studied by first-principles calculation based on density functional theory (DFT). Six different W/WC interface geometries are considered in this study, including two terminations of WC(0 0 0 1) surface, and each of them involves three different stacking sequences. It is demonstrated that whatever stacking sequence is, the interfacial separations of C-terminated interfaces decrease after optimization, and the lateral movement of the interfacial W atoms will bring three nearest neighbor C atoms around it. Therefore, the C-terminated interfaces are stable geometries, and yield larger adhesion energy, Wad. Using several analytic techniques including charge density distribution and its difference, and density of states, we characterized the electronic properties and determined the interfacial bonding of W-terminated hollow-site interface to be of metallic nature while the interfacial bonding of C-terminated hollow-site interface to be of a mixed covalent-ionic nature.

  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. 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.

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

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    Bazhirov, Timur; Cohen, Marvin L.

    2013-03-01

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

  12. Hydration thermodynamics of pyrochlore structured oxides from TG and first principles calculations.

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    Bjørheim, Tor S; Besikiotis, Vasileios; Haugsrud, Reidar

    2012-11-21

    In this contribution we investigate trends in the defect chemistry and hydration thermodynamics of rare-earth pyrochlore structured oxides, RE(2)X(2)O(7) (RE = La-Lu and X = Ti, Sn, Zr and Ce). First principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to elucidate trends in the general defect chemistry and hydration enthalpy for the above-mentioned series. Further, to justify the use of such theoretical methods, the hydration properties of selected compositions were studied by means of thermogravimetric measurements. Both DFT calculations and TG measurements indicate that the hydration enthalpy becomes less exothermic with decreasing radii of RE ions within the RE(2)X(2)O(7) series (X = Ti, Sn, Zr and Ce), while it is less dependent on the X site ion. The observed hydration trends are discussed in connection with trends in the stability of both protons and oxygen vacancies and changes in the electronic density of states and bonding environment through the series. Finally, the findings are discussed with respect to existing correlations for other binary and ternary oxides.

  13. Structural and electronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures from first principles calculations

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    Galli, Giulia

    2003-03-01

    While in the last decade robust experimental results have been obtained for II-VI nanocrystals, group IV elemental nanostructures are much less well characterized. The interplay between quantum confinement effects and surface properties has not been fully understood in these systems, and the effects of preparation conditions on the physical properties of Group IV nanoparticles remain an open issue. In this talk we present results of first principles simulations -using both Density Functional Theory and Quantum Monte Carlo techniques- aimed at understanding the physical and chemical properties of C, Si and Ge nanoparticles with diameters up to 2-3 nm. In particular, we will present investigations of optical gaps[1,2] and surface properties[2,3,4], and simulations of the effect of different preparation conditions [5] on the structure of Si nanoparticles. Work done in collaboration with E.Draeger, J.Grossman, A.Puzder, J-Y Raty and A.Williamson. [1] A. J. Williamson, J.C. Grossman, R.Q. Hood, A. Puzder and G. Galli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 196803, (2002). [2] J-Y. Raty, G. Galli, A.Van Buuren and L. J. Terminello, Phys. Rev. Lett. (accepted). [3] A. Puzder, A. J. Williamson, J. C. Grossman and G. Galli, J. Chem. Phys. 117, 6721 (2002). [4] A. Puzder, A. J. Williamson, J. C. Grossman and G. Galli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 097401 (2002). [5] E. Draeger, J. Grossman, A. Williamson and G. Galli (submitted).

  14. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONICSTRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICALPROPERTIES: First-Principles Study of Structural Stabilities, Electronic and Optical Properties of SrF2 under High Pressure

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    Hao, Ai-Min; Yang, Xiao-Cui; Li, Jie; Xin, Wei; Zhang, Su-Hong; Zhang, Xin-Yu; Liu, Ri-Ping

    2009-07-01

    An investigation of structural stabilities, electronic and optical properties of SrF2 under high pressure is conducted using a first-principles calculation based on density functional theory (DFT) with the plane wave basis set as implemented in the CASTEP code. Our results predict that the second high-pressure phase of SrF2 is of a Ni2In-type structure, and demonstrate that the sequence of the pressure-induced phase transition of SrF2 is the fluorite structure (Fm3m) to the PbCl2-type structure (Pnma), and to the Ni2In-type phase (P63/mmc). The first and second phase transition pressures are 5.77 and 45.58 GPa, respectively. The energy gap increases initially with pressure in the Fm3m, and begins to decrease in the Pnma phases at 30 GPa. The band gap overlap metallization does not occur up to 210 GPa. The pressure effect on the optical properties is discussed.

  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. Phase stability, electronic structure and mechanical properties of molybdenum disilicide: a first-principles investigation

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    Qiao, Yingjie; Zhang, Hexin; Hong, Changqing; Zhang, Xiaohong

    2009-05-01

    The phase stability, electronic structure and mechanical properties of MoSi2 at different phases were systematically investigated by first-principles density functional theory calculations. The results indicated that both tetragonal and hexagonal MoSi2 are thermodynamically and mechanically stable. The formation energy of the hexagonal phase is 6.27 kJ mol-1 smaller than that of the tetragonal one. In tetragonal MoSi2, Mo 4dxz, 4dyz and 4d_{z}^{2} orbitals overlap effectively with Si sp_{z}^{1} , px and py ones, while interactions between Mo 4d_{{x}^{2}-{y}^{2}} (4dxy) and Si 2p orbitals are confirmed in the hexagonal phase. However, the bond strengths of the hexagonal phase are smaller, leading to changes in the mechanical properties. Young's modulus decreases from 443.33 to 341.37 GPa as the phase transforms from the tetragonal to the hexagonal phase. The weakness of the Si-Mo bonds along the [0 0 1] direction and the Si-Si bonds within the (0 0 1) plane make the shear deformations of the hexagonal phase much easier to occur, and the G/B ratio correspondingly decreases, suggesting improvement in ductility. Moreover, the calculated Vicker's hardness of the hexagonal phase is 10.15 GPa, 48% smaller than the value in the tetragonal one. Besides the structural transformation, the external pressure can also affect the mechanical properties of the system. Different from the structural change, the external pressure enhances the Si-Si interactions while it reduces the Si-Mo (II) bond populations. Both the Vicker's hardness and ductility are improved as the hydrostatic pressure increases. The present calculations confirmed that the Si-Si (I) interactions play a central role in the hardness and ductility of MoSi2 materials.

  18. First principles calculation on the structure and electronic properties of BNNTs functionalized with isoniazid drug molecule

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    Saikia, Nabanita; Pati, Swapan K.; Deka, Ramesh C.

    2012-09-01

    One-dimensional nanostructures such as nanowires and nanotubes are stimulating tremendous research interest due to their structural, electronic and magnetic properties. We perform first principles calculation using density functional theory on the structural, and electronics properties of BNNTs adsorbed with isoniazid (INH) drug via noncovalent functionalization using the GGA/PBE functional and DZP basis set implemented in SIESTA program. The band structure, density of states and projected density of states (PDOS) plots suggest that isoniazid prefers to get adsorbed at the hollow site in case of (5,5) BNNT, whereas in (10,0) BNNT it favours the bridge site. The adsorption energy of INH onto (5,5) BNNT is smaller than in (10,0) BNNT which proposes that (10,0) BNNT with a larger radius compared to (5,5) BNNT is more favourable for INH adsorption as the corresponding distortion energy will also be quite lower. Functionalization of (5,5) and (10,0) BNNTs with isoniazid displays the presence of new impurity states (dispersionless bands) within the HOMO-LUMO energy gap of pristine BNNT leading to an increase in reactivity of the INH/BNNT system and lowering of the energy gap of the BNNTs. The PDOS plots show the major contribution towards the dispersionless impurity states is from INH molecule itself rather than from BNNT near the Fermi energy region. To summarize, noncovalent functionalization of BNNTs with isoniazid drug modulates the electronic properties of the pristine BNNT by lowering its energy gap with respect to the Fermi level, as well as demonstrating the preferential site selectivity for adsorption of isoniazid onto the nanotube sidewalls of varying chirality.

  19. 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.

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

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    Alford, Ashley; Chou, Mei-Yin

    2003-03-01

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

  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. A first-principles study of the SnO2 monolayer with hexagonal structure.

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    Xiao, Wen-Zhi; Xiao, Gang; Wang, Ling-Ling

    2016-11-07

    We report the structural, electronic, magnetic, and elastic properties of a two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb stannic oxide (SnO2) monolayer based on comprehensive first-principles calculations. The free-standing and well-ordered 2D centered honeycomb SnO2 (T-SnO2) monolayer with D3d point-group symmetry has good dynamical stability, as well as thermal stability at 500 K. The T-SnO2 monolayer is a nonmagnetic wide-bandgap semiconductor with an indirect bandgap of 2.55/4.13 eV obtained by the generalized gradient approximation with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof/Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof hybrid functional, but it acquires a net magnetic moment upon creation of a Sn vacancy defect. The elastic constants obtained from the relaxed ion model show that the T-SnO2 monolayer is much softer than MoS2. The bandgap monotonically decreases with increasing strain from -8% to 15%. An indirect-to-direct bandgap transition occurs upon applying biaxial strain below -8%. Synthesis of the T-SnO2 monolayer is proposed. We identify the Zr(0001) surface as being suitable to grow and stabilize the T-SnO2 monolayer. The unique structure and electronic properties mean that the T-SnO2 monolayer has promising applications in nanoelectronics. We hope that the present study on the stable free-standing SnO2 monolayer will inspire researchers to further explore its importance both experimentally and theoretically.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Thymine adsorption on two-dimensional boron nitride structures: first-principles studies.

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    Castro-Medina, J; García-Toral, D; López-Fuentes, M; Sánchez-Castillo, A; Torres-Morales, S; de la Garza, L Morales; Cocoletzi, Gregorio H

    2017-04-01

    First-principles total-energy calculations were performed to investigate the structural and electronic properties of thymine (T) adsorption on pristine and Al-doped two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride (2D-hBN) surfaces. Periodic density functional theory, as developed in the PWscf code of the quantum espresso package, was applied. The pseudopotential theory was used to deal with electron-ion interactions. The generalized gradient approximation was applied to treat the exchange-correlation energies. Van der Waals interactions were incorporated in the calculations. Considering T as an elongated molecule and the interactions through one oxygen atom of the molecule ring, two geometries were explored in pristine and Al-doped systems: in (1) the ring side O interacts with B, and (2) the O at the molecule end interacting with the B. The pristine case yields (4 × 4-a), (5 × 5-b) and (6 × 6-b) as the ground states, , while the doped system shows (4 × 4-a), (5 × 5-a) and (6 × 6-a) as the ground states. Calculations of the adsorption energies indicate chemisorption. Doping enhances the surface reactivity, inducing larger binding energies. The total density of states (DOS) was calculated and interpreted with the aid of the projected DOS. Below the Fermi energy, the DOS graphs indicate that p orbitals make the largest contributions. Above the Fermi level, the DOS is formed mainly by -s and H-s orbitals. The DOS graphs indicate that the structures have non-semiconductor behavior.

  6. 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

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

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

    2009-09-01

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

  8. Multiscale Methods for the Design of Structural Materials from First Principles: Systematic Search for New Nanostructures with Unprecedented Mechanical Properties

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    2012-03-15

    the Navier - Stokes theory of fluid mechanics did not describe, even qualitatively, many of the features of complex fluids that were playing an...nanosheets, nanosprings, nanorings, nanoribbons, nanocapsules and nanorods that comprise the main structures of nanotechnology . We have discovered new... Nanotechnology , multiscale methods, first-principles methods, structural materials, carbon nanotubes, graphene sheets U U U UU 11 Richard D. James 612

  9. Hydrogen storage in calcium alanate: First-principles thermodynamics and crystal structures

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    Wolverton, Christopher; Ozoliņš, Vidvuds

    2007-02-01

    Using first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we study the thermodynamics and crystal structure of calcium alanate, Ca(AlH4)2 , and its decomposition products CaAlH5 , CaH2 , and CaAl2 . Using a large database of AB2C8 and ABC5 structure types, we perform nearly 200 DFT calculations in an effort to predict the crystal structures of the Ca(AlH4)2 and CaAlH5 phases. For the low-energy T=0K phases, we perform DFT frozen-phonon calculations to ascertain the zero-point and vibrational entropy contributions to the thermodynamics of decomposition. We find the following: (i) For Ca(AlH4)2 , we confirm the previously predicted CaB2F8 -type structure as the stable phase. In addition, we uncover several phases (e.g., β-ThMo2O8 -type, AgAu2F8 -type, and PbRe2O8 -type) very competitive in energy with the ground state structure. (ii) For CaAlH5 , we find the stable structure type to be the recently observed α'-SrAlF5 -type, with UTlF5 -type, SrFeF5 -type and BaGaF5 -type structures being close in energy to the ground state. (iii) In agreement with recent experiments, our calculations show that the decomposition of Ca(AlH4)2 is divided into a weakly exothermic step [Ca(AlH4)2→CaAlH5+Al+3/2H2] , a weakly endothermic step [CaAlH5→CaH2+Al+3/2H2] , and a strong endothermic step [CaH2+2Al→CaAl2+H2] . (iv) Including static T=0K energies, zero-point energies, and the dynamic contributions of H2 gas, the DFT-calculated ΔH values for the first two decomposition steps ( -9 and +26kJ/mol H2 at the observed decomposition temperatures Ttilde 127 and 250°C , respectively) agree well with the experimental values recently reported ( -7 and +32kJ/mol H2 ). Only the second step [CaAlH5/CaH2] has thermodynamics near the targeted range that might make a suitable on-board hydrogen storage reaction for hydrogen-fueled vehicles. (v) Comparing the enthalpies for final stage of decomposition [ CaH2+2Al→CaAl2+H2 , ΔH=72kJ/mol H2 ] with the pure decomposition of CaH2

  10. 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.

  11. Hydrogen in aluminum: First-principles calculations of structure and thermodynamics

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    Wolverton, C.; Ozoliņš, V.; Asta, M.

    2004-04-01

    Despite decades of study, several key aspects of the Al-H system remain the subject of considerable debate. In an effort to elucidate some of these unknowns, we perform a systematic study of this system using first-principles density-functional calculations. We show that generalized gradient approximation (GGA) calculations provide an accurate picture of energetics, phase stability and structure, diffusion, and defect binding in the Al-H system. A series of calculations for hydrides in the M-H systems (M=Al, Ba, Ca, K, Mg, La, Li, Na, Ni, Pd, Sc, Sr, Ti, V, and Y) also shows that the GGA calculations are a quantitatively accurate predictor of hydride formation energies. For Al-H, we find: (i) In agreement with experiment, the observed metastable hydride, AlH3 is found to have a small, negative formation enthalpy at ambient conditions, but a strongly positive formation free energy. (ii) Linear response calculations of AlH3 yield vibrational frequencies, phonon densities of states (DOS), and heat capacities in excellent agreement with experimental measurements, and suggest the need for a reinterpretation of measured phonon DOS. (iii) Atomic relaxation and anharmonic vibrational effects both play an important role in the tetrahedral versus octahedral interstitial site preference of H in Al. (iv) The calculated heat of solution of H in the preferred tetrahedral site is large and positive (+0.71 eV), consistent with experimental solubility data and with Al as an endothermic hydrogen absorber. (v) Interstitial H interacts strongly with Al vacancies (□), with a calculated H-□ binding energy of 0.33 eV. (vi) In the absence of vacancies, the calculated migration energy of H between the tetrahedral and octahedral interstitial sites is 0.18 eV, but for H migrating away from an Al vacancy, the migration energy increases to 0.54 eV. Vacancy trapping of H can therefore provide an explanation for observed disparate H migration barriers.

  12. Low Dimensional String-like Relaxation Underpins Superionic Conduction in Fluorites and Related Structures.

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    Annamareddy, Ajay; Eapen, Jacob

    2017-03-27

    Among the superionic conductors that show a Faraday transition - the continuous increase in the ionic conductivity over a range of temperatures - the fluorite structures have enjoyed incisive examinations over the past four decades; yet the fundamental nature of superionicity has remained largely inconclusive. Departing from the traditional quasi-static defect framework, we provide weighty evidence for string-like dynamical structures that govern the fast ion conduction process in fluorites. We show that lower temperatures encourage the growth of longer but slowly relaxing strings and vice-versa - a direct manifestation of heterogeneous dynamics. Remarkably, the ionic conductivity is inversely correlated to the lifetime of the ions that participate in the strings and not explicitly to the ion population. Our analysis methodology, which resolves a long-standing disagreement on defect structures and the mechanism of ionic transport in fcc fluorite structures, is well-positioned to describe the dynamics of low dimensional conduction in a larger class of superionic conductors.

  13. 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

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

  15. Implicit solvent model for linear-scaling first-principles electronic structure calculations

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    Helal, Hatem H.; Payne, Mike; Mostofi, Arash A.

    2009-03-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) enables first-principles calculations that exhibit cubic scaling of the computational time required with respect to the number of atoms in the system. This presents an unavoidable difficulty when first-principles accuracy is needed for the study of large-scale biological systems. The ONETEP program reformulates DFT so that the required computational effort scales only linearly with system size, recently demonstrated for up to 32,000 atoms on 64 cores.ootnotetextN. D. M. Hine, P. D. Haynes, A. A. Mostofi, C.-K. Skylaris and M. C. Payne, submitted to J. Chem. Phys. (2008). Further complicating DFT based studies of biomolecular systems is the need for an accurate representation of the electrostatic environment. Rather than introducing explicit solvent molecules into the system, which would be computationally prohibitive, we present our recent efforts to integrate an implicit solvent modelootnotetextD. A. Scherlis et al., J. Chem. Phys. 124, 074103 (2006). with ONETEP in order to study systems in solution consisting of many thousands of atoms. We report preliminary results of our methodology with a study of the DNA nucleosome core particle.

  16. 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 .

  17. First principles predictions of van der Waals bonded inorganic crystal structures: Test case, HgCl2

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    Cooper, Valentino R; Donald, Kelling J

    2015-01-01

    We study the crystals structure and stability of four possible polymorphs of HgCl2 using first principles density functional theory. Mercury (II) halides are a unique class of materials which, depending on the halide species, form in a wide range of crystal structures, ranging from densely packed solids to layered materials and molecular solids. Predicting the groundstate structure of any member of this group from first principles, therefore, requires a general purpose functional that treats van der Waals bonding and covalent/ionic bonding adequately. Here, we demonstrate that the non-local van der Waals density functional paired with the C09 exchange functional meets this bar for HgCl2. In particular, this functional is able to predict the correct groundstate among the structures tested as well as having extremely good agreement with the experimentally known crystal structure. These results highlight the maturity of this functional and open the door to using this method for truly first principles crystal structure predictions.

  18. First Principles Predictions of Van Der Waals Bonded Inorganic Crystal Structures: Test Case, HgCl2

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    Cooper, Valentino R.; Donald, Kelling J.

    We study the crystals structure and stability of four possible polymorphs of HgCl2 using first principles density functional theory. Mercury (II) halides are a unique class of materials which, depending on the halide species, form in a wide range of crystal structures, ranging from densely packed solids to layered materials and molecular solids. Predicting the groundstate structure of any member of this group from first principles, therefore, requires a general purpose functional that treats van der Waals bonding and covalent/ionic bonding adequately. Here, we demonstrate that the non-local van der Waals density functional paired with the C09 exchange functional meets this bar for HgCl2. In particular, this functional is able to predict the correct groundstate among the structures tested as well as having extremely good agreement with the experimentally known crystal structure. These results highlight the maturity of this functional and open the door to using this method for truly first principles crystal structure predictions.

  19. Circuit elements at optical frequencies: A synthesis of first principles electronic structure and circuit theories

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    Tang, C.; Ramprasad, R.

    2006-03-01

    We present a new first principles based method to determine the equivalent circuit representations of nanostructured physical systems at optical frequencies. This method involves the determination of the frequency dependent effective permittivity of two constructs: an ordered composite system consisting of physical nano-elements using density functional theory, and an ordered arrangement of impedances using transmission line theory. Matching the calculated effective permittivity functions of these two constructs has enabled a mapping of the physical nano-system to its equivalent circuit. Specifically, we will show that silicon nanowires and carbon nanotubes can be represented as a series combination of inductance, capacitance and resistance. Once this mapping has been reasonably accomplished for a variety of physical systems, the nano-elements can be combined suitably to result in equivalent circuit topologies appropriate for optical and nanoelectronic devices, including left-handed (or negative refractive index) materials.

  20. O(N) complexity algorithms for First-Principles Electronic Structure Calculations

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    Fattebert, J L

    2007-02-16

    The fundamental equation governing a non-relativistic quantum system of N particles is the time-dependant Schroedinger Equation [Schroedinger, 1926]. In 1965, Kohn and Sham proposed to replace this original many-body problem by an auxiliary independent-particles problem that can be solved more easily (Density Functional Theory). Solving this simplified problem requires to find the subspace of dimension N spanned by the N eigenfunctions {Psi}{sub i} corresponding to the N lowest eigenvalues {var_epsilon}{sub i} of a non-linear Hamiltonian operator {cflx H} determined from first-principles. From the solution of the Kohn-Sham equations, forces acting on atoms can be derived to optimize geometries and simulate finite temperature phenomenon by molecular dynamics. This technique is used at LLNL to determine the Equation of State of various materials, and to study biomolecules and nanomaterials.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and first-principles study of SnWO4

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    Kuzmin, A.; Anspoks, A.; Kalinko, A.; Timoshenko, J.; Kalendarev, R.

    2014-04-01

    The local atomic structure in α- and β-SnWO4 was studied by synchrotron radiation W L3-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy at 10 and 300 K. Strongly distorted WO6 octahedra were found in α-SnWO4, whereas nearly regular WO4 tetrahedra were observed in β-SnWO4, confirming previous results. The structural results obtained were supported by the first-principles calculations, suggesting that the second-order Jahn-Teller effect is responsible for octahedral distortion.

  5. 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.

  6. Electronic structure and thermoelectric property of Co2YGe (Y=Mn, Fe) Heusler compounds: a first principle study

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    Joshi, Himanshu; Rai, D. P.; Sandeep; Thapa, R. K.

    2016-10-01

    The electronic and thermoelectric properties of Co2YGe (Y=Mn, Fe) Heusler compounds have been studied by first principle density functional theory and compared with the known experimental and theoretical results. Results of the density of states (DOS) and band structures shows the half-metallicity of the Heusler alloy Co2MnGe, whereas the Heusler alloy Co2FeGe fails to give half-metallicity when treated with GGA. The ZT value calculated for these materials is much below the benchmark value 1.

  7. 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.

  8. First-principles study on the structural, elastic and electronic properties of Ti2SiN under high pressure

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    Li, Hui; Wang, Zhenjun; Sun, Guodong; Yu, Pengfei; Zhang, Wenxue

    2016-07-01

    The structural, elastic and electronic properties of Ti2SiN under pressure range of 0-50 GPa have been systemically investigated by first-principles calculations. It is found that both Poisson's ratio and shear anisotropy factor of Ti2SiN increase with pressure, and Ti2SiN is elastic anisotropic. The DOS and Mulliken population analysis have been explored, which indicts that Ti2SiN is metallic-covalent-ionic in nature. The present calculations may contribute preliminary results and a better understanding of Ti2SiN for its applications under high pressure environments.

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

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

    2017-02-01

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

  10. 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.

  11. First-Principles Molecular Dynamics Simulation for Calcium under High-Pressure: Thermodynamic Effect on Simple Cubic Structure

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    Ishikawa, Takahiro; Nagara, Hitose; Suzuki, Naoshi; Shimizu, Katsuya

    2012-12-01

    The crystal structure of the simple cubic phase in calcium is investigated by first-principles molecular dynamics simulations at pressure of 40 GPa and at temperatures of 300 and 10 K. For the k-point sampling over the Brillouin zone, at least 3 × 3 × 3 k-points are required to achieve reliable dynamic behavior of the simulation cell consisting of 4 × 4 × 4 simple cubic primitive cells. As a result of the simulation, a dynamically fluctuating simple cubic lattice emerges at 300 K. The dynamic structure is distorted slightly from the cubic lattice at 10 K, which is consistent with previous experimental observations. A static crystal structure obtained by reducing the particle velocities in the course of the simulation becomes an orthorhombic structure, which is far from the simple cubic structure. Our molecular dynamics study indicates that thermal contribution is crucial for a discussion about the emergence of the simple cubic calcium.

  12. Structural stability and mechanical property of Ni(111)-graphene-Ni(111) layered composite: A first-principles study

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    Rong, Ximing; Chen, Jun; Li, Jing-Tian; Zhuang, Jun; Ning, Xi-Jing

    2015-12-01

    A first-principles calculation of the structural stability and mechanical property of Ni(111)-graphene-Ni(111) layered composite was presented. Three different structural models were considered, and the most stable interfacial structure had been determined with top-fcc structure in both sides of graphene. Stretching calculations demonstrate that the tensile stress of the composite can reach twice of that of pure Ni in the ranges of 0-0.2 strain. The Young’s modulus in triaxial directions are 384 (x), 362 (y), and 303 (z) GPa for the Ni(111)-graphene-Ni(111) structure, and 212 (x), 251 (y), and 273 (z) GPa for pure single-crystal Ni(111).

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Structural, electronic, mechanical, dielectric and optical properties of TiSiO4: First-principles study

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    Liu, Hao; Liu, Zheng-Tang; Ren, Juan; Liu, Qi-Jun

    2017-02-01

    Using the first-principles calculations, we have computed the structural parameters, band structures, elastic, dielectric and optical properties of TiSiO4 in orthorhombic CrVO4-type (Cmcm), tetragonal zircon-type (I41/amd) and scheelite-type (I41/a) phases. The obtained structural parameters of three phases were in agreement with previous results. The band structures, density of states and bond populations have been given to analyze the electronic properties and chemical bondings. The independent elastic constants of three phases have been calculated, showing that all of them were mechanically stable. The CrVO4 phase showed a brittle manner and the others behaved in a ductile manner. Moreover, the permittivity, refractive index, extinction coefficient, reflectivity, absorption coefficient, loss function and optical conductivity of three phases have been obtained and analyzed.

  16. A first-principles density-functional calculation of the electronic and vibrational structure of the key melanin monomers

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    Powell, B. J.; Baruah, T.; Bernstein, N.; Brake, K.; McKenzie, Ross H.; Meredith, P.; Pederson, M. R.

    2004-05-01

    We report first-principles density-functional calculations for hydroquinone (HQ), indolequinone (IQ), and semiquinone (SQ). These molecules are believed to be the basic building blocks of the eumelanins, a class of biomacromolecules with important biological functions (including photoprotection) and with the potential for certain bioengineering applications. We have used the difference of self-consistent fields method to study the energy gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital, ΔHL. We show that ΔHL is similar in IQ and SQ, but approximately twice as large in HQ. This may have important implications for our understanding of the observed broadband optical absorption of the eumelanins. The possibility of using this difference in ΔHL to molecularly engineer the electronic properties of eumelanins is discussed. We calculate the infrared and Raman spectra of the three redox forms from first principles. Each of the molecules have significantly different infrared and Raman signatures, and so these spectra could be used in situ to nondestructively identify the monomeric content of macromolecules. It is hoped that this may be a helpful analytical tool in determining the structure of eumelanin macromolecules and hence in helping to determine the structure-property-function relationships that control the behavior of the eumelanins.

  17. A first-principles density-functional calculation of the electronic and vibrational structure of the key melanin monomers.

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    Powell, B J; Baruah, T; Bernstein, N; Brake, K; McKenzie, Ross H; Meredith, P; Pederson, M R

    2004-05-08

    We report first-principles density-functional calculations for hydroquinone (HQ), indolequinone (IQ), and semiquinone (SQ). These molecules are believed to be the basic building blocks of the eumelanins, a class of biomacromolecules with important biological functions (including photoprotection) and with the potential for certain bioengineering applications. We have used the difference of self-consistent fields method to study the energy gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital, Delta(HL). We show that Delta(HL) is similar in IQ and SQ, but approximately twice as large in HQ. This may have important implications for our understanding of the observed broadband optical absorption of the eumelanins. The possibility of using this difference in Delta(HL) to molecularly engineer the electronic properties of eumelanins is discussed. We calculate the infrared and Raman spectra of the three redox forms from first principles. Each of the molecules have significantly different infrared and Raman signatures, and so these spectra could be used in situ to nondestructively identify the monomeric content of macromolecules. It is hoped that this may be a helpful analytical tool in determining the structure of eumelanin macromolecules and hence in helping to determine the structure-property-function relationships that control the behavior of the eumelanins.

  18. 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.

  19. Structural, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of ZrO2 polymorphs by first-principles calculation

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    Liang, Zuozhong; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Min; Wu, Fei; Chen, Jian-Feng; Xue, Chunyu; Zhao, Hong

    2017-04-01

    The structural, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of ZrO2 polymorphs (namely, monoclinic (P21/c), tetragonal (P42/nmc), cubic (Fm 3 bar m), and orthorhombic (Pbca and Pnma)) are investigated systematically by employing DFT functionals (LDA, PBE and PW91). It is found that the structural parameters of ZrO2 polymorphs calculated by PBE and PW91 functionals are highly consistent with previous experiments with low absolute relative error (ARE). Moreover, all considered structures are mechanically stable according to the Born-Huang criterion and the PBE and PW91 functionals are more accurate than the LDA functional in predicting mechanical and thermodynamic properties. Significantly, we described mechanical and thermodynamic properties of ZrO2 polymorphs by introducing the charge density difference of related surfaces, which provides a better understanding of different behaviors of elastic constants (Cij) in various crystal structures of ZrO2.

