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  1. Numerical inductance calculations based on first principles.

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    Shatz, Lisa F; Christensen, Craig W

    2014-01-01

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

  2. 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

  3. First-principles calculations of novel materials

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    Sun, Jifeng

    Computational material simulation is becoming more and more important as a branch of material science. Depending on the scale of the systems, there are many simulation methods, i.e. first-principles calculation (or ab-initio), molecular dynamics, mesoscale methods and continuum methods. Among them, first-principles calculation, which involves density functional theory (DFT) and based on quantum mechanics, has become to be a reliable tool in condensed matter physics. DFT is a single-electron approximation in solving the many-body problems. Intrinsically speaking, both DFT and ab-initio belong to the first-principles calculation since the theoretical background of ab-initio is Hartree-Fock (HF) approximation and both are aimed at solving the Schrodinger equation of the many-body system using the self-consistent field (SCF) method and calculating the ground state properties. The difference is that DFT introduces parameters either from experiments or from other molecular dynamic (MD) calculations to approximate the expressions of the exchange-correlation terms. The exchange term is accurately calculated but the correlation term is neglected in HF. In this dissertation, DFT based first-principles calculations were performed for all the novel materials and interesting materials introduced. Specifically, the DFT theory together with the rationale behind related properties (e.g. electronic, optical, defect, thermoelectric, magnetic) are introduced in Chapter 2. Starting from Chapter 3 to Chapter 5, several representative materials were studied. In particular, a new semiconducting oxytelluride, Ba2TeO is studied in Chapter 3. Our calculations indicate a direct semiconducting character with a band gap value of 2.43 eV, which agrees well with the optical experiment (˜ 2.93 eV). Moreover, the optical and defects properties of Ba2TeO are also systematically investigated with a view to understanding its potential as an optoelectronic or transparent conducting material. We find

  4. Electromagnetic response of 12C: a first-principles calculation

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    Lovato, A; Carlson, J; Pieper, Steven C; Schiavilla, R

    2016-01-01

    The longitudinal and transverse electromagnetic response functions of $^{12}$C are computed in a "first-principles" Green's function Monte Carlo calculation, based on realistic two- and three-nucleon interactions and associated one- and two-body currents. We find excellent agreement between theory and experiment and, in particular, no evidence for the quenching of measured versus calculated longitudinal response. This is further corroborated by a re-analysis of the Coulomb sum rule, in which the contributions from the low-lying $J^\\pi\\,$=$\\, 2^+$, $0^+_2$ (Hoyle), and $4^+$ states in $^{12}$C are accounted for explicitly in evaluating the total inelastic strength.

  5. THERMODYNAMIC MODELING AND FIRST-PRINCIPLES CALCULATIONS

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    Turchi, P; Abrikosov, I; Burton, B; Fries, S; Grimvall, G; Kaufman, L; Korzhavyi, P; Manga, R; Ohno, M; Pisch, A; Scott, A; Zhang, W

    2005-12-15

    The increased application of quantum mechanical-based methodologies to the study of alloy stability has required a re-assessment of the field. The focus is mainly on inorganic materials in the solid state. In a first part, after a brief overview of the so-called ab initio methods with their approximations, constraints, and limitations, recommendations are made for a good usage of first-principles codes with a set of qualifiers. Examples are given to illustrate the power and the limitations of ab initio codes. However, despite the ''success'' of these methodologies, thermodynamics of complex multi-component alloys, as used in engineering applications, requires a more versatile approach presently afforded within CALPHAD. Hence, in a second part, the links that presently exist between ab initio methodologies, experiments, and CALPHAD approach are examined with illustrations. Finally, the issues of dynamical instability and of the role of lattice vibrations that still constitute the subject of ample discussions within the CALPHAD community are revisited in the light of the current knowledge with a set of recommendations.

  6. Ammonia synthesis from first principles calculations

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    Honkala, Johanna Karoliina; Hellman, Anders; Remediakis, Ioannis

    2005-01-01

    The rate of ammonia synthesis over a nanoparticle ruthenium catalyst can be calculated directly on the basis of a quantum chemical treatment of the problem using density functional theory. We compared the results to measured rates over a ruthenium catalyst supported on magnesium aluminum spinet...

  7. Adherence of Model Molecules to Silica Surfaces: First Principle Calculations

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    Nuñez, Matías; Prado, Miguel Oscar

    The adherence of "model molecules" methylene blue and eosine Y ("positive" and "negatively" charged respectively) to crystal SiO2 surfaces is studied from first principle calculations at the DFT level. Adsorption energies are calculated which follow the experimental threads obtained elsewhere (Rivera et al., 2013). We study the quantum nature of the electronic charge transfer between the surface and the molecules, showing the localized and delocalized patterns associated to the repulsive and attractive case respectively.

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

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

    2015-04-21

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

  9. First-principles GW calculations for DNA and RNA nucleobases

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    Faber, Carina; Olevano, Valerio; Runge, Erich; Blase, Xavier

    2011-01-01

    On the basis of first-principles GW calculations, we study the quasiparticle properties of the guanine, adenine, cytosine, thymine, and uracil DNA and RNA nucleobases. Beyond standard G0W0 calculations, starting from Kohn-Sham eigenstates obtained with (semi)local functionals, a simple self-consistency on the eigenvalues allows to obtain vertical ionization energies and electron affinities within an average 0.11 eV and 0.18 eV error respectively as compared to state-of-the-art coupled-cluster and multi-configurational perturbative quantum chemistry approaches. Further, GW calculations predict the correct \\pi -character of the highest occupied state, thanks to several level crossings between density functional and GW calculations. Our study is based on a recent gaussian-basis implementation of GW with explicit treatment of dynamical screening through contour deformation techniques.

  10. Predicting catalysis: Understanding ammonia synthesis from first-principles calculations

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    Hellmann, A.; Baerends, E.J.; Biczysko, M.

    2006-01-01

    . Furthermore, our studies provide new insight into several related fields, for instance, gas-phase and electrochemical ammonia synthesis. The success of predicting the outcome of a catalytic reaction from first-principles calculations supports our point of view that, in the future, theory will be a fully......Here, we give a full account of a large collaborative effort toward an atomic-scale understanding of modern industrial ammonia production over ruthenium catalysts. We show that overall rates of ammonia production can be determined by applying various levels of theory (including transition state...... for any given point along an industrial reactor, and the kinetic results can be integrated over the catalyst bed to determine the industrial reactor yield. We find that, given the present uncertainties, the rate of ammonia production is well-determined directly from our atomic-scale calculations...

  11. First-principle band calculation of ruthenium for various phases

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    Watanabe, S; Kai, T; Shiiki, K

    2000-01-01

    The total energies and the magnetic moments of Ru for HCP, BCC, FCC, BCT structures were calculated by using a first-principle full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FLAPW) method based on the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). HCP has the lowest energy among the structures calculated, which agrees with the experimental result that HCP is the equilibrium phase of Ru. The total energy of BCT Ru has the local minimum at c/a=sq root 2 (FCC) with a=5.13 au, c=7.25 au and c/a=0.83 with a=6.15 au, c=5.11 au. It is pointed out that these phases are possibly metastable. The BCC structure, which corresponds to BCT with a=c=5.78 au, is unstable because it is at a saddle point of the total energy. BCT Ru of c/a<1 has a magnetic moment at the stable volume.

  12. Infrared Spectroscopy of Functionalized Graphene Sheets from First Principle Calculations

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    Zhang, Cui; Dabbs, Daniel; Aksay, Ilhan; Car, Roberto; Selloni, Annabella

    2014-03-01

    Detailed characterization of the structure of functionalized graphene sheets (FGSs) is an important and challenging task which could help to improve the performance of FGS materials for technological applications. We present here first principles calculations for the infrared (IR) spectra of different FGS models aimed at identifying the IR signatures of different functional groups and defect sites on FGSs. We found that vacancies and edges have significant effects on the IR frequencies of the functional groups on FGSs. In particular, hydroxyl groups close to vacancies have higher stretching and lower bending frequencies in comparison to hydroxyls in defect free regions of FGSs. More interestingly, the OH vibrations of carboxyl groups at edges exhibit unique features in the high frequency IR bands, which originate from the interactions with neighboring groups and the relative orientation of the carboxyl with respect to the FGS plane. Our results are supported by experimental IR measurements on FGS powders.

  13. First principles calculations of interstitial and lamellar rhenium nitrides

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    Soto, G., E-mail: gerardo@cnyn.unam.mx [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia, Km 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, Ensenada Baja California (Mexico); Tiznado, H.; Reyes, A.; Cruz, W. de la [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia, Km 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, Ensenada Baja California (Mexico)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The possible structures of rhenium nitride as a function of composition are analyzed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The alloying energy is favorable for rhenium nitride in lamellar arrangements. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structures produced by magnetron sputtering are metastable variations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structures produced by high-pressure high-temperature are stable configurations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The lamellar structures are a new category of interstitial dissolutions. - Abstract: We report here a systematic first principles study of two classes of variable-composition rhenium nitride: i, interstitial rhenium nitride as a solid solution and ii, rhenium nitride in lamellar structures. The compounds in class i are cubic and hexagonal close-packed rhenium phases, with nitrogen in the octahedral and tetrahedral interstices of the metal, and they are formed without changes to the structure, except for slight distortions of the unit cells. In the compounds in class ii, by contrast, the nitrogen inclusion provokes stacking faults in the parent metal structure. These faults create trigonal-prismatic sites where the nitrogen residence is energetically favored. This second class of compounds produces lamellar structures, where the nitrogen lamellas are inserted among multiple rhenium layers. The Re{sub 3}N and Re{sub 2}N phases produced recently by high-temperature and high-pressure synthesis belong to this class. The ratio of the nitrogen layers to the rhenium layers is given by the composition. While the first principle calculations point to higher stability for the lamellar structures as opposed to the interstitial phases, the experimental evidence presented here demonstrates that the interstitial classes are synthesizable by plasma methods. We conclude that rhenium nitrides possess polymorphism and that the two-dimensional lamellar structures might represent an emerging class of materials

  14. Predicting catalysis: understanding ammonia synthesis from first-principles calculations.

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    Hellman, A; Baerends, E J; Biczysko, M; Bligaard, T; Christensen, C H; Clary, D C; Dahl, S; van Harrevelt, R; Honkala, K; Jonsson, H; Kroes, G J; Luppi, M; Manthe, U; Nørskov, J K; Olsen, R A; Rossmeisl, J; Skúlason, E; Tautermann, C S; Varandas, A J C; Vincent, J K

    2006-09-14

    Here, we give a full account of a large collaborative effort toward an atomic-scale understanding of modern industrial ammonia production over ruthenium catalysts. We show that overall rates of ammonia production can be determined by applying various levels of theory (including transition state theory with or without tunneling corrections, and quantum dynamics) to a range of relevant elementary reaction steps, such as N(2) dissociation, H(2) dissociation, and hydrogenation of the intermediate reactants. A complete kinetic model based on the most relevant elementary steps can be established for any given point along an industrial reactor, and the kinetic results can be integrated over the catalyst bed to determine the industrial reactor yield. We find that, given the present uncertainties, the rate of ammonia production is well-determined directly from our atomic-scale calculations. Furthermore, our studies provide new insight into several related fields, for instance, gas-phase and electrochemical ammonia synthesis. The success of predicting the outcome of a catalytic reaction from first-principles calculations supports our point of view that, in the future, theory will be a fully integrated tool in the search for the next generation of catalysts.

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

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

    2015-08-25

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

  16. Lattice thermal conductivity of borophene from first principle calculation

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    Xiao, Huaping; Cao, Wei; Ouyang, Tao; Guo, Sumei; He, Chaoyu; Zhong, Jianxin

    2017-04-01

    The phonon transport property is a foundation of understanding a material and predicting the potential application in mirco/nano devices. In this paper, the thermal transport property of borophene is investigated by combining first-principle calculations and phonon Boltzmann transport equation. At room temperature, the lattice thermal conductivity of borophene is found to be about 14.34 W/mK (error is about 3%), which is much smaller than that of graphene (about 3500 W/mK). The contributions from different phonon modes are qualified, and some phonon modes with high frequency abnormally play critical role on the thermal transport of borophene. This is quite different from the traditional understanding that thermal transport is usually largely contributed by the low frequency acoustic phonon modes for most of suspended 2D materials. Detailed analysis further reveals that the scattering between the out-of-plane flexural acoustic mode (FA) and other modes likes FA + FA/TA/LA/OP ↔ TA/LA/OP is the predominant phonon process channel. Finally the vibrational characteristic of some typical phonon modes and mean free path distribution of different phonon modes are also presented in this work. Our results shed light on the fundamental phonon transport properties of borophene, and foreshow the potential application for thermal management community.

  17. Accurate line intensities of methane from first-principles calculations

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    Nikitin, Andrei V.; Rey, Michael; Tyuterev, Vladimir G.

    2017-10-01

    In this work, we report first-principle theoretical predictions of methane spectral line intensities that are competitive with (and complementary to) the best laboratory measurements. A detailed comparison with the most accurate data shows that discrepancies in integrated polyad intensities are in the range of 0.4%-2.3%. This corresponds to estimations of the best available accuracy in laboratory Fourier Transform spectra measurements for this quantity. For relatively isolated strong lines the individual intensity deviations are in the same range. A comparison with the most precise laser measurements of the multiplet intensities in the 2ν3 band gives an agreement within the experimental error margins (about 1%). This is achieved for the first time for five-atomic molecules. In the Supplementary Material we provide the lists of theoretical intensities at 269 K for over 5000 strongest transitions in the range below 6166 cm-1. The advantage of the described method is that this offers a possibility to generate fully assigned exhaustive line lists at various temperature conditions. Extensive calculations up to 12,000 cm-1 including high-T predictions will be made freely available through the TheoReTS information system (http://theorets.univ-reims.fr, http://theorets.tsu.ru) that contains ab initio born line lists and provides a user-friendly graphical interface for a fast simulation of the absorption cross-sections and radiance.

  18. Remarkable Hydrogen Storage on Beryllium Oxide Clusters: First Principles Calculations

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    Shinde, Ravindra

    2016-01-01

    Since the current transportation sector is the largest consumer of oil, and subsequently responsible for major air pollutants, it is inevitable to use alternative renewable sources of energies for vehicular applications. The hydrogen energy seems to be a promising candidate. To explore the possibility of achieving a solid-state high-capacity storage of hydrogen for onboard applications, we have performed first principles density functional theoretical calculations of hydrogen storage properties of beryllium oxide clusters (BeO)$_{n}$ (n=2 -- 8). We observed that polar BeO bond is responsible for H$_{2}$ adsorption. The problem of cohesion of beryllium atoms does not arise, as they are an integral part of BeO clusters. The (BeO)$_{n}$ (n=2 -- 8) adsorbs 8--12 H$_{2}$ molecules with an adsorption energy in the desirable range of reversible hydrogen storage. The gravimetric density of H$_{2}$ adsorbed on BeO clusters meets the ultimate 7.5 wt% limit, recommended for onboard practical applications. In conclusion,...

  19. Predicting Zonal Flows -- A Comprehensive Reynolds-Stress Response-Functional from First-Principles-Plasma-Turbulence Computations

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    Guertler, Niels

    2011-01-01

    Turbulence driven zonal flows play an important role in fusion devices since they improve plasma confinement by limiting the level of anomalous transport. Current theories mostly focus on flow excitation but do not self-consistently describe the nearly stationary zonal flow turbulence equilibrium state. First-principles two-fluid turbulence studies are used to construct a Reynolds stress response functional from observations in turbulent states. This permits, for the first time, a reliable charting of zonal flow turbulence equilibria.

  20. Thermopower switching by magnetic field: first-principles calculations

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    Maslyuk, Volodymyr V.; Achilles, Steven; Sandratskii, Leonid

    2013-01-01

    of the thermopower on the angle between the magnetizations of the electrodes. This complex behavior is explained by the resonant properties of the electron transmission. Consequently, the nanocontacts can be utilized for local heating or cooling controlled by the external magnetic field.......We present first-principles studies of the thermopower of the organometallic V4Bz5 molecule attached between Co electrodes with noncollinear magnetization directions. Different regimes in the formation of the noncollinear magnetic state of the molecule lead to a remarkable nonmonotonous dependence...

  1. First-principles Calculation of Excited State Spectra in QCD

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    Jozef Dudek,Robert Edwards,Michael Peardon,David Richards,Christopher Thomas

    2011-05-01

    Recent progress at understanding the excited state spectra of mesons and baryons is described. I begin by outlining the application of the variational method to compute the spectrum of QCD, and then present results for the excited meson spectrum, with continuum quantum numbers of the states clearly delineated. I emphasise the need to extend the calculation to encompass multi-hadron contributions, and describe a recent calculation of the I=2 pion-pion energy-dependent phase shifts as a precursor to the study of channels with resonant behavior. I conclude with recent results for the low lying baryon spectrum, and the prospects for future calculations.

  2. 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.

  3. Photoabsorption in sodium clusters: first principles configuration interaction calculations

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    Priya, Pradip Kumar; Rai, Deepak Kumar; Shukla, Alok

    2017-05-01

    We present systematic and comprehensive correlated-electron calculations of the linear photoabsorption spectra of small neutral closed- and open-shell sodium clusters (Nan, n = 2 - 6), as well as closed-shell cation clusters (Nan+, n = 3, 5). We have employed the configuration interaction (CI) methodology at the full CI (FCI) and quadruple CI (QCI) levels to compute the ground, and the low-lying excited states of the clusters. For most clusters, besides the minimum energy structures, we also consider their energetically close isomers. The photoabsorption spectra were computed under the electric-dipole approximation, employing the dipole-matrix elements connecting the ground state with the excited states of each isomer. Our calculations were tested rigorously for convergence with respect to the basis set, as well as with respect to the size of the active orbital space employed in the CI calculations. These calculations reveal that as far as electron-correlation effects are concerned, core excitations play an important role in determining the optimized ground state geometries of various clusters, thereby requiring all-electron correlated calculations. But, when it comes to low-lying optical excitations, only valence electron correlation effects play an important role, and excellent agreement with the experimental results is obtained within the frozen-core approximation. For the case of Na6, the largest cluster studied in this work, we also discuss the possibility of occurrence of plasmonic resonance in the optical absorption spectrum. Supplementary material in the form of one pdf file available from the Journal web page at http://https://doi.org/10.1140/epjd/e2017-70728-3

  4. First-Principles Calculation of the Structure of Mercury

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    Mehl, M J

    1995-01-01

    Mercury has perhaps the strangest behavior of any of the metals. Although the other metals in column IIB have an $hcp$ ground state, mercury's ground state is the body centered tetragonal $\\beta$Hg phase. The most common phase of mercury is the rhombohedral $\\alpha$Hg phase, which is stable from 79K to the melting point and meta-stable below 79K. Another rhombohedral phase, calculations are used to study the energetics of the various phases of mercury. Even when partial spin-orbit effects are included, the calculations indicate that the hexagonal close packed structure is the ground state. It is suggested that a better treatment of the spin-orbit interaction might alter this result.

  5. First-principles calculations of mass transport in magnesium borohydride

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    Yu, Chao; Ozolins, Vidvuds

    2013-03-01

    Mg(BH4)2 is a hydrogen storage material which can decompose to release hydrogen in the following reaction: Mg(BH4)2(solid) -->1/6 MgB12H12(solid) + 5/6MgH2(solid) +13/6 H2(gas) --> MgH2(solid) + 2B(solid) + 4H2(gas). However, experiments show that hydrogen release only occurs at temperatures above 300 °C, which severely limits applications in mobile storage. Using density-functional theory calculations, we systematically study bulk diffusion of defects in the reactant Mg(BH4)2 and products MgB12H12 and MgH2 during the first step of the solid-state dehydrogenation reaction. The defect concentrations and concentration gradients are calculated for a variety of defects, including charged vacancies and interstitials. We find that neutral [BH3] vacancies have the highest bulk concentration and concentration gradient in Mg(BH4)2. The diffusion mechanism of [BH3] vacancy in Mg(BH4)2 is studied using the nudged elastic band method. Our results shows that the calculated diffusion barrier for [BH3] vacancies is ~ . 2 eV, suggesting that slow mass transport limits the kinetics of hydrogen desorption.

  6. First-Principle-Based Calculations of the Hugoniot of Cu

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    XIANG Shi-Kai; CAI Ling-Cang; JING Fu-Qian; WANG Shun-Jin

    2005-01-01

    @@ The equation of state of face-centred-cubic (fcc) copper crystals at pressures up to 500 GPa and relative volume to 0.55 have been evaluated by using the full-potential linear muffin-tin orbital (FPLMTO) total-energy method combining with a mean-field model of the vibrational partition function. The mean-field is constructed from the sum of all the pair potentials between the reference atom and the others of the system. The calculated properties are in good agreement with the available shock-wave experimental measurements.

  7. First Principles Calculations of Electronic Excitations in 2D Materials

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    Rasmussen, Filip Anselm

    -thin electronics and high efficiency solar cells. Contrary to many other nano-materials, methods for large scale fabrication and patterning have already been demonstrated and the first real technological applications have already be showcased. Still the technology is very young and the number of well-studied 2D...... materials are few. However as the list of 2D materials is growing it is necessary to investigate their fundamental structural, electronic and optical properties. These are determined by the atomic and electronic structure of the materials that can quite accurately predicted by computational quantum...... as if it is being screened by the electrons in the material. This method has been very successful for calculating quasiparticle energies of bulk materials but results have been more varying for 2D materials. The reason is that the 2D confined electrons are less able to screen the added charge and some...

  8. First principles calculations on Ni impurities in Cu clusters

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    Ricardo-Chavez, J.L. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique, UMR 5626 du CNRS, Universite Paul Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse (France)]. E-mail: ricardo@irsamc.ups-tlse.fr; Pastor, G.M. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique, UMR 5626 du CNRS, Universite Paul Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse (France)

    2005-07-15

    Structural and magnetic properties of small NiCu{sub N-1} clusters are determined in the framework of Kohn-Sham density-functional theory (DFT). Besides some changes in bond length, the calculated structures for N=<5 atoms are similar to those of pure Cu{sub N}. For the optimal NiCu{sub N-1} geometry the Ni ion occupies the most-coordinated atomic position and the ground-state corresponds to a minimum-spin configuration (S{sub z}=0 or 12). Interesting correlations between cluster structure and magnetism are revealed by varying the total spin. The possible consequences of electron correlations and finite-temperature effects are briefly discussed.

  9. First-Principles Calculations of Electron Transfer in Organic Molecules

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    Pati, Ranjit; Karna, Shashi P.

    2000-03-01

    Suitably tailored organic structures are considered potential candidates as components in molecular electronic devices. A common molecular architecture for electronics consists of an electron donor (D) and an electron acceptor (A) moiety bonded together by a chemically inert bridging moiety, called spacer (S). The D-S-A combination constitutes the basic component equivalent of a solid state capacitor. A useful physical property that determines the applicability of molecular structures in moletronics is the electron transfer (ET) rate, which is related, in a two-state approximation, to the coupling matrix between the two electronic states representing the localization of electrons. In an effort to model potential organic structures, we have calculated the ET coupling matrix elements in a number of D-, S-, and A-type organic molecules with the use of ab initio Hartree-Fock method and two different basis sets, namely an STO-3G and a double zeta plus polarization (DZP). A number of important findings have emerged from this study: (i) The ET coupling matrix strongly depends upon the geometrical arrangement of the molecular fragment(s) in the architecture. (ii) In an oligomeric chain, the ET matrix decreases exponentially with molecular length (number of monomer units). (iii) In cyclic alkanes, the magnitude of the ET coupling matrix decreases with increasing size of fused rings.

  10. Thermodynamics and elastic properties of Ta from first-principles calculations

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    Li Qiang; Huang Duo-Hui; Cao Qi-Long; Wang Fan-Hou; Cai Ling-Cang; Zhang Xiu-Lu; Jing Fu-Qian

    2012-01-01

    Within the framework of the quasiharmonic approximation,the thermodynamics and elastic properties of Ta,including phonon density of states (DOS),equation of state,linear thermal expansion coefficient,entropy,enthalpy,heat capacity,elastic constants,bulk modulus,shear modulus,Young's modulus,microhardness,and sound velocity,are studied using the first-principles projector-augmented wave method.The vibrational contribution to Helmholtz free energy is evaluated from the first-principles phonon DOS and the Debye model.The thermal electronic contribution to Helmholtz free energy is estimated from the integration over the electronic DOS.By comparing the experimental results with the calculation results from the first-principles and the Debye model,it is found that the thermodynamic properties of Ta are depicted well by the first-principles.The elastic properties of Ta from the first-principles are consistent with the available experimental data.

  11. Unusual structural and electronic properties of porous silicene and germanene: insights from first-principles calculations

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    Ding, Yi; Wang, Yanli

    2015-01-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the geometric structures and electronic properties of porous silicene and germanene nanosheets, which are the Si and Ge analogues of α−graphyne...

  12. Forecast of Piezoelectric Properties of Crystalline Materials from First Principle Calculation

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    2006-01-01

    Piezo crystals including quartz, quartz-like crystals, known and novel crystals of langasite-type structure were treated with density-functional perturb theory (DFPT) using plane-wave pseudopotentials method, within the local density approximation (LDA) to the exchange-correlation functional. Compared with experimental results, the ab initio calculation results have quantitative or semi-quantitative accuracy. It is shown that first principle calculation opens a door to the search and design of new piezoelectric material. Further application of first principle calculation to forecast the whole piezoelectric properties was also discussed.

  13. First-Principle Calculation for Scanning-Tunneling-Microscopic Images of a Monolayer Graphite Surface

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    陈向荣; 押山淳; 岡田晋; 芶清泉

    2003-01-01

    We have applied first-principle total-energy electronic structure calculations in the local density approximation to calculate the scanning tunnelling microscopy images of a monolayer graphite surface near the Fermi level. The results obtained agree well with the observation, which has not been interpreted before.

  14. First-principle Calculation of the Properties of Ti3SiC2

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    2002-01-01

    The electronic and structural properties for Ti3SiC2 were studied using the first-principle calculation method. By using the calculated band structure and density of states, the high electrical conductivity of Ti3SiC2 are explained.The bonding character of Ti3SiC2 is analyzed in the map of charge density distribution.

  15. First-principles calculation of the Curie temperature Slater-Pauling curve.

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    Takahashi, C; Ogura, M; Akai, H

    2007-09-12

    It is well known that the magnetizations as a function of the valence electron number per atom of 3d transition metal substitutional alloys form the so-called Slater-Pauling curve. Similarly, the Curie temperatures of these alloys also show systematic behaviour against the valence electron number. Though this fact has long been known, no attempt has been made so far to explain this behaviour from first principles. In this paper we calculate T(C) of 3d transition metal alloys in the framework of first-principles electronic structure calculation based on the local density approximation.

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

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    Lee, Yongbin [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2004-01-01

    In this thesis, we discuss applications of first principles methods to x-ray resonant spectra and elastic properties calculation. We start with brief reviews about theoretical background of first principles methods, such as density functional theory, local density approximation (LDA), LDA+U, and the linear augmented plane wave (LAPW) method to solve Kohn-Sham equations. After that we discuss x-ray resonant scattering (XRMS), x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and the branching problem in the heavy rare earths Ledges. In the last chapter we discuss the elastic properties of the second hardest material AlMgB14.

  17. First-Principles Calculation of the Optical Properties of an Amphiphilic Cyanine Dye Aggregate

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    Haverkort, Frank; Stradomska, Anna; Vries, Alex H. de; Knoester, Jasper

    2014-01-01

    Using a first-principles approach, we calculate electronic and optical properties of molecular aggregates of the dye amphi-pseudoisocyanine, whose structures we obtained from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the self-aggregation process. Using quantum chemistry methods, we translate the struct

  18. First-principles Calculations of Twin-boundary and Stacking-fault Energies in Magnesium

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    2010-01-01

    The interfacial energies of twin boundaries and stacking faults in metal magnesium have been calculated using first-principles supercell approach...Four types of twin boundaries and two types of stacking faults are investigated, namely, those due to the mirror reflection, the mirror glide and the

  19. Phase transition and elastic properties of zinc sulfide under high pressure from first principles calculations

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    Dai, Wei [Hubei Univ. of Education, Wuhan (China). Dept. of Physics and Electronics; Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang (China). Inst. of Fluid Physics; Song, Jin-Fan; Wang, Ping; Lu, Cheng; Lu, Zhi-Wen [Nanyang Normal Univ. (China). Dept. of Physics; Tan, Xiao-Ming [Ludong Univ., Yantai (China). Dept. of Physics

    2011-10-15

    A theoretical investigation on structural and elastic properties of zinc sulfide semiconductor under high pressure is performed by employing the first-principles method based on the density functional theory. The calculated results show that the transition pressure P{sub t} for the structural phase transition from the B3 structure to the B1 structure is 17.04 GPa. The calculated values are generally speaking in good agreement with experiments and with similar theoretical calculations. (orig.)

  20. First-principles calculation of nonlinear optical responses by Wannier interpolation

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    Wang, Chong; Liu, Xiaoyu; Kang, Lei; Gu, Bing-Lin; Xu, Yong; Duan, Wenhui

    2017-09-01

    Various nonlinear optical (NLO) responses, like shift current and second harmonic generation (SHG), are revealed to be closely related to topological quantities involving the Berry connection and Berry curvature. First-principles prediction of NLO responses is of great importance to fundamental research and device design, but efficient computational methods are still lacking. The main challenge is that the calculations require a very dense k -point sampling that is computationally expensive and a proper treatment of the gauge problem for topological quantities. Here we present a Wannier interpolation method for first-principles calculation of NLO responses, which overcomes the challenge. This method interpolates physical quantities accurately for any desired k point with little computational cost and constructs a smooth gauge by the perturbation theory. To demonstrate the method, we study shift current of monolayer GeS and WS2 as well as SHG of bulk GaAs, getting good agreements with previous results. We show that the traditional sum rule method converges slowly with the number of bands, whereas the perturbation way does not. Moreover, our method is easily adapted to build tight-binding models for the following theoretical investigations. Last but not least, the method is compatible with most first-principles approaches, including density functional theory and beyond. With these advantages, Wannier interpolation is a promising method for first-principles studies of NLO phenomena.

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

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    Zhu, G.; Lewandowski, A.

    2012-11-01

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

  2. Unusual structural and electronic properties of porous silicene and germanene: insights from first-principles calculations

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    ding,Yi; Wang, Yanli

    2015-01-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we investigate the geometric structures and electronic properties of porous silicene and germanene nanosheets, which are the Si and Ge analogues of α−graphyne (referred to as silicyne and germanyne). It is found that the elemental silicyne and germanyne sheets are energetically unfavourable. However, after the C-substitution, the hybrid graphyne-like sheets (c-silicyne/c-germanyne) possess robust energetic and dynamical stabilities. Different from silicene...

  3. Stability, structural, elastic and electronic properties of RuN polymorphs from first-principles calculations

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

    2010-05-01

    First-principles FLAPW-GGA calculations for six possible polymorphs of ruthenium mononitride RuN indicate that the most stable structure is that of zinc blende rather than the rock salt structure recently reported for synthesized RuN samples. The elastic, electronic properties and the features of chemical bonds of zinc-blende RuN polymorph were investigated and discussed in detail.

  4. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism in Co2FeGa: First-principles calculations

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    Kukusta, D. A.; Antonov, V. N.; Yaresko, A. N.

    2011-08-01

    The electronic structure and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectra of the Heusler alloy Co2FeGa were investigated theoretically from first principles, using the fully relativistic Dirac linear MT-orbital (LMTO) band structure method. Densities of valence states, orbital and spin magnetic moments are analyzed and discussed. The origin of the XMCD spectra in the Co2FeGa compound is examined. The calculated results are compared with available experimental data.

  5. First principles calculations of the ground state properties and structural phase transformation in YN

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    Mancera, L; Takeuchi, N

    2003-01-01

    We have studied the structural and electronic properties of YN in rock salt (sodium chloride), caesium chloride, zinc blende and wurtzite structures using first-principles total energy calculations. Rock salt is the calculated ground state structure with a = 4.93 A, B sub 0 = 157 GPa. The experimental lattice constant is a = 4.877 A. There is an additional local minimum in the wurtzite structure with total energy 0.28 eV/unit cell higher. At high pressure (approx 138 GPa), our calculations predict a phase transformation from a NaCl to a CsCl structure.

  6. First Principles Calculation of Terahertz Vibrational Modes of a Disaccharide Monohydrate Crystal of Lactose

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    Saito, Shigeki; Inerbaev, Talgat M.; Mizuseki, Hiroshi; Igarashi, Nobuaki; Note, Ryunosuke; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2006-11-01

    First-principles calculations of the crystalline vibrations of a lactose monohydrate crystal in the terahertz (THz) region were performed using periodic density functional theory calculations. The calculated vibrational modes in the THz region were derived from group motions with different sizes: molecules of lactose and crystal water, pyranose rings, and intramolecular frames. The intermolecular modes with large vibrational amplitude of lactose of 17.5-100.6 cm-1 and of crystal-water of 136.1-237.7 cm-1 were clearly separated. This article especially refers to the intermolecular vibrational modes of crystal water with the THz absorption, which provide detectable spectral features of hydrated crystals.

  7. 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.

  8. First-principles calculation of core-level binding energy shift in surface chemical processes

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    2010-01-01

    Combined with third generation synchrotron radiation light sources, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with higher energy resolution, brilliance, enhanced surface sensitivity and photoemission cross section in real time found extensive applications in solid-gas interface chemistry. This paper reports the calculation of the core-level binding energy shifts (CLS) using the first-principles density functional theory. The interplay between the CLS calculations and XPS measurements to uncover the structures, adsorption sites and chemical reactions in complex surface chemical processes are highlight. Its application on clean low index (111) and vicinal transition metal surfaces, molecular adsorption in terms of sites and configuration, and reaction kinetics are domonstrated.

  9. Crystal structure of Mg3Pd from first-principles calculations

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    DENG Yong-he; WANG Tao-fen; ZHANG Wei-bing; TANG Bi-yu; ZENG Xiao-qin; DING Wen-jiang

    2008-01-01

    Crystal structure of Mg3Pd alloy was studied by first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory. The total energy, formation heat and cohesive energy of the two types of Mg3Pd were calculated to assess the stability and the preferentiality. The results show that Mg3Pd alloy with Cu3P structure is more stable than Na3As structure, and Mg3Pd alloy is preferential to Cu3P structure. The obtained densities of states and charge density distribution for the two types of crystal structure were analyzed and discussed in combination with experimental findings for further discussion of the Mg3Pd structure.

  10. First principles calculations of relationship between the Cu surface states and relaxations

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    Xie Yao-Ping; Luo Ying; Liu Shao-Jun

    2007-01-01

    In this paper the relationship between the surface relaxations and the electron density distributions of surface states of Cu(100), Cu(110), and Cu(111) surfaces is obtained by first-principles calculations. The calculations indicate that relaxations mainly occur in the layers at which the surface states electrons are localized, and the magnitudes of the multilayer relaxations correspond to the difference of electron density of surface states between adjacent layers. The larger the interlayer relaxation is, the larger the difference of electron density of surface states between two layers is.

  11. First-Principles Calculations for Thermodynamic Properties of Perovskite-Type Superconductor MgCNi

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    ZHANG Wei; LI Zhe; CHEN Xiang-Rong; CAI Ling-Cang; JING Fu-Qian

    2008-01-01

    The ground state properties and equation of state of the non-oxide perovskite-type superconductor MgCNi,3 are investigated by first-principles calculations based on the plane-wave basis set with the local density approximation (LDA) as well as the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange and correlation, which agree well with both theoretical calculations and experiments. Some thermodynamic properties including the heat capacity, the thermal expansion coefficient and the Gruneisen parameter for perovskite structure MgCNi,3 are obtained.

  12. 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, E-mail: wangcz@ameslab.gov; Ho, Kai-Ming, E-mail: kmh@ameslab.gov [Ames Laboratory, U.S. DOE and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States)

    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.

  13. Quantum-mechanical calculation of H on Ni(001) using a model potential based on first-principles calculations

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    Mattsson, T.R.; Wahnström, G.; Bengtsson, L.

    1997-01-01

    First-principles density-functional calculations of hydrogen adsorption on the Ni (001) surface have been performed in order to get a better understanding of adsorption and diffusion of hydrogen on metal surfaces. We find good agreement with experiments for the adsorption energy, binding distance...

  14. Piezoelectric, Mechanical and Acoustic Properties of KNaNbOF5 from First-Principles Calculations

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    Han Han

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Recently, a noncentrosymmetric crystal, KNaNbOF5, has attracted attention due to its potential to present piezoelectric properties. Although α- and β-KNaNbOF5 are similar in their stoichiometries, their structural frameworks, and their synthetic routes, the two phases exhibit very different properties. This paper presents, from first-principles calculations, comparative studies of the structural, electronic, piezoelectric, and elastic properties of the α and the β phase of the material. Based on the Christoffel equation, the slowness surface of the acoustic waves is obtained to describe its acoustic prosperities. These results may benefit further applications of KNaNbOF5.

  15. High applicability of two-dimensional phosphorous in Kagome lattice predicted from first-principles calculations

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    Peng-Jen Chen; Horng-Tay Jeng

    2016-01-01

    A new semiconducting phase of two-dimensional phosphorous in the Kagome lattice is proposed from first-principles calculations. The band gaps of the monolayer (ML) and bulk Kagome phosphorous (Kagome-P) are 2.00 and 1.11 eV, respectively. The magnitude of the band gap is tunable by applying the in-plane strain and/or changing the number of stacking layers. High optical absorption coefficients at the visible light region are predicted for multilayer Kagome-P, indicating potential applications ...

  16. First Principles Calculations of Oxygen Adsorption on the UN(001) Surface

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    Zhukovskii, Yuri F.; Bocharov, Dmitry; Kotomin, Eugene Alexej; Evarestov, Robert; Bandura, A. V.

    2009-01-01

    Fabrication, handling and disposal of nuclear fuel materials require comprehensive knowledge of their surface morphology and reactivity. Due to unavoidable contact with air components (even at low partial pressures), UN samples contain considerable amount of oxygen impurities affecting fuel properties. In this study we focus on reactivity of the energetically most stable (001) substrate of uranium nitride towards the atomic oxygen as one of initial stages for further UN oxidation. The basic properties of O atoms adsorbed on the UN(001) surface are simulated here combining the two first principles calculation methods based on the plane wave basis set and that of the localized orbitals.

  17. Electronic structures of N- and C-doped NiO from first-principles calculations

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    2010-01-01

    The large intrinsic band gap of NiO has hindered severely its potential application under visible-light irradiation. In this study, we have performed first-principles calculations on the electronic properties of N- and C-doped NiO to ascertain if its band gap may be narrowed theoretically. It was found that impurity bands driven by N 2p or C 2p states appear in the band gap of NiO and that some of these locate at the conduction band minimum, which leads to a significant band gap narrowing. Ou...

  18. Quantum confinement effect in Si/Ge core-shell nanowires: First-principles calculations

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    Yang, Li; Musin, Ryza N.; Wang, Xiao-Qian; Chou, M. Y.

    2008-05-01

    The electronic structure of Si/Ge core-shell nanowires along the [110] and [111] directions are studied with first-principles calculations. We identify the near-gap electronic states that are spatially separated within the core or the shell region, making it possible for a dopant to generate carriers in a different region. The confinement energies of these core and shell states provide an operational definition of the “band offset,” which is not only size dependent but also component dependent. The optimal doping strategy in Si/Ge core-shell nanowires is proposed based on these energy results.

  19. Elastic and thermodynamic properties of c-BN from first-principles calculations

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    Hao Yan-Jun; Cheng Yan; Wang Yan-Ju; Chen Xiang-Rong

    2007-01-01

    The elastic constants and thermodynamic properties of c-BN are calculated using the first-principles plane wave method with the relativistic analytic pseudopotential of the Hartwigen, Goedecker and Hutter (HGH) type in the frame of local density approximation and using the quasi-harmonic Debye model, separately. Moreover, the dependences of the normalized volume V/V0 on pressure P, as well as the bulk modulus B, the thermal expansion α, and the heat capacity CV on pressure P and temperature T are also successfully obtained.

  20. First-principles calculation of the electric-field gradient in hcp metals

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    Blaha, P.; Schwarz, K.; Dederichs, P. H.

    1988-02-01

    The electric-field gradient (EFG) for all hcp metals from Be to Cd is obtained from energy-band calculations using the full-potential linearized-augmented-plane-wave (LAPW) method. Our first-principles method, which does not rely on any Sternheimer antishielding factor, yields EFG's in good agreement with experiment and predicts also the sign of the EFG's. The EFG was found to be determined mainly by the nonspherical distribution of the valence-electron density close to the nucleus. In general, contributions to the EFG originating from p states dominate. This is the case even for transition metals, where the d anisotropy is large.

  1. First-principles calculations atomic structure and elastic properties of Ti-Nb alloys

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    Timoshevskii, A N; Ivasishin, O M

    2011-01-01

    Elastic properties of Ti based \\beta-alloy were studied by the method of the model structure first principle calculations. Concentrational dependence of Young modulus for the binary \\beta-alloy Ti-Nb was discovered. It is shown that peculiarities visible at 15-18% concentrations can be related to the different Nb atoms distribution. Detailed comparison of the calculation results with the measurement results was done. Young modulus for the set of the ordered structures with different Nb atoms location, which simulate triple \\beta-alloys Ti-29.7%Zr-18.5%Nb and Ti-51.8%Zr-18.5%Nb have been calculated. The results of these calculations allowed us to suggest the concentration region for single-phase ternary \\beta-phase alloys possessing low values of Young's modulus.

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

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    Bandura, Andrei V; Evarestov, Robert A

    2012-07-05

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

  3. First-principles calculations, experimental study, and thermodynamic modeling of the Al-Co-Cr system.

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    Xuan L Liu

    Full Text Available The phase relations and thermodynamic properties of the condensed Al-Co-Cr ternary alloy system are investigated using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT and phase-equilibria experiments that led to X-ray diffraction (XRD and electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA measurements. A thermodynamic description is developed by means of the calculations of phase diagrams (CALPHAD method using experimental and computational data from the present work and the literature. Emphasis is placed on modeling the bcc-A2, B2, fcc-γ, and tetragonal-σ phases in the temperature range of 1173 to 1623 K. Liquid, bcc-A2 and fcc-γ phases are modeled using substitutional solution descriptions. First-principles special quasirandom structures (SQS calculations predict a large bcc-A2 (disordered/B2 (ordered miscibility gap, in agreement with experiments. A partitioning model is then used for the A2/B2 phase to effectively describe the order-disorder transitions. The critically assessed thermodynamic description describes all phase equilibria data well. A2/B2 transitions are also shown to agree well with previous experimental findings.

  4. Elastic and Thermal Properties of Silicon Compounds from First-Principles Calculations

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    Hou, Haijun; Zhu, H. J.; Cheng, W. H.; Xie, L. H.

    2016-07-01

    The structural and elastic properties of V-Si (V3Si, VSi2, V5Si3, and V6Si5) compounds are studied by using first-principles method. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and formation enthalpy are in good agreement with the available experimental data and other theoretical results. The calculated results indicate that the V-Si compounds are mechanically stable. Elastic properties including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, and Poisson's ratio are also obtained. The elastic anisotropies of V-Si compounds are investigated via the three-dimensional (3D) figures of directional dependences of reciprocals of Young's modulus. Finally, based on the quasi-harmonic Debye model, the internal energy, Helmholtz free energy, entropy, heat capacity, thermal expansion coefficient, Grüneisen parameter, and Debye temperature of V-Si compounds have been calculated.

  5. First-Principles Calculations of Glycine Formation on Cu(110) Surface

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    Chen, Po-Tuan

    2016-01-01

    The geometrical structures of singlet or triplet NCH3 molecules adsorbing on Cu(110) surface with presence of Cu adatoms have been determined by first-principle calculation method. The two distinguishable structures match the patterns of experimental scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) image, so-called zigzag and rectangle structures. The singlet NCH3 molecules arrange as zigzag, when the triplet NCH3 molecules array as rectangle. Since NCH3 can be found in interstellar environment and its radicals are chemically active, we arise a question whether this system can be utilized to study surface chemical reaction of interstellar medium (ISM). Therefore, the potential surface of NCH3 isomerization to HNCH2 subsequently binding with CO on Cu(110) surface has been calculated using density functional theory (DFT). The calculation results that HNCH2-CO can be produced on triplet state. However, the reaction is endothermic which is assumed to be occurred at warmer regions of solar systems or in specific planets having...

  6. First-principles calculations on elasticity and the thermodynamic properties of TaC under pressure

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    Peng, Feng; Han, Ligang; Fu, Hongzhi [College of Physics and Electronic Information, Luoyang Normal University, Luoyang (China); Cheng, Xinlu [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Sichuan University, Chengdu (China)

    2009-07-15

    First-principles calculations on the elastic and the thermodynamic properties of TaC have been carried out with the plane-wave pseudopotential density functional method. The calculated values are in very good agreement with experimental data as well as with some of the existing model calculations. The dependence of the elastic constants c{sub ij}, the aggregate elastic moduli (B,G,E), and the elastic anisotropy on pressure have been investigated. Moreover, the variation of the Poisson ratio and Debye temperature with pressure have been investigated for the first time. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, the thermodynamic properties were also obtained successfully. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  7. First-principles calculations on implanted TiO2 by 3d transition metal ions

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    2009-01-01

    3d transition metal (V, Cr and Fe) ions are implanted into TiO2 by the method of metal ion implantation. The electronic band structures of TiO2 films doped 3d transition metal ions have been analyzed by ab initio band calculations based on a self-consistent full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method within the first-principle formalism. Influence of implantation on TiO2 films is examined by the method of UV-visible spectrometry. The results of experiment and calculation show that the optical band gap of TiO2 films is narrowed by ion implantation. The calculation shows that the 3d state of V, Cr and Fe ions plays a significant role in red shift of UV-Vis absorbance spectrum.

  8. Elastic and thermal properties of silicon compounds from first-principles calculations

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    Hou, Haijun; Zhu, H.J. [Yancheng Institute of Technology (China). School of Materials Engineering; Cheng, W.H. [Yancheng Institute of Technology (China). Dept. of Light Chemical Engineering; Xie, L.H. [Sichuan Normal Univ., Chengdu (China). Inst. of Solid State Physics and School of Physics and Electronic Engineering

    2016-11-01

    The structural and elastic properties of V-Si (V{sub 3}Si, VSi{sub 2}, V{sub 5}Si{sub 3}, and V{sub 6}Si{sub 5}) compounds are studied by using first-principles method. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and formation enthalpy are in good agreement with the available experimental data and other theoretical results. The calculated results indicate that the V-Si compounds are mechanically stable. Elastic properties including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, and Poisson's ratio are also obtained. The elastic anisotropies of V-Si compounds are investigated via the three-dimensional (3D) figures of directional dependences of reciprocals of Young's modulus. Finally, based on the quasi-harmonic Debye model, the internal energy, Helmholtz free energy, entropy, heat capacity, thermal expansion coefficient, Grueneisen parameter, and Debye temperature of V-Si compounds have been calculated.

  9. Elastic Tensor and Thermodynamic Property of Magnesium Silicate Perovskite from First-principles Calculations

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    Zi-iiang Liu; Xiao-wei Sun; Cai-rong Zhang; Jian-bo Hu; Ting Song; Jian-hong Qi

    2011-01-01

    The thermodynamic and elastic properties of magnesium silicate (MgSiO3) perovskite at high pressure are investigated with the quasi-harmonic Debye model and the first-principles method based on the density functional theory.The obtained equation of state is consistent with the available experimental data.The heat capacity and the thermal expansion coefficient agree with the observed values and other calculations at high pressures and temperatures.The elastic constants are calculated using the finite strain method.A complete elastic tensor of MgSiO3 perovskite is determined in the wide pressure range.The geologically important quantities: Young's modulus,Poisson's ratio,Debye temperature,and crystal anisotropy,are derived from the calculated data.

  10. 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

    2009-01-01

    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.

  11. Anisotropic intrinsic lattice thermal conductivity of borophane from first-principles calculations.

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    Liu, Gang; Wang, Haifeng; Gao, Yan; Zhou, Jian; Wang, Hui

    2017-01-25

    Borophene (boron sheet) as a new type of two-dimensional (2D) material was grown successfully recently. Unfortunately, the structural stability of freestanding borophene is still an open issue. Theoretical research has found that full hydrogenation can remove such instability, and the product is called borophane. In this paper, using first-principles calculations we investigate the lattice dynamics and thermal transport properties of borophane. The intrinsic lattice thermal conductivity and the relaxation time of borophane are investigated by solving the phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) based on first-principles calculations. We find that the intrinsic lattice thermal conductivity of borophane is anisotropic, as the higher value (along the zigzag direction) is about two times of the lower one (along the armchair direction). The contributions of phonon branches to the lattice thermal conductivities along different directions are evaluated. It is found that both the anisotropy of thermal conductivity and the different phonon branches which dominate the thermal transport along different directions are decided by the group velocity and the relaxation time of phonons with very low frequency. In addition, the size dependence of thermal conductivity is investigated using cumulative thermal conductivity. The underlying physical mechanisms of these unique properties are also discussed in this paper.

  12. Magnetism, microstructure and First Principles calculations of atomized and annealed Ni{sub 3}Al

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    García-Escorial, A., E-mail: age@cenim.csic.es [CENIM-CSIC, Avda. Gregorio del Amo, 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Crespo, P.; Hernando, A. [Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, IMA-UCM, P.O. Box 155, 28230 Madrid (Spain); Lieblich, M. [CENIM-CSIC, Avda. Gregorio del Amo, 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Marín, P.; Velasco, V. [Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, IMA-UCM, P.O. Box 155, 28230 Madrid (Spain); Ynduráin, F. [Dpto. de Física de la Materia Condensada, UAM, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • The microstructure and order of as-atomized Ni{sub 3}Al powder change with annealing. • The change of the magnetic properties shows the influence of the chemical order. • First Principles calculations show the effect of the density of states to the order. - Abstract: In this work Ni{sub 3}Al powder particles obtained by atomization were characterized magnetically and microstructurally in as-atomized state and after annealing. Upon annealing the X-ray diffraction patterns show a noticeable increase of the signal of the ordered phase γ′-Ni{sub 3}Al, L1{sub 2}, phase and the microstructure evolves from a lamellar and dendrite to a large grain microstructure. The Curie temperature of the as-atomized powder particles is 85 K and decreases after annealing down to 50 K. First Principles calculations were carried out to correlate the experimental observations with local order of Ni and Al atoms and illustrate the importance of the local order in the density of states at the Fermi level, showing how the magnetic moment depends on the Ni and Al atomic position.

  13. First-principles calculation of mechanical properties of Si <001> nanowires and comparison to nanomechanical theory

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    Lee, B; Rudd, R E

    2006-10-19

    We report the results of first-principles density functional theory calculations of the Young's modulus and other mechanical properties of hydrogen-passivated Si {l_angle}001{r_angle} nanowires. The nanowires are taken to have predominantly {l_brace}100{r_brace}surfaces, with small {l_brace}110{r_brace} facets according to the Wulff shape. The Young's modulus, the equilibrium length and the constrained residual stress of a series of prismatic beams of differing sizes are found to have size dependences that scale like the surface area to volume ratio for all but the smallest beam. The results are compared with a continuum model and the results of classical atomistic calculations based on an empirical potential. We attribute the size dependence to specific physical structures and interactions. In particular, the hydrogen interactions on the surface and the charge density variations within the beam are quantified and used both to parameterize the continuum model and to account for the discrepancies between the two models and the first-principles results.

  14. Thermodynamic description of the Al-Cu-Yb ternary system supported by first-principles calculations

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    Huang G.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Phase relationships of the ternary Al-Cu-Yb system have been assessed using a combination of CALPHAD method and first principles calculations. A self-consistent thermodynamic parameter was established based on the experimental and theoretical information. Most of the binary intermetallic phases, except Al3Yb, Al2Yb, Cu2Yb and Cu5Yb, were assumed to be zero solubility in the ternary system. Based on the experimental data, eight ternary intermetallic compounds were taken into consideration in this system. Among them, three were treated as line compounds with large homogeneity ranges for Al and Cu. The others were treated as stoichiometric compounds. The calculated phase diagrams were in agreement with available experimental and theoretical data.

  15. A proposal to first principles electronic structure calculation: Symbolic-Numeric method

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    Kikuchi, Akihito

    2012-01-01

    This study proposes an approach toward the first principles electronic structure calculation with the aid of symbolic-numeric solving. The symbolic computation enables us to express the Hartree-Fock-Roothaan equation in an analytic form and approximate it as a set of polynomial equations. By use of the Grobner basis technique, the polynomial equations are transformed into other ones which have identical roots. The converted equations take more convenient forms which will simplify numerical procedures, from which we can derive necessary physical properties in order, in an a la carte way. This method enables us to solve the electronic structure calculation, the optimization of any kind, or the inverse problem as a forward problem in a unified way, in which there is no need for iterative self-consistent procedures with trials and errors.

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

  17. Electronic structures and optical properties induced by silicon twin boundaries: The first-principle calculation

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    Liu, X.X.; Liu, L.Z. [Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics, MOE, Institute of Acoustics and Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Wu, X.L., E-mail: hkxlwu@nju.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Modern Acoustics, MOE, Institute of Acoustics and Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Department of Physics, NingBo University, NingBo 315301 (China); Chu, Paul K. [Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China)

    2015-07-03

    The defect states and optical absorption enhancement induced by twin boundaries in silicon are investigated by first-principle calculation. The defect states in the forbidden bands are identified and based on the established electronic structures, the dielectric functions and absorption coefficients are derived. An important result of our calculations is that visible light absorption by the twinning configuration is enhanced significantly, indicating that twinning structures possibly play an important role in silicon-based photovoltaic devices. - Highlights: • Defect states and optical absorption enhancement induced by twin boundaries in silicon are investigated theoretically. • Dielectric functions and absorption coefficients are derived. • Enhanced visible light absorption by the twinning configuration is demonstrated. • Twinning structures play an important role in silicon-based photovoltaic devices.

  18. The First-Principle Calculation of La-doping Effect on Piezoelectricity in Tetragonal KNN Crystal

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    Zhang, Qiaoli; Zhu, Jiliang; Yuan, Daqing; Zhu, Bo; Wang, Mingsong; Zhu, Xiaohong; Fan, Ping; Zuo, Yi; Zheng, Yongnan; Zhu, Shengyun

    2012-05-01

    The La-dopping effect on the piezoelectricity in the K0.5Na0.5NbO3 (KNN) crystal with a tetragonal phase is investigated for the first time using the first-principle calculation based on density functional theory. The full potentiallinearized augumented plane wave plus local orbitals (APW-LO) method and the supercell method are used in the calculation for the KNN crystal with and without the La doping. The results show that the piezoelectricity originates from the strong hybridization between the Nb atom and the O atom, and the substitution of the K or Na atom by the La impurity atom introduces the anisotropic relaxation and enhances the piezoelectricity at first and then restrains the hybridization of the Nb-O atoms when the La doping content further increases.

  19. The First-Principle Calculation of La-doping Effect on Piezoelectricity in Tetragonal KNN Crystal

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    张乔丽; 朱基亮; 袁大庆; 朱波; 王明松; 朱小红; 范平; 左翼; 郑永男; 朱升云

    2012-01-01

    The La-dopping effect on the piezoelectricity in the K0.5Na0.5NbO3 (KNN) crystal with a tetragonal phase is investigated for the first time using the first-principle calculation based on density functional theory. The full potentiallinearized augumented plane wave plus local orbitals (APW-LO) method and the supercell method are used in the calculation for the KNN crystal with and without the La doping. The results show that the piezoelectricity originates from the strong hybridization between the Nb atom and the O atom, and the substitution of the K or Na atom by the La impurity atom introduces the anisotropic relaxation and enhances the piezoelectricity at first and then restrains the hybridization of the Nb-O atoms when the La doping content further increases.