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

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

    2013-05-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-06-01

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

  8. First-principles study of structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of AuIn2

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    Wu, Hai Ying; Chen, Ya Hong; Deng, Chen Rong; Yin, Peng Fei; Cao, Hong

    2015-12-01

    The structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of AuIn2 in the CaF2 structure under pressure have been investigated using ab initio plane wave pseudopotential method within the generalized gradient approximation. The calculated structural parameters and equation of state are in excellent agreement with the available experimental and theoretical results. The elastic constants of AuIn2 at ambient condition are calculated, and the bulk modulus obtained from these calculated elastic constants agrees well with the experimental data. The pressure dependence of the elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus and Young’s modulus has also been investigated. The Debye temperature presents a slight increase with pressure. AuIn2 exhibits ductibility and low hardness characteristics, the ductibility increases while the hardness decreases with the increasing of pressure. The pressure effect on the heat capacity and thermal expansion coefficient for AuIn2 is much larger.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Self-interstitials structure in the hcp metals: A further perspective from first-principles calculations

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    Pasianot, Roberto C.

    2016-12-01

    We study the structure of several standard and non-standard self-interstitial configurations in a series of hcp metals, by using Density Functional Theory as embodied in the computer codes SIESTA and WIEN2k. The considered metals include Be, Mg, Ti, Zr, Co, Zn, and Cd, thus spanning the whole range of experimental c/a ratios, different kinds of bonding, and even magnetism (Co). The results show the importance of low symmetry configurations, closely related to the non-basal crowdion, in order to rationalize the experimental data on self-interstitial structure and migration.

  12. Activation volumes of oxygen self-diffusion in fluorite structured oxides

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    Christopoulos, S.-R. G.; Kordatos, A.; Cooper, M. W. D.; Fitzpatrick, M. E.; Chroneos, A.

    2016-10-01

    Fluorite structured oxides are used in numerous applications and as such it is necessary to determine their materials properties over a range of conditions. In the present study we employ molecular dynamics calculations to calculate the elastic and expansivity data, which are then used in a thermodynamic model (the cBΩ model) to calculate the activation volumes of oxygen self-diffusion coefficient in ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 fluorite structured oxides over a wide temperature range. We present relations to calculate the activation volumes of oxygen self-diffusion coefficient in ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 for a wide range of temperature (300-1700 K) and pressure (-7.5 to 7.5 GPa).

  13. Activation volumes of oxygen self-diffusion in fluorite structured oxides

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    Christopoulos, S-R G.; Kordatos, A.; Cooper, Michael William D.; Fitzpatrick, M. E.; Chroneos, A.

    2016-10-27

    In this study, fluorite structured oxides are used in numerous applications and as such it is necessary to determine their materials properties over a range of conditions. In the present study we employ molecular dynamics calculations to calculate the elastic and expansivity data, which are then used in a thermodynamic model (the cBΩ model) to calculate the activation volumes of oxygen self-diffusion coefficient in ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 fluorite structured oxides over a wide temperature range. We present relations to calculate the activation volumes of oxygen self-diffusion coefficient in ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 for a wide range of temperature (300–1700 K) and pressure (–7.5 to 7.5 GPa).

  14. Activation volumes of oxygen self-diffusion in fluorite structured oxides

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    Christopoulos, S-R G.; Kordatos, A.; Cooper, Michael William D.; ...

    2016-10-27

    In this study, fluorite structured oxides are used in numerous applications and as such it is necessary to determine their materials properties over a range of conditions. In the present study we employ molecular dynamics calculations to calculate the elastic and expansivity data, which are then used in a thermodynamic model (the cBΩ model) to calculate the activation volumes of oxygen self-diffusion coefficient in ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 fluorite structured oxides over a wide temperature range. We present relations to calculate the activation volumes of oxygen self-diffusion coefficient in ThO2, UO2 and PuO2 for a wide range of temperature (300–1700more » K) and pressure (–7.5 to 7.5 GPa).« less

  15. 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).

  16. First-principles prediction of stable SiC cage structures and their synthesis pathways

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    Pochet, Pascal; Genovese, Luigi; Caliste, Damien; Rousseau, Ian; Goedecker, Stefan; Deutsch, Thierry

    2010-07-01

    In this paper we use density functional theory calculations to investigate the structure and the stability of different SiC cagelike clusters. In addition to the fullerene family and the mixed four and six membered ring family, we introduce a family based on reconstructed nanotube slices. We propose an alternative synthesis pathway starting from SiC nanotubes.

  17. Structural, electronic, vibrational, and dielectric properties of LaBGeO{sub 5} from first principles

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    Shaltaf, R. Juwhari, H. K.; Hamad, B.; Khalifeh, J.; Rignanese, G.-M.; Gonze, X.

    2014-02-21

    Structural, electronic, vibrational, and dielectric properties of LaBGeO{sub 5} with the stillwellite structure are determined based on ab initio density functional theory. The theoretically relaxed structure is found to agree well with the existing experimental data with a deviation of less than 0.2%. Both the density of states and the electronic band structure are calculated, showing five distinct groups of valence bands. Furthermore, the Born effective charge, the dielectric permittivity tensors, and the vibrational frequencies at the center of the Brillouin zone are all obtained. Compared to existing model calculations, the vibrational frequencies are found in much better agreement with the published experimental infrared and Raman data, with absolute and relative rms values of 6.04 cm{sup −1}, and 1.81%, respectively. Consequently, numerical values for both the parallel and perpendicular components of the permittivity tensor are established as 3.55 and 3.71 (10.34 and 12.28), respectively, for the high-(low-)frequency limit.

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

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

    2011-04-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

    2015-06-22

    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.

  1. 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

  2. Low Dimensional String-like Relaxation Underpins Superionic Conduction in Fluorites and Related Structures

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    Annamareddy, Ajay; Eapen, Jacob

    2017-01-01

    Among the superionic conductors that show a Faraday transition – the continuous increase in the ionic conductivity over a range of temperatures – the fluorite structures have enjoyed incisive examinations over the past four decades; yet the fundamental nature of superionicity has remained largely inconclusive. Departing from the traditional quasi-static defect framework, we provide weighty evidence for string-like dynamical structures that govern the fast ion conduction process in fluorites. We show that lower temperatures encourage the growth of longer but slowly relaxing strings and vice-versa – a direct manifestation of heterogeneous dynamics. Remarkably, the ionic conductivity is inversely correlated to the lifetime of the ions that participate in the strings and not explicitly to the ion population. Our analysis methodology, which resolves a long-standing disagreement on defect structures and the mechanism of ionic transport in fcc fluorite structures, is well-positioned to describe the dynamics of low dimensional conduction in a larger class of superionic conductors. PMID:28344314

  3. 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

  4. Crystal structure analysis and first principle investigation of F doping in LiFePO4

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    Milović, Miloš; Jugović, Dragana; Cvjetićanin, Nikola; Uskoković, Dragan; Milošević, Aleksandar S.; Popović, Zoran S.; Vukajlović, Filip R.

    2013-11-01

    This work presents the synthesis of F-doped LiFePO4/C composite by the specific modification of the recently suggested synthesis procedure based on an aqueous precipitation of precursor material in molten stearic acid, followed by a high temperature treatment. Besides the lattice parameters and the primitive cell volume reductions, compared to the undoped sample synthesized under the same conditions, the Rietveld refinement also shows that fluorine ions preferably occupy specific oxygen sites. Particularly, the best refinement is accomplished when fluorine ions occupy O(2) sites exclusively. By means of up-to-date electronic structure and total energy calculations this experimental finding is theoretically confirmed. Such fluorine doping also produces closing of the gap in the electronic structure and consequently better conductivity properties of the doped compound. In addition, the morphological and electrochemical performances of the synthesized powder are fully characterized.

  5. 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.

  6. First principle calculation of structure and lattice dynamics of Lu2Si2O7

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    Nazipov, D. V.; Nikiforov, A. E.

    2016-12-01

    Ab initio calculations of crystal structure and Raman spectra has been performed for single crystal of lutetium pyrosilicate Lu2Si2O7. The types of fundamental vibrations, their frequencies and intensities in the Raman spectrum has been obtained for two polarizations. Calculations were made in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) with hybrid functionals. The isotopic substitution was calculated for all inequivalent ions in cell. The results in a good agreement with experimental data.

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

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

    2014-02-21

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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

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    Kweon, Kyoung E.; Hwang, Gyeong S.

    2013-09-01

    The monoclinic and tetragonal phases of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) 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 BiVO4 (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 BiVO4 are discussed.

  11. Band Structure and Optical Properties of Kesterite Type Compounds: first principle calculations

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    Palaz, S.; Unver, H.; Ugur, G.; Mamedov, A. M.; Ozbay, E.

    2017-02-01

    In present work, our research is mainly focused on the electronic structures, optical and magnetic properties of Cu2FeSnZ4 (Z = S, Se) compounds by using ab initio calculations within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The calculations are performed by using the Vienna ab-initio simulation package (VASP) based on the density functional theory. The band structure of the Cu2FeSnZ4 ( Z = S, Se) compounds for majority spin (spin-up) and minority spin (spin-down) were calculated. It is seen that for these compounds, the majority spin states cross the Fermi level and thus have the metallic character, while the minority spin states open the band gaps around the Fermi level and thus have the narrow-band semiconducting nature. For better understanding of the electronic states, the total and partial density of states were calculated, too. The real and imaginary parts of dielectric functions and hence the optical functions such as energy-loss function, the effective number of valance electrons and the effective optical dielectric constant for Cu2FeSnZ4 (Z = S, Se) compounds were also calculated.

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

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

    2011-03-01

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

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

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    Nejatipour, Hajar; Dadsetani, Mehrdad

    2016-05-01

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

  14. 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. PMID:26728125

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

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

    2016-10-01

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

  16. Changes of structure and dipole moment of water with temperature and pressure: a first principles study.

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    Kang, Dongdong; Dai, Jiayu; Yuan, Jianmin

    2011-07-14

    The changes of structure and distribution of dipole moment of water with temperatures up to 2800 K and densities up to 2.2 g/cm(3) are investigated using ab initio molecular dynamics. Along the isochore of 1.0 g/cm(3), the structure of liquid water above 800 K is dramatically different from that at ambient conditions, where the hydrogen-bonds network collapses. Along the isotherm of 1800 K, the transition from the liquid state to an amorphous superionic phase occurs at 2.0 g/cm(3) (32.9 GPa), which is not observed along the isotherm of 2800 K. With increasing temperature, the average dipole moment of water molecules is decreased arising from the weakened polarization by the collapse of the hydrogen-bonds network, while it is contrarily increased with compression due to the strengthening effect upon the polarization of water molecules. Both higher temperature and pressure broaden the distribution of dipole moment of water molecules due to the enhanced intramolecular charge fluctuations.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  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. 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.

  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. 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.

  3. Near-edge structures from first principles all-electron Bethe-Salpeter equation calculations.

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    Olovsson, W; Tanaka, I; Puschnig, P; Ambrosch-Draxl, C

    2009-03-11

    We obtain x-ray absorption near-edge structures (XANES) by solving the equation of motion for the two-particle Green's function for the electron-hole pair, the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE), within the all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method (FPLAPW). The excited states are calculated for the Li K-edge in the insulating solids LiF, Li(2)O and Li(2)S, and absorption spectra are compared with independent particle results using the random phase approximation (RPA), as well as supercell calculations using the core-hole approximation within density functional theory (DFT). The binding energies of strongly bound excitations are determined in the materials, and core-exciton wavefunctions are demonstrated for LiF.

  4. Structure and Formation of Synthetic Hemozoin: Insights from First Principles Calculations

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    Marom, Noa; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Kapishnikov, Sergey; Kronik, Leeor; Leiserowitz, Leslie

    2011-03-01

    Malaria has reemerged due to parasite resistance to synthetic drugs that act by inhibiting crystallization of the malaria pigment, hemozoin (HZ). Understanding the process of HZ nucleation is therefore vital. The crystal structure of synthetic HZ, β -hematin (β H), has recently been determined via x-ray diffraction. We employ van der Waals (vdW) corrected density functional theory to study the β H crystal and its repeat unit, a heme dimer. We find that vdW interactions play a major role in the binding of the heme dimer and the β H crystal. Accounting for the β H periodicity is a must for obtaining the correct geometry of the heme dimer, due to vdW interactions with adjacent dimers. The different isomers of the heme dimer are close in energy, consistent with the observed pseudo-polymorphism. We use these findings to comment on β H crystallization mechanisms.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  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.

  10. 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.

  11. Electronic structures and superconductivity of endohedrally doped C28 solids from first principles

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    Romero, Nichols A.; Kim, Jeongnim; Martin, Richard M.

    2007-11-01

    We present ab initio calculations of the crystalline phases of C28 : hyperdiamond and hyperlonsdaleite, in their pristine and endohedrally doped forms. These are hard materials with strong covalent bonds between the C28 molecules, and yet their electronic properties have remarkable similarities to the weakly bonded C28H4 molecular solids previously investigated [Phys. Rev. B 70, 140504(R) (2004)]. Our calculations show that they exhibit very narrow bands near the Fermi energy with an electron-phonon coupling that is well described by a molecular model and is larger than in C60 . Our study focuses on C28 solids endohedrally doped with Zr, a group-IVB tetravalent atom. Solid Zr@C28 is a small-gap insulator with Jahn-Teller distortions. Since the two structures considered are degenerate in energy, the actual material is expected to have disorder affecting the states at the Fermi energy and leading to a nonvanishing density of states. We conclude that the small density of states at the Fermi energy for Zr@C28 will lead to a superconducting transition temperature Tc lower than that found in K3C60 ; however, our results suggest that a higher Tc may be obtained using group-IIIB trivalent atoms.

  12. Electronic Structure of Organic/Inorganic Interfaces: Insights from First Principles Calculations

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    Segev, Lior

    Electronic devices based on molecules draw a lot of attention in both scientific and industrial activities. Molecules in electronic devices can serve as the heart of the device, featuring versatile physical properties i.e. electronical, optical, magnetic, etc. Molecules can also function as an assist mechanism in which the electronic properties of the underlying material are modified in a predictable fashion according to the molecular monolayer properties. But, the route to applications in both these directions lies in answering fundamental questions related to band offsets between two materials, full electronic structure determination of molecule and substrates, work function modifications, etc. To tackle these questions, we chose to study the interface formed by an alkyl monolayer adsorbed on a Si substrate by utilizing two ab initio methods. First, the density functional theory (DFT) utilizing the local density or the B3LYP approximations for the exchange-correlation potential and, second, the many-body perturbation theory based on the GW approximation. We adapted a "divide and conquer" approach to our system by simulating the infinite counterpart, polyethylene, of our finite alkyl chain to test how the band gap of the two molecules changes when moving from an infinite 1D molecule to a finite length molecule. We find excellent agreement between our GW simulation results for polyethylene and experimental results for the bandstructure, ionization potential and band gap values. From DFT simulations, we analyze the ultra-violet photoelectron spectra (UPS) of odd and even number of carbons alkyl chains and identify the origin of their differences in spectral signature. GW simulations of the full alkyl monolayer/Si(111) system reveal that the projected density of states (DOS) of the upper alkyl chain have an excellent agreement to experimental UPS and inverse-photoemission spectra results. Based on this correspondence, we find the band alignment between the alkyl

  13. 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

    2016-10-07

    Performed a systematic study using first-principles methods of the pressure-induced structural and electronic phase transitions in ThS2, which may play an important role in the next generation nuclear energy fuel technology.

  14. Strong interplay between structure and electronic properties in CuIn(S,Se){2}: a first-principles study.

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    Vidal, Julien; Botti, Silvana; Olsson, Pär; Guillemoles, Jean-François; Reining, Lucia

    2010-02-05

    We present a first-principles study of the electronic properties of CuIn(S,Se){2} (CIS) using state-of-the-art self-consistent GW and hybrid functionals. The calculated band gap depends strongly on the anion displacement u, an internal structural parameter that measures lattice distortion. This contrasts with the observed stability of the band gap of CIS solar panels under operating conditions, where a relatively large dispersion of values for u occurs. We solve this apparent paradox considering the coupled effect on the band gap of copper vacancies and lattice distortions. The correct treatment of d electrons in these materials requires going beyond density functional theory, and GW self-consistency is critical to evaluate the quasiparticle gap and the valence band maximum.

  15. First-principles study of electronic structure, chemical bonding and elastic properties for new superconductor CaFeAs2

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    Yan, J. G.; Chen, Z. J.; Xu, G. B.; Kuang, Z.; Chen, T. H.; Li, D. H.

    2017-01-01

    Using first-principles calculation we investigated the structural, electronic and elastic properties of paramagnetic CaFeAs2. Our results indicated that the density of states (DOS) was dominated predominantly by Fe-3d states at Fermi levels, and stronger hybridization exists between As1 and As1 atoms. Three hole pockets are formed at Γ and Z points, and two electronic pockets are formed at A and E points. The Dirac cone-like bands appear near B and D points. For the first time we calculated the elastic properties and found that CaFeAs2 is a mechanically stable and moderately hard material, it has elastic anisotropy and brittleness, which agrees well with the bonding picture and the calculation of Debye temperature (ΘD).

  16. Structural, electronic transport and optical properties of functionalized quasi-2D TiC2 from first-principles calculations

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    Berdiyorov, G. R.; Madjet, M. E.

    2016-12-01

    Using the first-principles density functional theory, we study the effect of surface functionalization on the structural and optoelectronic properties of recently proposed quasi-two-dimensional material TiC2 [T. Zhao, S. Zhang, Y. Guo, Q. Wang, Nanoscale 8 (2016) 233]. Hydrogenated, fluorinated, oxidized and hydroxylated surfaces are considered. Significant changes in the lattice parameters and partial charge distributions are found due to the surface termination. Direct contribution of the adatoms to the system density of states near the Fermi level is obtained, which has a major impact on the optoelectronic properties of the material. For example, surface termination results in larger absorption in the visible range of the spectrum. The electronic transport is also affected by the surface functionalization: the current in the system can be reduced by an order of magnitude. These findings indicate the importance of the effects of surface passivation on optoelectronic properties of this quasi-2D material.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. A first principles study on the structure of ice-VI: static distortion, molecular geometry, and proton ordering.

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    Kuo, Jer-Lai; Kuhs, Werner F

    2006-03-02

    We have studied the structure of ice-VI by examining all ice-rule-allowed structures in its primary unit cell of 10 water molecules with first principles methods. A significant amount of static distortions in the oxygen positions away from their crystallographic positions are found, which is in good agreements with significant higher-order terms in the atomic displacement parameters obtained from X-ray and neutron diffraction data. Structural anomalies (such as exceptionally short OH bonds and small H-O-H angles) noted in conventional crystal structure refinements were not seen in our ab initio calculations, and it is evident that these structural anomalies arose from oversimplified models in which static distortions are not properly accounted for. Our results also show that the molecular geometry of water in ice-VI is similar to but richer than those in ice-Ih and ice-VII. Larger distortions in bond lengths/angles and correlation between the molecular geometry and the neighboring environments were found. Different proton-ordering schemes proposed in the literature were examined, and our calculations provide evidence in favor of a ferroelectric phase of the proton-ordered counterpart of ice-VI at about 80 K.

  1. First-principle calculations on the structural stability and electronic properties of superhard BxCy compounds.

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    Li, M M; Fan, Xiaofeng; Zheng, W T

    2013-10-23

    With first-principle calculations, we studied the structural stability and electronic properties of the BxCy compounds based on three kinds of phases including diamond-like, C20-like and B15-like phases. The C20-like structure B8C12 is found to be a new stable structure with relatively low formation energy in middle boron concentration and is expected to be synthesized experimentally. Combined with a microscopic model, the Vickers hardness of the different configurations of BxCy compounds is analyzed with the change of boron concentration. It is found that the hardness of the B-C system has a decreasing trend with the increase of boron concentration. In addition, all the structures have metallic properties, except B12C3 and B14C. With the analysis of Mulliken bond population and charge distribution, the bonds with high electron density and short bond length have an important contribution to the hardness in the B-C system, while the effect of metallicity to hardness can be ignored.

  2. First-principles study of the crystal structures and physical properties of H18-BN and Rh6-BN

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    Ren, Xiao-Yan; Zhao, Chun-Xiang; Niu, Chun-Yao; Wang, Jia-Qi; Jia, Yu; Cho, Jun-Hyung

    2016-12-01

    As the analog of carbon allotropes, new three-dimensional (3D) boron nitride (BN) allotropes have attracted much attention of researchers due to their great importance in fundamental sciences and wide practical applications. Here, based on first-principles density-functional theory calculations, we predict two new stable BN allotropes: One is H18-BN with the P 6 bar m 2 (D3h1) symmetry containing eighteen atoms in the hexagonal unit cell and the other is Rh6-BN with the R 3 bar m (C3v5) symmetry containing six atoms in the rhombohedral primitive unit cell. The dynamic stabilities of the two structures are examined through the phonon spectrum analysis as well as molecular dynamics simulations, whereas the mechanical properties are analyzed by elastic constants, bulk modulus and shear modulus. From the analysis of the enthalpy evolution with respect to pressure, we find that h-BN can be transformed into either H18-BN or RH6-BN structure under a higher pressure of ∼ 15 GPa. We also find that both the H18-BN and Rh6-BN allotropes are brittle materials with indirect band gaps of 2.31 and 4.48 eV, respectively. The simulated XRD spectra provide detailed structural information of H18-BN and Rh6-BN for future experimental examinations. Our findings not only greatly enrich the existing structural family of 3D-BN materials but also stimulate further experiments.

  3. First-principles calculations of the electronic structure, phase transition and properties of ZrSiO4 polymorphs

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    Du, Jincheng; Devanathan, Ramaswami; Corrales, Louis R.; Weber, William J.

    2012-05-01

    First-principles periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to understand the electronic structure, chemical bonding, phase transition, and physical properties of the mineral 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 electronic density of states and atomic charges analyses show that bonding in the high-pressure reidite phase has a stronger covalent character.

  4. 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.

  5. Crystal structure of Sr6Y2Al4O15: XRD refinements and first-principle calculations

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    Wang, Chun-Hai; Guo, Dong-Fang; Li, Zhao-Fei; Wang, Xiao-Ming; Lin, Jian-Hua; Zeng, Zheng-Zhi; Jing, Xi-Ping

    2012-08-01

    The ternary oxide phase Sr6Y2Al4O15 (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(Y1/3Al2/3)O2.5 and has a monoclinic C2 (S.G. No. 5) unit cell with the unit cell parameters: a=17.597(1) Å, b=5.7408(1) Å, c=7.6860(1) Å, β=90.7659(3)°, Vcell=776.37(1) Å3, 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 ˜4.3 eV and a direct band gap ˜4.4 eV, which is wide to be transparent to UV and visible lights. We also synthesized other rare-earth isomorphs Sr6Ln2Al4O15 (Ln=Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) and obtained their cell parameters.

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

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    Hu, Yonghong; Wu, Yunyi; Zhang, Shengli

    2016-12-01

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

  7. First-principles calculations for the structural stabilities of ordered Nb4 clusters on the Cu(111) surface

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    Wang, Xiaochun; Lin, Qiubao; Li, Renquan; Zhu, Zizhong

    2006-06-01

    First-principles density-functional theory and supercell models are employed to study the structural stabilities and electronic structures of periodically two-dimensional arrays of Nb4 clusters on the Cu(111) surface. The calculations on the relaxed geometries and cohesive energies show that Nb4 clusters with both the tetrahedron and quadrangle configurations can be stably absorbed on the Cu(111) surface, which might have important applications. The absorption energies are 2.00, 1.43eV/Nb atom for quadrangle- and tetrahedron- Nb4 on Cu(111) , respectively, showing that adsorption of quadrangle- Nb4 clusters are more stable than those of tetrahedron- Nb4 . The energy barrier for the tetrahedron- Nb4 adsorption to the quadrangle one is around 1.21eV/cluster . Electronic structure calculations suggest that adsorption of Nb4 on Cu(111) surface causes significant charge redistributions between the surface layer Cu and the Nb4 adsorbate, leading to remarkable changes on the electronic structure of the copper surface.

  8. Structural Polymorphism in "Kesterite" Cu2ZnSnS4: Raman Spectroscopy and First-Principles Calculations Analysis.

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    Dimitrievska, Mirjana; Boero, Federica; Litvinchuk, Alexander P; Delsante, Simona; Borzone, Gabriella; Perez-Rodriguez, Alejandro; Izquierdo-Roca, Victor

    2017-03-20

    This work presents a comprehensive analysis of the structural and vibrational properties of the kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS, I4̅ space group) as well as its polymorphs with the space groups P4̅2c and P4̅2m, from both experimental and theoretical point of views. Multiwavelength Raman scattering measurements performed on bulk CZTS polycrystalline samples were utilized to experimentally determine properties of the most intense Raman modes expected in these crystalline structures according to group theory analysis. The experimental results compare well with the vibrational frequencies that have been computed by first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. Vibrational patterns of the most intense fully symmetric modes corresponding to the P4̅2c structure were compared with the corresponding modes in the I4̅ CZTS structure. The results point to the need to look beyond the standard phases (kesterite and stannite) of CZTS while exploring and explaining the electronic and vibrational properties of these materials, as well as the possibility of using Raman spectroscopy as an effective technique for detecting the presence of different crystallographic modifications within the same material.

  9. The structural, elastic, electronic and dynamical properties of chalcopyrite semiconductor BeGeAs2 from first-principles calculations

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    Çiftci, Yasemin Ö.; Evecen, Meryem; Aldırmaz, Emine

    2017-01-01

    First-principles calculations for the structural, elastic, electronic and vibrational properties of BeGeAs2 with chalcopyrite structure have been reported in the frame work of the density functional theory. The calculated ground state properties are in good agreement with the available data. By considering the electronic band structure and electronic density of states calculation, it is found that this compound is a semiconductor which confirmed the previous work. Single-crystal elastic constants and related properties such as Young's modulus, Poisson ratio, shear modulus and bulk modulus have been predicted using the stress-finite strain technique. It can be seen from the calculated elastic constants that this compound is mechanically stable in the chalcopyrite structure. Pressure dependences of elastic constants and band gap are also reported. Finally, the phonon dispersion curves and total and partial density of states were calculated and discussed. The calculated phonon frequencies BeGeAs2 are positive, indicating the dynamical stability of the studied compound.

  10. Structural, electronic and optical properties of Bi2O3 polymorphs by first-principles calculations for photocatalytic water splitting

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    Azhar, N. S.; Taib, M. F. M.; Hassan, O. H.; Yahya, M. Z. A.; Ali, A. M. M.

    2017-03-01

    Crystal structures of α-Bi2O3 and β-Bi2O3 were calculated using Cambridge serial total energy package (CASTEP) based on the first-principles plane-wave ultrasoft pseudopotential method within local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) together with Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof (GGA-PBE) and Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof revised for solid (GGA-PBEsol). The structural parameter of α-Bi2O3 and β-Bi2O3 are in good agreement with previous experimental and theoretical data. All of the polymorphs were calculated for the total density of states (TDOS) and the partial density of states (PDOS) of Bi, O atoms. Density of states exhibits hybridization of Bi 6s and O 2p orbitals and the calculated charge density profiles exhibit the ionic character in the chemical bonding of this compound. The narrowed band gap (E g) and red-shift of light absorption edge are responsible for the photocatalytic activity of Bi2O3 for water splitting application. The optical properties such as optical absorption and electron energy loss function were calculated to show the best structure among these polymorphs for the photocatalytic water splitting application.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. First principle studies of doping effects on the electronic and geometric structures of graphitic C3N4

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    Zuluaga, Sebastian; Stolbov, Sergey

    2013-03-01

    Layered carbon nitride g-C3N4 is a promising material as a photo-anode for the H production from water. By doping, the band gap (2.7 eV) can be tuned to the value optimal for efficient absorption of visible light irradiation. We present here our first principle computational study of the effects of doping with B, P and S on the geometric and electronic structures of g-C3N4 and compare them to experimental results. We have evaluated within density functional theory the energetics of various doping scenarios in terms of both thermodynamics and kinetics, and selected the energetically most favorable structures. Our calculations reveal important details of valence charge density redistribution upon the doping. The doping effect on the electronic density of states (DOS), in particular on band gap width, has been evaluated using an accurate GW method. We find the DOS to strongly depend on the doping geometry. The detailed analysis of the projected DOS provides significant insight into the mechanism underlying modification of the electronic structure upon doping.

  14. First-principles study of interface magnetic structure in Nd2Fe14B /(Fe ,Co ) exchange spring magnets

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    Umetsu, Nobuyuki; Sakuma, Akimasa; Toga, Yuta

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic properties of Nd2Fe14B (NFB)/transition metal (TM = Fe, Co) multilayer systems are studied on the basis of first-principles density functional calculations. Assuming a collinear spin structure, we optimize the model structure under a variety of crystallographic alignments of the NFB layer, and analyze the mechanism of interface magnetic coupling. Improvements in remanent magnetization compared to that of single NFB are observed in NFB(001)/Fe, NFB(110)/Fe, and NFB(100)/Co. On the other hand, in NFB(100)/Fe, remanence degradation due to the antiparallel magnetization alignment between NFB and Fe layers is observed. In this system, which has the shortest optimized interlayer distance among all considered systems, an itinerant electron magnetism is required around the interface to lower the total energy, and accordingly, antiferromagnetic coupling is preferred. The significant difference in property between NFB(100)/Fe and NFB(100)/Co is attributed to the difference between their interface structures, optimized interlayer distances, and magnetic stiffness of TM layers.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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; ...