  20. First-principles calculations reveal controlling principles for carrier mobilities in semiconductors

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    Wu, Yu-Ning; Zhang, X.-G.; Pantelides, Sokrates T.

    2016-11-01

    Carrier mobilities remain a key qualifying factor for materials competing for next-generation electronics. It has long been believed that carrier mobilities can be calculated using the Born approximation. Here, we introduce a parameter-free, first-principles approach based on complex-wavevector energy bands which does not invoke the Born expansion. We demonstrate that phonon-limited mobility is controlled by low-resistivity percolation paths, which arise from fluctuations that are beyond the Born approximation. We further demonstrate that, in ionized-impurity scattering, one must account for the effect of the screening charge, which cancels most of the Coulomb tail. Calculated electron mobilities in silicon are in agreement with experimental data. The method is easy to use and can provide guidance in the search for high-mobility device designs.

  1. SU-E-T-191: First Principle Calculation of Quantum Yield in Photodynamic Therapy

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    Abolfath, R; Guo, F; Chen, Z; Nath, R [Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT (United States)

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: We present a first-principle method to calculate the spin transfer efficiency in oxygen induced by any photon fields especially in MeV energy range. The optical pumping is mediated through photosensitizers, e.g., porphyrin and/or ensemble of quantum dots. Methods: Under normal conditions, oxygen molecules are in the relatively non-reactive triplet state. In the presence of certain photosensitizer compounds such as porphyrins, electromagnetic radiation of specific wavelengths can excite oxygen to highly reactive singlet state. With selective uptake of photosensitizers by certain malignant cells, photon irradiation of phosensitized tumors can lead to selective killing of cancer cells. This is the basis of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Despite several attempts, PDT has not been clinically successful except in limited superficial cancers. Many parameters such as photon energy, conjugation with quantum dots etc. can be potentially combined with PDT in order to extend the role of PDT in cancer management. The key quantity for this optimization is the spin transfer efficiency in oxygen by any photon field. The first principle calculation model presented here, is an attempt to fill this need. We employ stochastic density matrix description of the quantum jumps and the rate equation methods in quantum optics based on Markov/Poisson processes and calculate time evolution of the population of the optically pumped singlet oxygen. Results: The results demonstrate the feasibility of our model in showing the dependence of the optical yield in generating spin-singlet oxygen on the experimental conditions. The adjustable variables can be tuned to maximize the population of the singlet oxygen hence the efficacy of the photodynamic therapy. Conclusion: The present model can be employed to fit and analyze the experimental data and possibly to assist researchers in optimizing the experimental conditions in photodynamic therapy.

  2. Electronic and optical properties of new multifunctional materials via half-substituted hematite: First principles calculations

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    Yang, Hua

    2012-01-01

    Electronic structure and optical properties of α-FeMO 3 systems (M = Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Cu, Cd or In) have been investigated using first principles calculations. All of the FeMO 3 systems have a large net magnetic moment. The ground state of pure α-Fe 2O 3 is an antiferromagnetic insulator. For M = Cu or Cd, the systems are half-metallic. Strong absorption in the visible region can be observed in the Cu and Cd-doped systems. Systems with M = Sc, Ti, V, Cr or In are not half-metallic and are insulators. The strongest peaks shift toward shorter wavelengths in the absorption spectra. It is concluded that transition metal doping can modify the electronic structure and optical properties of α-FeMO 3 systems. This journal is © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  3. First-Principles Calculations of Elastic Properties of Cubic Ni2MnGa

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    CHEN Dong; XIAO Qi-Min; ZHAO Ying-Lu; YU Ben-Hai; WANG Chun-Lei; SHI De-Seng

    2009-01-01

    Dependence of bulk modulus on both pressure and temperature, the elastic constants Cij and the pressure and temperature dependence of normalized volume V/Vo of cubic Ni2MnGa alloy axe successfully obtained using the first-principles plane-wave pseudopotential (PW-PP) method as well as the quasi-harmonic Debye model. We analyse the relationship between bulk modulus and temperature up to 800 K and obtain the relationships between bulk modulus B and pressures at different temperatures. It is found that the bulk modulus B increases monotonically with increasing pressure. Moreover, the temperature dependences of the Debye temperature are also analysed. The calculated results are in agreement with the available experimental data and the previous theoretical results.

  4. Nitrogen-induced magnetism in stannates from first-principles calculations

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    Xiao, Wen-Zhi; Meng, Bo; Xu, Hai-Qing; Chen, Qiao; Wang, Ling-Ling

    2016-09-01

    First-principles calculations have been used to comparatively investigate electronic and magnetic properties of nitrogen-doped (N-doped) nonmagnetic semiconductor perovskite-type stannate (MSnO3, M = Ca, Sr, Ba). A total magnetic moment of 1.0 μB induced by N is found in MSnO3 supercell with one N dopant. The spontaneous polarization mainly originates from spin splitting on 2p state of N. The medium-sized formation energy shows that the N-doped MSnO3 can be realized experimentally under the metal-rich environments, but the clustering tendency and short-range coupling imply that the stannate matrices are unsuitable for magnetizing by substituting N for O. Our study offers a fresh sight of spontaneous spin polarization in d0 magnetism. The FM coupling in N-doped MSnO3 should be attributed to the hole-mediated p-p coupling mechanism.

  5. First-principles calculations of magnetic properties for CdCrO{sub 2} under pressure

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    Amari, S., E-mail: siham_amari@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Modelisation et de Simulation en Sciences des Materiaux, Departement de Physique Universite Djillali Liabes, Faculte des sciences, Universite Djillali Liabes, BP 89 Sidi Bel Abbes 22000 (Algeria); Mecabih, S.; Abbar, B.; Bouhafs, B. [Laboratoire de Modelisation et de Simulation en Sciences des Materiaux, Departement de Physique Universite Djillali Liabes, Faculte des sciences, Universite Djillali Liabes, BP 89 Sidi Bel Abbes 22000 (Algeria)

    2013-02-15

    By employing the first-principles method of the full potential linear augmented plane waves plus the local orbitals (FP-L/APW+lo) within the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange and correlation potential, the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of chalcopyrite compound CdCrO{sub 2} are investigated. In order to take into account the strong on-site Coulomb interaction, we also performed the generalized gradient approximation plus the Hubbard correlation terms. We systematically study how the exchange interactions and magnetic moments of CdCrO{sub 2} are affected by the different choice of U as well as the exchange correlation potential. We have also carried out the pressure effect on the magnetic properties. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The calculation of the exchange constants. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The pressure dependence of the magnetic properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The exchange correlation potential effect on the magnetic properties.

  6. Near-infrared radiation absorption properties of covellite (CuS using first-principles calculations

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    Lihua Xiao

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available First-principles density functional theory was used to investigate the electronic structure, optical properties and the origin of the near-infrared (NIR absorption of covellite (CuS. The calculated lattice constant and optical properties are found to be in reasonable agreement with experimental and theoretical findings. The electronic structure reveals that the valence and conduction bands of covellite are determined by the Cu 3d and S 3p states. By analyzing its optical properties, we can fully understand the potential of covellite (CuS as a NIR absorbing material. Our results show that covellite (CuS exhibits NIR absorption due to its metal-like plasma oscillation in the NIR range.

  7. Activating Mg acceptors in AlN by oxygen: first principles calculations

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    Wu, R Q

    2007-01-01

    First principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) are performed to study the electronic properties of Mg acceptors in AlN at the presence of oxygen. It is found that Mg and O tend to form complexes like Mg-O, Mg$_2$-O, Mg$_3$-O and Mg$_4$-O which have activation energies about 0.23 eV lower than that of Mg (except of the passive Mg-O). The lower activation energies originate from the extra states over valence band top of AlN induced by the passive Mg-O. By comparing to the well-established case of GaN, it is possible to fabricate Mg and O codoped AlN without MgO precipitate. These results suggest the possibility of achieving higher hole concentration in AlN by Mg and O codoping.

  8. Stability and Strength of Atomically Thin Borophene from First Principles Calculations

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    Peng, Bo; Shao, Hezhu; Ning, Zeyu; Xu, Yuanfeng; Lu, Hongliang; Zhang, David Wei; Zhu, Heyuan

    2016-01-01

    A new two-dimensional (2D) material, borophene (2D boron sheet), has been grown successfully recently on single crystal Ag substrates by two parallel experiments [Mannix \\textit{et al., Science}, 2015, \\textbf{350}, 1513] [Feng \\textit{et al., Nature Chemistry}, 2016, \\textbf{advance online publication}]. Three main structures have been proposed ($\\beta_{12}$, $\\chi_3$ and striped borophene). However, the stability of three structures is still in debate. Using first principles calculations, we examine the dynamical, thermodynamical and mechanical stability of $\\beta_{12}$, $\\chi_3$ and striped borophene. Free-standing $\\beta_{12}$ and $\\chi_3$ borophene is dynamically, thermodynamically, and mechanically stable, while striped borophene is dynamically and thermodynamically unstable due to high stiffness along $a$ direction. The origin of high stiffness and high instability in striped borophene along $a$ direction can both be attributed to strong directional bonding. This work provides a benchmark for examining...

  9. Nanoparticle shapes by using Wulff constructions and first-principles calculations

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    Georgios D. Barmparis

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: The majority of complex and advanced materials contain nanoparticles. The properties of these materials depend crucially on the size and shape of these nanoparticles. Wulff construction offers a simple method of predicting the equilibrium shape of nanoparticles given the surface energies of the material.Results: We review the mathematical formulation and the main applications of Wulff construction during the last two decades. We then focus to three recent extensions: active sites of metal nanoparticles for heterogeneous catalysis, ligand-protected nanoparticles generated as colloidal suspensions and nanoparticles of complex metal hydrides for hydrogen storage.Conclusion: Wulff construction, in particular when linked to first-principles calculations, is a powerful tool for the analysis and prediction of the shapes of nanoparticles and tailor the properties of shape-inducing species.

  10. First-principle calculation of solar cell efficiency under incoherent illumination

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    Sarrazin, Michael; Deparis, Olivier

    2013-01-01

    Because of the temporal incoherence of sunlight, solar cells efficiency should depend on the degree of coherence of the incident light. However, numerical computation methods, which are used to optimize these devices, fundamentally consider fully coherent light. Hereafter, we show that the incoherent efficiency of solar cells can be easily analytically calculated. The incoherent efficiency is simply derived from the coherent one thanks to a convolution product with a function characterizing the incoherent light. Our approach is neither heuristic nor empiric but is deduced from first-principle, i.e. Maxwell's equations. Usually, in order to reproduce the incoherent behavior, statistical methods requiring a high number of numerical simulations are used. With our method, such approaches are not required. Our results are compared with those from previous works and good agreement is found.

  11. 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.

  12. Nanoparticle shapes by using Wulff constructions and first-principles calculations.

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    Barmparis, Georgios D; Lodziana, Zbigniew; Lopez, Nuria; Remediakis, Ioannis N

    2015-01-01

    The majority of complex and advanced materials contain nanoparticles. The properties of these materials depend crucially on the size and shape of these nanoparticles. Wulff construction offers a simple method of predicting the equilibrium shape of nanoparticles given the surface energies of the material. We review the mathematical formulation and the main applications of Wulff construction during the last two decades. We then focus to three recent extensions: active sites of metal nanoparticles for heterogeneous catalysis, ligand-protected nanoparticles generated as colloidal suspensions and nanoparticles of complex metal hydrides for hydrogen storage. Wulff construction, in particular when linked to first-principles calculations, is a powerful tool for the analysis and prediction of the shapes of nanoparticles and tailor the properties of shape-inducing species.

  13. First-principles calculations of structure and high pressure phase transition in gallium nitride

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    Tan Li-Na; Hu Cui-E; Yu Bai-Ru; Chen Xiang-Rong

    2007-01-01

    The phase transitions of semiconductor GaN from the Wurtzite (WZ) structure and the zinc-blende (ZB) structure to the rocksalt (RS) structure are investigated by using the first-principles plane-wave pseudopotential density functional method combined with the ultrasoft pseudopotential scheme in the generalized gradient approximation (GGA)correction. It is found that the phase transitions from the WZ structure and the ZB structure to the RS structure occur at pressures of 46.1 GPa and 45.2 GPa, respectively. The lattice parameters, bulk moduli and their pressure derivatives of these structures of GaN are also calculated. Our results are consistent with available experimental and other theoretical results. The dependence of the normalized formula-unit volume V/Vo on pressure P is also successfully obtained.

  14. Near-infrared radiation absorption properties of covellite (CuS) using first-principles calculations

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    Xiao, Lihua, E-mail: xiaolihua@git.edu.cn [School of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Guizhou Institute of Technology, Guiyang 550003 (China); College of Physics and Information Science, Hunan Normal University, Changsha 410081 (China); Guizhou Special Functional Materials 2011 Collaborative Innovation Center, Guizhou Institute of Technology, Guiyang 550003 (China); Wu, Jianming; Liu, Yike; Lu, Fanghai [School of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Guizhou Institute of Technology, Guiyang 550003 (China); Guizhou Special Functional Materials 2011 Collaborative Innovation Center, Guizhou Institute of Technology, Guiyang 550003 (China); Ran, Jingyu; Qiu, Wei; Shao, Fang [Guizhou Special Functional Materials 2011 Collaborative Innovation Center, Guizhou Institute of Technology, Guiyang 550003 (China); Tang, Dongsheng, E-mail: dstang@hunnu.edu.cn [College of Physics and Information Science, Hunan Normal University, Changsha 410081 (China); Peng, Ping [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan 410082 (China)

    2016-08-15

    First-principles density functional theory was used to investigate the electronic structure, optical properties and the origin of the near-infrared (NIR) absorption of covellite (CuS). The calculated lattice constant and optical properties are found to be in reasonable agreement with experimental and theoretical findings. The electronic structure reveals that the valence and conduction bands of covellite are determined by the Cu 3d and S 3p states. By analyzing its optical properties, we can fully understand the potential of covellite (CuS) as a NIR absorbing material. Our results show that covellite (CuS) exhibits NIR absorption due to its metal-like plasma oscillation in the NIR range.

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

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    Kowalewski, M.; Heninrich, B. [Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby, British Columbia (Canada); Schulthess, T.C.; Butler, W.H. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1998-01-01

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

  16. 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.

  17. Electronic Structure of KFe2Se2 from First-Principles Calculations

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    CAO Chao; DAI Jian-Hui

    2011-01-01

    @@ Electronic structures and magnetic properties for iron-selenide KFe2Se2 axe studied by first-principles calculations.The ground state is collinear antiferromagnetic with calculated 2.26μB magnetic moment on Fe atoms; and the J1 and J2 coupling strengths are calculated to be 0.038eV and 0.029eV.The states around EF are dominated by the Fe 3d orbitals which hybridize noticeably to the Se 4p orbitals.While the band structure of KFe2Se2 is similar to a heavily electron-doped BaFe2As2 or FeSe system,the Fermi surface of KFe2Se2 is much closer to the FeSe system since the electron sheets around M are symmetric with respect to x-y exchange.These features,as well as the absence of Fermi surface nesting,suggest that the parent KFe2Se2 could be regarded as an electron doped FeSe system with possible local moment magnetism.%Electronic structures and magnetic properties for iron-selenide KFe2Se2 are studied by first-principles calculations.The ground state is collinear antiferromagnetic with calculated 2.26μB magnetic moment on Fe atoms; and the J1 and J2 coupling strengths are calculated to be 0.038eV and 0.029eV.The states around EF are dominated by the Fe 3d orbitals which hybridize noticeably to the Se 4p orbitals.While the band structure of KFe2Se2 is similar to a heavily electron-doped BaFe2As2 or FeSe system, the Fermi surface of KFe2Se2 is much closer to the FeSe system since the electron sheets around M are symmetric with respect to x-y exchange.These features, as well as the absence of Fermi surface nesting, suggest that the parent KFe2Se2 could be regarded as an electron doped FeSe system with possible local moment magnetism.

  18. First-Principle Calculations of Hardness and Melting Point of Mo2C

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    X.R.Wang; M.F.Yan; H.T.Chen

    2009-01-01

    This paper has constructed two kinds of atomic and electronic models for hexagonal β-Mo2C and orthorhombic α-Mo2C.The optimized lattice parameters, elastic constant matrixes and overlap population for Mo2C crystal cells have been obtained to realize the characterization of the hardness and melting point of the two structures by the first-principles plane wave pseudo potential method based on the density functional theory. The results reveal that the calculated lattice parameters of the Mo2C crystal cells agree with the experimental and other calculated data.The calculated melting point/hardness are 2715 K/11.38 GPa for β-Mo2C and 2699 K/10.57~12.67 GPa for α-Mo2C, respectively.The calculated results from the density of states (DOS)demonstrate that the hybridization effect between Mo-3d and C-2p states in α-Mo2C crystal cell is much stronger than that in β-Mo2C one.

  19. Formation energies of intrinsic point defects in monoclinic VO2 studied by first-principles calculations

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    Cui, Yuanyuan; Liu, Bin; Chen, Lanli; Luo, Hongjie; Gao, Yanfeng

    2016-10-01

    VO2 is an attractive candidate for intelligent windows and thermal sensors. There are challenges for developing VO2-based devices, since the properties of monoclinic VO2 are very sensitive to its intrinsic point defects. In this work, the formation energies of the intrinsic point defects in monoclinic VO2 were studied through the first-principles calculations. Vacancies, interstitials, as well as antisites at various charge states were taken into consideration, and the finite-size supercell correction scheme was adopted as the charge correction scheme. Our calculation results show that the oxygen interstitial and oxygen vacancy are the most abundant intrinsic defects in the oxygen rich and oxygen deficient condition, respectively, indicating a consistency with the experimental results. The calculation results suggest that the oxygen interstitial or oxygen vacancy is correlated with the charge localization, which can introduce holes or electrons as free carriers and subsequently narrow the band gap of monoclinic VO2. These calculations and interpretations concerning the intrinsic point defects would be helpful for developing VO2-based devices through defect modifications.

  20. Mechanical properties of W–Ti alloys from first-principles calculations

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    Jiang, D.Y. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330047 (China); Department of Physics, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330047 (China); School of Basic Sciences, Jiangxi University of Technology, Nanchang 330098 (China); Ouyang, C.Y. [Department of Physics, Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330022 (China); Liu, S.Q., E-mail: sqlgroup@ncu.edu.cn [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330047 (China); Department of Physics, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330047 (China)

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • The mechanical properties of the W{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x} alloys are calculated from DFT. • Ti alloying enhances the ductility of W metal substantially. • The mechanical strength of W-Ti alloys is slightly weaker than W while stronger than Ti. - Abstract: The effect of Ti concentration on the fundamental mechanical properties of W-Ti alloys has been studied from first principles calculations. The lattice constants, the cell volumes and the formation energies of the W{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x} (x = 0.0625, 0.125, 0.1875, 0.25, 0.5) alloys were calculated. It is shown that Ti alloying in bcc W lattice is thermodynamically favorable when the Ti concentration is lower than 25% and the W{sub 0.8125}Ti{sub 0.1875} have the lowest formation energy. With the optimized geometry and lattice, the elastic constants are calculated and then the elastic moduli and other mechanical parameters are derived. Results show that although the mechanical strength of the W-Ti alloys is lower than that of pure W metal, it is much higher than that of pure Ti metal. On the other hand, the B/G ratio and the Poisson's ratio of the W-Ti alloys is much higher than that of pure W, and even higher than that of pure Ti, indicating that Ti alloying can improve the ductility of bcc W substantially.

  1. First principles calculations of solid-state thermionic transport in layered van der Waals heterostructures

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    Wang, Xiaoming; Zebarjadi, Mona; Esfarjani, Keivan

    2016-08-01

    This work aims at understanding solid-state energy conversion and transport in layered (van der Waals) heterostructures in contact with metallic electrodes via a first-principles approach. As an illustration, a graphene/phosphorene/graphene heterostructure in contact with gold electrodes is studied by using density functional theory (DFT)-based first principles calculations combined with real space Green's function (GF) formalism. We show that for a monolayer phosphorene, quantum tunneling dominates the transport. By adding more phosphorene layers, one can switch from tunneling-dominated transport to thermionic-dominated transport, resulting in transporting more heat per charge carrier, thus, enhancing the cooling coefficient of performance. The use of layered van der Waals heterostructures has two advantages: (a) thermionic transport barriers can be tuned by changing the number of layers, and (b) thermal conductance across these non-covalent structures is very weak. The phonon thermal conductance of the present van der Waals heterostructure is found to be 4.1 MW m-2 K-1 which is one order of magnitude lower than the lowest value for that of covalently-bonded interfaces. The thermionic coefficient of performance for the proposed device is 18.5 at 600 K corresponding to an equivalent ZT of 0.13, which is significant for nanoscale devices. This study shows that layered van der Waals structures have great potential to be used as solid-state energy-conversion devices.This work aims at understanding solid-state energy conversion and transport in layered (van der Waals) heterostructures in contact with metallic electrodes via a first-principles approach. As an illustration, a graphene/phosphorene/graphene heterostructure in contact with gold electrodes is studied by using density functional theory (DFT)-based first principles calculations combined with real space Green's function (GF) formalism. We show that for a monolayer phosphorene, quantum tunneling dominates the

  2. First principles calculations of alloying element diffusion coefficients in Ni using the five-frequency model

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    Wu Qiong; Li Shu-Suo; Ma Yue; Gong Sheng-Kai

    2012-01-01

    The diffusion coefficients of several alloying elements (Al,Mo,Co,Ta,Ru,W,Cr,Re) in Ni are directly calculated using the five-frequency model and the first principles density functional theory.The correlation factors provided by the five-frequency model are explicitly calculated.The calculated diffusion coefficients show their excellent agreement with the available experimental data.Both the diffusion pre-factor (Do) and the activation energy (Q) of impurity diffusion are obtained.The diffusion coefficients above 700 K are sorted in the following order:DAl > DCr > DCo > DTa >DMo > DRu > DW > DRe.It is found that there is a positive correlation between the atomic radius of the solute and the jump energy of Ni that results in the rotation of the solute-vacancy pair (E1).The value of E2-E1 (E2 is the solute diffusion energy) and the correlation factor each also show a positive correlation.The larger atoms in the same series have lower diffusion activation energies and faster diffusion coefficients.

  3. First-principles calculations of BC{sub 4}N nanostructures: stability and electronic structure

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    Freitas, A.; Azevedo, S. [Universidade Federal da Paraiba, CCEN, Departamento de Fisica, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Machado, M. [Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Departamento de Fisica, Pelotas, RS (Brazil); Kaschny, J.R. [Instituto Federal da Bahia-Campus Vitoria da Conquista, Vitoria da Conquista, BA (Brazil)

    2012-07-15

    In this work, we apply first-principles methods to investigate the stability and electronic structure of BC{sub 4}N nanostructures which were constructed from hexagonal graphite layers where substitutional nitrogen and boron atoms are placed at specific sites. These layers were rolled up to form zigzag and armchair nanotubes, with diameters varying from 7 to 12 A, or cut and bent to form nanocones, with 60 and 120 disclination angles. The calculation results indicate that the most stable structures are the ones which maximize the number of B-N and C-C bonds. It is found that the zigzag nanotubes are more stable than the armchair ones, where the strain energy decreases with increasing tube diameter D, following a 1/D {sup 2} law. The results show that the 60 disclination nanocones are the most stable ones. Additionally, the calculated electronic properties indicate a semiconducting behavior for all calculated structures, which is intermediate to the typical behaviors found for hexagonal boron nitride and graphene. (orig.)

  4. Effects of alloying elements on elastic properties of Al by first-principles calculations

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    Wang J.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of alloying elements (Co, Cu, Fe, Ge, Hf, Mg, Mn, Ni, Si, Sr, Ti, V, Y, Zn, and Zr on elastic properties of Al have been investigated using first-principles calculations within the generalized gradient approximation. A supercell consisting of 31 Al atoms and one solute atom is used. A good agreement is obtained between calculated and available experimental data. Lattice parameters of the studied Al alloys are found to be depended on atomic radii of solute atoms. The elastic properties of polycrystalline aggregates including bulk modulus (B, shear modulus (G, Young’s modulus (E, and the B/G ratio are also determined based on the calculated elastic constants (cij’s. It is found that the bulk modulus of Al alloys decreases with increasing volume due to the addition of alloying elements and the bulk modulus is also related to the total molar volume (Vm and electron density (nAl31x with the relationship of nAl31x=1.0594+0.0207√B/Vm. These results are of relevance to tailor the properties of Al alloys.

  5. Electronic Structure of Cu(tmdt2 Studied with First-Principles Calculations

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    Kiyoyuki Terakura

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available We have studied the electronic structure of Cu(tmdt2, a material related to single-component molecular conductors, by first-principles calculations. The total energy calculations for several different magnetic configurations show that there is strong antiferromagnetic (AFM exchange coupling along the crystal a-axis. The electronic structures are analyzed in terms of the molecular orbitals near the Fermi level of isolated Cu(tmdt2 molecule. This analysis reveals that the system is characterized by the half-filled pdσ(− band whose intermolecular hopping integrals have strong one-dimensionality along the crystal a-axis. As the exchange splitting of the band is larger than the band width, the basic mechanism of the AFM exchange coupling is the superexchange. It will also be shown that two more ligand orbitals which are fairly insensitive to magnetism are located near the Fermi level. Because of the presence of these orbitals, the present calculation predicts that Cu(tmdt2 is metallic even in its AFM state, being inconsistent with the available experiment. Some comments will be made on the difference between Cu(tmdt2 and Cu(dmdt2.

  6. Identification of destabilized metal hydrides for hydrogen storage using first principles calculations.

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    Alapati, Sudhakar V; Johnson, J Karl; Sholl, David S

    2006-05-04

    Hydrides of period 2 and 3 elements are promising candidates for hydrogen storage but typically have heats of reaction that are too high to be of use for fuel cell vehicles. Recent experimental work has focused on destabilizing metal hydrides through alloying with other elements. A very large number of possible destabilized metal hydride reaction schemes exist. The thermodynamic data required to assess the enthalpies of these reactions, however, are not available in many cases. We have used first principles density functional theory calculations to predict the reaction enthalpies for more than 100 destabilization reactions that have not previously been reported. Many of these reactions are predicted not be useful for reversible hydrogen storage, having calculated reaction enthalpies that are either too high or too low. More importantly, our calculations identify five promising reaction schemes that merit experimental study: 3LiNH(2) + 2LiH + Si --> Li(5)N(3)Si + 4H(2), 4LiBH(4) + MgH(2) --> 4LiH + MgB(4) + 7H(2), 7LiBH(4) + MgH(2) --> 7LiH + MgB(7) + 11.5H(2), CaH(2) + 6LiBH(4) --> CaB(6) + 6LiH + 10H(2), and LiNH(2) + MgH(2) --> LiMgN + 2H(2).

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

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    Ullah, Hamid, E-mail: hamidullah@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Government Post Graduate Jahanzeb College, Saidu Sharif Swat (Pakistan); Inayat, Kalsoom [Department of Physics, Government Post Graduate Jahanzeb College, Saidu Sharif Swat (Pakistan); Khan, S.A; Mohammad, S. [Department of Physics, Materials Modeling Laboratory, Hazara University, Mansehra 21300 (Pakistan); Ali, A. [Department of Advanced Materials Science & Engineering, Hanseo University, Seosan-si, Chungnam-do 356-706 (Korea, Republic of); Alahmed, Z.A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Reshak, A.H. [New Technologies-Research Center, University of West Bohemia, Univerzitni 8, 306 14 Pilsen (Czech Republic); Center of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology, School of Material Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis, 01007 Kangar, Perlis (Malaysia)

    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 Ga{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}X (X=P, As) compounds reveal that Ga{sub 0.75}Mn{sub 0.25}P 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 Ga{sub 0.75}Mn{sub 0.25}As and Ga{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}As and tune Ga{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.75}As to be metallic. Calculated total magnetic moments and the robustness of half-metallicity of Ga{sub 0.75}Mn{sub 0.25}P, Ga{sub 0.75}Mn{sub 0.25}As and Ga{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}As 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.

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

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    La Penna, G. [CNR–Institute for Chemistry of Organometallic Compounds, Sesto Fiorentino 50019 (Italy); Minicozzi, V.; Morante, S.; Stellato, F., E-mail: stellato@roma2.infn.it [INFN, Rome “Tor Vergata,” Rome 00133 (Italy); Department of Physics, University of Rome “Tor Vergata,” Rome 00133 (Italy); Rossi, G. C. [INFN, Rome “Tor Vergata,” Rome 00133 (Italy); Department of Physics, University of Rome “Tor Vergata,” Rome 00133 (Italy); Centro Studi e Ricerche “Enrico Fermi,” Roma 00184 (Italy)

    2015-09-28

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

  9. Thermoelectric properties of AgSbTe₂ from first-principles calculations

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    Rezaei, Nafiseh; Akbarzadeh, Hadi [Department of Physics, Isfahan University of Technology, 84156-83111 Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hashemifar, S. Javad, E-mail: hashemifar@cc.iut.ac.ir [Department of Physics, Isfahan University of Technology, 84156-83111 Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Institute, Isfahan University of Technology, 84156-83111 Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-09-14

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

  10. First principles calculation of thermo-mechanical properties of thoria using Quantum ESPRESSO

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    Malakkal, Linu; Szpunar, Barbara; Zuniga, Juan Carlos; Siripurapu, Ravi Kiran; Szpunar, Jerzy A.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, we have used Quantum ESPRESSO (QE), an open source first principles code, based on density-functional theory, plane waves, and pseudopotentials, along with quasi-harmonic approximation (QHA) to calculate the thermo-mechanical properties of thorium dioxide (ThO2). Using Python programming language, our group developed qe-nipy-advanced, an interface to QE, which can evaluate the structural and thermo-mechanical properties of materials. We predicted the phonon contribution to thermal conductivity (kL) using the Slack model. We performed the calculations within local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) with the recently proposed version for solids (PBEsol). We employed a Monkhorst-Pack 5 × 5 × 5 k-points mesh in reciprocal space with a plane wave cut-off energy of 150 Ry to obtain the convergence of the structure. We calculated the dynamical matrices of the lattice on a 4 × 4 × 4 mesh. We have predicted the heat capacity, thermal expansion and the phonon contribution to thermal conductivity, as a function of temperature up to 1400K, and compared them with the previous work and known experimental results.

  11. First-principles calculations of hydrogen in perfect WFe and WFeNb crystals

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    Chen, L.; Wang, Q.; Xiong, L.; Gong, H. R.

    2017-01-01

    First principles calculations reveal that the addition Nb in WFeH phases changes the preferred site, i.e., WFeH(O2) → WFeNbH(T), and the addition of Nb can decrease the structural stability of WFeNbH(T) phase. It is also shown that Nb-H bond should have a stronger chemical bonding than W-H bond and Fe-H bond in WFeNbH phases when the bond length is bigger than 1.8 Å, which account for favorable mechanical properties of WFeNbH phases. Additionally, the most probable paths of H diffusion in WFe and WFeNb phases are calculated. The values of barriers denote that the addition of Nb in WFeH phases can result in H diffusing rapidly. The calculated results are in good agreements with experimental observations in the literature, and are discussed in terms of electronic structures and bond characteristics.

  12. First-principles LDA+U calculations and luminescence study of YNbO4

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    Leng Lim, Thong; Nazarov, Mihail; Yoon, Tiem Leong; Low, Lay Chen; Fauzi, M. N. Ahmad

    2014-09-01

    Yttrium niobate (YNb{{O}_{4}}) phosphor is studied experimentally and through first-principles calculations, in which the structural and electronic properties of YNb{{O}_{4}} are investigated using the local-density approximation LDA+U method. The absorption and luminescence experiments that were conducted on the host lattice show the band gap to be \\approx 4.1 eV. The LDA+U calculations allow us to obtain a band gap of 4.28 eV. The density of states obtained from the calculation shows that O 2p states contribute to the valence band. The lower conduction band is mainly composed of Nb 4d states, while the upper conduction bands involve contribution mainly from Y 4d states. The partial DOS of each atom in the niobate system is then compared to the ultraviolet (UV) and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectra from A photoluminescence excitation (PLE) experiment to explain the nature of the bands observed.

  13. Hydrogen influence on generalized stacking fault of zirconium basal plane: First-principles calculation study

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    Songjun, Hou; Zhi, Zeng

    2015-01-01

    The infuence of hydrogen on the generalized stacking fault (GSF) energy of the basal plane along the and directions in the hcp Zr were investigated by using the first-principles calculation method. The modification of the GSF energy were studied with respect to the different distances of H atoms away from the slip plane and hydrogen content there. The calculation results have shown that the GSF energy along the direction drastically reduces when H atoms locate nearby the slip plane. But H atoms slightly decrease the GSF barrier for the slipping case. Meanwhile, with the increase of hydrogen density around the slip plane, the GSF energies along both the shift directions further reduced. The physical origin of the reduction of GSF energy due to the existence of hydrogen atoms in Zr was analyzed based on the Bader charge method. It is interpreted by the Coulomb repulsion of the Zr atoms besides of the slip plane due to the charge transfer from Zr to H atoms.

  14. New crystal structure prediction of fully hydrogenated borophene by first principles calculations

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    Wang, Zhi-Qiang; Wang, Hui-Qiong; Feng, Yuan Ping; Zheng, Jin-Cheng

    2016-01-01

    We have studied the structure stability, band structures and mechanical properties of fully hydrogenated borophene (borophane) with different configurations by first principles calculations. Comparing with the Chair-like borophane (C-boropane) that has been reported in literature, we obtained four new conformers with much lower total-energy. The most stable one, Washboard-like borophane (W-borophane), has energy difference about 113.41 meV/atom lower than C-borophane. In W-borophane, B atoms are staggered by zigzag mode along the a direction, and staggered by up and down wrinkle mode along the b direction. Furthermore, we examined the dynamical stability of borophane conformers by calculating phonon dispersions. For the five conformers, no imaginary frequencies along the high-symmetry directions of the Brillouin zone were found, indicating that the five conformers are all dynamically stable. In addition, the band structures of the five conformers all show a Dirac cone along {\\Gamma}-Y or {\\Gamma}-X direction....

  15. Electronic properties of tantalum pentoxide polymorphs from first-principles calculations

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    Lee, J. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109 (United States); Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109 (United States); Lu, W. [Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109 (United States); Kioupakis, E., E-mail: kioup@umich.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109 (United States)

    2014-11-17

    Tantalum pentoxide (Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}) is extensively studied for its attractive properties in dielectric films, anti-reflection coatings, and resistive switching memory. Although various crystalline structures of tantalum pentoxide have been reported, its structural, electronic, and optical properties still remain a subject of research. We investigate the electronic and optical properties of crystalline and amorphous Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} structures using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory and the GW method. The calculated band gaps of the crystalline structures are too small to explain the experimental measurements, but the amorphous structure exhibits a strong exciton binding energy and an optical band gap (∼4 eV) in agreement with experiment. We determine the atomic orbitals that constitute the conduction band for each polymorph and analyze the dependence of the band gap on the atomic geometry. Our results establish the connection between the underlying structure and the electronic and optical properties of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}.

  16. First-principles calculations of adhesion, bonding and magnetism of the Fe/HfC interface

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    Si Abdelkader, H., E-mail: hayet.siabdelkader@mail.univ-tlemcen.dz [Laboratoire d' Etude et Prediction des Materiaux, Unite de Recherche Materiaux et Energies Renouvelables. LEPM-URMER. Universite de Tlemcen, Tlemcen 13000 (Algeria); Faraoun, H.I. [Laboratoire d' Etude et Prediction des Materiaux, Unite de Recherche Materiaux et Energies Renouvelables. LEPM-URMER. Universite de Tlemcen, Tlemcen 13000 (Algeria)

    2012-12-15

    First-principles plane-wave pseudopotential calculations of the adhesion, bonding and magnetism of the interface between the ferromagnetic bcc Fe and non-magnetic HfC are performed. The work of adhesion for C- and Hf-site Fe/HfC interfaces is calculated. High adhesion at C-site interface is found and Fe-C polar covalent bonds are formed across the interface. The magnetic moments of Fe atoms at interface are increased in both interfaces. The effect of the magnetism on the electronic structure of Fe/HfC interface is also investigated. It is shown that the change in band of majority-spin leads to enhance the magnetic moment of Fe. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adhesion, electronic and magnetism of Fe(110)/HfC(100) interface are studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High adhesion at C-site interface is found and Fe-C polar covalent bonds are formed across the interface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The magnetic moments of interfacial Fe atoms are increased in both C-site and Hf-site interfaces.

  17. BaTiO3-based nanolayers and nanotubes: first-principles calculations.

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    Evarestov, Robert A; Bandura, Andrei V; Kuruch, Dmitrii D

    2013-01-30

    The first-principles calculations using hybrid exchange-correlation functional and localized atomic basis set are performed for BaTiO(3) (BTO) nanolayers and nanotubes (NTs) with the structure optimization. Both the cubic and the ferroelectric BTO phases are used for the nanolayers and NTs modeling. It follows from the calculations that nanolayers of the different ferroelectric BTO phases have the practically identical surface energies and are more stable than nanolayers of the cubic phase. Thin nanosheets composed of three or more dense layers of (0 1 0) and (0 1 1[overline]) faces preserve the ferroelectric displacements inherent to the initial bulk phase. The structure and stability of BTO single-wall NTs depends on the original bulk crystal phase and a wall thickness. The majority of the considered NTs with the low formation and strain energies has the mirror plane perpendicular to the tube axis and therefore cannot exhibit ferroelectricity. The NTs folded from (0 1 1[overline]) layers may show antiferroelectric arrangement of Ti-O bonds. Comparison of stability of the BTO-based and SrTiO(3)-based NTs shows that the former are more stable than the latter.

  18. Elastic Properties of Tricalcium Aluminate from High-Pressure Experiments and First-Principles Calculations

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    Moon, Juhyuk

    2012-06-04

    The structure and elasticity of tricalcium aluminate (C 3A) have been experimentally and theoretically studied. From high-pressure X-ray diffraction experiments, the bulk modulus of 102(6) and 110(3) GPa were obtained by fitting second- and third-order finite strain equation of state, respectively. First-principles calculations with a generalized gradient approximation gave an isotropic bulk modulus of 102.1 GPa and an isothermal bulk modulus of 106.0 GPa. The static calculations using the exchange-correlation functional show an excellent agreement with the experimental measurements. Based on the agreement, accurate elastic constants and other elastic moduli were computed. The slight difference of behavior at high pressure can be explained by the infiltration of pressure-transmitting silicone oil into structural holes in C 3A. The computed elastic and mechanical properties will be useful in understanding structural and mechanical properties of cementitious materials, particularly with the increasing interest in the advanced applications at the nanoscale. © 2012 The American Ceramic Society.

  19. Oxygen vacancies in amorphous-Ta2O5 from first-principles calculations

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    Lee, Jihang; Kioupakis, Emmanouil; Lu, Wei

    Oxygen vacancies are thought to play a crucial role in the electrical and optical properties of tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) devices. Even though numerous experimental studies on oxygen vacancies in Ta2O5 exist, experimentally detected defects are ambiguously identified due to the absence of an accurate and conclusive theoretical analysis. We investigate oxygen vacancies in amorphous Ta2O5 with first-principles calculations based on hybrid density functional theory. The calculated thermodynamic and optical transition levels of stable oxygen vacancies are in good agreement with measured values from a variety of experimental methods, providing conclusive clues for the identification of the defect states observed in experiments. We determine the concentration of oxygen vacancies and their dominant oxidation state as a function of growth conditions. We analyze the characteristics of extra electrons introduced by donor-like oxygen vacancies, which include the formation of polarons. Our results provide insight into the fundamental properties of oxygen vacancies in Ta2O5, which is essential to controlling the properties of films and optimize the performance of devices. This research was supported by the AFOSR through MURI grant FA9550-12-1-0038 and the National Science Foundation CAREER award through Grant No. DMR-1254314. Computational resources were provided by the DOE NERSC facility.

  20. First-principles calculation of electronic energy level alignment at electrochemical interfaces

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    Azar, Yavar T.; Payami, Mahmoud

    2017-08-01

    Energy level alignment at solid-solvent interfaces is an important step in determining the properties of electrochemical systems. The positions of conduction and valence band edges of a semiconductor are affected by its environment. In this study, using first-principles DFT calculation, we have determined the level shifts of the semiconductors TiO2 and ZnO at the interfaces with MeCN and DMF solvent molecules. The level shifts of semiconductor are obtained using the potential difference between the clean and exposed surfaces of asymmetric slabs. In this work, neglecting the effects of present ions in the electrolyte solution, we have shown that the solvent molecules give rise to an up-shift for the levels, and the amount of this shift varies with coverage. It is also shown that the shapes of density of states do not change sensibly near the gap. Molecular dynamics simulations of the interface have shown that at room temperatures the semiconductor surface is not fully covered by the solvent molecules, and one must use intermediate values in an static calculations.

  1. First-principles calculations of X-ray absorption spectra for warm dense methane

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    Li, Zi; Wang, Cong; Li, Dafang; Kang, Wei; Zhang, Ping

    2017-09-01

    X-ray absorption spectrum is a powerful tool for atomic structure detection on materials under extreme conditions. Here, we perform first-principles molecular dynamics and X-ray absorption spectrum calculations for warm dense methane under thermodynamical conditions along a Hugoniot curve. From the molecular dynamics trajectories, the detailed atomic structures are examined for each condition. The carbon K-shell X-ray absorption spectrum is calculated, and its change with temperature and pressure is discussed. The methane systems under extreme conditions may contain radicals CHx (x = 1,2,3), molecules CH4, and carbon chains CmHn (m,n >1). These various products show quite different contributions to the total X-ray spectrum due to the different atomic and electronic structures. The change of the total X-ray spectrum along the Hugoniot curve is then attributed to the change of the products induced by the temperature and pressure. Some clear signatures on the X-ray absorption spectrum under different thermodynamical conditions are proposed, which provide useful information for future X-ray experiments.

  2. Structures, phase transitions, and magnetic properties of C o3Si from first-principles calculations

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    Zhao, Xin; Yu, Shu; Wu, Shunqing; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2017-07-01

    C o3Si was recently reported to exhibit remarkable magnetic properties in the nanoparticle form [B. Balasubramanian et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 108, 152406 (2016)], 10.1063/1.4945987, yet better understanding of this material should be promoted. Here we report a study on the crystal structures of C o3Si using an adaptive genetic algorithm and discuss its electronic and magnetic properties from first-principles calculations. Several competing phases of C o3Si have been revealed from our calculations. We show that the hexagonal C o3Si structure reported in experiments has lower energy in the nonmagnetic state than in the ferromagnetic state at zero temperature. The ferromagnetic state of the hexagonal structure is dynamically unstable with imaginary phonon modes and transforms into a new orthorhombic structure, which is confirmed by our structure searches to have the lowest energy for both C o3Si and C o3Ge . Magnetic properties of the experimental hexagonal structure and the lowest-energy structures obtained from our structure searches are investigated in detail.

  3. Mapping energetics of atom probe evaporation events through first principles calculations.

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    Peralta, Joaquín; Broderick, Scott R; Rajan, Krishna

    2013-09-01

    The purpose of this work is to use atomistic modeling to determine accurate inputs into the atom probe tomography (APT) reconstruction process. One of these inputs is evaporation field; however, a challenge occurs because single ions and dimers have different evaporation fields. We have calculated the evaporation field of Al and Sc ions and Al-Al and Al-Sc dimers from an L1₂-Al₃Sc surface using ab initio calculations and with a high electric field applied to the surface. The evaporation field is defined as the electric field at which the energy barrier size is calculated as zero, corresponding to the minimum field that atoms from the surface can break their bonds and evaporate from the surface. The evaporation field of the surface atoms are ranked from least to greatest as: Al-Al dimer, Al ion, Sc ion, and Al-Sc dimer. The first principles results were compared with experimental data in the form of an ion evaporation map, which maps multi-ion evaporations. From the ion evaporation map of L1₂-Al₃Sc, we extract relative evaporation fields and identify that an Al-Al dimer has a lower evaporation field than an Al-Sc dimer. Additionally, comparatively an Al-Al surface dimer is more likely to evaporate as a dimer, while an Al-Sc surface dimer is more likely to evaporate as single ions. These conclusions from the experiment agree with the ab initio calculations, validating the use of this approach for modeling APT energetics.

  4. Dissociations of O2 molecules on ultrathin Pb(111)films: first-principles plane wave calculations

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    Hu Zi-Yu; Yang Yu; Sun Bo; Zhang Ping; Wang Wen-Chuan; Shao Xiao-Hong

    2012-01-01

    Using first-principles calculations,we systematically study the dissociations of O2 molecules on different ultrathin Pb(111) films.According to our previous work revealing the molecular adsorption precursor states for O2,we further explore why there are two nearly degenerate adsorption states on Pb(111) ultrathin films,but no precursor adsorption states existing at all on Mg(0001) and Al(111) surfaces.The reason is concluded to be the different surface electronic structures.For the O2 dissociation,we consider both the reaction channels from gas-like and molecularly adsorbed O2 molecules.We find that the energy barrier for O2 dissociation from the molecular adsorption precursor states is always smaller than that from O2 gas.The most energetically favorable dissociation process is found to be the same on different Pb(111) films,and the energy barriers are found to be influenced by the quantum size effects of Pb(111) films.

  5. Tunable hydrogen storage in magnesium-transition metal compounds: First-principles calculations

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    Er, Süleyman; Tiwari, Dhirendra; de Wijs, Gilles A.; Brocks, Geert

    2009-01-01

    Magnesium dihydride (MgH2) stores 7.7wt% hydrogen but it suffers from a high thermodynamic stability and slow (de)hydrogenation kinetics. Alloying Mg with lightweight transition metals (TM) (=Sc,Ti,V,Cr) aims at improving the thermodynamic and kinetic properties. We study the structure and stability of MgxTM1-xH2 compounds, x=[0-1] , by first-principles calculations at the level of density functional theory. We find that the experimentally observed sharp decrease in hydrogenation rates for x≳0.8 correlates with a phase transition of MgxTM1-xH2 from a fluorite to a rutile phase. The stability of these compounds decreases along the series Sc, Ti, V, and Cr. Varying the TM and the composition x , the formation enthalpy of MgxTM1-xH2 can be tuned over the substantial range of 0-2 eV/f.u. Assuming however that the alloy MgxTM1-x does not decompose upon dehydrogenation, the enthalpy associated with reversible hydrogenation of compounds with a high magnesium content (x=0.75) is close to that of pure Mg.

  6. Stability and hydrogen adsorption properties of Mg/TiMn2 interface by first principles calculation

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    Dai, J. H.; Jiang, X. W.; Song, Y.

    2016-11-01

    First principles calculations were carried out to study the stability and hydrogen adsorption properties of Mg/TiMn2 interface. The surface stability and hydrogen adsorption of TiMn2 were explored. The Mn terminated (001) is the most stable surface among the considered surfaces of TiMn2 and TiMn2 surface shows better hydrogen adsorption ability than the pure Mg surface. Two models coupling the Mg(0001) surface and the TiMn2(001) surface with different terminations were constructed to explore the Mg/TiMn2 interface. The Mg(0001)/Mn terminated TiMn2(001) with interface is much more stable than that of Ti terminated system. These two interfaces both show good hydrogen adsorption ability, in which the Mn terminated interface shows - 1.62 eV of hydrogen adsorption energy. The electronic structures of the considered systems are evaluated. The negative adsorption energies of hydrogen on the surface and interface systems are further explained by the analysis of the density of states.

  7. Oxygen- and hydroxyl-edge termination of silicene nanoribbons studied by first-principles calculations

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    Li, Rui; Liu, Zhong-Li; Gu, Yanhong; Zhang, Weiying; Tan, Yonggang

    2016-05-01

    The geometrical structures and electronic properties of the armchair- and zigzag-edge silicene nanoribbons (SiNRs), terminated with oxygen and hydroxyl (ZSiNR-O, ZSiNR-OH, ASiNR-O, ASiNR-OH), have been investigated by using the first-principles method. It is found that the silicene edges are rippled upon the oxygen termination. On one edge of ZSiNR-O, the neighboring Si-O bonds move concordantly right (left) from the silicene plane, while on one edge of ASiNR-O, the neighboring Si-O bonds respectively move right and left to result in larger rippled amplitudes. Comparably, the influence of OH-termination on the silicene edge is small, inducing smaller rippled edges. The electronic structure calculations show that the px electrons of oxygen on the rippled edges of ZSiNR-O sp3 hybridize with the edge Si atoms, forming one more bands. The band gaps of the ASiNR-O and ASiNR-OH also obey the three-family behavior, due to the quantum confinement and the crucial effect of the edges. For ASiNR-OH, by taking account of the new atom chains formed by the hydrogen bonds of the neighboring OHs, the band gaps follow the same hierarchy of Δ3 p >Δ3 p - 1 >Δ3 p - 2 with those of ASiNR-Os.

  8. Magnetic and electronic properties of Cu1-xFexO from first principles calculations

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    Yang, Hua

    2013-01-01

    Magnetic and electronic properties of Cu1-xFexO systems with x = 6.25% and 12.5% have been investigated using first principles calculations. The ground state of CuO is an antiferromagnetic insulator. At x = 6.25%, Cu1-xFexO systems with Fe on 2 and 4 substitution positions are half-metallic due to the strong hybridization among Fe, the nearest O and Cu atoms, which may come from the double exchange coupling between Fe2+-O2--Cu2+. At x = 12.5%, Cu 1-xFexO system with Fe on 9-11 position has a strong spin polarization near the Fermi level and the system energy is lowest when the doped two Fe atoms form ferromagnetic configuration. This indicates the two doped Fe atoms prefer to form ferromagnetic configuration in Fe2+-O 2--Cu2+-O2--Fe2+ chains. While in the Fe on 7-11 position, the spin-down Fe-11 3d states have a large spin polarization near the Fermi level when the two doped Fe atoms form antiferromagnetic configuration. It is concluded that the transition metal doping can modify the magnetism and electronic structures of Cu 1-xFexO systems. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2013.

  9. High applicability of two-dimensional phosphorous in Kagome lattice predicted from first-principles calculations.

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    Chen, Peng-Jen; Jeng, Horng-Tay

    2016-03-16

    A new semiconducting phase of two-dimensional phosphorous in the Kagome lattice is proposed from first-principles calculations. The band gaps of the monolayer (ML) and bulk Kagome phosphorous (Kagome-P) are 2.00 and 1.11 eV, respectively. The magnitude of the band gap is tunable by applying the in-plane strain and/or changing the number of stacking layers. High optical absorption coefficients at the visible light region are predicted for multilayer Kagome-P, indicating potential applications for solar cell devices. The nearly dispersionless top valence band of the ML Kagome-P with high density of states at the Fermi level leads to superconductivity with Tc of ~9 K under the optimal hole doping concentration. We also propose that the Kagome-P can be fabricated through the manipulation of the substrate-induced strain during the process of the sample growth. Our work demonstrates the high applicability of the Kagome-P in the fields of electronics, photovoltaics, and superconductivity.

  10. First-principles calculation method for electron transport based on the grid Lippmann-Schwinger equation.

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    Egami, Yoshiyuki; Iwase, Shigeru; Tsukamoto, Shigeru; Ono, Tomoya; Hirose, Kikuji

    2015-09-01

    We develop a first-principles electron-transport simulator based on the Lippmann-Schwinger (LS) equation within the framework of the real-space finite-difference scheme. In our fully real-space-based LS (grid LS) method, the ratio expression technique for the scattering wave functions and the Green's function elements of the reference system is employed to avoid numerical collapse. Furthermore, we present analytical expressions and/or prominent calculation procedures for the retarded Green's function, which are utilized in the grid LS approach. In order to demonstrate the performance of the grid LS method, we simulate the electron-transport properties of the semiconductor-oxide interfaces sandwiched between semi-infinite jellium electrodes. The results confirm that the leakage current through the (001)Si-SiO_{2} model becomes much larger when the dangling-bond state is induced by a defect in the oxygen layer, while that through the (001)Ge-GeO_{2} model is insensitive to the dangling bond state.

  11. Magnetism induced by nonmagnetic dopants in zinc-blende SiC: First-principle calculations

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    2010-01-01

    Magnetism induced by the nonmagnetic dopants in the zinc-blende SiC (3C-SiC) is investigated by first-principle calculations. The atoms of the first 20 elements in the periodic table except inert gas are used to replace either Si or C atoms as dopants. We find that some nonmagnetic substitutional dopants (mainly the Group IA, Group IIA, Group IIIB, and Group VIIB elements) prefer the spin-polarized ground states with local magnetic moments. In general, the condition for obtaining the local magnetic moments and the magnetic ground state requires that the dopants are p-type and have large electronegativity difference from the neighboring host atoms. The magnetic moments can be tuned over a range between 1 μ B and 3 μ B by doping with the nonmagnetic elements. The nearest-neighbor exchange couplings J 0 between the local magnetic moments are quite large and the codoping method is proposed to increase the dopant concentration. These imply that the nonmagnetic doping in SiC may exhibit collective magnetism. Moreover, the Group IIA Mg and Ca atoms substituting the preferred Si atoms favor the ferromagnetic ground states with the half-metallic electronic properties, which suggests that Mg or Ca substitutional doping on the Si sites in SiC could be a potential route to fabricating the diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  12. Tunable redox potential of nonmetal doped monolayer MoS2: First principle calculations

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    Lu, S.; Li, C.; Zhao, Y. F.; Gong, Y. Y.; Niu, L. Y.; Liu, X. J.

    2016-10-01

    Doping is an effective method to alter the electronic behavior of materials by forming new chemical bonds and bringing bond relaxation. With this aid of first principle calculations, the crystal configuration and electronic properties of monolayer MoS2 have been modulated by the nonmetal (NM) dopants (H, B, C, N, O, F, Si, P, Cl, As, Se, Br, Te and I), and the thermodynamic stability depending on the preparation conditions (Mo-rich and S-rich conditions) were discussed. Results shown that, the NM dopants substituted preferentially for S under Mo-rich condition, the electronic distribution around the dopants and the nearby Mo atoms are changed by the new formed Mo-NM bonds and bands relaxation. Compared to pristine monolayer MoS2, the NM ions with odd chemical valences enhance the oxidation potential and reduce the reduction potential of specimens, but the NM ions with even chemical valences have the opposite effects on the redox potentials. Compared to the NM ions with even chemical valences, the lone pair electrons in NM ions with odd chemical valences can extra interact with the Mo ions and reduces the ECBM and EVBM values of specimens. It offers a simple way to design various monolayer MoS2 based catalysts in order to catalyze different materials by chose the reasonable dopants for stronger oxidation or reduction potential.

  13. Effect of pH on elementary steps of dopachrome conversion from first-principles calculation.

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    Kishida, Ryo; Ushijima, Yohei; Saputro, Adhitya G; Kasai, Hideaki

    2014-09-01

    Dopachrome conversion, in which dopachrome is converted into 5,6-dihydroxyindole (DHI) or 5,6-dihydroxyindole-2-carboxylic acid (DHICA) upstream of eumelanogenesis, is a key step in determining the DHI/DHICA monomer ratio in eumelanin, which affects the antioxidant activity. Although the ratio of DHI/DHICA formed and the conversion rate can be regulated depending on pH, the mechanism is still unclear. To clarify the mechanism, we carried out first-principles calculations. The results showed the kinetic preference of proton rearrangement to form quinone methide intermediate via β-deprotonation. We also identified possible pathways to DHI/DHICA from the quinone methide. The DHI formation can be achieved by spontaneous decarboxylation after proton rearrangement from carboxyl group to 6-oxygen. α-Deprotonation, which leads to DHICA formation, can also proceed with a significantly reduced activation barrier compared with that of the initial dopachrome. Considering the rate of the proton rearrangements in a given pH, we conclude that the conversion is suppressed at acidic pH.