    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

  19. The structure of Mn-doped tris(8-hydroxyquinoline)gallium by extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and first principles calculations

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    Fang, Shaojie; Pang, Zhiyong; Du, Yonghua; Zheng, Lirong; Zhang, Xijian; Wang, Fenggong; Yuan, Huimin; Han, Shenghao

    2012-12-01

    Metal-Mqx (M = Al, Ga, Zn, Be, and Ca, x = 2 or 3) complexes play a key role in organic spintronics and organic optoelectronics. However, the accurate structure determination of these complexes has been a challenge for a long time. Here, we report the structure of Mn-Gaq3 investigated by using first-principle density functional theory (DFT) calculations and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. First, the structures of Mn-Gaq3 were predicted by first-principle DFT calculations. Then, all reasonable structures achieved from the calculations were used to fit the EXAFS spectra. By this method, the structure of Mn-Gaq3 is well obtained. We believe this method is also applicable to other metal-Mqx films.

  20. 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.

  1. First principles study of electronic structure dependent optical properties of oxychalcogenides BiOCuCh (Ch = S, Se, Te)

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    Ul Islam, A. K. M. Farid; Helal, M. A.; Liton, M. N. H.; Kamruzzaman, M.; Islam, H. M. Tariqul

    2016-11-01

    The optical properties of BiOCuCh and their dependency on the electronic structures are investigated using first principles study. Modified Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation functional for solids are used to optimize lattice parameters. These optimized lattice parameters are used to calculate the electronic energy band, density of state and optical properties. It is observed that the optical constants are dependent on the energy band gap and also on the contribution of Copper and Chalcogen atoms in the formation of electronic band structure. The obtained results reveal that the optical constants are dominated by the inter-band transitions. In the case of higher incident photon energy these materials behave like metal, where optical constants are dominated by the free carriers. The obtained optical band gaps 0.60, 0.56 and 0.55 eV for BiOCuS, BiOCuSe and BiOCuTe, respectively are consistent with available theoretical results. We also calculate the carrier concentration, electrical conductivity, effective mass of the carrier and their temperature dependency using semi-classical BoltzTraP package. Among these three materials BiOCuTe shows higher electrical conductivity. Analyzing their optical properties, we conclude that these materials are useful in the optoelectronic devices such as coating materials, high frequency reflector, infrared radiation detector and emitter and also important to design quantum devices.

  2. First-principles study of structural and elastic properties of monoclinic and orthorhombic BiMnO3.

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    Mei, Zhi-Gang; Shang, Shun-Li; Wang, Yi; Liu, Zi-Kui

    2010-07-28

    The structural and elastic properties of BiMnO(3) with monoclinic (C 2/c) and orthorhombic (Pnma) ferromagnetic (FM) structures have been studied by first-principles calculations within LDA + U and GGA + U approaches. The equilibrium volumes and bulk moduli of BiMnO(3) phases are evaluated by equation of state (EOS) fittings, and the bulk properties predicted by LDA + U calculations are in better agreement with experiment. The orthorhombic phase is found to be more stable than the monoclinic phase at ambient pressure. A monoclinic to monoclinic phase transition is predicted to occur at a pressure of about 10 GPa, which is ascribed to magnetism versus volume instability of monoclinic BiMnO(3). The single-crystal elastic stiffness constants c(ij)s of the monoclinic and orthorhombic phases are investigated using the stress-strain method. The c(46) of the monoclinic phase is predicted to be negative. In addition, the polycrystalline elastic properties including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, bulk modulus-shear modulus ratio, Poisson's ratio, and elastic anisotropy ratio are determined based on the calculated elastic constants. The presently predicted phase transition and elastic properties open new directions for investigation of the phase transitions in BiMnO(3), and provide helpful guidance for the future elastic constant measurements.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Structural and thickness dependence of polar SMOKE spectra : first-principles determinations for Co thin films and multilayers

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    Kim, Miyoung; Freeman, A. J.; Wu, Ruqian

    1998-03-01

    We performed first principles calculations of the polar surface magneto-optical Kerr effect (SMOKE) for free standing fcc Co thin films with various number of layers and for Co/Pt multilayers. The local density full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) ( E. Wimmer, H. Krakauer, M. Weinert and A. J. Freeman, Phys. Rev. B 24), 864 (1981) method was used to obtain semi-relativistic self-consistent charge densities. Spin-orbit coupling was treated in a second variational manner and then the Kerr angles were determined using the optical condutivity tensor obtained from linear response theory. We find that the Co monolayer exhibits a totally different SMOKE from that of bulk Co, while the SMOKE of Co thin films with 3 or more layers recover the bulk characteristics but with different peak positions dependent on the thickness. The electronic and magnetic structures and spin- and l-decomposed conductivities are presented to illustrate the thickness dependence. Also the calculated result for Co/Pt multilayers will be presented and discussed with a comparison of experiments on multilayers and alloys to describe the structural dependence of SMOKE.

  6. Electronic Structure of I-M8Ga16Sn30 (M = Ba, Sr, Yb) by First-Principles Calculation

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    Wang, Jin-song; Liu, Hong-xia; Deng, Shuping; Li, De-cong; Shen, Lan-xian; Cheng, Feng; Deng, Shu-kang

    2016-10-01

    Sn-based clathrates possess excellent thermoelectric properties ascribed to their higher Seebeck coefficient and lower thermal conductivity. Guest atoms significantly modulate the thermoelectric properties of Sn-based calculates because of their diverse atomic radius and interactions with framework atoms. Thus, we explored the electronic structure of I-M8Ga16Sn30 (M = Ba, Sr, Yb) by first-principles calculation. Results revealed significant differences between Yb8Ga16Sn30 and M8Ga16Sn30 (M = Ba, Sr,). In particular, the Yb-filled compound substitution possesses lowest formation energy and the off-center distance of the Yb atom is the largest compared with the other structures. I-M8Ga16Sn30 (M = Ba, Sr, Yb) is an indirect band gap semiconductor, and the enhanced hybridization effect between the guest and framework atoms' orbits exists because the Yb f orbit results in a decrease in band gap. Ba- and Sr-filled clathrates have similar valence bands but slightly different conduction bands; however, Yb8Ga16Sn30 possess the spiculate density of states near the Fermi level that reveals excellent thermoelectric properties.

  7. 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.

  8. First principles study of electronic structure dependent optical properties of oxychalcogenides BiOCu Ch ( Ch = S, Se, Te)

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    Ul Islam, A. K. M. Farid; Helal, M. A.; Liton, M. N. H.; Kamruzzaman, M.; Islam, H. M. Tariqul

    2017-04-01

    The optical properties of BiOCu Ch and their dependency on the electronic structures are investigated using first principles study. Modified Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation functional for solids are used to optimize lattice parameters. These optimized lattice parameters are used to calculate the electronic energy band, density of state and optical properties. It is observed that the optical constants are dependent on the energy band gap and also on the contribution of Copper and Chalcogen atoms in the formation of electronic band structure. The obtained results reveal that the optical constants are dominated by the inter-band transitions. In the case of higher incident photon energy these materials behave like metal, where optical constants are dominated by the free carriers. The obtained optical band gaps 0.60, 0.56 and 0.55 eV for BiOCuS, BiOCuSe and BiOCuTe, respectively are consistent with available theoretical results. We also calculate the carrier concentration, electrical conductivity, effective mass of the carrier and their temperature dependency using semi-classical BoltzTraP package. Among these three materials BiOCuTe shows higher electrical conductivity. Analyzing their optical properties, we conclude that these materials are useful in the optoelectronic devices such as coating materials, high frequency reflector, infrared radiation detector and emitter and also important to design quantum devices.

  9. First-principles study on structural, thermal, mechanical and dynamic stability of T’-MoS2

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    Liu, Y. C.; Wang, V.; Xia, M. G.; Zhang, S. L.

    2017-03-01

    Using first-principles density functional theory calculations, we investigate the structure, stability, optical modes and electronic band gap of a distorted tetragonal MoS2 monolayer (T’-MoS2). Our simulated scanning tunnel microscopy (STM) images of T’-MoS2 are dramatically similar to those STM images which were identified as K x (H2O) y MoS2 from a previous experimental study. This similarity suggests that T’-MoS2 might have already been experimentally observed, but due to being unexpected was misidentified. Furthermore, we verify the stability of T’-MoS2 from the thermal, mechanical and dynamic aspects, by ab initio molecular dynamics simulation, elastic constants evaluation and phonon band structure calculation based on density functional perturbation theory, respectively. In addition, we calculate the eigenfrequencies and eigenvectors of the optical modes of T’-MoS2 at Γ point and distinguish their Raman and infrared activity by pointing out their irreducible representations using group theory. At the same time, we compare the Raman modes of T’-MoS2 with those of H-MoS2 and T-MoS2. Our results provide useful guidance for further experimental identification and characterization of T’-MoS2.

  10. Pressure induced structural phase transition in solid oxidizer KClO3: A first-principles study

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    Yedukondalu, N.; Ghule, Vikas D.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2013-05-01

    High pressure behavior of potassium chlorate (KClO3) has been investigated from 0 to 10 GPa by means of first principles density functional theory calculations. The calculated ground state parameters, transition pressure, and phonon frequencies using semiempirical dispersion correction scheme are in excellent agreement with experiment. It is found that KClO3 undergoes a pressure induced first order phase transition with an associated volume collapse of 6.4% from monoclinic (P21/m) → rhombohedral (R3m) structure at 2.26 GPa, which is in good accord with experimental observation. However, the transition pressure was found to underestimate (0.11 GPa) and overestimate (3.57 GPa) using local density approximation and generalized gradient approximation functionals, respectively. Mechanical stability of both the phases is explained from the calculated single crystal elastic constants. In addition, the zone center phonon frequencies have been calculated using density functional perturbation theory at ambient as well as at high pressure and the lattice modes are found to soften under pressure between 0.6 and 1.2 GPa. The present study reveals that the observed structural phase transition leads to changes in the decomposition mechanism of KClO3 which corroborates with the experimental results.

  11. Structure and dynamics of bulk liquid iron at pressures up to 58 GPa. A first-principles study

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    Gonzalez, David; Marques, Miriam; Gonzalez, Luis Enrique

    The static and dynamic properties of bulk liquid Fe at a several high pressure states, have been studied by using first-principles molecular dynamics simulations based on the density functional theory and the projector augmented wave technique. Results are reported for four thermodynamic states at pressures of 27, 42, 50 and 58 GPa for which x-ray scattering data are available. The calculated static structure shows very good agreement with the available experimental data, including an asymmetric second peak which becomes more marked with increasing pressure. The dynamical structure reveals the existence of propagating density fluctuations and the associated dispersion relation has also been determined. The relaxation mechanisms for the density fluctuations have been analyzed in terms of a model with two decay channels (fast and slow, respectively). We found that the thermal relaxation proceeds along the slow decaying channel whereas the fast one is that of the viscoelastic relaxation. Finally, results are also reported for some transport coefficients. We acknowledge financial support from Spanish MCI (FIS2014-59279-P) and JCyL (CIP13/03 and VA104A11-2).

  12. Quantum wells formed in transition-metal dichalcogenide nanosheet-superlattices: stability and electronic structures from first principles.

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    Su, Xiangying; Zhang, Ruizhi; Guo, Chongfeng; Guo, Meng; Ren, Zhaoyu

    2014-01-28

    The possibility of forming quantum wells (QWs) in transition-metal dichalcogenide nanosheet assembled superlattices (SLs) was investigated by using the first principles calculations. The interfacial binding energies and electronic structures of MoS2/MX2 (MX2 = MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2) SLs were calculated. The interfacial binding energies show that all the SLs are stable, and the most stable atomic configuration is that where M atoms are located right above S atoms. By calculating the band offsets in the SLs, it was found that a QW with a depth of 0.17 eV can be formed in the MoS2 layer in MoS2/WSe2 SLs. The calculated band structure shows that this SL has an indirect band gap due to the tensile strained state of the MoS2 layer. The charge transfer between the two layers is very small, which is in favor of the QWs' formation. In particular, the depth of the QW in the SLs can be adjusted by strain engineering, which can be attributed to the different strain dependencies of the two materials' band gaps. These findings will guide the choice of future nanosheet assembled SLs to work on and suggest a new route to facilitate the design of QW based optoelectronic devices.

  13. First Principles Study of Electronic and Crystallographic Structure and Elastic Properties of RbNiF3

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    Antonov, V.; Krezhov, K.; Trendafilova, N.

    2010-01-01

    First principles calculations, based on density functional theory (DFT) with ultra-soft pseudo potentials were performed to simulate the electronic, magnetic and crystallographic structure and elastic properties of RbNiF3, a candidate for magneto optical applications. The transparent magnetodielectric RbNiF3 is of interest because in contrast to the majority of other ABF3 compounds, which are orthorhombic perovskites, it is a representative of a much smaller group of chalcogenides with hexagonal crystal symmetry. In fact, this is the structural phase at normal pressure and it is isomorphous with the hexagonal modification of BaTiO3. The compound becomes ferrimagnetically ordered below a Néel temperature reported as 135 K. Synthesis at elevated temperature and pressure yields another phase that is a cubic perovskite (a0 = 4.077 Ǻ), reported as antiferromagnetic. Computer simulations were performed using the generalized gradient approximation exchange-correlation functional with included Hubbard correction term; (GGA+U) approach. The relative stabilities of the hexagonal and cubic phases versus applied pressure were investigated. The stability of different magnetic structures available from theoretical calculations and experimental results has been studied. The elastic constants have been evaluated via the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. According to the DFT calculations RbNiF3 is an insulator in both phase structures. The present results for calculated electronic band structure, magnetic structures, lattice parameters, atomic positions and elastic constants can reproduce reasonably well the available own and literature data. For the cubic phase G type antiferromagnetic ordering with magnetization collinear to axis <111> was predicted.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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).

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Atomic partial charges on CH3NH3PbI3 from first-principles electronic structure calculations

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    Madjet, Mohamed E.; El-Mellouhi, Fedwa; Carignano, Marcelo A.; Berdiyorov, Golibjon R.

    2016-04-01

    We calculated the partial charges in methylammonium (MA) lead-iodide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 in its different crystalline phases using different first-principles electronic charge partitioning approaches, including the Bader, ChelpG, and density-derived electrostatic and chemical (DDEC) schemes. Among the three charge partitioning methods, the DDEC approach provides chemically intuitive and reliable atomic charges for this material, which consists of a mixture of transition metals, halide ions, and organic molecules. The DDEC charges are also found to be robust against the use of hybrid functionals and/or upon inclusion of spin-orbit coupling or dispersive interactions. We calculated explicitly the atomic charges with a special focus on the dipole moment of the MA molecules within the perovskite structure. The value of the dipole moment of the MA is reduced with respect to the isolated molecule due to charge redistribution involving the inorganic cage. DDEC charges and dipole moment of the organic part remain nearly unchanged upon its rotation within the octahedral cavities. Our findings will be of both fundamental and practical importance, as the accurate and consistent determination of the atomic charges is important in order to understand the average equilibrium distribution of the electrons and to help in the development of force fields for larger scale atomistic simulations to describe static, dynamic, and thermodynamic properties of the material.

  20. 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.

    2014-04-01

    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.

  1. First-principles electronic structure of Mn-doped GaAs, GaP, and GaN semiconductors

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    Schulthess, T. C.; Temmerman, W. M.; Szotek, Z.; Svane, A.; Petit, L.

    2007-04-01

    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 the 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 photoemission experiments.

  2. First-Principles Calculations for the Structural and Electronic Properties of ScxAl1-xN Alloys

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    Mohammad, Rezek; Katircioğlu, Şenay

    2013-10-01

    The first-principles calculations based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) within generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of Engel-Vosko-Perdew-Wang and modified exact exchange potential of Becke-Johnson have been introduced for the structural and electronic properties of the ScxAl1-xN alloys, respectively. The present lattice constants calculated for the ScAlN alloys and the end compounds (AlN and ScN) are found to be in very good agreement with the available experimental and theoretical ones. The stable ground state structures of the ScxAl1-xN alloys are determined to be wurtzite for the Sc concentration less than 0.403 and rock-salt for the higher Sc concentrations. The present electronic band structure calculations within Becke-Johnson scheme are found to be capable of providing energy band gaps of the AlN and ScN compounds very close to the ones of the available experiments and expensive calculations. According to the calculations of Becke-Johnson potential, the ScxAl1-xN alloys in the wurtzite and zinc-blende structures are direct band gap materials for the Sc concentrations in the ranges of (0.056 ≤ x ≤ 0.833) and (0.03125 ≤ x ≤ 0.0625, 0.375 ≤ x ≤ 0.96875), respectively. However, the ScAlN alloys in the rock-salt phase are determined to be direct band gap materials for total range of the Sc concentration considered in this work. While the energy gaps of the RS-AlScN alloys are found to be extending from near ultraviolet to near infrared with a large (negative) bowing, the ones of the WZ-AlScN and ZB-AlScN alloys are determined to be varying in a small energy range around near ultraviolet with a small (negative) bowing.

  3. Combining (27)Al Solid-State NMR and First-Principles Simulations To Explore Crystal Structure in Disordered Aluminum Oxynitride.

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    Tu, Bingtian; Liu, Xin; Wang, Hao; Wang, Weimin; Zhai, Pengcheng; Fu, Zhengyi

    2016-12-19

    The nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique gives insight into the local information in a crystal structure, while Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) sketches out the framework of a crystal lattice. In this work, first-principles calculations were combined with the solid-state NMR technique and Rietveld refinement to explore the crystal structure of a disordered aluminum oxynitride (γ-alon). The theoretical NMR parameters (chemical shift, δiso, quadrupolar coupling constants, CQ, and asymmetry parameter, η) of Al22.5O28.5N3.5, predicted by the gauge-including projector augmented wave (GIPAW) algorithm, were used to facilitate the analytical investigation of the (27)Al magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectra of the as-prepared sample, whose formula was confirmed to be Al2.811O3.565N0.435 by quantitative analysis. The experimental δiso, CQ, and η of (27)Al showed a small discrepancy compared with theoretical models. The ratio of aluminum located at the 8a to 16d sites was calculated to be 0.531 from the relative integration of peaks in the (27)Al NMR spectra. The occupancies of aluminum at the 8a and 16d positions were determined through NMR investigations to be 0.9755 and 0.9178, respectively, and were used in the Rietveld refinement to obtain the lattice parameter and anion parameter of Al2.811O3.565N0.435. The results from (27)Al NMR investigations and PXRD structural refinement complemented each other. This work provides a powerful and accessible strategy to precisely understand the crystal structure of novel oxynitride materials with multiple disorder.

  4. Electronic structure and magnetism of Ge(Sn)TMXTe1-X (TM = V, Cr, Mn): A first principles study

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    Liu, Yong; Bose, S. K.; Kudrnovský, J.

    2016-12-01

    This work presents the results of first principles calculations of the electronic and magnetic properties of the compound SnTe and GeTe in zinc blende (ZB) and rock salt (RS) structures, doped with 3d transition metal V, Cr, and Mn. The present study, initiated from the viewpoint of potential application in spintronics, is motivated by our earlier work involving these two compounds, where the doping was limited to the Sn and Ge sublattices. In view of some discrepancies between our calculated results and the available experimental data, in this work we have examined the effect of the Te-sublattice doping. The case of Mn-doping, where the previous results of calculations seemed to differ most from the experimentally available data, is examined further by looking at the effect of Mn atoms partially occupying interstitial sites as well. From the standpoint of potential application in spintronics, we look for half-metallic (HM) states and tabulate their properties in both rock salt and zinc blende structures. ZB structure is found to be more conducive to HM state in general. Among the binary compounds we identify several HM candidates: VGe, VSn, MnGe, MnSn and MnTe at their equilibrium volumes and all in ZB structure. Estimates of the Curie temperature for the ferromagnetic compounds including the half-metals are presented. It is shown that despite the ferromagnetic (FM) nature of the Mn-Mn interaction for the Te-doped case, a simultaneous doping of both Ge(Sn)- and Te-sublattice with Mn atoms would leave the material predominantly antiferromagnetic (AFM).

  5. 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.

  6. First-principles prediction of disordering tendencies in pyrochlore oxides

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    Jiang, Chao; Stanek, C. R.; Sickafus, K. E.; Uberuaga, B. P.

    2009-03-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we systematically predict the order-disorder energetics of series of zirconate (A2Zr2O7) , hafnate (A2Hf2O7) , titanate (A2Ti2O7) , and stannate (A2Sn2O7) pyrochlores. The disordered defect-fluorite structure is modeled using an 88-atom two-sublattice special quasirandom structure (SQS) that closely reproduces the most relevant near-neighbor intrasublattice and intersublattice pair-correlation functions of the random mixture. The order-disorder transition temperatures of these pyrochlores estimated from our SQS calculations show overall good agreement with existing experiments. We confirm previous studies suggesting that the bonding in pyrochlores is not purely ionic and thus electronic effects also play a role in determining their disordering tendencies. Our results have important consequences for numerous applications, including nuclear waste forms and fast ion conductors.

  7. 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.

  8. First principles study of structure and properties of La- and Mn-modified BiFeO3

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    Antonov, V.; Georgieva, I.; Trendafilova, N.; Kovacheva, D.; Krezhov, K.

    2012-07-01

    First principles calculations have been performed to study the effects of the La3+ and Mn3+ substitutions in the multiferroic BiFeO3. The real compositions Bi1-xLaxFeO3 and BiFe1-xMnxO3 with x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 were modeled by substitution of one, two and three Bi3+ or Fe3+ by La3+ or Mn3+ in the orthorhombic BiFeO3 structure, respectively. Density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation with Hubbard correction of Dudarev (GGA + U) and plane wave pseudo-potential approach has been used to track the changes that occur in the structural parameters, electronic structure, magnetic, optical and polarization properties of the modified BiFeO3. The substitution of one Bi3+ with La3+ increases the band gap energy whereas the augmentation of La3+ substitutes decreases it. The substitutions of Fe3+ with Mn3+ do not change the band gap energy. The calculations predicted larger polarization of the modified BiFeO3, antiferromagnetism for Bi1-xLaxFeO3 and small ferrimagnetism for BiFe1-xMnxO3. Better multiferroic properties are expected for BiFe1-xMnxO3 materials (x = 0.1, 0.2) due to the increasing polarization and ferrimagnetic behavior. The optical properties were estimated by the calculated imaginary and real parts of the dielectric function. The increase of La3+ and Mn3+ substitutes lead to lower absorption intensity at energy range 2-7 eV.

  9. Electronic structures and mechanical properties of Al(111)/ZrB2(0001) heterojunctions from first-principles calculation

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    Luo, Kan; Deng, Qihuang; Zha, Xianhu; Huang, Qing; Francisco, Joseph S.; Yu, Xiaohui; Qiao, Yingjie; He, Jian; Du, Shiyu

    2015-07-01

    Employing first-principles density functional theory (DFT), the structures and electronic and mechanical properties of Al(111)/ZrB2(0001) heterojunctions are investigated. It is found that both B-terminated ZrB2(0001) and Zr-terminated ZrB2(0001) can form heterojunction interfaces with Al(111) surface. The heterojunction with B-terminated ZrB2(0001) is demonstrated to be most stable by comparing the surface adhesion energies of six different heterojunction models. In the stable configurations, the Al atom is found projecting to the hexagonal hollow site of neighbouring boron layer for the B-terminated ZrB2(001), and locating at the top site of the boron atoms for Zr-terminated ZrB2(001) interface. The mechanisms of interface interaction are investigated by density of states, charge density difference and band structure calculations. It is found that covalent bonds between surface Al atoms and B atoms are formed in the B-terminated heterojunction, whereas the Al atoms and Zr atoms are stabilised by interface metallic bonds for the Zr-terminated case. Mechanical properties of Al/ZrB2 heterojunctions are also predicted in the current work. The values of moduli of Al/ZrB2 heterojunctions are determined to be between those of single crystal Al and ZrB2, which exhibit the transition of mechanical strength between two bulk phases. DFT calculations with the current models provide the mechanical properties for each heterojunction and the corresponding contributions by each type of interface in the composite materials. This work paves the way for industrial applications of Al(111)/ZrB2(0001) heterojunctions.

  10. First-principles study of structural, electronic, vibrational, dielectric and elastic properties of tetragonal Ba2YTaO6

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    Ganeshraj, C.; Santhosh, P. N.

    2014-10-01

    We report first-principles study of structural, electronic, vibrational, dielectric, and elastic properties of Ba2YTaO6, a pinning material in high temperature superconductors (HTS), by using density functional theory. By using different exchange-correlation potentials, the accuracy of the calculated lattice constants of Ba2YTaO6 has been achieved with GGA-RPBE, since many important physical quantities crucially depend on change in volume. We have calculated the electronic band structure dispersion, total and partial density of states to study the band gap origin and found that Ba2YTaO6 is an insulator with a direct band gap of 3.50 eV. From Mulliken population and charge density studies, we conclude that Ba2YTaO6 have a mixed ionic-covalent character. Moreover, the vibrational properties, born effective charges, and the dielectric permittivity tensor have been calculated using linear response method. Vibrational spectrum determined through our calculations agrees well with the observed Raman spectrum, and allows assignment of symmetry labels to modes. We perform a detailed analysis of the contribution of the various infrared-active modes to the static dielectric constant to explain its anisotropy, while electronic dielectric tensor of Ba2YTaO6 is nearly isotropic, and found that static dielectric constant is in good agreement with experimental value. The six independent elastic constants were calculated and found that tetragonal Ba2YTaO6 is mechanically stable. Other elastic properties, including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, and elastic anisotropy ratios are also investigated and found that Poisson's ratio and Young's modulus of Ba2YTaO6 are similar to that of other pinning materials in HTS.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Interface structure in Cu/Ta2O5/Pt resistance switch: a first-principles study.

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    Xiao, Bo; Watanabe, Satoshi

    2015-01-14

    The interface structures of a Cu/Ta2O5/Pt resistance switch under various oxidation conditions have been examined from first-principles. The O-rich Cu/Ta2O5 interface is found to be stable within a wide range of O chemical potentials. In this interface structure, a considerable number of interface Cu atoms tend to migrate to the amorphous Ta2O5 (a-Ta2O5) layer, which causes the formation of the Cu2O layer. The interface Cu atoms become more ionized with an increase in the interface O concentration and/or temperature. These ionized Cu(+) ions could function as one of the main sources for the formation of conduction filaments in the Cu/a-Ta2O5/Pt resistance switch. In contrast, the ionization of the interface Cu atoms is not observed in the Cu/crystal-Ta2O5 interface primarily due to the much lower Cu ionic conductivity in crystal-Ta2O5 than that in amorphous state. In addition, the Pt electrode could not be ionized, irrespective of the interface O concentration and temperature. The formation of interface O vacancies in Pt/Ta2O5 is always energetically more stable than that in Cu/Ta2O5, which may be partly responsible for the cone shape of conduction filament formed in the Cu/a-Ta2O5/Pt resistance switch, where the base of the cone lies on the Pt/Ta2O5 interface.

  15. 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.

    2016-11-01

    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.

  16. The structures, stabilities, electronic and magnetic properties of fully and partially hydrogenated germanene nanoribbons: A first-principles investigation

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    Liu, Jingwei; Yu, Guangtao; Shen, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Hui; Li, Hui; Huang, Xuri; Chen, Wei

    2017-03-01

    Based on the first-principles DFT computations, we systematically investigated the geometries, stabilities, electronic and magnetic properties of fully and partially hydrogenated Ge nanoribbons (fH-GeNRs and pH-GeNRs) with the zigzag and armchair edges. It is revealed that the chair-like configuration is the lowest-lying one for zigzag/armchair-edged fH-GeNRs. Regardless of the edge chirality, the full hydrogenation can effectively widen the band gap of GeNR, and endow fH-GeNRs with the nonmagnetic (NM) semiconducting behaviors, where the band gap decreases with the increase of ribbon width. Comparatively, independent of hydrogenation ratio, all the pH-GeNRs with zigzag edge are the antiferromagnetic semiconductors while all the pH-GeNRs with armchair edge are NM semiconductors. When increasing the hydrogenation ratio, the band gap of pH-GeNRs can increase, but the variation of band gap can exhibit the intriguing three family behavior for the armchair-edged pH-GeNRs. Especially, all these pH-GeNRs can exhibit the almost same electronic and magnetic properties as the remaining pristine GeNRs without hydrogenation. This may offer a potential strategy to realize the "narrow" GeNRs in large scale. Finally, all these hydrogenated GeNRs can possess high structure stability, indicating a great possibility of their experimental realization. These valuable insights can be advantageous for promoting the Ge-based nanomaterials in the application of multifunctional nanodevice.