  14. Atomic and electronic structure of both perfect and nanostructured Ni(111) surfaces: First-principles calculations

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    Piskunov, Sergei, E-mail: piskunov@lu.l [Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia, 19 Raina blvd., Riga LV-1586 (Latvia); Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, University of Latvia, 8 Zellu Str., Riga LV-1002 (Latvia); Zvejnieks, Guntars; Zhukovskii, Yuri F. [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, 8 Kengaraga Str., LV-1063, Riga (Latvia); Bellucci, Stefano [INFN-Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Via Enrico Fermi 40, I-00044, Frascati (Italy)

    2011-03-31

    In this study, we perform first principles simulations on both atomically smooth and nanostructured Ni(111) slabs. The latter contains periodically distributed nickel nanoclusters atop a thin metal film gradually growing from adatoms and serving as a promising catalyst. Applying the generalized gradient approximation within the formalism of the density functional theory we compare the atomic and electronic structures of Ni bulk, as well as both perfect and nanostructured (111) surfaces obtained using two different ab initio approaches: (i) the linear combination of atomic orbitals and (ii) the projector augmented plane waves. The most essential inter-atomic forces between the Ni adatoms upon the substrate have been found to be formed via: (i) attractive pair-wise interactions, (ii) repulsive triple-wise interactions within a triangle and (iii) attractive triple-wise interactions within a line between the nearest adatoms. The attractive interactions surmount the repulsive forces, hence resulting in the formation of stable clusters from Ni adatoms. The magnetic moment and the effective charge (within both Mulliken and Bader approaches) of the outer atoms in Ni nanoparticles increase as compared to those for the smooth Ni(111) surface. The calculated electronic charge redistribution in the Ni nanoclusters features them as possible adsorption centers with increasing catalytic activity, e.g., for further synthesis of carbon nanotubes.

  15. First-principle Calculations of V/Fe Doped Anatase TiO2

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    CAO Hong-hong; CHEN Qiang; WANG Tian-min

    2006-01-01

    The electronic structures of the titanium dioxide(TiO2) doped with V and Fe were analyzed by using first-principle calculations based on the density functional theory(DFT) with the full potential linearized augmented plane wave method (FP-LAPW). The fully optimized structure and the relaxation introduced by impurity were obtained by minimizing the total energy and atomic forces. The unit cell of the V-doped anatase TiO2 is smaller than that of the non-doped one, but for the Fe-doped one, the case is just the opposite. It is found that the apical Ti-O and impurity-O bond lengths of the V/Fe-doped anatase TiO2 are greater than those of the non-doped structure, but smaller for the equatorial bond length. Through the band structures and the density of states, the V-doped TiO2 is shown to be a kind of half-metal, while the Fe-doped TiO2 a kind of metal. The magnetic moments of the V/Fe-doped system are mainly generated by the dopants. The results may be helpful for us to understand the experimental outcome of this system.

  16. First-principle calculations of optical properties of monolayer arsenene and antimonene allotropes

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    Xu, Yuanfeng; Peng, Bo; Zhang, Hao; Zhang, Rongjun; Zhu, Heyuan [Shanghai Ultra-precision Optical Manufacturing Engineering Research Center and Key Laboratory of Micro and Nano Photonic Structures (Ministry of Education), Department of Optical Science and Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Shao, Hezhu [Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China)

    2017-04-15

    Recently a stable monolayer of antimony in buckled honeycomb structure called antimonene was successfully grown on 3D topological insulator Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3}, which displays novel semiconducting properties. By first-principle calculations, we systematically investigate the electronic and optical properties of α- and β-allotropes of monolayer arsenene/antimonene. The obtained electronic structures reveal that the direct band gap of α-arsenene/antimonene is much smaller than the indirect band gap of their β-counterpart, respectively. Significant absorption is observed in α-antimonene, which can be used as a broad saturable absorber. For β-arsenene/antimonene, the reflectivity is low and the absorption is negligible in the visible region when the polarization along the out-plane direction, indicating that β-arsenene/antimonene are polarizationally transparent materials. (copyright 2017 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

  18. First principles calculation of mixing enthalpy of {beta}-Ti with transition elements

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    Chandran, Mahesh, E-mail: Mahesh.chandran@ge.com [GE Global Research, John F Welch Technology Centre, Bangalore 560066 (India); Subramanian, P.R.; Gigliotti, Michael F. [GE Global Research, 1 Research Circle, Niskayuna, NY 12309 (United States)

    2013-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Compares the accuracy of SQS with parametric method to determine {Delta}H for binary alloys which has not been done before. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Trends in {Delta}H for {beta}-Ti-X alloys where X is 3d-, 4d- and 5d-transition series are presented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The design space for new {beta}-Ti alloys is determined by combining {Delta}H with Hume-Rothery rules. - Abstract: The mixing enthalpy {Delta}H{sub mix}(x) of body-centered cubic (BCC) {beta}-Ti with transition elements was calculated using first-principles methods based on density functional theory (DFT). The solid solution effect was treated by two different approaches, viz. special quasi-random structures (SQS) and the parametric method. The SQS-N method uses direct DFT to calculate energy of structures containing N atoms which approximate the correlation of an ideal solid solution up to some distance, whereas the parametric method employs a polynomial representation for {Delta}H{sub mix}(x) and the coefficients are calculated using DFT. Comparison of the two methods shows fair agreement for most alloys though differences as high as 40% can also be seen among some of the alloys. The trends in {Delta}F{sub mix}(x), obtained by adding entropy contribution from ideal solution model to {Delta}H{sub mix}(x) for 3d-, 4d- and 5d-transition series were analyzed in terms of e/a, the ratio of number of valence electrons to atoms. The early transition elements, between Group 4-7, was found to have very small {Delta}F{sub mix}(x) over a wide range of concentration. Stability of the alloys is analyzed by combining {Delta}F{sub mix}(x) with Hume-Rothery rules.

  19. Thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic group IV-VI monolayers from the first-principles calculations

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    Guo, San-Dong; Wang, Yue-Hua

    2017-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials may have potential applications in thermoelectric devices. In this work, the thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic group IV-VI monolayers AB (A = Ge and Sn; B = S and Se) are systematically investigated by the first-principles calculations and semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory. The spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is considered for their electron part, which produces observable effects on the power factor, especially for n-type doping. According to the calculated ZT, the four monolayers exhibit diverse anisotropic thermoelectric properties although they have a similar hinge-like crystal structure. The GeS along zigzag and armchair directions shows the strongest anisotropy, while SnS and SnSe show mostly isotropic efficiency of thermoelectric conversion. This can be explained by the strength of anisotropy of their respective power factor and electronic and lattice thermal conductivities. The calculated results show that the ZT between n- and p-type doping has little difference for GeS, SnS, and SnSe. It is found that GeSe, SnS, and SnSe show better thermoelectric performance compared to GeS in n-type doping and that SnS and SnSe exhibit higher efficiency of thermoelectric conversion in p-type doping. Compared to other many 2D materials, orthorhombic group IV-VI monolayers AB (A = Ge and Sn; B = S and Se) may possess better thermoelectric performance due to lower lattice thermal conductivities. Our work would be beneficial to stimulate further theoretical and experimental works.

  20. First principles calculations of the site substitution behavior in gamma prime phase in nickel based superalloys

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    Chaudhari, Mrunalkumar

    Nickel based superalloys have superior high temperature mechanical strength, corrosion and creep resistance in harsh environments and found applications in the hot sections as turbine blades and turbine discs in jet engines and gas generator turbines in the aerospace and energy industries. The efficiency of these turbine engines depends on the turbine inlet temperature, which is determined by the high temperature strength and behavior of these superalloys. The microstructure of nickel based superalloys usually contains coherently precipitated gamma prime (gamma') Ni3Al phase within the random solid solution of the gamma (gamma) matrix, with the gamma' phase being the strengthening phase of the superalloys. How the alloying elements partition into the gamma and gamma' phases and especially in the site occupancy behaviors in the strengthening gamma' phases play a critical role in their high temperature mechanical behaviors. The goal of this dissertation is to study the site substitution behavior of the major alloying elements including Cr, Co and Ti through first principles based calculations. Site substitution energies have been calculated using the anti-site formation, the standard defect formation formalism, and the vacancy formation based formalism. Elements such as Cr and Ti were found to show strong preference for Al sublattice, whereas Co was found to have a compositionally dependent site preference. In addition, the interaction energies between Cr-Cr, Co-Co, Ti-Ti and Cr-Co atoms have also been determined. Along with the charge transfer, chemical bonding and alloy chemistry associated with the substitutions has been investigated by examining the charge density distributions and electronic density of states to explain the chemical nature of the site substitution. Results show that Cr and Co atoms prefer to be close by on either Al sublattice or on a Ni-Al mixed lattice, suggesting a potential tendency of Cr and Co segregation in the gamma' phase.

  1. Electric field gradients from first-principles and point-ion calculations

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    Stoll, E. P.; Meier, P. F.; Claxton, T. A.

    2002-02-01

    Point-ion models have been extensively used to determine ``hole numbers'' at copper and oxygen sites in high-temperature superconducting cuprate compounds from measured nuclear quadrupole frequencies. The present study assesses the reliability of point-ion models to predict electric field gradients accurately and also the implicit assumption that the values can be calculated from the ``holes'' and not the total electronic structure. First-principles cluster calculations using basis sets centered on the nuclei have enabled the determination of the charge- and spin-density distribution in the CuO2 plane. The contributions to the electric field gradients and the magnetic hyperfine couplings are analyzed in detail. In particular they are partitioned into regions in an attempt to find a correlation with the most commonly used point-ion model, the Sternheimer equation, which depends on the two parameters R and γ. Our most optimistic objective was to find expressions for these parameters, which would improve our understanding of them, but although estimates of the R parameter were encouraging, the method used to obtain the γ parameter indicated that the two parameters may not be independent. The problem seems to stem from the covalently bonded nature of the CuO2 planes in these structures which severely questions using the Sternheimer equation for such crystals, since its derivation is heavily reliant on the application of perturbation theory to predominantly ionic structures. Furthermore, it is shown that the complementary contributions of electrons and holes in an isolated ion cannot be applied to estimates of electric field gradients at copper and oxygen nuclei in cuprates.

  2. Review of high pressure phases of calcium by first-principles calculations

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    Ishikawa, T.; Nagara, H.; Suzuki, N.; Tsuchiya, J.; Tsuchiya, T.

    2010-03-01

    We review high pressure phases of calcium which have obtained by recent experimental and first-principles studies. In this study, we investigated the face-centered cubic (fcc) structure, the body-centered cubic (bcc) structure, the simple cubic (sc) structure, a tetragonal P43212 [Ishikawa T et al. 2008 Phys. Rev. B 77 020101(R)], an orthorhombic Cmca [Ishikawa T et al. 2008 Phys. Rev. B 77 020101(R)], an orthorhombic Cmcm [Teweldeberhan A M and Bonev S A 2008 Phys. Rev. B 78 140101(R)], an orthorhombic Pnma [Yao Y et al. 2008 Phys. Rev. B 78 054506] and a tetragonal I4/mcm(00) [Arapan S et al. 2008 Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105 20627]. We compared the enthalpies among the structures up to 200 GPa and theoretically determined the phase diagram of calcium. The sequence of the structural transitions is fcc (0- 3.5 GPa) → bcc (3.5 - 35.7 GPa) → Cmcm (35.7- 52GPa) → P43212 (52-109 GPa) → Cmca (109-117.4GPa) → Pnma (117.4-134.6GPa) → I4/mcm(00) (134.6 GPa -). The sc phase is experimentally observed in the pressure range from 32 to 113 GPa but, in our calculation, there is no pressure region where the sc phase is the most stable. In addition, we found that the enthalpy of the hexagonal close-packed (hcp) structure is lower than that of I4/mcm(00) above 495 GPa.

  3. 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.

  4. Electronic properties of the FeSe/STO interface from first-principle calculations

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    Linscheid, A.

    2016-10-01

    We perform first-principle calculations of the FeSe monolayer on STO with the focus on three central aspects. First, compared to experiment, the bulk lattice constant of FeSe is too small in LDA, PBEsol and Perdew-Burgke-Ernzerhof (PBE) type exchange-correlation (xc) functionals while in bulk SrTiO3 (STO) LDA over-binds, PBE under-binds and PBEsol agrees best with experiment. Thus, the strain in the FeSe monolayer on STO depends on the xc functional and, especially in the non-magnetic state, is strongly overestimated and best described in PBEsol. In agreement with earlier work, we find that the band structure of the checkerboard antiferromagnetic configuration agrees best with experiment where, in addition, the relative strain on FeSe is best described. Second, our focus is on the crystal structure of the interface itself. The FeSe/STO distance depends weakly on the presence of magnetism and PBE results agree best with recent experimental data. We find that a double {{TiO}}2-layer below the FeSe relaxes to a structure in disagreement with experimental data. On the other hand, considering the effect of oxygen-vacancies in the single {{TiO}}2 terminated slab within the virtual crystal approximation, in agreement with recent experiment, the FeSe monolayer Ti layer distance increases for a small vacancy concentration (<20%). Third, we investigate the charge-transfer to FeSe due to oxygen-vacancies in STO. Interestingly, we find negligible charge transfer for small concentrations—only above 20% a significant charge transfer is observed.

  5. Magnetic materials at finite temperatures: thermodynamics and combined spin and molecular dynamics derived from first principles calculations

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    Eisenbach, Markus [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Perera, Meewanage Dilina N. [Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA (United States). Center for Simulational Physics; Landau, David P [Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA (United States). Center for Simulational Physics; Nicholson, Don M. [Univ. of North Carolina, Asheville, NC (United States). Dept. of Physics; Yin, Junqi [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). National Inst. for Computational Sciences; Brown, Greg [Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States). Dept. of Physics

    2015-01-01

    We present a unified approach to describe the combined behavior of the atomic and magnetic degrees of freedom in magnetic materials. Using Monte Carlo simulations directly combined with first principles the Curie temperature can be obtained ab initio in good agreement with experimental values. The large scale constrained first principles calculations have been used to construct effective potentials for both the atomic and magnetic degrees of freedom that allow the unified study of influence of phonon-magnon coupling on the thermodynamics and dynamics of magnetic systems. The MC calculations predict the specific heat of iron in near perfect agreement with experimental results from 300K to above Tc and allow the identification of the importance of the magnon-phonon interaction at the phase-transition. Further Molecular Dynamics and Spin Dynamics calculations elucidate the dynamics of this coupling and open the potential for quantitative and predictive descriptions of dynamic structure factors in magnetic materials using first principles-derived simulations.

  6. Study on the electronic structure and the optical performance of YB6 by the first-principles calculations

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    Lihua Xiao

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The electronic structure and the optical performance of YB6 were investigated by first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory. It was found that the calculated results are in agreement with the relevant experimental data. Our theoretical studies showed that YB6 is a promising solar radiation shielding material for windows.

  7. Interaction of H2 with a Double-Walled Armchair Nanotube by First-Principles Calculations

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    Costanzo, F.; Ensing, B.; Scipioni, R.; Ancilotto, F.; Silvestrelli, P.L.

    2014-01-01

    We have studied, by first-principles methods, the interaction of molecular hydrogen with a double-walled (2,10) carbon nanotube (DWCNT). This combination of the smallest possible diameter for the inner nanotube with a significantly larger outer tube allows for substantial space between the nanotube

  8. Interaction of H2 with a Double-Walled Armchair Nanotube by First-Principles Calculations

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    Costanzo, F.; Ensing, B.; Scipioni, R.; Ancilotto, F.; Silvestrelli, P.L.

    2014-01-01

    We have studied, by first-principles methods, the interaction of molecular hydrogen with a double-walled (2,10) carbon nanotube (DWCNT). This combination of the smallest possible diameter for the inner nanotube with a significantly larger outer tube allows for substantial space between the nanotube

  9. Lattice Anharmonicity and Thermal Conductivity from Compressive Sensing of First-Principles Calculations

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    Zhou, Fei [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Nielson, Weston [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Xia, Yi [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Ozoliņš, Vidvuds [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)

    2014-10-01

    First-principles prediction of lattice thermal conductivity κL of strongly anharmonic crystals is a long-standing challenge in solid-state physics. Making use of recent advances in information science, we propose a systematic and rigorous approach to this problem, compressive sensing lattice dynamics. Compressive sensing is used to select the physically important terms in the lattice dynamics model and determine their values in one shot. Nonintuitively, high accuracy is achieved when the model is trained on first-principles forces in quasirandom atomic configurations. The method is demonstrated for Si, NaCl, and Cu12Sb4S13, an earth-abundant thermoelectric with strong phonon-phonon interactions that limit the room-temperature κL to values near the amorphous limit.

  10. Lattice anharmonicity and thermal conductivity from compressive sensing of first-principles calculations.

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    Zhou, Fei; Nielson, Weston; Xia, Yi; Ozoliņš, Vidvuds

    2014-10-31

    First-principles prediction of lattice thermal conductivity κ(L) of strongly anharmonic crystals is a long-standing challenge in solid-state physics. Making use of recent advances in information science, we propose a systematic and rigorous approach to this problem, compressive sensing lattice dynamics. Compressive sensing is used to select the physically important terms in the lattice dynamics model and determine their values in one shot. Nonintuitively, high accuracy is achieved when the model is trained on first-principles forces in quasirandom atomic configurations. The method is demonstrated for Si, NaCl, and Cu(12)Sb(4)S(13), an earth-abundant thermoelectric with strong phonon-phonon interactions that limit the room-temperature κ(L) to values near the amorphous limit.

  11. First-Principles Calculations of Elastic Constants of Superconducting MgB2

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    GUO Hua-Zhong; CHEN Xiang-Rong; ZHU Jun; CAI Ling-Cang; GAO Jie

    2005-01-01

    @@ The five independent elastic constants of superconducting MgB2 are obtained using the first-principles plane wave method with the new relativistic analytic pseudopotential of the Hartwigsen-Goedecker-Hutter (HGH) scheme in the frame of local density approximation. The dependences of bulk modulus on temperature and pressure are also obtained. It is suggested that the HGH-type pseudopotentials are successful in investigating the ground-state mechanical properties of any solids.

  12. Towards quantitative accuracy in first-principles transport calculations: The GW method applied to alkane/gold junctions

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    Strange, Mikkel; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer

    2011-01-01

    The calculation of the electronic conductance of nanoscale junctions from first principles is a long-standing problem in the field of charge transport. Here we demonstrate excellent agreement with experiments for the transport properties of the gold/alkanediamine benchmark system when electron-el...

  13. Comment on "First-principles calculation of the superconducting transition in MgB2 within the anisotropic Eliashberg formalism"

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    Mazin, I.I.; Andersen, O.K.; Jepsen, O.; Golubov, A.A.; Dolgov, O.V.; Kortus, J.

    2004-01-01

    Choi et al. [Phys. Rev. B 66, 020513 (2002)] recently presented first-principles calculations of the electron-phonon coupling and superconductivity in MgB2, emphasizing the importance of anisotropy and anharmonicity. We point out that (1) variation of the superconducting gap inside the sigma or the

  14. Temperature effects on the generalized planar fault energies and twinnabilities of Al, Ni and Cu: First principles calculations

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    Liu, Lili

    2014-06-01

    Based on the quasiharmonic approach from first-principles phonon calculations, the volume versus temperature relations for Al, Ni and Cu are obtained. Using the equilibrium volumes at temperature T, the temperature dependences of generalized planar fault energies have also been calculated by first-principles calculations. It is found that the generalized planar fault energies reduce slightly with increasing temperature. Based on the calculated generalized planar fault energies, the twinnabilities of Al, Ni and Cu are discussed with the three typical criteria for crack tip twinning, grain boundary twinning and inherent twinning at different temperatures. The twinnabilities of Al, Ni and Cu also decrease slightly with increasing temperature. Ni and Cu have the inherent twinnabilities. But, Al does not exhibit inherent twinnability. These results are in agreement with the previous theoretical studies at 0 K and experimental observations at ambient temperature. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. First-Principles Calculations for Structures and Melting Temperature of Si6 Clusters

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    BAI Yu-Lin; CHEN Xiang-Rong; ZHOU Xiao-Lin; CHENG Xiao-Hong; YANG Xiang-Dong

    2006-01-01

    @@ We investigate the structures and the melting temperature of the Si6 cluster by using the first-principles pseudopotential method in real space and Langevin molecular dynamics. It is shown that the ground structure of the Si6 cluster is a square bipyramid, and the corresponding melting temperature is about 1923 K. In the heating procedure, the structures of the Si6 cluster change from high symmetry structures containing 5-8 bonds, via prolate structures containing 3-4 bonds, to oblate structures containing 1-2 bonds.

  16. Pressure induced novel compounds in the Hf-O system from first-principles calculations

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    2015-01-01

    Using first-principles evolutionary simulations, we have systematically investigated phase stability in the Hf-O system at pressure up to 120 GPa. New compounds Hf5O2, Hf3O2, HfO and HfO3 are discovered to be thermodynamically stable at certain pressure ranges and a new stable high-pressure phase is found for Hf2O with space group Pnnm and anti-CaCl2-type structure. Both P62m-HfO and P4m2-Hf2O3 show semimetallic character. Pnnm-HfO3 shows interesting structure, simultaneously containing oxide...

  17. Chemical-state analysis of organic semiconductors using soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy combined with first-principles calculation.

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    Natsume, Yutaka; Kohno, Teiichiro; Minakata, Takashi; Konishi, Tokuzo; Gullikson, Eric M; Muramatsu, Yasuji

    2012-02-16

    The chemical states of organic semiconductors were investigated by total-electron-yield soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (TEY-XAS) and first-principles calculations. The organic semiconductors, pentacene (C(22)H(14)) and pentacenequinone (C(22)H(12)O(2)), were subjected to TEY-XAS and the experimental spectra obtained were compared with the 1s core-level excited spectra of C and O atoms, calculated by a first-principles planewave pseudopotential method. Excellent agreement between the measured and the calculated spectra were obtained for both materials. Using this methodology, we examined the chemical states of the aged pentacene, and confirmed that both C-OH and C═O chemical bonds are generated by exposure to air. This result implies that not only oxygen but also humidity causes pentacene oxidation.

  18. Calculating branching ratio and spin-orbit coupling from first principles: A formalism and its application to iridates

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    Sim, Jae-Hoon; Yoon, Hongkee; Park, Sang Hyeon; Han, Myung Joon

    2016-09-01

    We present a simple technique to calculate spin-orbit coupling, , and branching ratio measured in x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Our method is for first-principles electronic structure calculation, and its implementation is straightforward for any of the standard formulations and codes. We applied this technique to several different large spin-orbit coupling iridates. The calculated and branching ratio of a prototype jeff=1 /2 Mott insulator, Sr2IrO4 , are in good agreement with recent experimental data over the wide range of Rh doping. Three different double-perovskite iridates (namely, Sr2MgIrO6 , Sr2ScIrO6 , and Sr2TiIrO6 ) are also well described. This technique can serve as a promising tool for studying large spin-orbit coupling materials from first principles and for understanding experiments.

  19. First-Principles Calculation of Principal Hugoniot and K-Shell X-ray Absorption Spectra for Warm Dense KCl

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    Zhao, Shijun; Kang, Wei; Li, Zi; Zhang, Ping; He, Xian-Tu

    2015-01-01

    Principal Hugoniot and K-shell X-ray absorption spectra of warm dense KCl are calculated using the first-principles molecular dynamics method. Evolution of electronic structures as well as the influence of the approximate description of ionization on pressure (caused by the underestimation of the energy gap between conduction bands and valence bands) in the first-principles method are illustrated by the calculation. Pressure ionization and thermal smearing are shown as the major factors to prevent the deviation of pressure from global accumulation along the Hugoniot. In addition, cancellation between electronic kinetic pressure and virial pressure further reduces the deviation. The calculation of X-ray absorption spectra shows that the band gap of KCl persists after the pressure ionization of the $3p$ electrons of Cl and K taking place at lower energy, which provides a detailed understanding to the evolution of electronic structures of warm dense matter.

  20. First Principle Calculation on Aun Ag2 (n = 1 ~ 4) Clusters

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    2007-01-01

    The first-principles method based on density-functional theory is used to investigate the geometries of the lowest-lying isomers of Aun Ag2 (n = 1 ~ 4) clusters. Several low-lying isomers are determined, and many of them in electronic configurations with a high spin multiplicity. The stability trend of Ag-doped Aun clusters is compared to that of pure Aun clusters. Our results indicate that the inclusion of two Ag atoms in the clusters lowers the cluster stability, indicating higher stability as the structures grow in size. The bigger energy difference between the Aun and Aun Ag2 curves as the structures grows in size. This information will be useful to understanding the enhanced catalytic activity and selectivity gained by using silver-doped gold catalyst.

  1. Phase transition and thermodynamic properties of BiFeO3 from first-principles calculations

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    Li Qiang; Huang Duo-Hui; Cao Qi-Long; Wang Fan-Hou

    2013-01-01

    The first-principles projector-augmented wave method employing the quasi-harmonic Debye model,is applied to investigate the thermodynamic properties and the phase transition between the trigonal R3c structure and the orthorhombic Pnma structure.It is found that at ambient temperature,the phase transition from the trigonal R3c phase to the orthorhombic Pnma phase is a first-order antiferromagnetic-nonmagnetic and insulator-metal transition,and occurs at 10.56 GPa,which is in good agreement with experimental data.With increasing temperature,the transition pressure decreases almost linearly.Moreover,the thermodynamic properties including Grüineisen parameter,heat capacity,entropy,and the dependences of thermal expansion coefficient on temperature and pressure are also obtained.

  2. Electronic Structure and Elastic Properties of Ti3AlC from First-Principles Calculations

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    DU Yu-Lei

    2009-01-01

    We perform a first-principles study on the electronic structure and elastic properties of Ti3AlC with an antiper-ovskite 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 Ti_3AlC are derived yielding c_(11)=356 GPa, c_(12)= 55 GPa, c_(44)=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 Ti_3AlC_2 and Ti_2AlC with a layered structure in the Ti-Al-C system and Fe_3AlC with the same antiperovskite structure.

  3. Thermodynamic modeling of the Co–Hf system supported by key experiments and first-principles calculations

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    Lu, Xingxu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Liu, Shuhong, E-mail: shhliu@csu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Sino-German Cooperation Group “Microstructure in Al alloys”, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Cheng, Kaiming; Tang, Ying [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Ou, Pengfei [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Nash, Philip [Thermal Processing Technology Center, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), 10 West 32nd Street, Chicago, IL 60616 (United States); Sundman, Bo [INSTN, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-Sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Du, Yong [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Sino-German Cooperation Group “Microstructure in Al alloys”, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Zheng, Feng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China)

    2015-05-20

    Highlights: • Heat contents of Co{sub 2}Hf and CoHf{sub 2} were measured by drop calorimetry. • Enthalpy of formation for Co{sub 23}Hf{sub 6} was computed via first-principles calculations. • Co–Hf system was assessed by means of CALPHAD approach. • Order–disorder model is used to describe B2 (CoHf) and A2 (βHf). • Glass forming range of the Co–Hf amorphous alloys was predicted. - Abstract: Phase equilibria and thermodynamic properties of the Co–Hf system were investigated via calorimetric measurements, first-principles calculations and thermodynamic modeling. Heat contents of Co{sub 2}Hf and CoHf{sub 2} were measured by drop calorimetry from 300 to 1200 °C. The enthalpy of formation for Co{sub 23}Hf{sub 6} at 0 K was computed via first-principles calculations. Based on the experimental measurements and first-principles calculations from the present work and the literature, the Co–Hf system was assessed by means of CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagram) approach. The excess Gibbs energy of solution phases was modeled with Redlich–Kister polynomial. Sublattice models were employed to describe the homogeneity ranges of Co{sub 2}Hf, CoHf and CoHf{sub 2}. The order–disorder transition between B2 (CoHf) and A2 (βHf) phases was taken into account in the current optimization. Using the optimized parameters, glass forming range (GFR) of the Co–Hf amorphous alloys was predicted to be 15–75 at.% Hf, which is in satisfactory agreement with the experimental observation.

  4. First-principles calculations of electronic structure on (Ti,Co)O{sub 2} within self-interaction-corrected LDA

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    Kizaki, H., E-mail: hkizaki@aquarius.mp.es.osaka-u.ac.j [Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka 567-8531 (Japan); Toyoda, M.; Sato, K. [The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Katayama-Yoshida, H. [Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka 567-8531 (Japan); The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan)

    2009-12-15

    Electronic structure of TiO{sub 2} (rutile) based dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMS) are investigated within self-interaction-corrected local density approximation (SIC-LDA) from first-principles calculation. These results are compared with those calculated within standard LDA. It is found that the calculated band-gap energy in the host TiO{sub 2} is different within the LDA and the SIC-LDA. We find that high-spin state is predicted within the SIC-LDA with oxygen vacancy. The calculated density of states within SIC-LDA is in good agreement with photoemission results.

  5. A First Principles Density-Functional Calculation of the Electronic and Vibrational Structure of the Key Melanin Monomers

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

    2016-01-01

    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 bio-macromolecules with important biological functions (including photoprotection) and with potential for certain bioengineering applications. We have used the DeltaSCF (difference of self consistent fields) method to study the energy gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO), 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 broad band 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 ...

  6. Laser-induced ultrafast demagnetization time and spin moment in ferromagnets: First-principles calculation

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    Zhang, G. P.; Si, M. S.; George, Thomas F.

    2015-05-01

    When a laser pulse excites a ferromagnet, its spin undergoes a dramatic change. The initial demagnetization process is very fast. Experimentally, it is found that the demagnetization time is related to the spin moment in the sample. In this study, we employ the first-principles method to directly simulate such a process. We use the fixed spin moment method to change the spin moment in ferromagnetic nickel, and then we employ the Liouville equation to couple the laser pulse to the system. We find that in general the dependence of demagnetization time on the spin moment is nonlinear: It decreases with the spin moment up to a point, after which an increase with the spin moment is observed, followed by a second decrease. To understand this, we employ an extended Heisenberg model, which includes both the exchange interaction and spin-orbit coupling. The model directly links the demagnetization rate to the spin moment itself and demonstrates analytically that the spin relaxes more slowly with a small spin moment. A future experimental test of our predictions is needed.

  7. First-principles calculation of transport property in nano-devices under an external magnetic field

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    Chen Jing-Zhe; Zhang Jin; Han Ru-Shan

    2008-01-01

    The mesoscopic quantum interference phenomenon (QIP) can be observed and behaves as the oscillation of conductance in nano-devices when the external magnetic field changes. Excluding the factor of impurities or defects, specific QIP is determined by the sample geometry. We have improved a first-principles method based on the matrix Green's function and the density functional theory to simulate the transport behaviour of such systems under a magnetic field. We have studied two kinds of QIP: universal conductance fluctuation (UCF) and Aharonov-Bohm effect (A-B effect). We find that the amplitude of UCF is much smaller than the previous theoretical prediction. We have discussed the origin of difference and concluded that due to the failure of ergodic hypothesis, the ensemble statistics is not applicable, and the conductance fluctuation is determined by the flux-dependent density of states (DOSs). We have also studied the relation between the UCF and the structure of sample. For a specific structure, an atomic circle, the A-B effect is observed and the origin of the oscillation is also discussed.

  8. 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.

  9. Pressure-induced novel compounds in the Hf-O system from first-principles calculations

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    Zhang, Jin; Oganov, Artem R.; Li, Xinfeng; Xue, Kan-Hao; Wang, Zhenhai; Dong, Huafeng

    2015-11-01

    Using first-principles evolutionary simulations, we have systematically investigated phase stability in the Hf-O system at pressure up to 120 GPa. New compounds Hf5O2,Hf3O2 , HfO, and HfO3 are discovered to be thermodynamically stable at certain pressure ranges. Two new high-pressure phases are found for Hf2O : one with space group Pnnm and anti-CaCl2-type structure, another with space group I 41/amd. Pnnm-HfO3 shows interesting structure, simultaneously containing oxide O2 - and peroxide [O-O]2 - anions. Remarkably, it is P 6 ¯2 m -HfO rather than OII-HfO2 that exhibits the highest mechanical characteristics among Hf-O compounds. Pnnm-Hf2O , Imm2-Hf5O2 ,P 3 ¯1 m -Hf2O , and P 4 ¯m 2 -Hf2O3 phases also show superior mechanical properties; theoretically these phases become metastable phases to ambient pressure and their properties can be exploited.

  10. Laser-induced ultrafast demagnetization time and spin moment in ferromagnets: First-principles calculation

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    Zhang, G. P., E-mail: gpzhang@indstate.edu [Department of Physics, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809 (United States); Si, M. S. [Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); George, Thomas F. [Office of the Chancellor and Center for Nanoscience, Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri 63121 (United States)

    2015-05-07

    When a laser pulse excites a ferromagnet, its spin undergoes a dramatic change. The initial demagnetization process is very fast. Experimentally, it is found that the demagnetization time is related to the spin moment in the sample. In this study, we employ the first-principles method to directly simulate such a process. We use the fixed spin moment method to change the spin moment in ferromagnetic nickel, and then we employ the Liouville equation to couple the laser pulse to the system. We find that in general the dependence of demagnetization time on the spin moment is nonlinear: It decreases with the spin moment up to a point, after which an increase with the spin moment is observed, followed by a second decrease. To understand this, we employ an extended Heisenberg model, which includes both the exchange interaction and spin-orbit coupling. The model directly links the demagnetization rate to the spin moment itself and demonstrates analytically that the spin relaxes more slowly with a small spin moment. A future experimental test of our predictions is needed.

  11. The phase stability and mechanical properties of Nb–C system: Using first-principles calculations and nano-indentation

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    Wu, Lailei; Wang, Yachun; Yan, Zhigang; Zhang, Jingwu; Xiao, Furen [Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Material Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Liao, Bo, E-mail: wll@ysu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Material Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2013-06-05

    Highlights: ► Hardness and Young’s modulus of c-NbC have been evaluated by nano-indentation. ► The properties of Nb–C system have been studied by first-principles calculations. ► Pnma-Nb{sub 2}C and P3{sub 1}-Nb{sub 6}C{sub 5} are identified as ground state structures for Nb–C system. ► Four proposed Nb-C phases are stable energetically, mechanically, dynamically. -- Abstract: Structural stability and mechanical property of niobium carbide (NbC) were characterized by combined experimental methods and first-principles technique. The hardness and Young’s modulus were measured to be 24.5 GPa and 406 GPa for NbC from nano-indentation, respectively. Moreover, the systematically studies of the structural, mechanical, and electronic properties of niobium carbides show that pnma-Nb{sub 2}C and P3{sub 1}-Nb{sub 6}C{sub 5} are the ground state structures, consistent with the experiment results. The proposed Fm-3m-Nb{sub 23}C{sub 6}, Pnma-Nb{sub 3}C, C2/c-Nb{sub 5}C{sub 2}, and P6{sub 3}mc-Nb{sub 7}C{sub 3}, are stable energetically, mechanically, and dynamically from first-principles calculations. The effects of carbon content on the elastic modulus and theoretical hardness of niobium carbides were also discussed.

  12. X-ray magnetic dichroism in (Zn,Mn)O diluted magnetic semiconductors: First-principles calculations

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    Antonov, V. N.; Bekenov, L. V.; Mazur, D. V.; Germash, L. P.

    2012-06-01

    The electronic structure of (Zn,Mn)O diluted magnetic semiconductors was investigated theoretically from first principles by using the fully-relativistic Dirac linear muffin-tin orbital band structure method with the local spin-density approximation (LSDA) and the LSDA+ U approach. The X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectra at the Mn, Zn, and O K and Mn L 2,3 edges were investigated theoretically from first principles. The origin of the XMCD spectra in these compounds was examined. The effect of oxygen vacancy atoms was found to be crucial for the X-ray magnetic dichroism at the Mn L 2,3 edges. The calculated results are compared with available experimental data.

  13. Elastic anharmonicity of bcc Fe and Fe-based random alloys from first-principles calculations

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    Li, Xiaoqing; Schönecker, Stephan; Zhao, Jijun; Vitos, Levente; Johansson, Börje

    2017-01-01

    We systematically investigate elastic anharmonic behavior in ferromagnetic body-centered cubic (bcc) Fe and Fe1 -xMx (M =Al , V, Cr, Co, or Ni) random alloys by means of density-functional simulations. To benchmark computational accuracy, three ab initio codes are used to obtain the complete set of second- and third-order elastic constants (TOECs) for bcc Fe. The TOECs of Fe1 -xMx alloys are studied employing the first-principles alloy theory formulated within the exact muffin-tin orbital method in combination with the coherent-potential approximation. It is found that the alloying effects on C111,C112 , and C123, which are governed by normal strains only, are more pronounced than those on C144,C166 , and C456, which involve shear strains. Remarkably, the magnitudes of all TOECs but C123 decrease upon alloying with Al, V, Cr, Co, or Ni. Using the computed TOECs, we study compositional effects on the pressure derivatives of the effective elastic constants (d Bi j/d P ), bulk (d K /d P ), and shear moduli (d G /d P ) and derive longitudinal acoustic nonlinearity parameters (β ). Our predictions show that the pressure derivatives of K and G decrease with x for all solute elements and reveal a strong correlation between the compositional trends on d K /d P and d G /d P arising from the fact that alloying predominantly alters d B11/d P . The sensitivity of d B11/d P to composition is attributed to intrinsic alloying effects as opposed to lattice parameter changes accompanying solute addition. For Fe and the considered Fe-based alloys, β along high-symmetry directions orders as β [111 ]>β [100 ]>β [110 ] , and alloying increases the directional anisotropy of β but reduces its magnitude.

  14. First-principles calculation of dehydrogenating properties of MgH2-V systems

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    ZHOU; Dianwu; PENG; Ping; LIU; Jinshui

    2006-01-01

    Based on experimental results in which VH0.81/MgH2 interface was found during the process of mechanically milling MgH2+5at%V nanocomposite, a VH/MgH2 interface is designed and constituted in this work. A first-principles plane-wave pseudopotential method based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) has been used to investigate the vanadium alloying effects on the dehydrogenating properties of magnesium hydride, i.e., MgH2. A low absolute value of the negative heat of formation of VH/MgH2 interface compared with that of MgH2 indicates that vanadium hydrides befit to improve the dehydrogenating properties of MgH2. Based on the analysis of the density of states (DOS) and the total valence electron density distribution of MgH2 before and after V alloying, it was found that the improvement of the dehydrogenating properties of MgH2 caused by V alloying originates from the increasing of the valence electrons at Fermi level (EF) and the decreasing of the HOMO-LUMO gap (△EH-L) after V alloying. The catalysis effect of V on dehydrogenating kinetics of MgH2 may attribute to a stronger bonding between V and H atoms than that between Mg and H atoms, which leads to nucleation of the α-Mg at the VH/MgH2 interface in the MgH2-V systems easier than that in pure MgH2 phase.

  15. First-principles calculations of electronic and magnetic properties of CeN: The LDA + U method

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    Hao, Ai-Min; Bai, Jing

    2013-10-01

    Electronic and magnetic properties of CeN are investigated using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) with the LDA + U method. Our results show that CeN is a half-metal. The majority-spin electron band structure has metallic intersections, whereas the minority-spin electron band structure has a semiconducting gap straddling the Fermi level. A small indirect energy gap occurs between X and W. The calculated magnetic moment is 0.99 μB per unit cell.

  16. Predicted Thermoelectric Properties of the Layered XBi4S7 (X = Mn, Fe) Based Materials: First Principles Calculations

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    Azam, Sikander; Khan, Saleem Ayaz; Goumri-Said, Souraya; Kanoun, Mohammed Benali

    2017-01-01

    We report a theoretical investigation of electronic structures, optical and thermoelectric properties of two ternary-layered chalcogenides, MnBi4S7 and FeBi4S7 , by combining the first principles density functional calculations and semi-local Boltzmann transport theory. The calculated electronic band structure have demonstrated that both compounds exhibit indirect band gaps. The optical transitions are explored via the dielectric function (real and imaginary parts) along with other related optical constants including refractive index, reflectivity, and energy loss spectrum. These chalcogenides have exhibited interesting thermoelectric properties such as Seebeck's coefficient, electrical and thermal conductivity, and power factor as function of temperatures.

  17. Nuclear Quantum Effects in Ice Phases and Water from First Principles Calculations

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    Pamuk, Betul

    Despite the simplicity of the molecule, condensed phases of water show many physical anomalies, some of which are still unexplained to date. This thesis focuses on one striking anomaly that has been largely neglected and never explained. When hydrogen (1H) is replaced by deuterium (2 D), zero point fluctuations of the heavy isotope causes ice to expand, whereas in normal isotope effect, heavy isotope causes volume contraction. Furthermore, in a normal isotope effect, the shift in volume should decrease with increasing temperature, while, in ice, the volume shift increases with increasing temperature and persists up to the melting temperature and also exists in liquid water. In this dissertation, nuclear quantum effects on structural and cohesive properties of different ice polymorphs are investigated. We show that the anomalous isotope effect is well described by first principles density functional theory with van der Waals (vdW-DF) functionals within the quasi-harmonic approximation. Our theoretical modeling explains how the competition between the intra- and inter-molecular bonding of ice leads to an anomalous isotope effect in the volume and bulk modulus of ice. In addition, we predict a normal isotope effect when 16O is replaced by 18O, which is experimentally confirmed. Furthermore, the transition from proton disordered hexagonal phase, ice Ih to proton ordered hexagonal phase, ice XI occurs with a temperature difference between 1H and 2D of 6K, in good agreement with experimental value of 4K. We explain, for first time for that this temperature difference is entirely due to the zero point energy. In the second half of this thesis, we expand our study to the other ice phases: ice Ic, ice IX, ice II, ice VIII, clathrate hydrates, and low and high density amorphous ices. We employ the methodology that we have developed to investigate the isotope effect in structures with different configurations. We show that there is a transition from anomalous isotope effect

  18. First-principle Calculations of Equation of State for Metals at High Energy Density

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    Minakov, Dmitry; Levashov, Pavel; Khishchenko, Konstantin

    2012-02-01

    In this work, we present quantum molecular dynamics calculations of the shock Hugoniots of solid and porous samples as well as release isentropes and isentropic sound velocity behind the shock front for aluminum. Also we perform similar calculations for nickel and iron. We use the VASP code with ultrasoft and PAW pseudopotentials and GGA exchange-correlation functional. Up to 512 particles have been used in calculations. To calculate Hugoniots we solve the Hugoniot equation numerically. To obtain release isentropes, we use Zel'dovich's approach and integrate an ordinary differential equation for the temperature thus restoring all thermodynamic parameters. Isentropic sound velocity is calculated by differentiation of pressure along isentropes. The results of our calculations are in good agreement with experimental data at densities both higher and lower than the normal one. Thus, quantum molecular dynamics results can be effectively used for verification or calibration of semiempirical equations of state under conditions of lack of experimental information at high energy densities.

  19. 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.

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

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    Nazipov D.V.

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  1. Optical, elastic and thermal properties of ZB-AlN semiconductor from first-principle calculations

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    Kumar, V.; Singh, Bhanu P.; Chandra, Satish

    2016-12-01

    The optical, elastic and thermal properties of zincblende aluminium nitride have been studied. The refractive index, absorption coefficient, reflectivity, dielectric constant, extinction coefficient, and energy-loss spectrum have been calculated using the pseudo-potential method under density functional theory at different pressures. The heat capacity, Debye temperature and phonon frequencies have been calculated using CASTEP code at 0 GPa. The elastic stiffness constants, bulk modulus, Young's modulus, shear modulus and pressure derivatives of elastic constants have also been calculated. The calculated results are compared with the available experimental and theoretical data. Reasonably good agreement has been found between them.

  2. First principles calculations of the structural and electronic properties of(CdSe)n clusters

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    WANG Xin-qiang; CHEN Yong

    2004-01-01

    The structural and electronic properties of (CdSe)n(1≤n≤5) clusters are calculated using density functional theory within the pseudopotential and generalized gradient approximations. The calculated binding energies and highest occupied molecular orbitallowest unoccupied molecular orbital gaps are compared with those obtained within local density approximation.

  3. Density-wave instability in α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 studied by x-ray diffuse scattering and by first-principles calculations

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    Foury-Leylekian, Pascale; Pouget, Jean-Paul; Lee, Young-Joo; Nieminen, Risto M.; Ordejón, Pablo; Canadell, Enric

    2010-10-01

    α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 develops a density wave ground state below 8 K whose origin is still debated. Here we report a combined x-ray diffuse scattering and first-principles density functional theory study supporting the charge density wave (CDW) scenario. In particular, we observe a triply incommensurate anharmonic lattice modulation with intralayer wave vector components which coincide within experimental errors to the maximum of the calculated Lindhard response function. A detailed study of the structural aspects of the modulation shows that the CDW instability in α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 is considerably more involved than those following a standard Peierls mechanism. We thus propose a microscopic mechanism where the CDW instability of the BEDT-TTF layer is triggered by the anion sublattice. Our mechanism also emphasizes the key role of the coupling of the BEDT-TTF and anion layers via the hydrogen bond network to set the global modulation.

  4. First-principles calculation of multiphoton absorption cross section of α-quartz under femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Yu, Dong; Jiang, Lan; Wang, Feng; Qu, Liangti; Lu, Yongfeng

    2016-05-01

    Time-dependent density functional theory-based first-principles calculations have been used to study the ionization process and electron excitation. The results show that the number of excited electrons follows the power law σ k I k at peak intensities of I key role. The multiphoton absorption cross section of α-quartz σ k is further calculated to be 3.54 × 1011 cm-3 ps-1 (cm2/TW)6. Using the plasma model, the theoretical results of the damage threshold fluences are consistent with the experimental data, which validates the calculated value of multiphoton absorption cross section. By employing the calculated cross section value in the plasma model, the damage threshold fluences are theoretically estimated, being consistent with the experimental data, which validates the calculated value of multiphoton absorption cross section. The preliminary multiscale model shows great potential in the simulation of laser processing.

  5. Inelastic Transport through Molecules: Comparing First-Principles Calculations to Experiments

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    Paulsson, Magnus; Frederiksen, Thomas; Brandbyge, Mads

    2006-01-01

    We present calculations of the elastic and inelastic conductance through three different hydrocarbon molecules connected to gold electrodes. Our method is based on a combination of the nonequilibrium Green's function method with density functional theory. Vibrational effects in these molecular...

  6. Study on Co-doped ZnO comparatively by first-principles calculations and relevant experiments

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    Su, Y. L.; Zhang, Q. Y.; Zhou, N.; Ma, C. Y.; Liu, X. Z.; Zhao, J. J.

    2017-01-01

    Co-doped ZnO was studied using first-principles methods with comparison to experimental results taken from epitaxial Zn1-xCoxO (x 0.05) films. Density of Co2+ ions was determined using absorption spectra for the first time, and then a definite correlation between metallic Co clusters and the magnetism of the ZnCoO films was proved and the average number of Co atoms in the metallic Co clusters was estimated to be less than 200 using a superparamagnetic model. First-principles calculations of ZnCoO alloys and the relevant problems were discussed by comparing the electronic structures with absorption spectra and the results calculated by Tanabe-Sugano theory. U correction was proved to be necessary for calculating the band-gap energy of ZnCoO alloys, but other optical properties related to Co2+ ions are incorrect and the conclusion for magnetic properties is ambiguous due to uncertainty of the calculated highly localized states, which are in pressing for solution in study of material properties relevant to electronic structure.

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

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

    2010-03-01

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

  8. 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.

  9. Insight into the origin of magnetism in Iron-doped cadmium sulfide thin films from first principles calculations

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    Kanoun, Mohammed Benali

    2017-03-01

    We report a theoretical study of electronic structures and magnetic properties of Fe-doped CdS (10-10) thin films using first principle calculations within the density functional theory. It is shown that Fe atoms occupying Cd sites prefer to reside on the surface and couple antiferromagnetically. However, our results show the existence of competition between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic coupling because of the smaller total energy difference. Moreover, our density of states shows the existence of a simultaneous hybridization between the Fe d and S p states near the Fermi level.

  10. First-Principles Calculation of the Real-Space Order Parameter and Condensation Energy Density in Phonon-Mediated Superconductors.

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    Linscheid, A; Sanna, A; Floris, A; Gross, E K U

    2015-08-28

    We show that the superconducting order parameter and condensation energy density of phonon-mediated superconductors can be calculated in real space from first principles density functional theory for superconductors. This method highlights the connection between the chemical bonding structure and the superconducting condensation and reveals new and interesting properties of superconducting materials. Understanding this connection is essential to describe nanostructured superconducting systems where the usual reciprocal space analysis hides the basic physical mechanism. In a first application we present results for MgB2, CaC6 and hole-doped graphane.

  11. First-Principles Band Calculations on Electronic Structures of Ag-Doped Rutile and Anatase TiO2

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    HOU Xing-Gang; LIU An-Dong; HUANG Mei-Dong; LIAO Bin; WU Xiao-Ling

    2009-01-01

    The electronic structures of Ag-doped rutile and anatase TiO2 are studied by first-principles band calculations based on density funetionai theory with the full-potentiai linearized-augraented-plane-wave method.New occupied bands ore found between the band gaps of both Ag-doped rutile and anatase TiO2.The formation of these new bands Capri be explained mainly by their orbitals of Ag 4d states mixed with Ti 3d states and are supposed to contribute to their visible light absorption.

  12. Passivation for Cu2ZnSnS4/WZ-ZnO interface states: From the first principles calculations

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    Cheng, Yu-Wen; Tang, Fu-Ling; Xue, Hong-Tao; Liu, Hong-Xia; Gao, Bo

    2017-02-01

    We employed the first-principles calculations to investigate F, Cl and H's passivation effects for Cu2ZnSnS4 (102)/WZ-ZnO (110) interface, in which the interface states mainly originate from Sn atoms. The interface states peaks can be reduced more or less by introducing F, Cl and H around Sn atom. H and F have a more efficient passivation effect than Cl atoms. The charge density difference and Bader atomic charge analysis suggests that F, Cl and H can get part of the electrons leading to interface states and that the interface states can be passivated by F, Cl or H atoms.

  13. First-principles calculation of crystal field parameters of Dy ions substituted for Nd in Nd-Fe-B magnets

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    Tanaka, S; Moriya, H; Tsuchiura, H; Sakuma, A [Department of Applied Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Divis, M [Department of Condensed Matter, Charles University, FMF, Prague (Czech Republic); Novak, P, E-mail: tanaka@olive.apph.tohoku.ac.jp [Institute of Physics of ASCR, Cukrovarnicka 10, 162 53 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)

    2011-01-01

    We study the electronic structures of crystalline Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B, Dy{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B and Dy-doped Nd-Fe-B, and estimate the crystal field parameter A{sup 0}{sub 2}(r{sup 2}) of the rare earth ions of these systems based on the first principles calculations. We find that the crystal field of the Dy ions is appreciably insensitive to its crystallographic location than that of Nd ions.

  14. Structural and electronic properties of low-index surfaces of NbAl3 intermetallic with first-principles calculations

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    Jiao, Zhen; Liu, Qi-Jun; Liu, Fu-Sheng; Tang, Bin

    2017-10-01

    The structural, electronic and surface properties of low-index surfaces of tetragonal NbAl3 have been studied with first-principles plane-wave ultrasoft pseudo-potential method based on density functional theory. The atomic relaxations, surface energies and work functions are reported. The calculated atomic relaxations and surface energies suggest that the (111) surface is the most stable stoichiometric surface. Furthermore, the Al-terminated (110) surface is thermodynamically stable than other surfaces in both Al-rich and Nb-rich conditions.

  15. The PubChemQC project: A large chemical database from the first principle calculations

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    Maho, Nakata

    2015-12-01

    In this research, we have been constructing a large database of molecules by ab initio calculations. Currently, we have over 1.53 million entries of 6-31G* B3LYP optimized geometries and ten excited states by 6-31+G* TDDFT calculations. To calculate molecules, we only refer the InChI (International Chemical Identifier) representation of chemical formula by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), thus, no reference to experimental data. These results are open to public at http://pubchemqc.riken.jp/. The molecular data have been taken from the PubChem Project (http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/) which is one of the largest in the world (approximately 63 million molecules are listed) and free (public domain) database. Our final goal is, using these data, to develop a molecular search engine or molecular expert system to find molecules which have desired properties.

  16. 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.

  17. The PubChemQC Project: a large chemical database from the first principle calculations

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    Nakata, Maho

    2015-01-01

    In this research, we have been constructing a large database of molecules by {\\it ab initio} calculations. Currently, we have over 1.53 million entries of 6-31G* B3LYP optimized geometries and ten excited states by 6-31+G* TDDFT calculations. To calculate molecules, we only refer the InChI (International Chemical Identifier) representation of chemical formula by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), thus, no reference to experimental data. These results are open to public at http://pubchemqc.riken.jp/. The molecular data have been taken from the PubChem Project (http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/) which is one of the largest in the world (approximately 63 million molecules are listed) and free (public domain) database. Our final goal is, using these data, to develop a molecular search engine or molecular expert system to find molecules which have desired properties.

  18. First-principles calculations of the vacancy formation energy in transition and noble metals

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    Korzhavyi, P.A.; Abrikosov, Igor A.; Johansson, Börje

    1999-01-01

    Abstract: The vacancy formation energy and the vacancy formation volume of the 3d, 4d, and 5d transition and noble metals have been calculated within the local-density approximation. The calculations employ the order-N locally self-consistent Green's-function method in conjunction with a supercell...... energy through a transition-metal series and the effects of crystal and magnetic structure are investigated and discussed. [S0163-1829(99)07717-6]....... approach and include electrostatic multipole corrections to the atomic sphere approximation. The results are in excellent agreement with available full-potential calculations and with the vacancy formation energies obtained in positron annihilation measurements. The variation of the vacancy formation...

  19. First-Principles Correlated Electron Calculations of Photoabsorption in Small Sodium Clusters

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    Priya, Pradip Kumar; Shukla, Alok

    2016-01-01

    We present correlated electron calculations of the linear photoabsorption spectra of small neutral closed- and open-shell sodium clusters (Na$_{n}$, n=2-6), as well as closed-shell cation clusters (Na$_{n}$$^{+}$, n=3, 5). We have employed the configuration interaction (CI) methodology at the full CI (FCI) and quadruple CI (QCI) levels to compute the ground, and the low-lying excited states of the clusters. For most clusters, besides the minimum energy structures, we also consider their energetically close isomers. The photoabsorption spectra were computed under the electric-dipole approximation, employing the dipole-matrix elements connecting the ground state with the excited states of each isomer. Our calculations were tested rigorously for convergence with respect to the basis set, as well as with respect to the size of the active orbital space employed in the CI calculations. Excellent quantitative agreement is observed between our results, and experiments, where available.

  20. First-principles calculations of free energies of unstable phases: the case of fcc W.

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    Ozolins, V

    2009-02-13

    Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to solve the long-standing problem of calculating the free energies of unstable phases, such as fcc W. We find that fcc W is mechanically unstable with respect to long-wavelength shear at all temperatures considered (T>2500 K), while the short-wavelength phonon modes are anharmonically stabilized. The calculated fcc-bcc enthalpy and entropy differences at T=3500 K (308 meV and 0.74k_{B} per atom, respectively) agree well with the recent values derived from analysis of experimental data.