  17. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of 3d metal trioxide clusters-doped monolayer graphene: A first-principles study

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    Rafique, Muhammad; Shuai, Yong; Tan, He-Ping; Hassan, Muhammad

    2017-03-01

    We present first-principles density-functional calculations for the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of monolayer graphene doped with 3d (Ti, V, Cr, Fe, Co, Mn and Ni) metal trioxide TMO3 halogen clusters. In this paper we used two approaches for 3d metal trioxide clusters (i) TMO3 halogen cluster was embedded in monolayer graphene substituting four carbon (C) atoms (ii) three C atoms were substituted by three oxygen (O) atoms in one graphene ring and TM atom was adsorbed at the hollow site of O atoms substituted graphene ring. All the impurities were tightly bonded in the graphene ring. In first case of TMO3 doped graphene layer, the bond length between Csbnd O atom was reduced and bond length between TM-O atom was increased. In case of Cr, Fe, Co and Ni atoms substitution in between the O atoms, leads to Fermi level shifting to conduction band thereby causing the Dirac cone to move into valence band, however a band gap appears at high symmetric K-point. In case of TiO3 and VO3 substitution, system exhibits semiconductor properties. Interestingly, TiO3-substituted system shows dilute magnetic semiconductor behavior with 2.00 μB magnetic moment. On the other hand, the substitution of CoO3, CrO3, FeO3 and MnO3 induced 1.015 μB, 2.347 μB, 2.084 μB and 3.584 μB magnetic moment, respectively. In second case of O atoms doped in graphene and TM atoms adsorbed at the hollow site, the O atom bulges out of graphene plane and bond length between TM-O atom is increased. After TM atoms adsorption at the O substituted graphene ring the Fermi level (EF) shifts into conduction band. In case of Cr and Ni adsorption, system displays indirect band gap semiconductor properties with 0.0 μB magnetic moment. Co adsorption exhibits dilute magnetic semiconductor behavior producing 0.916 μB magnetic moment. Fe, Mn, Ti and V adsorption introduces band gap at high symmetric K-point also inducing 1.54 μB, 0.9909 μB, 1.912 μB, and 0.98 μB magnetic moments, respectively

  18. 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

    2016-07-05

    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.

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

  20. First Principles Simulation of the Energetics, Structure and Effect of the 'Titanium-Clinohumite' Defect in Forsterite

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    Walker, A. M.; Berry, A. J.; Hermann, J.; O'Neill, H. S.

    2005-12-01

    Infrared spectroscopy (IR) of hydrogen bearing forsterite and olivine synthesised under differing chemical conditions show that the O-H stretching modes are controlled by the point defects present in the sample. Experiments where the silica activity was varied yield distinct infrared fingerprints that clearly distinguish when forsterite is buffered by MgO to form, in the simplest case, hydrated silicon vacancies from when forsterite is buffered by pyroxene to form hydrated magnesium vacancies[1,2]. This poses a problem for the interpretation of the spectra of natural mantle-derived samples as their most common fingerprint is more similar to that found in the MgO buffered experiments, despite the presence of pyroxene in the Earth's upper mantle. Recent experiments have shown that it is necessary to introduce trace amounts of titanium to reproduce exactly the infrared fingerprint of mantle olivines, and that this titanium fingerprint is present whether the sample is buffered by MgO or pyroxene[3]. In this work, we use first principles calculations to predict the structure of this titanium-bearing hydrous defect and assess its likely impact on the physical properties of mantle olivine. Calculations utilising the SIESTA[4] methodology for the implementation of density functional theory allow the energies and structures of titanium and hydrous defects in forsterite to be probed. This approach, which makes use of a numerical basis of a linear combination of atomic orbitals to describe the valence electrons, and pseudopotentials to describe the core electrons and nuclei, allows the large number of possible defect configurations to be examined efficiently. The calculations indicate that: (i) The most stable configuration for titanium in anhydrous forsterite is a direct substitution for silicon; this is supported by XANES and EXAFS data. (ii) The most stable configuration for cations and hydrogen in titanium-free forsterite coexisting with pyroxene is the formation of

  1. 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.

  2. Electronic structure and magnetism in the frustrated antiferromagnet LiCrO2 : First-principles calculations

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    Mazin, I. I.

    2007-03-01

    LiCrO2 is a two-dimensional triangular antiferromagnet, isostructural with the common battery material LiCoO2 and a well-known Jahn-Teller antiferromagnet NaNiO2 . As opposed to the latter, LiCrO2 exibits antiferromagnetic exchange in the Cr planes, which has been ascribed to direct Cr-Cr d-d overlap. Using local density approximation (LDA) and LDA+U first-principles calculations, I confirm this conjecture and show that (a) direct d-d overlap is indeed enhanced compared to isostructural Ni and Co compounds, (b) the p-d charge-transfer gap is also enhanced, thus suppressing the ferromagnetic superexchange, (c) the calculated magnetic Hamiltonian maps well onto the nearest-neighbor Heisenberg exchange model, and (d) the interplanar inteaction is antiferromagnetic.

  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. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Electronic Structure and Elastic Properties of Ti3AlC from First-Principles Calculations

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    Du, Yu-Lei

    2009-11-01

    We perform a first-principles study on the electronic structure and elastic properties of Ti3AlC with an antiperovskite structure. The absence of band gap at the Fermi level and the finite value of the density of states at the Fermi energy reveal the metallic behavior of this compound. The elastic constants of Ti3AlC are derived yielding c11 = 356 GPa, c11 = 55 GPa, c44 = 157 GPa. The bulk modulus B, shear modulus G and Young's modulus E are determined to be 156, 151 and 342 GPa, respectively. These properties are compared with those of Ti3AlC2 and Ti2AlC with a layered structure in the Ti-Al-C system and Fe3AlC with the same antiperovskite structure.

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

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

    2017-03-01

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

  6. First-principles molecular dynamics study for average structure and oxygen diffusivity at high temperature in cubic Bi2O3.

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    Seko, Atsuto; Koyama, Yukinori; Matsumoto, Akifumi; Tanaka, Isao

    2012-11-28

    Bismuth oxide, Bi(2)O(3), has a cubic structure (δ-phase) at high temperature. High oxygen conductivity of δ-Bi(2)O(3) should be closely related to disordering of the oxygen sublattice. In order to reconstruct the disordered structure in the crystal using first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD), a sufficiently long simulation time is essentially required. In this study, the FPMD simulation up to 1 ns is performed with special interest given to the convergence of the average structure and the oxygen diffusivity with respect to the simulation time. The obtained average structure and the oxygen diffusivity are in good agreement with those obtained by experimental analysis.

  7. First-principles study of the pressure and crystal-structure dependences of the superconducting transition temperature in compressed sulfur hydrides

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    Akashi, Ryosuke; Kawamura, Mitsuaki; Tsuneyuki, Shinji; Nomura, Yusuke; Arita, Ryotaro

    2015-06-01

    We calculate the superconducting transition temperatures (Tc) in sulfur hydrides H2S and H3S from first principles using the density functional theory for superconductors. At pressures of ≲150 GPa, the high values of Tc (≥130 K) observed in a recent experiment (A. P. Drozdov, M. I. Eremets, and I. A. Troyan, arXiv:1412.0460) are accurately reproduced by assuming that H2S decomposes into R 3 m H3S and S. For higher pressures, the calculated Tc's for I m 3 ¯m H3S are systematically higher than those for R 3 m H3S and the experimentally observed maximum value (190 K), which suggests the possibility of another higher-Tc phase. We also quantify the isotope effect from first principles and demonstrate that the isotope effect coefficient can be larger than the conventional value (0.5) when multiple structural phases energetically compete.

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

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    Råsander, Mikael; Bergqvist, Lars; Delin, Anna

    2013-03-27

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

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

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    Råsander, Mikael; Bergqvist, Lars; Delin, Anna

    2013-03-01

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

  11. First-principles study of structural, electronic, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of the double perovskite Ba2CeCoO6

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    Xie, Huan-Huan; Gao, Qiang; Li, Lei; Lei, Gang; Hu, Xian-Ru; Deng, Jian-Bo

    2016-07-01

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of cubic double perovskite Ba2CeCoO6 were calculated using first-principles full-potential local-orbital minimum-basis method. This compound has a cubic crystal structure with space group Fm 3 bar m. By analysing the band structure we found, at the equilibrium lattice constant, this compound is a half-metal. Moreover, the half-metallicity can be kept under a large range of pressure. Meanwhile, the thermodynamic characters are investigated using the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  12. First-Principles Calculation of the Structural, Magnetic, and Electronic Properties of the CoxCu1-x Solid Solutions Using Special Quasirandom Structures

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    Kong, Yi; Liu, Baixin

    2007-02-01

    We investigate, in the present study, the structural properties, magnetic moments and charge distribution of the solid solution in an immiscible Co-Cu system at equilibrium by first-principles calculation using special quasirandom structures (SQS). In order to mimic the pair and multisite correlation functions of the randomly substitutional fcc solid solutions, the original SQS is developed to include five 16-atom SQS unit cells, i.e., 1/16, 2/16, 3/16, 4/16, and 8/16, enabling to mimic at nine specific alloys compositions. Correspondingly, a new error analysis method is proposed for comparing the situations of various alloy compositions within the SQS unit cells having a same number of atoms. The developed SQS are then applied in the first-principles calculation to study the CoxCu1-x solid solutions (x refers to the Co concentration). It turns out that the calculated results of the lattice constants and magnetic moments versus the Co concentration are in good agreement with the experimental data, and especially, the sharp drop in the magnetic moment near the composition x=0.1 is well reproduced. The heats of formation are also calculated and in good agreement with those obtained from Mediema’s thermodynamic theory and available experimental data. At the alloy compositions x=0.25 and 0.75, some hypothetical crystalline structures of the Co-Cu compounds are respectively calculated and their heats of formation are found to be higher than the solid solution counterparts. Finally, the electron distribution among the atoms in the CoxCu1-x solid solutions is studied and the obtained charge densities show that in the CoxCu1-x solid solutions, the charge distributes mostly between the Co-Co atoms, thus forming attractive covalent bonding.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Electronic bands, Fermi surface, and elastic properties of new 4.2 K superconductor SrPtAs with a honeycomb structure from first principles calculations

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    Shein, I. R.; Ivanovskii, A. L.

    2011-10-01

    The hexagonal phase SrPtAs (s.g. P6/ mmm; #194) with a honeycomb lattice structure was recently declared as a new low-temperature ( T C ∼ 4.2 K) superconductor. Here, by means of first-principles calculations the optimized structural parameters, electronic bands, Fermi surface, total and partial densities of states, inter-atomic bonding picture, independent elastic constants, bulk and shear moduli for SrPtAs were obtained for the first time and analyzed in comparison with the related layered superconductor SrPt 2As 2.

  16. 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.

  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. First principle study on electronic structure, structural phase stability, optical and vibrational properties of Ba2ScMO6 (M = Nb, Ta)

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    Rameshe, Balasubramaniam; Murugan, Ramaswamy; Palanivel, Balan

    2016-12-01

    First principle calculations are performed to investigate the electronic structure, structural phase stability, optical and vibrational properties of double perovskite oxide semiconductors namely Ba2ScMO6 (M = Nb, Ta) in the cubic symmetry using WIEN2k. In order to study the ground state properties of these compounds, the total energies are calculated as a function of reduced volumes and fitted with Brich Murnaghan equation. The estimated ground state parameters are comparable with the available experimental data. Calculations of electronic band structure on these compounds reveal that both Ba2ScNbO6 and Ba2ScTaO6 exhibit a semiconducting behavior with a direct energy gap of 2.78 and 3.15 eV, respectively. To explore the optical transitions in these compounds, the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function, refractive index, extinction coefficient, reflectivity, optical absorption coefficient, real part of optical conductivity and the energy-loss function are calculated at ambient pressure and analyzed. The collective Raman active modes of the atoms of these materials are also calculated in order to understand the structural stability of these compounds.

  19. First-principles investigation on the geometry and electronic structure of the three-dimensional cuboidal C(60) polymer.

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    Yang, Jianjun; Tse, John S; Iitaka, Toshiaki

    2007-10-07

    The structural stability and electronic properties of the recently characterized three-dimensional (3D) cuboid-shaped C(60) polymer are studied using periodic ab initio density functional methods. It is shown that the experimentally observed structure is metastable and not fully relaxed from the high pressure state. A second polymorph, which is more stable than the experimental structure, is identified from the calculations. This new structure differs from the observed structure in the number of fourfold-coordinated atoms per C(60) molecule. Both structures are found to be metallic with bulk moduli only about one-third that of diamond. The cuboidal C(60) is not the long sought after superhard 3D carbon polymer; however, the two polymorphs studied here reveal unusual electronic band structures that might suggest interesting electronic properties.

  20. First-principles investigation on the geometry and electronic structure of the three-dimensional cuboidal C60 polymer

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    Yang, Jianjun; Tse, John S.; Iitaka, Toshiaki

    2007-10-01

    The structural stability and electronic properties of the recently characterized three-dimensional (3D) cuboid-shaped C60 polymer are studied using periodic ab initio density functional methods. It is shown that the experimentally observed structure is metastable and not fully relaxed from the high pressure state. A second polymorph, which is more stable than the experimental structure, is identified from the calculations. This new structure differs from the observed structure in the number of fourfold-coordinated atoms per C60 molecule. Both structures are found to be metallic with bulk moduli only about one-third that of diamond. The cuboidal C60 is not the long sought after superhard 3D carbon polymer; however, the two polymorphs studied here reveal unusual electronic band structures that might suggest interesting electronic properties.

  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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Dynamic Fluctuation of U(3+) Coordination Structure in the Molten LiCl-KCl Eutectic via First Principles Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Li, Xuejiao; Song, Jia; Shi, Shuping; Yan, Liuming; Zhang, Zhaochun; Jiang, Tao; Peng, Shuming

    2017-01-26

    The dynamic fluctuation of the U(3+) coordination structure in a molten LiCl-KCl mixture was studied using first principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) simulations. The radial distribution function, probability distribution of coordination numbers, fluctuation of coordination number and cage volume, self-diffusion coefficient and solvodynamic mean radius of U(3+), dynamics of the nearest U-Cl distances, and van Hove function were evaluated. It was revealed that fast exchange of Cl(-) occurred between the first and second coordination shells of U(3+) accompanied with fast fluctuation of coordination number and rearrangement of coordination structure. It was concluded that 6-fold coordination structure dominated the coordination structure of U(3+) in the molten LiCl-KCl-UCl3 mixture and a high temperature was conducive to the formation of low coordinated structure.

  6. The role of the coordination defect (CD) in the structures of anion-deficient, fluorite-related compounds.

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    Bevan, D J M; Martin, Lisandra L; Martin, Raymond L

    2013-02-01

    The various superstructure phases that occur with the anion-deficient compositions of binary oxides MO(2-x) with the fluorite structure as parent are explored here in terms of the original 'coordination defect' (or CD) concept in which each vacant oxygen site, □, is 'coordinated' by six O atoms thereby creating the octahedral 'structure-determining' entity [M(3.5)□O(6)]. It emerges that the structure and composition of each anion-deficient (polymorph) phase can be described in terms of crystallographic `motifs' which comprise sets of parallel coplanar polygons based on ½<210>(F) and ½<111>(F) CD linkages.

  7. 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.

  8. Structure and stability of silicon nanoclusters passivated by hydrogen and oxygen: evolutionary algorithm and first- principles study

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    Baturin, V. S.; Lepeshkin, S. V.; Matsko, N. L.; Uspenskii, Yu A.

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the structural and thermodynamical properties of small silicon clusters. Using the graph theory applied to previously obtained structures of Si10H2m clusters we trace the connection between geometry and passivation degree. The existing data on these clusters and structures of Si10O4n clusters obtained here using evolutionary calculations allowed to analyze the features of Si10H2m clusters in hydrogen atmosphere and Si10O4n clusters in oxygen atmosphere. We have shown the basic differences between structures and thermodynamical properties of silicon clusters, passivated by hydrogen and silicon oxide clusters.

  9. 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.

  10. Structural diversity and electronic properties of Cu2SnX3 (X=S, Se): A first-principles investigation

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    Zhai, Yingteng; Chen, Shiyou; Yang, Jihui; Xiang, Hongjun; Gong, Xingao; Walsh, Aron; Kang, Joongoo; Wei, Suhuai

    2012-02-01

    The ternary semiconductors Cu2SnX3 (X=S, Se) are found frequently as secondary phases in synthesized Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 samples, but previous reports on their crystal structures and electronic band gaps are conflicting. Here we report their properties as calculated using a first-principles approach. We find that: (i) the diverse range of crystal structures can all be derived from the zinc-blende structure. (ii) The energy stability of different structures is determined primarily by the local cation coordination around anions, which makes Cu and Sn partially disordered in the cation sublattice. (iii) The direct band gaps of the low energy compounds Cu2SnS3 and Cu2SnSe3 should be in the range of 0.8-0.9 eV and 0.4 eV respectively.

  11. Role of Dispersive Interactions in Determining Structural Properties of Organic-Inorganic Halide Perovskites: Insights from First-Principles Calculations.

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    Egger, David A; Kronik, Leeor

    2014-08-07

    A microscopic picture of structure and bonding in organic-inorganic perovskites is imperative to understanding their remarkable semiconducting and photovoltaic properties. On the basis of a density functional theory treatment that includes both spin-orbit coupling and dispersive interactions, we provide detailed insight into the crystal binding of lead-halide perovskites and quantify the effect of different types of interactions on the structural properties. Our analysis reveals that cohesion in these materials is characterized by a variety of interactions that includes important contributions from both van der Waals interactions among the halide atoms and hydrogen bonding. We also assess the role of spin-orbit coupling and show that it causes slight changes in lead-halide bonding that do not significantly affect the lattice parameters. Our results establish that consideration of dispersive effects is essential for understanding the structure and bonding in organic-inorganic perovskites in general and for providing reliable theoretical predictions of structural parameters in particular.

  12. 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; Müller, Stefan; Zunger, Alex

    2006-07-01

    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 L12 -ordered structures with composition Au3Pd and AuPd3 and L10 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 Au3Pd is stable in D023 structure and and AuPd in chalcopyritelike Au2Pd2 (201) superlattice structure, whereas thin films are seen in the L12 and L10 structures; (iii) AuPd3 L12 is stable and does not phase separate, contrary to the suggestions of an earlier investigation; (iv) at compositions around Au3Pd , we find several long-period superstructures (LPS

  13. 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.

  14. First-principles Exploration of Crystal Structures of Pure Iron at Earth’s Inner Core Conditions

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    Ishikawa, T.; Tsuchiya, T.; Tsuchiya, J.

    2009-12-01

    Determining the structure of Earth’s inner core has been a long standing challenge for geoscience. Iron has been considered as a main composition of the inner core and expected to exist as an iron-nickel-light elements alloy there. In order to get some information about the structure of the inner core, pure iron has been also investigated by many experimental and ab-initio studies. Pure iron has been expected to take the hexagonal close-packed (hcp) structure at the inner core conditions (Jephcoat and Olson, Nature 325, 332-335, 1987.; Mao et al., Nature 396, 741-743, 1998.; Fiquet et al., Science 291, 468-471, 2001.; Uchida et al., J. Geophys. Res. 106, 21799-21810, 2001.). On the other hand, the face-centered cubic (fcc) structure (Mikhaylushkin et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 165505-165508, 2007.) and the body-centered cubic structure (Vocadlo et al., Phys. Earth Planet In. 170, 52-59, 2008.) have been also considered as the candidate structures. In this study, first we explored the crystal structures of pure iron at 400 GPa by our originally developing algorithm for the structure exploration, Free Energy Surface Trekking (FEST). In FEST, using a minus sign of driving force acting on a simulation cell, we force a system to climb up to a ridge of a free energy surface (ascent-run). Then, flipping the negative driving force to an original one, we make the system go down to a neighboring potential well (descent-run). The more different directions we examine in the ascent-run, the more accurate topography we capture of free energy surface. For the exploration of the ultrahigh-pressure structures of pure iron, we used 16 atoms supercell and explored 64 pathways around the initial local minimum corresponding to hcp. As the result, 30 pathways lead to a complex hcp (chcp) structure, which has ABCACABCBCAB stacking with 12 layers. Other 33 pathways lead to hcp and 1 pathway fcc. The enthalpy of chcp was found higher than that of hcp but only by 4 mRy/atom and lower than

  15. 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

  16. 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}.

  17. Phase transitions, mechanical properties and electronic structures of novel boron phases under high-pressure: A first-principles study

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    Fan, Changzeng; Li, Jian; Wang, Limin

    2014-01-01

    We have explored the mechanical properties, electronic structures and phase transition behaviors of three designed new phases for element boron from ambient condition to high-pressure of 120 GPa including (1) a C2/c symmetric structure (m-B16); (2) a symmetric structure (c-B56) and (3) a Pmna symmetric structure (o-B24). The calculation of the elastic constants and phonon dispersions shows that the phases are of mechanical and dynamic stability. The m-B16 phase is found to transform into another new phase (the o-B16 phase) when pressure exceeds 68 GPa. This might offer a new synthesis strategy for o-B16 from the metastable m-B16 at low temperature under high pressure, bypassing the thermodynamically stable γ-B28. The enthalpies of the c-B56 and o-B24 phases are observed to increase with pressure. The hardness of m-B16 and o-B16 is calculated to be about 56 GPa and 61 GPa, approaching to the highest value of 61 GPa recorded for α-Ga-B among all available Boron phases. The electronic structures and bonding characters are analyzed according to the difference charge-density and crystal orbital Hamilton population (COHP), revealing the metallic nature of the three phases. PMID:25345910

  18. First principle investigation of crystal lattice structure, thermodynamics and mechanical properties in ZnZrAl2 intermetallic compound

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    Wei, Zhenyi; Tou, Shushi; Wu, Bo; Bai, Kewu

    2016-12-01

    ZnZrAl2 is a kind of heterogeneous nucleation to promote the refine of grain of ZA43 alloy. ZnZrAl2 intermetallic is also considered as a candidate for superalloys. The crystal lattice structure, alloy thermodynamics and mechanical properties of ZnZrAl2 intermetallic compound were investigated by ab initio calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). In particular, the site preference of atoms in different sublattices was predicted based on alloy thermodynamics. At ground state, the most stable structure is L12 structure with sublattice model (Zn)1a(Zr0.3333Al0.6667)3c or (Zr)1a(Zn0.3333Al0.6667)3c, and the occupying preferences of Zn, Zr and Al atoms are independent with the increasing temperature. The bulk, shear, Young's modulus and the Poisson's ratio of the L12 structure ZnZrAl2 were calculated based on the site occupying configurations. The results show that ZnZrAl2 is a brittle material in nature. Electronic structures analysis revealed that Al-Zr atoms possess a covalent bonding character, while the Zn-Zr atoms have a metallic bonding character. ZnZrAl2 has stable mechanical properties at high temperature. The grain refinement effect of ZnZrAl2 precipitates in Zn-Al alloys were discussed based on crystal lattice match theory.

  19. First-principles prediction of disordering tendencies in pyrochlore oxides

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    Jiang Chao; Stanek, C. R.; Sickafus, K. E.; Uberuaga, B. P.

    2009-03-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we systematically predict the order-disorder energetics of 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. The disordered defect-fluorite structure is modeled using an 88-atom two-sublattice special quasirandom structure (SQS) that closely reproduces the most relevant near-neighbor intrasublattice and intersublattice pair-correlation functions of the random mixture. The order-disorder transition temperatures of these pyrochlores estimated from our SQS calculations show overall good agreement with existing experiments. We confirm previous studies suggesting that the bonding in pyrochlores is not purely ionic and thus electronic effects also play a role in determining their disordering tendencies. Our results have important consequences for numerous applications, including nuclear waste forms and fast ion conductors.

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. A first principles study of the binding of formic acid in catalase complementing high resolution X-ray structures

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    Rovira, Carme; Alfonso-Prieto, Mercedes; Biarnés, Xevi; Carpena, Xavi; Fita, Ignacio; Loewen, Peter C.

    2006-03-01

    Density functional molecular dynamics simulations using a QM/MM approach are used to get insight into the binding modes of formic acid in catalase. Two ligand binding sites are found, named A and B, in agreement with recent high resolution structures of catalase with bound formic acid. In addition, the calculations show that the His56 residue is protonated and the ligand is present as a formate anion. The lowest energy minimum structure ( A) corresponds to the ligand interacting with both the heme iron and the catalytic residues (His56 and Asn129). The second minimum energy structure ( B) corresponds to the situation in which the ligand interacts solely with the catalytic residues. A mechanism for the process of formic acid binding in catalase is suggested.

  3. 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.

  4. Determination of the lowest-energy structure of Ag{sub 8} from first-principles calculations

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    Pereiro, M.; Baldomir, D.

    2005-10-15

    The ground-state electronic and structural properties and the electronic excitations of the lowest-energy isomers of the Ag{sub 8} cluster are calculated using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) in real-time and real-space schemes, respectively. The optical spectra provided by TDDFT predict that the D{sub 2d} dodecahedron isomer is the structural minimum of the Ag{sub 8} cluster. Indeed, it is borne out by the experimental findings.

  5. 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%.

  6. The Solvation Structure of Lithium Ions in an Ether Based Electrolyte Solution from First-Principles Molecular Dynamics.

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    Callsen, Martin; Sodeyama, Keitaro; Futera, Zdeněk; Tateyama, Yoshitaka; Hamada, Ikutaro

    2017-01-12

    The solvation and desolvation of the Li ion play a crucial role in the electrolytes of Li based secondary batteries, and their understanding at the microscopic level is of great importance. Oligoether (glyme) based electrolytes have attracted much attention as electrolytes used in Li based secondary batteries, such as Li-ion, Li-S, and Li-O2 batteries. However, the solvation structure of the Li ion in glyme based electrolytes has not been fully clarified yet. We present a computational study on the solvation structure of lithium ions in the mixture of triglyme and lithium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)-amide (LiTFSA) by means of molecular orbital and molecular dynamics calculations based on density functional theory. We found that, in the electrolyte solution composed of the equimolar mixture of triglyme and LiTFSA, lithium ions are solvated mainly by crown-ether-like curled triglyme molecules and in direct contact with an TFSA anion. We also found the aggregate formed with Li ion and TFSA anions and/or triglyme molecule(s) is equally stable, which has not been reported in the previous classical molecular dynamics simulations, suggesting that in reality a small fraction of Li ions form aggregates and they might have a significant impact on the Li ion transport. Our results demonstrate the importance of performing electronic structure based molecular dynamics of electrolyte solution to clarify the detailed solvation structure of the Li ion.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  8. First principles simulations of structural phase transformations in the solid electrolyte LiBH4 with chemical substitutions

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    Bernstein, Noam; Hoang, Khang; Johannes, Michelle

    2014-03-01

    The proposed hydrogen storage material LiBH4 has been shown to have possible applications as a Li-ion battery solid electrolyte, due to its high Li-ion conductivity over 10-3 S/cm-1 [1], comparable to polymer gel electrolytes. The high conductivity is only observed above a phase transition temperature that is outside of the useful operating range, but doping the material with various substitutions for the Li or BH4 units can bring the phase transition below room temperature. Both smaller and larger substituting species can stabilize the high T structure, indicating that it is not a simple volume effect. We show that variable-cell-shape molecular-dynamics simulations using density functional theory forces and stresses reproduce the structural phase transition. Using umbrella integration to compute the free energy differences between the two structures, we calculate the phase transition temperature and its dependence on substitutional I, Cl, and Na concentrations, and show that they are in very good agreement with experiment. We calculate the effect of K substitution, and predict that it will be even more effective at stabilizing the high T structure. Decomposing the free energy difference changes into enthalpy and entropy contributions shows that the mechanis

  9. First-principles study of the structural, electronic and thermal properties of CaLiF3

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    Chouit, N.; Amara Korba, S.; Slimani, M.; Meradji, H.; Ghemid, S.; Khenata, R.

    2013-09-01

    Density functional theory calculations have been performed to study the structural, electronic and optical properties of CaLiF3 cubic fluoroperovskite. Our calculations were carried out by means of the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method. The exchange-correlation potential is treated by the local density approximation and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) (Perdew, Burke and Ernzerhof). Moreover, the alternative form of GGA proposed by Engel and Vosko is also used for band structure calculations. The calculated total energy versus volume allows us to obtain structural properties such as the lattice constant (a0), bulk modulus (B0) and pressure derivative of the bulk modulus (B'0 ). Band structure, density of states and band gap pressure coefficients are also given. Our calculations show that CaLiF3 has an indirect band gap (R-Γ). Following the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered, the temperature and pressure effects on the lattice constant, bulk modulus, thermal expansion coefficient, Debye temperature and heat capacities are calculated.

  10. First-principles study of electric field effects on the structure, decomposition mechanism, and stability of crystalline lead styphnate.

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    Li, Zhimin; Huang, Huisheng; Zhang, Tonglai; Zhang, Shengtao; Zhang, Jianguo; Yang, Li

    2014-01-01

    The electric field effects on the structure, decomposition mechanism, and stability of crystalline lead styphnate have been studied using density functional theory. The results indicate that the influence of external electric field on the crystal structure is anisotropic. The electric field effects on the distance of the Pb-O ionic interactions are stronger than those on the covalent interactions. However, the changes of most structural parameters are not monotonically dependent on the increased electric field. This reveals that lead styphnate can undergo a phase transition upon the external electric field. When the applied field is increased to 0.003 a.u., the effective band gap and total density of states vary evidently. And the Franz-Keldysh effect yields larger influence on the band gap than the structural change induced by external electric field. Furthermore, lead styphnate has different initial decomposition reactions in the presence and absence of the electric field. Finally, we find that its sensitivity becomes more and more sensitive with the increasing electric field.

  11. 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

  12. Experimental and first-principles investigation of the electronic structure anisotropy of Cr2AlC

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    Bugnet, M.; Jaouen, M.; Mauchamp, V.; Cabioc'h, T.; Hug, G.