  1. Metallic impurities induced electronic transport in WSe2: First-principle calculations

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    Li, Hongping; Liu, Shuai; Huang, Songlei; Zhang, Quan; Li, Changsheng; Liu, Xiaojuan; Meng, Jian; Tian, Yi

    2016-08-01

    Using density functional theory calculations, we have systematically explored the effect of V, Nb and Ta impurities on the electronic transport properties of 2H-WSe2. The formation energies elucidate dopants are preferred to substitute W atoms, and the incorporation of Nb into WSe2 is most thermodynamically favorable. The crystal structures almost hold the pristine WSe2 structure-type in spite of with slightly bond relaxation. More importantly, a pronounced electronic transport behavior has realized in all doped systems, which is mainly triggered by metal impurities. Our calculation suggests chemical doping is an effective way to precisely modulate WSe2 performance for target technological applications.

  2. First-principles calculation of the reflectance of shock-compressed xenon

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    Norman, G. E.; Saitov, I. M., E-mail: saitovilnur@gmail.com; Stegailov, V. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of High Temperatures (Russian Federation)

    2015-05-15

    Within electron density functional theory (DFT), the reflectance of radiation from shock-compressed xenon plasma is calculated. The dependence of the reflectance on the frequency of the incident radiation and on the plasma density is considered. The Fresnel formula is used. The expression for the longitudinal dielectric tensor in the long-wavelength limit is used to calculate the imaginary part of the dielectric function (DF). The real part of the DF is determined by the Kramers-Kronig transformation. The results are compared with experimental data. An approach is proposed to estimate the plasma frequency in shock-compressed xenon.

  3. Investigation of group IVA elements combined with HAXPES and first-principles calculations

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    Cui, Y.-T.; Li, G.-L.; Oji, H.; Son, J.-Y.

    2014-04-01

    The core level and valence band spectra of group IVA elements were investigated with hard x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (HAXPES) photon energy of 7.939 keV by bulk sensitive manner. The survey and valance band spectra were presented, relative peaks intensity are discussed by thinking about inelastic mean free path (IMFP) and photoionization cross section of photoelectrons (PICS). In order to understand bulk band structures, valence bands are compared with the calculated ones by considering PICS, IMFP and total energy resolution. The calculated results by GGA, HSE06 and GW0 methods are simply discussed by comparing with experiment spectra.

  4. First principles calculations of hyperfine parameters on the Ca manganite with substitutional Cd-modeling of a PAC experiment

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    Goncalves, JN; Lopes, A M L; Haas, H; Amaral, V S; Goncalves, J N

    2010-01-01

    The APW + lo (augmented plane waves + local orbitals) method of density functional theory, as implemented in the Wien2k code, is applied to calculate the electric field gradient of manganites. We report the first principles calculations on CaMnO3, and modeling of a perturbed angular correlation experiment with implanted Cd-111m isotope. To model the experiment we additionally calculate in Ca1-xCdxMnO3, where we substitute Cd at the Ca site. Increasing Cd dilution is done with the use of supercells. We find that the experimental CaMnO3 low-temperature value V-zz approximate to 6 x 10(-21) V/m(2) is reproduced, whenoptimizinginternalparameters. The analysis of the EFG tensor at the Ca atoms, with different electric field gradients at inequivalent positions, reveals that the convergence of the calculations is obtained. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. The Effect of Indium Concentration on the Structure and Properties of Zirconium Based Intermetallics: First-Principles Calculations

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    Fuda Guo

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The phase stability, mechanical, electronic, and thermodynamic properties of In-Zr compounds have been explored using the first-principles calculation based on density functional theory (DFT. The calculated formation enthalpies show that these compounds are all thermodynamically stable. Information on electronic structure indicates that they possess metallic characteristics and there is a common hybridization between In-p and Zr-d states near the Fermi level. Elastic properties have been taken into consideration. The calculated results on the ratio of the bulk to shear modulus (B/G validate that InZr3 has the strongest deformation resistance. The increase of indium content results in the breakout of a linear decrease of the bulk modulus and Young’s modulus. The calculated theoretical hardness of α-In3Zr is higher than the other In-Zr compounds.

  6. Structures and elastic properties of OsN2 investigated via first-principles density functional calculations

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    Wu, Zhijian; Hao, Xianfeng; Liu, Xiaojuan; Meng, Jian

    2007-02-01

    The structure, elastic, and electronic properties of OsN2 at various space groups: cubic Fm-3m , Pa-3 , and orthorhombic Pnnm were studied by first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. Our calculation indicates that the structure in orthorhombic Pnnm phase is energetically more stable compared with cubic systems. It is metallic, mechanically stable and contains diatomic N-N units with the bond distance 1.418Å . These characters are consistent with experimental facts that OsN2 is orthorhombic and metallic. The calculated bulk modulus 394GPa is also the highest among the considered space groups, slightly larger than previous value 358GPa . The calculated elastic anisotropic factors and directional bulk modulus showed that OsN2 possess high elastic anisotropy.

  7. Phase equilibria in the U-Si system from first-principles calculations

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    Noordhoek, Mark J.; Besmann, Theodore M.; Andersson, David; Middleburgh, Simon C.; Chernatynskiy, Aleksandr

    2016-10-01

    Density functional theory calculations have been used with spin-orbit coupling and on-site Coulomb correction (GGA + U) methods to investigate the U-Si system. Structural prediction methods were employed to identify alternate stable structures. Convex hulls of the U-Si system were constructed for each of the methods to highlight the competing energetics of various phases. For GGA calculations, new structures are predicted to be dynamically stable, but these have not been experimentally observed. When the GGA + U (Ueff > 1.3 eV) method is considered, the experimentally observed structures are predicted to be energetically preferred. Phonon calculations were used to investigate the energy predictions and showed that the use of the GGA + U method removes the significant imaginary frequencies observed for U3Si2 when the correction is not considered. Total and partial electron density of states calculations were also performed to understand the role of GGA + U methods and orbitals on the bonding and stability of U-Si compounds.

  8. Explanation of ferromagnetism origin in C-doped ZnO by first principle calculations

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    El Amiri, A., E-mail: aelamiri@casablanca.ma [Laboratoire de Physique Fondamentale et Appliquée (LPFA), Faculté des Sciences Ain Chock, Université Hassan II, B.P. 5366 Mâarif, Casablanca, Maroc (Morocco); Lassri, H. [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux, Micro-électronique, Automatique et Thermique (LPMMAT). Faculté des Sciences Ain Chock, Université Hassan II, B.P. 5366 Mâarif, Casablanca, Maroc (Morocco); Hlil, E.K. [Institut Néel, CNRS et Université Joseph Fourier, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble (France); Abid, M. [Laboratoire de Physique Fondamentale et Appliquée (LPFA), Faculté des Sciences Ain Chock, Université Hassan II, B.P. 5366 Mâarif, Casablanca, Maroc (Morocco)

    2015-01-15

    By ab-initio calculations, we systematically study possible source of ferromagnetism C-doped ZnO compound. The electronic structure and magnetic properties of C-doped ZnO with / without ZnO host and C defects were investigated using the Korringa–Kohn–Rostoker (KKR) method combined with coherent potential approximation (CPA). We show that Zn vacancy and presence of C defects (substitutional, interstitial or combination of both) induce the ferromagnetism in C-doped ZnO. From density of state (DOS) analysis, we show that p–p interaction between C atoms and/or C and O atoms is the mechanism of ferromagnetic coupling in C-doped ZnO. - Highlights: • We study the effect of ZnO host and C defects on ferromagnetism in C-doped ZnO. • Details of KKR method calculations performed to investigate both magnetic and electronic structures. • Magnetic moments, total and partial DOS for C-doped ZnO are well calculated and discussed. • Based on DOS calculations we interpret a origin of ferromagnetism in C-doped ZnO. • Mechanism of ferromagnetic coupling is well proposed.

  9. first-principle calculation of electrons charge density in the diamond ...

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    DR. AMINU

    In a typical modern electronic structure calculation, the charge density is obtained from a certain ... normalized Slater atomic orbital for multi-electron atoms and ions. Since the spherical .... are used as a first approximation (John and Stefan, 2003). 124 ..... Dalton, and Thomas R. Kochler (Plenum Press, New. York) p. 183.

  10. First-principles calculations of Moessbauer hyperfine parameters for solids and large molecules

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    Guenzburger, Diana [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Ellis, D.E. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States). Dept. of Physics; Zeng, Z. [Academia Sinica, Hefei, AH (China). Inst. of Solid-State Physics

    1997-10-01

    Electronic structure calculations based on Density Functional theory were performed for solids and large molecules. The solids were represented by clusters of 60-100 atoms embedded in the potential of the external crystal. Magnetic moments and Moessbauer hyperfine parameters were derived. (author) 22 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Electrochemical dissolution of surface alloys in acids: Thermodynamic trends from first-principles calculations

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    Greeley, Jeffrey Philip; Nørskov, Jens Kehlet

    2007-01-01

    A simple procedure is introduced to use periodic Density Functional Theory calculations to estimate trends in the thermodynamics of surface alloy dissolution in acidic media. With this approach, the dissolution potentials for solute metal atoms embedded in the surface layer of various host metals...

  12. Phonon and Elastic Instabilities in Zincblende TlN under Hydrostatic Pressure from First Principles Calculations

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    SHI Li-Wei; DUAN Yi-Feng; YANG Xian-Qing; TANG Gang

    2011-01-01

    The lattice dynamic and elastic instabilities of zincblende (ZB) thallium nitride (TIN) under hydrostatic pressure are extensively studied to reveal the physically driven mechanism of phase transition from the ZB to a rocksalt structure using pseudopotential plane-wave density functional calculations within the local density approximation. Our calculated results shows that both transverse acoustic phonon mode softening behavior and elastic instability are responsible for the pressure-induced structural phase transition in ZB TIN.%The lattice dynamic and elastic instabilities of zincblende (ZB) thallium nitride (TlN) under hydrostatic pressure are extensively studied to reveal the physically driven mechanism of phase transition from the ZB to a rocksalt structure using pseudopotential plane-wave density functional calculations within the local density approximation.Our calculated results shows that both transverse acoustic phonon mode softening behavior and elastic instability are responsible for the pressure-induced structural phase transition in ZB TlN.Recently,thallium nitride (TlN) was predicted to have a small or even negative energy gap,indicating a semi-metallic character.Thus the combination of thallium with other wide-gap ⅢA-nitrides yields interesting novel ternary semiconducting alloys such as Al1-xTlxN,[1] and Ga1-xTlxN,[2] whose phonon energies can encompass the near-infrared region extending well into the ultraviolet spectral range,with great potential in optical communication systems.

  13. First-principles calculations of graphene nanoribbons in gaseous environments: Structural and electronic properties

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    Vanin, Marco; Gath, Jesper; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer

    2010-01-01

    The stability of graphene nanoribbons in the presence of typical atmospheric molecules is systematically investigated by means of density-functional theory. We calculate the edge formation free energy of five different edge configurations passivated by H, H-2, O, O-2, N-2, CO, CO2, and H2O, respe...

  14. Remarkably enhanced photovoltaic effects and first-principles calculations in neodymium doped BiFeO3

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    Peng, Yi-Ting; Chiou, Shan-Haw; Hsiao, Ching-Hung; (Hao) Ouyang, Chuenhou; Tu, Chi-Shun

    2017-01-01

    Remarkably enhanced photovoltaic effects have been observed in the heterostructures of p-type A-site Nd3+-doped BiFeO3 (Bi0.9375Nd0.0625)FeO3 (or BFONd) polycrystalline ceramics and the n-type ITO thin film. The maximum power conversion is ~0.82%, which is larger than 0.015% in BiFeO3 (BFO) under blue-ultraviolet irradiation of wavelength λ = 405 nm. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristic curve suggests a p-n junction interface between the ITO thin film and BFO (or BFONd) ceramics. The band gaps calculated from first-principles for BFO and BFONd are respectively 2.25 eV and 2.23 eV, which are consistent with the experimental direct band gaps of 2.24 eV and 2.20 eV measured by optical transmission spectra. The reduction of the band gap in BFONd can be explained by the lower electronic Fermi level due to acceptor states revealed by first-principles calculations. The optical calculations show a larger absorption coefficient in BFONd than in BFO. PMID:28337977

  15. Schottky barrier at graphene/metal oxide interfaces: insight from first-principles calculations

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    Cheng, Kai; Han, Nannan; Su, Yan; Zhang, Junfeng; Zhao, Jijun

    2017-02-01

    Anode materials play an important role in determining the performance of lithium ion batteries. In experiment, graphene (GR)/metal oxide (MO) composites possess excellent electrochemical properties and are promising anode materials. Here we perform density functional theory calculations to explore the interfacial interaction between GR and MO. Our result reveals generally weak physical interactions between GR and several MOs (including Cu2O, NiO). The Schottky barrier height (SBH) in these metal/semiconductor heterostructures are computed using the macroscopically averaged electrostatic potential method, and the role of interfacial dipole is discussed. The calculated SBHs below 1 eV suggest low contact resistance; thus these GR/MO composites are favorable anode materials for better lithium ion batteries.

  16. First-Principles Calculations of Elastic and Thermal Properties of Lanthanum Hexaboride

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    XU Guo-Liang; CHEN Jing-Dong; XIA Yao-Zheng; LIU Xue-Feng; LIU Yu-Fang; ZHANG Xian-Zhou

    2009-01-01

    The plane-wave pseudopotential method using the generalized gradient approximation within the framework of density functional theory is applied to anaylse the bulk modulus, thermal expansion coefficient and heat capacity of LAB6. The quasi-harmonic Debye model, using a set of total energy versus volume obtained with the plane-wave pseudopotential method, is applied to the study of the thermal properties and vibrational effects. We analyse the bulk modulus of LaB6 up to 150OK. The elastic properties calculations show that our system is mechanically stable. For the heat capacity and the thermal expansion, significant differences in properties are observed above 30OK. The calculated zero pressure bulk modulus is in good agreement with the experimentai data. Moreover,the Debye temperatures are determined from the non-equilibrium Gibbs functions and compared to available data.

  17. First principles electron-correlated calculations of optical absorption in magnesium clusters

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    Shinde, Ravindra

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we report the calculations of linear optical absorption spectra of various isomers of magnesium clusters Mg$_{n}$ (n=2--5) involving valence transitions, performed using the large-scale all-electron configuration interaction (CI) methodology. First, geometries of several low-lying isomers of each cluster were optimized at the coupled-cluster singles doubles (CCSD) level of theory. These geometries were subsequently employed to perform ground and excited state calculations on these systems using the multi-reference singles-doubles configuration-interaction (MRSDCI) approach, which includes electron correlation effects at a sophisticated level. Resultant CI wave functions were used to compute the optical absorption spectra within the electric-dipole approximation. Our results on magnesium dimer (Mg$_{2}$) isomer are in excellent agreement with the experiments as far as oscillator strengths, and excitation energies are concerned. Owing to a better description of electron-correlation effects, these ...

  18. Schottky barrier at graphene/metal oxide interfaces: insight from first-principles calculations

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    Cheng, Kai; Han, Nannan; Su, Yan; Zhang, Junfeng; Zhao, Jijun

    2017-01-01

    Anode materials play an important role in determining the performance of lithium ion batteries. In experiment, graphene (GR)/metal oxide (MO) composites possess excellent electrochemical properties and are promising anode materials. Here we perform density functional theory calculations to explore the interfacial interaction between GR and MO. Our result reveals generally weak physical interactions between GR and several MOs (including Cu2O, NiO). The Schottky barrier height (SBH) in these metal/semiconductor heterostructures are computed using the macroscopically averaged electrostatic potential method, and the role of interfacial dipole is discussed. The calculated SBHs below 1 eV suggest low contact resistance; thus these GR/MO composites are favorable anode materials for better lithium ion batteries. PMID:28165485

  19. First-Principles Calculation, Synthesis, and Catalytic Properties of Rh-Cu Alloy Nanoparticles.

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    Komatsu, Tokutaro; Kobayashi, Hirokazu; Kusada, Kohei; Kubota, Yoshiki; Takata, Masaki; Yamamoto, Tomokazu; Matsumura, Syo; Sato, Katsutoshi; Nagaoka, Katsutoshi; Kitagawa, Hiroshi

    2017-01-01

    The first synthesis of pure Rh1-x Cux solid-solution nanoparticles is reported. In contrast to the bulk state, the solid-solution phase was stable up to 750 °C. Based on facile density-functional calculations, we made a prediction that the catalytic activity of Rh1-x Cux can be maintained even with 50 at % replacement of Rh with Cu. The prediction was confirmed for the catalytic activities on CO and NOx conversions.

  20. Electrical Properties of Hydrous Forsterite Derived from First-Principles Calculations

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    WANG Duo-Jun; LIU Zai-Yang; YI Li; SHI Bao-Ping

    2011-01-01

    @@ We investigate electrical properties of anhydrous and hydrous forsterite crystalwith 3.2 wt% water by using firstprinciples calculations.The calculation results indicate that the pressure weakly affects the electrical properties of anhydrous forsterite.Two types of defect configurations involving the two hydrogen atoms in different positions are considered.Type 1 involves the entrapment of two hydrogen atoms in a Mg vacancy,which demonstrates little effect on the electronic density of states(DoS) of the forsterite crystal.Type 2 corresponds to the replacement of one hydrogen atom into the Mg vacancy with the other one located in different orientations(free proton model).It is this configuration that can significantly change the DoS of the forsterite crystal.The gap energy of the free proton model derived at different orientations is in the range of 0.693-1.007eV.%We investigate electrical properties of anhydrous and hydrous forsterite crystal with 3.2 wt% water by using firstprinciples calculations. The calculation results indicate that the pressure weakly affects the electrical properties of anhydrous forsterite. Two types of defect configurations involving the two hydrogen atoms in different positions are considered. Type 1 involves the entrapment of two hydrogen atoms in a Mg vacancy, which demonstrates little effect on the electronic density of states (DoS) of the forsterite crystal. Type 2 corresponds to the replacement of one hydrogen atom into the Mg vacancy with the other one located in different orientations (free proton model).It is this configuration that can significantly change the DoS of the forsterite crystal. The gap energy of the free proton model derived at different orientations is in the range of 0.693-1.007eV.

  1. First-Principles Calculation of Static Equation of State and Elastic Constants for GaSe

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    ZHANG Dong-Wen; JIN Feng-Tao; YUAN Jian-Min

    2006-01-01

    @@ The all-electron full potential augmented plane-wave plus local orbital (APW+1o) method with the local-density approximation (LDA) is used to calculate the static equation of state (EOS) and elastic constants of crystalline GaSe. After the full relaxation of atomic positions, the calculated band structure at ambient pressure is consistent with the experimental data to the extent expected to give the known limits of LDA one-electron energies. The equilibrium lattice parameters found here exhibit the usual LDA-induced contraction. However, constrained with the experimental cell volume, the interlayer separation exhibits an expansion due to the LDA underestimate of the weak interlayer bonding. The calculated values of elastic constants are in good agreement with acoustic measurements. The pressure derivatives of the lattice constants derived from the theoretical elastic constants are in very good agreement with x-ray spectra measurements. Two analytical EOSs have been determined at pressures up to 4.5 GPa. The pressure evolution of the structure indicates that the layer thickness decreasesslightly under pressure.

  2. Intraprotein electrostatics derived from first principles: divide-and-conquer approaches for QM/MM calculations.

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    Molina, Pablo A; Li, Hui; Jensen, Jan H

    2003-12-01

    Two divide-and-conquer (DAQ) approaches for building multipole-based molecular electrostatic potentials of proteins are presented and evaluated for use in QM/MM calculations. One approach is a further development of the neutralization method of Bellido and Rullmann (J Comput Chem 1989, 10, 479-487) while the other is based on removing part of the electron density before performing the multipole expansion. Both methods create systems with integer charges without using charge renormalization. To determine their performance in terms of location of cuts and distance to QM region, the new DAQ approaches are tested in calculations of the proton affinity of N(zeta) of Lys55 in the inhibitor turkey ovomucoid third domain. Finally, the two methods are used to build a variety of MM regions, applied to calculations of the pK(a) of Lys55, and compared to other computational methodologies in which force field charges are employed. Copyright 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Comput Chem 24: 1971-1979, 2003

  3. Using first principles calculations to identify new destabilized metal hydride reactions for reversible hydrogen storage.

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    Alapati, Sudhakar V; Karl Johnson, J; Sholl, David S

    2007-03-28

    Hydrides of period 2 and 3 elements are promising candidates for hydrogen storage, but typically have heats of reaction that are too high to be of use for fuel cell vehicles. Recent experimental work has focused on destabilizing metal hydrides through mixing metal hydrides with other compounds. A very large number of possible destabilized metal hydride reaction schemes exist, but the thermodynamic data required to assess the enthalpies of these reactions are not available in many cases. We have used density functional theory calculations to predict the reaction enthalpies for more than 300 destabilization reactions that have not previously been reported. The large majority of these reactions are predicted not to be useful for reversible hydrogen storage, having calculated reaction enthalpies that are either too high or too low, and hence these reactions need not be investigated experimentally. Our calculations also identify multiple promising reactions that have large enough hydrogen storage capacities to be useful in practical applications and have reaction thermodynamics that appear to be suitable for use in fuel cell vehicles and are therefore promising candidates for experimental work.

  4. Self-assembled peptide nanotubes as electronic materials: An evaluation from first-principles calculations

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    Akdim, Brahim, E-mail: brahim.akdim.ctr@us.af.mil, E-mail: ruth.pachter@us.af.mil [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433 (United States); General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc., 500 Springfield Pike, Dayton, Ohio 454331 (United States); Pachter, Ruth, E-mail: brahim.akdim.ctr@us.af.mil, E-mail: ruth.pachter@us.af.mil; Naik, Rajesh R. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433 (United States)

    2015-05-04

    In this letter, we report on the evaluation of diphenylalanine (FF), dityrosine (YY), and phenylalanine-tryptophan (FW) self-assembled peptide nanotube structures for electronics and photonics applications. Realistic bulk peptide nanotube material models were used in density functional theory calculations to mimic the well-ordered tubular nanostructures. Importantly, validated functionals were applied, specifically by using a London dispersion correction to model intertube interactions and a range-separated hybrid functional for accurate bandgap calculations. Bandgaps were found consistent with available experimental data for FF, and also corroborate the higher conductance reported for FW in comparison to FF peptide nanotubes. Interestingly, the predicted bandgap for the YY tubular nanostructure was found to be slightly higher than that of FW, suggesting higher conductance as well. In addition, the band structure calculations along the high symmetry line of nanotube axis revealed a direct bandgap for FF. The results enhance our understanding of the electronic properties of these material systems and will pave the way into their application in devices.

  5. First-principles calculated decomposition pathways for LiBH4 nanoclusters

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    Huang, Zhi-Quan; Chen, Wei-Chih; Chuang, Feng-Chuan; Majzoub, Eric H.; Ozoliņš, Vidvuds

    2016-05-01

    We analyze thermodynamic stability and decomposition pathways of LiBH4 nanoclusters using grand-canonical free-energy minimization based on total energies and vibrational frequencies obtained from density-functional theory (DFT) calculations. We consider (LiBH4)n nanoclusters with n = 2 to 12 as reactants, while the possible products include (Li)n, (B)n, (LiB)n, (LiH)n, and Li2BnHn; off-stoichiometric LinBnHm (m ≤ 4n) clusters were considered for n = 2, 3, and 6. Cluster ground-state configurations have been predicted using prototype electrostatic ground-state (PEGS) and genetic algorithm (GA) based structural optimizations. Free-energy calculations show hydrogen release pathways markedly differ from those in bulk LiBH4. While experiments have found that the bulk material decomposes into LiH and B, with Li2B12H12 as a kinetically inhibited intermediate phase, (LiBH4)n nanoclusters with n ≤ 12 are predicted to decompose into mixed LinBn clusters via a series of intermediate clusters of LinBnHm (m ≤ 4n). The calculated pressure-composition isotherms and temperature-pressure isobars exhibit sloping plateaus due to finite size effects on reaction thermodynamics. Generally, decomposition temperatures of free-standing clusters are found to increase with decreasing cluster size due to thermodynamic destabilization of reaction products.

  6. Electrical conductivity in oxygen-deficient phases of transition metal oxides from first-principles calculations.

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    Bondi, Robert James; Desjarlais, Michael Paul; Thompson, Aidan Patrick; Brennecka, Geoffrey L.; Marinella, Matthew

    2013-09-01

    Density-functional theory calculations, ab-initio molecular dynamics, and the Kubo-Greenwood formula are applied to predict electrical conductivity in Ta2Ox (0 x 5) as a function of composition, phase, and temperature, where additional focus is given to various oxidation states of the O monovacancy (VOn; n=0,1+,2+). Our calculations of DC conductivity at 300K agree well with experimental measurements taken on Ta2Ox thin films and bulk Ta2O5 powder-sintered pellets, although simulation accuracy can be improved for the most insulating, stoichiometric compositions. Our conductivity calculations and further interrogation of the O-deficient Ta2O5 electronic structure provide further theoretical basis to substantiate VO0 as a donor dopant in Ta2O5 and other metal oxides. Furthermore, this dopant-like behavior appears specific to neutral VO cases in both Ta2O5 and TiO2 and was not observed in other oxidation states. This suggests that reduction and oxidation reactions may effectively act as donor activation and deactivation mechanisms, respectively, for VO0 in transition metal oxides.

  7. Parallel computing and first-principles calculations: Applications to complex ceramics and Vitamin B12

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    Ouyang, Lizhi

    A systematic improvement and extension of the orthogonalized linear combinations of atomic orbitals method was carried out using a combined computational and theoretical approach. For high performance parallel computing, a Beowulf class personal computer cluster was constructed. It also served as a parallel program development platform that helped us to port the programs of the method to the national supercomputer facilities. The program, received a language upgrade from Fortran 77 to Fortran 90, and a dynamic memory allocation feature. A preliminary parallel High Performance Fortran version of the program has been developed as well. To be of more benefit though, scalability improvements are needed. In order to circumvent the difficulties of the analytical force calculation in the method, we developed a geometry optimization scheme using the finite difference approximation based on the total energy calculation. The implementation of this scheme was facilitated by the powerful general utility lattice program, which offers many desired features such as multiple optimization schemes and usage of space group symmetry. So far, many ceramic oxides have been tested with the geometry optimization program. Their optimized geometries were in excellent agreement with the experimental data. For nine ceramic oxide crystals, the optimized cell parameters differ from the experimental ones within 0.5%. Moreover, the geometry optimization was recently used to predict a new phase of TiNx. The method has also been used to investigate a complex Vitamin B12-derivative, the OHCbl crystals. In order to overcome the prohibitive disk I/O demand, an on-demand version of the method was developed. Based on the electronic structure calculation of the OHCbl crystal, a partial density of states analysis and a bond order analysis were carried out. The calculated bonding of the corrin ring of OHCbl model was coincident with the big open-ring pi bond. One interesting find of the calculation was

  8. Electronic and optical properties of titanium nitride bulk and surfaces from first principles calculations

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    Mehmood, Faisal; Pachter, Ruth; Murphy, Neil R.; Johnson, Walter E.

    2015-11-01

    Prediction of the frequency-dependent dielectric function of thin films poses computational challenges, and at the same time experimental characterization by spectroscopic ellipsometry remains difficult to interpret because of changes in stoichiometry and surface morphology, temperature, thickness of the film, or substrate. In this work, we report calculations for titanium nitride (TiN), a promising material for plasmonic applications because of less loss and other practical advantages compared to noble metals. We investigated structural, electronic, and optical properties of stoichiometric bulk TiN, as well as of the TiN(100), TiN(110), and TiN(111) outermost surfaces. Density functional theory (DFT) and many-body GW methods (Green's (G) function-based approximation with screened Coulomb interaction (W)) were used, ranging from G0W0, GW0 to partially self-consistent sc-GW0, as well as the GW-BSE (Bethe-Salpeter equation) and time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) methods for prediction of the optical properties. Structural parameters and the band structure for bulk TiN were shown to be consistent with previous work. Calculated dielectric functions, plasma frequencies, reflectivity, and the electron energy loss spectrum demonstrated consistency with experiment at the GW0-BSE level. Deviations from experimental data are expected due to varying experimental conditions. Comparison of our results to spectroscopic ellipsometry data for realistic nanostructures has shown that although TDDFT may provide a computationally feasible level of theory in evaluation of the dielectric function, application is subject to validation with GW-BSE calculations.

  9. First Principles Calculations of Electronic and Thermal Properties of AIRE (RE = La, Ce and Pr) Compounds

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    Srivastava, Vipul; Aynyas, M.; Rajagopalan, M.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2008-04-01

    Electronic properties of non-magnetic cubic B2-type AIRE (RE = La, Ce and Pr) compounds have been derived from self-consistent tight binding linear muffin tin orbital method at ambient pressure. These compounds show metallic behaviour under ambient conditions. While thermal properties like Debye temperature and Grüneisen constant are calculated at T = 0 K within the Debye-Grüneisen model and compared with the others theoretical results. We have also performed a pressure induced variation of Debye temperature. We have found a decrease in Debye temperature around 40 kbar in all the AIRE compounds.

  10. DNA-psoralen: single-molecule experiments and first principles calculations

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    Rocha, M S; Alexandre, S S; Nunes, R W; Mesquita, O N; 10.1063/1.3276555

    2010-01-01

    The authors measure the persistence and contour lengths of DNA-psoralen complexes, as a function of psoralen concentration, for intercalated and crosslinked complexes. In both cases, the persistence length monotonically increases until a certain critical concentration is reached, above which it abruptly decreases and remains approximately constant. The contour length of the complexes exhibits no such discontinuous behavior. By fitting the relative increase of the contour length to the neighbor exclusion model, we obtain the exclusion number and the intrinsic intercalating constant of the psoralen-DNA interaction. Ab initio calculations are employed in order to provide an atomistic picture of these experimental findings.

  11. Trends in elasticity and electronic structure of 5d transition metal diborides: first-principles calculations

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    Hao Xianfeng [Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Wu Zhijian [Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Xu Yuanhui [School of Biological Engineering, Changchun University of Technology, Changchun 130012 (China); Zhou Defeng [School of Biological Engineering, Changchun University of Technology, Changchun 130012 (China); Liu Xiaojuan [Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Meng Jian [Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2007-05-16

    We investigate the cohesive energy, heat of formation, elastic constant and electronic band structure of transition metal diborides TMB{sub 2} (TM = Hf, Ta, W, Re, Os and Ir, Pt) in the Pmmn space group using the ab initio pseudopotential total energy method. Our calculations indicate that there is a relationship between elastic constant and valence electron concentration (VEC): the bulk modulus and shear modulus achieve their maximum when the VEC is in the range of 6.8-7.2. In addition, trends in the elastic constant are well explained in terms of electronic band structure analysis, e.g., occupation of valence electrons in states near the Fermi level, which determines the cohesive energy and elastic properties. The maximum in bulk modulus and shear modulus is attributed to the nearly complete filling of TM d-B p bonding states without filling the antibonding states. On the basis of the observed relationship, we predict that alloying W and Re in the orthorhombic structure OsB{sub 2} might be harder than alloying the Ir element. Indeed, the further calculations confirmed this expectation.

  12. Electronic Structure of Aromatic and Quinoidic Oligothiophenes by First-principles Calculations

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    Mizuseki, Hiroshi; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2009-03-01

    Since the discovery in 1977 that trans-polyacetylene can be made electrically conducting by means of doping[1] several different conjugated polymers with interesting properties in the conducting and semiconducting phases have been discovered. Polythiophene has a typical π-conjugated system, then many polythiophenes are synthesized and several have been well characterized. Calculation systems based on neutral, doubly charged, and highly charged oligomers whose all ring are linked to have linear chains were studied as model for the polaronic defects in doped polythiophenes. The energetics of the aromatic and quinoid structures is investigated using the both ends of neutral oligomers substituted by dimethyl and dimethylen. To estimate the electronic structures, the difference between corresponding bond lengths along the C-C path of neutral, dicationic, and dianionic oligomers, were investigated. Calculations were performed on systems containing 16 monomers, by using B3LYP/6-31G(d) level of theory. References [1] C. K. Chiang et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 39, 1098 (1977). [2] http://www-lab.imr.edu/˜mizuseki/nanowire.html

  13. First-principles calculations on double-walled inorganic nanotubes with hexagonal chiralities

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    Zhukovskii, Yuri F [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, 8 Kengaraga Str., LV-1063, Riga (Latvia); Evarestov, Robert A; Bandura, Andrei V; Losev, Maxim V, E-mail: quantzh@latnet.lv [Department of Quantum Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University, 26 Universitetsky Ave., 198504, Petrodvorets (Russian Federation)

    2011-06-23

    The two sets of commensurate double-walled boron nitride and titania hexagonally-structured nanotubes (DW BN and TiO{sub 2} NTs) possessing either armchair- or zigzag-type chiralities have been considered, i.e., (n{sub 1},n{sub 1})-(n{sub 2},n{sub 2}) or (n{sub 1},0)-(n{sub 2},0), respectively. For symmetry analysis of these nanotubes, the line symmetry groups for one-periodic (1D) nanostructures with rotohelical symmetry have been applied. To analyze the structural and electronic properties of hexagonal DW NTs, a series of large-scale ab initio DFT-LCAO calculations have been performed using the hybrid Hartree-Fock/Kohn-Sham exchange-correlation functional PBE0 (as implemented in CRYSTAL-09 code). To establish the optimal inter-shell distances within DW NTs corresponding to the minima of calculated total energy, the chiral indices n{sub 1} and n{sub 2} of the constituent single-walled (SW) nanotubes have been successively varied.

  14. Band-gap control in phosphorene/BN structures from first-principles calculations

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    Marsoner Steinkasserer, Lukas Eugen; Suhr, Simon; Paulus, Beate

    2016-09-01

    Using both DFT as well as G0W0 calculations, we investigate static and dynamic effects on the phosphorene band gap upon deposition and encapsulation on/in BN multilayers. We demonstrate how competing long- and short-range effects cause the phosphorene band gap to increase at low P -BN interlayer spacings, while the band gap is found to drop below that of isolated phosphorene in the BN/P bilayer at intermediate distances around 4 Å. Subsequent stacking of BN layers, i.e., BN/BN/P and BN/BN/BN/P is found to have a negligible effect at the DFT level while at the G0W0 level, increased screening lowers the band gap as compared to the BN/P bilayer. Encapsulation between two BN layers, on the other hand, is found to further increase the phosphorene band gap with respect to the BN/P bilayer. Lastly we investigate the use of the GLLB-SC functional as a starting point for G0W0 calculations showing it to, in the case of phosphorene, yield results close to those obtained from G W0@P B E .

  15. Thermal transport in van der Waals solids from first-principles calculations

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    Lindroth, Daniel O.; Erhart, Paul

    2016-09-01

    The lattice thermal expansion and conductivity in bulk Mo and W-based transition metal dichalcogenides are investigated by means of density functional and Boltzmann transport theory calculations. To this end, a recent van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF-CX) is employed, which is shown to yield excellent agreement with reference data for the structural parameters. The calculated in-plane thermal conductivity compares well with experimental room-temperature values, when phonon-phonon and isotopic scattering are included. To explain the behavior over the entire available temperature range one must, however, include additional (temperature independent) scattering mechanisms that limit the mean free path. Generally, the primary heat carrying modes have mean free paths of 1 μ m or more, which makes these materials very susceptible to structural defects. The conductivity of Mo- and W-based transition metal dichalcogenides is primarily determined by the chalcogenide species and increases in the order Te-Se-S. While for the tellurides and selenides the transition metal element has a negligible effect, the conductivity of WS2 is notably higher than for MoS2, which may be traced to the much larger phonon band gap of the former. Overall, the present study provides a consistent set of thermal conductivities that reveal chemical trends and constitute the basis for future investigations of van der Waals solids.

  16. Light-element diffusion in Mg using first-principles calculations: Anisotropy and elastodiffusion

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    Agarwal, Ravi; Trinkle, Dallas R.

    2016-08-01

    The light-elemental solutes B, C, N, and O can penetrate the surface of Mg alloys and diffuse during heat treatment or high temperature application, forming undesirable compounds. We investigate the diffusion of these solutes by determining their stable interstitial sites and the interpenetrating network formed by these sites. We use density functional theory (DFT) to calculate the site energies, migration barriers, and attempt frequencies for these networks to inform our analytical model for bulk diffusion. Due to the nature of the networks, O diffuses isotropically, while B, C, and N diffuse anisotropically. We compute the elastodiffusion tensor which quantifies changes in diffusivity due to small strains that perturb the diffusion network geometry and the migration barriers. The DFT-computed elastic dipole tensor which quantifies the change in site energies and migration barriers due to small strains is used as an input to determine the elastodiffusion tensor. We employ the elastodiffusion tensor to determine the effect of thermal strains on interstitial diffusion and find that B, C, and N diffusivity increases on crystal expansion, while O diffusivity decreases. From the elastodiffusion and compliance tensors we calculate the activation volume of diffusion and find that it is positive and anisotropic for B, C, and N diffusion, whereas it is negative and isotropic for O diffusion.

  17. Theoretical study of optical characteristics of multilayer coatings ZnO/CdS/CdTe using first-principles calculations

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    Derkaoui, Z.; Kebbab, Z.; Miloua, R.; Benramdane, N.

    2009-08-01

    A new method for predicting optical characteristics of multilayer coatings based on calculated material properties is presented. This method combines the use of the full potential linear-augmented plane wave method (FP-LAPW) within the framework of the Density Functional Theory (DFT) and the optical matrix approach for modeling the multilayer assembly. The simulation process is applied to thin films of the II-VI semiconductors compounds. The optical constants of each thin film are determined by using the first principle calculations. Each layer is represented by the square Abeles matrix, including all necessary data in the calculation of the optical characteristics (as transmittance, reflectance and absorbance). The simulation of multilayer optical response includes the effect of thickness, light polarization and incident angle. The obtained results are helpful in the design of the multilayer systems with required properties.

  18. First principles calculation of L2{sub 1}+A2 coherent equilibria in the Fe-Al-Ti system

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    Alonso, Paula R., E-mail: pralonso@cnea.gov.a [Departamento de Materiales (GIDAT-CAC), Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Avda. General Paz 1499, B1650KNA San Martin, Pcia. Buenos Aires (Argentina); Instituto Sabato, Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Avda. General Paz 1499, B1650KNA San Martin, Pcia. Buenos Aires (Argentina); Gargano, Pablo H. [Departamento de Materiales (GIDAT-CAC), Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Avda. General Paz 1499, B1650KNA San Martin, Pcia. Buenos Aires (Argentina); Instituto Sabato, Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Avda. General Paz 1499, B1650KNA San Martin, Pcia. Buenos Aires (Argentina); Ramirez-Caballero, Gustavo E.; Balbuena, Perla B. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A and M University, College Station, TX 77843 (United States); Rubiolo, Gerardo H. [Departamento de Materiales (GIDAT-CAC), Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Avda. General Paz 1499, B1650KNA San Martin, Pcia. Buenos Aires (Argentina); Instituto Sabato, Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Avda. General Paz 1499, B1650KNA San Martin, Pcia. Buenos Aires (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnologicas (CONICET), Avda Rivadavia 1917, C1033AAJ Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2009-10-01

    By combining first-principles density functional total energy calculations and statistical mechanics the ground state and the phase equilibria at finite temperatures of the ternary system Fe-Al-Ti have been investigated. Total energy calculations have been performed by means of the Wien 2k code to establish the ground state energetic. A cluster expansion method was therewith used to describe solid solutions. At several chosen finite temperatures the cluster variation method in the irregular tetrahedron approximation was employed in order to calculate the iron rich ternary bcc equilibria. It is confirmed that there are two kinds of phase separations of the bcc phase, A2+L2{sub 1} and B2+L2{sub 1}.

  19. Insight into the mechanical, thermodynamics and superconductor properties of NbRuB via first-principles calculation.

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    Tian, Wenyan; Chen, Haichuan

    2016-01-01

    Using the first-principles calculations, the electronic structure, chemical bonding, mechanical, thermodynamics and superconductor properties of NbRuB are investigated. The optimized lattice parameters were in good agreement with the experimental data. The analysis of the density of states and chemical bonding implies that the metallic behavior of NbRuB originates from the Ru and Nb, and the bonding behaviors are a mixture of covalent-ionic bonds. The bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio and hardness of NbRuB were calculated. The results reveal that the NbRuB is ductility and the Vickers hardness is 15.06 GPa. Moreover, the 3D dependences of reciprocals of Young's modulus is also calculated and discussed, showing strong anisotropic character for NbRuB. Finally, the Debye temperature and superconducting transition temperature are obtained.

  20. First principles calculations for liquids and solids using maximally localized Wannier functions

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    Swartz, Charles W., VI

    The field of condensed matter computational physics has seen an explosion of applicability over the last 50+ years. Since the very first calculations with ENIAC and MANIAC the field has continued to pushed the boundaries of what is possible; from the first large-scale molecular dynamics simulation, to the implementation of Density Functional Theory and large scale Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics, to million-core turbulence calculations by Standford. These milestones represent not only technological advances but theoretical breakthroughs and algorithmic improvements as well. The work in this thesis was completed in the hopes of furthering such advancement, even by a small fraction. Here we will focus mainly on the calculation of electronic and structural properties of solids and liquids, where we shall implement a wide range of novel approaches that are both computational efficient and physically enlightening. To this end we routinely will work with maximally localized Wannier functions (MLWFs) which have recently seen a revival in mainstream scientific literature. MLWFs present us with interesting opportunity to calculate a localized orbital within the planewave formalism of atomistic simulations. Such a localization will prove to be invaluable in the construction of layer-based superlattice models, linear scaling hybrid functional schemes and model quasiparticle calculations. In the first application of MLWF we will look at modeling functional piezoelectricity in superlattices. Based on the locality principle of insulating superlattices, we apply the method of Wu et al to the piezoelectric strains of individual layers under iifixed displacement field. For a superlattice of arbitrary stacking sequence an accurate model is acquired for predicting piezoelectricity. By applying the model in the superlattices where ferroelectric and antiferrodistortive modes are in competition, functional piezoelectricity can be achieved. A strong nonlinear effect is observed and can

  1. Recent progress of first principles calculations in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells.

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    Yun, Sining; Zhou, Xiao; Even, Jacky; Hagfeldt, Anders

    2017-05-23

    Hybrid halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) exceeding 22% power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) have attracted considerable global attention due to the intrinsic nature of perovskite. Although we all know about that perovskite plays a significant role in the operation of PSCs, the fundamental theories associated with perovskite have not been resolved by the exponential increase in research effort. This raises questions about whether the first-principles calculations are sufficiently addressing the underlying issues in perovskite. In this minireview, we assess the current understanding of structural and electronic properties, defects, ionic diffusion, and shift current for CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite based on the first-principles calculations, and the effect of ionic transport on the hysteresis of current-voltage curves in PSCs. The shift current connected to the possible presence of ferroelectricity is also discussed. The current state-of-the-art and some open questions regarding PSCs are also highlighted, and the benefits, challenges, and potentials of perovskite for use in PSCs are especially stressed. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. 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.

  3. Insights to Superconducting Radio-Frequency Cavity Processing from First Principles Calculations and Spectroscopic Techniques

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    Ford, Denise Christine [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States)

    2013-03-01

    Insights to the fundamental processes that occur during the manufacturing of niobium superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) cavities are provided via analyses of density functional theory calculations and Raman, infrared, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra. I show that during electropolishing fluorine is bound and released by the reaction of the acid components in the solution: HF + H2SO4 <-> HFSO3 + H2O. This result implies that new recipes can possibly be developed on the principle of controlled release of fluorine by a chemical reaction. I also show that NMR or Raman spectroscopy can be used to monitor the free fluorine when polishing with the standard electropolishing recipe. Density functional theory was applied to calculate the properties of common processing impurities – hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon – in the niobium. These impurities lower the superconducting transition temperature of niobium, and hydride precipitates are at best weakly superconducting. I modeled several of the niobium hydride phases relevant to SRF cavities, and explain the phase changes in the niobium hydrogen system based on the charge transfer between niobium and hydrogen and the strain field inside of the niobium. I also present evidence for a niobium lattice vacancy serving as a nucleation center for hydride phase formation. In considering the other chemical impurities in niobium, I show that the absorption of oxygen into a niobium lattice vacancy is preferred over the absorption of hydrogen, which indicates that oxygen can block these phase nucleation centers. I also show that dissolved oxygen atoms can trap dissolved hydrogen atoms to prevent niobium hydride phase formation. Nitrogen and carbon were studied in less depth, but behaved similarly to oxygen. Based on these results and a literature survey, I propose a mechanism for the success of the low-temperature anneal applied to niobium SRF cavities. Finally, I

  4. Investigating the adsorption of H2O on ZnO nanoclusters by first principle calculations

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    Al-Sunaidi, Abdullah A.

    2011-04-01

    The interaction of a single H2O molecule on selected ZnO nanoclusters is investigated by carrying out calculations based on the density-functional theory at the hybrid-GGA (B97-2) level. These clusters have ring, drum, tube and bubble shapes and their physical properties like the binding energy and the band gap energy depend strongly on the shape and size of the cluster. Depending on the stability of the cluster, H2O show both chemisorption and dissociation on the surfaces of the clusters. We analyzed the effect of H2O adsorption on the properties of clusters of size n = 12 via the density of state, HOMO-LUMO orbitals and the changes in the IR frequencies. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. 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.

  6. Explanation of ferromagnetism origin in N-doped ZnO by first-principle calculations

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    A El Amiri; H Lassri; E K Hlil; M Abid

    2016-02-01

    By $ab-initio$ calculations, the possible source of ferromagnetism in N-doped ZnO compound was systematically studied. The electronic structure and magnetic properties of N-doped ZnO with/without ZnO host and N defects were investigated using the Korringa–Kohn–Rostoker method combined with coherent potential approximation. It was shown that Zn vacancy and the presence of N defects (substitutional, interstitial or combination of both) induce the ferromagnetism in N-doped ZnO. From density of state analysis, it was shown that p–p interaction between 2p-elements (N,O) is the mechanism of ferromagnetic coupling in N-doped ZnO.

  7. Acetone gas sensing mechanism on zinc oxide surfaces: A first principles calculation

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    Sadeghian Lemraski, M.; Nadimi, E.

    2017-03-01

    Semiconducting metal oxide gas sensors have attracted growing interest as a result of their outstanding performance in the bio and industrial applications. Nevertheless, the sensing mechanism is yet not totally understood. In this study, we extensively investigate the adsorption mechanism of acetone molecule on ZnO-based thin film sensors by performing ab initio density functional theory calculations and employing quantum molecular dynamic simulations. Since the sensitivity of a metal oxide sensor is exceedingly depends on molecular oxygen exposure and operating temperature, we explore the competitive adsorption of acetone and oxygen molecule on the most stable orientation of ZnO surface (10 1 ̅ 0) at different temperatures. Results indicate that at elevated temperatures acetone gains required thermal energy to remove preadsorbed oxygen molecule from the surface in a competitive process. We will show that this competition is responsible for the resistive switching behavior in the ZnO-based gas sensors.

  8. First principles calculations of the optical and plasmonic response of Au alloys and intermetallic compounds.

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    Keast, V J; Barnett, R L; Cortie, M B

    2014-07-30

    Pure Au is widely used in plasmonic applications even though its use is compromised by significant losses due to damping. There are some elements that are less lossy than Au (e.g. Ag or Al) but they will normally oxidize or corrode under ambient conditions. Here we examine whether alloying Au with a second element would be beneficial for plasmonic applications. In order to evaluate potential alternatives to pure Au, the density of states (DOS), dielectric function and plasmon quality factor have been calculated for alloys and compounds of Au with Al, Cd, Mg, Pd, Pt, Sn, Ti, Zn and Zr. Substitutional alloying of Au with Al, Cd, Mg and Zn was found to slightly improve the plasmonic response. Of the large number of intermetallic compounds studied, only AuAl2, Au3Cd, AuMg, AuCd and AuZn were found to be suitable for plasmonic applications.

  9. First-principles calculations on the four phases of BaTiO3.

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    Evarestov, Robert A; Bandura, Andrei V

    2012-04-30

    The calculations based on linear combination of atomic orbitals basis functions as implemented in CRYSTAL09 computer code have been performed for cubic, tetragonal, orthorhombic, and rhombohedral modifications of BaTiO(3) crystal. Structural and electronic properties as well as phonon frequencies were obtained using local density approximation, generalized gradient approximation, and hybrid exchange-correlation density functional theory (DFT) functionals for four stable phases of BaTiO(3). A comparison was made between the results of different DFT techniques. It is concluded that the hybrid PBE0 [J. P. Perdew, K. Burke, M. Ernzerhof, J. Chem. Phys. 1996, 105, 9982.] functional is able to predict correctly the structural stability and phonon properties both for cubic and ferroelectric phases of BaTiO(3). The comparative phonon symmetry analysis in BaTiO(3) four phases has been made basing on the site symmetry and irreducible representation indexes for the first time.

  10. Phase transition and thermodynamic properties of SrS via first-principles calculations

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    Cheng Yan; Lu Lai-Yu; Jia Ou-He; Chen Xiang-Rong

    2008-01-01

    The phase transition of SrS from NaG1 structure (B1) to CsCl structure (B2) is investigated by means of ab initio plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory, and the thermodynamic properties of the B1 and the B2 structures are obtained through the quasi-harmonic Debye model. It is found that the transition phase from the B1 to the B2 structures occurs at 17.9 GPa, which is in good agreement with experimental data and other calculated results.Moreover, the thermodynamic properties (including specific heat capacity, the Debye temperature, thermal expansion and Grüneisen parameter) have also been obtained successfully.

  11. Structural and thermodynamic properties of wurtzite-type aluminium nitride from first-principles calculations

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    Wang Yong-Liang; Ai Qiong; Chen Xiang-Rong; Cai Ling-Cang

    2007-01-01

    The lattice parameter, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative of the wurtzite-type aluminium nitride (w-AlN)are investigated by using the Cambridge Serial Total Energy Package (CASTEP) program in the framework of Density Functional Theory (DFT). The calculated results are in good agreement with the available experimental data and other theoretical results. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, the dependences of the normalized lattice parameters a/a0 and c/c0, axial ratio c/a, normalized primitive-cell volume V/V0, Debye temperature ΘD and heat capacity Cv on pressure P and temperature T are obtained. It is found that the interlayer covalent interactions (Al-N bonds) are more (even a little) sensitive to temperature and pressure than intralayer ones (N-N bonds), which gives rise to a little lattice anisotropy in the w-AlN.

  12. First principle calculations of the chemisorption of SOx on doped carbon nanotubes and graphene

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    Al-Sunaidi, Abdullah; Al-Saadi, Abdulaziz A.

    2015-02-01

    We have carried out density-functional calculations to investigate the chemisorption of SO, SO2 and SO3 molecules on Al- and Si-doped carbon nanotubes with chiralities (5,5) and (9,0) and Al-doped graphene. Among several adsorption configurations studied, the most stable ones are those forming Alsbnd O or Sisbnd O bonds. SO2 adsorbs with smaller adsorption energies compared to SO and SO3. The adsorption is also accompanied by a change in the band gap energy; for the Al-doped CNT(9,0), the band gap energy drops by about 50% of its value. The adsorption energies for these gases on Al-doped graphene are comparable to those of the nanotubes.

  13. The abnormal lattice contraction of plutonium hydrides studied by first-principles calculations

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    Ao Bing-Yun; Shi Peng; Guo Yong; Gao Tao

    2013-01-01

    Pu can be loaded with H forming complicated continuous solid solutions and compounds,and causing remarkable electronic and structural changes.Full potential linearized augmented plane wave methods combined with Hubbard parameter U and the spin-orbit effects are employed to investigate the electronic and structural properties of stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric face-centered cubic Pu hydrides (PuHx,x =2,2.25,2.5,2.75,3).The decreasing trend with increasing x of the calculated lattice parameters is in reasonable agreement with the experimental findings.A comparative analysis of the electronic-structure results for a series of PuHx compositions reveals that the lattice contraction results from the associated effects of the enhanced chemical bonding and the size effects involving the interstitial atoms.We find that the size effects are the driving force for the abnormal lattice contraction.

  14. Iron decorated - functionalized MOF for high-capacity hydrogen storage: First-principles calculations

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    Cha, Moon-Hyun; Ihm, Jisoon

    2011-03-01

    We perform electronic structure calculations for the Fe-decorated, OH-functionalized isoreticular metal organic framework 16 (IRMOF16) to investigate the hydrogen storage capacity. Because of the relatively strong Kubas interaction between Fe and H2 , hydrogen molecule can be adsorbed on the proposed MOF even at room temperature. The reversibly usable storage capacity under ambient conditions reaches 6.0 wt%. Fe has a much lower oxidation tendency than other metals (e.g., Ti, Ca, or Li) used for decorating backbone structures and therefore far more convenient in practical implementation. We also find that the spin flip, which comes from the competition between exchange field splitting and ligand field splitting, plays a significant role in the interaction between Fe and H2 .

  15. 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.

  16. First-principles calculations of the electronic structure of one-dimensional C60 polymers

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    Beu, Titus A.; Onoe, Jun; Hida, Akira

    2005-10-01

    The geometrical and electronic properties of two dimers (one with C2h symmetry) from the Stone-Wales rearrangement sequence of C60 dimers [described by E. Osawa and K. Honda, Full Sci. Technol. 4, 939 (1996)] are investigated by density functional and tight-binding calculations. The trimer and the infinite periodic polymer derived from the C2h symmetry dimer are shown to continue a decreasing trend of the energy gap between the highest occupied (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied (LUMO) molecular orbitals to values smaller than 0.1 eV. The very small energy gap, in conjunction with the extension of the HOMO orbital over the whole cross-linkage region, provides an explanation for the observed conducting properties of electron beam irradiated C60 films.

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

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

    2000-08-29

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

  18. Optimization of Norbornadiene Compounds for Solar Thermal Storage by First-Principles Calculations.

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    Kuisma, Mikael; Lundin, Angelica; Moth-Poulsen, Kasper; Hyldgaard, Per; Erhart, Paul

    2016-07-21

    Molecular photoswitches capable of storing solar energy are interesting candidates for future renewable energy applications. Here, using quantum mechanical calculations, we carry out a systematic screening of crucial optical (solar spectrum match) and thermal (storage energy density) properties of 64 such compounds based on the norbornadiene-quadricyclane system. Whereas a substantial number of these molecules reach the theoretical maximum solar power conversion efficiency, this requires a strong red-shift of the absorption spectrum, which causes undesirable absorption by the photoisomer as well as reduced thermal stability. These compounds typically also have a large molecular mass, leading to low storage densities. By contrast, single-substituted systems achieve a good compromise between efficiency and storage density, while avoiding competing absorption by the photo-isomer. This establishes guiding principles for the future development of molecular solar thermal storage systems.