    2014-11-01

    The anisotropy of the electronic structure of the MAX phase Cr2AlC has been investigated by electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) at the C K edge, and x-ray-absorption spectroscopy (XAS) at the Al K , Cr L2 ,3, and Cr K edges. The experimental spectra were interpreted using either a multiple-scattering approach or a full-potential band-structure method. The anisotropy is found to be small around C atoms because of the rather isotropic nature of the octahedral site, and of the averaging of the empty C p states probed by EELS at the C K edge. In turn, a pronounced anisotropy of the charge distribution around Al atoms is evidenced from polarized XAS measurements performed on textured Cr2AlC sputtered thin films. From the analysis of the XAS data using the multiple-scattering feff code, it is demonstrated that the probed thin film is constituted of 70 % (0001) and 30 % (10 1 ¯3 ) grains oriented parallel to the film surface. A decomposition of the calculated spectrum in coordination shells allows for the ability to connect XAS fine structures to the Cr2AlC structure. Combining high-resolution data with up-to-date multiple-scattering calculations, it is shown that the crystalline orientations of the grains present in a probe of 100 ×100 μ m 2 can be determined from the Cr K edge. Interestingly, it is also revealed that a static disorder is involved in the studied thin films. These findings highlight that, given the overall agreement between experimental and calculated spectra, the Cr2AlC electronic structure is accurately predicted using density functional theory.

  13. Assessing exchange-correlation functional performance for structure and property predictions of oxyfluoride compounds from first principles

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    Charles, Nenian; Rondinelli, James M.

    2016-11-01

    Motivated by the resurgence of electronic and optical property design in ordered fluoride and oxyfluoride compounds, we present a density functional theory (DFT) study of 19 materials with structures, ranging from simple to complex, and variable oxygen-to-fluorine ratios. We focus on understanding the accuracy of the exchange-correlation potentials (Vx c) to DFT for the prediction of structural, electronic, and lattice dynamical properties at four different levels of theory, i.e., the local density approximation (LDA), generalized gradient approximation (GGA), metaGGA, and hybrid functional level which includes fractions of exact exchange. We investigate in detail the metaGGA functionals MS2 [Sun et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 106401 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.106401] and SCAN [Sun et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 036402 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.036402], and show that although the metaGGAs show improvements over the LDA and GGA functionals in describing the electronic structure and phonon frequencies, the static structural properties of fluorides and oxyfluorides are often more accurately predicted by the GGA-level Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof functional for solids, PBEsol. Results from LDA calculations are unsatisfactory for any compound, regardless of oxygen concentration. The PBEsol and Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof (HSE06) functionals give good performance in all-oxide or all-fluoride compounds. For the oxyfluorides, PBEsol is consistently more accurate for structural properties across all oxygen concentrations; however, we stress the need for detailed property assessment with various functionals for oxyfluorides with variable composition. The "best" functional is anticipated to be more strongly dependent on the property of interest. Our study provides useful insights in selecting an Vx c that achieves optimal performance compromises, enabling more accurate predictive design of functional fluoride-based materials with density functional theory.

  14. First-principles investigation of electronic, structural, and vibrational properties of a-Si3N4

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    Giacomazzi, Luigi; Umari, P.

    2009-10-01

    Using a density-functional scheme, we investigate the electronic, structural, and vibrational properties of amorphous silicon nitride. Through a Car-Parrinello molecular-dynamics simulation, we generate a model structure formed mainly by a network of SiN4 tetrahedra a large fraction of which are edge sharing. Only a small fraction of atoms are overcoordinated and undercoordinated. First, the structural properties such as angular distributions, atomic arrangements in first-neighbor shells, the neutron total structure factor, the radial distribution function, and pair-correlation functions are examined. Next, the electronic properties are analyzed by considering the quasiparticle density of states which is calculated through the GW method. Good agreement is found with experimental data when available. Successively, we focus on a range of vibrational spectra. First, the vibrational density of states is analyzed in terms of its decomposition into N and Si contributions. Then, we investigate the Born effective charge tensors, the high-frequency, and static dielectric constants and calculate the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function in the infrared. Therefrom we obtain the infrared-absorption spectrum and the refractive index that are found to be in accord with experimental measurements. Moreover, we address the Raman spectrum which is compared with available experimental data. Electronic structure and vibrational properties of the point defects present in our model are also discussed. Density-functional and GW schemes appear to be appropriate for modeling materials based on silicon nitride. In particular, our modeling of silicon nitride achieved a successful level of comparison with experiments. This allows us to infer that a-Si3N4 features a high content of edge-sharing tetrahedra, which are absent in the crystalline phases of silicon nitride at ambient conditions.

  15. Defect formation energy and magnetic structure of shape memory alloys Ni-X-Ga (X=Mn, Fe, Co) by first principle calculation

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    Bai, J.; Raulot, J. M.; Zhang, Y. D.; Esling, C.; Zhao, X.; Zuo, L.

    2010-09-01

    The crystallographic and magnetic structures of the Ni2XGa (X=Mn, Fe, 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 formation energies of several kinds of defects (atomic exchange, antisite, vacancy) are estimated. The Ga atoms stabilize the cubic structure, and the effect of X atoms on the structural stability is opposite. For most cases of the site occupation, the excess atoms of the rich component directly occupy the site(s) of the deficient one(s), except for Ga-rich Ni-deficient type. The magnitude of the variation in Ni moments is much larger than that of Mn in defective Ni2XGa. The value of Ni magnetic moment sensitively depends on the distance between Ni and X. Excess Mn could be ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic, depending on the distance between the neighboring Mn atoms.

  16. First-principles free energy calculations of the structural phase transition in LiBH4 with I, Cl, Na, and K substitution

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    Bernstein, N.; Johannes, M. D.; Hoang, Khang

    2013-12-01

    LiBH4 is a fast ionic conductor in its high-temperature phase, which is stabilized at room temperature by various chemical substitutions, making it a potential solid electrolyte material for Li-ion batteries. Using first-principles variable-cell-shape molecular dynamics simulations, we reproduce the experimentally observed low- and high-temperature structures. Using the height of a structure-factor-like peak as a collective coordinate, we calculate the free energy differences between the two structures as a function of temperature and substitutional ion concentration. We get good agreement with experiment for I, Cl, and Na, and predict that K is even more effective for lowering the critical temperature. Decomposition of the free energy into enthalpy and entropy reveals that the mechanism driving this lowering varies among substitutional elements. Calculating the full free energy, rather than simply the enthalpy, is therefore crucial to understanding how chemical substitution stabilizes the high conductivity phase.

  17. Structural, mechanical, electronic, optical properties and effective masses of CuMO2 (M = Sc, Y, La) compounds: First-principles calculations

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

    2014-05-01

    The structural, elastic, mechanical, electronic, optical properties and effective masses of CuMIIIBO2 (MIIIB = Sc, Y, La) compounds have been investigated by the plane-wave ultrasoft pseudopotential technique based on the first-principles density-functional theory under local density approximation. The equilibrium structural parameters are in good agreement with previous experimental and theoretical data. To our knowledge, there are no available data of elastic constants for comparison. The bulk, shear and Young's modulus, ratio of B/G, Poisson's ratio and Lamé's constants of CuMIIIBO2 have been studied. The electronic structures of CuMIIIBO2 are consistent with other calculations. The population analysis, charge densities and effective masses have been shown and analyzed. The imaginary and real parts of the dielectric function, refractive index and extinction coefficient of CuMIIIBO2 are calculated. The interband transitions to absorption of CuMIIIBO2 have been analyzed.

  18. Reversal of the lattice structure in SrCoO(x) epitaxial thin films studied by real-time optical spectroscopy and first-principles calculations.

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    Choi, Woo Seok; Jeen, Hyoungjeen; Lee, Jun Hee; Seo, S S Ambrose; Cooper, Valentino R; Rabe, Karin M; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2013-08-30

    Using real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry, we directly observed a reversible lattice and electronic structure evolution in SrCoO(x) (x=2.5-3) epitaxial thin films. Drastically different electronic ground states, which are extremely susceptible to the oxygen content x, are found in the two topotactic phases: i.e., the brownmillerite SrCoO2.5 and the perovskite SrCoO3. First-principles calculations confirmed substantial differences in the electronic structure, including a metal-insulator transition, which originate from the modification in the Co valence states and crystallographic structures. More interestingly, the two phases can be reversibly controlled by changing the ambient pressure at greatly reduced temperatures. Our finding provides an important pathway to understanding the novel oxygen-content-dependent phase transition uniquely found in multivalent transition metal oxides.

  19. 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.

  20. Structural, electronic and optical properties of orthorhombic CdGeO{sub 3} from first principles calculations

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    Barboza, C.A.; Henriques, J.M.; Albuquerque, E.L.; Caetano, E.W.S.; Freire, V.N.; Costa, J.A.P. da

    2010-02-15

    Orthorhombic perovskite CdGeO{sub 3} was studied using the density-functional theory (DFT) formalism. The electronic band structure, density of states, effective masses, dielectric function and optical absorption were obtained. Comparing with orthorhombic CaGeO{sub 3}, which is an indirect S->GAMMA gap material, the substitution of calcium by cadmium changes the valence band maximum from the S point to the GAMMA point in reciprocal space, and decreases the Kohn-Sham band gap energy. Our results suggest that orthorhombic CdGeO{sub 3} has features of a semiconductor and is potentially useful for optoelectronic applications. - Abstract: Graphical Abstract Legend (TOC Figure): Different views of the unit cell of orthorhombic CdGeO{sub 3} (left, top). The electronic band structure near the main gap and the partial density of states (PDOS) are shown also (right), as well as the optical absorption for different polarizations of incident light (left, bottom).

  1. Influence of stresses on structure and properties of Ti and Zr- based alloys from first-principles simulations

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    Barannikova, S. A.; Zharmukhambetova, A. M.; Nikonov, A. Yu; Dmitriev, A. V.; Ponomareva, A. V.; Abrikosov, I. A.

    2015-01-01

    Computer simulations in the framework of the Density Functional Theory have become an established tool for computer simulations of materials properties. In most cases, however, information is obtained at ambient conditions, preventing design of materials for applications at extreme conditions. In this work we employ ab initio calculations to investigate the influence of stresses on structure and stability of Ti-Mo and Zr-Nb alloys, an important class of construction materials. Calculations reproduce known phase stability trends in these systems, and we resolve the controversy regarding the stability of body-centered cubic solid solution in Mo-rich Ti-Mo alloys against the isostructural decomposition. Calculated results are explained in terms of the electronic structure effects, as well as in terms of physically transparent thermodynamic arguments that relate phase stability to deviations of concentration dependence of atomic volume from the linear behavior.

  2. 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.

  3. Tuning electronic structure of SnS2 nanosheets by vertical electric field: a first-principles investigation

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    Guo, Peng; Wang, Tianxing; Xia, Congxin; Jia, Yu

    2016-07-01

    Based on density functional theory, we investigated band gap tuning in transition-metal dichalcogenides SnS2 nanosheets by external electric fields applied perpendicular to the layers. We show that the fundamental band gap value of 2H and 4H SnS2 multilayer structures continuously decreases with increasing strength of applied electric fields, eventually rendering them metallic. We interpret our results in the light of the giant Stark effect and obtain a robust relationship, which is essentially characterized by the interlayer spacing, for the rate of band gap change with applied external field. And it is also valid for monolayer structure, though it need very large electric filed to make the gap change.

  4. 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.

  5. First-Principles Structure Prediction of Dual Cation Ammine Borohydrides: LiMg(BH4)3(NH3)x

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    Kışlak, Yusuf; Tekin, Adem

    On-board hydrogen storage for transportation applications continues to be one of the most technically challenging barriers to the widespread commercialization of hydrogen-fueled vehicles. In addition, hydrogen storage is also required for off-board purposes such as stationary power generation and hydrogen delivery and refueling infrastructure. After decades of extensive exploration, research into hydrogen storage materials based on metal borohydrides has become a highly active and exciting area owing to the high theoretical hydrogen capacities of these materials. However, they are thermodynamically too stable and therefore a very high temperature is required for their decomposition. This temperature can be lowered to the tolerable levels by the addition of ammonia and the resulting material is called as Ammine Metal Borohydrides (AMBs). In this study, we aim to search the ground state crystal structures of LiMg(BH4)3(NH3)x [1] with x = 2, 3, 4 using CrystAl Structure Prediction via Simulated Annealing (CASPESA) method. This approach was successfully located the experimentally determined structure of LiMg(BH4)3(NH3)2 [1] and other interesting local minima. For x = 3 and 4 cases, our methodology also resulted new crystal phases.

  6. The Electronic, Elastic, and Structural Properties of Ti-Pd Intermetallics and Associated Hydrides from First-Principles Calculations

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    Chen, Xingqiu; Fu, Chong Long; Morris, James R

    2010-01-01

    Using an ab initio density functional approach, we report on the ground-state phase stabilities, enthalpies of formation, electronic, and elastic properties of the Ti-Pd alloy system. The calculated enthalpies of formation are in excellent agreement with available calorimetric data. We found a linear dependence between the calculated enthalpies of formation of several intermetallic structures and the Pd-concentration, indicating that each of these compounds has a very limited composition range. The elastic constants for many of these Ti-Pd intermetallics were calculated and analyzed. The B2 TiPd phase is found to be mechanically unstable with respect to the transformation into the monoclinic B19 structure. A series of hydrides, Ti2PdHx (x=1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4), have been investigated in terms of electronic structure, enthalpies of hydrogen absorption, and site preference of H atoms. Our results illustrate the physical mechanism for hydrogen absorption in term of the charge transfer, and explain why TiPd2 does not form a stable hydride.

  7. Chemical Defects, Electronic Structure, and Transport in N-type and P-type Organic Semiconductors: First Principles Theory

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    2012-11-29

    boundaries. A paper describing the work was published in Nature Materials. {J. Rivnay, L.H. Jimison, J. E. Northrup, M. F. Toney, R. Noriega , S. Lu, T. J...Switzerland.[4] [1] J. Rivnay, R. Noriega , J. E. Northrup, R. J. Kline, M. F. Toney, and A. Salleo, Structural origin of gap states in semicrystalline...1] J. Rivnay, L.H. Jimison, J. E. Northrup, M. F. Toney, R. Noriega , S. Lu, T. J. Marks, A, Facchetti, and A. Salleo, Large modulation of

  8. Nonstandard cages in the formation process of methane clathrate: stability, structure, and spectroscopic implications from first-principles.

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    Tang, Lingli; Su, Yan; Liu, Yuan; Zhao, Jijun; Qiu, Ruifeng

    2012-06-14

    Endohedral CH(4)@(H(2)O)(n) (n = 16, 18, 20, 22, 24) clusters with standard and nonstandard cage configurations containing four-, five-, six-, seven-membered rings were generated by spiral algorithm and were systematically explored using DFT-D methods. The geometries of all isomers were optimized in vacuum and aqueous solution. In vacuum, encapsulation of methane molecules can stabilize the hollow (H(2)O)(n) cage by 2.31~5.44 kcal/mol; but the endohedral CH(4)@(H(2)O)(n) cages are still less stable than the pure (H(2)O)(n) clusters. Aqueous environment could promote the stabilities of the hollow (H(2)O)(n) cages as well as the CH(4)@(H(2)O)(n) clusters, and the CH(4)@(H(2)O)(n) clusters possess larger stabilization energies with regard to the pure (H(2)O)(n) clusters except for n = 24. The lowest energy structures of the CH(4)@(H(2)O)(20) and CH(4)@(H(2)O)(24) cages are identical to the building units in the crystalline sI clathrate hydrate. All of the low-energy cages (including both regular and irregular ones) have large structural similarity and can be connected by "dimer-insertion" operation and Stone-Wales transformation. Our calculation also showed that in the range of cluster size n = 16-24, the relative energies of cage isomers tend to decrease with increasing number of the adjacent pentagons in the oxygen skeleton structures. In addition to the regular endohedral CH(4)@(H(2)O)(20) and CH(4)@(H(2)O)(24) cage structures, some nonstandard CH(4)@(H(2)O)(n) (n = 18, 20, 22, 24) cages have lower energies and might appear during nucleation process of methane hydrate. For the methane molecules in these low-energy cage isomers, we found that the C-H symmetric stretching frequencies show a red-shift trend and the (13)C NMR chemical shifts generally move toward negative values as the cavity size increases. These theoretical results are comparable to the available experimental data and might help experimental identification of the endohedral water cages during

  9. First Principles Study of Electronic Structure, Magnetic, and Mechanical Properties of Transition Metal Monoxides TMO(TM=Co and Ni)

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    Cinthia, Arumainayagam Jemmy; Rajeswarapalanichamy, Ratnavelu; Iyakutti, Kombiah

    2015-10-01

    The ground-state properties, electronic structure, magnetic and mechanical properties of cobalt oxide (CoO) and nickel oxide (NiO) are investigated using generalised gradient approximation parameterised by Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (GGA-PBE) and GGA-PBE+U formalisms. These oxides are found to be stable in the antiferromagnetic (AFM) state at normal pressure. The computed lattice parameters are in agreement with the experimental and other theoretical works. Pressure-induced magnetic transition from AFM to ferromagnetic (FM) state is predicted in NiO at a pressure of 84 GPa. Both these compounds are found to be mechanically stable in the AFM state at normal pressure.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  13. Atomic structure of the Zr-He, Zr-vac, and Zr-vac-He systems: First-principles calculation

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    Lopatina, O. V.; Koroteev, Yu. M.; Chernov, I. P.

    2017-01-01

    The ab initio investigations have been performed for the atomic structure of the Zr-He, Zr-vac, and Zr-vac-He systems with concentrations of helium atoms and vacancies (vac) of 6 at %. A heliuminduced instability of the zirconia lattice has been revealed in the Zr-He system, which disappears with the formation of vacancies. The most preferred positions of impurities in the metal lattice have been determined. The energy of helium dissolution and the excess volume introduced by helium have been calculated. It has been established that the presence of helium in the Zr lattice leads to a significant decrease in the energy of vacancy formation.

  14. First-principles studies of phase stability and crystal structures in Li-Zn mixed-metal borohydrides

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    Wang, Yongli; Zhang, Yongsheng; Wolverton, C.

    2013-07-01

    We address the problem of finding mixed-metal borohydrides with favorable thermodynamics and illustrate the approach using the example of LiZn2(BH4)5. Using density functional theory (DFT), along with the grand-canonical linear programming method (GCLP), we examine the experimentally and computationally proposed crystal structures and the finite-temperature thermodynamics of dehydrogenation for the quaternary hydride LiZn2(BH4)5. We find the following: (i) For LiZn2(BH4)5, DFT calculations of the experimental crystal structures reveal that the structure from the neutron diffraction experiments of Ravnsbæk is more stable [by 24 kJ/(mol f.u.)] than that based on a previous x-ray study. (ii) Our DFT calculations show that when using the neutron-diffraction structure of LiZn2(BH4)5, the recently theoretically predicted LiZn(BH4)3 compound is unstable with respect to the decomposition into LiZn2(BH4)5+LiBH4. (iii) GCLP calculations show that even though LiZn2(BH4)5 is a combination of weakly [Zn(BH4)2] and strongly (LiBH4) bound borohydrides, its decomposition is not intermediate between the two individual borohydrides. Rather, we find that the decomposition of LiZn2(BH4)5 is divided into a weakly exothermic step [LiZn2(BH4)5→2Zn+(1)/(5)LiBH4+(2)/(5)Li2B12H12+(36)/(5)H2] and three strong endothermic steps (12LiBH4→10LiH+Li2B12H12+13H2; Zn+LiH→LiZn+(1)/(2)H2; 2Zn+Li2B12H12→2LiZn+12B+6H2). DFT-calculated ΔHZPET=0K values for the first three LiZn2(BH4)5 decomposition steps are -19, +37, +74 kJ/(mol H2), respectively. The behavior of LiZn2(BH4)5 shows that mixed-metal borohydrides formed by mixing borohydrides of high and low thermodynamics stabilities do not necessarily have an intermediate decomposition tendency. Our results suggest the correct strategy to find intermediate decomposition in mixed-metal borohydrides is to search for stable mixed-metal products such as ternary metal borides.

  15. A comparable study of structural and electrical transport properties of Al and Cu nanowires using first-principle calculations

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    Gao, N.; Li, J. C. E-mail: jiangq@jlu.edu.cn; Jiang, Q. E-mail: jiangq@jlu.edu.cn

    2013-12-23

    The structural and quantum transport properties of Al and Cu nanowires with diameters up to 3.6 nm are studied using density functional theory combined with Landauer formalism. Contrary to the classical electronic behavior, the conductance of Al wires is larger than that of Cu. This is mainly attributed to the larger contribution of conductance channels from Al-3p, which is determined by the chemical nature. Meanwhile, the stronger axial contraction of Al wires plays a minor role to conductance. This makes Al wires possible candidate interconnects in integrated circuits.

  16. Phase diagram, structure, and magnetic properties of the Ge-Mn system: A first-principles study

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    Arras, Emmanuel; Caliste, Damien; Deutsch, Thierry; Lançon, Frédéric; Pochet, Pascal

    2011-05-01

    We study the whole Ge-Mn phase diagram with density functional theory (DFT) methods. The 16 known phases are described and trends are analyzed. The compounds are then simulated, allowing a complete evaluation of this method in the projector augmented-wave approach within the collinear spin-polarized framework. Structural parameters, as well as magnetic properties, are compared to experimental values. Stability issues are addressed using a thermodynamic approach based on the grand potential, showing good agreement with experimental data. The impact of semicore electrons and the exchange-correlation functional are also discussed. Finally, it is shown that DFT methods are well suited to study this system, provided that the generalized gradient approximation is used, as opposed to the local density approximation, and correlations between structural errors and Mn concentration are taken into account. In addition, the precision achieved when compared to experiments is 40 meV/atom on energy, ±3% on the lattice parameter, and 0.2μB/Mn on magnetic moments. Magnetic orders are mostly well reproduced.

  17. Investigation of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of Ni-based Heusler alloys from first principles

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    Qawasmeh, Yasmeen; Hamad, Bothina

    2012-02-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed to investigate the structural, electronic, magnetic, and elastic properties of Ni2MnZ (Z = B, Al, Ga, In) and Ni2FeZ (Z = Al, Ga) full Heusler alloys. The alloys are found to be metallic ferromagnets with total magnetic moments of about 4μB/f.u. and 3μB/f.u for Ni2MnZ and Ni2FeZ alloys, respectively. The Ni2MnAl and Ni2MnIn alloys are found to be stable at L21 phase, while the other alloys are more stable in the tetragonal phase with c/a ratios of 1.38 and 1.27 for Ni2MnB and Ni2MnGa, respectively and 1.35 for both Ni2FeAl and Ni2FeGa. The Ni2MnB alloy exhibits the highest electron spin polarization in its tetragonal phase, which is about 88% greater than that of L21 structure. However, the Ni2MnGa, Ni2FeAl, and Ni2FeGa alloys exhibit lower spin polarizations in their tetragonal phase than those at the L21. The most contribution of the total magnetic moments comes from Mn or Fe atoms, whereas Ni atoms exhibit much smaller magnetic moments. However, Z atoms have small induced magnetic moments, which are coupled antiferromagnetically with Ni, Mn and Fe.

  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-principles study of the structural and dynamic properties of the liquid and amorphous Li–Si alloys

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    Chiang, Han-Hsin; Kuo, Chin-Lung; Lu, Jian-Ming

    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 Li{sub x}Si 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 Li{sub 1.0}Si 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 Li{sub 4.81}Si alloy at 1500 K. Our results also show that amorphous Li{sub x}Si 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 Li{sub x}Si was predicted to lie in the range between 10{sup −7} and 10{sup −9} cm{sup 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 Li

  20. First-principles studies of the electric-field effect on the band structure of trilayer graphenes

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    Wang, Yun-Peng; Li, Xiang-Guo; Cheng, Hai-Ping

    Electric-field effects on the electronic structure of trilayer graphene are investigated using the density functional theory in the generalized gradient approximation. Two different stacking orders, namely Bernal and rhombohedral, of trilayer graphene are considered. Our calculations reproduce the experimentally data on band gap opening in Bernal stacking and band overlap in rhombohedral trilayer graphene. In addition, we studied effects of charge doping using dual gate configurations. The size of band gap opening in Bernal trilayer graphene can be tuned by charge doping, and charge doping also causes an electron-hole asymmetry in the density of states. Furthermore, hole-doping can reopen a band gap in the band overlapping region of rhombohedral trilayer grapheme induced by electric fields, which contributes to an extra peak in the optical conductivity spectra. This work is supported by DOE # DE-FG02-02ER45995.

  1. Electronic structure, mechanical, and optical properties of CaO·Al2O3 system: a first principles approach

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    Hussain, A.; Mehmood, S.; Rasool, M. N.; Aryal, S.; Rulis, P.; Ching, W. Y.

    2016-08-01

    A comprehensive study of the structure, bonding, mechanical and optical properties of five stable phases within the calcium aluminate (Ca-Al-O) series with different CaO to Al2O3 proportions has been carried out using the density functional theory based orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals (OLCAO) method. The phases are C3A, C12A7-crystal, CA, CA2, and CA6 and the oxygen deficient C12A7-electride phase. These five stable phases are wide band gap insulators with energy gap values ranging from 3.85 to 4.62 eV. The charge neutral C12A7-crystal has localized defective states in the gap whereas the C12A7-electride phase has a region of metallic bands of about 2 eV wide in the gap. Effective charge and bond order calculations reveal intimate details of electronic structure and bonding in relation to the aluminate contents in the series. It is shown that Al-O bonds dominate the Ca-O bonds in determining the crystal strength with CA6 having the highest and C12A7 having the lowest bond order density. Calculations of elastic coefficients and mechanical properties in these crystals show a high degree of diversity and anisotropic behavior consistent with the bond order calculations. The refractive index values from optical properties calculations are in good agreement with available literature. Other results furnish more insights for the Ca-Al-O series and provide the opportunity for further investigations on similar or more complicated quaternary systems with potential novel properties.

  2. 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.

  3. Novel fluorite structured superparamagnetic RbGdF₄ nanocrystals as versatile upconversion host.

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    Ahmad, Shahzad; Nagarajan, Rajamani; Raj, Packiya; Prakash, G Vijaya

    2014-10-06

    Fluorite structured nanocrystals of RbGdF4 in cubic symmetry have successfully been synthesized by employing a simple, one-step, and template-free wet chemical method at room temperature. Considering the structural model of cubic KLaF4 in the Fm̅3m space group, the observed powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) pattern was fitted by the Le Bail procedure with the cubic lattice constant of a = 5.8244 (1) Å. Both high-resolution transmission electron microscopic (HR-TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements revealed the monodispersity of the nanocrystals with their size in the range of 2-18 nm. Upon excitation at 980 nm, Yb(3+), (Er(3+)/Ho(3+)/Tm(3+)) codoped RbGdF4 nanocrystals showed multicolor upconversion including red, yellow, blue, and the combination of basic color (near-white) emissions. Also, near-white upconversion emission from Yb(3+), Ho(3+), Tm(3+) triply doped cubic RbGdF4 nanocrystals was observed at varying laser power densities. RbGdF4 nanocrystals exhibited superparamagnetic behavior with a molar magnetic susceptibility of 2.61 × 10(-2) emu·Oe(-1)·mol(-1) at room temperature, while at low temperature (5 K) a saturation magnetization value of 90.41 emu·g(-1) at an applied field of at 10 kOe was observed. Non-interaction of the localized magnetic moment of Gd(3+) ions in the host matrix has been reasoned out for the observed superparamagnetic behavior. From the Langevin fit of the magnetic data, the average particle diameter obtained was approximately 2.2 nm, matching well with the values from other measurements. RbGdF4 nanocrystals exhibited a large ionic longitudinal relaxivity (r1 = 2.30 s(-1)·mM(-1)), suggesting their potential applicability as a promising agent for T1 contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in addition to the applications arising from the coupling of optical and magnetic functions such as multiplexing biodetection, bioimaging (optical and MRI), and other optical technologies.

  4. Pressure induced structural and magnetic phase transition in magnesium nitrides MgNx (x = 1, 2, 3): A first principles study

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    Rajeswarapalanichamy, R.; Sudhapriyanga, G.; Cinthia, A. Jemmy; Santhosh, M.; Murugan, A.

    2014-04-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of magnesium nitrides are investigated by the first principles calculations based on density functional theory using Vienna ab-initio simulation package. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. A pressure-induced structural phase transition from NaCl to CsCl in MgN, CaF2 to AlB2 in MgN2 and LaF3 to BiF3 phase in MgN3 is observed. At ambient condition MgN and MgN3 are stable in the ferromagnetic state. On further increasing the pressure, a ferromagnetic to non magnetic transition is observed in MgN.

  5. A first-principles investigation on the effect of the divacancy defect on the band structures of boron nitride (BN) nanoribbons

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    Zhang, Hui; Yu, Guangtao; Chen, Wei; Guan, Jia; Huang, Xuri

    2015-05-01

    On the basis of the comprehensive first-principles computations, we investigated the geometries, electronic and magnetic properties of zigzag and armchair boron nitride nanoribbons (BNNRs) with the divacancy defect of 5-8-5 ring fusions formed by removing B-N pair, where the defect orientation and position are considered. Our computed results reveal that all of the defective BNNRs systems can uniformly exhibit nonmagnetic semiconducting behavior, and the formation of the divacancy 5-8-5 defect can significantly impact the band structures of BNNRs with not only the zigzag but also armchair edges, where their wide band gaps are reduced and the defect orientation and position play an important role. Clearly, introducing divacancy defect can be a promising and effective approach to engineer the band structures of BNNRs, and the present computed results can provide some valuable insights for promoting the practical applications of excellent BN-based nanomaterials in the nanodevices.