  19. Pushing the limits of first-principles electron-phonon calculations: from photoemission kinks to band gaps

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    Giustino, Feliciano

    2012-02-01

    The electron-phonon interaction is key to some of the most intriguing and technologically important phenomena in condensed matter physics, ranging from superconductivity to charge density waves, electrical resistivity, and thermoelectricity. Starting from the late nineties first-principles calculations of electron-phonon interactions in metals have become increasingly popular, mainly in connection with the study of conventional superconductors and with the interpretation of angle-resolved photoemission experiments. In contrast, progress on first-principles calculations of electron-phonon interactions in insulators has been comparatively slower. This delay is arguably due to the conventional wisdom that the signatures of electron-phonon interactions in semiconductor band structures are so small that they fall within the error bar of the most accurate electronic structure calculations. In order to fill this gap we developed, within the context of state-of-the-art density-functional techniques, a theory proposed by Allen and Heine for calculating the temperature dependence of band gaps in semiconductors [P. B. Allen, V. Heine, J. Phys. C: Solid State Phys. 69, 2305 (1976)]. This methodology allows us to calculate both the temperature dependence of the quasiparticle energies and the renormalization due to zero-point quantum fluctuations. In order to demonstrate this technique an application to the intriguing case of diamond will be discussed [F. Giustino, S. G. Louie, M. L. Cohen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 265501 (2010)]. In this case the calculated temperature dependence of the direct band gap agrees well with spectroscopic ellipsometry data, and the renormalization due to the electron-phonon interaction is found to be spectacularly large (>0.6 eV). This unexpected finding might be only the tip of the iceberg in a research area which remains largely unexplored and which, from a first glimpse, appears rich of surprises.

  20. An approach to first principles electronic structure calculation by symbolic-numeric computation

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    Akihito Kikuchi

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available There is a wide variety of electronic structure calculation cooperating with symbolic computation. The main purpose of the latter is to play an auxiliary role (but not without importance to the former. In the field of quantum physics [1-9], researchers sometimes have to handle complicated mathematical expressions, whose derivation seems almost beyond human power. Thus one resorts to the intensive use of computers, namely, symbolic computation [10-16]. Examples of this can be seen in various topics: atomic energy levels, molecular dynamics, molecular energy and spectra, collision and scattering, lattice spin models and so on [16]. How to obtain molecular integrals analytically or how to manipulate complex formulas in many body interactions, is one such problem. In the former, when one uses special atomic basis for a specific purpose, to express the integrals by the combination of already known analytic functions, may sometimes be very difficult. In the latter, one must rearrange a number of creation and annihilation operators in a suitable order and calculate the analytical expectation value. It is usual that a quantitative and massive computation follows a symbolic one; for the convenience of the numerical computation, it is necessary to reduce a complicated analytic expression into a tractable and computable form. This is the main motive for the introduction of the symbolic computation as a forerunner of the numerical one and their collaboration has won considerable successes. The present work should be classified as one such trial. Meanwhile, the use of symbolic computation in the present work is not limited to indirect and auxiliary part to the numerical computation. The present work can be applicable to a direct and quantitative estimation of the electronic structure, skipping conventional computational methods.

  1. 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.

  2. Theoretical Investigations of Si-Ge Alloys in P42/ncm Phase: First-Principles Calculations

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    Ma, Zhenyang; Liu, Xuhong; Yu, Xinhai; Shi, Chunlei; Yan, Fang

    2017-01-01

    The structural, mechanical, anisotropic, electronic and thermal properties of Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/ncm phase are investigated in this work. The calculations have been performed with an ultra-soft pseudopotential by using the generalized gradient approximation and local density approximation in the framework of density functional theory. The achieved results for the lattice constants and band gaps of P42/ncm-Si and P42/ncm-Ge in this research have good accordance with other results. The calculated elastic constants and elastic moduli of the Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/ncm phase are better than that of the Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/mnm phase. The Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/ncm phase exhibit varying degrees of mechanical anisotropic properties in Poisson’s ratio, shear modulus, Young’s modulus, and universal anisotropic index. The band structures of the Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/ncm phase show that they are all indirect band gap semiconductors with band gap of 1.46 eV, 1.25 eV, 1.36 eV and 1.00 eV, respectively. In addition, we also found that the minimum thermal conductivity κmin of the Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/ncm phase exhibit different degrees of anisotropic properties in (001), (010), (100) and (01¯0) planes. PMID:28772964

  3. Structural analysis of char by Raman spectroscopy: Improving band assignments through computational calculations from first principles

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    Smith, Matthew W.; Dallmeyer, Ian; Johnson, Timothy J.; Brauer, Carolyn S.; McEwen, Jean-Sabin; Espinal, Juan F.; Garcia-Perez, Manuel

    2016-04-01

    Raman spectroscopy is a powerful tool for the characterization of many carbon 27 species. The complex heterogeneous nature of chars and activated carbons has confounded 28 complete analysis due to the additional shoulders observed on the D-band and high intensity 29 valley between the D and G-bands. In this paper the effects of various vacancy and substitution 30 defects have been systematically analyzed via molecular modeling using density functional 31 theory (DFT) and how this is manifested in the calculated gas-phase Raman spectra. The 32 accuracy of these calculations was validated by comparison with (solid-phase) experimental 33 spectra, with a small correction factor being applied to improve the accuracy of frequency 34 predictions. The spectroscopic effects on the char species are best understood in terms of a 35 reduced symmetry as compared to a “parent” coronene molecule. Based upon the simulation 36 results, the shoulder observed in chars near 1200 cm-1 has been assigned to the totally symmetric 37 A1g vibrations of various small polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) as well as those containing 38 rings of seven or more carbons. Intensity between 1400 cm-1 and 1450 cm-1 is assigned to A1g 39 type vibrations present in small PAHs and especially those containing cyclopentane rings. 40 Finally, band intensity between 1500 cm-1 and 1550 cm-1 is ascribed to predominately E2g 41 vibrational modes in strained PAH systems. A total of ten potential bands have been assigned 42 between 1000 cm-1 and 1800 cm-1. These fitting parameters have been used to deconvolute a 43 thermoseries of cellulose chars produced by pyrolysis at 300-700 °C. The results of the 44 deconvolution show consistent growth of PAH clusters with temperature, development of non-45 benzyl rings as temperature increases and loss of oxygenated features between 400 °C and 46 600 °C

  4. Theoretical Investigations of Si-Ge Alloys in P42/ncm Phase: First-Principles Calculations

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    Zhenyang Ma

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available The structural, mechanical, anisotropic, electronic and thermal properties of Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/ncm phase are investigated in this work. The calculations have been performed with an ultra-soft pseudopotential by using the generalized gradient approximation and local density approximation in the framework of density functional theory. The achieved results for the lattice constants and band gaps of P42/ncm-Si and P42/ncm-Ge in this research have good accordance with other results. The calculated elastic constants and elastic moduli of the Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/ncm phase are better than that of the Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/mnm phase. The Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/ncm phase exhibit varying degrees of mechanical anisotropic properties in Poisson’s ratio, shear modulus, Young’s modulus, and universal anisotropic index. The band structures of the Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/ncm phase show that they are all indirect band gap semiconductors with band gap of 1.46 eV, 1.25 eV, 1.36 eV and 1.00 eV, respectively. In addition, we also found that the minimum thermal conductivity κmin of the Si, Si0.667Ge0.333, Si0.333Ge0.667 and Ge in P42/ncm phase exhibit different degrees of anisotropic properties in (001, (010, (100 and (01¯0 planes.

  5. First-principles calculations of the indigo encapsulation and adsorption by MgO nanotubes

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    Sánchez-Ochoa, F., E-mail: fsanchez@ifuap.buap.mx; Cocoletzi, Gregorio H. [Instituto de Física “Ing. Luis Rivera Terrazas,” Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Av. San Claudio y Blvd. 18 Sur, Col. San Manuel, C.P. 72570 Puebla, Pue (Mexico); Canto, Gabriel I. [Departamento de Materiales y Corrosión, Centro de Investigación en Corrosión, Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, Col. Buenavista, C.P. 24039 San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche (Mexico); Takeuchi, Noboru [Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Km 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, CP. 22800 Ensenada, B.C (Mexico)

    2014-06-07

    We have performed ab-initio calculations to investigate the structural and electronic properties of (m,m) chiral magnesium oxide nanotubes, (m,m)MgONTs, to explore the encapsulation, inclusion, and adsorption of dyes (organic molecules) such as Indigo (IND). Studies start by determining the structural parameters of the MgO nanotubes with different diameters and the IND. The indigo encapsulation into the MgONT is studied considering four (m,m) chiralities which yield 4 different NT diameters. In the endohedral functionalization, the indigo is within the NT at a tilt angle as in previous theoretical studies of organic molecules inside carbon and boron-nitride nanotubes. Results show that the encapsulation is a strong exothermic process with the m = 6 case exhibiting the largest encapsulation energy. It is also explored the indigo adsorption on the NT surface in the parallel and perpendicular configurations. The perpendicular configuration of the IND adsorption on the (8,8)MgONT exhibits the largest energy. The indigo inclusion within the NTs meets a potential barrier when m < 6, however this barrier diminishes as the index increases. Additionally, we have determined the total density of states (DOS), partial DOS, electron charge redistributions, and the highest occupied molecular orbital–lowest unoccupied molecular orbital levels for the NTs with m = 6. Very strong binding energies and electron charge transfer from the IND to NTs is present in the atomic structures.

  6. First-principles calculations of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy for spintronic applications

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    Ansarino, Masoud; Ravan, Bahram Abedi

    2017-01-01

    A combination of density functional theory and non-equilibrium Green’s function methods are used to simulate spin-dependent electronic transport in monatomic Au-nanowires sandwiched between ferromagnetic electrodes. Electrodes of the junction are in turn composed of tetragonal FeCo, FePd and FePt alloys. Magnetic anisotropy energies of the electrodes are calculated for different values of the c/a ratios of the electrode lattice constants and it is shown that at c/a = 1.05, the FePt electrodes gain a relatively large amount of magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE). Hence, it is concluded that the ferromagnetic FePt alloy can be used as a suitable type of electrode for applications in perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). We observe that increasing the c/a ratio leads to notable improvements in the spin filtering of the FeCo and FePd MTJs while it only has a slight effect on the filtering of the FePt MTJ. Later, we show that by removing the interfacial Pt atoms of the FePt MTJ, we are able to enhance its filtering property.

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

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

    2014-07-28

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

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  9. Hydrogen adsorption and storage on Palladium - functionalized graphene with NH-dopant: A first principles calculation

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    Faye, Omar; Szpunar, Jerzy A.; Szpunar, Barbara; Beye, Aboubaker Chedikh

    2017-01-01

    We conducted a detailed theoretical investigation of the structural and electronic properties of single and double sided Pd-functionalized graphene and NH-doped Pd-functionalized graphene, which are shown to be efficient materials for hydrogen storage. Nitrene radical dopant was an effective addition required for enhancing the Pd binding on the graphene sheet as well as the storage of hydrogen. We found that up to eight H2 molecules could be adsorbed by double-sided Pd-functionalized graphene at 0 K with an average binding energy in the range 1.315-0.567 eVA gravimetric hydrogen density of 3.622 wt% was reached in the Pd-functionalized graphene on both sides. The binding mechanism of H2 molecules came not only the polarization mechanism between Pd and H atoms but also from the binding of the Pd atoms on the graphene sheet and the orbital hybridization. The most crucial part of our work is measuring the effect of nitrene radical on the H2 adsorption on Pd-functionalized graphene. Our calculations predicted that the addition of NH radicals on Pd-functionalized graphene enhance the binding of H2 molecules, which helps also to avoid the desorption of Pd(H2)n (n = 1-5) complexes from graphene sheet. Our results also predict Pd-functionalized NH-doped graphene is a potential hydrogen storage medium for on-board applications.

  10. Thermodynamics of tetravalent thorium and uranium complexes from first-principles calculations.

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    Johnson, Donald F; Bhaskaran-Nair, Kiran; Bylaska, Eric J; de Jong, Wibe A

    2013-06-13

    Enthalpies of formation for the ThX4 and UX4 (X = F, Cl, OH) species have been investigated with density functional theory and coupled-cluster methods. ThX4 molecules are all confirmed as tetrahedral, while all UX4 molecules are predicted to adopt D2d symmetry using density functional theory. Multireference coupled cluster approaches confirm the D2d symmetry for UF4. The bonding is mostly ionic, and predicted formation energies for the halogen species show good agreement with experiment. Our calculated hydration energy of UF4 (-54.0 kcal/mol) is in very good agreement with the experimental data (-54.8 kcal/mol). We predict CCSD(T) formation energies of ΔfG[U(OH)4(g)] = -286.3 kcal/mol and ΔfG[U(OH)4(aq)] = -318.7 kcal/mol. ΔfG[U(OH)4(aq)] is 21 kcal/mol less stable than the established experimental thermodynamic data.

  11. Electronic structures and thermodynamic stabilities of aluminum-based deuterides from first principles calculations

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    Ye Xiao-Qiu; Luo De-Li; Sang Ge; Ao Bing-Yun

    2011-01-01

    The alanates (complex aluminohydrides) have relatively high gravimetric hydrogen densities and are among the most promising solid-state hydrogen-storage materials. In this work, the electronic structures and the formation enthalpies of seven typical aluminum-based deuterides have been calculated by the plane-wave pseudopotential method,these being AID3, LiAID4, Li3AID6, BaAID5, Ba2AID7, LiMg(AID4)3 and LiMgAID6. The results show that all these compounds are large band gap insulators at 0 K with estimated band gaps from 2.31 eV in AID3 to 4.96 eV in LiMg(AID4)3. The band gaps are reduced when the coordination of Al varies from 4 to 6. Two peaks present in the valence bands are the common characteristics of aluminum-based deuterides containing AID4 subunits while three peaks are the common characteristics of those containing AID6 subunits. The electronic structures of these compounds are determined mainly by aluminum deuteride complexes (AID4 or AID6) and their mutual interactions. The predicted formation enthalpies are presented for the studied aluminum-based deuterides.

  12. First-principles calculations of niobium hydride formation in superconducting radio-frequency cavities

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    Ford, Denise C.; Cooley, Lance D.; Seidman, David N.

    2013-09-01

    Niobium hydride is suspected to be a major contributor to degradation of the quality factor of niobium superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) cavities. In this study, we connect the fundamental properties of hydrogen in niobium to SRF cavity performance and processing. We modeled several of the niobium hydride phases relevant to SRF cavities and present their thermodynamic, electronic, and geometric properties determined from calculations based on density-functional theory. We find that the absorption of hydrogen from the gas phase into niobium is exothermic and hydrogen becomes somewhat anionic. The absorption of hydrogen by niobium lattice vacancies is strongly preferred over absorption into interstitial sites. A single vacancy can accommodate six hydrogen atoms in the symmetrically equivalent lowest-energy sites and additional hydrogen in the nearby interstitial sites affected by the strain field: this indicates that a vacancy can serve as a nucleation center for hydride phase formation. Small hydride precipitates may then occur near lattice vacancies upon cooling. Vacancy clusters and extended defects should also be enriched in hydrogen, potentially resulting in extended hydride phase regions upon cooling. We also assess the phase changes in the niobium-hydrogen system based on charge transfer between niobium and hydrogen, the strain field associated with interstitial hydrogen, and the geometry of the hydride phases. The results of this study stress the importance of not only the hydrogen content in niobium, but also the recovery state of niobium for the performance of SRF cavities.

  13. First principles calculations of vacancy-vacancy interactions in nickel: thermal expansion effects

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    Megchiche, E H; Amarouche, M [Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie Quantique (LPCQ), Universite Mouloud Mammeri, Tizi-ouzou (Algeria); Mijoule, C, E-mail: claude.mijoule@ensiacet.f [CIRIMAT UMR CNRS/INP/UPS, Ecole Nationale d' Ingenieurs en Arts Chimiques et Technologiques (ENSIACET), 4 allee Emile Monso, B.P 44362, Toulouse cedex 4 (France)

    2010-12-08

    The energetic properties of the divacancy defect in fcc nickel are studied by ab initio calculations based on density functional theory. The formation and binding enthalpies of the divacancy in the first (1nn), second (2nn) and third (3nn) nearest-neighbor configurations are presented. Results show that the 1nn divacancy configuration is the most stable with a formation enthalpy H{sub 2v}{sup f} of 2.71 eV and a small binding energy H{sub 2v}{sup b} of 0.03 eV. In the 2nn configuration, the monovacancy-monovacancy interaction is repulsive, and it vanishes in the 3nn configuration. The migration process of the divacancy in its stable configuration is studied. We find that the divacancy migrates in the (111) plane by successive rotational steps of 60{sup 0}. The corresponding migration enthalpy H{sub 2v}{sup m} is predicted to be 0.59 eV, about half of that found for the monovacancy. For a better comparison of our results with high temperature experimental data, we have analyzed the effects of thermal expansion. Our results show that the inclusion of thermal expansion allows us to reproduce satisfactorily the experimental predictions.

  14. Gas Adsorption and Selectivity in Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks from First Principles Calculations

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    Ray, Keith; Olmsted, David; He, Ning; Houndonougbo, Yao; Laird, Brian; Asta, Mark

    2012-02-01

    Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework (ZIFs) are excellent candidate materials for carbon capture and gas separation. Here we employ the van der Waals density functional (vdW-DF) [1] in an analysis of the binding energetics for CO2, CH4 and N2 molecules in a set of ZIFs featuring different chemical functionalizations. We investigate multiple low-energy binding sites, which differ in their positions relative to functional groups on the imidazole linkers. In all cases an accurate treatment of van der Waals forces appears essential to provide reasonable binding energy magnitudes. We report results obtained from different parameterizations of the vdW-DF, providing comparisons between calculations and experimental values of the heat of adsorption [2]. This research is supported by the Energy Frontier Research Center ``Molecularly Engineered Energy Materials,'' funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-SC0001342. [1] M. Dion, H. Rydberg, E. Schroder, D. C. Langreth, B. I. Lundqvist, Phys. Rev. Let. 92, 246401 (2004) [2] W. Morris, B. Leung, H. Furukawa, O. K. Yaghi, N. He, H. Hayashi, Y. Houndonougbo, M. Asta, B. B. Laird, O. M. Yaghi, J. AM. CHEM. SOC. 2010, 132, 11006-11008

  15. A quantum fluid of metallic hydrogen suggested by first-principles calculations.

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    Bonev, Stanimir A; Schwegler, Eric; Ogitsu, Tadashi; Galli, Giulia

    2004-10-07

    It is generally assumed that solid hydrogen will transform into a metallic alkali-like crystal at sufficiently high pressure. However, some theoretical models have also suggested that compressed hydrogen may form an unusual two-component (protons and electrons) metallic fluid at low temperature, or possibly even a zero-temperature liquid ground state. The existence of these new states of matter is conditional on the presence of a maximum in the melting temperature versus pressure curve (the 'melt line'). Previous measurements of the hydrogen melt line up to pressures of 44 GPa have led to controversial conclusions regarding the existence of this maximum. Here we report ab initio calculations that establish the melt line up to 200 GPa. We predict that subtle changes in the intermolecular interactions lead to a decline of the melt line above 90 GPa. The implication is that as solid molecular hydrogen is compressed, it transforms into a low-temperature quantum fluid before becoming a monatomic crystal. The emerging low-temperature phase diagram of hydrogen and its isotopes bears analogies with the familiar phases of 3He and 4He (the only known zero-temperature liquids), but the long-range Coulomb interactions and the large component mass ratio present in hydrogen would result in dramatically different properties.

  16. First-principles calculations on the origin of ferromagnetism in transition-metal doped Ge

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    Shinya, Hikari; Fukushima, Tetsuya; Masago, Akira; Sato, Kazunori; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2017-09-01

    Many researchers have shown an interest in Ge-based dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMSs) due to potential advantages for semiconductor spintronics applications. There has been great discussion about mechanisms of experimentally observed ferromagnetism in (Ge,Fe) and (Ge,Mn). We investigate the electronic structures, structural stabilities, magnetic exchange coupling constants, and Curie temperature of Ge-based DMSs, and clarify origins of the ferromagnetism, on the basis of density functional theory calculations. In both the (Ge,Fe) and (Ge,Mn) cases, the inhomogeneous distribution of the magnetic impurities plays an important role to determine the magnetic states; however, physical mechanisms of the ferromagnetism in these two materials are completely different. By the spinodal nanodecomposition, the Fe impurities in Ge gather together with keeping the diamond structure, so that the number of the first-nearest-neighbor Fe pairs with strong ferromagnetic interaction increases. Therefore, the Curie temperature drastically increases with the progress of the annealing. Our cluster expansion method clearly reveals that the other ordered compounds with different crystal structures such as Ge3Mn5 and Ge8Mn11 are easily generated in the (Ge,Mn) system. The estimated Curie temperature of Ge3Mn5 is in agreement with the observed Curie temperature in experiments. It should be considered that the precipitation of the ferromagnetic Ge3Mn5 clusters is an origin of high Curie temperature in (Ge,Mn).

  17. First-principle calculation of spin polarization in Cu{sub 3}N{sub 2}

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    Ghoohestani, Marzieh [Department of Physics, Vali-E-Asr University of Rafsanjan, 77139-36417 Rafsanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Karimipour, Masoud, E-mail: masoud.karimipour@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Vali-E-Asr University of Rafsanjan, 77139-36417 Rafsanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Allah Badehian, Hojat [Condensed Matter Lab, Department of Physics, Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Javad Hashemifar, Seyed [Department of Physics, Isfahan University of Technology, 84156-83111 Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-10-15

    We have studied intercalation of nitrogen atom into the cubic Cu{sub 3}N structure by performing accurate total energy calculations in the framework of density functional theory by using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method. The spin polarized Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof (PBE) and modified Becke–Johnson (mBJ) parameterizations of the generalized gradient approximation were employed to obtain the structural and electronic properties of Cu{sub 3}N and Cu{sub 3}N{sub 2} structures. It is found that nitrogen intercalation into Cu{sub 3}N is an endothermic process which significantly influences the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of the system. This process, within PBE, gives rise to a nearly half metallic behavior, while mBJ favors semiconductor ferromagnetism in the intercalated Cu{sub 3}N{sub 2} system. The 2p orbital of the intercalated nitrogen atom shows significant contribution to the spin polarization of the system. - Highlights: • Cu{sub 3}N{sub 2} structure is thermodynamically stable in an anti-ReO{sub 3} type cell. • The compound is half metal with an indirect band gap of 2.5 eV and 0.2 eV for spin up and spin down states, respectively. • 2p orbitals of N intercalated atoms show significant contribution to the system polarization. • The net magnetic moment in ground state is 2.30 μB/cell.

  18. First principles calculations of a H2 molecule inside boron-nitrogen nanotubes

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    Belmiloud, Yamina; Djitli, Wassila; Abdeldjebar, Hasnia; Abdelatif, Mohamed Lamine; Tangour, Bahoueddine; Brahimi, Meziane

    2017-01-01

    DFT/B3LYP and CAM-B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) calculations have been performed to study a H2 molecule inside boron-nitrogen nanotubes (BNNT) (2,2), (3,3), (4,4) and (5,5). H2 is introduced perpendicular and parallel to the axis of nanotubes. The main difference relatively to CNTs is the disappearance of the Hsbnd H bond activation zone in the BNNTs because of the absence of interactions between the π electrons and hydrogen. The most important phenomenon is the shortening of the Hsbnd H bond by the interaction of the hydrogen with the repulsive zone of the van der Waals potential of the BNNT walls. This led to the appearance of a dipole moment in the inclusion complex H2@BNNT. The most important consequence of the existence of this dipole moment is that the IR activation of the Hsbnd H vibration becomes intense. This vibration frequency may be used for detecting or assaying the H2 contained in the nanotubes or to deduce BNNT's diameter. In this work we have examined also the consequence of the BNNT flattening on bandgap, our results show that flattening causes the reduction of a BNNT bandgap.

  19. Improved GWγ scheme for the first-principles calculation of the electron self-energy

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    Takada, Yasutami

    2010-03-01

    Improvements are made on the self-consistent calculation scheme for the electron self-energy with the vertex function γ satisfying the Ward identity, originally proposed in 2001 [1]. Although it is basically equivalent to the original one, this improved scheme not only shortens the computational time by about one hundredth but also opens new horizons in its applications: (i) If it is applied to semiconductors and insulators, the obtained quasiparticle dispersion is virtually the same as that in the one-shot GW approximation (or G0W0A), indicating that the G0W0A actually takes proper account of both vertex and high-order self-energy corrections in a mutually cancelling manner [2]. (ii) If it is applied to the Tomonaga-Luttinger model, it is reduced to the Dzyaloshinskii-Larkin theory, implying that it is a unified theory to treat both Fermi- and Luttinger-liquids on the same footing. (iii) In contrast with the original one, it can provide the convergent self-consistent solution for the low-density electron liquid where an intrinsic difficulty arises due the dielectric catastrophe associated with the negative electronic compressibility. [1]YT, PRL87, 226402 (2001). [2] S. Ishii, H. Maebashi, and YT, unpublished.

  20. First-principles calculations of heat capacities of ultrafast laser-excited electrons in metals

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

    2015-05-01

    Ultrafast laser excitation can induce fast increases of the electronic subsystem temperature. The subsequent electronic evolutions in terms of band structure and energy distribution can determine the change of several thermodynamic properties, including one essential for energy deposition; the electronic heat capacity. Using density functional calculations performed at finite electronic temperatures, the electronic heat capacities dependent on electronic temperatures are obtained for a series of metals, including free electron like, transition and noble metals. The effect of exchange and correlation functionals and the presence of semicore electrons on electronic heat capacities are first evaluated and found to be negligible in most cases. Then, we tested the validity of the free electron approaches, varying the number of free electrons per atom. This shows that only simple metals can be correctly fitted with these approaches. For transition metals, the presence of localized d electrons produces a strong deviation toward high energies of the electronic heat capacities, implying that more energy is needed to thermally excite them, compared to free sp electrons. This is attributed to collective excitation effects strengthened by a change of the electronic screening at high temperature.

  1. Dissociative adsorption of water on Au/MgO/Ag(001) from first principles calculations

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    Nevalaita, J.; Häkkinen, H.; Honkala, K.

    2015-10-01

    The molecular and dissociative adsorption of water on a Ag-supported 1 ML, 2 ML and 3 ML-a six atomic layer-thick MgO films with a single Au adatom is investigated using density functional theory calculations. The obtained results are compared to a bulk MgO(001) surface with an Au atom. On thin films the negatively charged Au strengthens the binding of the polar water molecule due to the attractive Au-H interaction. The adsorption energy trends of OH and H with respect to the film thickness depend on an adsorption site. In the case OH or H binds atop Au on MgO/Ag(001), the adsorption becomes more exothermic with the increasing film thickness, while the reverse trend is seen when the adsorption takes place on bare MgO/Ag(001). This behavior can be explained by different bonding mechanisms identified with the Bader analysis. Interestingly, we find that the rumpling of the MgO film and the MgO-Ag interface distance correlate with the charge transfer over the thin film and the interface charge, respectively. Moreover, we employ a modified Born-Haber-cycle to analyze the effect of film thickness to the adsorption energy of isolated Au and OH species on MgO/Ag(001). The analysis shows that the attractive Coulomb interaction between the negatively charged adsorbate and the positive MgO-Ag-interface does not completely account for the weaker binding with increasing film thickness. The redox energy associated with the charge transfer from the interface to the adsorbate is more exothermic with the increasing film thickness and partly compensates the decrease in the attractive Coulomb interaction.

  2. Electronic and phonon bandstructures of pristine few layer and metal doped graphene using first principles calculations

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    Sanjeev K. Gupta

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In the frame work of density functional theoretical calculations, the electronic and lattice dynamical properties of graphene (multilayers and supercell have been systematically investigated and analyzed using the plane wave pseudopotentials within the generalized gradient approximation and local density approximation functional. We have also studied the functionalization of graphene by adsorption and absorption of transition metals like Al and Ag. We find that the electronic properties exhibit large sensitivity to the number of layers and doping. The Al and Ag doped graphene exhibits peak at Fermi level in the density of states arising from the flat bands near Fermi level. The bonding of metal atoms and graphene leads to a charge transfer between them and consequently shift Fermi level with respect to the conical point at K-point. The adsorption of Ag/Al atoms suggests an effective interaction between the adatoms and graphene layers without disturbing the original graphene structure of lower graphene layers. Compared to single layer graphene, the optical phonon E2g mode and out of plane ZA mode at Γ-point splits in the bi-, tri- and four- layer graphene. We observe a shift for highest optical branch at Dirac K- point. We find that the different derivatives of graphene have different phonon dispersion relations. We demonstrate that there is removal of degeneracy of ZO/ZA modes at K- point with transition metal doping. The highest optical phonon branch becomes flat at Dirac point with doping of transition metals. Our study points that the substituted graphene sheets can have potential applications in ordered-disordered separated quantum films with two to four layers of atoms and new nano devices using graphene.

  3. First-principles calculations of the near-edge optical properties of β-Ga2O3

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    Mengle, Kelsey A.; Shi, Guangsha; Bayerl, Dylan; Kioupakis, Emmanouil

    2016-11-01

    We use first-principles calculations based on many-body perturbation theory to investigate the near-edge electronic and optical properties of β-Ga2O3. The fundamental band gap is indirect, but the minimum direct gap is only 29 meV higher in energy, which explains the strong near-edge absorption. Our calculations verify the anisotropy of the absorption onset and explain the range (4.4-5.0 eV) of experimentally reported band-gap values. Our results for the radiative recombination rate indicate that intrinsic light emission in the deep-ultra-violet (UV) range is possible in this indirect-gap semiconductor at high excitation. Our work demonstrates the applicability of β-Ga2O3 for deep-UV detection and emission.

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

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    Song, T., E-mail: songting_lzjtu@yeah.net [School of Mathematics and Physics, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); School of Material Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Ma, Q. [School of Material Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Sun, X.W., E-mail: xsun@carnegiescience.edu [School of Mathematics and Physics, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC 20015 (United States); Liu, Z.J., E-mail: liuzj_lzcu@163.com [School of Mathematics and Physics, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Department of Physics, Lanzhou City University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Fu, Z.J. [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences, Chongqing 402160 (China); Wei, X.P.; Wang, T.; Tian, J.H. [School of Mathematics and Physics, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070 (China)

    2016-09-07

    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. - Highlights: • The phase transition pressure and electronic band structure for cubic TcN are determined. • Particular attention is paid to investigate the equation of state parameters for cubic TcN. • The thermodynamic properties up to 80 GPa and 3000 K are successfully predicted.

  5. Electronic structures and mechanical properties of uranium monocarbide from first-principles LDA+U and GGA+U calculations

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    Shi Hongliang [LCP, Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, P.O. Box 8009, Beijing 100088 (China)] [State Key Laboratory for Superlattices and Microstructures, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 912, Beijing 100083 (China); Zhang Ping, E-mail: zhang_ping@iapcm.ac.c [LCP, Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, P.O. Box 8009, Beijing 100088 (China)] [Center for Applied Physics and Technology, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Li Shushen [State Key Laboratory for Superlattices and Microstructures, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 912, Beijing 100083 (China); Sun Bo [LCP, Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, P.O. Box 8009, Beijing 100088 (China); Wang Baotian [Institute of Theoretical Physics and Department of Physics, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006 (China)

    2009-09-21

    The electronic structure, elastic constants, Poisson's ratio, and phonon dispersion curves of UC have been systematically investigated from the first-principles calculations by the projector-augmented-wave (PAW) method. In order to describe precisely the strong on-site Coulomb repulsion among the localized U 5f electrons, we adopt the local density approximation (LDA)+U and generalized gradient approximation (GGA)+U formalisms for the exchange correlation term. We systematically study how the electronic properties and elastic constants of UC are affected by the different choice of U as well as the exchange-correlation potential. We show that by choosing an appropriate Hubbard U parameter within the GGA+U approach, most of our calculated results are in good agreement with the experimental data. Therefore, the results obtained by the GGA+U with effective Hubbard parameter U chosen around 3 eV for UC are considered to be reasonable.

  6. Nonlinear elastic response of strong solids: First-principles calculations of the third-order elastic constants of diamond

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    Hmiel, A.; Winey, J. M.; Gupta, Y. M.; Desjarlais, M. P.

    2016-05-01

    Accurate theoretical calculations of the nonlinear elastic response of strong solids (e.g., diamond) constitute a fundamental and important scientific need for understanding the response of such materials and for exploring the potential synthesis and design of novel solids. However, without corresponding experimental data, it is difficult to select between predictions from different theoretical methods. Recently the complete set of third-order elastic constants (TOECs) for diamond was determined experimentally, and the validity of various theoretical approaches to calculate the same may now be assessed. We report on the use of density functional theory (DFT) methods to calculate the six third-order elastic constants of diamond. Two different approaches based on homogeneous deformations were used: (1) an energy-strain fitting approach using a prescribed set of deformations, and (2) a longitudinal stress-strain fitting approach using uniaxial compressive strains along the [100], [110], and [111] directions, together with calculated pressure derivatives of the second-order elastic constants. The latter approach provides a direct comparison to the experimental results. The TOECs calculated using the energy-strain approach differ significantly from the measured TOECs. In contrast, calculations using the longitudinal stress-uniaxial strain approach show good agreement with the measured TOECs and match the experimental values significantly better than the TOECs reported in previous theoretical studies. Our results on diamond have demonstrated that, with proper analysis procedures, first-principles calculations can indeed be used to accurately calculate the TOECs of strong solids.

  7. Biomolecular adsorption at aqueous silver interfaces: first-principles calculations, polarizable force-field simulations, and comparisons with gold.

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    Hughes, Zak E; Wright, Louise B; Walsh, Tiffany R

    2013-10-29

    The molecular simulation of biomolecules adsorbed at noble metal interfaces can assist in the development of bionanotechnology applications. In line with advances in polarizable force fields for adsorption at aqueous gold interfaces, there is scope for developing a similar force field for silver. One way to accomplish this is via the generation of in vacuo adsorption energies calculated using first-principles approaches for a wide range of different but biologically relevant small molecules, including water. Here, we present such first-principles data for a comprehensive range of bio-organic molecules obtained from plane-wave density functional theory calculations using the vdW-DF functional. As reported previously for the gold force field, GolP-CHARMM (Wright, L. B.; Rodger, P. M.; Corni, S.; Walsh, T. R. GolP-CHARMM: first-principles based force-fields for the interaction of proteins with Au(111) and Au(100). J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2013, 9, 1616-1630), we have used these data to construct a a new force field, AgP-CHARMM, suitable for the simulation of biomolecules at the aqueous Ag(111) and Ag(100) interfaces. This force field is derived to be consistent with GolP-CHARMM such that adsorption on Ag and Au can be compared on an equal footing. Our force fields are used to evaluate the water overlayer stability on both silver and gold, finding good agreement with known behaviors. We also calculate and compare the structuring (spatial and orientational) of liquid water adsorbed at both silver and gold. Finally, we report the adsorption free energy of a range of amino acids at both the Au(111) and Ag(111) aqueous interfaces, calculated using metadynamics. Stronger adsorption on gold was noted in most cases, with the exception being the carboxylate group present in aspartic acid. Our findings also indicate differences in the binding free energy profile between silver and gold for some amino acids, notably for His and Arg. Our analysis suggests that the relatively

  8. Elastic and electronic properties of antiperovskite-type Pd- and Pt-based ternary carbides from first-principles calculations

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    Bannikov, V.V.; Ivanovskii, A.L., E-mail: ivanovskii@ihim.uran.ru

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: • 23 Pd- and Pt-based antiperovskite-type ternary carbides are probed from first principles. • Structural, elastic, electronic properties and inter-atomic bonding are evaluated. • A rich variety of mechanical and electronic properties was predicted. -- Abstract: By means of first-principles calculations, the structural, elastic, and electronic properties of a broad series of proposed Pd- and Pt-based antiperovskite-type ternary carbides AC(Pd,Pt){sub 3}, where A are Zn, Ca, Al, Ga, In, Ge, Hg, Sn, Cd, Pb, Ag, Sc, Ti, Y, Nb, Mo, and Ta, have been studied, and their stability, elastic constants, bulk, shear, and Young’s moduli, compressibility, Pugh’s indicator, Poisson’s ratio, indexes of elastic anisotropy, as well as electronic properties have been evaluated. We found that these materials should demonstrate a rich variety of mechanical and electronic properties depending on the type of A sublattices, which can include (unlike the majority of known 3d-metal-based antiperovskites) both sp elements and d atoms. We believe that the presented results will be useful for future synthesis of these phases, as well as for expanding our knowledge of this interesting group of antiperovskite-type materials.

  9. Pair potential modeling of atomic rearrangement in GeTe-Sb2Te3 superlattice via first-principles calculations

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    Song, Young-Sun; Kim, Jeongwoo; Jhi, Seung-Hoon

    2017-03-01

    We study the nature of atomic rearrangement during the phase-change processes in the superlattice of GeTe and Sb2Te3 by developing a new approach combining the first-principles calculations and a pair-potential model. We investigate the phase-change process in terms of energy changes from individual pairs or atoms by applying the pair (atom)-projection analysis to the intermediate structures between the initial and final states obtained from the climbing-image nudged elastic band method. Among the prototypical steps that can lead to the atomic layer rearrangement, we find that the required energy for the phase change is dominated by specific atoms responsible for the intrinsic energy barrier and the response to external pressure. Our approach of combining the first-principles methods and pair potential model with the projecting analysis can be a very efficient method in revealing the detailed atomic motions and the mechanism of fast atomic transition of the phase-change materials.

  10. Solution-based thermodynamic modeling of the Ni-Al-Mo system using first-principles calculations

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    Zhou, S H [Ames Laboratory; Wang, Y [Pennsylvania State University; Chen, L -Q [Pennsylvania State University; Liu, Z -K [Pennsylvania State University; Napolitano, R E [Ames Laboratory

    2014-09-01

    A solution-based thermodynamic description of the ternary Ni–Al–Mo system is developed here, incorporating first-principles calculations and reported modeling of the binary Ni–Al, Ni–Mo and Al–Mo systems. To search for the configurations with the lowest energies of the N phase, the Alloy Theoretic Automated Toolkit (ATAT) was employed and combined with VASP. The liquid, bcc and γ-fcc phases are modeled as random atomic solutions, and the γ'-Ni3Al phase is modeled by describing the ordering within the fcc structure using two sublattices, summarized as (Al,Mo,Ni)0.75(Al,Mo,Ni)0.25. Thus, γ-fcc and γ'-Ni3Al are modeled with a single Gibbs free energy function with appropriate treatment of the chemical ordering contribution. In addition, notable improvements are the following: first, the ternary effects of Mo and Al in the B2-NiAl and D0a-Ni3Mo phases, respectively, are considered; second, the N-NiAl8Mo3 phase is described as a solid solution using a three-sublattice model; third, the X-Ni14Al75Mo11 phase is treated as a stoichiometric compound. Model parameters are evaluated using first-principles calculations of zero-Kelvin formation enthalpies and reported experimental data. In comparison with the enthalpies of formation for the compounds ψ-AlMo, θ-Al8Mo3 and B2-NiAl, the first-principles results indicate that the N-NiAl8Mo3 phase, which is stable at high temperatures, decomposes into other phases at low temperature. Resulting phase equilibria are summarized in the form of isothermal sections and liquidus projections. To clearly identify the relationship between the γ-fcc and γ'-Ni3Al phases in the ternary Ni–Al–Mo system, the specific γ-fcc and γ'-Ni3Al phase fields are plotted in x(Al)–x(Mo)–T space for a temperature range 1200–1800 K.

  11. Twin grain boundary mediated ferromagnetic coupling in Co-doped ZnO: First-principles calculations

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    Wu, Jingjing; Tang, Xin; Pu, Chunying; Long, Fei; Tang, Biyu

    2017-01-01

    First principle calculation, based on density functional theory, is applied to study the electronic and magnetic properties of Co-doped ZnO ∑7 (12 3 ̅0) twin grain boundary. Co atoms substituting Zn at the threefold-coordination sites have the lowest formation energy, compared with other sites. More importantly, the configuration can result in the stable formation of ferromagnetic state (FM). Meanwhile, the strong Co-Co interaction is found to be responsible for the ferromagnetic state. Due to the structural character of the twin grain boundary, periodical defects can be offered, which favors the macroscopic FM ordering. The result also gives us a new thinking to understand the origin of FM in transition metal doped ZnO.

  12. Dioxygen molecule adsorption and oxygen atom diffusion on clean and defective aluminum(111) surface using first principles calculations

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    Guiltat, Mathilde; Brut, Marie; Vizzini, Sébastien; Hémeryck, Anne

    2017-03-01

    First principles calculations are conducted to investigate kinetic behavior of oxygen species at the surface of clean and defective Al(111) substrate. Oxygen island, aluminum vacancy, aluminum sub-vacancy, aluminum ad-atom and aluminum terraces defects are addressed. Adsorption of oxygen molecule is first performed on all these systems resulting in dissociated oxygen atoms in main cases. The obtained adsorbed configurations are then picked to study the behavior of atomic oxygen specie and get a detailed understanding on the effect of the local environment on the ability of the oxygen atom to diffuse on the surface. We pointed out that local environment impacts energetics of oxygen atom diffusion. Close packed oxygen island, sub-vacancy and ad-atoms favor oxygen atom stability and decrease mobility of oxygen atom on the surface, to be seen as surface area for further nucleation of oxygen island.

  13. Structural, electronic, magnetic and elastic properties of tetragonal layered diselenide KCo 2Se 2 from first principles calculations

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

    2012-01-01

    The structural, elastic, magnetic and electronic properties of the layered tetragonal phase KCo 2Se 2 have been examined in details by means of the first-principles calculations and analyzed in comparison with the isostructural KFe 2Se 2 as the parent phase for the newest group of ternary superconducting iron-chalcogenide materials. Our data show that KCo 2Se 2 should be characterized as a quasi-two-dimensional ferromagnetic metal with highly anisotropic inter-atomic bonding owing to mixed ionic, covalent, and metallic contributions inside [Co 2Se 2] blocks, and with ionic bonding between the adjacent [Co 2Se 2] blocks and K sheets. This material should behave in a brittle manner, adopt enhanced elastic anisotropy rather in compressibility than in shear, and should show very low hardness.

  14. Ideal shear strength and deformation behaviours of L1$_0$ TiAl from first-principles calculations

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    PING-YING TANG; GUO-HUA HUANG; QING-LIAN XIE; JIAN-YING LI

    2016-10-01

    The stress–strain relationships for four different shear processes of L1$_0$ TiAl have been investigated from first-principles calculations, and the peak shear stresses in these slip systems were obtained. By analysing the structural unit cell, bond length and charge density, the deformation modes under shear were elaborately discussed. Both of the peak shear stresses and the charge density indicate that the ideal shear strength of L10 TiAl occurs in the $\\langle 11\\bar{2}]${111} direction. It is shown that some bonds are enormously stretched accompanying with depletion of charge density as the strain increase. The density of states was studied in detail. It is indicated that strong hybridizationexists between Ti 3$d$ and Al 2$p$, and the structural stability would be lowered with increase of the strain.

  15. Role of anion doping on electronic structure and magnetism of GdN by first principles calculations

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    Zhang, Xuejing

    2014-01-01

    We have investigated the electronic structure and magnetism of anion doped GdN1-yXy (X = B, C, O, F, P, S and As) systems by first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. GdN 1-yXy systems doped by O, C, F, P, and S atoms are more stable than those doped by B and As atoms because of relatively high binding energies. The anion doping and the N defect states modify the density of states at the Fermi level, resulting in a decrease in spin polarization and a slight increase in the magnetic moment at the Gd and N sites. © 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

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

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

    2013-03-20

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

  17. First-principles calculations of momentum distributions of annihilating electron-positron pairs in defects in UO2

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    Wiktor, Julia; Jomard, Gérald; Torrent, Marc; Bertolus, Marjorie

    2017-01-01

    We performed first-principles calculations of the momentum distributions of annihilating electron-positron pairs in vacancies in uranium dioxide. Full atomic relaxation effects (due to both electronic and positronic forces) were taken into account and self-consistent two-component density functional theory schemes were used. We present one-dimensional momentum distributions (Doppler-broadened annihilation radiation line shapes) along with line-shape parameters S and W. We studied the effect of the charge state of the defect on the Doppler spectra. The effect of krypton incorporation in the vacancy was also considered and it was shown that it should be possible to observe the fission gas incorporation in defects in UO2 using positron annihilation spectroscopy. We suggest that the Doppler broadening measurements can be especially useful for studying impurities and dopants in UO2 and of mixed actinide oxides.

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

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    Jiang, Hao; Cao, Guanghan; Cao, Chao

    2015-11-01

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

  19. Structure, elastic and bonding properties of hcp ZrxTi1-x binary alloy from first-principles calculations

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    Songjun, Hou; Sunchao, Huang; Zhi, Zeng

    2015-01-01

    First principles calculations were performed to study the structural, elastic, and bonding properties of hcp ZrxTi1-x binary alloy. The special quasi- random structure (SQS) method is employed to mimic the random hcp ZrxTi1-x alloy. It is found that Bulk modulus, B, Young's modulus, E, and shear modulus, G, exhibit decreasing trends as increasing the amount of Zr. A ductile behavior ZrxTi1-x is predicted in the whole composition range. In terms of Mulliken charge analisis, we found that the element Ti behaves much more electronegative than Zr in hcp ZrxTi1-x alloy, and the charge transfer of an atom is approximately linear to the amount of other element atom surrounding it.

  20. First-principles LDA + U calculations investigating the lattice contraction of face-centered cubic Pu hydrides

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    Ao, B.Y., E-mail: aobingyun24@yahoo.com.cn [Science and Technology on Surface Physics and Chemistry Laboratory, P.O. Box 718-35, Mianyang 621907 (China); Wang, X.L.; Shi, P.; Chen, P.H.; Ye, X.Q.; Lai, X.C. [Science and Technology on Surface Physics and Chemistry Laboratory, P.O. Box 718-35, Mianyang 621907 (China); Gao, T., E-mail: gaotao@scu.edu.cn [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China)

    2012-05-15

    Plutonium metal can be loaded with hydrogen, which forms complicated solid solutions and compounds, and leads to significant changes in electronic structure. A first-principles pseudopotential plane wave method with added Hubbard parameter U was employed to investigate the electronic and structural properties of face-centered cubic Pu hydrides (PuH{sub x}, x = 2, 2.25, and 3). The decrease in calculated lattice parameters with increasing x is in reasonable agreement with experimental findings. Comparative analysis of the electronic-structure results for a series of PuH{sub x} compositions reveals that lattice contraction occurs due to enhanced chemical bonding and the size effects involving interstitial atoms. We find that the size effects are the driving force for the abnormal lattice contraction.

  1. Substrate engineering in stabilizing epitaxial MgO(1 1 1) polar ultrathin films: first-principles calculations

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    Li, Feifei; Feng, Yexin; Hu, Zhenpeng; Xu, Jing-Jun; Zhang, Lixin

    2014-08-01

    Growing MgO(1 1 1) polar ultrathin films (PUFs) on heterogeneous substrates is technologically challenging. By using first-principles calculations, we show that while the O-termination of the supported PUF can be perfectly passivated by H adatoms, the compensation of the Mg-termination at the interface is the key to the stabilization. Proper charge transfer across the interface is highly required, which is dominated by the work function difference between the two surfaces that form the interface. Taking Ag(1 1 1) as an example, we propose that a thin Pt buffer layer can increase the work function of the substrate, and improve the PUF quality significantly.

  2. First principle calculations of iron and iron-boron transition levels in Si1-xGex alloy

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    Khalafalla, Mohammed Alshaikh Hamid; Mesli, Abdelmadjid

    2017-06-01

    This paper investigates, using first principle calculations, the charge transition levels Fe0/+ and FeB0/+, and the FeB binding energy in Si1-xGex alloy with composition x = 3 - 25%. The alloys were generated using an efficient code for the stochastic generation of special quasirandom structures. We found that the separation between Fe0/+ and FeB0/+ donor levels was 0.24 eV (experimental value =0.28 eV) and was independent on x, in an agreement with the experiment. The pattern of the variation of the levels and band gap energies with x agreed very well with the experiment especially for xindustrially interesting SiGe alloy material.

  3. Thermal transport across metal silicide-silicon interfaces: First-principles calculations and Green's function transport simulations

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    Sadasivam, Sridhar; Ye, Ning; Feser, Joseph P.; Charles, James; Miao, Kai; Kubis, Tillmann; Fisher, Timothy S.

    2017-02-01

    Heat transfer across metal-semiconductor interfaces involves multiple fundamental transport mechanisms such as elastic and inelastic phonon scattering, and electron-phonon coupling within the metal and across the interface. The relative contributions of these different transport mechanisms to the interface conductance remains unclear in the current literature. In this work, we use a combination of first-principles calculations under the density functional theory framework and heat transport simulations using the atomistic Green's function (AGF) method to quantitatively predict the contribution of the different scattering mechanisms to the thermal interface conductance of epitaxial CoSi2-Si interfaces. An important development in the present work is the direct computation of interfacial bonding from density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) and hence the avoidance of commonly used "mixing rules" to obtain the cross-interface force constants from bulk material force constants. Another important algorithmic development is the integration of the recursive Green's function (RGF) method with Büttiker probe scattering that enables computationally efficient simulations of inelastic phonon scattering and its contribution to the thermal interface conductance. First-principles calculations of electron-phonon coupling reveal that cross-interface energy transfer between metal electrons and atomic vibrations in the semiconductor is mediated by delocalized acoustic phonon modes that extend on both sides of the interface, and phonon modes that are localized inside the semiconductor region of the interface exhibit negligible coupling with electrons in the metal. We also provide a direct comparison between simulation predictions and experimental measurements of thermal interface conductance of epitaxial CoSi2-Si interfaces using the time-domain thermoreflectance technique. Importantly, the experimental results, performed across a wide temperature range, only agree well with

  4. First-principle calculations of the fundamental properties of CuBrxI1-x ternary alloy

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    Touam, S.; Boukhtouta, M.; Hamioud, L.; Ghemid, S.; Meradji, H.; El Haj Hassan, F.

    2015-11-01

    Ab initio full-potential linearised augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within density functional theory is applied to study the effect of composition on the structural, electronic and thermodynamic properties of CuBrxI1-x ternary alloy. The structural properties at equilibrium are investigated by using the new form of generalised gradient approximations that are based on the optimisation of total energy. For band structure calculations, both Engel-Vosko and modified Becke-Johnson of the exchange-correlation energy and potential, respectively, are used. Deviation of the lattice constants from Vegard's law and the bulk modulus from linear concentration dependence are observed. The microscopic origins of the gap bowing were explained by using the approach of Zunger and co-workers. On the other hand, the thermodynamic stability of this alloy was investigated by calculating the excess enthalpy of mixing ∆Hm as well as the phase diagram by calculating the critical temperatures. A numerical first-principle calculations of the elastic constants as function of pressure is used to calculate C11, C12 and C44.

  5. First-principles calculations of two cubic fluoropervskite compounds: RbFeF3 and RbNiF3

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    Mubarak, A. A.; Al-Omari, Saleh

    2015-05-01

    We present first-principles calculations of the structural, elastic, electronic, magnetic and optical properties for RbFeF3 and RbNiF3. The full-potential linear augmented plan wave (FP-LAPW) method within the density functional theory was utilized to perform the present calculations. We employed the generalized gradient approximation as exchange-correlation potential. It was found that the calculated analytical lattice parameters agree with previous studies. The analysis of elastic constants showed that the present compounds are elastically stable and anisotropic. Moreover, both compounds are classified as a ductile compound. The calculations of the band structure and density functional theory revealed that the RbFeF3 compound has a half-metallic behavior while the RbNiF3 compound has a semiconductor behavior with indirect (M-Γ) band gap. The ferromagnetic behavior was studied for both compounds. The optical properties were calculated for the radiation of up to 40 eV. A beneficial optics technology is predicted as revealed from the optical spectra.

  6. First principles study of Al-doped graphene as nanostructure adsorbent for NO2 and N2O: DFT calculations

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    Rad, Ali Shokuhi

    2015-12-01

    We studied the first principles adsorption phenomena of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O) molecules on the surface of pristine graphene and Al-doped graphene using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The adsorption energies have been calculated for different possible configurations of the molecules on the surface of pristine and Al-doped graphene. Our calculations reveal that the Al-doped graphene has significant adsorption energy, elevated net charge transferring values and smaller bond distances to gases than that of pristine graphene because of the chemical interaction of the mentioned molecules. Furthermore, the calculated density of states (DOS) show the existing of noteworthy orbital hybridization between NO2 as well as N2O and Al-doped graphene during adsorption process which is proving to strong interaction while there is no evidence for hybridization between the those molecules and the pristine graphene. Our calculated adsorption energies for the most stable states for NO2 and N2O was -62.2 kJ mol-1 (-48.5 kJ mol-1 BSSE corrected energy) and -33.9 kJ mol-1 (-22.7 kJ mol-1 corrected energy), which are correspond to chemisorption process. These results point to the suitability of Al-doped graphene as a powerful sensor for practical applications.

  7. First-principle calculation of the electronic structure, DOS and effective mass TlInSe2

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    Ismayilova, N. A.; Orudzhev, G. S.; Jabarov, S. H.

    2017-05-01

    The electronic structure, density of states (DOS), effective mass are calculated for tetragonal TlInSe2 from first principle in the framework of density functional theory (DFT). The electronic structure of TlInSe2 has been investigated by Quantum Wise within GGA. The calculated band structure by Hartwigsen-Goedecker-Hutter (HGH) pseudopotentials (psp) shows both the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum located at the T point of the Brillouin zone. Valence band maximum at the T point and the surrounding parts originate mainly from 6s states of univalent Tl ions. Bottom of the conduction band is due to the contribution of 6p-states of Tl and 5s-states of In atoms. Calculated DOS effective mass for holes and electrons are mDOS h∗ = 0.830m e, mDOS h∗ = 0.492m e, respectively. Electron effective masses are fairly isotropic, while the hole effective masses show strong anisotropy. The calculated electronic structure, density of states and DOS effective masses of TlInSe2 are in good agreement with existing theoretical and experimental results.

  8. Property database for single-element doping in ZnO obtained by automated first-principles calculations

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    Yim, Kanghoon; Lee, Joohee; Lee, Dongheon; Lee, Miso; Cho, Eunae; Lee, Hyo Sug; Nahm, Ho-Hyun; Han, Seungwu

    2017-01-01

    Throughout the past decades, doped-ZnO has been widely used in various optical, electrical, magnetic, and energy devices. While almost every element in the Periodic Table was doped in ZnO, the systematic computational study is still limited to a small number of dopants, which may hinder a firm understanding of experimental observations. In this report, we systematically calculate the single-element doping property of ZnO using first-principles calculations. We develop an automation code that enables efficient and reliable high-throughput calculations on thousands of possible dopant configurations. As a result, we obtain formation-energy diagrams for total 61 dopants, ranging from Li to Bi. Furthermore, we evaluate each dopant in terms of n-type/p-type behaviors by identifying the major dopant configurations and calculating carrier concentrations at a specific dopant density. The existence of localized magnetic moment is also examined for spintronic applications. The property database obtained here for doped ZnO will serve as a useful reference in engineering the material property of ZnO through doping. PMID:28112188

  9. Adsorption, dissociation, penetration, and diffusion of N2 on and in bcc Fe: first-principles calculations.

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    Yeo, Sang Chul; Han, Sang Soo; Lee, Hyuck Mo

    2013-04-14

    We report first-principles calculations of adsorption, dissociation, penetration, and diffusion for the complete nitridation mechanism of nitrogen molecules on a pure Fe surface (bcc, ferrite phase). The mechanism of the definite reaction path was calculated by dividing the process into four steps. We investigated various reaction paths for each step including the energy barrier based on the climb image nudged elastic band (CI-NEB) method, and the complete reaction pathway was computed as the minimum energy path (MEP). The adsorption characteristics of nitrogen (N) and molecular nitrogen (N2) indicate that nitrogen atoms and molecules are energetically favorable at the hollow sites on pure Fe(100) and (110). The dissociation of the nitrogen molecule (N2) was theoretically supported by electronic structure calculations. The penetration of nitrogen from the surface to the sub-surface has a large energy barrier compared with the other steps. The activation energy calculated for nitrogen diffusion in pure bcc Fe was in good agreement with the experimental results. Finally, we confirmed the rate-determining step for the full nitridation reaction pathway. This study provides fundamental insight into the nitridation mechanism for nitrogen molecules in pure bcc Fe.

  10. Property database for single-element doping in ZnO obtained by automated first-principles calculations

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    Yim, Kanghoon; Lee, Joohee; Lee, Dongheon; Lee, Miso; Cho, Eunae; Lee, Hyo Sug; Nahm, Ho-Hyun; Han, Seungwu

    2017-01-01

    Throughout the past decades, doped-ZnO has been widely used in various optical, electrical, magnetic, and energy devices. While almost every element in the Periodic Table was doped in ZnO, the systematic computational study is still limited to a small number of dopants, which may hinder a firm understanding of experimental observations. In this report, we systematically calculate the single-element doping property of ZnO using first-principles calculations. We develop an automation code that enables efficient and reliable high-throughput calculations on thousands of possible dopant configurations. As a result, we obtain formation-energy diagrams for total 61 dopants, ranging from Li to Bi. Furthermore, we evaluate each dopant in terms of n-type/p-type behaviors by identifying the major dopant configurations and calculating carrier concentrations at a specific dopant density. The existence of localized magnetic moment is also examined for spintronic applications. The property database obtained here for doped ZnO will serve as a useful reference in engineering the material property of ZnO through doping.

  11. Elastic constants and thermodynamic properties of Mg2SixSn1-x from first-principles calculations

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    Liu Na-Na; Song Ren-Bo; Du Da-Wei

    2009-01-01

    This paper stuides the elastic constants and some thermodynamic properties of Mg2SixSn1-x (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1) compounds by first-principles total energy calculations using the pseudo-potential plane-waves approach based on density functional theory, within the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange and correlation potential. The elastic constants of Mg2SixSn1-x were calculated. It shows that, at 273 K, the elastic constants of Mg2Si and Mg2Sn are well consistent with previous experimental data. The isotropy decreases with increasing Sn content. The dependences of the elastic constants, the bulk modulus, the shear modulus and the Debye temperatures of Mg2Si and Mg2Si0.5Sn0.5 on pressure were discussed. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which phononic effects were considered, the specific heat capacities of Mg2SixSn1-x at constant volume and constant pressure were calculated. The calculated specific heat capacities are well consistent with the previous experimental data.

  12. Lattice dynamics, thermodynamics and elastic properties of C22-Zr6FeSn2 from first-principles calculations

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    Feng, Xuan-Kai; Shi, Siqi; Shen, Jian-Yun; Shang, Shun-Li; Yao, Mei-Yi; Liu, Zi-Kui

    2016-10-01

    Since Zr-Fe-Sn is one of the key ternary systems for cladding and structural materials in nuclear industry, it is of significant importance to understand physicochemical properties related to Zr-Fe-Sn system. In order to design the new Zr alloys with advanced performance by CALPHAD method, the thermodynamic model for the lower order systems is required. In the present work, first-principles calculations are employed to obtain phonon, thermodynamic and elastic properties of Zr6FeSn2 with C22 structure and the end-members (C22-Zr6FeFe2, C22-Zr6SnSn2 and C22-Zr6SnFe2) in the model of (Zr)6(Fe, Sn)2(Fe, Sn)1. It is found that the imaginary phonon modes are absent for C22-Zr6FeSn2 and C22-Zr6SnSn2, indicating they are dynamically stable, while the other two end-members are unstable. Gibbs energies of C22-Zr6FeSn2 and C22-Zr6SnSn2 are obtained from the quasiharmonic phonon approach and can be added in the thermodynamic database: Nuclearbase. The C22-Zr6FeSn2's single-crystal elasticity tensor components along with polycrystalline bulk, shear and Young's moduli are computed with a least-squares approach based upon the stress tensor computed from first-principles method. The results indicate that distortion is more difficult in the directions normal the c-axis than along to it.

  13. Formation and migration of charged native point defects in MgH2 : First-principles calculations

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    Park, Min Sik; Janotti, Anderson; van de Walle, Chris G.

    2009-08-01

    Using first-principles calculations we have investigated the possible native point defects in bulk MgH2 . Due to the interest in this material for hydrogen storage, we have paid particular attention to hydrogen-related defects that are likely to be involved in the absorption and release kinetics of hydrogen. We have considered neutral and charged defects and calculated formation energies as a function of Fermi-level position and hydrogen chemical potential. In the absence of impurities, we find that under extreme H-poor conditions the lowest-energy defects are positively and negatively charged hydrogen vacancies ( VH+ and VH- ). Under extreme H-rich conditions, the lowest-energy defects are VH+ , negatively charged hydrogen interstitials (Hi-) , and negatively charged Mg vacancies VMg2- . The defects are characterized by unusually large local structural rearrangements. The hydrogen-related defects are also highly mobile, with a lowest migration barrier of less than 0.10 eV for Hi- and H2i , and a highest barrier of 0.63 eV for VH- . By combining the calculated formation energies with migration barriers, we find that the lowest activation energy for self-diffusion is about 1.48 eV under H-poor conditions. The consequences of these results for the hydrogenation and dehydrogenation kinetics are discussed.

  14. Modelling of the electronic and ferroelectric properties of trichloroacetamide using Monte Carlo and first-principles calculations

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    Yaxuan Cai

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The electronic structure and ferroelectric mechanism of trichloroacetamide were studied using first principles calculations and density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. Using both Bader charge and electron deformation density, large molecular spontaneous polarization is found to originate from the charge transfer cause by the strong “push-pull” effect of electron-releasing interacting with electron-withdrawing groups. The intermolecular hydrogen bonds, NH⋯O, produce dipole moments in adjacent molecules to be aligned with each other. They also reduce the potential energy of the molecular chain threaded by hydrogen bonds. Due to the symmetric crystalline properties, however, the polarization of trichloroacetamide is mostly compensated and therefore small. Using the Berry Phase method, the spontaneous polarization of trichloroacetamide was simulated, and good agreement with the experimental values was found. Considering the polarization characteristics of trichloroacetamide, we constructed a one-dimensional ferroelectric Hamiltonian model to calculate the ferroelectric properties of TCAA. Using the Hamiltonian model, the thermal properties and ferroelectricity of trichloroacetamide were studied using the Monte Carlo method, and the Tc value was calculated.

  15. First principles calculation of ac conductance for Al-BDT-Al and Al-Cn-Al systems

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    Jia-Ning Zhuang

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available We perform first-principles calculation to investigate the dynamic conductance of atomic wires of the benzenedithiol (BDT as well as carbon chains with different length in contact with two Al(100 electrodes (Al-Cn-Al. Our calculation is based on the combination of the non-equilibrium Green's function and the density functional theory. For ac conductance, there are two theories that ensures the current conservation: (1. the global formula which is a phenomenological theory that partitions the total displacement current into each leads so that the current is conserved.(2. the local formula which is a microscopic theory that includes Coulomb interaction explicitly so that the current is conserved automatically. In this work, we use the local formula to calculate the dynamic conductance, especially the emittance. We give a detailed comparison and analysis for the results obtained from two theories. Our numerical results show that the global formula overestimates the emittance by two orders of magnitude. We also obtain an inequality showing that the emittance from global formula is greater than that from local formula for real atomic structures. For Al-Cn-Al structures, the oscillatory behavior as the number of carbon chain N varies from even to odd remains unchanged when local formula is used. However, the prediction of local formula gives rise to opposite response when N is odd (inductive-like as compared with that of global formula. Therefore, one should use the local formula for an accurate description of ac transport in nanoscale structures. In addition, the ‘size effect’ of the ac emittance is analyzed and can be understood by the kinetic inductance. Since numerical calculation using the global formula can be performed in orbital space while the local formula can only be used in real space, our numerical results indicate that the calculation using the local formula is extremely computational demanding.

  16. Unravelling the fundamentals of thermal and chemical expansion of BaCeO3 from first principles phonon calculations.

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    Løken, Andreas; Haugsrud, Reidar; Bjørheim, Tor S

    2016-11-16

    Differentiating chemical and thermal expansion is virtually impossible to achieve experimentally. While thermal expansion stems from a softening of the phonon spectra, chemical expansion depends on the chemical composition of the material. In the present contribution, we, for the first time, completely decouple thermal and chemical expansion through first principles phonon calculations on BaCeO3, providing new fundamental insights to lattice expansion. We assess the influence of defects on thermal expansion, and how this in turn affects the interpretation of chemical expansion and defect thermodynamics. The calculations reveal that the linear thermal expansion coefficient is lowered by the introduction of oxygen vacancies being 10.6 × 10(-6) K(-1) at 300 K relative to 12.2 × 10(-6) K(-1) for both the protonated and defect-free bulk lattice. We further demonstrate that the chemical expansion coefficient upon hydration varies with temperature, ranging from 0.070 to 0.115 per mole oxygen vacancy. Ultimately, we find that, due to differences in the thermal expansion coefficients under dry and wet conditions, the chemical expansion coefficients determined experimentally are grossly underestimated - around 55% lower in the case of 10 mol% acceptor doped BaCeO3. Lastly, we evaluate the effect of these volume changes on the vibrational thermodynamics.

  17. Modeling of amorphous SiCxO6/5 by classical molecular dynamics and first principles calculations

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    Liao, Ningbo; Zhang, Miao; Zhou, Hongming; Xue, Wei

    2017-02-01

    Polymer-derived silicon oxycarbide (SiCO) presents excellent performance for high temperature and lithium-ion battery applications. Current experiments have provided some information on nano-structure of SiCO, while it is very challenging for experiments to take further insight into the molecular structure and its relationship with properties of materials. In this work, molecular dynamics (MD) based on empirical potential and first principle calculation were combined to investigate amorphous SiCxO6/5 ceramics. The amorphous structures of SiCO containing silicon-centered mix bond tetrahedrons and free carbon were successfully reproduced. The calculated radial distribution, angular distribution and Young’s modulus were validated by current experimental data, and more details on molecular structure were discussed. The change in the slope of Young’s modulus is related to the glass transition temperature of the material. The proposed modeling approach can be used to predict the properties of SiCO with different compositions.

  18. First-principles calculations of electronic and optical properties of F, C-codoped cubic HfO{sub 2}

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    Zhang, Yu-Fen, E-mail: chm_zhangyf1@ujn.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Ren, Hao [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022 (China); Hou, Zhi-Tao [Cooperation Development Department, Shandong University, Jinan 250100, PR China (China)

    2015-02-01

    First-principles calculations based on DFT+U were performed on electronic and optical properties of F, C-codoped cubic HfO{sub 2}. The calculations show that strong 2p–2p/5d admixtures result in half-metallic ferromagnetism behaviors of F, C-codoped cubic HfO{sub 2}. Both the direct 2p–2p interaction and the indirect 2p–5d/2p–2p coupling interactions can be expected to contribute to the long-range magnetic coupling. Meanwhile, F and C codoping induces obvious increase of refractive index and new steep absorption peaks at lower energy region ∼2.8 eV, which can be used for photoabsorption applications. - Highlights: • Strong 2p–2p/5d admixtures result in a half-metallic ferromagnetism behavior. • Both 2p–2p and 2p–5d/2p–2p interactions contribute to long-range magnetic coupling. • F and C codoping induces obvious increase of refractive index. • F and C codoping induces new steep absorption peaks at lower energy region.

  19. Thermoelectric properties of layered calcium cobaltite Ca3Co4O9 from hybrid functional first-principles calculations

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    Lemal, Sébastien; Varignon, Julien; Bilc, Daniel I.; Ghosez, Philippe

    2017-02-01

    Using a combination of first-principles calculations based on density functional theory and Boltzmann semiclassical transport theory, we compute and study the properties of pristine layered calcium cobaltite Ca3Co4O9 . We model the system with the B1WC hybrid functional. Two supercells of increasing size which approximate the incommensurate crystallographic structure of the compound are studied and we determine their structural, magnetic, and electronic properties. It is found that the B1WC hybrid functional is appropriate to reproduce the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties, which are then extensively discussed. From the electronic band structure, the Seebeck (S ) and electrical resistivity (ρ ) tensors are computed using Boltzmann transport theory within the constant relaxation-time approximation. The differences between the diagonal components are detailed and reveal a strong in-plane anisotropy of the properties. The qualitative behavior of the averaged in-plane properties, S// and ρ//, is consistent with the measurements reported in the literature. Our calculation clarifies and provides a broad picture of the evolution of the thermoelectric properties with both carrier density and temperature, and suggests that the change in S// and ρ// around 100 K is not necessarily related to the magnetic transitions occurring around 100 K.

  20. Cooperative effect of silicon and other alloying elements on creep resistance of titanium alloys: insight from first-principles calculations.

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    Li, Yang; Chen, Yue; Liu, Jian-Rong; Hu, Qing-Miao; Yang, Rui

    2016-07-28

    Creep resistance is one of the key properties of titanium (Ti) alloys for high temperature applications such as in aero engines and gas turbines. It has been widely recognized that moderate addition of Si, especially when added together with some other elements (X), e.g., Mo, significantly improves the creep resistance of Ti alloys. To provide some fundamental understandings on such a cooperative effect, the interactions between Si and X in both hexagonal close-packed α and body-centered cubic β phases are systematically investigated by using a first-principles method. We show that the transition metal (TM) atoms with the number of d electrons (Nd) from 3 to 7 are attractive to Si in α phase whereas those with Nd > 8 and simple metal (SM) alloying atoms are repulsive to Si. All the alloying atoms repel Si in the β phase except for the ones with fewer d electrons than Ti. The electronic structure origin underlying the Si-X interaction is discussed based on the calculated electronic density of states and Bader charge. Our calculations suggest that the beneficial X-Si cooperative effect on the creep resistance is attributable to the strong X-Si attraction.

  1. Charge compensation in extremely large magnetoresistance materials LaSb and LaBi revealed by first-principles calculations

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    Guo, Peng-Jie; Yang, Huan-Cheng; Zhang, Bing-Jing; Liu, Kai; Lu, Zhong-Yi

    2016-06-01

    By the first-principles electronic structure calculations, we have systematically studied the electronic structures of recently discovered extremely large magnetoresistance (XMR) materials LaSb and LaBi. We find that both LaSb and LaBi are semimetals with the electron and hole carriers in balance. The calculated carrier densities on the order of 1020cm-3 are in good agreement with the experimental values, implying long mean-free time of carriers at low temperatures and thus high carrier mobilities. With a semiclassical two-band model, the charge compensation and high carrier mobilities naturally explain: (i) the XMR observed in LaSb and LaBi, (ii) the nonsaturating quadratic dependence of XMR on an external magnetic field, and (iii) the resistivity plateau in the turn-on temperature behavior at very low temperatures. The explanation of these features without resorting to the topological effect indicates that they should be the common characteristics of all electron-hole compensated semimetals.

  2. Elastic properties and electronic structure of WS{sub 2} under pressure from first-principles calculations

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    Li, Li [Sichuan Univ., Chengdu (China). Inst. of Atomic and Molecular Physics; Civil Aviation Flight Univ. of China, Guanghan (China). Dept. of Physics; Zeng, Zhao-Yi [Chongqing Normal Univ., Chongqing (China). College of Physics and Electronic Engineering; Liang, Ting; Tang, Mei; Cheng, Yan [Sichuan Univ., Chengdu (China). Inst. of Atomic and Molecular Physics

    2017-07-01

    The influence of pressure on the elastic and mechanical properties of the hexagonal transition-metal dichalcogenide WS{sub 2} is investigated using the first-principles calculations. With the increase in pressure, the lattice parameters and the volume of WS{sub 2} decrease, which is exactly in agreement with the available experimental data and other calculated results. The elastic constants C{sub ij}, bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E, and Poisson's ratio σ of WS{sub 2} also increase with pressure. At last, for the first time, the band gaps of energy, the partial density of states, and the total density of states under three different pressures are obtained and analysed. It is found that the band gap of WS{sub 2} decreases from 0.843 to 0 eV when the external pressure varies from 0 to 20 GPa, which implies that WS{sub 2} may transform from semiconductors to semimetal phase at a pressure about 20 GPa.

  3. Fast and scalable prediction of local energy at grain boundaries: machine-learning based modeling of first-principles calculations

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    Tamura, Tomoyuki; Karasuyama, Masayuki; Kobayashi, Ryo; Arakawa, Ryuichi; Shiihara, Yoshinori; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2017-10-01

    We propose a new scheme based on machine learning for the efficient screening in grain-boundary (GB) engineering. A set of results obtained from first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) for a small number of GB systems is used as a training data set. In our scheme, by partitioning the total energy into atomic energies using a local-energy analysis scheme, we can increase the training data set significantly. We use atomic radial distribution functions and additional structural features as atom descriptors to predict atomic energies and GB energies simultaneously using the least absolute shrinkage and selection operator, which is a recent standard regression technique in statistical machine learning. In the test study with fcc-Al [110] symmetric tilt GBs, we could achieve enough predictive accuracy to understand energy changes at and near GBs at a glance, even if we collected training data from only 10 GB systems. The present scheme can emulate time-consuming DFT calculations for large GB systems with negligible computational costs, and thus enable the fast screening of possible alternative GB systems.

  4. Effect of temperature on compact layer of Pt electrode in PEMFCs by first-principles molecular dynamics calculations

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    He, Yang; Chen, Changfeng; Yu, Haobo; Lu, Guiwu

    2017-01-01

    Formation of the double-layer electric field and capacitance of the water-metal interface is of significant interest in physicochemical processes. In this study, we perform first- principles molecular dynamics simulations on the water/Pt(111) interface to investigate the temperature dependence of the compact layer electric field and capacitance based on the calculated charge densities. On the Pt (111) surface, water molecules form ice-like structures that exhibit more disorder along the height direction with increasing temperature. The Osbnd H bonds of more water molecules point toward the Pt surface to form Ptsbnd H covalent bonds with increasing temperature, which weaken the corresponding Osbnd H bonds. In addition, our calculated capacitance at 300 K is 15.2 mF/cm2, which is in good agreement with the experimental results. As the temperature increases from 10 to 450 K, the field strength and capacitance of the compact layer on Pt (111) first increase and then decrease slightly, which is significant for understanding the water/Pt interface from atomic level.

  5. Cooperative effect of silicon and other alloying elements on creep resistance of titanium alloys: insight from first-principles calculations

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    Li, Yang; Chen, Yue; Liu, Jian-Rong; Hu, Qing-Miao; Yang, Rui

    2016-07-01

    Creep resistance is one of the key properties of titanium (Ti) alloys for high temperature applications such as in aero engines and gas turbines. It has been widely recognized that moderate addition of Si, especially when added together with some other elements (X), e.g., Mo, significantly improves the creep resistance of Ti alloys. To provide some fundamental understandings on such a cooperative effect, the interactions between Si and X in both hexagonal close-packed α and body-centered cubic β phases are systematically investigated by using a first-principles method. We show that the transition metal (TM) atoms with the number of d electrons (Nd) from 3 to 7 are attractive to Si in α phase whereas those with Nd > 8 and simple metal (SM) alloying atoms are repulsive to Si. All the alloying atoms repel Si in the β phase except for the ones with fewer d electrons than Ti. The electronic structure origin underlying the Si-X interaction is discussed based on the calculated electronic density of states and Bader charge. Our calculations suggest that the beneficial X-Si cooperative effect on the creep resistance is attributable to the strong X-Si attraction.

  6. Pressure and temperature effects on NaCl-type transition metal carbide from first-principles calculations

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    Zhai Zhangyin, E-mail: zhangyinz@sina.co [Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Chemistry of Low-Dimensional Materials and School of Physics and Electronic Electrical Engineering, Huaiyin Normal University, Huaian 223300 (China); Peng Ju; Zuo Fen; Ma Chunlin; Cheng Ju; Chen Guibin [Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Chemistry of Low-Dimensional Materials and School of Physics and Electronic Electrical Engineering, Huaiyin Normal University, Huaian 223300 (China); Chen Dong [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Xinyang Normal University, Xinyang 464000 (China)

    2010-11-15

    The structural and thermal properties of titanium carbide at high temperatures and high pressures are investigated using the ultrasoft pseudopotentials within the generalized gradient approximation in the framework of first-principles. The bulk ground-state characters such as lattice constants, Poisson's ratios, elastic constants, shear moduli and Young's moduli are calculated. It shows that the elastic constants of the titanium carbide crystal are well consistent with the experimental data under ambient conditions. The bulk modulus of titanium carbide as a function of applied temperature is presented. Besides, the phonon dispersion curves of TiC are obtained along the main symmetry directions. The calculated phonon density of states suggests that the motion of C atoms is confined to optic branches while the vibrations of Ti atoms belong to acoustic branches. To complete the fundamental characteristics of this crystal we have investigated the coefficients of thermal expansion, isochoric heat capacities and elastic moduli of titanium carbide in the whole temperature range from 0 to 2000 K and pressure range from 0 to 45 GPa. These results are in favourable agreement with previous theoretical works and the existing experimental data.

  7. First-principles calculations of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Fe1-x Co x /MgO(001) thin films.

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    Cai, Guanzhi; Wu, Zhiming; Guo, Fei; Wu, Yaping; Li, Heng; Liu, Qianwen; Fu, Mingming; Chen, Ting; Kang, Junyong

    2015-01-01

    The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of Fe1-x Co x thin films on MgO(001) was investigated via first-principles density-functional calculations. Four different configurations were considered based on their ground states: Fe/MgO, Fe12Co4/MgO, Fe10Co6/MgO, and Fe8Co8/MgO. As the Co composition increases, the amplitude of PMA increases first from Fe/MgO to Fe12Co4/MgO, and then decreases in Fe10Co6/MgO; finally, the magnetic anisotropy becomes horizontal in Fe8Co8/MgO. Analysis based on the second-order perturbation of the spin-orbit interaction was carried out to illustrate the contributions from Fe and Co atoms to PMA, and the differential charge density was calculated to give an intuitive comparison of 3d orbital occupancy. The enhanced PMA in Fe12Co4/MgO is ascribed to the optimized combination of occupied and unoccupied 3d states around the Fermi energy from both interface Fe and Co atoms, while the weaker PMA in Fe10Co6/MgO is mainly attributed to the modulation of the interface Co-d xy orbital around the Fermi energy. By adjusting the Co composition in Fe1-x Co x , the density of states of transitional metal atoms will be modulated to optimize PMA for future high-density memory application.

  8. Compression and phase diagram of lithium hydrides at elevated pressures and temperatures by first-principles calculations

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    Chen, Yang M; Wu, Qiang; Geng, Hua Y; Yan, Xiao Z; Wang, Yi X; Wang, Zi W

    2016-01-01

    High pressure and high temperature properties of AB (A = $^6$Li, $^7$Li; B = H, D, T) are investigated with first-principles method comprehensively. It is found that the H$^{-}$ sublattice features in the low-pressure electronic structure near the Fermi level of LiH are shifted to that dominated by the Li$^{+}$ sublattice in compression. The lattice dynamics is studied in quasi-harmonic approximation, from which the phonon contribution to the free energy and the isotopic effects are accurately modelled with the aid of a parameterized double-Debye model. The obtained equation of state (EOS) matches perfectly with available static experimental data. The calculated principal Hugoniot is also in accordance with that derived from shock wave experiments. Using the calculated principal Hugoniot and the previous theoretical melting curve, we predict a shock melting point at 56 GPa and 1923 K. In order to establish the phase diagram for LiH, the phase boundaries between the B1 and B2 solid phases are explored. The B1-...

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

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

    2017-09-01

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

  10. The electronic structures and ferromagnetism of Fe-doped GaSb: The first-principle calculation study

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    Lin, Xue-ling; Niu, Cao-ping; Pan, Feng-chun; Chen, Huan-ming; Wang, Xu-ming

    2017-09-01

    The electronic structures and the magnetic properties of Fe doped GaSb have been investigated by the first-principles calculation based on the framework of the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and GGA+U schemes. The calculated results indicated that Fe atoms tend to form the anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) coupling with the nearest-neighbor positions preferentially. Compared with the anti-ferromagnetic coupling, the ferromagnetic interactions occurred at the second nearest-neighbor and third nearest-neighbor sites have a bigger superiority energetically. The effect of strong electron correlation at Fe-d orbit taking on the magnetic properties predicted by GGA+U approach demonstrated that the ferromagnetic (FM) coupling between the Fe ions is even stronger in consideration of the strong electron correlation effect. The ferromagnetism in Fe doped GaSb system predicted by our investigation implied that the doping of Fe into GaSb can be as a vital routine for manufacturing the FM semiconductors with higher Curie temperature.

  11. First principles calculation of point defects and mobility degradation in bulk AlSb for radiation detection application

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    Lordi, V; Aberg, D; Erhart, P; Wu, K J

    2007-07-30

    The development of high resolution, room temperature semiconductor radiation detectors requires the introduction of materials with increased carrier mobility-lifetime ({mu}{tau}) product, while having a band gap in the 1.4-2.2 eV range. AlSb is a promising material for this application. However, systematic improvements in the material quality are necessary to achieve an adequate {mu}{tau} product. We are using a combination of simulation and experiment to develop a fundamental understanding of the factors which affect detector material quality. First principles calculations are used to study the microscopic mechanisms of mobility degradation from point defects and to calculate the intrinsic limit of mobility from phonon scattering. We use density functional theory (DFT) to calculate the formation energies of native and impurity point defects, to determine their equilibrium concentrations as a function of temperature and charge state. Perturbation theory via the Born approximation is coupled with Boltzmann transport theory to calculate the contribution toward mobility degradation of each type of point defect, using DFT-computed carrier scattering rates. A comparison is made to measured carrier concentrations and mobilities from AlSb crystals grown in our lab. We find our predictions in good quantitative agreement with experiment, allowing optimized annealing conditions to be deduced. A major result is the determination of oxygen impurity as a severe mobility killer, despite the ability of oxygen to compensation dope AlSb and reduce the net carrier concentration. In this case, increased resistivity is not a good indicator of improved material performance, due to the concomitant sharp reduction in {mu}{tau}.

  12. Electronic and Optical Properties of Few Layer Black Phosphorus and Black Phosphorus Nanoribbons from First Principles Calculations

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    Tran, Vy

    Recently, a new semiconducting 2D material, black phosphorus, has piqued the interest of research groups in the field. In its bulk form, black phosphorus was synthesized over a century ago and in 2014 devices based on thin flakes of black phosphorus were successfully realized. This was a crucial step towards the exploration and characterization of this material. However, because this material was virtually ignored until this point, many open questions needed to be quickly addressed. Fundamental properties such as the band gap, carrier mobility, optical spectrum, and thermal transport had not been established. Furthermore, the effect of extrinsic factors such as the number of layers, external electric fields, and applied strain had not been explored. How these extrinsic factors affect the tunability of the aforementioned physical properties is of utmost importance for device engineers. Using first principle computations based on density functional theory and the GW approximation including many-electron effects, we calculate the fundamental electronic and optical properties of few-layer black phosphorus. Beyond basic calculations, such as the band structure, quasiparticle band gap, and optical absorption spectrum, we dig deeper to explore the origin and nature of some of black phosphorus' unusual and surprising properties. These properties include the existence of relativistic Dirac fermions as charge carriers, a highly anisotropic band structure, an anisotropic optical absorption spectrum, quasi-1D excitonic features, and an ultra-high sensitivity to a gate electric field. In the first chapter, we discuss the properties of few-layer black phosphorus. We calculate the quasiparticle band gap, and excitonic optical spectra for 1-4 layers. We provide an empirical formula in the form of a power law to fit the calculated results and predict the values for larger layer numbers. We also propose an effective mass hydrogenic model to describe the excitonic spectra calculated

  13. First-principles equation-of-state table of beryllium based on density-functional theory calculations

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    Ding, Y. H.; Hu, S. X.

    2017-06-01

    Beryllium has been considered a superior ablator material for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) target designs. An accurate equation-of-state (EOS) of beryllium under extreme conditions is essential for reliable ICF designs. Based on density-functional theory (DFT) calculations, we have established a wide-range beryllium EOS table of density ρ = 0.001 to 500 g/cm3 and temperature T = 2000 to 108 K. Our first-principle equation-of-state (FPEOS) table is in better agreement with the widely used SESAME EOS table (SESAME 2023) than the average-atom INFERNO and Purgatorio models. For the principal Hugoniot, our FPEOS prediction shows ˜10% stiffer than the last two models in the maximum compression. Although the existing experimental data (only up to 17 Mbar) cannot distinguish these EOS models, we anticipate that high-pressure experiments at the maximum compression region should differentiate our FPEOS from INFERNO and Purgatorio models. Comparisons between FPEOS and SESAME EOS for off-Hugoniot conditions show that the differences in the pressure and internal energy are within ˜20%. By implementing the FPEOS table into the 1-D radiation-hydrodynamic code LILAC, we studied the EOS effects on beryllium-shell-target implosions. The FPEOS simulation predicts higher neutron yield (˜15%) compared to the simulation using the SESAME 2023 EOS table.

  14. Strong enhancement of piezoelectric constants in ScxAl1−xN: First-principles calculations

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    Hiroyoshi Momida

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available We theoretically investigate the piezoelectricity of ScxAl1−xN in the entire range of x by first-principles calculations. We find that the piezoelectric constants of wurtzite-type ScxAl1−xN significantly enhance as x increases from 0 to 0.75. However, the energy stability analyses between structure phases show that the cubic-type phases become more stable than the wurtzite-type phases at x of approximately 0.5 and higher, interfering with the ability of wurtzite-type ScxAl1−xN to realize the maximum piezoelectricity. Moreover, our study on element combination dependences on piezoelectricity in A0.5B0.5N (A = Sc, Y, La and B = Al, Ga, In indicates that Sc, Y, and La have the strongest effect on the enhancement of piezoelectric constants in AlN, GaN, and InN, respectively.

  15. Electronic structure, lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of silicon nanosphere-nanoribbon layered structure from first-principles calculation

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    Lu, Peng-Xian, E-mail: pengxian_lu@haut.edu.cn; Xia, Yi

    2017-05-01

    How to further optimize the thermoelectric figure of merit of silicon (Si) nanostructure? Constructing the layered structure composed of two different Si nano morphologies should be viewed an effective approach. The figure of merit of the layered structure could be further optimized by tuning the different contribution from the composed nano morphologies on the electron and phonon transport. In order to reveal the thermoelectric transport mechanism, the electronic structure, the lattice dynamics and the thermoelectric properties of Si nanosphere, Si nanoribbon and the layered structure composed of the two nano morphologies were investigated through first-principles calculation, lattice dynamics simulation and Boltzmann transport theory. The results suggest that the figure of merit of the layered structure is improved significantly in whole although its specific thermoelectric parameters are unsatisfactory as compared to the single nano morphologies. Therefore we provide a complete understanding on the thermoelectric transport of the layered structure and an effective route to further optimize the figure of merit of Si nanostructure.

  16. Discovery of Novel Perovskites for Solar Thermochemical Water Splitting from High-Throughput First-Principles Calculations

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    Emery, Antoine; Wolverton, Chris

    Among the several possible routes of hydrogen synthesis, thermochemical water splitting (TWS) cycles is a promising method for large scale production of hydrogen. The choice of metal oxide used in a TWS cycle is critical since it governs the rate and efficiency of the gas splitting process. In this work, we present a high-throughput density functional theory (HT-DFT) study of ABO3 perovskite compounds to screen for thermodynamically favorable two-step thermochemical water splitting materials. We demonstrate the use of two screens, based on thermodynamic stability and oxygen vacancy formation energy, on 5,329 different compositions to predict 139 stable potential candidate materials for water splitting applications. Several of these compounds have not been experimentally explored yet and present promising avenues for further research. Additionally, the large dataset of compounds and stability in our possession allowed us to revisit the structural maps for perovskites. This study shows the benefit of using first-principles calculations to efficiently screen an exhaustively large number of compounds at once. It provides a baseline for further studies involving more detailed exploration of a restricted number of those compounds.

  17. Elastic and thermodynamic properties of Rh and Rh{sub 3}Zr under pressure from first-principles calculation

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    Zhang, Suhong [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); College of Science, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zhang, Xinyu, E-mail: xyzhang@ysu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zhu, Yan [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); College of Physics and Chemistry, Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Ma, Mingzhen [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Qin, Jiaqian [Metallurgy and Materials Science Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330 (Thailand); Liu, Riping [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2015-01-15

    To give guidance for developing Rh-based superalloys, systematic investigations on structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of Rh and Rh{sub 3}Zr are conducted by first-principles calculations. The pressure dependence of the basic mechanical parameters is presented covering elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, aggregate sound velocities and elastic anisotropy. Additionally, the mechanical stability and ductility/brittleness are also assessed. Compared with Rh, it is found that Rh{sub 3}Zr has higher ductility but lower elastic moduli, lower aggregate sound velocities and higher elastic anisotropy. The variations of the thermal properties including the normalized volume, bulk modulus, thermal expansion coefficient and heat capacity of Rh and Rh{sub 3}Zr in wide pressure (0–40 GPa) and temperature (0–2200 K) ranges are also predicted and analyzed, and a remarkable consistency with experimental results is obtained. - Highlights: • Structural, elastic and thermodynamic properties of Rh and Rh{sub 3}Zr are investigated. • Pressure effects on the structural and elastic properties are presented. • Rh{sub 3}Zr has higher ductility/elastic anisotropy but lower elastic moduli than Rh. • The thermal properties in wide pressure and temperature ranges are predicted.

  18. Iodate in calcite and vaterite: Insights from synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy and first-principles calculations

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    Podder, J.; Lin, J.; Sun, W.; Botis, S. M.; Tse, J.; Chen, N.; Hu, Y.; Li, D.; Seaman, J.; Pan, Y.

    2017-02-01

    Calcium carbonates such as calcite are the dominant hosts of inorganic iodine in nature and are potentially important for the retention and removal of radioactive iodine isotopes (129I and 131I) in contaminated water. However, little is known about the structural environment of iodine in carbonates. In this study, iodate (IO3-) doped calcite and vaterite have been synthesized using the gel-diffusion method at three NaIO3 concentrations (0.002; 0.004; 0.008 M) and a pH value of 9.0, under ambient temperature and pressure. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) analyses show that iodine is preferentially incorporated into calcite over vaterite. Synchrotron iodine K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra confirm that IO3- is the dominant iodine species in synthetic calcite and vaterite. Analyses of iodine K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) data, complemented by periodic first-principles calculations at the density functional theory (DFT) levels, demonstrate that the I5+ ion of the IO3- group in calcite and vaterite is bonded by three and two additional O atoms (i.e., coordination numbers = 6 and 5), respectively, and is incorporated via the charged coupled substitution I5+ + Na+ ↔ C4+ + Ca2+, with the Na+ cation at a nearest Ca2+ site being the most energetically favorable configuration.

  19. Enhanced Conductivity and High Thermal Stability of W-Doped SnO2 Based on First-Principle Calculations

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    Chen, C. Z.; Wen, N. Y.; Chen, H. J.; Li, Y.; Cai, C. B.

    2017-02-01

    Tungsten (W)-doped SnO2 is investigated by first-principle calculations, with a view to understand the effect of doping on the lattice structure, thermal stability, conductivity, and optical transparency. Due to the slight difference in ionic radius as well as high thermal and chemical compatibility between the native element and the heterogeneous dopant, the doped system changes a little with different deviations in the lattice constant from Vegard's law, and good thermal stability is observed as the doping level reaches x = 0.125 in Sn1- x W x O2 compounds. Nevertheless, the large disparities in electron configuration and electronegativity between W and Sn atoms will dramatically modify the electronic structure and charge distribution of W-doped SnO2, leading to a remarkable enhancement of conductivity, electron excitation in the low energy region, and the consequent optical properties, while the visible transparency of Sn1 -x W x O2 is still preserved. Particularly, it is found that the optimal photoelectric properties of W-doped SnO2 may be achieved at x = 0.03. These observations are consistent with the experimental results available on the structural, thermal, electronic, and optical properties of Sn1- x W x O2, thus presenting a practical way of tailoring the physical behaviors of SnO2 through the doping technique.

  20. A Comparative Study of Elastic Constants of NiTi and NiAl Alloys from First-Principle Calculations

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    Jianmin Lu; Qingmiao Hu; Rui Yang

    2009-01-01

    To investigate the origin of the strong dependence of martensitic transformation temperature on composition,the elastic properties of high temperature B2 phases of both NiTi and NiAl were calculated by a first-principle method, the exact-muffin orbital method within coherent potential approximation. In the composition range of 50-56 at. pct Ni of NiTi and 60-70 at. pct Ni of NiAI in which martensitic transformation occurs, non-basalplane shear modulus c44 increases with increasing Ni content, while basal-plane shear modulus c' decreases.In the above composition ranges however the transformation temperature of NiAI increases with increasing Ni content while that of NiTi decreases from experimental observation. The softening of c' is experimentally observed only in NiAl, and the decrease of c' with increasing Ni content is responsible for the increase of transformation temperature. The result of the present work demonstrates that, besides c', c44 also influences the martensitic transformation of NiTi and plays quite important a role.

  1. First-principles calculations of optical properties of perfect and defective MgO crystals at high pressure

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    He, L., E-mail: linhe63@yahoo.com.cn [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu 610068 (China); Tang, M.J. [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu 610068 (China); Zeng, M.F. [Department of Fundamental Education, Chengdu Vocational and Technical College, Chengdu 610041 (China); Zhou, X.M.; Zhu, W.J. [National Key Laboratory for Shock Wave and Detonation Physics Research, Institute of Fluid Physics, CAEP, Mianyang 621900 (China); Liu, F.S. [Institute of High-pressure Physics, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China)

    2013-02-01

    The optical-absorption and refractive-index properties of MgO crystal without and with doubly charged Mg and O vacancies (V{sub Mg}{sup -2} and V{sub O}{sup +2}) up to 100 GPa were calculated using the first-principles method. The obtained data were mainly used to explore origins of the observed optical-transparency loss and behaviors of the refractive-index change for MgO under relatively strong shock compression. Results show that the V{sub O}{sup +2}-induced heterogeneous absorption within {approx}300-700 nm should be a source causing the transparency loss. It is found that the refractive index of perfect MgO at 532 nm increases with shock pressure. The V{sub O}{sup +2} leads to a rise in refractive index, and the increment increases with shock pressure. If the vacancy concentration increases with shock pressure, effects of the V{sub O}{sup +2} on refractive index are enhanced further.

  2. Effect of Sr doping on the electronic band structure and optical properties of ZnO: A first principle calculation

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    Mahmood, Asad; Tezcan, Fatih; Kardaş, Gülfeza; Karadaǧ, Faruk

    2017-09-01

    Incorporating impurities in ZnO provide opportunities to manipulate its electronic and optical properties, which can be exploited for optoelectronic device applications. Among various elements doped in ZnO crystal structure, limited attempts have been accounted for the Sr-doped ZnO system. Further, no theoretical evidence has been reported so far to explore the Sr-doped ZnO frameworks. Here, we report first principle study for the pure and Sr-doped ZnO (Zn1-xSrxO) structure. We employed the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof exchange-correlation function parameters in generalized gradient approximations. In light of these estimations, we calculated the electronic band gap, density of states, and optical parameters, for example, absorption, dielectric functions, reflectivity, refractive index, and energy-loss. The studies suggested that Sr incorporation expanded the optical band gap of ZnO. In addition, the energy-loss significantly increased with Sr content which might be associated with an increase in the degree of disorder in the crystal lattice with Sr incorporation. Also, significant changes were seen in the optical properties of ZnO with Sr content in the low energy region. The theoretical results were likewise compared with the previously reported experimental data.

  3. Thermal decomposition of trimethylgallium Ga(CH3)3: a shock-tube study and first-principles calculations.

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    Fikri, Mustapha; Makeich, Alexander; Rollmann, Georg; Schulz, Christof; Entel, Peter

    2008-07-17

    The thermal decomposition of Ga(CH3)3 has been studied both experimentally in shock-heated gases and theoretically within an ab-initio framework. Experiments for pressures ranging from 0.3 to 4 bar were performed in a shock tube equipped with atomic resonance absorption spectroscopy (ARAS) for Ga atoms at 403.3 nm. Time-resolved measurements of Ga atom concentrations were conducted behind incident waves as well as behind reflected shock waves at temperatures between 1210 and 1630 K. The temporal variation in Ga-atom concentration was described by a reaction mechanism involving the successive abstraction of methyl radicals from Ga(CH3)3 (R1), Ga(CH3)2 (R2), and GaCH3 (R3), respectively, where the last reaction is the rate-limiting step leading to Ga-atom formation. The rate constant of this reaction (R3) was deduced from a simulation of the measured Ga-atom concentration profiles using thermochemical data from ab-initio calculations for the reactions R1 and R2 as input. The Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) method including variational transition state theory was applied for reaction R3 assuming a loose transition state. Structural parameters and vibrational frequencies of the reactant and transition state required for the RRKM calculations were obtained from first-principles simulations. The energy barrier E3(0) of reaction R3, which is the most sensitive parameter in the calculation, was adjusted until the RRKM rate constant matched the experimental one and was found to be E(0) = 288 kJ/mol. This value is in a good agreement with the corresponding ab-initio value of 266 kJ/mol. The rate constant of reaction R3 was found to be k 3/(cm(3) mol(-1)s(-1)) = 2.34 x 10(11) exp[-23330(K/ T)].

  4. X-ray magnetic and natural circular dichroism from first principles: Calculation of K - and L1-edge spectra

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    Bouldi, N.; Vollmers, N. J.; Delpy-Laplanche, C. G.; Joly, Y.; Juhin, A.; Sainctavit, Ph.; Brouder, Ch.; Calandra, M.; Paulatto, L.; Mauri, F.; Gerstmann, U.

    2017-08-01

    An efficient first-principles approach to calculate x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and x-ray natural circular dichroism (XNCD) is developed and applied in the near-edge region at the K and L1 edges in solids. Computation of circular dichroism requires precise calculations of x-ray absorption spectra (XAS) for circularly polarized light. For the derivation of the XAS cross section, we used a relativistic description of the photon-electron interaction that results in an additional term in the cross section that couples the electric dipole operator with an operator σ .(ɛ ×r ) that we call the spin position operator. The numerical method relies on pseudopotentials, on the gauge including projected augmented-wave method, and on a collinear spin relativistic description of the electronic structure. We apply the method to calculations of K -edge XMCD spectra of ferromagnetic iron, cobalt, and nickel and of I L1-edge XNCD spectra of α -LiIO3 , a compound with broken inversion symmetry. For XMCD spectra we find that, even if the electric dipole term is the dominant one, the electric quadrupole term is not negligible (8% in amplitude in the case of iron). The term coupling the electric dipole operator with the spin-position operator is significant (28% in amplitude in the case of iron). We obtain a sum rule relating this term to the spin magnetic moment of the p states. In α -LiIO3 we recover the expected angular dependence of the XNCD spectra.

  5. Exploring phase stability, electronic and mechanical properties of Ce–Pb intermetallic compounds using first-principles calculations

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    Tao, Xiaoma [Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Novel Energy Materials and Related Technology, College of Physical Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Computational Alloy Design Group, IMDEA Materials Institute, Getafe, Madrid 28906 (Spain); Wang, Ziru; Lan, Chunxiang [Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Novel Energy Materials and Related Technology, College of Physical Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Xu, Guanglong [Computational Alloy Design Group, IMDEA Materials Institute, Getafe, Madrid 28906 (Spain); Ouyang, Yifang, E-mail: ouyangyf@gxu.edu.cn [Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Novel Energy Materials and Related Technology, College of Physical Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Du, Yong [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2016-05-15

    The phase stability, electronic and mechanical properties of Ce–Pb intermetallics have been investigated by using first-principles calculations. Five stable and four metastable phases of Ce–Pb intermetallics were verified. Among them, CePb{sub 2} has been confirmed as HfGa{sub 2}-type structure. For Ce{sub 5}Pb{sub 3}, the high pressure phase transformation from D8{sub m} to D8{sub 8} with trivalent Ce has been predicted to occur at P=1.2 GPa and a high temperature phase transformation has been predicted from D8{sub m} to D8{sub 8} with tetravalent Ce at 531.5 K. The calculated lattice constants of the five stable phases are in good agreement with experimental values. The electronic density of states, charge density and electron localization function of Ce{sub 3}Pb have been calculated, which indicated that the Ce and Pb show ionic behavior. The polycrystalline bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, and Poisson's ratio are also estimated from the calculated single crystalline elastic constants. All of the calculated elastic constants satisfy mechanical stability criteria. The microhardness and mechanical anisotropy are predicted. The anisotropic nature of the Ce–Pb intermetallic compounds are demonstrated by the three-dimensional orientation dependent surfaces of Young's moduli and linear compressibility are also demonstrated. The longitudinal, transverse and average sound velocities and the Debye temperatures are also obtained in this work. The Ce{sub 3}Pb has the largest Debye temperature of 192.6 K, which means the Ce{sub 3}Pb has a highest melting point and high thermal conductivity than other compounds. - Graphical abstract: The convex hull plots of the enthalpies of formation for Ce–Pb binary systems calculated at 0 K. - Highlights: • The five stable and four metastable phases in the Ce–Pb binary system were predicted. • The crystal structure of CePb{sub 2} has been confirmed as HfGa{sub 2}-type.

  6. First principles calculation of lattice thermal conductivity of metals considering phonon-phonon and phonon-electron scattering

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    Wang, Yan; Lu, Zexi; Ruan, Xiulin

    2016-06-01

    The effect of phonon-electron (p-e) scattering on lattice thermal conductivity is investigated for Cu, Ag, Au, Al, Pt, and Ni. We evaluate both phonon-phonon (p-p) and p-e scattering rates from first principles and calculate the lattice thermal conductivity (κL). It is found that p-e scattering plays an important role in determining the κL of Pt and Ni at room temperature, while it has negligible effect on the κL of Cu, Ag, Au, and Al. Specifically, the room temperature κLs of Cu, Ag, Au, and Al predicted from density-functional theory calculations with the local density approximation are 16.9, 5.2, 2.6, and 5.8 W/m K, respectively, when only p-p scattering is considered, while it is almost unchanged when p-e scattering is also taken into account. However, the κL of Pt and Ni is reduced from 7.1 and 33.2 W/m K to 5.8 and 23.2 W/m K by p-e scattering. Even though Al has quite high electron-phonon coupling constant, a quantity that characterizes the rate of heat transfer from hot electrons to cold phonons in the two-temperature model, p-e scattering is not effective in reducing κL owing to the relatively low p-e scattering rates in Al. The difference in the strength of p-e scattering in different metals can be qualitatively understood by checking the amount of electron density of states that is overlapped with the Fermi window. Moreover, κL is found to be comparable to the electronic thermal conductivity in Ni.

  7. High P-T experiments and first principles calculations of the diffusion of Si, O, Cr in liquid iron

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    Posner, Esther; Rubie, David C.; Frost, Daniel J.; Vlček, Vojtěch; Steinle-Neumann, Gerd

    2016-04-01

    Diffusion transport properties of molten iron and iron alloys at high pressures and temperatures are important for understanding large-scale geodynamic processes and thermochemical evolution of planetary interiors, such as the time and length scales of metal-silicate equilibration during core formation and chemical exchange across core-mantle boundaries during cooling. The density of the Earth's outer core is ˜10% too low to be composed of pure Fe-Ni and is assumed to contain significant concentrations of light elements, such as Si, S, O, and/or C, in addition to siderophile transition metals (V, Cr, Mn, W) which are depleted in the Earth's mantle relative to chondrites. The chemical diffusivity of light and siderophile elements in liquid iron under P -T conditions of the Earth's core and its formation are therefore required to constrain the composition and potential chemical stratification of planetary cores, in addition to the kinetics of chemical buoyancy from inner core crystallization that partially drives the geodynamo. In order to better understand the effects of pressure and temperature on Si, O, and Cr diffusion in liquid iron, we have conducted (1) chemical diffusion-couple experiments combined with numerical modeling of diffusion profiles to account for non-isothermal annealing, and (2) first principles molecular dynamic (FP-MD) calculations from ambient pressure to 135 GPa and 2200-5500 K. Experimental diffusion couples comprised of highly polished cylindrical disks of 99.97% Fe and metallic Fe alloy were contained within an MgO capsule and annealed within the P -T range 1873-2653 K and 1-18 GPa using a multi-anvil apparatus. A series of experiments are conducted at each pressure using variable heating rates, final quench temperatures (Tf), and time duration at Tf. Recovered capsules were cut and polished parallel to the axis of the cylindrical sample and measured using EMPA 10 μm-step line scans. To extend our dataset to P -T conditions of the Earth

  8. First-principles calculations of structural, electronic, vibrational, and magnetic properties of C-60 and C48N12 : A comparative study

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    Xie, RH; Bryant, GW; Jensen, L; Smith, VH

    2003-01-01

    The structural, electronic, vibrational, and magnetic properties of the C48N12 azafullerene and C-60 are comparatively studied from the first-principles calculations. Full geometrical optimization and Mulliken charge analysis are performed. Electronic structure calculations of C48N12 show that the

  9. Impact of First-Principles Property Calculations of Warm-Dense Deuterium/Tritium on Inertial Confinement Fusion Target Designs

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    Hu, S. X.

    2014-10-01

    Accurate knowledge of the properties of warm dense deuterium/tritium (DT) is essential to reliably design inertial confinement fusion (ICF) implosions. In the warm-dense-matter regime, routinely accessed by low-adiabat ICF implosions, strong-coupling and degeneracy effects play an important role in determining plasma properties. Using first-principles methods of both path-integral Monte Carlo and quantum molecular-dynamics (QMD), we have performed systematic investigation of the equation of state, thermal conductivity, and opacity for DT over a wide range of densities and temperatures. These first-principles properties have been incorporated into our hydrocodes. When compared to hydro simulations using standard plasma models, significant differences in 1-D target performance have been identified for simulations of DT implosions. For low-adiabat (α Administration under Award Number DE-NA0001944.

  10. Electron-capture decay rate of 7Be@C60 by first-principles calculations based on density functional theory

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    Morisato, T.; Ohno, K.; Ohtsuki, T.; Hirose, K.; Sluiter, M.; Kawazoe, Y.

    2008-01-01

    Carrying out a first-principles calculation assuming linear relationship between the electron density at Be nucleus and the electron-capture (EC) decay rate, we explained why 7Be@C60 shows higher EC decay rate than 7Be crystal, which was originally found experimentally by Ohtsuki et al. [Phys. Rev.

  11. A theoretical study of perovskite CsXCl3 (X=Pb, Cd) within first principles calculations

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    Ilyas, Bahaa M.; Elias, Badal H.

    2017-04-01

    constant are found to be related proportionally to the indirect band gap of CsCdCl3. The refractive index, extinction coefficient, complex dielectric function, energy loss function, optical conductivity, reflectivity and absorption coefficient for 0-25 eV incident photon energies have been predicted. The phonon properties were investigated using response functions to predict the phonon lattice dispersion and the density of states. The thermal effect on the heat capacities, entropy, enthalpy and Free energy were predicted and compared using both the quasi-harmonic Debye model and response functions, the latter provided far better results. To the best of the authors' knowledge, most of the studied properties have not been experimentally reported so far. Generally, the computed results for both CsCdCl3 and CsPbCl3 are very satisfactory and show good agreement with other calculations.

  12. A theoretical study of perovskite CsXCl3 (X=Pb, Cd) within first principles calculations

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    Ilyas, Bahaa M., E-mail: bahaastring@gmail.com [Department of Physics, University Of Dohuk (Iraq); Elias, Badal H. [Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Dohuk (Iraq)

    2017-04-01

    the optical properties, both the static refractive index and dielectric constant are found to be related proportionally to the indirect band gap of CsCdCl{sub 3}. The refractive index, extinction coefficient, complex dielectric function, energy loss function, optical conductivity, reflectivity and absorption coefficient for 0–25 eV incident photon energies have been predicted. The phonon properties were investigated using response functions to predict the phonon lattice dispersion and the density of states. The thermal effect on the heat capacities, entropy, enthalpy and Free energy were predicted and compared using both the quasi-harmonic Debye model and response functions, the latter provided far better results. To the best of the authors' knowledge, most of the studied properties have not been experimentally reported so far. Generally, the computed results for both CsCdCl{sub 3} and CsPbCl{sub 3} are very satisfactory and show good agreement with other calculations.

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

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

    2000-03-20

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

  14. First principles calculation of stable structure and adhesive strength of plated Ni/Fe(100) or Cu/Fe(100) interfaces

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    Ryota NAKANISHI; Koji SUEOKA; Seiji SHIBA; Makoto HINO; Koji MURAKAMI; Ken MURAOKA

    2009-01-01

    A study the with first principles calculation of the interfaces of the Ni layer or Cu layer on the Fe(100) surface formed with metal plating was performed. Ni or Cu atoms were shown to adopt the corresponding position to the bcc structure of the Fe(100) substrate. Other calculations showed that the interfaces of Ni (5 atomic layers)/Fe(100) (5 layers) or Cu (5 atomic layers)/Fe(100) (5 layers) had square lattices. The orientation relationship of Ni/Fe(100) interface corresponds to fcc-Ni(100)//bcc-Fe(100), Ni[011]//Fe[010], and Similar results were obtained for Cu/Fe(100) interfaces. This structure was supported by TEM analysis of plated Ni layer on Fe(100) surfaces. The adhesion strength of the Ni/Fe(100) interface evaluated by first principles calculation was higher than that of the Cu/Fe(100) interface. The experimental results of Hull cell iron plated with Ni or Cu supported the results of the calculation. These results indicate that the first principles calculation, which deals with the ideal interface at the atomic scale, has the potential to evaluate the adhesion strength of metallic material interfaces.

  15. 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.

  16. First-principles calculations of structural, electronic and optical properties of CdxZn1-xS alloys

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    Noor, Naveed Ahmed

    2010-10-01

    Structural, electronic and optical properties of ternary alloy system CdxZn1-xS have been studied using first-principles approach based on density functional theory. Electronic structure, density of states and energy band gap values for CdxZn1-xS are estimated in the range 0 ≤ x ≤ 1 using both the standard local density approximation (LDA) as well as the generalized gradient approximations (GGA) of Wu-Cohen (WC) for the exchange-correlation potential. It is observed that the direct band gap EgΓ-Γ of CdxZn1-xS decreases nonlinearly with the compositional parameter x, as observed experimentally. It is also found that Cd s and d, S p and Zn d states play a major role in determining the electronic properties of this alloy system. Furthermore, results for complex dielectric constant ε(ω), refractive index n(ω), normal-incidence reflectivity R(ω), absorption coefficient α(ω) and optical conductivity σ(ω) are also described in a wide range of the incident photon energy and compared with the existing experimental data. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Accelerated materials design of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 oxygen ionic conductors based on first principles calculations.

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    He, Xingfeng; Mo, Yifei

    2015-07-21

    We perform a first principles computational study of designing the Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT) perovskite material to increase its oxygen ionic conductivity. In agreement with the previous experiments, our computation results confirm fast oxygen ionic diffusion and good stability of the NBT material. The oxygen diffusion mechanisms in this new material were systematically investigated, and the effects of local atomistic configurations and dopants on oxygen diffusion were revealed. Novel doping strategies focusing on the Na/Bi sublattice were predicted and demonstrated by the first principles calculations. In particular, the K doped NBT compound achieved good phase stability and an order of magnitude increase in oxygen ionic conductivity of up to 0.1 S cm(-1) at 900 K compared to the previous Mg doped compositions. This study demonstrated the advantages of first principles calculations in understanding the fundamental structure-property relationship and in accelerating the materials design of the ionic conductor materials.