  6. Absence of a Dirac cone in silicene on Ag(111): First-principles density functional calculations with a modified effective band structure technique

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    Wang, Yun-Peng; Cheng, Hai-Ping

    2013-06-01

    We investigate the currently debated issue of the existence of the Dirac cone in silicene on an Ag(111) surface, using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory to obtain the band structure. By unfolding the band structure in the Brillouin zone of a supercell to that of a primitive cell, followed by projecting onto Ag and silicene subsystems, we demonstrate that the Dirac cone in silicene on Ag(111) is destroyed. Our results clearly indicate that the linear dispersions observed in both angular-resolved photoemission spectroscopy [P. Vogt , Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.108.155501 108, 155501 (2012)] and scanning tunneling spectroscopy [L. Chen , Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.109.056804 109, 056804 (2012)] come from the Ag substrate and not from silicene.

  7. 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.

  8. First-principles calculation of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of cubic perovskite RbXF3 (X = Mn, V, Co, Fe)

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    rehman Hashmi, Muhammad Raza ur; Zafar, Muhammad; Shakil, M.; Sattar, Atif; Ahmed, Shabbir; Ahmad, S. A.

    2016-11-01

    First-principles calculations by means of the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method using the generalized gradient approximation with correlation effect correction (GGA+U) within the framework of spin polarized density functional theory (DFT+U) are used to study the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of cubic perovskite compounds RbXF3 (X = Mn, V, Co, and Fe). It is found that the calculated structural parameters, i.e., lattice constant, bulk modulus, and its pressure derivative are in good agreement with the previous results. Our results reveal that the strong spin polarization of the 3d states of the X atoms is the origin of ferromagnetism in RbXF3. Cohesive energies and the magnetic moments of RbXF3 have also been calculated. The calculated electronic properties show the half-metallic nature of RbCoF3 and RbFeF3, making these materials suitable for spintronic applications.

  9. 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.

  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. First-principles study of boron oxygen hole centers in crystals: Electronic structures and nuclear hyperfine and quadrupole parameters

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    Li Zucheng; Pan Yuanming

    2011-09-15

    The electronic structures, nuclear hyperfine coupling constants, and nuclear quadrupole parameters of fundamental boron oxygen hole centers (BOHCs) in zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}, I4{sub 1}/amd) and calcite (CaCO{sub 3}, R3c) have been investigated using ab initio Hartree-Fock (HF) and various density functional theory (DFT) methods based on the supercell models with all-electron localized basis sets. Both exact HF exchange and appropriate correlation functionals are important in describing the BOHCs, and the parameter-free hybrid method based on Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof density functionals (PBE0) turns out to be the best DFT method in reproducing the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) data. Our results reveal three distinct types of simple-spin (S = 1/2) [BO{sub 3}]{sup 2-} centers in calcite: (i) the classic [BO{sub 3}]{sup 2-} radical with the D{sub 3h} symmetry and the unpaired spin equally distributed on the three oxygen atoms (i.e. the O{sub 3}{sup 5-} type); (ii) the previously reported [BO{sub 2}]{sup 0} center with the unpaired spin equally distributed on two of the three oxygen atoms (O{sub 2}{sup 3-}); and (iii) a new variety with {approx}90% of its unpaired spin localized on one (O{sup -}) of the three oxygen atoms with a long B-O bond (1.44 A). Calculations confirm the unusual [BO{sub 4}]{sup 0} center in zircon and show it to arise from a highly distorted configuration with 90% of the unpaired spin on one oxygen atom that has a considerably longer B-O bond (1.68 A) than its three counterparts (1.45 A). The calculated magnitudes and directions of {sup 11}B and {sup 17}O hyperfine coupling constants and nuclear quadrupole constants for the [BO{sub 4}]{sup 0} center in zircon are in excellent agreement with the 15 K EPR experimental data. These BOHCs are all characterized by a small negative spin density on the central B atom arising from spin polarization. Our calculations also demonstrate that the spin densities on BOHCs are affected substantially by

  12. First Principles Study of structural characteristics and phase change mechanism of Ge-Sb-Te based materials

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    Park, Hanjin; Kim, Cheol-Woon; Lee, Hyung-June; Song, Hosin; Kwon, Young-Kyun

    Using ab initio density functional theory, we investigate the structural properties and their phase transition mechanism of the crystalline and amorphous phases of Ge-Sb-Te (GST) based phase change materials, which would be utilized for phase change random access memory. Among various stochiometries of GST, we focus on compositions along the (GeTe)n(Sb2Te3)m pseudo-binary line, denoted simply by (n , m) with integer n and m. We explore various GST materials corresponding (n , m) sets including (1,0), (0,1), (1,1), (2,1) and (1,2) by modeling their both phases. Especially, their amorphous phases can be constructed based on experimental data available or molecular dynamics (MD) simulations performing melt-quench processes. To understand the phase transition mechanism, we evaluate their coordination numbers, radial distribution functions, and angle distribution functions, which enables us to identify the characteristic local geometry representing each phase. We further investigate the thermal properties of various phases by evaluating their phonon densities of states obtained by Fourier-transforming the velocity autocorrelation functions calculated directly from our MD simulation.

  13. Fluid structure in the immediate vicinity of an equilibrium contact line from first principles and assessment of disjoining pressure models

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    Nold, Andreas; Sibley, David N.; Goddard, Benjamin D.; Kalliadasis, Serafim

    2014-11-01

    Predicting the fluid structure at a three-phase contact line of macroscopic drops is of interest from a fundamental fluid dynamics point of view. However, exact computations for very small scales are prohibitive. As a consequence, coarse-grained quantities such as interface height and disjoining pressure profiles are used to model the interface shape. Here, we evaluate such coarse-grained models within a rigorous and self-consistent framework based on statistical mechanics, in particular with a Density Functional Theory (DFT) approach. We examine the nanoscale behavior of an equilibrium three-phase contact line in the presence of long-ranged intermolecular forces by employing DFT together with fundamental measure theory. Our analysis also enables us to evaluate the predictive quality of effective Hamiltonian models in the vicinity of the contact line. We compare the results for mean field effective Hamiltonians with disjoining pressures defined through the adsorption isotherm for a planar liquid film, and the normal force balance at the contact line [Phys. Fluids, 26, 072001, 2014]. Results are given for a variety of contact angles. An accurate description of the small-scale behavior of a three-phase conjunction is a prerequisite to understanding dynamic wetting phenomena.

  14. 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

    2013-01-01

    The structural stabilities, elastic, electronic and magnetic properties of the Heusler-type shape memory alloy Ni2FeGa are calculated using density functional theory. The volume conserving tetragonal distortion of the austenite Ni2FeGa 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 Ni2FeGa just above the Fermi level which gets partially filled up in the tetragonal phase. In contrast to Ni2MnGa, the transition metal spin-down states show partial hybridization in Ni2FeGa and there is a relatively high electron density of states near the Fermi level in both phases.

  15. 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.

  16. Magnetic structure and orbital ordering in tetragonal and monoclinic KCrF(3) from first-principles calculations.

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    Xu, Yuanhui; Hao, Xianfeng; Lv, Minfeng; Wu, Zhijian; Zhou, Defeng; Meng, Jian

    2008-04-28

    KCrF(3) has been systematically investigated by using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital method within the generalized gradient approximation and the local spin density approximation plus the on-site Coulomb repulsion approach. The total energies for ferromagnetic and three different antiferromagnetic configurations are calculated in the high-temperature tetragonal and low-temperature monoclinic phases, respectively. It reveals that the ground state is the A-type antiferromagnetic in both phases. Furthermore, the ground states of the two phases are found to be Mott-Hubbard insulators with the G-type orbital ordering pattern. In addition, our calculations show the staggered orbital ordering of the 3d(x(2) ) and 3d(y(2) ) orbitals for the tetragonal phase and the 3d(z(2) ) and 3d(x(2) ) orbitals for the monoclinic phase, which is in agreement with the available data. More importantly, the relationship between magnetic structure and orbital ordering as well as the origin of the orbital ordering are analyzed in detail.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. Structure and energetics of poly(ethylene glycol) cationized by Li(+), Na(+), K(+) and Cs(+): a first-principles study.

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    Memboeuf, Antony; Vékey, Károly; Lendvay, György

    2011-01-01

    Density functional theoretical methods, including several basis sets and two functional, were used to collect information on the structure and energetic parameters of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), also referred to as poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), coordinated by alkali metal ions. The oligomer chain is found to form a spiral around the alkali cation, which grows to roughly two helical turns when the oligomer size increases to about the decamer for each alkali ion. Above this size, the additional monomer units do not build the spiral further for Li(+) and Na(+); instead, they form less organized segments outside or next to the initial spiral. The distance of the first layer of co-ordinating O atoms from the alkali cation is 1.9-2.15 Å for Li(+), 2.3-2.5 Å for Na(+), 2.75-3.2 Å for K(+) and 3.5-3.8 Å for Cs(+) complexes. The number of O atoms in the innermost shell is five, six, seven and eleven for Li(+), Na(+), K(+) and Cs(+). The collision cross sections with He increase linearly with the oligomer to a very good approximation. No sign of leaning towards the 2/3 power dependence characterizing spherical particles is observed. The binding energy of the cation to the oligomer increases up to polymerization degree of about 10, where it levels off for each alkali-metal ion, indicating that this is approximately the limit of the oligomer size that can be influenced by the alkali cation. The binding energy-degree of polymerization curves are remarkably parallel for the four cations. The limiting binding energy at large polymerization degrees is about 544 kJ mol(-1), 460 kJ mol(-1), 356 kJ mol(-1) and 314 kJ mol(-1) for Li, Na, K and Cs, respectively. The geometrical features are compared with the X-ray and neutron diffraction data on crystalline and amorphous phases of conducting polymers formed by alkali-metal salts and PEG. The implications of the observations concerning collision cross sections and binding energies to ion mobility spectroscopy and mass spectrometry

  20. 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

  1. First-principles investigation on vibrational, anisotropic elastic and thermodynamic properties for L12 structure of Al3Er and Al3Yb under high pressure

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    Zhang, Xudong; Jiang, Wei

    2016-02-01

    To better clarify the physical properties for Al3RE precipitates, first-principles calculations are performed to investigate the vibrational, anisotropic elastic and thermodynamic properties of Al3Er and Al3Yb. The calculated results agree well with available experimental and theoretical ones. The vibrational properties indicate that Al3Er and Al3Yb will keep their dynamical stabilities with L12 structure up to 100 GPa. The elastic constants are satisfied with mechanical stability criteria up to the external pressure of 100 GPa. The mechanical anisotropy is predicted by anisotropic constants AG, AU, AZ and 3D curved surface of Young's modulus. The calculated results show that both Al3Er and Al3Yb are isotropic at zero pressure and obviously anisotropic under high pressure. Further, we systematically investigate the thermodynamic properties and provide the relationships between thermal parameters and pressure. Finally, the pressure-dependent behaviours of density of states, Mulliken charge and bond length are discussed.

  2. 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).

  3. First-principles calculations of the structural, elastic, electronic, chemical bonding and optical properties of zinc-blende and rocksalt GeC

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    Liu, Qi-Jun; Liu, Zheng-Tang; Che, Xing-Sen; Feng, Li-Ping; Tian, Hao

    2011-12-01

    Structural parameters, elastic, electronic, bonding and optical properties of zinc-blende and rocksalt GeC have been investigated using the plane-wave ultrasoft pseudopotential technique based on the first-principles density-functional theory (DFT). The ground-state properties obtained by minimizing the total energy are in favorable agreement with the previous work. Two phases of GeC are found to be elastically stable and we have obtained the bulk, shear and Young's modulus, Poisson's coefficient and Lamé's constants for zinc-blende and rocksalt GeC. We estimated the Debye temperature of zinc-blende and rocksalt GeC from the acoustic velocity. Electronic and chemical bonding properties have been studied. Moreover, the complex dielectric function, refractive index, extinction coefficient, optical reflectivity, absorption coefficient, energy-loss spectrum and the complex conductivity function are calculated.

  4. Composition dependence of the optical properties and band structure of the zinc-blende ZnS1-xOx: a first principles study

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    Gueddim, A.; Zerroug, S.; Bouarissa, N.

    2015-08-01

    We present first principles calculations of structural, electronic and optical properties of ZnS1-xOx in the zinc-blende phase. We employ the full potential linearized augmented plane wave method within the density functional theory in the generalized gradient approximation and Engel-Vosko generalized gradient approximation. Features such as the lattice constant, the bulk modulus and its pressure derivative are reported. The agreement between our calculated results and available experimental and theoretical data is generally good. Direct and indirect energy band gaps as a function of the oxygen composition in the material of interest are presented and discussed. The material under investigation is found to remain a direct band gap semiconductor over all the alloy composition range (0-1). Furthermore, the optical properties such as the dielectric function, the refractive index, the reflectivity and the electron loss energy have also been reported and analysed.

  5. Impact of local strain on Ti-L₂,₃ electron energy-loss near-edge structures of BaTiO₃: a first-principles multiplet study.

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    Ootsuki, Shirou; Ikeno, Hidekazu; Umeda, Yuji; Yonezawa, Yu; Moriwake, Hiroki; Kuwabara, Akihide; Kido, Osamu; Ueda, Satoko; Tanaka, Isao; Fujikawa, Yoshinori; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu

    2014-06-01

    Identification of local strains is crucial because the local strains largely influence the ferroelectric property of BaTiO₃. The effects of local strains induced by external pressures on the Ti-L₂,₃ electron energy-loss near-edge structure (ELNES) of BaTiO₃ were theoretically investigated using first-principles multiplet calculations. We revealed that the effects appear in the position of the spectral threshold, namely the spectrum shifts to lower and higher energy sides by the tensile and compressive pressures, respectively. We concluded that conventional ELNES observations can identify only large strains induced by -10 GPa, and 0.1 eV energy resolution is required to identify ±2% of strains.

  6. First-Principles Calculations of Structural, Electronic and Optical Properties of Ternary Semiconductor Alloys ZAs x Sb1-x (Z = B, Al, Ga, In)

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    Bounab, S.; Bentabet, A.; Bouhadda, Y.; Belgoumri, Gh.; Fenineche, N.

    2017-03-01

    We have investigated the structural and electronic properties of the BAs x Sb 1-x , AlAs x Sb 1-x , GaAs x Sb 1-x and InAs x Sb 1-x semiconductor alloys using first-principles calculations under the virtual crystal approximation within both the density functional perturbation theory and the pseudopotential approach. In addition the optical properties have been calculated by using empirical methods. The ground state properties such as lattice constants, both bulk modulus and derivative of bulk modulus, energy gap, refractive index and optical dielectric constant have been calculated and discussed. The obtained results are in reasonable agreement with numerous experimental and theoretical data. The compositional dependence of the lattice constant, bulk modulus, energy gap and effective mass of electrons for ternary alloys show deviations from Vegard's law where our results are in agreement with the available data in the literature.

  7. First-principles calculations on the structural and electronic properties of cubic KCaF3 and NaCaF3 (001) surfaces

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    Yang, Kun; He, Yanqing; Cheng, Yi; Che, Li; Yao, Li

    2017-03-01

    First-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been used to investigate the structural and electronic properties of the cubic KCaF3 and NaCaF3 (001) surfaces with MF (M = K or Na) and CaF2 terminations. For both KCaF3 and NaCaF3 (001) surfaces, the MF termination has stronger surface rumpling than the CaF2 termination. All the computed band gaps for the KCaF3 and NaCaF3 (001) surfaces are smaller than those of the bulks. Furthermore, separated bands that originate from surface layer F p states are introduced at the top of the valance band of MF-terminated surfaces, indicating the emergence of the surface states. The calculated surface energies show that the MF-terminated surface is energetically more favorable than the CaF2-terminated surface.

  8. 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.

  9. Structural diversity and electronic properties of Cu2SnX3 (X=S, Se): A first-principles investigation

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    Zhai, Ying-Teng; Chen, Shiyou; Yang, Ji-Hui; Xiang, Hong-Jun; Gong, Xin-Gao; Walsh, Aron; Kang, Joongoo; Wei, Su-Huai

    2011-08-01

    The ternary semiconductors Cu2SnX3 (X=S, Se) are found frequently as secondary phases in synthesized Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnSnSe4 samples, but previous reports on their crystal structures and electronic band gaps are conflicting. Here we report their structural and electronic properties as calculated using a first-principles approach. We find that (i) the diverse range of crystal structures such as the monoclinic, cubic, and tetragonal phases can all be derived from the zinc-blende structure with tetrahedral coordination. (ii) The energy stability of different structures is determined primarily by the local cation coordination around anions, which can be explained by a generalized valence octet rule. Structures with only Cu3Sn and Cu2Sn2 clusters around the anions have low and nearly degenerate energies, which makes Cu and Sn partially disordered in the cation sublattice. (iii) The direct band gaps of the low-energy compounds Cu2SnS3 and Cu2SnSe3 should be in the range of 0.8-0.9 and 0.4 eV, respectively, and are weakly dependent on the long-range structural order. A direct analogy is drawn with the ordered vacancy compounds found in the Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar-cell absorbers.

  10. Structures, energetics, vibrational spectra of NH4+(H2O)n=4,6 clusters: Ab initio calculations and first principles molecular dynamics simulations

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    Karthikeyan, S.; Singh, Jiten N.; Park, Mina; Kumar, Rajesh; Kim, Kwang S.

    2008-06-01

    Important structural isomers of NH4+(H2O)n=4,6 have been studied by using density functional theory, Møller-Plesset second order perturbation theory, and coupled-cluster theory with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations [CCSD(T)]. The zero-point energy (ZPE) correction to the complete basis set limit of the CCSD(T) binding energies and free energies is necessary to identify the low energy structures for NH4+(H2O)n=4,6 because otherwise wrong structures could be assigned for the most probable structures. For NH4+(H2O)6, the cage-type structure, which is more stable than the previously reported open structure before the ZPE correction, turns out to be less stable after the ZPE correction. In first principles Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations around 100 K, the combined power spectrum of three lowest energy isomers of NH4+(H2O)4 and two lowest energy isomers of NH4+(H2O)6 explains each experimental IR spectrum.

  11. Redetermination of the structure of ALa2WO7 (A=Ba, Sr) with fluorite-like metal ordering

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    Fu, W. T.; IJdo, D. J. W.; Bontenbal, A.

    2013-05-01

    The crystal structures of ALa2WO7 (A=Ba, and Sr) at room temperature were re-determined by the Rietveld method using the combined X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. The compounds are confirmed to be isomorphic, crystallizing in the space group P1121/b. In ALa2WO7 the ordering of metal atoms is fluorite-like, but it differs from that of the fluorite-defect compounds of the formula Ln3MO7 (Ln=lanthanide or Y, M=pentavalent metal). The structure of ALa2WO7 consists of isolated WO6 octahedra, whereas in the normal Ln3MO7 the MO6 octahedra share corners forming one-dimensional chains. Although ALa2WO7 has a centric space group, La ions are not situate at the centre of symmetry, which explains the 5D0→7F2 transition being dominant in emission spectrum of Eu-doped materials.

  12. 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.

  13. Anomalous lattice compression and magnetic ordering in CuO at high pressures: A structural study and first-principles calculations

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    Kozlenko, D. P.; DruŻbicki, K.; Kichanov, S. E.; Lukin, E. V.; Liermann, H.-P.; Glazyrin, K. V.; Savenko, B. N.

    2017-02-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of multiferroic CuO have been studied by means of neutron and x-ray powder diffraction at pressures up to 11 and 38 GPa, respectively, and by first-principles theoretical calculations. Anomalous lattice compression is observed, with enlargement of the lattice parameter a , reaching a maximum at P = 13 GPa , followed by its reduction at higher pressures. The lattice distortion of the monoclinic structure at high pressures is accompanied by a progressive change of the oxygen coordination around Cu atoms from the square fourfold towards the octahedral sixfold coordination. The pressure-induced evolution of the structural properties and electronic structure of CuO was successfully elucidated in the framework of full-electronic density functional theory calculations with range-separated HSE06, and meta-generalized gradient approximation hybrid M06 functionals. The antiferromagnetic (AFM) ground state with a propagation vector q = (0.5 , 0 , -0.5 ) remains stable in the studied pressure range. From the obtained structural parameters, the pressure dependencies of the principal superexchange magnetic interactions were analyzed, and the pressure behavior of the Néel temperature as well as the magnetic transition temperature from the intermediate incommensurate AFM multiferroic state to the commensurate AFM ground state were evaluated. The estimated upper limit of the Néel temperature at P = 38 GPa is about 260 K, not supporting the previously predicted existence of the multiferroic phase at room temperature and high pressure.

  14. 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.

  15. First-principles investigation of the structural, magnetic and electronic properties of perovskite SrRu(1-x)Mn(x)O(3).

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    Wang, L; Hua, L; Chen, L F

    2009-12-02

    We have investigated the structural, magnetic and electronic properties of single-crystal SrRu(1-x)Mn(x)O(3), using first-principles density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA)+U schemes. The entire series of SrRu(1-x)Mn(x)O(3) (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5 and 1) is stabilized in the single-crystal perovskite structure which is in agreement with experimental findings. Our spin-polarized calculations give a metallic ground state for the x<0.5 regime and an insulator ground state for the x≥0.5 regime. The magnetic structure for x = 0 is found to be the ferromagnetic state while the magnetic structures for 0structures for x≥0.5 are found to be the antiferromagnetic states. The substitution of itinerant Ru ions by localized Mn ions enhances the p-d coupling between O and the transition metal. It also strongly drives the system from the ferromagnetic metal to the antiferromagnetic insulator.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. First-principles study of the structural, elastic, vibrational, thermodynamic and electronic properties of the Mo2B intermetallic under pressure

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    Escamilla, R.; Carvajal, E.; Cruz-Irisson, M.; Romero, M.; Gómez, R.; Marquina, V.; Galván, D. H.; Durán, A.

    2016-12-01

    The structural, elastic, vibrational, thermodynamic and electronic properties of the Mo2B intermetallic under pressure are assessed using first-principles calculations based on the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) proposed by Perdew-Wang (PW91). Our results show that the calculated structural parameters at a pressure of zero GPa are in good agreement with the available experimental data. The effect of high pressures on the lattice constants shows that the compression along the c-axis and along the a-axis are similar. The elastic constants were calculated using the static finite strain technique, and the bulk shear moduli are derived from the ideal polycrystalline aggregate. We find that the elastic constants, elastic modulus and hardness monotonically increase as a function of pressure; consequently, the structure is dynamically stable and tends from brittle to ductile behavior under pressure. The Debye temperature θD increases and the so-called Gru¨ neisen constant γ decreases due to stiffening of the crystal structure. The phonon dispersion curves were obtained using the direct method. Additionally, the internal energy (ΔE), the Helmholtz free energy (ΔF), the entropy (S) and the lattice contribution to the heat capacity Cv were calculated and analyzed with the help of the phonon dispersion curves. The N(EF) and the electron transfer between the B and Mo atoms increase as a function of pressure.

  19. 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

  20. A first-principle study of the structural, elastic, lattice dynamical and thermodynamic properties of PrX (X=P, As)

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    Kocak, B.; Ciftci, Y. O.; Colakoglu, K.; Deligoz, E.

    2012-02-01

    The structural, phase transition, elastic, lattice dynamic and thermodynamic properties of rare-earth compounds PrP and PrAs with NaCl (B1), CsCl (B2), ZB (B3), WC (B h) and CuAu (L1 0) structures are investigated using the first principles calculations within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). For the total-energy calculation, we have used the projected augmented plane-wave (PAW) implementation of the Vienna Ab-initio Simulation Package (VASP). Specifically, some basic physical parameters, e.g. lattice constants, bulk modulus, elastic constants, shear modulus, Young's modulus and Poison's ratio, are predicted. The obtained equilibrium structure parameters are in excellent agreement with the experimental and theoretical data. The temperature and pressure variations of the volume, bulk modulus, thermal expansion coefficient, heat capacity and Debye temperature are calculated in wide pressure and temperature ranges. The phonon dispersion curves and corresponding one-phonon density of states (DOS) for both compounds are also computed in the NaCl (B1) structure.

  1. First-Principles Studies on the Structural Stability of Spinel ZnCo2O4 as an Electrode Material for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    Liu, Wei-Wei; Jin, M. T.; Shi, W. M.; Deng, J. G.; Lau, Woon-Ming; Zhang, Y. N.

    2016-01-01

    Systematic first principles calculations were performed for ZnCo2O4 to clarify its structural and electronic properties, and particularly the structural stability as an electrode material for lithium-ion batteries. For samples with low Li concentration, e.g., LinZnCo2O4 with n < 1, Li atoms take the center of oxygen octahedra and may diffuse rapidly. Structure distortions and volume expansions can be observed in LinZnCo2O4 with n > 1 and amorphous structures eventually prevail. The AIMD simulations for Li9ZnCo2O4 suggest the formation of Li2O, Co3O4 and LiZn local compounds or alloys. In particular, the formation of Zn-Co aggregations and the losing of ZnO pairs are identified as the possible reasons that are responsible to the Li capacity fading in ZnCo2O4 anodes. PMID:27827419

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

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

    2016-04-14

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

  3. Failure of the Hume-Rothery stabilization mechanism in the Ag5Li8 gamma-brass studied by first-principles FLAPW electronic structure calculations

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    Mizutani, U.; Asahi, R.; Sato, H.; Noritake, T.; Takeuchi, T.

    2008-07-01

    The first-principles FLAPW (full potential linearized augmented plane wave) electronic structure calculations were performed for the Ag5Li8 gamma-brass, which contains 52 atoms in a unit cell and has been known for many years as one of the most structurally complex alloy phases. The calculations were also made for its neighboring phase AgLi B2 compound. The main objective in the present work is to examine if the Ag5Li8 gamma-brass is stabilized at the particular electrons per atom ratio e/a = 21/13 in the same way as some other gamma-brasses like Cu5Zn8 and Cu9Al4, obeying the Hume-Rothery electron concentration rule. For this purpose, the e/a value for the Ag5Li8 gamma-brass as well as the AgLi B2 compound was first determined by means of the FLAPW-Fourier method we have developed. It proved that both the gamma-brass and the B2 compound possess an e/a value equal to unity instead of 21/13. Moreover, we could demonstrate why the Hume-Rothery stabilization mechanism fails for the Ag5Li8 gamma-brass and proposed a new stability mechanism, in which the unique gamma-brass structure can effectively lower the band-structure energy by forming heavily populated bonding states near the bottom of the Ag-4d band.

  4. First-principles calculations of structural, elastic, electronic, and optical properties of perovskite-type KMgH3 crystals: novel hydrogen storage material.

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    Reshak, Ali H; Shalaginov, Mikhail Y; Saeed, Yasir; Kityk, I V; Auluck, S

    2011-03-31

    We report a first-principles study of structural and phase stability in three different structures of perovskite-types KMgH(3) according to H position. While electronic and optical properties were measured only for stable perovskite-type KMgH(3), our calculated structural parameters are found in good agreement with experiment and other theoretical results. We also study the electronic charge density space distribution contours in the (200), (101), and (100) crystallographic planes, which gives better insight picture of chemical bonding between K-H, K-Mg-H, and Mg-H. Moreover, we have calculated the electronic band structure dispersion, total, and partial density of electron states to study the band gap origin and the contribution of s-band of H, s and p-band of Mg in the valence band, and d-band of K in the conduction band. Furthermore, optical features such as dielectric functions, refractive indices, extinction coefficient, optical reflectivity, absorption coefficients, optical conductivities, and loss functions of stable KMgH(3) were calculated for photon energies up to 40 eV.

  5. First-principles and molecular-dynamics study of structure and bonding in perovskite-type oxynitrides ABO(2)N (A = Ca, Sr, Ba; B = Ta, Nb).

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    Wolff, Holger; Dronskowski, Richard

    2008-10-01

    A series of perovskite-type phases of alkaline-earth-based tantalum and niobium oxynitrides has been studied using both first-principles electronic-structure calculations and molecular-dynamics simulations, in particular by investigating different structural arrangements and anion distributions in terms of total-energy calculations. The structural properties are explained on the basis of COHP chemical bonding analyses and semiempirical molecular orbital calculations. We provide theoretical proof for the surprising result that the local site symmetries of these phases are lower than cubic because density-functional calculations clearly show that all crystallographic unit cells are better described as being orthorhombic with space group Pmc2(1) to optimize metal-nitrogen bonding; nonetheless, there is no contradiction with a macroscopic cubic description of the structures of BaTaO(2)N and BaNbO(2)N adopting space group Pm3m. Additionally, we find that the anionic sublattice is ordered in all compounds studied over a wide temperature range.

  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. Structural and magnetic properties of the Gd-based bulk metallic glasses GdFe2, GdCo2, and GdNi2 from first principles

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    Lizárraga, Raquel

    2016-11-01

    A structural and magnetic characterization of Gd-based bulk metallic glasses, GdFe2, GdCo2, and GdNi2, was performed. Models for the amorphous structures for two magnetic configurations, ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic, were obtained by means of a first-principles-based method, the stochastic quenching. In all three cases, the ferrimagnetic configuration was energetically more stable than the ferromagnetic one, in perfect agreement with experiments. In the structural analysis, radial and angle distribution functions as well as calculations of bond lengths and average coordination numbers were included. Structural properties are in good agreement with experiments and do not depend on the magnetic configuration. The distribution of magnetic moments shows that amorphous GdFe2 and GdCo2 are both ferrimagnets, with antiparallel alignment of the magnetic moments of the two magnetic sublattices, whereas Ni nearly loses its magnetic moment in amorphous GdNi2, similar to the situation in its crystalline counterpart.

  8. 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.

  9. Fragmentation of the fluorite type in Fe8Al(17.4)Si(7.6): structural complexity in intermetallics dictated by the 18 electron rule.

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    Fredrickson, Rie T; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2012-10-01

    This Article presents the synthesis, structure determination, and bonding analysis of Fe(8)Al(17.4)Si(7.6). Fe(8)Al(17.4)Si(7.6) crystallizes in a new monoclinic structure type based on columns of the fluorite (CaF(2)) structure type. As such, the compound can be seen as part of a structural series in which the fluorite structure-adopted by several transition metal disilicides (TMSi(2))-is fragmented by the incorporation of Al. Electronic structure analysis using density functional theory (DFT) and DFT-calibrated Hückel calculations indicates that the fluorite-type TMSi(2) phases (TM = Co, Ni) exhibit density of states (DOS) pseudogaps near their Fermi energies. An analogous pseudogap occurs for Fe(8)Al(17.4)Si(7.6), revealing that its complex structure serves to preserve this stabilizing feature of the electronic structure. Pursuing the origins of these pseudogaps leads to a simple picture: the DOS minimum in the TMSi(2) structures arises via a bonding scheme analogous to those of 18 electron transition metal complexes. Replacement of Si with Al leads to the necessity of increasing the (Si/Al):TM ratio to maintain this valence electron concentration. The excess Si/Al atoms are accommodated through the fragmentation of the fluorite type. The resulting picture highlights how the elucidating power of bonding concepts from transition metal complexes can extend into the intermetallic realm.

  10. 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

  11. Structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of A15-type compounds V3X (X = Ir, Pt and Au) from first-principles calculations

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    Wang, Mingliang; Chen, Zhe; Chen, Dong; Xia, Cunjuan; Wu, Yi

    2016-12-01

    The structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of the A15 structure V3Ir, V3Pt and V3Au were studied using first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) within generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and local density approximation (LDA) methods. The results have shown that both GGA and LDA methods can process the structural optimization in good agreement with the available experimental parameters in the compounds. Furthermore, the elastic properties and Debye temperatures estimated by LDA method are typically larger than the GGA methods. However, the GGA methods can make better prediction with the experimental values of Debye temperature in V3Ir, V3Pt and V3Au, signifying the precision of the calculating work. Based on the E-V data derived from the GGA method, the variations of the Debye temperature, coefficient of thermal expansion and heat capacity under pressure ranging from 0 GPa to 50 GPa and at temperature ranging from 0 K to 1500 K were obtained and analyzed for all compounds using the quasi-harmonic Debye model.

  12. A first-principles study of elastic, magnetic, and structural properties of PrX2 (X=Fe, Mn, Co) compounds

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    Shabara, Reham M.; Aly, Samy H.

    2017-02-01

    The elastic, magnetic, and structural properties of PrX2 (X=Fe, Mn, Co) alloys, of the cubic Laves structure (MgCu2), have been evaluated by first-principles density functional theory using both local spin density (LSDA) and generalized gradient (GGA) approximations. The lattice constant, magnetic moment, density of states, band structure, bulk modulus and its first pressure derivative are calculated. At zero pressure, the total magnetic moments of PrFe2, PrCo2, and PrMn2 using GGA are 4.515, 1.05, and 4.79 μB respectively. The bulk moduli using LSDA are higher than those using GGA approximation. The evaluated Bulk moduli of PrFe2, PrMn2 and PrCo2 using GGA approximation are 48.1, 42.98, and 72.23 GPa respectively. The lattice constant and magnetic moment of PrFe2 using GGA approximation are 7.2 Ǻ and 4.51 μB respectively in good agreement with experimental results.

  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.

    2016-12-01

    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. 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.

  15. Order-N first-principles calculation method for self-consistent ground-state electronic structures of semi-infinite systems.

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    Sasaki, Takashi; Ono, Tomoya; Hirose, Kikuji

    2006-11-01

    We present an efficient and highly accurate first-principles calculation method with linear system-size scaling to determine the self-consistent ground-state electron-charge densities of nanostructures suspended between semi-infinite bulks by directly minimizing the energy functional. By making efficient use of the advantages of the real-space finite-difference method, we can impose arbitrary boundary conditions on models and employ spatially localized orbitals. These advantages enable us to calculate the ground-state electron-charge densities in semi-infinite systems. Examples of electronic structure calculations for a one-dimensional case and a conductance calculation for sodium nanowires are presented. The calculated electronic structure of the one-dimensional system agrees well with the exact analytical solution, and the conduction properties of the sodium nanowires are consistent with experimental and other theoretical results. These results imply that our procedure enables us to accurately compute self-consistent electronic structures of semi-infinite systems.

  16. 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

    2017-01-01

    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.

  17. First-principle calculations of structural and electronic properties of rutile-phase dioxides (MO2), M = Ti, V, Ru, Ir and Sn

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    Hamad, B. A.

    2009-07-01

    First principle calculations using density functional theory (DFT) and full-potential linearized augmented plane waves (FP-LAPW) method are performed to investigate the structural and electronic properties of rutile phase titanium, vanadium, ruthenium, iridium and tin dioxides, TiO2, VO2, RuO2, IrO2, and SnO2, respectively. The exchange correlation function is described using the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The structural parameters of the dioxides are found to be in a fair agreement with experimental values and previous calculations. TiO2 exhibits the maximum cohesive energy and RuO2 exhibits the minimum, which is opposite to the trend of pure bulk metals. Titanium dioxide in the left of the periodic table exhibits an insulating behavior with an underestimated bandgap of 2 eV. As the d-band filling increases in VO2, the energy bands shift by 3 eV from those of TiO2 to cross the Fermi level and exhibit a metallic behavior with a pseudo gap to the right of the Fermi level. The energy bands coalescence in RuO2 and IrO2 exhibiting metallic behaviors. However, for a complete filled d-band SnO2, the insulating behavior is retrieved. The distortion of the octahedrons in the rutile structure lifts the degeneracy of the eg orbitals causing further splittings.

  18. 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).

  19. Structure of fluorite-like compound based on Nd₅Mo₃O₁₆ with lead partly substituting for neodymium.

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    Antipin, Alexander M; Sorokina, Natalia I; Alekseeva, Olga A; Kuskova, Alexandra N; Kharitonova, Elena P; Orlova, Ekaterina I; Voronkova, Valentina I

    2015-04-01

    A single crystal of Nd5Mo3O16 with lead partly substituting for neodymium, which has a fluorite-like structure, was studied by precision X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission microscopy and EDX microanalysis. The crystal structure is determined in the space group Pn3¯n. It was found that the Pb atoms substitute in part for Nd atoms in the structure and are located in the vicinity of Nd2 positions. Partial substitutions of Mo cations for Nd positions and of Nd for Mo positions in crystals of the Ln5Mo3O16 oxide family are corroborated by X-ray diffraction for the first time. The first experimental verification of the location of an additional oxygen ion in the voids abutting MoO4 tetrahedra was obtained.

  20. Redetermination of the structure of ALa₂WO₇ (A=Ba, Sr) with fluorite-like metal ordering

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    Fu, W.T.; IJdo, D.J.W.; Bontenbal, A.

    2013-05-01

    The crystal structures of ALa₂WO₇ (A=Ba, and Sr) at room temperature were re-determined by the Rietveld method using the combined X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. The compounds are confirmed to be isomorphic, crystallizing in the space group P112₁/b. In ALa₂WO₇ the ordering of metal atoms is fluorite-like, but it differs from that of the fluorite-defect compounds of the formula Ln₃MO₇ (Ln=lanthanide or Y, M=pentavalent metal). The structure of ALa₂WO₇ consists of isolated WO₆ octahedra, whereas in the normal Ln₃MO₇ the MO₆ octahedra share corners forming one-dimensional chains. Although ALa₂WO₇ has a centric space group, La ions are not situate at the centre of symmetry, which explains the ⁵D₀→⁷F₂ transition being dominant in emission spectrum of Eu-doped materials. - Graphical abstract: Schematic drawing of the crystal structures of ALa₂WO₇ (A=Ba, Sr) (left) and Ln₃MO₇ (right) showing the different arrangement of metal octahedra. Note that the example of Ln₃MO₇ is the structure of La₃TaO₇ with the space group Cmcm. Highlights: • The structural ambiguity of BaLa₂WO₇ has been resolved. • The details of the crystal structure of SrLa₂WO₇ are reported for the first time. • ALa₂WO₇ (A=Ba, Sr) closely resemble β-La₃RuO₇ and one of the La₃IrO₇ polymorph.

  1. First-Principles Study of InVO4 under Pressure: Phase Transitions from CrVO4- to AgMnO4-Type Structure.

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    López-Moreno, Sinhué; Rodríguez-Hernández, Plácida; Muñoz, Alfonso; Errandonea, Daniel

    2017-03-06

    First-principles calculations have been carried out to study the InVO4 compound under pressure. In this work, total energy calculations were performed in order to analyze the structural behavior of the experimentally known polymorphs of InVO4: α-MnMoO4-type (I), CrVO4-type (III), and wolframite (V). In addition, in this paper we present our results about the stability of this compound beyond the pressures reached by experiments. We propose some new high-pressure phases on the basis of the study of 13 possible candidates. The quasi-harmonic approximation has been used to calculate the sequence of phase transitions at 300 K: CrVO4-type, III (the transition pressure is given in parentheses) → wolframite, V (4.4 GPa) → raspite, VI (28.1 GPa) → AgMnO4-type, VII (44 GPa). Equations of state and phonon frequencies as a function of pressure have been calculated for the studied phases. In order to determine the stability of each phase, we also report the phonon dispersion along the Brillouin zone and the phonon density of states for the most stable polymorphs. Finally, the electronic band structure for the low- and high-pressure phases for the studied polymorphs is presented as well as the pressure evolution of the band gap by using the HSE06 hybrid functional.

  2. 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.

  3. Structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of R3ZnH5 (R=K, Rb, Cs): A first-principle calculation

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    Li, Jia; Zhang, Shengli; Huang, Shiping; Wang, Peng; Tian, Huiping

    2013-02-01

    R3ZnH5 (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 [ZnH4]2- complex, while an ionic interaction is found between [ZnH4]2- and R atom. The formation enthalpies show that the formations of R3ZnH5 hydrides are all exothermic at 298 K. The vibration free energies of R3ZnH5 show that the thermodynamic stabilities of R3ZnH5 hydrides decrease with the increasing diameter of R atom. Two possible decomposition reactions of R3ZnH5 series have been suggested in our work. One (reaction one) is that R3ZnH5 hydrides decomposes to elements directly, and the other (reaction two) is that R3ZnH5 hydrides decomposes to RH hydride. The results show that the first decomposition reaction is more favorable one. The spontaneous decomposition reaction of K3ZnH5 hydrides occur upon 465 K via reaction one, and 564 K via reaction two, respectively.

  4. 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.

  5. First-principles study of electronic and magnetic structures of CoFeB|Ta and CoFe|TaB heterostructures

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    Hamada, Tomoyuki; Ohno, Takahisa; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2015-02-01

    The electronic and magnetic structures of the CoFeB|Ta and CoFe|TaB heterostructures were investigated from first principles in an attempt to clarify the effect of the Ta layer on the energetic stability and magnetisation of the heterostructures, which are used in magnetic random access memory devices. The electronic structures of these heterostructures were calculated by using the density functional pseudopotential method in the generalised gradient approximation. Calculation clarified that the Ta layer of the CoFeB|Ta heterostructure energetically stabilised the heterostructure, chemically absorbing the B atoms present in its CoFeB layer, and intensified the magnetisation of the heterostructure. The result is consistent with the conventional understanding that the Ta layer works as a getter of B atoms. The d electronic states of the heterostructures were investigated by calculating d electron numbers of metal atoms of the heterostructure. Interestingly, it was found that the Ta layer of both the heterostructures was spin polarised and the spin- polarisation direction reversed by the B atom absorption by the Ta layer. The results suggest that the Ta layer actively participates in the magnetisation of the heterostructure, contrary to the conventional understanding that the Ta layer is irrelevant to the magnetisation of the heterostructure.

  6. First-principles study of structure, initial lattice expansion, and pressure-composition-temperature hysteresis for substituted LaNi5 and TiMn2 alloys

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    Wong, D. F.; Young, K.; Ng, K. Y. S.

    2016-12-01

    The c/a unit-cell aspect ratios of CaCu5-structured AB5 and C14 Laves phase AB2 metal hydride alloy families are generally correlated to pressure-concentration-temperature hysteresis and degree of alloy pulverization. Structures of substituted LaNi4 X and C14 Ti4Mn7 X compositions and their hydrides in the α-phase were calculated by first principles using density functional theory to look at the c/a ratio and its relationship to initial lattice expansion. Lattice expansion with respect to the lattice parameters and lattice volume in the α-phase hydrides were analyzed, and a general trend in lattice expansion in the direction of higher resistance to elastic deformation was observed to correlate well to the trends in hysteresis measured in AB5 and C14 AB2 type alloys. Lattice expansion is noted to induce microstrains within the crystal lattice, and the anisotropy in the LaNi4 X and Ti4Mn7 X alloys played a role in determining the direction of higher resistance to deformation. Lattice expansions both measured and calculated have been linked to capacity degradation measurements as well as to hysteresis (a measure of irreversible energy losses due to lattice plastic deformation), which may be related to the dislocations and defects formed during hydrogenation.

  7. Structural distortions, orbital ordering and physical properties of double perovskite R2CoMnO6 calculated by first-principles

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    Zhou, Hai Yang; Chen, Xiang Ming

    2017-04-01

    The structural distortions, orbital ordering, magnetic and electronic properties of double perovskite R2CoMnO6 (R  =  rare-earth element) have been systematically calculated by first-principles. Structural distortions, including Co–O and Mn–O bond length splitting, the antiferroelectric motions of R ions, the tilting of octahedral (the resulted Co–O–Mn bond angle) are obviously affected by the rare-earth ions’ radius. The bond length splitting behavior of Co–O and Mn–O are rather different because of the Jahn–Teller active ion Co2+ and the Jahn–Teller nonactive ion Mn4+. Taking Gd2CoMnO6 as an example, the t 2g orbitals of Co ions are predicted to be orbital ordered. That is, the spin down channel of d xz orbital for one Co ion and d yz orbital for another Co ion are basically vacant. Finally, the physical properties, including the magnetic Curie temperature and electronic band gap of R2CoMnO6 are almost linear dependent on the average value of cos2 θ (θ is the Co–O–Mn exchange-angle).

  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 distortions, orbital ordering and physical properties of double perovskite R2CoMnO6 calculated by first-principles.

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    Zhou, Hai Yang; Chen, Xiang Ming

    2017-04-12

    The structural distortions, orbital ordering, magnetic and electronic properties of double perovskite R2CoMnO6 (R  =  rare-earth element) have been systematically calculated by first-principles. Structural distortions, including Co-O and Mn-O bond length splitting, the antiferroelectric motions of R ions, the tilting of octahedral (the resulted Co-O-Mn bond angle) are obviously affected by the rare-earth ions' radius. The bond length splitting behavior of Co-O and Mn-O are rather different because of the Jahn-Teller active ion Co(2+) and the Jahn-Teller nonactive ion Mn(4+). Taking Gd2CoMnO6 as an example, the t 2g orbitals of Co ions are predicted to be orbital ordered. That is, the spin down channel of d xz orbital for one Co ion and d yz orbital for another Co ion are basically vacant. Finally, the physical properties, including the magnetic Curie temperature and electronic band gap of R2CoMnO6 are almost linear dependent on the average value of cos(2) θ (θ is the Co-O-Mn exchange-angle).

  10. Crystal and electronic structure and magnetic properties of divalent europium perovskite oxides EuMO3 (M = Ti, Zr, and Hf): experimental and first-principles approaches.

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    Akamatsu, Hirofumi; Fujita, Koji; Hayashi, Hiroyuki; Kawamoto, Takahiro; Kumagai, Yu; Zong, Yanhua; Iwata, Koji; Oba, Fumiyasu; Tanaka, Isao; Tanaka, Katsuhisa

    2012-04-16

    A comparative study of the crystal and electronic structure and magnetism of divalent europium perovskite oxides EuMO(3) (M = Ti, Zr, and Hf) has been performed on the basis of both experimental and theoretical approaches playing complementary roles. The compounds were synthesized via solid-state reactions. EuZrO(3) and EuHfO(3) have an orthorhombic structure with a space group Pbnm at room temperature contrary to EuTiO(3), which is cubic at room temperature. The optical band gaps of EuZrO(3) and EuHfO(3) are found to be about 2.4 and 2.7 eV, respectively, much larger than that of EuTiO(3) (0.8 eV). On the other hand, the present compounds exhibit similar magnetic properties characterized by paramagnetic-antiferromagnetic transitions at around 5 K, spin flop at moderate magnetic fields lower than 1 T, and the antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbor and ferromagnetic next-nearest-neighbor exchange interactions. First-principles calculations based on a hybrid Hartree-Fock density functional approach yield lattice constants, band gaps, and magnetic interactions in good agreement with those obtained experimentally. The band gap excitations are assigned to electronic transitions from the Eu 4f to Mnd states for EuMO(3) (M = Ti, Zr, and Hf and n = 3, 4, and 5, respectively).

  11. 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

    2016-02-05

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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).

  14. 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.

  15. Probing local structures of siliceous zeolite frameworks by solid-state NMR and first-principles calculations of 29Si-O-29Si scalar couplings.

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    Cadars, Sylvian; Brouwer, Darren H; Chmelka, Bradley F

    2009-03-21

    Subtle structural details of siliceous zeolites are probed by using two-bond scalar (J) coupling constants to characterize covalently bonded 29Si-O-29Si site pairs and local framework order. Solid-state two-dimensional (2D) 29Si{29Si} NMR measurements and first-principles calculations of 2J(29Si-O-29Si) couplings shed insights on both the local structures of siliceous zeolites Sigma-2 and ZSM-12, as well as the sensitivity of J couplings for detailed characterization analyses. DFT calculations on a model linear silicate dimer show that 2J(Si-O-Si) couplings have complicated multiple angular dependencies that make semi-empirical treatments impractical, but which are amenable to cluster approaches for accurate J-coupling calculations in zeolites. DFT calculations of 2J(29Si-O-29Si) couplings of the siliceous zeolite Sigma-2, whose framework structure is known to high accuracy from single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies, yield excellent agreement between calculated and experimentally measured 2J(Si-O-Si) couplings. For the siliceous zeolite ZSM-12, calculated 2J(29Si-O-29Si) couplings based on less-certain powder X-ray diffraction analyses deviate significantly from experimental values, while a refined structure based on 29Si chemical-shift-tensor analyses shows substantially improved agreement. 29Si J-coupling interactions can be used as sensitive probes of local structures of zeolitic frameworks and offer new opportunities for refining and solving complicated structures, in combination with complementary scattering, modeling, and other nuclear spin interactions.

  16. First-principles study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of AeX (Ae=Be, Mg, Sr, Ba; X=Si, Ge and Sn) compounds

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    Jaiganesh, G.; Kalpana, G.

    2013-01-01

    The first-principles study of the electronic structure and ferromagnetism of AeX (Ae=Be, Mg, Sr and Ba; X=Si, Ge and Sn) compounds have been performed in the ground-state CrB-type and hypothetical NaCl- and zinc blende-type structures by spin-polarization and non-spin-polarization calculations. The TBLMTO-ASA program was used for the purpose. In the CrB-type structure, all these compounds exhibit non-magnetic and metallic behavior. The calculations show that in the NaCl- and ZB-type structures BeSi, BeGe, BeSn, MgSi, MgGe and MgSn compounds are non-magnets whereas SrSi, SrGe, SrSn, BaSi, BaGe and BaSn compounds are ferromagnetic and metallic. Apart from this the ZB-type SrSi, SrGe, BaSi and BaGe compounds exhibit half-metallicity at their equilibrium volume with a magnetic moment of 2.0 μB per formula unit. However, ZB-type SrSn and BaSn compounds are found to exhibit half-metallic property under expansion of volume. The magnetism arises mainly from the anion p-like states and partial involvement of cation d-like states. The ground state properties like equilibrium lattice parameters, bulk modulus, cohesive energy, magnetic moment, spin-flip-gap and majority spin band gap are calculated and compared with available results. The band structure and density of states are also presented. These materials will be useful for the study of p-electron magnetism and in spintronic devices.

  17. Structural, phase stability, electronic, elastic properties and hardness of IrN2 and zinc blende IrN: First-principles calculations

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    Zhou, Zhaobo; Zhou, Xiaolong; Zhang, Kunhua

    2016-12-01

    First-principle calculations were performed to investigate the structural, phase stability, electronic, elastic properties and hardness of monoclinic structure IrN2 (m-IrN2), orthorhombic structure IrN2 (o-IrN2) and zinc blende structure IrN (ZB IrN). The results show us that only m-IrN2 is both thermodynamic and dynamic stability. The calculated band structure and density of states (DOS) curves indicate that o-IrN2 and ZB Ir-N compounds we calculated have metallic behavior while m-IrN2 has a small band gap of 0.3 eV, and exist a common hybridization between Ir-5d and N-2p states, which forming covalent bonding between Ir and N atoms. The difference charge density reveals the electron transfer from Ir atom to N atom for three Ir-N compounds, which forming strong directional covalent bonds. Notable, a strong N-N bond appeared in m-IrN2 and o-IrN2. The ratio of bulk to shear modulus (B/G) indicate that three Ir-N compounds we calculated are ductile, and ZB IrN possesses a better ductility than two types IrN2. m-IrN2 has highest Debye temperature (736 K), illustrating it possesses strongest covalent bonding. The hardness of three Ir-N compounds were also calculated, and the results reveal that m-IrN2 (18.23 GPa) and o-IrN2 (18.02 GPa) are ultraincompressible while ZB IrN has a negative value, which may be attributed to phase transition at ca. 1.98 GPa.

  18. 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).

  19. Phase stability, elastic anisotropy and electronic structure of cubic MAl2 (M = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) Laves phases from first-principles calculations

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    Kong, Yuanyuan; Duan, Yonghua; Ma, Lishi; Li, Runyue

    2016-10-01

    By performing first-principles calculations within the generalized gradient approximation, the phase stability, elastic constant and anisotropy, and density of states of cubic C15-type MAl2 (M = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) Laves phases have been investigated. Optimized equilibrium lattice parameters and formation enthalpies agree well with the available experimental data. Elastic constants C ij have been evaluated, and these C15-type MAl2 Laves phases are mechanically stable due to the meeting of C ij to the mechanical stability criteria. Polycrystalline elastic moduli have been deduced from elastic constants by Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. Plastic properties were characterized via values of B/G, Poisson’s ratio ν and Cauchy pressure (C 12-C 44). The elastic anisotropy has been considered by several anisotropy indexes (A U , A Z , A shear and A comp), anisotropy of shear modulus, and 3D surface constructions of bulk and Young’s moduli. Additionally, the sound velocity anisotropy and Debye temperature were predicted. Finally, electronic structures were carried out to reveal the underlying phase stability mechanism of these Laves phases.

  20. Crystallographic, magnetic, and electronic structures of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys Ni2XGa (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 Ni2XGa (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 Ni2MnGa have been calculated. The formation energies of the cubic phase of Ni2XGa are estimated, and show a destabilization tendency if Mn atom is substituted by Fe or Co. From Ni2MnGa to Ni2CoGa, 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 EF. There are two bond types existing in Ni2XGa: one is between neighboring Ni atoms in Ni2MnGa; the other is between Ni and X atoms in Ni2FeGa and Ni2CoGa alloys.

  1. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the (001), (110) and (111) surfaces of rocksalt sodium sulfide: A first-principles study

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    Afshari, M.; Moradi, M.; Rostami, M.

    2015-01-01

    First principles study of the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the (111), (110) and (001) surfaces of rocksalt sodium sulfide (rs-NaS) are reported. The results show that the bulk half-metallicity of this compound is well preserved on the surfaces considered here except for Na-terminated (111) surface. The spin-flip gap at the S-terminated (111), (001) and (110) surfaces are close to the bulk value. Using ab-initio atomistic thermodynamics, we calculate the surface energies as a function of chemical potential to find the most stable surface. We find that the Na-terminated (111) surface is the most stable one over the whole allowed range of chemical potential, while the surface energies of the (001) and (110) surfaces approach the most stable surface energy at the sulfur rich environment. We have also calculated the interlayer exchange interaction in bulk and Na-terminated (111) surface by classical Heisenberg model and we found that the surface effects do not change these kinds of interactions significantly.

  2. 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.

  3. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of RE3+-doping in CoFe2O4: A first-principles study

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    Hou, Y. H.; Huang, Y. L.; Hou, S. J.; Ma, S. C.; Liu, Z. W.; Ouyang, Y. F.

    2017-01-01

    RE3+(RE=La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Eu, Gd) doped cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) have been studied systematically by the first-principles calculations based on density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation with Hubbard corrections (GGA+U) . The significant effects of RE3+doping on the crystal structure, electronic and magnetic properties of CoFe2O4 have been explored. The calculated results show that the RE ions prefer substituting Fe3+ located at the octahedral sites. And the lattice constant of CoFe1.875RE0.125O4 (RE=La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Eu and Gd) decreases due to the decreasing ionic radius of RE as the atomic number increases. The magnetic properties depend on the unpaired 4f electrons of RE3+ ions. The net magnetic moment of CoFe2O4 increases by doping with Eu and Gd, the reason is that there are more unpaired 4f electrons for Eu3+and Gd3+. However, the net magnetic moment of CoFe2O4 decreases by doping with La, Ce, Pr, and Nd, due to the reason that these RE ions prefer their low spin configurations.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Grain boundary atomic structures and light-element visualization in ceramics: combination of Cs-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and first-principles calculations.

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    Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2011-01-01

    Grain boundaries and interfaces of crystals have peculiar electronic structures, caused by the disorder in periodicity, providing the functional properties, which cannot be observed in a perfect crystal. In the vicinity of the grain boundaries and interfaces, dopants or impurities are often segregated, and they play a crucial role in deciding the properties of a material. Spherical aberration (Cs)-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), allowing the formation of sub-angstrom-sized electron probes, can directly observe grain boundary-segregated dopants. On the other hand, ceramic materials are composed of light elements, and these light elements also play an important role in the properties of ceramic materials. Recently, annular bright-field (ABF)-STEM imaging has been proposed, which is now known to be a very powerful technique in producing images showing both light- and heavy-element columns simultaneously. In this review, the atomic structure determination of ceramic grain boundaries and direct observation of grain boundary-segregated dopants and light elements in ceramics were shown to combine with the theoretical calculations. Examples are demonstrated for well-defined grain boundaries in rare earth-doped Al(2)O(3) and ZnO ceramics, CeO(2) and SrTiO(3) grain boundary, lithium battery materials and metal hydride, which were characterized by Cs-corrected high-angle annular dark-field and ABF-STEM. It is concluded that the combination of STEM characterization and first-principles calculation is very useful in interpreting the structural information and in understanding the origin of the properties in various ceramics.

  9. Electronic structures of anatase (TiO2)1-x(TaON)x solid solutions: a first-principles study.

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    Dang, Wenqiang; Chen, Hungru; Umezawa, Naoto; Zhang, Junying

    2015-07-21

    Sensitizing wide band gap photo-functional materials under visible-light irradiation is an important task for efficient solar energy conversion. Although nitrogen doping into anatase TiO2 has been extensively studied for this purpose, it is hard to increase the nitrogen content in anatase TiO2 because of the aliovalent nitrogen substituted for oxygen, leading to the formation of secondary phases or defects that hamper the migration of photoexcited charge carriers. In this paper, electronic structures of (TiO2)1-x(TaON)x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) solid solutions, in which the stoichiometry is satisfied with the co-substitution of Ti for Ta along with O for N, are investigated within the anatase crystal structure using first-principles calculations. Our computational results show that the solid solutions have substantially narrower band gaps than TiO2, without introducing any localized energy states in the forbidden gap. In addition, in comparison with the pristine TiO2, the solid solution has a direct band gap when the content of TaON exceeds 0.25, which is advantageous to light absorption. The valence band maximum (VBM) of the solid solutions, which is mainly composed of N 2p states hybridized with O 2p, Ti 3d or Ta 5d orbitals, is higher in energy than that of pristine anatase TiO2 consisting of non-bonding O 2p states. On the other hand, incorporating TaON into TiO2 causes the formation of d-d bonding states through π interactions and substantially lowers the conduction band minimum (CBM) because of the shortened distance between some metal atoms. As a result, the anatase (TiO2)1-x(TaON)x is expected to become a promising visible-light absorber. In addition, some atomic configurations are found to possess exceptionally narrow band gaps.

  10. Structure and stability of He and He-vacancy clusters at a Σ5(310)/[001] grain boundary in bcc Fe from first-principles.