  18. GPU Acceleration of the Locally Selfconsistent Multiple Scattering Code for First Principles Calculation of the Ground State and Statistical Physics of Materials

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    Eisenbach, Markus [ORNL; Larkin, Jeff [NVIDIA, Santa Clara, CA; Lutjens, Justin [NVIDIA, Santa Clara, CA; Rennich, Steven [NVIDIA, Santa Clara, CA; Rogers, James H [ORNL

    2016-01-01

    The Locally Self-consistent Multiple Scattering (LSMS) code solves the first principles Density Functional theory Kohn-Sham equation for a wide range of materials with a special focus on metals, alloys and metallic nano-structures. It has traditionally exhibited near perfect scalability on massively parallel high performance computer architectures. We present our efforts to exploit GPUs to accelerate the LSMS code to enable first principles calculations of O(100,000) atoms and statistical physics sampling of finite temperature properties. Using the Cray XK7 system Titan at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility we achieve a sustained performance of 14.5PFlop/s and a speedup of 8.6 compared to the CPU only code.

  19. Structural and mechanical properties of Al―Mg―B films: Experimental study and first-principles calculations

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    Ivashchenko, V.I.; Scrynskyy, P.L. [Frantsevych Institute for Problems of Material Science, NAS of Ukraine, 3, Krzhyzhanovsky Str., 03142 Kyiv (Ukraine); Dub, S.N. [Bakul Institute for Superhard Materials, NAS of Ukraine, 2, Avtozavodska Str., 04074 Kyiv (Ukraine); Butenko, O.O.; Kozak, A.O.; Sinelnichenko, O.K. [Frantsevych Institute for Problems of Material Science, NAS of Ukraine, 3, Krzhyzhanovsky Str., 03142 Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2016-01-29

    The Al―Mg―B films were deposited on silicon substrates by direct current magnetron sputtering from the AlMgB{sub 14} target at low discharge power and at substrate temperature ranging from 100 to 500 °C. The deposited films have been annealed at 1000 °C in vacuum, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy, nano- and micro-indentation, and scratch testing. The films exhibit lower hardness than the bulk AlMgB{sub 14} material, which is due to their amorphous structure in which the strong intra-icosahedron B―B bonds are almost lacking and the weaker B―O bonds are predominant. After the annealing, a reduction of a number of B―O bonds and a formation of crystallites in the films lead to an increase in the nanohardness and elastic modulus. The as-deposited films exhibit a low coefficient of friction of 0.08–0.12. First-principles studies show that the icosahedra in amorphous AlMgB{sub 14}-based materials are not fully developed, which is the reason of their lower mechanical performance. - Highlights: • Al―Mg―B films were deposited at different substrate temperatures. • The as-deposited films were amorphous, whereas the annealed ones were nanostructured. • Mechanical properties were analyzed as functions of substrate and annealing temperatures. • Ab-initio MD simulations of AlMgB{sub 14}-based materials were carried out. • Both experimental and theoretical investigations enabled one to explain film properties.

  20. First-principles calculations of optical properties of GeC, SnC and GeSn under hydrostatic pressure

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    Sahnoun, M. [Applied Materials Laboratory (AML), Electronics Department, University of Sidi-Bel-Abbes, 22000 (Algeria); Khenata, R. [Applied Materials Laboratory (AML), Electronics Department, University of Sidi-Bel-Abbes, 22000 (Algeria)]. E-mail: khenata_rabah@yahoo.fr; Baltache, H. [Applied Materials Laboratory (AML), Electronics Department, University of Sidi-Bel-Abbes, 22000 (Algeria); Rerat, M. [Laboratoire de Chimie Theorique et Physico-Chimie Moleculaire, UMR 5624, Universite de Pau, 64000 Pau (France)]. E-mail: michel.rerat@univ-pau.fr; Driz, M. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modelisation Mathematique (LPQ3M), Departement de Technologie, Universite de Mascara, 29000 (Algeria); Bouhafs, B. [Computational Materials Science Laboratory, Physics Department, University of Sidi-Bel-Abbes, 22000 (Algeria); Abbar, B. [Computational Materials Science Laboratory, Physics Department, University of Sidi-Bel-Abbes, 22000 (Algeria)

    2005-01-31

    We present first-principles of the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave calculations of the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the optical properties of zinc-blende GeC, SnC and GeSn compounds. The refractive index and its variation with hydrostatic pressure are well described. An accurate calculation of linear optical functions (refraction index and its pressure derivative, and both imaginary and real parts of the dielectric function) is performed in the photon energy range up to 15 eV. The predicted optical constants agree well with the available experimental and theoretical ones.

  1. Pressure dependence of harmonic and an harmonic lattice dynamics in MgO: A first-principles calculation and implications for lattice thermal conductivity

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    Tang, Xiaoli [Physics Department, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (United States); Dong, Jianjun [Physics Department, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (United States)

    2009-06-01

    We report a recent first-principles calculation of harmonic and anharmonic lattice dynamics of MgO. The 2nd order harmonic and 3rd order anharmonic interatomic interaction terms are computed explicitly, and their pressure dependences are discussed. The phonon mode Grueneisen parameters derived based on our calculated 3rd order lattice anharmonicity are in good agreement with those estimated using the finite difference method. The implications for lattice thermal conductivity at high pressure are discussed based on a simple kinetic transport theory.

  2. Electrostatic properties of fullerenes under an external electric field: First-principles calculations of energetics for all IPR isomers from C60 to C78

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    Sorimachi, Jun-ya; Okada, Susumu

    2016-08-01

    Based on first-principles total energy calculations, we analyze the energetics of the fullerene isomers from C60 to C78, all of which satisfy the isolated pentagon rule, under a parallel electric field. Our calculations show that the total energy of the fullerene is proportional to the square of the external electric field. On the other hand, the coefficient of the quadratic energy profile is sensitive to the fullerene species and their orientation. Furthermore, fullerenes possessing lower symmetry exhibit asymmetric quadratic energy profiles with respect to the field, indicating that they possess intrinsic polarization along particular molecular orientations.

  3. Crystal Field and First Principle Calculation of Optical and Electronic Properties of ZnCr2O4 Spinel

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    Avram, N. M.; Brik, M. G.; Avram, C. N.; Gruia, A. S.

    2011-10-01

    In the present work we report on combined methods for calculation of optical energy levels scheme and electronic properties of antiferromagnetic spinel ZnCr2O4. The exchange charge model (ECM) was used to calculate the crystal field parameters (CFP) with taking into account the effects of the covalent bond formation between the Cr3+ and O2- ions. The calculated CFP values were used for diagonalization of the Cr3+ Hamiltonian in a complete basis set spanned by all wave functions of the LS terms of 3d3 electron configuration. Ab initio calculations (with the CRYSTAL09 computer program) of the density of states allowed evaluating contribution of each ion into the calculated bands. In addition, the spin-polarized calculations allowed for finding difference between densities of the spin-up and spin-down states of 6-fold coordinated Cr3+ ion. The obtained results are discussed and compared with experimental data.

  4. Variations in first principles calculated defect energies in GaAs and their effect on practical predictions

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    Deepak; D Balamurugan; K Nandi

    2003-01-01

    There is an abundant literature on calculations of formation and ionization energies of point defects in GaAs. Since most of these energies, especially the formation energies, are difficult to measure, the calculations are primary means of obtaining their values. However, based on the assumptions of the calculations, the reported values differ greatly among the various calculations. In this paper we discuss the sources of errors and their impact on practical predictions valuable in GaAs device fabrication. In particular, we have compared a large set of computed energies and selected the most appropriate values. Then, in the context of GaAs material quality, we investigated the impact of errors in calculation of formation energies on the performance of the GaAs substrate for device fabrication. We find that in spite of the errors inherent in ab initio calculations, it is possible to correctly predict the behaviour of GaAs substrate.

  5. A first-principles DFT study of UN bulk and (001) surface: comparative LCAO and PW calculations.

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    Evarestov, R A; Bandura, A V; Losev, M V; Kotomin, E A; Zhukovskii, Yu F; Bocharov, D

    2008-10-01

    LCAO and PW DFT calculations of the lattice constant, bulk modulus, cohesive energy, charge distribution, band structure, and DOS for UN single crystal are analyzed. It is demonstrated that a choice of the uranium atom relativistic effective core potentials considerably affects the band structure and magnetic structure at low temperatures. All calculations indicate mixed metallic-covalent chemical bonding in UN crystal with U5f states near the Fermi level. On the basis of the experience accumulated in UN bulk simulations, we compare the atomic and electronic structure as well as the formation energy for UN(001) surface calculated on slabs of different thickness using both DFT approaches.

  6. High-Order Elastic Constants and Anharmonic Properties of NaBH4: First-Principles Calculations

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    ZHANG Xiao-Dong; JIANG Zhen-Yi; ZHOU Bo; HOU Zhu-Feng; HOU Yu-Qing

    2011-01-01

    We present theoretical studies for second- and third-order elastic constants in NaBH4 based on ab initio calculations. Our calculated second-order elastic constants agree well with available experimental results. The anharmonic properties of NaBH4,such as pressure derivative of the second-order elastic constants and the Grüneisen constants for long-wavelength acoustic modeγ(q,j),are characterized using the third-order elastic constants.

  7. The calculation of polar surface area from first principles: an application of quantum chemical topology to drug design.

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    Bytheway, Ian; Darley, Michael G; Popelier, Paul L A

    2008-03-01

    The calculation of polar surface areas (PSA) from the electron density using quantum chemical topology (QCT) and a newly developed algorithm to determine isodensity surface areas is described. PSA values were calculated from the atomic partitioning of B3LYP/6-311G* wavefunctions and the results described herein represent the first application of this new algorithm. PSA values were calculated for forty drugs and compared to the topological polar surface area (TPSA) and those calculated by the QikProp program. Oral bioavailabilities predicted from the QCT PSA values for a subset of twenty drugs (the Palm set) were similar to those predicted by the dynamic polar surface area (DPSA) and in general, are in agreement with the observed values. Overall, PSA values obtained from QCT were generally similar to the DPSA, TPSA, and QikProp values, though differences in fragment contributions were found, with nitrogen-bearing functional groups showing the largest variation between methods. Differences between methods showed how the calculation of the PSA is dependent on the method used and, therefore, judicious application of the upper limits used in the prediction of oral bioavailability is warranted. These results also indicate that, because of the differences in the way PSA values are calculated, values from the different methods should not be used interchangeably.

  8. Numerical solver for first-principles transport calculation based on real-space finite-difference method.

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    Iwase, Shigeru; Hoshi, Takeo; Ono, Tomoya

    2015-06-01

    We propose an efficient procedure to obtain Green's functions by combining the shifted conjugate orthogonal conjugate gradient (shifted COCG) method with the nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF) method based on a real-space finite-difference (RSFD) approach. The bottleneck of the computation in the NEGF scheme is matrix inversion of the Hamiltonian including the self-energy terms of electrodes to obtain the perturbed Green's function in the transition region. This procedure first computes unperturbed Green's functions and calculates perturbed Green's functions from the unperturbed ones using a mathematically strict relation. Since the matrices to be inverted to obtain the unperturbed Green's functions are sparse, complex-symmetric, and shifted for a given set of sampling energy points, we can use the shifted COCG method, in which once the Green's function for a reference energy point has been calculated the Green's functions for the other energy points can be obtained with a moderate computational cost. We calculate the transport properties of a C(60)@(10,10) carbon nanotube (CNT) peapod suspended by (10,10)CNTs as an example of a large-scale transport calculation. The proposed scheme opens the possibility of performing large-scale RSFD-NEGF transport calculations using massively parallel computers without the loss of accuracy originating from the incompleteness of the localized basis set.

  9. First-principles calculation of phase equilibria and phase separation of the Fe-Ni alloy system

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    Ying Chen; Shuichi Iwata; Tetsuo Mohri

    2006-01-01

    Theoretical investigation of the phase equilibria of the Fe-Ni alloy has been performed by combining the FLAPW total energy calculations and the Cluster Variation Method through the Cluster Expansion Method. The calculations have proved the stabilization of the L12 phase at 1:3 stoichiometry, which is in agreement with the experimental result,and predicted the existence of L10 as a stable phase below 550 K; this L10 phase has been missing in the conventional phasediagram. The calculations are extended to the Fe-rich region that is characterized by a wide range phase separation and has drawn considerable attention because of the intriguing Invar property associated with a Fe concentration of 65%. To reveal the origin of the phase separation, a P-V curve in an entire concentration range is derived by the second derivative of free energy functional of the disordered phase with respect to the volume. The calculation confirmed that the phase separation is caused by the breakdown of the mechanical-stability criterion. The newly calculated phase separation line combined with the L10 and L12 order-disordered phase boundaries provides phase equilibria in the wider concentration range of the system. Furthermore, a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) is attempted by incorporating the thermal vibration effect through harmonic approximation of the Debye-Gruneisen model. The Invar behavior has been reproduced, and the origin of this anomalous volume change has been discussed.

  10. Structural Polymorphism in “Kesterite” Cu 2 ZnSnS 4 : 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

    2017-02-27

    This work presents detailed structural and vibrational characterization of different Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) polymorphs (space groups: I4-, P4-2c, and P4-2m), using Raman spectroscopy and first-principles calculations. Multiwavelength Raman measurements on bulk crystalline CZTS samples permitted determination of the vibrational modes of each polymorph structure, with frequencies matching well with the results obtained from simulations. The results present Raman spectra fingerprints as well as experimental references for the different polymorph modifications.

  11. Magnetic anisotropy in Ta/CoFeB/MgO investigated by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and first-principles calculation

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    Kanai, Shun [Laboratory for Nanoelectronics and Spintronics, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Tsujikawa, Masahito; Shirai, Masafumi [Center for Spintronics Integrated Systems, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Miura, Yoshio [Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Department of Electronics and Information Science, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto (Japan); Matsukura, Fumihiro, E-mail: f-matsu@wpi-aimr.tohoku.ac.jp; Ohno, Hideo [Laboratory for Nanoelectronics and Spintronics, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR), Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2014-12-01

    We study the spin and orbital magnetic moments in Ta/Co{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 0.4}B{sub 0.2}/MgO by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements as well as first-principles calculations, in order to clarify the origin of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Both experimental and theoretical results show that orbital magnetic moment of Fe is more anisotropic than that of Co with respect to the magnetization direction. The anisotropy is larger for thinner CoFeB, indicating that Fe atoms at the interface with MgO contribute more than Co to the observed perpendicular magnetic anisotropy.

  12. High resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy of clean and hydrogen covered Si(001) surfaces: first principles calculations.

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    Patterson, C H

    2012-09-07

    Surface phonons, conductivities, and loss functions are calculated for reconstructed (2×1), p(2×2) and c(4×2) clean Si(001) surfaces, and (2×1) H and D covered Si(001) surfaces. Surface conductivities perpendicular to the surface are significantly smaller than conductivities parallel to the surface. The surface loss function is compared to high resolution electron energy loss measurements. There is good agreement between calculated loss functions and experiment for H and D covered surfaces. However, agreement between experimental data from different groups and between theory and experiment is poor for clean Si(001) surfaces. Formalisms for calculating electron energy loss spectra are reviewed and the mechanism of electron energy losses to surface vibrations is discussed.

  13. First-principles calculation of the elastic dipole tensor of a point defect: Application to hydrogen in α -zirconium

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    Nazarov, R.; Majevadia, J. S.; Patel, M.; Wenman, M. R.; Balint, D. S.; Neugebauer, J.; Sutton, A. P.

    2016-12-01

    The elastic dipole tensor is a fundamental quantity relating the elastic field and atomic structure of a point defect. We review three methods in the literature to calculate the dipole tensor and apply them to hydrogen in α -zirconium using density functional theory (DFT). The results are compared with the dipole tensor deduced from earlier experimental measurements of the λ tensor for hydrogen in α -zirconium. There are significant errors with all three methods. We show that calculation of the λ tensor, in combination with experimentally measured elastic constants and lattice parameters, yields dipole tensor components that differ from experimental values by only 10%-20%. There is evidence to suggest that current state-of-the-art DFT calculations underestimate bonding between hydrogen and α -zirconium.

  14. First-principles calculations of rovibrational energies, dipole transition intensities and partition function for ethylene using MULTIMODE.

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    Carter, Stuart; Sharma, Amit R; Bowman, Joel M

    2012-10-21

    Large-scale, rovibrational variational calculations are performed for ethylene, using the potential energy surface published by Avila and Carrington [J. Chem. Phys. 135, 064101 (2011)]. Energies for J = 0 are in very good agreement with their benchmark results. Corresponding energies for J = 1 and J = 2 are also given. Calculations with a slightly reduced basis permit energies to J = 40, allowing a reliable determination of the partition function at 296 K. Using a new ab initio dipole moment surface, reported here, the infrared spectra of five dipole-allowed fundamentals are calculated. Both the partition function and infrared spectra are shown to be in excellent agreement with those in the experimental HITRAN database, with the exception of one band, which we believe is partially mis-assigned in HITRAN.

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

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

    2016-05-26

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

  16. [Mo2(CN)11]:5- A detailed description of ligand-field spectra and magnetic properties by first-principles calculations.

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    Hendrickx, Marc F A; Clima, S; Chibotaru, L F; Ceulemans, A

    2005-10-06

    An ab initio multiconfigurational approach has been used to calculate the ligand-field spectrum and magnetic properties of the title cyano-bridged dinuclear molybdenum complex. The rather large magnetic coupling parameter J for a single cyano bridge, as derived experimentally for this complex by susceptibility measurements, is confirmed to a high degree of accuracy by our CASPT2 calculations. Its electronic structure is rationalized in terms of spin-spin coupling between the two constituent hexacyano-monomolybdate complexes. An in-depth analysis on the basis of Anderson's kinetic exchange theory provides a qualitative picture of the calculated CASSCF antiferromagnetic ground-state eigenvector in the Mo dimer. Dynamic electron correlations as incorporated into our first-principles calculations by means of the CASPT2 method are essential to obtain quantitative agreement between theory and experiment.

  17. 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.

  18. Half-metallic ferromagnetism in Fe-doped Zn{sub 3}P{sub 2} from first-principles calculations

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    Jaiganesh, G., E-mail: jaiganesh@igcar.gov.in; Jaya, S. Mathi, E-mail: jaiganesh@igcar.gov.in [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam-603102 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Using the first-principles calculations based on the density functional theory, we have studied the magnetism and electronic structure of Fe-doped Zinc Phosphide (Zn{sub 3}P{sub 2}). Our results show that the half-metallic ground state and ferromagnetic stability for the small Fe concentrations considered in our study. The stability of the doped material has been studied by calculating the heat of formation and analyzing the minimum total energies in nonmagnetic and ferromagnetic phases. A large value of the magnetic moment is obtained from our calculations and our calculation suggests that the Fe-doped Zn{sub 3}P{sub 2} may be a useful material in semiconductor spintronics.

  19. Sound velocities of bridgmanite from density of states determined by nuclear inelastic scattering and first-principles calculations

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    McCammon, Catherine; Caracas, Razvan; Glazyrin, Konstantin; Potapkin, Vasily; Kantor, Anastasia; Sinmyo, Ryosuke; Prescher, Clemens; Kupenko, Ilya; Chumakov, Aleksandr; Dubrovinsky, Leonid

    2016-12-01

    Sound velocities of bridgmanite measured in the laboratory are a key to deciphering the composition of the lower mantle. Here, we report Debye sound velocities determined using nuclear inelastic scattering (NIS) for one majorite composition (Mg0.82Fe0.18SiO3) and five bridgmanite compositions (Mg0.82Fe0.18SiO3, Mg0.86Fe0.14Si0.98Al0.02O3, Mg0.88Fe0.12SiO3, Mg0.6Fe0.4Si0.63Al0.37O3, Mg0.83Fe0.15Si0.98Al0.04O3) measured in a diamond anvil cell at pressures up to 89 GPa at room temperature. Debye sound velocities for majorite determined from NIS are consistent with literature data from Brillouin scattering and ultrasonics, while Debye sound velocities for bridgmanite are significantly lower than literature values from the same methods. We calculated partial and total density of states (DOS) for MgSiO3 and FeSiO3 bridgmanite using density functional theory and demonstrate that Debye sound velocities calculated from the reduced DOS using the same approach as for the experimental data (i.e., the limit of D(E)/E2 as energy goes to zero) give the same sound velocities for each phase irrespective of which partial DOS is used. In addition, we show that Debye sound velocities calculated using this approach are consistent with values obtained from the calculation of the full elastic tensor. Comparison of the calculated DOS with the one obtained from NIS indicates that the experimental DOS has enhanced intensity at low energies that leads to a different slope of the DOS and hence a lower sound velocity. This effect is present in all of the bridgmanite samples examined in this study.

  20. Electronic structure of BaFe2As2 as obtained from DFT/ASW first-principles calculations

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    Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2010-07-02

    We use ab-initio calculations based on the augmented spherical wave method within density functional theory to study the magnetic ordering and Fermi surface of BaFe2As2, the parent compound of the hole-doped iron pnictide superconductors (K,Ba)Fe2As2, for the tetragonal I4/mmm as well as the orthorhombic Fmmm structure. In comparison to full potential linear augmented plane wave calculations, we obtain significantly smaller magnetic energies. This finding is remarkable, since the augmented spherical wave method, in general, is known for a most reliable description of magnetism. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Study of Cu-doping effects on magnetic properties of Fe-doped ZnO by first principle calculations

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    A El Amiri; H Lassri; M Abid; E K Hlil

    2014-06-01

    Using ab initio calculations on Zn0.975–Fe0.025CuO ( = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.05), we study the variations of magnetic moments vs Cu concentration. The electronic structure is calculated by using the Korringa–Kohn–Rostoker (KKR) method combined with coherent potential approximation (CPA). We show that the total magnetic moment and magnetic moment of Fe increase on increasing Cu content. From the density of state (DOS) analysis, we show that Cu-induced impurity bands can assure, by two mechanisms, the enhancement of Fe magnetic moment in Zn0.975–Fe0.025CuO.

  2. Electronic structure of RScO{sub 3} from x-ray spectroscopies and first-principles calculations

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    Derks, Christine; Raekers, Michael; Neumann, Manfred [Department of Physics, University of Osnabrueck, D-49069 Osnabrueck (Germany); Kuepper, Karsten [Departement of Solidstate Physics, Univeristy of Ulm, D-89069 Ulm (Germany); Postnikov, Andree [Laboratoire de Physique des Milieux Denses, Universite Paul Verlaine, Metz (France); Uecker, Reinhard [Institute for Crystal Growth, D-12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Perovskites of the type RScO{sub 3}, where R represents a trivalent rare-earth metal, exhibit an enormous variety of physical properties and can be used for different applications. They are high k materials and belong to the best available thin film substrates for the epitaxial growth of high quality thin films. This allows a so called strain tailoring of ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, or multiferroic perovskite thin films by choosing different RScO{sub 3}. The electronic structures of a series of RScO{sub 3} single crystals are investigated by means of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and band structure calculations. By combining XES and XAS measurements together with theoretical calculations the band gaps of the compounds can be accurately determined. The presented results will broaden the complete experimental and theoretical picture of the valence bands of RScO{sub 3} series.

  3. First principles calculations of double ionization energy spectra and two-electron distribution function using T-matrix theory

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    Noguchi, Yoshifumi [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Yokohama National University, 79-5 Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama 240-8501 (Japan); Computational Materials Science Center, National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)], E-mail: NOGUCHI.Yoshifumi@nims.go.jp; Ishii, Soh; Ohno, Kaoru [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Yokohama National University, 79-5 Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama 240-8501 (Japan)

    2007-05-15

    Short-range electron correlation plays a very important role in small systems and significantly affects the double ionization energy (DIE) spectra and the two-electron distribution functions of a CO molecule, for example. In our calculations, the local density approximation (LDA) of the density functional theory is chosen as a starting point, the GW approximation (GWA) is performed in a next step, and finally the Bethe-Salpeter equation for the T-matrix, describing the particle-particle ladder diagrams up to the infinite order, is solved via the eigenvalue problem. The calculated DIE spectra, which are directly given by the eigenvalues, reflect the short-range electron correlation and are in good agreement with the experiment. We confirm that the Coulomb hole appears in the two-electron distribution function constructed from the eigenfunction.

  4. Antiferromagnetic spintronics of Mn{sub 2}Au: An experiment, first principle, mean field and series expansions calculations study

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    Masrour, R., E-mail: rachidmasrour@hotmail.com [Laboratory of Materials, Processes, Environment and Quality, Cady Ayyed University, National School of Applied Sciences, 63 46000, Safi (Morocco); LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculty of Science, Mohammed V-Agdal University, Rabat (Morocco); Hlil, E.K. [Institut Néel, CNRS et Université Joseph Fourier, BP 166, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Hamedoun, M. [Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Benyoussef, A. [LMPHE (URAC 12), Faculty of Science, Mohammed V-Agdal University, Rabat (Morocco); Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Rabat (Morocco); Boutahar, A.; Lassri, H. [LPMMAT, Université Hassan II-Casablanca, Faculté des Sciences, BP 5366 Maârif (Morocco)

    2015-11-01

    The self-consistent ab initio calculations, based on DFT (Density Functional Theory) approach and using FLAPW (Full potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave) method, are performed to investigate both electronic and magnetic properties of the Mn{sub 2}Au. Polarized spin and spin–orbit coupling are included in calculations within the framework of the antiferromagnetic state between two adjacent Mn plans. Magnetic moment considered to lie along (110) axes are computed. Obtained data from ab initio calculations are used as input for the high temperature series expansions (HTSEs) calculations to compute other magnetic parameters. The exchange interactions between the magnetic atoms Mn–Mn in Mn{sub 2}Au are given by using the experiment results and the mean field theory. The High Temperature Series Expansions (HTSEs) of the magnetic susceptibility with the magnetic moments in Mn{sub 2}Au (m{sub Mn}) is given up to tenth order series in, 1/k{sub B}T. The Néel temperature T{sub N} is obtained by HTSEs combined with the Padé approximant method. The critical exponent associated with the magnetic susceptibility is deduced as well. - Highlights: • The both electronic and magnetic properties of the Mn{sub 2}Au are studied. • The exchange interactions between the magnetic atoms Mn–Mn in Mn{sub 2}Au are given. • The Néel temperature T{sub N} of Mn{sub 2}Au is obtained by HTSEs method. • The critical exponent associated with the magnetic susceptibility is deduced.

  5. Accurate first-principles calculations for {sup 12}CH{sub 3}D infrared spectra from isotopic and symmetry transformations

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    Rey, Michaël, E-mail: michael.rey@univ-reims.fr; Tyuterev, Vladimir G. [Groupe de Spectrométrie Moléculaire et Atmosphérique, UMR CNRS 6089, BP 1039, F-51687, Reims Cedex 2 (France); Nikitin, Andrei V. [Laboratory of Theoretical Spectroscopy, Institute of Atmospheric Optics, SB RAS, 634055 Tomsk (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University, 36 Lenin Avenue, 634050 Tomsk (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-28

    Accurate variational high-resolution spectra calculations in the range 0-8000 cm{sup −1} are reported for the first time for the monodeutered methane ({sup 12}CH{sub 3}D). Global calculations were performed by using recent ab initio surfaces for line positions and line intensities derived from the main isotopologue {sup 12}CH{sub 4}. Calculation of excited vibrational levels and high-J rovibrational states is described by using the normal mode Eckart-Watson Hamiltonian combined with irreducible tensor formalism and appropriate numerical procedures for solving the quantum nuclear motion problem. The isotopic H→D substitution is studied in details by means of symmetry and nonlinear normal mode coordinate transformations. Theoretical spectra predictions are given up to J = 25 and compared with the HITRAN 2012 database representing a compilation of line lists derived from analyses of experimental spectra. The results are in very good agreement with available empirical data suggesting that a large number of yet unassigned lines in observed spectra could be identified and modeled using the present approach.

  6. First-principles-based calculations of vibrational normal modes in polyatomic materials with translational symmetry: application to PETN molecular crystal.

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    Velizhanin, Kirill A; Kilina, Svetlana; Sewell, Thomas D; Piryatinski, Andrei

    2008-10-23

    Numerical studies of vibrational energy transport and associated (non)linear infrared and Raman response in polyatomic materials require knowledge of the multidimensional vibrational potential-energy surface and the ability to perform normal-mode analysis on that potential. The presence of translational symmetry, as in crystals, leads to the observed dispersion of the unit cell normal modes and has to be accounted for in calculations of energy transfer rates and other spectroscopic quantities. Here we report on the implementation of a computational approach that combines the generalized supercell method and density functional theory electronic structure calculations to investigate the vibrational structure in translationally symmetric materials containing relatively large numbers of atoms in the unit cell (58 atoms in the present study). The method is applied to calculate the phonon and vibron dispersion relations and the vibrational density of states in pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) molecular crystal which is an important energetic material. The results set the stage for future investigations of vibrational energy transport and associated nonlinear spectroscopic signatures in this class of materials.

  7. Large-scale screening of metal hydrides for hydrogen storage from first-principles calculations based on equilibrium reaction thermodynamics.

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    Kim, Ki Chul; Kulkarni, Anant D; Johnson, J Karl; Sholl, David S

    2011-04-21

    Systematic thermodynamics calculations based on density functional theory-calculated energies for crystalline solids have been a useful complement to experimental studies of hydrogen storage in metal hydrides. We report the most comprehensive set of thermodynamics calculations for mixtures of light metal hydrides to date by performing grand canonical linear programming screening on a database of 359 compounds, including 147 compounds not previously examined by us. This database is used to categorize the reaction thermodynamics of all mixtures containing any four non-H elements among Al, B, C, Ca, K, Li, Mg, N, Na, Sc, Si, Ti, and V. Reactions are categorized according to the amount of H(2) that is released and the reaction's enthalpy. This approach identifies 74 distinct single step reactions having that a storage capacity >6 wt.% and zero temperature heats of reaction 15 ≤ΔU(0)≤ 75 kJ mol(-1) H(2). Many of these reactions, however, are likely to be problematic experimentally because of the role of refractory compounds, B(12)H(12)-containing compounds, or carbon. The single most promising reaction identified in this way involves LiNH(2)/LiH/KBH(4), storing 7.48 wt.% H(2) and having ΔU(0) = 43.6 kJ mol(-1) H(2). We also examined the complete range of reaction mixtures to identify multi-step reactions with useful properties; this yielded 23 multi-step reactions of potential interest.

  8. Acidity constants and its dependence on solvent selection from first-principles calculations using cluster-continuum models

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    Pham, Hieu H.; Taylor, Christopher D.; Henson, Neil J.

    2014-08-01

    Dissociation constants of selected carboxylic acids in aqueous and organic solvents were calculated at quantum chemical level. We considered cases in which trace quantities of water may be present, as well as cases in which water was entirely absent. In the latter cases, alternative proton acceptors need to be considered. For aqueous solvent, short-range solvation effects are considered by adding explicit water molecules as the first solvent shell. In the absence of water, corresponding organic solvents are used directly as the proton acceptors and the resulted pKa are quite comparable to those obtained from previous case of aqueous solvent.

  9. First-principles calculation of nitrogen-tungsten codoping effects on the band structure of anatase-titania

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    2009-01-01

    The electronic properties and photocatalytic activity of nitrogen (N) and/or tungsten (W)-doped anatase are calculated using density functional theory. For N-doping, isolated N 2p states above the top of the valence band are responsible for experimentally observed redshifts in the optical absorption edge. For W-doping, W 5d states below the conduction band lead to band gap narrowing; the transition energy is reduced by 0.2 eV. Addition of W to the N-doped system yields significant band gap na...

  10. First-Principles Calculations of Scanning-Tunnelling-Microscopy Images of Ar Atoms Adsorbed on a Graphite Sheet

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    白玉林; 周晓林; 陈向荣; 芶清泉

    2003-01-01

    Local density approximation within the framework of the density functional theory is applied to calculate the scanning tunnelling microscopy(STM)images of Ar atoms adsorbed on a graphite sheet(Ar/graphite system).It is found that the optimal site of adsorbed Ar atom is at the top of the centre of the carbon hexagon and its equilibrium distance from the graphite surface is about 3.20A.We demonstrate that it is the hybridization of the C 2 p electronic states with the Ar 3 p and 4 s electronic states,which renders Ar atoms visible in the STM experiment.

  11. Electronic interaction in composites of a conjugated polymer and carbon nanotubes: first-principles calculation and photophysical approaches

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    Florian Massuyeau

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The mechanisms that control the photophysics of composite films made of a semiconducting conjugated polymer (poly(paraphenylene vinylene, PPV mixed with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT up to a concentration of 64 wt % are determined by using photoexcitation techniques and density functional theory. Charge separation is confirmed experimentally by rapid quenching of PPV photoluminescence and changes in photocurrent starting at relatively low concentrations of SWNT. Calculations predict strong electronic interaction between the polymer and the SWNT network when nanotubes are semiconducting.

  12. Reversal of spin polarization in Fe/GaAs (001) driven by resonant surface states: First-principles calculations

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    Chantis, Athanasios N; Belashchenko, Kirill D.; Smith, Darryl L.; Tsymbal, Evgeny Y.; van Schilfgaarde, Mark; Albers, Robert C

    2007-01-01

    A minority-spin resonant state at the Fe/GaAs(001) interface is predicted to reverse the spin polarization with voltage bias of electrons transmitted across this interface. Using a Green's function approach within the local spin density approximation we calculate spin-dependent current in a Fe/GaAs/Cu tunnel junction as a function of applied bias voltage. We find a change in sign of the spin polarization of tunneling electrons with bias voltage due to the interface minority-spin resonance. Th...

  13. Uniaxial stress influence on lattice, band gap and optical properties of n-type ZnO:first-principles calculations

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    Yang Ping; Li Pei; Zhang Li-Qiang; Wang Xiao-Liang; Wang Huan; Song Xi-Fu; Xie Fang-Wei

    2012-01-01

    The lattice,the band gap and the optical properties of n-type ZnO under uniaxial stress are investigated by firstprinciples calculations.The results show that the lattice constants change linearly with stress.Band gaps are broadened linearly as the uniaxial compressive stress increases.The change of band gap for n-type ZnO comes mainly from the contribution of stress in the c-axis direction,and the reason for band gap of n-type ZnO changing with stress is also explained.The calculated results of optical properties reveal that the imaginary part of the dielectric function decreases with the increase of uniaxial compressive stress at low energy.However,when the energy is higher than 4.0 eV,the imaginary part of the dielectric function increases with the increase of stress and a blueshift appears.There are two peaks in the absorption spectrum in an energy range of 4.0-13.0 eV.The stress coefficient of the band gap of n-type ZnO is larger than that of pure ZnO,which supplies the theoretical reference value for the modulation of the band gap of doped ZnO.

  14. Effect of oxygen vacancies on the electronic and optical properties of tungsten oxide from first principles calculations

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    Mehmood, Faisal; Pachter, Ruth; Murphy, Neil R.; Johnson, Walter E.; Ramana, Chintalapalle V.

    2016-12-01

    In this work, we investigated theoretically the role of oxygen vacancies on the electronic and optical properties of cubic, γ-monoclinic, and tetragonal phases of tungsten oxide (WO3) thin films. Following the examination of structural properties and stability of the bulk tungsten oxide polymorphs, we analyzed band structures and optical properties, applying density functional theory (DFT) and GW (Green's (G) function approximation with screened Coulomb interaction (W)) methods. Careful benchmarking of calculated band gaps demonstrated the importance of using a range-separated functional, where results for the pristine room temperature γ-monoclinic structure indicated agreement with experiment. Further, modulation of the band gap for WO3 structures with oxygen vacancies was quantified. Dielectric functions for cubic WO3, calculated at both the single-particle, essentially time-dependent DFT, as well as many-body GW-Bethe-Salpeter equation levels, indicated agreement with experimental data for pristine WO3. Interestingly, we found that introducing oxygen vacancies caused appearance of lower energy absorptions. A smaller refractive index was indicated in the defective WO3 structures. These predictions could lead to further experiments aimed at tuning the optical properties of WO3 by introducing oxygen vacancies, particularly for the lower energy spectral region.

  15. First principle calculations for improving desorption temperature in Mg16H32 doped with Ca, Sr and Ba elements

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    M Bhihi; M Lakhal; S Naji; H Labrim; A Belhaj; A Benyoussef; A Elkenz; M Loulidi; B Khalil; O Mounkachi; M Abdellaoui; E K Hlil

    2014-12-01

    Using ab initio calculations, we predict the improvement of the desorption temperature and the hydrogen storage properties of doped Mg-based hydrides such as,Mg15AMH32 (AM = Ca, Sr and Ba) as a super cell 2 × 2 × 2 of MgH2. In particular, the electronic structure has been obtained numerically using the all-electron full-potential local-orbital minimum-basis scheme FPLO9.00-34. Then, we discuss the formation energy calculations in terms of the material stabilities and the hydrogen storage thermodynamic properties improvements. Among others, we find that the stability and the temperature of desorption decrease without reducing significantly the high storage capacity of hydrogen. Moreover, it has been observed that such a doping procedure does not affect the electronic behavior as seen in MgH2, including the insulator state in contrast with the transition metal hydrides, which modify the electronic structure of pure MgH2.

  16. Spectroscopic and electronic structure calculation of a potential antibacterial agent incorporating pyrido-dipyrimidine-dione moiety using first principles

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    Fatma, Shaheen; Bishnoi, Abha; Singh, Vineeta; Al-Omary, Fatmah A. M.; El-Emam, Ali A.; Pathak, Shilendra; Srivastava, Ruchi; Prasad, Onkar; Sinha, Leena

    2016-04-01

    Quantum chemical calculations of geometrical structure, energy and vibrational wavenumbers of a novel functionalized pyrido-pyrimidine compound (a prospective antibacterial agent), chemically known as 6-Methyl,13,14,15-Trihydro-14-(4-Nitrophenyl)pyrido[1,2-a:1‧,2‧-a‧] pyrido[2″,3″-d:6″,5″-d‧]dipyrimidine-13,15-dione (C24H16N6O4), were carried out, using B3LYP/6311++G(d,p) method. Comprehensive interpretation of the infrared and Raman spectra of the compound under study is based on potential energy distribution. A good coherence between experimental and theoretical wavenumbers shows the preciseness of the assignments. NLO properties like the dipole moment, polarizability, first static hyperpolarizability and molecular electrostatic potential surface have been calculated to get a better cognizance of the properties of the title compound. Molecular docking results reveal that the title compound exhibit inhibitory activity against Staphylococcus aureus.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  18. The ensemble effect of formic acid oxidation on platinum-gold electrode studied by first-principles calculations

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    Zhong, Wenhui; Qi, Yuanyuan; Deng, Mingsen

    2015-03-01

    The reaction mechanisms for HCOOH oxidation on a series of PtAu(111) alloy surfaces in the aqueous solution phase are investigated by density functional theory calculations. It is found that the dehydrogenation pathway of HCOOH oxidation occurs through the formation of formate with a barrier of 16.8 kcal mol-1 and requires at least one Pt atom on the surface. In contrast, the CO formation pathway proceeds through the dimerization with a barrier of 5.6 kcal mol-1, for which at least three Pt atoms with a non-equilateral structure are required. The calculated average electrostatic potential, charge density difference, Bader charge and partial density of states all show obvious charge transfer from the alloy surface Pt atoms to HCOOH molecules, indicating that Pt sites are the reaction active center. Different ensemble of Pt sites on PtAu(111) surfaces can have significant impact on the catalysis performance for HCOOH oxidation. The non-equilateral Pt site upon PtAu(111) should be avoided to eliminate CO poisoning effect on Pt-based catalysts.

  19. Electronic structure of RScO{sub 3} from x-ray spectroscopies and first-principles calculations

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    Derks, Christine; Neumann, Manfred [Department of Physics, University of Osnabrueck (Germany); Kuepper, Karsten [Department of Solid State Physics, University of Ulm (Germany); Postnikov, Andree [Laboratoire de Physique des Milieux Denses, Universite Paul Verlaine, Metz (France); Uecker, Reinhard [Institute for Crystal Growth, Berlin (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Perovskites of the type RScO{sub 3}, where R represents a trivalent rare-earth metal, are high k materials and belong to the best available thin film substrates for the epitaxial growth of high quality thin films. This allows a so called strain tailoring of ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, or multiferroic perovskite thin films by choosing different RScO{sub 3}. With respect to these interesting properties there is up to now only rare knowledge available about the electronic structure of RScO{sub 3}. In a previous work we have already published a work on the electronic structure of SmScO{sub 3}, GdScO{sub 3}, and DyScO{sub 3}. As far as we know, it is the only work combining XPS, XES and XAS with ab initio electronic structure calculations. We are extending these successful investigations to single crystalline PrScO{sub 3}, NdScO{sub 3}, EuScO{sub 3} and TbScO{sub 3}. A complete electronic structure was obtained and the band gaps could be deduced for all these rare-earth scandates. All the results were found to be in good agreement with LDA+U calculations.

  20. First-Principles Calculations on Electronic, Chemical Bonding and Optical Properties of Cubic Hf3N4

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    FENG Li-Ping; WANG Zhi-Qiang; LIU Zheng-Tang

    2013-01-01

    Electronic,chemical bonding and optical properties of cubic Hf3N4(c-Hf3N4) are calculated using the firstprinciples based on the density functional theory (DFT).The optimized lattice parameter is in good agreement with the available experimental and calculational values.Band structure shows that c-Hf3N4 has direct band gap.Densities of states (DOS) and charge densities indicate that the bonding between Hf and N is ionic.The optical properties including complex dielectric function,refractive index,extinction coefficient,absorption coefficient,and reflectivity are predicted.From the theory of crystal-field and molecudar-orbital bonding,the optical transitions of c-Hf3N4 affected by the electronic structure and molecular orbital are studied.It is found that the absorptive transitions of c-Hf3N4 compound are predominantly composed of the transitions from N T22p valence bands to HfT2 (dxy,dxz,dyz) conduction bands.

  1. Strain effects and intermixing at the Si surface: Importance of long-range elastic corrections in first-principles calculations

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    Béland, Laurent Karim; Machado-Charry, Eduardo; Pochet, Pascal; Mousseau, Normand

    2014-10-01

    We investigate Ge mixing at the Si(001) surface and characterize the 2×N Si(001) reconstruction by means of hybrid quantum and molecular mechanics calculations (QM/MM). Avoiding fake elastic dampening, this scheme allows to correctly take into account long-range deformation induced by reconstructed and defective surfaces. We focus in particular on the dimer vacancy line (DVL) and its interaction with Ge adatoms. We first show that calculated formation energies for these defects are highly dependent on the choice of chemical potential and that the latter must be chosen carefully. Characterizing the effect of the DVL on the deformation field, we also find that the DVL favors Ge segregation in the fourth layer close to the DVL. Using the activation-relaxation technique (ART nouveau) and QM/MM, we show that a complex diffusion path permits the substitution of the Ge atom in the fourth layer, with barriers compatible with mixing observed at intermediate temperature. We also show that the use of QM/MM results in much more significant corrections at the saddle points (up to 0.5 eV) that at minima, demonstrating its importance for describing kinetics correctly.

  2. 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.

    2017-08-01

    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.

  3. Co-based alloys design based on first-principles calculations: Influence of transition metal and rare-earth alloying element on stacking fault energy

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    Achmad, Tria Laksana; Fu, Wenxiang; Chen, Hao; Zhang, Chi; Yang, Zhi-Gang

    2017-01-01

    The main idea of alloy design is to reduce costs and time required by the traditional (trial and error) method, then finding a new way to develop the efficiency of the alloy design is necessary. In this study, we proposed a new approach to the design of Co-based alloys. It is based on the concept that lowering the ratio of stable and unstable stacking fault energy (SFE) could bring a significant increase in the tendency of partial dislocation accumulation and FCC to HCP phase transformation then enhance mechanical properties. Through the advance development of the computing techniques, first-principles density-functional-theory (DFT) calculations are capable of providing highly accurate structural modeling at the atomic scale without any experimental data. The first-principles calculated results show that the addition of some transition metal (Cr, Mo, W, Re, Os, Ir) and rare-earth (Sc, Y, La, Sm) alloying elements would decrease both stable and unstable SFE of pure Co. The dominant deformation mechanism of binary Co-4.5 at.% X (X = alloying element) is extended partial dislocation. Our study reveals Re, W, Mo and La as the most promising alloying additions for the Co-based alloys design with superior performances. Furthermore, the underlying mechanisms for the SFE reduction can be explained regarding the electronic structure.

  4. Magnetic anisotropy energy of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys Ni2X(X=Fe, Co)Ga by first-principles calculations

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    He, Wangqiang; Ma, Xingqiao; Liu, Zhuhong; Wang, Yi; Chen, Long-Qing

    2017-07-01

    First-principles calculations were employed to explore magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE) of Ni2X(X=Fe, Co)Ga alloys. The MAE of Ni2FeGa is found to show a concave behavior as a function of tetragonal distortion and easy-axis of magnetization in martensitic phase is along long axis, which have been interpreted by the shift of Fe dxy+dyz peak in minority spin channel near Fermi level. The substitution of Ni by Co in Ni2FeGa alloys rotates magnetic easy axis from long axis to short axis in non-modulated phase while substitution of Fe by Co did not, which is in agreement with experiment. Magnetic anisotropy constant and magnetic stress have been estimated with calculated MAE of martensite phases. By comparing first-principles estimated values of magnetic and twinning stresses, we confirmed the condition, whether large magnetic field-induced strains in FSMAs could be obtained or not. This information can provide theoretical guidance in searching new types of FSMAs with large magnetic field induced strain.

  5. Magnetic anisotropy energy of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys Ni2X(X=Fe, CoGa by first-principles calculations

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    Wangqiang He

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available First-principles calculations were employed to explore magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE of Ni2X(X=Fe, CoGa alloys. The MAE of Ni2FeGa is found to show a concave behavior as a function of tetragonal distortion and easy-axis of magnetization in martensitic phase is along long axis, which have been interpreted by the shift of Fe dxy+dyz peak in minority spin channel near Fermi level. The substitution of Ni by Co in Ni2FeGa alloys rotates magnetic easy axis from long axis to short axis in non-modulated phase while substitution of Fe by Co did not, which is in agreement with experiment. Magnetic anisotropy constant and magnetic stress have been estimated with calculated MAE of martensite phases. By comparing first-principles estimated values of magnetic and twinning stresses, we confirmed the condition, whether large magnetic field-induced strains in FSMAs could be obtained or not. This information can provide theoretical guidance in searching new types of FSMAs with large magnetic field induced strain.

  6. First-principles calculations on the structure and electronic properties of boron doping zigzag single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    WEN QingBo; YU ShanSheng; ZHENG WeiTao

    2009-01-01

    Calculations have been made for single-walled zigzag (n, 0) carbon nanotubes containing substitutional boron impurity atoms using ab initio density functional theory. It is found that the formation energies of these nanotubes depend on the tube diameter, as do the electronic properties, and show periodic fea-ture that results from their different π bonding structures compared to those of perfect zigzag carbon nanotubes. When more boron atoms are incorporated into a single-walled zigzag carbon nanotube, the substitutional boron atoms tend to come together to form structure of BC3 nanodomains, and B-doped tubes have striking acceptor states above the top of the valence bands. For the structure of BC3, there are two kinds of configurations with different electronic structures.

  7. First-principles calculation of structural and electronic properties of memantine (Alzheimer's disease) and adamantane (anti-flu) drugs

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    Middleton, Kirsten; Zhang, Guoping; George, Thomas F.

    2012-02-01

    Memantine is currently used as a treatment for mild to severe Alzheimer's disease, although its functionality is complicated. Using various density functional theory calculations and basis sets, we first examine memantine alone and then add ions which are present in the human body. This provides clues as to how the compound may react in the calcium ion channel, where it is believed to treat the disease. In order to understand the difference between calcium and magnesium ions interacting with memantine, we compute the electron affinity of each complex. We find that memantine is more strongly attracted to magnesium ions than calcium ions within the channel. By observing the HOMO-LUMO gap within memantine in comparison to adamantane, we find that memantine is more excitable than the anti-flu drug. We believe these factors to affect the efficiency of memantine as a treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

  8. First-principles calculations on the structure and electronic properties of boron doping zigzag single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    2009-01-01

    Calculations have been made for single-walled zigzag(n,0) carbon nanotubes containing substitutional boron impurity atoms using ab initio density functional theory.It is found that the formation energies of these nanotubes depend on the tube diameter,as do the electronic properties,and show periodic fea-ture that results from their different π bonding structures compared to those of perfect zigzag carbon nanotubes.When more boron atoms are incorporated into a single-walled zigzag carbon nanotube,the substitutional boron atoms tend to come together to form structure of BC3 nanodomains,and B-doped tubes have striking acceptor states above the top of the valence bands.For the structure of BC3,there are two kinds of configurations with different electronic structures.

  9. First Principles Calculations of Structural, Electronic, Thermodynamic and Thermal Properties of BaxSr1-xTe Ternary Alloys

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    Chelli, S.; Meradji, H.; Amara Korba, S.; Ghemid, S.; El Haj Hassan, F.

    2014-12-01

    The structural, electronic thermodynamic and thermal properties of BaxSr1-xTe ternary mixed crystals have been studied using the ab initio full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT). In this approach, the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof-generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA) was used for the exchange-correlation potential. Moreover, the recently proposed modified Becke Johnson (mBJ) potential approximation, which successfully corrects the band-gap problem was also used for band structure calculations. The ground-state properties are determined for the cubic bulk materials BaTe, SrTe and their mixed crystals at various concentrations (x = 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75). The effect of composition on lattice constant, bulk modulus and band gap was analyzed. Deviation of the lattice constant from Vegard's law and the bulk modulus from linear concentration dependence (LCD) were observed for the ternary BaxSr1-xTe alloys. The microscopic origins of the gap bowing were explained by using the approach of Zunger and co-workers. On the other hand, the thermodynamic stability of these alloys was investigated by calculating the excess enthalpy of mixing, ΔHm as well as the phase diagram. It was shown that these alloys are stable at high temperature. Thermal effects on some macroscopic properties of BaxSr1-xTe alloys were investigated using the quasi-harmonic Debye model, in which the phononic effects are considered.

  10. Electronic and optical properties of CuGaS2 nanowires: a study of first principle calculations

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    Nayebi, Payman; Emami-Razavi, Mohsen; Zaminpayma, Esmaeil

    2017-01-01

    In this work we study the electronic and optical properties of fully relaxed CuGaS2 nanowires using the pseudo-potential density functional method. In our calculations we have investigated nanowires with two shapes of hexagonal and triangular with their corresponding diameters in the order of 8 to 15 Å in (1-10) growth direction. For CuGaS2 bulk, the geometrical parameters such as anion displacement and equilibrium lattice constant agree well with other theoretical and experimental results. We have shown that for the CuGaS2 nanowires, there is an important contraction of the Cu-S and Ga-S bond lengths in the wires of 2.1% and 1.24% of the bulk value. In addition, in this manuscript the electronic properties such as band structures and atom-projected density of states have been examined. Our results show that while the nanowire diameter increases, the band gap decreases. From partial density of states we found that the greatest valence bands involve atoms which are placed at the surface. The optical constants, the dielectric function, reflectivity, refractive index and absorption of the nanowires have been analyzed. The results show that compared to the CuGaS2 bulk, the corresponding peaks of dielectric functions of CuGaS2 nanowires are blue-shifted. The calculations reveal that the dielectric functions of the nanowires augment while the nanowires' size increases. It is also found that the peaks related to optical parameters of nanowires are affected by the diameter of the nanowire.

  11. Impurity-doped Si10 cluster: Understanding the structural and electronic properties from first-principles calculations

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    Majumder, Chiranjib; Kulshreshtha, S. K.

    2004-12-01

    Structural and electronic properties of metal-doped silicon clusters ( MSi10 , M=Li , Be, B, C, Na, Mg, Al, and Si) have been investigated via ab initio molecular dynamics simulation under the formalism of the density functional theory. The exchange-correlation energy has been calculated using the generalized gradient approximation method. Several stable isomers of MSi10 clusters have been identified based on different initial configurations and their relative stabilities have been analyzed. From the results it is revealed that the location of the impurity atom depends on the nature of interaction between the impurity atom and the host cluster and the size of the impurty atom. Whereas Be and B atoms form stable isomers, the impurity atom being placed at the center of the bicapped tetragonal antiprism structure of the Si10 cluster, all other elements diffuse outside the cage of Si10 cluster. Further, to understand the stability and the chemical bonding, the LCAO-MO based all electron calculations have been carried out for the lowest energy isomers using the hybrid B3LYP energy functional. Based on the interaction energy of the M atoms with Si10 clusters it is found that p-p interaction dominates over the s-p interaction and smaller size atoms interact more strongly. Based on the binding energy, the relative stability of MSi10 clusters is found to follow the order of CSi10>BSi10>BeSi10>Si11>AlSi10>LiSi10>NaSi10>MgSi10 , leading one to infer that while the substitution of C, B and Be enhances the stability of the Si11 cluster, others have an opposite effect. The extra stability of the BeSi10 clusters is due to its encapsulated close packed structure and large energy gap between the HOMO and LUMO energy levels.

  12. Energetic stability and magnetic moment of tri-, tetra-, and octa- ferromagnetic element nitrides predicted by first-principle calculations

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    Imai, Yoji, E-mail: imai-y@aist.go.jp [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, AIST Tsukuba Central 5, Higashi 1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565 (Japan); Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennohdai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Sohma, Mitsugu [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, AIST Tsukuba Central 5, Higashi 1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565 (Japan); Suemasu, Takashi [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennohdai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan)

    2014-10-25

    Highlights: • Formation energies of tri-, tetra-, and octa-metal nitrides of Fe, Co and Ni were calculated. • It is predicted that Fe{sub 4}N is stable, Ni{sub 4}N is metastable, and Co{sub 4}N is unstable. • Octa-metal nitrides with the α″-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} type structure is stable only for Fe. • All the tri-metal nitrides with the Ni{sub 3}N type structure are stable. - Abstract: Formation energies and magnetic moments of tri-, tetra-, and octa- ferromagnetic element nitrides have been calculated using spin-polarized Perdew–Wang generalized gradient approximations of the density functional theory. From the energetic point of view, Fe{sub 4}N are more stable compared to Fe and N{sub 2} gas. Ni{sub 4}N may be a metastable phase since mixture of Ni{sub 3}N and Ni would be more energetically stable. Fe{sub 4}N may be also a metastable from energetic point of view but effect of configurational entropy caused by N-vacancy and of disregarded random occupation of interstitial sites by N observed in Fe{sub 3}N must be evaluated so as to make precise evaluation, which is beyond the scope of the present work. Co{sub 4}N are not stable compared to Co metal with the hcp structure and N{sub 2} gas, but more stable in case Co metal with the fcc structure is used as a reference state. Only Fe{sub 8}N with the α″-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} type structure would be stable among octa-metal nitrides with the assumed structure of the α″-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} type and the Ni{sub 32}N{sub 4} type structure. All of Fe{sub 3}N, Co{sub 3}N, and Ni{sub 3}N are stable, but Ni{sub 3}N would be non-magnetic in contrast to ferromagnetism of other tri-metal nitrides.

  13. Photoelectron spectrum of valence anions of uracil and first-principles calculations of excess electron binding energies

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    Bachorz, Rafał A.; Klopper, Wim; Gutowski, Maciej; Li, Xiang; Bowen, Kit H.