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    Zhang, Lei; Zhang, Ying; Lu, Guang-Hong

    2013-03-06

    We have studied the atomic structure and energetic stability of helium (He) and He-vacancy clusters in an iron (Fe) Σ5(310)/[001] grain boundary (GB) using a first-principles method. The He and He-vacancy clusters in the Fe GB are shown to exhibit high-symmetry structures. The equilibrium He-He distance in the clusters is ~1.70 Å, much smaller than 2.80 Å in the vacuum or 2.94 Å in a face centred cubic (fcc) crystal, indicating the attractive interaction between the He atoms due to the presence of Fe. The charge density surrounding He is demonstrated to decrease with an increasing number of He atoms in the clusters, leading to a positive binding energy of a He atom to the clusters. This suggests He and He-vacancy clusters can energetically trap more He atoms, which is responsible for the growth of the He-related clusters (He and He-vacancy clusters) and thus the He bubbles in the GB. The binding energy of an interstitial He atom to the He-related clusters is found generally lower in the GB than in a bcc crystal. Besides, the binding strengths of small He clusters to the GB and to a vacancy in a bcc matrix are compared, and the latter shows greater trapping strength to an interstitial He and a He(2) cluster. The magnetism of the Fe atoms near the GB as well as its variation caused by the He-related clusters is also investigated. The local magnetic moment variation of the Fe atoms in the system is enhanced to a different extent, depending on the size of the He-related clusters.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Structural, electronic, sodium diffusion and elastic properties of Na-P alloy anode for Na-ion batteries: Insight from first-principles calculations

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    Lu, Huansheng; Xu, Bo; Shi, Jing; Wu, Musheng; Hu, Yinquan; Ouyang, Chuying

    2016-11-01

    Sodium-ion batteries (NIBs) as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have recently received great attentions because of the relatively high abundance of sodium. Searching for suitable anode materials has always been a hot topic in the field of NIB study. Recent reports show that phosphorus-based materials are potential as the anode materials for NIBs. Using first-principles calculations, herein, we study the atomic and electronic structures, diffusion dynamics and intrinsic elastic properties of various Na-P alloy compounds (NaP5, Na3P11, NaP and Na3P) as the intermediate phases during Na extraction/insertion in phosphorus-based anode materials. It is found that all the crystalline phases of Na-P alloy phases considered in our study are semiconductors with band gaps larger than that of black phosphorus (BP). The calculations of Na diffusion dynamics indicate a relatively fast Na diffusion in these materials, which is important for good rate performance. In addition, the diffusion channels of sodium ions are one-dimensional in NaP5 phase and three-dimensional in other three phases (Na3P11, NaP and Na3P). Elastic constant calculations indicate that all four phases are mechanically stable. Among them, however, NaP5, Na3P11 and NaP alloy phases are ductile, while the fully sodiated phase Na3P is brittle. In order to improve the electrochemical performance of Na-P alloy anodes for NIBs, thus, promoting ductility of Na-P phase with high sodium concentration may be an effective way.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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+.

  18. 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.

  19. 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).

  20. A comparative first-principles study of the structural and electronic properties of the liquid Li-Si and Li-Ge alloys.

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    Chiang, Han-Hsin; Kuo, Chin-Lung

    2017-02-14

    We have performed a comparative first-principles study on the structural and electronic properties of the liquid Li1-xSix and Li1-xGex alloys over a range of composition from x = 0.09 to 0.50. Our calculations showed that Si and Ge atoms can exhibit very distinct local bonding characteristics as they were alloyed with the Li atoms in the liquid state, where Si atoms tended to form a variety of covalent bonding configurations while Ge atoms predominantly appeared as the isolated anions in the liquid alloys. These differences in bonding characteristics were reflected in their electronic density of states, in which the liquid Li1-xGex alloys have a lower degree of s-p hybridization with narrower distributions of the 3s and 3p states than the liquid Li1-xSix alloys. Our calculations also showed that the optical conductivities of these two liquid alloys can undergo a transition from the Drude-like metallic nature to the semiconductor-like character as the Si/Ge content increases from 0.09 to 0.22. However, as the Si/Ge content further increases to 0.50, the liquid Li1-xGex alloys may transit to exhibit the Drude-like metallic nature, while the liquid Li1-xSix alloys can still hold the semiconductor-like character. Moreover, our calculations revealed that the dc conductivities of these liquid alloys are predominantly determined by the number of total electronic states at the Fermi level. As the liquid Li1-xSix alloys are within the composition range between 0.20 and 0.50, the increment of the states at the Fermi level with increasing the Si content is nearly identical to the amount of the Li states decreased, leading to an almost unchanged number of total electronic states at the Fermi level. However, since Ge atoms do not favor forming covalent bonding in the liquid alloys to keep the Fermi level at a minimum of the density of states, the liquid Li1-xGex alloys would have more electronic states at the Fermi level and thereby higher dc conductivities than the liquid Li1

  1. A comparative first-principles study of the structural and electronic properties of the liquid Li-Si and Li-Ge alloys

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    Chiang, Han-Hsin; Kuo, Chin-Lung

    2017-02-01

    We have performed a comparative first-principles study on the structural and electronic properties of the liquid Li1-xSix and Li1-xGex alloys over a range of composition from x = 0.09 to 0.50. Our calculations showed that Si and Ge atoms can exhibit very distinct local bonding characteristics as they were alloyed with the Li atoms in the liquid state, where Si atoms tended to form a variety of covalent bonding configurations while Ge atoms predominantly appeared as the isolated anions in the liquid alloys. These differences in bonding characteristics were reflected in their electronic density of states, in which the liquid Li1-xGex alloys have a lower degree of s-p hybridization with narrower distributions of the 3s and 3p states than the liquid Li1-xSix alloys. Our calculations also showed that the optical conductivities of these two liquid alloys can undergo a transition from the Drude-like metallic nature to the semiconductor-like character as the Si/Ge content increases from 0.09 to 0.22. However, as the Si/Ge content further increases to 0.50, the liquid Li1-xGex alloys may transit to exhibit the Drude-like metallic nature, while the liquid Li1-xSix alloys can still hold the semiconductor-like character. Moreover, our calculations revealed that the dc conductivities of these liquid alloys are predominantly determined by the number of total electronic states at the Fermi level. As the liquid Li1-xSix alloys are within the composition range between 0.20 and 0.50, the increment of the states at the Fermi level with increasing the Si content is nearly identical to the amount of the Li states decreased, leading to an almost unchanged number of total electronic states at the Fermi level. However, since Ge atoms do not favor forming covalent bonding in the liquid alloys to keep the Fermi level at a minimum of the density of states, the liquid Li1-xGex alloys would have more electronic states at the Fermi level and thereby higher dc conductivities than the liquid Li1

  2. Characterization and photocatalytic activity of Fe- and N-co-deposited TiO{sub 2} and first-principles study for electronic structure

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    Yen, Chung-Chih; Wang, Da-Yung; Chang, Li-Shin; Shih, Han C.

    2011-08-15

    Titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}), co-deposited with Fe and N, is first implanted with Fe by a metal plasma ion implantation (MPII) process and then annealed in N{sub 2} atmosphere at a temperature regime of 400-600 deg. C. First-principle calculations show that the (Fe, N) co-deposited TiO{sub 2} films produced additional band gap levels at the bottom of the conduction band (CB) and on the top of the valence band (VB). The (Fe, N) co-deposited TiO{sub 2} films were effective in both prohibiting electron-hole recombination and generating additional Fe-O and N-Ti-O impurity levels for the TiO{sub 2} band gap. The (Fe, N) co-deposited TiO{sub 2} has a narrower band gap of 1.97 eV than Fe-implanted TiO{sub 2} (3.14 eV) and N-doped TiO{sub 2} (2.16 eV). A significant reduction of TiO{sub 2} band gap energy from 3.22 to 1.97 eV was achieved, which resulted in the extension of photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2} from UV to Vis regime. The photocatalytic activity and removal rate were approximately two-fold higher than that of the Fe-implanted TiO{sub 2} under visible light irradiation. - Graphical abstract: The electronic properties of (Fe, N) co-deposited TiO{sub 2} films determined by theoretical calculations is graphically shown; Fe and N preferentially substitute the Ti and O site, to form impurity level. Highlights: > The MPII produces a simple and low cost process for the fabrication of visible light photocatalysts. > Both theoretical and experimental approaches are used to discuss the relationship between band structure and photocatalysis. > The Fe and N preferentially substitute the Ti and O site, which generate additional Fe-O and N-Ti-O impurity levels for the TiO{sub 2} band gap. > A significant reduction of TiO{sub 2} band gap energy from 3.22 to 1.97 eV was achieved.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    2009-06-02

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Electronic structure and optical properties of the single crystal and two-dimensional structure of CdWO4 from first principles

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    Babamoradi, Mohsen; Liyai, Mohammad Reza; Azimirad, Rouhollah; Salehi, Hamdollah

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, we have investigated the electronic structure and optical properties of the single crystal and two-dimensional (2D) structure of cadmium tungstate (CdWO4). This investigation includes calculation of the density of states (DOS), dielectric tensor elements and reflectivity. All the calculations have been done by full potential augmented plane waves plus local orbitals (FP-APW+lo) with Wien2k code. The calculated band gaps for the single crystal and 2D structure along [010] direction are 4.2 and 5.02 eV, respectively. The results show that in the 2D structure of CdWO4, the electron density of the surface oxygen atoms is much more than the electron density of the inside oxygen atoms. This difference in the density has the main role in the optical properties. The results of the dielectric tensor elements and reflectivity for the single crystal are in good agreement with the experimental values. The results of the dielectric tensor elements and reflectivity for the 2D structure in comparison with the single crystal have shown that the intensity and place of the calculated peaks reduced and shifted, respectively. These results can be related to the surface oxygen atoms and thickness of the 2D structure.

  13. 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.

    2017-01-01

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: First-Principles Calculations of Structures and Electronic Properties of Solid Pentaerythritol under Pressure

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    Lu, Lai-Yu; Wei, Dong-Qing; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Ji, Guang-Fu

    2008-09-01

    Structures and electronic properties of the pentaerythritol (PE) crystal under volume compression up to 0.85V0 are studied by E - V fitting method using density functional theory (DFT). The compression dependences of the cell volumes, lattice constants, and molecular geometries of solid PE are presented and discussed. It is found that the solid PE presents anisotropy along a- and c-axes, and the c axis is the most compressible. Decreasing anisotropy ratio (c/a) with elevating compression suggests an enhancement of the vdW interaction with increasing compression. The C-C and C-H bonds are significantly reduced under compression, which may be related to the sensitivity. The solid PE has indirect band gap (X - G) in the range of the researched compression and the band gap is decreased with compression.

  16. 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.

  17. Lattice structures and electronic properties of WZ-CuInS2/WZ-CdS interface from first-principles calculations

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    Liu, Hong-Xia; Tang, Fu-Ling; Xue, Hong-Tao; Zhang, Yu; Cheng, Yu-Wen; Feng, Yu-Dong

    2016-12-01

    Using the first-principles plane-wave calculations within density functional theory, the perfect bi-layer and monolayer terminated WZ-CIS (100)/WZ-CdS (100) interfaces are investigated. After relaxation the atomic positions and the bond lengths change slightly on the two interfaces. The WZ-CIS/WZ-CdS interfaces can exist stably, when the interface bonding energies are -0.481 J/m2 (bi-layer terminated interface) and -0.677 J/m2 (monolayer terminated interface). Via analysis of the density of states, difference charge density and Bader charges, no interface state is found near the Fermi level. The stronger adhesion of the monolayer terminated interface is attributed to more electron transformations and orbital hybridizations, promoting stable interfacial bonds between atoms than those on a bi-layer terminated interface. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11164014 and 11364025) and the Gansu Science and Technology Pillar Program, China (Grant No. 1204GKCA057).

  18. Structural and electronic properties of half-Heusler alloys PtXBi (with X=Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) calculated from first principles

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    Huang, Wenchao; Wang, Xiaofang; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Lu, Wei; Damewood, L.; Fong, C. Y.

    2015-03-01

    First principles calculations with spin polarization based on density functional theory have been performed on half-Heusler alloys PtXBi, with X=Mn, Fe, Co and Ni, in three different atomic configurations (i.e. α, β, and γ phases). For each configuration, their optimized lattice constants are determined. Electronic and magnetic properties are also investigated. The differences reflect the atomic arrangements of the three phases and varied transition metal elements X. Meanwhile, the possibility of having the integer magnetic moment for each phase is explored. PtMnBi in α phase show half-metallic (HM) properties when its lattice constant is reduced from -3.0% to -11.2% with magnetic moment consistent with the values given by the modified Slater-Pauling rule. Additionally, we examined the effects of the spin-orbit (S-O) interaction on half-metal PtMnBi by comparing the relative shifts of the valence bands and the indirect semiconducting gap with respect to the spin polarized results.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

    2016-04-12

    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.

  5. Biologic precipitation of fluorite.

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    Lowenstam, H A; McConnell, D

    1968-12-27

    X-ray diffraction patterns show that the statoliths of marine mysid crustaceans are composed of fluorite, and that this mineral is also a principal phase of the gizzard plates of some tectibranch gastropods. A phosphatic phase is also indicated by chemical analyses in the gizzard plates, but its crystallochemical characterization has not been feasible by x-ray diffraction. The occurrence of fluorite in mysid statoliths confirms the earlier interpretations based on insufficient documentation. Fixation of fluorine in hard tissues of marine invertebrates is extensive in the shelf seawaters and minor in the bathyal zone of the oceans.

  6. 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.

  7. First-principles determination of magnetic properties

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    Wu, Ruqian; Yang, Zongxian; Hong, Jisang

    2003-02-01

    First-principles density functional theory calculations have achieved great success in the exciting field of low-dimension magnetism, in explaining new phenomena observed in experiments as well as in predicting novel properties and materials. As known, spin-orbit coupling (SOC) plays an extremely important role in various magnetic properties such as magnetic anisotropy, magnetostriction, magneto-optical effects and spin-dynamics. Using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave approach, we have carried out extensive investigations for the effects of SOC in various materials. Results of selected examples, such as structure and magnetic properties of Ni/Cu(001), magnetism and magnetic anisotropy in magnetic Co/Cu(001) thin films, wires and clusters, magnetostriction in FeGa alloys and magneto-optical effects in Fe/Cr superlattices, are discussed.

  8. Culturing Conceptions: From First Principles

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

    2008-01-01

    Over the past three decades, science educators have accumulated a vast amount of information on conceptions--variously defined as beliefs, ontologies, cognitive structures, mental models, or frameworks--that generally (at least initially) have been derived from interviews about certain topics. During the same time period, cultural studies has…

  9. Compositional dependence of the local structure of Se{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} alloys: Electron energy-loss spectra, real-space multiple-scattering calculations, and first-principles molecular dynamics

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    Katcho, N. A.; Lomba, E.; Urones-Garrote, E.; Otero-Diaz, L. C.; Landa-Canovas, A. R.

    2006-06-01

    In this work we present an investigation on the composition dependence of the local structure in Se{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} crystalline alloys analyzing their experimental energy-loss spectra with the aid of a real-space multiple-scattering modeling approach and first-principles molecular dynamics. The concourse of this latter technique is essential for a proper modeling of the alloy spectra. From our results, it can be inferred that Se{sub x}Te{sub 1-x} alloys exhibit a high degree of substitutional disorder ruling out the existence of fully ordered alternating copolymer chains of Se and Te atoms.

  10. Planar nano-block structures Tin+1Al0.5Cn and Tin+1Cn (n = 1, and 2) from MAX phases: Structural, electronic properties and relative stability from first principles calculations

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    Shein, I. R.; Ivanovskii, A. L.

    2012-08-01

    Structural, electronic properties and relative stability of quasi-two-dimensional (2D) free-standing planar nano-block (NBs) structures Tin+1Al0.5Cn and Tin+1Cn (n = 1 and 2), which can be prepared using the recently developed procedure of exfoliation of corresponding NBs from MAX phases, were examined within first principles calculations in comparison with parent MAX phases Ti3AlC2 and Ti2AlC. We found that in general Tin+1Cn and Tin+1Al0.5Cn NBs retain the atomic geometries of the corresponding blocks of the MAX phases, but some structural distortions for the NBs occur owing to the lowering of the coordination number for atoms in the external Ti sheets of the nano-block structures. Our analysis based on their cohesive and formation energies reveals that the stability of the nano-block structures increases with index n (or, in other words, with a growth of the number of Ti-C bonds), the Al-containing NBs becoming more stable than the "pure" Ti-C NBs. Our data show that the magnetization of the simulated planar nano-block structures can be expected; so, for the Ti3C2 nano-block the most stable will be the spin configuration, where within each external Ti sheet the spins are coupled ferromagnetically together with antiferromagnetic ordering between opposite external titanium sheets of this nano-block.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Effects of the slab thickness on the crystal and electronic structures of In2O3(ZnO)m revealed by first-principles calculations

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    Wen, Jing; Zhang, Xitian; Gao, Hong

    2015-02-01

    Many conflicting electron microscopy data for In2O3(ZnO)m indicate that it may have the polymorphous and polytypoid structures. We investigate their stabilities based on four controversial models. The calculated results confirm that the models with the zigzag feature are more stable than the others and it is possible to form different zigzag configurations in the samples as observed in the experiments. The dynamic process of eliminating the dangling bonds and the requirements of maximizing the symmetry and the distances between the In atoms in the slabs can be regarded as the dominant rules to stabilize the system, but the statistical equilibrium processes have the chances to transform it from the ground state structures to the other model structures. The study of the electronic structures based on the plane and zigzag models reveals that their band gaps and effective masses increase monotonically with m. The predicted band gaps are consistent with the experimental results. The anisotropic feature of electron effective mass tensor exhibited in the plane model differs from that of the zigzag one, which is so notable that can be employed to determine which model is more close to the actual structure of a given sample. The calculated results confirm the possibilities of the separation of conduction electrons and defects and the existence of the natural optimized transport channels in the layered structures, which demonstrate its advantage over ZnO to transport electrons and benefit its applications in the optoelectronic devices.

  15. Evidence of a graphene-like Sn-sheet on a Au(111) substrate: electronic structure and transport properties from first principles calculations.

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    Nigam, Sandeep; Gupta, Sanjeev; Banyai, Douglas; Pandey, Ravindra; Majumder, Chiranjib

    2015-03-14

    Two dimensional nanostructures of group IV elements have attracted a great deal of attention because of their fundamental and technological applications. A graphene-like single layer of tin atoms, commonly called stanene, has recently been predicted to behave like a quantum spin Hall insulator. Here we report the atomic structure, stability and electron transport properties of stanene stabilized on a gold substrate. The optimization of geometry and electronic structure was carried out using a plane-wave based pseudo-potential approach. This work is divided into three parts: (i) the nature of chemical interaction between tin atoms and the gold support, (ii) the geometrical shape and electronic structure of the tin layer on the gold support and (iii) the electron transport behavior of the gold supported tin layer. The results show that tin atoms bind to the gold support through strong chemical bonds and significant electronic charge transfer occurs from tin to the gold support. Remarkably, for a layer of tin atoms, while a buckled structure is preferred in the free state, a planar graphene-like atomic arrangement is stabilized on the gold support. This structural change corroborates the metal-like band structure of the planar stanene in comparison to the semi-metallic buckled configuration. The tunneling current of the supported tin layer shows Ohmic-like behavior and the calculated STM pattern of the supported tin layer shows distinct images of 'holes', characteristic of the hexagonal lattice.

  16. 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.

  17. A first principles study on the solvation and structure of SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}(H{sub 2}O){sub n}, n=6-12

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    Gao Bing; Liu Zhifeng

    2004-11-01

    The structures of hydrated sulfate clusters, SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}(H{sub 2}O){sub n} with n=6-12, are obtained by density functional theory calculations. For SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}(H{sub 2}O){sub 12}, two structures with symmetric distribution of H{sub 2}O molecules around the sulfate group are favored in energy. The structures for the smaller clusters, SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}(H{sub 2}O){sub n} with n=6-11, are obtained by taking away one H{sub 2}O molecule successively from the two symmetric SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}(H{sub 2}O){sub 12} isomers. The hydrogen bonding between the sulfate O atoms and H{sub 2}O molecules are strong. So are the hydrogen bonds among H{sub 2}O molecules, which are facilitated by the structure of the polyatomic sulfate group. The solvation energy is quite large (often exceeding 15 kcal/mol). The patterns for structural and energy changes as the cluster size increases are very different from the well studied hydrated halide ions, although the competition between solute-solvent and solvent-solvent interactions is again an important factor. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations also show 'crowding' effects in the first solvation of SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}(H{sub 2}O){sub 12} at raised temperature.

  18. 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

    2016-03-01

    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.

  19. 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).

  20. 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.; ...

    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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. First principles study of structural, electronic, mechanical and thermal properties of A15 intermetallic compounds Ti3X (X=Au, Pt, Ir)

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    Rajagopalan, M.; Rajiv Gandhi, R.

    2012-12-01

    The structural, electronic, elastic, mechanical and thermal properties of Ti3Au, Ti3Pt and Ti3Ir intermetallic compounds crystallizing in A15 structure have been studied using density functional theory within generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange correlation potential. Elastic properties such as Young's modulus (E), rigidity modulus (G), bulk modulus (B), Poisson's ratio (σ) and elastic anisotropic factor (A) have been calculated. From the present study it is noted that Ti3Ir is the hardest compound among the three materials studied due to its larger bulk modulus. Also, it is more ductile in nature.

  4. Prediction on technetium triboride from first-principles calculations

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    Miao, Xiaojia; Xing, Wandong; Meng, Fanyan; Yu, Rong

    2017-02-01

    Taking the Tc-B binary system as an example, here we report the first-principles prediction on new phases of technetium borides, TcB3, which has an unprecedented stoichiometry. Crystal structures, phase stability, electronic properties and mechanical properties of TcB3 have been investigated using first-principles calculations. The hexagonal P 6 bar m 2 structure (No.187) TcB3 with a high value of hardness (29 GPa) is energetically stable against decomposition into other compounds under pressures above 4 GPa, indicating that TcB3 can be synthesized above this pressure.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Electronic structure of metastable bcc Cu-Cr alloy thin films: Comparison of electron energy-loss spectroscopy and first-principles calculations.

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    Liebscher, C H; Freysoldt, C; Dennenwaldt, T; Harzer, T P; Dehm, G

    2016-07-12

    Metastable Cu-Cr alloy thin films with nominal thickness of 300nm and composition of Cu67Cr33 (at%) are obtained by co-evaporation using molecular beam epitaxy. The microstructure, chemical phase separation and electronic structure are investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thin film adopts the body-centered cubic crystal structure and consists of columnar grains with ~50nm diameter. Aberration-corrected scanning TEM in combination with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy confirms compositional fluctuations within the grains. Cu- and Cr-rich domains with composition of Cu85Cr15 (at%) and Cu42Cr58 (at%) and domain size of 1-5nm are observed. The alignment of the interface between the Cu- and Cr-rich domains shows a preference for {110}-type habit plane. The electronic structure of the Cu-Cr thin films is investigated by electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and is contrasted to an fcc-Cu reference sample. The experimental EEL spectra are compared to spectra computed by density functional theory. The main differences between bcc-and fcc-Cu are related to differences in van Hove singularities in the electron density of states. In Cu-Cr solid solutions with bcc crystal structure a single peak after the L3-edge, corresponding to a van Hove singularity at the N-point of the first Brillouin zone is observed. Spectra computed for pure bcc-Cu and random Cu-Cr solid solutions with 10at% Cr confirm the experimental observations. The calculated spectrum for a perfect Cu50Cr50 (at%) random structure shows a shift in the van Hove singularity towards higher energy by developing a Cu-Cr d-band that lies between the delocalized d-bands of Cu and Cr.

  9. Temperature effect on the structural stabilities and electronic properties of X22H28 (X=C, Si and Ge) nanocrystals: A first-principles study

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    Deng, Xiao-Lin; Zhao, Yu-Jun; Wang, Ya-Ting; Liao, Ji-Hai; Yang, Xiao-Bao

    2016-12-01

    Based on ab initio molecular dynamic simulations, we have theoretically investigated the structural stabilities and electronic properties of X22H28 (X=C, Si, and Ge) nanocrystals, as a function of temperature with consideration of vibrational entropy effects. To compare the relative stabilities of X22H28 isomers, the vibration free energies are obtained according to the calculated phonon spectrum, where the typical modes are shown to be dominant to the structural stabilities. In addition, there is a significant gap reduction as the temperature increases from 0 K to 300 K, where the decrements are 0.2 /0.5 /0.6eV for C/Si/Ge nanocrystals, respectively. The dependence of energy gap on the variance of bond length is also analyzed according to the corresponding atomic attributions to the HOMO and LUMO levels.

  10. 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

    2014-03-06

    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.

  11. 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

    2015-11-01

    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. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. First-principles theory of electronic structure and magnetism of Cr nano-islands on Pd(1 1 1).

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    de Melo Rodrigues, Debora Carvalho; Pereiro, Manuel; Bergman, Anders; Eriksson, Olle; Klautau, Angela Burlamaqui

    2017-01-18

    We report on the electronic structure, magnetic moments and exchange interactions of one- and two-dimensional Cr clusters on a Pd(1 1 1) substrate, using a real-space method based on density functional theory in the local spin density approximation. We find in general that for the investigated clusters, the magnetic moments are sizeable and almost entirely of spin-character. We demonstrate that the interactions in general are dominated by nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic Heisenberg form, which implies that Cr on Pd(1 1 1) forms an ideal model system, in which clusters of almost any shape and size can be investigated from a Heisenberg Hamiltonian, using a nearest-neighbor exchange model. We have also found that complex magnetic structures can be realized for linear chains of Cr, due to a competition between exchange interaction and a weaker Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction.

  14. First-principles calculations of the structural, electronic, elastic, phase diagram and thermal properties of Zn1-xBexTe ternary alloy

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    Boumaza, A.; Ghemid, S.; Chouahda, Z.; Meradji, H.; El Haj Hassan, F.

    2012-09-01

    The structural, electronic, elastic, thermal and thermodynamic properties of Zn1-xBexTe semiconductor alloys have been investigated using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method within density functional theory. We use both the Wu-Cohen and the Engel-Vosko generalized gradient approximations of the exchange-correlation energy that are based on the optimization of the total energy and the corresponding potential, respectively. The ground state properties such as lattice constants, bulk modulus and elastic constants are in good agreement with numerous experimental and theoretical data. The calculated band structures show that the band gap undergoes a direct to indirect transition at a given concentration. A regular-solution model is used to investigate the thermodynamic stability of the alloy that mainly indicates a phase miscibility gap. In addition, the quasi-harmonic Debye model is applied to determine the thermal properties of the alloy.

  15. A comparative study based on the first principles calculations of ATiO3 ( A = Ba, Ca, Pb and Sr) perovskite structure

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    Kamruzzaman, M.; Helal, M. A.; Ara, I. E.; Farid Ul Islam, A. K. M.; Rahaman, M. M.

    2016-10-01

    Structural, electronic, elastic, thermodynamic, vibrational and optical properties of the cubic phase of ATiO3 ( A = Ba, Ca, Pb and Sr) crystals have been carried out based on the density functional theory (DFT). The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters, band structures, elastic constants and the elastic moduli of ATiO3 are in good agreement with the theoretical and experimental results. The ferroelectric phenomenon of the crystals has been analyzed based on the nature of their phonon spectra. The phonon frequencies and the Born effective charges have been calculated to elucidate the ferroelectric instability of the cubic phase of ATiO3 by calculating the interatomic forces for several small displacements consistent with the symmetry of modes.

  16. First-principles theory of electronic structure and magnetism of Cr nano-islands on Pd(1 1 1)

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    Carvalho de Melo Rodrigues, Debora; Pereiro, Manuel; Bergman, Anders; Eriksson, Olle; Burlamaqui Klautau, Angela

    2017-01-01

    We report on the electronic structure, magnetic moments and exchange interactions of one- and two-dimensional Cr clusters on a Pd(1 1 1) substrate, using a real-space method based on density functional theory in the local spin density approximation. We find in general that for the investigated clusters, the magnetic moments are sizeable and almost entirely of spin-character. We demonstrate that the interactions in general are dominated by nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic Heisenberg form, which implies that Cr on Pd(1 1 1) forms an ideal model system, in which clusters of almost any shape and size can be investigated from a Heisenberg Hamiltonian, using a nearest-neighbor exchange model. We have also found that complex magnetic structures can be realized for linear chains of Cr, due to a competition between exchange interaction and a weaker Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Influence of nitrogen-doping concentration on the electronic structure of CuAlO2 by first-principles studies

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    Liu, Wei-wei; Chen, Hong-xia; Liu, Cheng-lin; Wang, Rong

    2017-02-01

    Effect of N doping concentration on the electronic structure of N-doped CuAlO2 was investigated by density functional theory based on generalized-gradient approximation plus orbital potential. Lattice parameters a and c both increase with increasing N-doping concentration. Formation energies increase with increasing N doping concentration and all N-doped CuAlO2 were structurally stable. The calculated band gaps for N-doped CuAlO2 narrowed compared to pure CuAlO2, which was attributed to the stronger hybridization between Cu-3d and N-2p states and the downward shift of Cu-3p states in conduction bands. The higher the N-doping concentration is, the narrower the band gap. N-doped CuAlO2 shows a typical p-type semiconductor. The band structure changed from indirect to direct after N doping which will benefit the application of the CuAlO2 materials in optoelectronic and electronic devices.

  20. Structure-dependent vibrational dynamics of Mg(BH 4 ) 2 polymorphs probed with neutron vibrational spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Dimitrievska, Mirjana; White, James L.; Zhou, Wei; ...

    2016-08-19

    We investigated the structure-dependent vibrational properties of different Mg(BH4)2 polymorphs (α, β, γ, and δ phases) with a combination of neutron vibrational spectroscopy (NVS) measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, with emphasis placed on the effects of the local structure and orientation of the BH4- anions. DFT simulations closely match the neutron vibrational spectra. The main bands in the low-energy region (20–80 meV) are associated with the BH4- librational modes. The features in the intermediate energy region (80–120 meV) are attributed to overtones and combination bands arising from the lower-energy modes. The features in the high-energy region (120–200 meV)more » correspond to the BH4- symmetric and asymmetric bending vibrations, of which four peaks located at 140, 142, 160, and 172 meV are especially intense. There are noticeable intensity distribution variations in the vibrational bands for different polymorphs. We can explain these differences using the spatial distribution of BH4- anions within various structures. An example of the possible identification of products after the hydrogenation of MgB2, using NVS measurements, is presented. Our results provide fundamental insights of benefit to researchers currently studying these promising hydrogen-storage materials.« less