    2008-08-01

    The photoelectron spectrum (PES) of the uracil anion is reported and discussed from the perspective of quantum chemical calculations of the vertical detachment energies (VDEs) of the anions of various tautomers of uracil. The PES peak maximum is found at an electron binding energy of 2.4 eV, and the width of the main feature suggests that the parent anions are in a valence rather than a dipole-bound state. The canonical tautomer as well as four tautomers that result from proton transfer from an NH group to a C atom were investigated computationally. At the Hartree-Fock and second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory levels, the adiabatic electron affinity (AEA) and the VDE have been converged to the limit of a complete basis set to within +/-1 meV. Post-MP2 electron-correlation effects have been determined at the coupled-cluster level of theory including single, double, and noniterative triple excitations. The quantum chemical calculations suggest that the most stable valence anion of uracil is the anion of a tautomer that results from a proton transfer from N1H to C5. It is characterized by an AEA of 135 meV and a VDE of 1.38 eV. The peak maximum is as much as 1 eV larger, however, and the photoelectron intensity is only very weak at 1.38 eV. The PES does not lend support either to the valence anion of the canonical tautomer, which is the second most stable anion, and whose VDE is computed at about 0.60 eV. Agreement between the peak maximum and the computed VDE is only found for the third most stable tautomer, which shows an AEA of ~-0.1 eV and a VDE of 2.58 eV. This tautomer results from a proton transfer from N3H to C5. The results illustrate that the characteristics of biomolecular anions are highly dependent on their tautomeric form. If indeed the third most stable anion is observed in the experiment, then it remains an open question why and how this species is formed under the given conditions.

  14. Electronic Structures of S/C-Doped TiO2 Anatase (101 Surface: First-Principles Calculations

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    Qili Chen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The electronic structures of sulfur (S or carbon (C-doped TiO2 anatase (101 surfaces have been investigated by density functional theory (DFT plane-wave pseudopotential method. The general gradient approximation (GGA + U (Hubbard coefficient method has been adopted to describe the exchange-correlation effects. All the possible doping situations, including S/C dopants at lattice oxygen (O sites (anion doping, S/C dopants at titanium (Ti sites (cation doping, and the coexisting of anion and cation doping, were studied. By comparing the formation energies, it was found that the complex of anion and cation doping configuration forms easily in the most range of O chemical potential for both S and C doping. The calculated density of states for various S/C doping systems shows that the synergistic effects of S impurities at lattice O and Ti sites lead a sharp band gap narrowing of 1.35 eV for S-doped system comparing with the pure TiO2 system.

  15. Ag diffusion in SiC high-energy grain boundaries: kinetic Monte Carlo study with first-principle calculations

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    Ko, Hyunseok; Szlufarska, Izabela; Morgan, Dane

    2016-01-01

    The diffusion of silver (Ag) impurities in high energy grain boundaries (HEGBs) of cubic (3C) silicon carbide (SiC) is studied using an ab initio based kinetic Monte Carlo (kMC) model. This study assesses the hypothesis that the HEGB diffusion is responsible for Ag release in Tristructural-Isotropic fuel particles, and provides a specific example to increase understanding of impurity diffusion in highly disordered grain boundaries. The HEGB environment was modeled by an amorphous SiC. The structure and stability of Ag defects were calculated using density functional theory code. The defect energetics suggested that the fastest diffusion takes place via an interstitial mechanism in a-SiC. The formation energy of Ag interstitials and the kinetic resolved activation energies between them were well approximated with Gaussian distributions that were then sampled in the kMC. The diffusion of Ag was simulated with the effective medium model using kMC. At 1200-1600C, Ag in a HEGB is predicted to exhibit an Arrhenius ...

  16. First Principle Calculation for the Electronic Bands and Absorption of CdTe1-xSbx

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    WANG Long; HUANG Zheng; MA Huan-feng; QIANG Wei-rong; PAN Min

    2010-01-01

    The lattice parameters for the derivatives of cadmium telluride, CdTe1-xSbx, with the zinc blend crystal structure are calculated using the generalized gradient approximation method; which is based on the density functional theory (DFT). The effects of antimony (Sb) on the lattices, electric bands, electronic state density, absorption spectroscopy, and band gap between the valence band maximum (VBM) and the conduction band minimum (CBM) of CdTe1-xSbx are discussed. The results show that the antimonic atoms in the lattice are advantageous in promoting the hole concentration and conductivities of CdTe1-xSbx. The increase of the Sb content in CdTe1-xSbx reduces the interaction among Cd, Te, and Sb; resulting in a decreased binding energy within CdTe1-xSbx as well as an increase in the electronic gap. Also discussed are the mechanics for the lattice phase change of CdTe1-xSbx at x=0.5.

  17. First-principles calculation of geometry and anharmonic vibrational spectra of thioformamide and thioformamide-d2

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    Kowal, Andrzej T.

    2006-01-01

    The equilibrium geometry of thioformamide HCSNH2 has been determined at the MP2 and CCSD (T) electron correlation levels under Cs symmetry constraints using triple-zeta basis sets up to cc-pVTZ. All optimized planar structures are true minima on the potential-energy surface and are characterized by the C-N bond length within 1.353-1.343Å, C-S distances of 1.656-1.628Å, and NCS angle between 125.7° and 125.9°. The wave number of the NH2 out-of-plane wagging mode computed in the harmonic approximation shows stronger dependence on the basis set rather than the electron correlation level and varies from 85.9cm-1 at CCSD (T)/cc-pVDZ level to 335cm-1 at MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ level. Anharmonic vibrational spectra of HCSNH2 and HCSND2 have been determined directly from the potential-energy surfaces computed at MP2 level in triple-zeta valence (TZV)(2df,2p) and TZV +(2df,2p) basis sets using vibrational self-consistent-field (VSCF) and correlation-corrected VSCF (CC-VSCF) methods. CC-VSCF wave numbers of fundamental, first overtone, and most intense combination transitions are reported for thioformamide and those of fundamentals for thioformamide-d2. The NH2 wagging (ν12) mode is strongly anharmonic and its fundamentals have been computed at 406.9cm-1[TZV(2df,2p)] and 399.5cm-1[TZV+(2df,2p)], which is remarkably close to the experimental energy of 393cm-1. Anharmonically computed fundamentals of this mode in thioformamide-d2, 299.7cm-1[TZV(2df,2p)] and 299.6cm-1[TZV+(2df,2p)], are only ˜7cm-1 higher than the transition energy (293cm-1) observed in the gas phase spectrum of HCSND2. The first overtone of the NH2 wagging mode of thioformamide (ν1202) has been calculated by CC-VSCF procedure at 830.8cm-1[TZV(2df,2p)] and 880.0cm-1[TZV+(2df,2p)], which implies "negative" (ν1202>2*ν1201) anharmonicity of this mode.

  18. 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.

  19. Electronic and magnetic properties of double perovskite Dy{sub 2}MnCoO{sub 6} by first-principles calculation

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    Ganeshraj, C.; Santhosh, P. N., E-mail: santhosh@physics.iitm.ac.in [Low Temperature Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036, Tamilnadu (India)

    2014-05-07

    Using first-principles calculation, we investigate electronic and magnetic properties of Dy{sub 2}MnCoO{sub 6}. A detailed structural optimization has been done and found that the orthorhombic structure with Mn (Co) ions aligning along the longest axis type is the most stable structure. Within the generalized gradient approximation, the spin polarized calculations predict Dy{sub 2}MnCoO{sub 6} to be a half-metallic with ferromagnetic interaction between Mn and Co ions and antiferromagnetic interaction between Dy and Mn/Co ions. We also investigate the effect of Hubbard parameter (U) on the ground state magnetic structure. For all values of Hubbard U parameter the Co ions have nonzero magnetic moment; they do not lie in low-spin state, as in DyCoO{sub 3}.

  20. First principles calculations of magnetism, dielectric properties and spin-phonon coupling in double perovskite Bi(2)CoMnO(6).

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    Bhattacharjee, Satadeep; Eriksson, Olle; Sanyal, Biplab

    2012-07-25

    First principles electronic structure calculations have been performed for the double perovskite Bi(2)CoMnO(6) in its non-centrosymmetric polar state using the generalized gradient approximation plus the Hubbard U approach. We find that the ferromagnetic state is more favored compared to the ferrimagnetic state with both Co and Mn in high spin states. The calculated dynamical charge tensors are anisotropic reflecting a low-symmetry structure of the compound. The magnetic structure dependent phonon frequencies indicate the presence of a weak spin-phonon coupling. Using the Berry phase method, we obtain a spontaneous ferroelectric polarization of 5.88 μC cm(-2), which is close to the experimental value observed for a similar compound, Bi(2)NiMnO(6).

  1. First-Principles Calculations Of Electronic Structures of New Ⅲ-Ⅴ Semiconductors: BxGa1-x As and Tlx Ga1-x As alloys

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    ZHOU Jing; REN Xiao-Min; HUANG Yong-Qing; WANG Qi; HUANG Hui

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the electronic structures of new semiconductor alloys BxGa1-x As and Tlx Ga1-x As, employing first-principles calculations within the density-functional theory and the generalized gradient approximation.The calculation results indicate that alloying a small Tl content with GaAs will produce larger modifications of the band structures compared to B. A careful investigation of the internal lattice structure relaxation shows that significant bond-length relaxations takes place in both the alloys, and it turns out that difference between the band-gap bowing behaviours for B and Tl stems from the different impact of atomic relaxation on the electronic structure. The relaxed structure yields electronic-structure results, which are in good agreement with the experimental data. Finally, a comparison of formation enthalpies indicates that the production Tlx Ga1-x As with Tl concentration of at least 8% is possible.

  2. First-principles calculations of thermoelectric properties of TiN/MgO superlattices: The route for an enhancement of thermoelectric effects in artificial nanostructures

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    Takaki, Hirokazu; Kobayashi, Kazuaki; Shimono, Masato [National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Kobayashi, Nobuhiko [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Hirose, Kenji [Smart Energy Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation, 34 Miyukigaoka, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8501 (Japan)

    2016-01-07

    We present the thermoelectric properties of TiN/MgO superlattices employing first-principles calculation techniques. The Seebeck coefficients, the electrical conductances, the thermal conductances, and the figure of merit are investigated employing electrical and thermal transport calculations based on density functional theory combined with the nonequilibrium Green's function and nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation methods. The TiN/MgO superlattices with a small lattice mismatch at the interfaces are ideal systems to study the way for an enhancement of thermoelectric properties in artificial nanostructures. We find that the interfacial scattering between the two materials in the metal/insulator superlattices causes the electrical conductance to change rapidly, which enhances the Seebeck coefficient significantly. We show that the figure of merit for the artificial superlattice nanostructures has a much larger value compared with that of the bulk material and changes drastically with the superlattice configurations at the atomistic level.

  3. Structural and electronic properties of ZrX2)and HfX2 (X=S and Se) from first principles calculations.

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    Jiang, Hong

    2011-05-28

    Early transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC), characterized by their quasi-two-dimensional layered structure, have attracted intensive interest due to their versatile chemical and physical properties, but a comprehensive understanding of their structural and electronic properties from a first-principles point of view is still lacking. In this work, four simple TMDC materials, MX(2) (M = Zr and Hf, X = S and Se), are investigated by the Kohn-Sham density functional theory (KS-DFT) with different local or semilocal exchange-correlation (xc) functionals and many-body perturbation theory in the GW approximation. Although the widely used Perdew-Burke-Ernzelhof (PBE) generalized gradient approximation (GGA) xc functional overestimates the interlayer distance dramatically, two newly developed GGA functionals, PBE-for-solids (PBEsol) and Wu-Cohen 2006 (WC06), can reproduce experimental crystal structures of these TMDC materials very well. The GW method, currently the most accurate first-principles approach for electronic band structures of extended systems, gives the fundamental band gaps of all these materials in good agreement with the experimental values obtained from optical absorption. The minimal direct gaps from GW are systematically larger than those measured from thermoreflectance by about 0.1-0.3 eV, implying that excitonic effects may be stronger than previously estimated. The calculated density of states from GW quasi-particle band energies agrees very well with photo-emission spectroscopy data. Ionization potentials of these materials are also computed by combining PBE calculations based on the slab model and GW quasi-particle corrections. The calculated absolute band energies with respect to the vacuum level indicate that that ZrS(2) and HfS(2), although having suitable band gaps for visible light absorption, cannot be used for overall water splitting as a result of mismatch of the conduction band minimum with the redox potential of H(+)/H(2).

  4. A study of transition-metal organometallic complexes combining 35Cl solid-state NMR spectroscopy and 35Cl NQR spectroscopy and first-principles DFT calculations.

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    Johnston, Karen E; O'Keefe, Christopher A; Gauvin, Régis M; Trébosc, Julien; Delevoye, Laurent; Amoureux, Jean-Paul; Popoff, Nicolas; Taoufik, Mostafa; Oudatchin, Konstantin; Schurko, Robert W

    2013-09-09

    A series of transition-metal organometallic complexes with commonly occurring metal-chlorine bonding motifs were characterized using (35)Cl solid-state NMR (SSNMR) spectroscopy, (35)Cl nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spectroscopy, and first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations of NMR interaction tensors. Static (35)Cl ultra-wideline NMR spectra were acquired in a piecewise manner at standard (9.4 T) and high (21.1 T) magnetic field strengths using the WURST-QCPMG pulse sequence. The (35)Cl electric field gradient (EFG) and chemical shielding (CS) tensor parameters were readily extracted from analytical simulations of the spectra; in particular, the quadrupolar parameters are shown to be very sensitive to structural differences, and can easily differentiate between chlorine atoms in bridging and terminal bonding environments. (35)Cl NQR spectra were acquired for many of the complexes, which aided in resolving structurally similar, yet crystallographically distinct and magnetically inequivalent chlorine sites, and with the interpretation and assignment of (35)Cl SSNMR spectra. (35)Cl EFG tensors obtained from first-principles DFT calculations are consistently in good agreement with experiment, highlighting the importance of using a combined approach of theoretical and experimental methods for structural characterization. Finally, a preliminary example of a (35)Cl SSNMR spectrum of a transition-metal species (TiCl4) diluted and supported on non-porous silica is presented. The combination of (35)Cl SSNMR and (35)Cl NQR spectroscopy and DFT calculations is shown to be a promising and simple methodology for the characterization of all manner of chlorine-containing transition-metal complexes, in pure, impure bulk and supported forms.

  5. The structural, elastic, electronic and dynamical properties of chalcopyrite semiconductor BeGeAs{sub 2} from first-principles calculations

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    Ciftci, Yasemin Oe. [Gazi University Teknikokullar, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Ankara (Turkey); Evecen, Meryem; Aldirmaz, Emine [Amasya University, Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Amasya (Turkey)

    2017-01-15

    First-principles calculations for the structural, elastic, electronic and vibrational properties of BeGeAs{sub 2} 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 BeGeAs{sub 2} are positive, indicating the dynamical stability of the studied compound. (orig.)

  6. Preferred site occupation and magnetic properties of Ni-Fe-Ga-Co ferromagnetic shape memory alloys by first-principles calculations

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available First-principles calculations have been used to investigate the effects of Co addition on the preferred site occupation and magnetic properties of Ni-Fe-Ga-Co ferromagnetic shape memory alloys. The formation energy results indicate that the excess Ni constituent preferentially occupies the Fe sites in the off-stoichiometric Ni-Fe-Ga ternary alloy. The added Co tends to take the normal-Ni sites in the Ni-Fe-Ga-Co quaternary alloy during composition adjustment process. The total magnetic moment increases with Co content of the Ni36-xFe12Ga16Cox (x=0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 alloys. The difference between the up and down electronic density of states at the Fermi level gives rise to the increased magnetic property.

  7. 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.

  8. Structural, electronic, magnetic and elastic properties of tetragonal layered diselenide KCo{sub 2}Se{sub 2} from first principles calculations

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    Bannikov, V.V.; Shein, I.R. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620990 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Ivanovskii, A.L., E-mail: ivanovskii@ihim.uran.ru [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620990 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2012-01-15

    The structural, elastic, magnetic and electronic properties of the layered tetragonal phase KCo{sub 2}Se{sub 2} have been examined in details by means of the first-principles calculations and analyzed in comparison with the isostructural KFe{sub 2}Se{sub 2} as the parent phase for the newest group of ternary superconducting iron-chalcogenide materials. Our data show that KCo{sub 2}Se{sub 2} should be characterized as a quasi-two-dimensional ferromagnetic metal with highly anisotropic inter-atomic bonding owing to mixed ionic, covalent, and metallic contributions inside [Co{sub 2}Se{sub 2}] blocks, and with ionic bonding between the adjacent [Co{sub 2}Se{sub 2}] blocks and K sheets. This material should behave in a brittle manner, adopt enhanced elastic anisotropy rather in compressibility than in shear, and should show very low hardness.

  9. High pressure investigations on hydrous magnesium silicate-phase A using first principles calculations: H---H repulsion and changes in hydrogen bond geometry with compression

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

    2009-09-01

    We have carried out first principles structural relaxation calculations on the hydrous magnesium silicate Phase A (Mg7Si2O8(OH)6) under high pressures. Our results show that phase A does not undergo any phase transition upto ~ 45 GPa. We find that non-bonded H--H distance reaches a limiting value of 1.85 angstrom at about 45 GPa. The H--H repulsive strain releasing mechanism in Phase A is found to be dramatically different from the hydrogen bond bending one that was proposed by Hofmeister et al1 for Phase B. It is based on the reduction of one of the O-H bond distances with compression.

  10. Preferred site occupation and magnetic properties of Ni-Fe-Ga-Co ferromagnetic shape memory alloys by first-principles calculations

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    Bai, Jing; Chen, Yue; Li, Ze; Jiang, Pan; Wei, Pu; Zhao, Xiang

    2016-12-01

    First-principles calculations have been used to investigate the effects of Co addition on the preferred site occupation and magnetic properties of Ni-Fe-Ga-Co ferromagnetic shape memory alloys. The formation energy results indicate that the excess Ni constituent preferentially occupies the Fe sites in the off-stoichiometric Ni-Fe-Ga ternary alloy. The added Co tends to take the normal-Ni sites in the Ni-Fe-Ga-Co quaternary alloy during composition adjustment process. The total magnetic moment increases with Co content of the Ni36-xFe12Ga16Cox (x=0, 1, 2, 3 and 4) alloys. The difference between the up and down electronic density of states at the Fermi level gives rise to the increased magnetic property.

  11. Magnetic and ferroelectric orders in strained Gd{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3}: First-principles calculations

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    Zhou, P. X. [Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); School of Science, Nantong University, Nantong 226007 (China); Dong, S., E-mail: sdong@seu.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Xie, Y. L.; Yan, Z. B.; Zhou, X. H.; Liu, J.-M., E-mail: liujm@nju.edu.cn [Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2015-05-07

    The emergent magnetic and ferroelectric orders in A-site ordered Gd{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3} under lattice strain are investigated using the first-principles calculations. It is revealed that the lattice prefers the perovskite structure with alternatively stacked Ga-O and Na-O layers along the b-axis and the ground spin state favors the G-type antiferromagnetic (G-AFM) order. The ac-plane biaxial strain can remarkably tune the amplitude of ferroelectric polarization, while the G-AFM spin structure is robustly unaffected. The ±4% strains can trigger the change of polarization up to ±50% relative to the polarization value of unstrained structure. The present work suggests a possible scenario to control emergent multiferroic behaviors in Gd{sub 1/2}Na{sub 1/2}TiO{sub 3} via lattice strain.

  12. Properties of the antiferromagnetic selenite MnSeO3 and its non-magnetic analogue ZnSnO3 from first principles calculations

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    Honer, C. J.; Prosniewski, M. J.; Putatunda, A.; Singh, David J.

    2017-10-01

    We report the properties of the antiferromagnetic selenite MnSeO3 and the non-magnetic analogue ZnSeO3, based on first principles calculations. These compounds are rare examples of ABO3 perovskites with a tetravalent A-site and a divalent B-site. The electronic structure is discussed in the context of the bonding and crystal structure. There is cross-gap hybridization between the O p states that form the valence bands of these compounds and the unoccupied p states of Se, reflecting the lone pair physics that leads to the strong off-centering of Se from the perovskite A-site. The G-type antiferromagnetism of MnSeO3 is a local moment in nature arising from high spin Mn2+ with short range interactions. Additionally, there is an interesting spin-dependent hybridization of Mn d and O p states analogous to that in colossal magnetoresistance manganites.

  13. Pressure induced self-doping and dependence of critical temperature in stoichiometry YBa2Cu3O6.95 predicted by first-principle and BVS calculations

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    Gao, Peifeng; Zhang, Rui; Wang, Xingzhe

    2017-03-01

    This paper deals with the pressure effect on self-doping and critical temperature in optimum oxygen stoichiometry YBa2Cu3O6.95 of high temperature superconductor (HTS) based on a numerical study combined the first-principle with bond valence sum (BVS) calculations. The microscopic electronic properties and equilibrium ionic position configurations in the superconductor under external pressure are firstly calculated using the first-principle method. The results show that the apex oxygen in the cuprate superconductor shifts towards CuO2 plane due to pressure effect, and the minimum buckling angle of CuO2 plane is correlated with the maximum critical temperature. A BVS formalism is then utilized for evaluating the valences of all ions in the superconductor on the basis of the electronic and ionic properties and the hole concentration in both CuO2 plane and Cu-O chain are deduced. It demonstrates that the pressure-induced charge redistribution leads to a self-doping process of the hole-transfer into CuO2 plane from both Cu-O chain and Y site in the cuprate superconductor, which is the dominant mechanism of pressure effect on the superconductive properties. In order to quantitatively predict critical temperature profile of YBa2Cu3O6.95 under pressure, a modified formula describing pressure-induced charge transfer taking into account pressure dependence of the optimum hole concentration is developed. The predicted results exhibit good agreements with the experimental data in the literature, and the model parameters on the critical characteristics of the superconductor are discussed in details.

  14. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of quaternary Heusler alloys CoRhMnZ (Z = Al, Ga, Ge and Si) via first-principle calculations

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    Benkabou, M. [Laboratoire des Matériaux Magnétiques, Faculté des Sciences, Université DjillaliLiabès de Sidi Bel-Abbès, Sidi Bel-Abbès 22000 (Algeria); Rached, H. [Laboratoire des Matériaux Magnétiques, Faculté des Sciences, Université DjillaliLiabès de Sidi Bel-Abbès, Sidi Bel-Abbès 22000 (Algeria); Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences, Université Hassiba Benbouali, Chlef 02000 (Algeria); Abdellaoui, A. [Laboratoire des Matériaux Magnétiques, Faculté des Sciences, Université DjillaliLiabès de Sidi Bel-Abbès, Sidi Bel-Abbès 22000 (Algeria); Rached, D., E-mail: rachdj@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire des Matériaux Magnétiques, Faculté des Sciences, Université DjillaliLiabès de Sidi Bel-Abbès, Sidi Bel-Abbès 22000 (Algeria); Khenata, R. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modélisation Mathématique de la Matière, (LPQ3M), Université de Mascara, Mascara 29000 (Algeria); and others

    2015-10-25

    First-principle calculations are performed to predict the electronic structure and elastic and magnetic properties of CoRhMnZ (Z = Al, Ga, Ge and Si) Heusler alloys. The calculations employ the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave. The exchange-correlations are treated within the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew–Burke and Ernzerhof (GGA-PBE). The electronic structure calculations show that these compounds exhibit a gap in the minority states band and are clearly half-metallic ferromagnets, with the exception of the CoRhMnAl and CoRhMnGa, which are simple ferromagnets that are nearly half metallic in nature. The CoRhMnGe and CoRhMnSi compounds and their magnetic moments are in reasonable agreement with the Slater-Pauling rule, which indicates the half metallicity and high spin polarization for these compounds. At the pressure transitions, these compounds undergo a structural phase transition from the Y-type I → Y-type II phase. We have determined the elastic constants C{sub 11}, C{sub 12} and C{sub 44} and their pressure dependence, which have not previously been established experimentally or theoretically. - Highlights: • Based on DFT calculations, CoRhMnZ (Z = Al, Ga, Ge and Si) Heusler alloys were investigated. • The magnetic phase stability was determined from the total energy calculations. • The mechanical properties were investigated.

  15. First principles pKa calculations on carboxylic acids using the SMD solvation model: effect of thermodynamic cycle, model chemistry, and explicit solvent molecules.

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    Sutton, Catherine C R; Franks, George V; da Silva, Gabriel

    2012-10-04

    Aqueous pK(a) values are calculated from first principles for a set of carboxylic acids using the SMD solvation model with various model chemistries, thermodynamic cycles, and treatments of explicit solvation. In all, 108 unique theoretical protocols are examined. The direct (D) and water proton exchange (PX) cycles are trialled along with a new approach, termed the semidirect (SD) cycle. The SD thermodynamic cycle offers some improvements over the D and PX schemes, as it bypasses the gas-phase heterolytic bond dissociation calculation required in the conventional D approach while also avoiding an aqueous OH(-) calculation required by the PX method when using water as the reference acid. With all three cycles, the recommended model chemistry employs M05-2X/cc-pVTZ Gibbs energies of solvation with a single discrete water molecule and a high-level composite method for the gas-phase reaction energies. With the SD cycle, these calculations result in a mean unsigned error of less than 1 pK(a) units, with respective mean signed error and maximum unsigned error of less than 0.5 and 2 pK(a) units. Similar results are obtained with the D and PX cycles, and further improvement is required in both the gas and aqueous phase ab initio energy calculations before we can truly discriminate between the thermodynamic cycles investigated here.

  16. Direct first principles calculations of \\mathrm {d} \\to \\mathrm {d} excitation energies in pure and hole-doped Sr2CuO2Cl2

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    Middlemiss, Derek S.; Mackrodt, William C.

    2008-01-01

    Direct first principles calculations are conducted for the three spin-allowed \\mathrm {d} \\to \\mathrm {d} excitations in pure and hole-doped antiferromagnetic Sr2CuO2Cl2. The results obtained for the pure system are close to the resonant x-ray Raman spectra reported by Kuiper et al (1998 Phys. Rev. Lett. 80 5204), most notably in respect of the \\mathrm {d}_{z^2} \\to \\mathrm {d}_{x^2-y^2} state, which was not observed directly. The energy of 1.53 eV computed for this excitation is in good agreement with the value 1.5 eV deduced from the Raman experiment, and both of these lie well above the energy 0.5 eV suggested previously on the basis of the optical spectrum (Perkins et al 1993 Phys. Rev. Lett. 71 1621). The associated spin-flip energy of approximately 0.2 eV proposed by Kuiper et al is shown to be entirely consistent with the observed Néel temperature and with first principles calculations, and further, that it corresponds to the flip of an unpaired dx2-y2 spin in the ground state rather than a dz2 spin in the excited state. The two \\mathrm {t}_{\\mathrm {2g}} \\to \\mathrm {e}_{\\mathrm {g}} excitation energies in the current UHF calculations differ by approximately 0.25 eV from the Raman values, an amount ascribed to the difference in pair correlation energies. In addition, hybrid functional calculations incorporating varying contents of exact exchange are found to offer no systematic improvement. The presence of a nearest neighbour hole in the most stable O(p) configuration is shown to have no significant effect upon either the order or the stability of the \\mathrm {d} \\to \\mathrm {d} states, with changes in excitation energy of 0.1-0.2 eV. A comparison with previous cluster calculations indicates that the latter do not capture fully the effect of the surrounding lattice on these highly local excitations. The generality of the direct approach to excitations is further established by calculations of the energies of three nearest neighbour charge

  17. First-principles calculations of the stability and hydrogen storage behavior of C14 Laves phase compound TiCrMn

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    Nong, Zhi-Sheng; Zhu, Jing-Chuan; Yang, Xia-Wei; Cao, Yong; Lai, Zhong-Hong; Liu, Yong; Sun, Wen

    2014-06-01

    The structural, elastic properties, electronic structure and hydrogen storage behavior of TiCrMn with a hexagonal C14 structure were investigated by the first-principles calculations within the frame work of DFT. The calculated lattice constants were consistent with the experimental values, and obtained cohesive energy and formation enthalpy showed TiCrMn is of the structural stability. These results also indicated that Mn atoms would optionally substitute on the Cr sites of TiCr2 phase to form the ternary intermetallic TiCrMn. The five independent elastic constants as well as polycrystalline elastic parameters (bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E, Poisson's ratio ν and anisotropy value A) were calculated, and then the ductility and elastic anisotropy of TiCrMn were discussed in details. Furthermore, the electronic DOS and charge density distribution of TiCrMn were also calculated, which revealed the underlying mechanism of structural stability and chemical bonding. Finally, the binding energy of hydrogen in hydride TiCrMn(H3) was investigated, confirming the better hydrogen storage behavior of C14 Laves phase TiCrMn.

  18. First principles calculations of formation energies and elastic constants of inclusions α-Al2O3, MgO and AlN in aluminum alloy

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    Liu, Yu; Huang, Yuanchun; Xiao, Zhengbing; Yang, Chuge; Reng, Xianwei

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, the formation energies and elastic constants of α-Al2O3, MgO and AlN in both rock salt (cubic) and wurtzite (hexagonal) structures were investigated by first principles calculations. The results show that the formation energy being -17.8, -6.3, -3.06 and -3.46 eV/formula unit for α-Al2O3, MgO, AlN (rock salt) and AlN (wurtzite). It suggests that in the ground state, α-Al2O3 is relatively more stable than MgO and AlN. The elastic properties for a polycrystalline in the ground state were calculated with the obtained elastic constants, the elastic properties reveal the rock salt structure AlN is the hardest particles among all the inclusions, and all of these inclusions are classified as brittle materials, which is detrimental to the ductile nature of aluminum matrix. The calculated anisotropy index shows that the AlN (wurtzite) and α-Al2O3 have a lower degree of anisotropy compared with MgO and AlN (rock salt). The calculated results are in good agreement with the values of experimental and other works.

  19. First-principles calculations of a half-metallic ferromagnet zinc blende Zn{sub 1−x}V{sub x}Te

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    El Amine Monir, M.; Baltache, H. [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique de la Modélisation Mathématique (LPQ3M), Université de Mascara, 29000 (Algeria); Khenata, R., E-mail: khenata_rabah@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique de la Modélisation Mathématique (LPQ3M), Université de Mascara, 29000 (Algeria); Murtaza, G. [Materials Modeling Laboratory, Department of Physics, Islamia College University, Peshawar (Pakistan); Azam, Sikander [New Technologies-Research Center, University of West Bohemia, Univerzitni 8, 306 14 Pilsen (Czech Republic); Bouhemadou, A. [Laboratory for Developing New Materials and their Characterization, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University Setif 1, 19000 Setif (Algeria); Al-Douri, Y. [Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis, 01000 Kangar, Perlis (Malaysia); Bin Omran, S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Ali, Roshan [Materials Modeling Lab, Department of Physics, Post Graduate Jahanzeb College, Swat (Pakistan)

    2015-03-15

    First-principles calculations have been used to study the structural, elastic, electronic, magnetic and thermal properties of zinc blende Zn{sub 1−x}V{sub x}Te for x=0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1 using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method (FP-LAPW) based on spin-polarized density functional theory (DFT). The electronic exchange-correlation potential is approached using the spin generalized gradient approximation (spin-GGA). The structural properties of the Zn{sub 1−x}V{sub x}Te alloys (x=0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1) are given for the lattice constants and the bulk moduli and their pressure derivatives. The elastic constants C{sub 11}, C{sub 12} and C{sub 44} are calculated using numerical first-principles calculations implemented in the WIEN2k package. An analysis of the band structures and the densities of states reveals that Zn{sub 0.50}V{sub 0.50}Te and Zn{sub 0.75}V{sub 0.25}Te exhibit a half-metallic character, while Zn{sub 0.25}V{sub 0.75}Te is nearly half-metallic. The band structure calculations are used to estimate the spin-polarized splitting energies Δ{sub x}(d) and Δ{sub x}(pd) produced by the V(3d)-doped and s(p)–d exchange constants N{sub 0α} (conduction band) and N{sub 0β} (valence band). The p–d hybridization reduces the magnetic moment of V from its atomic charge value of 3µ{sub B} and creates small local magnetic moments on the nonmagnetic Zn and Te sites. Finally, we present the thermal effect on the macroscopic properties of these alloys, such as the thermal expansion coefficient, heat capacity and Debye temperature, based on the quasi-harmonic Debye model. - Highlights: • Some physical properties of Vanadium doped ZnTe have been investigated. • Structural parameters for the parent compounds compare well with the available data. • The elastic and thermal properties are studied for the first time.

  20. First Principles Calculation of Structural Parameters of Si Crystal%Si晶体结构参数的第一性原理计算

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    林传金; 郭莉莉

    2013-01-01

    The total energy of Si crystal were calculated in different lattice constant by first principles, which based on the density functional theory. The calculated data were gotten by the Birch-Muranghan third-order equation, then the related parameters were obtained. The Si crystal’s specific form of Birch-Muranghan third equation was also deduced with these parameters. The lattice constant and elastic modulus of Si crystal in the steady state were also calculated, which were quite consistent with the experimental values.%本文采用基于密度泛函理论的第一性原理计算不同晶格常数下 Si 晶体的总能,用计算所得出的数据通过 Brich-Muranghan三阶状态方程进行拟合得到相关的参数,获得 Si晶体的 Brich-Muranghan三阶状态方程具体形式,并通过计算获得Si在稳定状态下的晶格常数和体弹性模量,结果与实验数值相符。

  1. Structural, mechanical and electronic properties of OsTM and TMOs{sub 2} (TM = Ti, Zr and Hf): First-principles calculations

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    Liu, Qi-Jun, E-mail: qijunliu@home.swjtu.edu.cn [Bond and Band Engineering Group, Institute of High Temperature and High Pressure Physics, School of Physical Science and Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Zhang, Ning-Chao; Liu, Fu-Sheng [Bond and Band Engineering Group, Institute of High Temperature and High Pressure Physics, School of Physical Science and Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Liu, Zheng-Tang [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710072 (China)

    2014-03-15

    Highlights: • OsTM and TMOs{sub 2} compounds have no superhard character. • These compounds are mechanically stable and behave in ductile manner. • OsTM has a mixture of covalent-ionic and metallic character. -- Abstract: The first-principles calculations have been performed to study the structural, elastic, mechanical and electronic properties of cubic OsTM (TM = Ti, Zr, and Hf) and hexagonal TMOs{sub 2} compounds. The calculated structural parameters are in good agreement with the available experimental data. To the best of our knowledge, the elastic constants of OsTM and TMOs{sub 2} compounds have been obtained for the first time. The calculated elastic and mechanical properties show that these compounds have no superhard character. These compounds are mechanically stable and behave in ductile manner. The electronic band structures and densities of states of OsTM and TMOs{sub 2} compounds have been analysed. OsTM has a mixture of covalent-ionic and metallic character, and TMOs{sub 2} has strong metallic nature.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Comparative studies of band structures for biaxial (100)-, (110)-, and (111)-strained GeSn: A first-principles calculation with GGA+U approach

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    Huang, Wenqi; Cheng, Buwen; Xue, Chunlai; Liu, Zhi

    2015-10-01

    Experiments and calculations performed in previous studies indicate that compressive strain will increase (100)-strained GeSn's need for Sn to realize a direct bandgap when it is pseudomorphically grown on Ge buffers. To eliminate this negative effect, we systematically investigate the band structures of biaxial (100)-, (110)-, and (111)-strained GeSn using a first-principle calculation combined with supercell models and the GGA+U approach. This method has proven to be efficient and accurate for calculating the properties of GeSn. The calculated lattice constants and elastic constants of Ge and Sn are in good agreement with the experimental results. The crossover value of Sn concentration which is required to change the bandgap of unstrained GeSn from indirect to direct is found to be 8.5%, which is very close to the recent experimental result of 9%. The calculated bandgaps of strained GeSn show that the moving rate of the Γ valley is higher than those of the L and X valleys in (100)- and (110)-strained GeSn. However, the moving rate of the L valley is higher than those of Γ and X valleys in (111)-strained GeSn. Tensile strain has a positive effect on the transition of (100)- and (110)-strained GeSn, changing the bandgap from indirect to direct, whereas compressive strain has a positive effect for (111)-strained GeSn. The use of the (111) orientation can reduce GeSn's need for Sn and greatly increase the energy difference between the L valley and Γ valley. Thus, for strained GeSn grown on Ge buffers, the (111) orientation is a good choice to take advantage of compressive strain.

  5. Structural, phase stability, electronic, elastic properties and hardness of IrN{sub 2} and zinc blende IrN: First-principles calculations

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    Zhou, Zhaobo [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Yunnan Province & Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Non-Ferrous and Precious Rare Metals Ministry of Education, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093 (China); Zhou, Xiaolong, E-mail: kmzxlong@163.com [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Yunnan Province & Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Non-Ferrous and Precious Rare Metals Ministry of Education, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093 (China); Zhang, Kunhua [State Key Laboratory of Rare Precious Metals Comprehensive Utilization of New Technologies, Kunming Institute of Precious Metals, Kunming 650106 (China)

    2016-12-15

    First-principle calculations were performed to investigate the structural, phase stability, electronic, elastic properties and hardness of monoclinic structure IrN{sub 2} (m-IrN{sub 2}), orthorhombic structure IrN{sub 2} (o-IrN{sub 2}) and zinc blende structure IrN (ZB IrN). The results show us that only m-IrN{sub 2} is both thermodynamic and dynamic stability. The calculated band structure and density of states (DOS) curves indicate that o-IrN{sub 2} and ZB Ir-N compounds we calculated have metallic behavior while m-IrN{sub 2} 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-IrN{sub 2} and o-IrN{sub 2}. 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 IrN{sub 2}. m-IrN{sub 2} 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-IrN{sub 2} (18.23 GPa) and o-IrN{sub 2} (18.02 GPa) are ultraincompressible while ZB IrN has a negative value, which may be attributed to phase transition at ca. 1.98 GPa.

  6. Mechanical, electronic and thermal properties of Cu{sub 5}Zr and Cu{sub 5}Hf by first-principles calculations

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    Yi, Guohui [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zhang, Xinyu, E-mail: xyzhang@ysu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Qin, Jiaqian, E-mail: jiaqianqin@gmail.com [Metallurgy and Materials Science Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330 (Thailand); Ning, Jinliang; Zhang, Suhong; Ma, Mingzhen; Liu, Riping [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • The mechanical and fundamental thermal data of Cu{sub 5}Zr and Cu{sub 5}Hf are determined. • The technologically important elastic anisotropy is obtained and discussed according to its industrial applications. • The brittle/ductile and bonding nature of Cu{sub 5}Zr and Cu{sub 5}Hf are analyzed in details. - Abstract: The structural, elastic, electronic and thermodynamic properties of Cu{sub 5}Zr and Cu{sub 5}Hf compounds are investigated by first-principles calculations combined with the quasi-harmonic Debye model. The calculated lattice parameters of cubic AuBe{sub 5}-type Cu{sub 5}Zr and Cu{sub 5}Hf agree well with available experimental and other theoretical results and the formation enthalpy calculations show that AuBe{sub 5}-type Cu{sub 5}Hf is more energetically stable than the competing hexagonal CaCu{sub 5}-type phase. The mechanical properties such as mechanical stabilities, anisotropy character, ductility (estimated from the value of B/G, Poisson’s ratio υ and Cauchy pressures C{sub 12}–C{sub 44}) and thermodynamic properties such as volume change under temperature and pressure (V/V{sub 0}), heat capacity (C{sub v}), Debye temperature (Θ), thermal expansion coefficient (α) of AuBe{sub 5}-type Cu{sub 5}Zr and Cu{sub 5}Hf are calculated together. Cu{sub 5}Hf has better performances than Cu{sub 5}Zr with higher hardness and better resistance to fracture which are rationalized from the calculated electronic structure (including density of states, charge density distributions, Mulliken’s population analysis) and we find that all ionic, covalent and metallic components exist in bonding of Cu{sub 5}Zr and Cu{sub 5}Hf but the covalent bonding in Cu{sub 5}Hf is stronger.

  7. The mechanism of slow hot-hole cooling in lead-iodide perovskite: first-principles calculation on carrier lifetime from electron-phonon interaction.

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    Kawai, Hiroki; Giorgi, Giacomo; Marini, Andrea; Yamashita, Koichi

    2015-05-13

    We report on an analysis of hot-carrier lifetimes from electron-phonon interaction in lead iodide perovskites using first-principles calculations. Our calculations show that the holes in CsPbI3 have very long lifetimes in the valence band region situated 0.6 eV below the top of the valence band. On the other hand, no long lifetime is predicted in PbI3(-). These different results reflect the different electronic density of states (DOSs) in the valence bands, that is, a small DOS for the former structure while a sharp DOS peak for the latter structure. We propose a reduction of the relaxation paths in the small valence DOS as being the origin of the slow hot-hole cooling. Analyzing the generalized Eliashberg functions, we predict that different perovskite A-site cations do not have an impact on the carrier decay mechanism. The similarity between the DOS structures of CsPbI3 and CH3NH3PbI3 enables us to extend the description of the decay mechanism of fully inorganic CsPbI3 to its organic-inorganic counterpart, CH3NH3PbI3.

  8. 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.

  9. First-principles calculations of vacancy effects on structural and electronic properties of TiC sub x and TiN sub x

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    Dridi, Z; Ruterana, P; Aourag, H

    2002-01-01

    First-principles calculations have been used to study the effect of vacancies on the structural and electronic properties in substoichiometric TiC sub x and TiN sub x. The effect of vacancies on equilibrium volumes, bulk moduli, electronic band structures and density of states of the substoichiometric phases was studied using a full-potential linear augmented plane-wave method. A model structure of eight-atom supercells with ordered vacancies within the carbon and nitrogen sublattices is used. We find that the lattice parameters of the studied stoichiometries in both TiC sub x and TiN sub x are smaller than that of ideal stoichiometric TiC and TiN. Our results for the variation of the lattice parameters and the bulk moduli for TiC sub x are found to be in good agreement with experiment. The variation of the energy gaps with the atomic concentration ratio shows that these compounds present the same trends. Results for TiC sub x are compared to a recent full-potential calculation with relaxed 16-atom supercells...

  10. First-principle calculations of the structural, electronic, thermodynamic and thermal properties of ZnSxSe1−x ternary alloys

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    S Bendaif; A Boumaza; O Nemiri; K Boubendira; H Meradji; S Ghemid; F El Haj Hassan

    2015-04-01

    First-principle calculations were performed to study the structural, electronic, thermodynamic and thermal properties of ZnSxSe1−x ternary alloys using the full potential-linearized augmented plane wave method (FP-LAPW) within the density functional theory (DFT). In this approach the Wu–Cohen generalized gradient approximation (WC-GGA) and Perdew–Wang local density approximation (LDA) were used for the exchange–correlation potential. For band structure calculations, in addition to WC-GGA approximation, both Engel–Vosko (EV-GGA) generalized gradient approximation and recently proposed modified Becke–Johnson (mBJ) potential approximation have been used. Our investigation on the effect of composition on lattice constant, bulk modulus and band gap for ternary alloys shows a linear dependence on alloy composition with a small deviation. The microscopic origins of the gap bowing were explained using the approach of Zunger and co-workers. Besides, a regular-solution model was used to investigate the thermodynamic stability of the alloys which mainly indicates a phase miscibility gap. Finally, the quasi-harmonic Debye model was applied to see how the thermal properties vary with temperature at different pressures.

  11. Martensitic transformation in Ni-rich Ni{sub 55}Mn{sub 25}In{sub 20} Heusler alloy: Experiment and first-principles calculations

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    Yu, S.Y., E-mail: syyu@sdu.edu.cn; Hu, S.J.; Kang, S.S.; Gu, A.J.

    2015-06-05

    Highlights: • Ni{sub 55}Mn{sub 25}In{sub 20} ribbons with ordered L2{sub 1} structure were prepared. • A martensitic transformation has been observed in Ni{sub 55}Mn{sub 25}In{sub 20}. • A large MR up to 17% is observed. • The cubic structure becomes unstable by partial substitution of In with Ni. • The driving force of the martensitic transformation is discussed. - Abstract: A martensitic transformation has been observed in Ni-rich Ni{sub 55}Mn{sub 25}In{sub 20} Heusler alloy and been theoretically investigated by first-principles calculations. The samples are prepared by the melt-spun method and the ribbons show an ordered L2{sub 1} structure at room temperature. Magnetization and electrical resistance measurements show that a martensitic transformation occurs at about 156 K, with both phases exhibiting ferromagnetic ordering. A negative magnetoresistance of 17% is observed at a magnetic field of 50 kOe due to the magnetic field induced reverse martensitic transformation. Electronic structure calculations indicate that the 3d states of Ni occupied in In site strongly hybridize with the Ni: 3d states. Such hybridization plays an important role in driving the martensitic transformation.

  12. Insight into structural, mechanical, electronic and thermodynamic properties of intermetallic phases in Zr-Sn system from first-principles calculations

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    Liu, Shuai; Zhan, Yongzhong; Wu, Junyan; Wei, Xuanchen

    2015-11-01

    The structural, phase stabilities, mechanical, electronic and thermodynamic properties of intermetallic phases in Zr-Sn system are investigated by using first-principles method. The equilibrium lattice constants, enthalpy of formation (ΔHform) and elastic constants are obtained and compared with available experimental and theoretical data. The configuration of Zr4Sn is measured with reasonable precision. The ΔHform of five hypothetical structures are obtained in order to find possible metastable phase for Zr-Sn system. The mechanical properties, including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio, are calculated by Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation and the Zr5Sn4 and Zr5Sn3 show excellent mechanical properties. The electronic density of states for Zr5Sn4, Zr5Sn3 and cP8-Zr3Sn are calculated to further investigate the stability of intermetallic compounds. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, the Debye temperature, heat capacity and thermal expansion coefficient under temperature of 0-300 K and pressure of 0-50 GPa for Zr5Sn3 and Zr5Sn4 are deeply investigated.

  13. 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.

  14. First-principles calculations of vacancy formation in In-free photovoltaic semiconductor Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4}

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    Maeda, Tsuyoshi, E-mail: tmaeda@ad.ryukoku.ac.jp; Nakamura, Satoshi; Wada, Takahiro

    2011-08-31

    To quantitatively evaluate the formation energies of Cu, Zn, Sn, and Se vacancies in kesterite-type Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} (CZTSe), first-principles pseudopotential calculations using plane-wave basis functions were performed. The formation energies of neutral Cu, Zn, Sn and Se vacancies were calculated as a function of the atomic chemical potentials of constituent elements. The obtained results were as follows: (1) the formation energy of Cu vacancy was generally smaller than those of the other Zn, Sn and Se vacancies, (2) under the Cu-poor and Zn-rich condition, the formation energy of Cu vacancy was particularly low, (3) the formation energy of Zn vacancy greatly depended on the chemical potentials of the constituent elements and under the Zn-poor and Se-rich condition, the formation energy of Zn vacancy was smaller than that of Cu vacancy, and (4) the formation energy of Sn vacancy did not greatly depend on the chemical potentials of the constituent elements and was much larger than those of Cu, Zn, and Se vacancies. These results indicate that Cu vacancy is easily formed under Cu-poor and Zn-rich conditions, but Zn vacancy is easily formed under the Zn-poor and Se-rich conditions.

  15. First-principle calculation of the elastic, band structure, electronic states, and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnS nanolayers

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    Lahiji, Mohammadreza Askaripour; Ziabari, Ali Abdolahzadeh

    2016-11-01

    The structural, elastic, electronic, and optical properties of undoped and Cu-doped ZnS nanostructured layers have been studied in the zincblende (ZB) phase, by first-principle approach. Density functional theory (DFT) has been employed to calculate the fundamental properties of the layers using full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FPLAPW) method. Mechanical analysis revealed that the bulk modulus increases with the increase of Cu content. Cu doping was found to reduce the band gap value of the material. In addition, DOS effective mass of the electrons and heavy holes was evaluated. Adding Cu caused the decrement/increment of transmission/reflectance of nanolayers in the UV-vis region. The substitution by Cu increased the intensity of the peaks, and a slight red shift was observed in the absorption peak. Moreover, the static dielectric constant, and static refractive index increased with Cu content. The optical conductivity also followed a similar trend to that of the dielectric constants. Energy loss function of the modeled compounds was also evaluated. All calculated parameters were compared with the available experimental and other theoretical results.

  16. First Principles and Monte Carlo Calculations of Structural and Magnetic Properties of FexNi2-xMn1+yAl1-y Heusler Alloys

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    Zagrebin Mikhail

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The composition dependences of crystal lattice parameters, bulk moduli, magnetic moments, magnetic exchange parameters, and Curie temperatures in FexNi2-xMn1+yAl1-y (0.2 ≤ x ≤ 1.8; 0.0 ≤ y ≤ 0.6 Heusler alloys are investigated with the help of first principles and Monte Carlo calculations. It is shown that equilibrium lattice parameters and MnY-MnZ magnetic exchange interactions increase with increasing Fe content (x. A crossover from ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic interaction between nearest neighbors MnY and MnZ atoms was observed in compositions with x ≥ 1.4 and 0.2 ≤ y ≤ 0.6. Such magnetic competitive behavior points to a complex magnetic structure in FexNi2-xMn1+yAl1-y. Calculated values of lattice parameters, magnetic moments, and Curie temperatures are in a good agreement with other theoretical results and available experimental data.

  17. Phase stability, elasticity, hardness and the minimum thermal conductivity of Si{sub 2}N{sub 2}O polymorphs from first principles calculations

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    Ding, Ying-chun, E-mail: dyccqzx@cuit.edu.cn; Chen, Min; Wu, Wenjuan

    2014-09-15

    Some fundamental properties of Si{sub 2}N{sub 2}O polymorphs are calculated using first principles calculations based on density functional theory. The results indicate that orthorhombic-Si{sub 2}N{sub 2}O is the most stable phase at ambient conditions; it transforms into tetragonal-Si{sub 2}N{sub 2}O at a relatively low pressure (10 GPa). PBEsol predicts lattice constants and mechanical properties better than PBE, but PBE gives better phase transition parameters. The mechanical properties, such as bulk modulus, Young's modulus and shear modulus, are evaluated by the Voigt–Reuss–Hill approach. The tetragonal-Si{sub 2}N{sub 2}O exhibits larger mechanical moduli than other phases. The obtained Vickers hardness of Si{sub 2}N{sub 2}O structures shows that the hardness of tetragonal-Si{sub 2}N{sub 2}O is slightly higher than those of monoclinic and orthorhombic phases. The minimum thermal conductivities of Si{sub 2}N{sub 2}O polymorphs in crystalline and amorphous states are estimated, and we conclude that the thermal conductivities of amorphous Si{sub 2}N{sub 2}O phases are comparable to typical thermal barrier coatings.

  18. Origin of robust nanoscale ferromagnetism in Fe-doped Ge revealed by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and first-principles calculation

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    Sakamoto, S.; Wakabayashi, Y. K.; Takeda, Y.; Fujimori, S.-i.; Suzuki, H.; Ban, Y.; Yamagami, H.; Tanaka, M.; Ohya, S.; Fujimori, A.

    2017-02-01

    Ge1 -xFex (Ge:Fe) shows ferromagnetic behavior up to a relatively high temperature of 210 K and hence is a promising material for spintronic applications compatible with Si technology. Unlike the prototypical system (Ga,Mn)As where itinerant holes induce long-range ferromagnetic order of the Mn spins, however, its ferromagnetism evolves from robust nanoscale ferromagnetic domains formed in Fe-rich regions. We have studied its underlying electronic structure by soft x-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements and first-principles supercell calculation. We observed finite Fe 3 d components in the states at the Fermi level (EF) in a wide region of momentum space, and the EF was located ˜0.35 eV above the valence-band maximum of the host Ge. Our calculation indicates that the EF is also within the deep acceptor-level impurity band induced by the strong p -d (t2) hybridization. We conclude that the additional minority-spin d (e ) electron characteristic of the Fe2 + state is responsible for the short-range ferromagnetic coupling between Fe atoms, making the magnetism markedly different from that of (Ga,Mn)As.

  19. First principles calculations of the interface properties of a-Al2O3/MoS2 and effects of biaxial strain

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    Shi, Li-Bin; Li, Ming-Biao; Xiu, Xiao-Ming; Liu, Xu-Yang; Zhang, Kai-Cheng; Liu, Yu-Hui; Li, Chun-Ran; Dong, Hai-Kuan

    2017-05-01

    An amorphous Al2O3 (a-Al2O3)/MoS2 interface has attracted much attention because of its unique properties. In this study, the interface behaviors under non-strain and biaxial strain are investigated by first principles calculations based on the density functional theory. First of all, the generation process of the a-Al2O3 sample is described by molecular dynamics. The calculated bandgap of a-Al2O3 is 3.66 eV for generalized gradient approximation-Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof and 5.26 eV for Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof functional. Then, we give a detailed description of the band alignment for the a-Al2O3/MoS2 interface. The valence band offset and conduction band offset change with the number of MoS2 layers. It is noted that the valence band maximum (VBM) of MoS2 moves upward as the number of MoS2 layers is increased. The leakage current for metal/a-Al2O3/MoS2 MOS is also illustrated. At last, the band structure of monolayer MoS2 under biaxial strain ranging from -6% to 6% is discussed, and the impact of the biaxial strain on the band offset is investigated. The VBM of monolayer MoS2 moves downward as the strain changes from compressive to tensile.

  20. Lattice structures and electronic properties of WZ-CuInS{sub 2}/MoS{sub 2} interface from first-principles calculations

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    Liu, Hong-Xia [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, State Key Laboratory of Advanced Processing and Recycling of Non-ferrous Metals, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Tang, Fu-Ling, E-mail: tfl03@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, State Key Laboratory of Advanced Processing and Recycling of Non-ferrous Metals, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Xue, Hong-Tao; Zhang, Yu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, State Key Laboratory of Advanced Processing and Recycling of Non-ferrous Metals, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Feng, Yu-Dong [Science and Technology on Surface Engineering Laboratory, Lanzhou Institute of Physics, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2015-10-01

    Graphical abstract: The atomic structure, bonding energy and electronic properties of the perfect WZ-CIS (1 0 0)/MoS{sub 2} (−1 0 0) interface with a lattice mismatch less than 3.5% are studied using the first principles calculation. - Highlights: • The degree of lattice mismatch of WZ-CuInS{sub 2} (1 0 0)/MoS{sub 2} (−1 0 0) is about 3.5%. • The interface bonding energy is −0.65 J/m{sup 2}, the interface has better stability. • On the interface there are some interface states near the Fermi level mainly caused by In-5s and S-3p orbital. • Difference charge density and Bader charges analysis find that the atoms near the interface have strong charge transfer. • A lot of atomic orbital hybridizations appear on the interface enhanced the interface stability and conductivity. - Abstract: Using first-principles plane-wave calculations within density functional theory, we theoretically studied the perfect WZ-CIS (1 0 0)/MoS{sub 2} (−1 0 0) interface, including the atomic structure, bonding energy and electronic properties. After relaxation the atomic positions and the bond lengths change slightly on the interface. The WZ-CIS/MoS{sub 2} interface can exist stably with the interface bonding energy about −0.65 J/m{sup 2}. Via analysis density of states, difference charge density and Bader charges we find that the electrons are largely redistributed on the interface, and there are some interface states near the Fermi level, which are mainly caused by In-5s orbital in the WZ-CIS region and S-3p orbital in the MoS{sub 2} region. On the interface the orbital hybridizations of different interfacial atoms highly enhance the bonding ability of the atoms. Electron transformation and orbital hybridization together promote the bonding between atoms and increase the adhesion energy of the interface.

  1. Comparisons between adsorption and diffusion of alkali, alkaline earth metal atoms on silicene and those on silicane: Insight from first-principles calculations

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    Bo, Xu; Huan-Sheng, Lu; Bo, Liu; Gang, Liu; Mu-Sheng, Wu; Chuying, Ouyang

    2016-06-01

    The adsorption and diffusion behaviors of alkali and alkaline-earth metal atoms on silicane and silicene are both investigated by using a first-principles method within the frame of density functional theory. Silicane is staler against the metal adatoms than silicene. Hydrogenation makes the adsorption energies of various metal atoms considered in our calculations on silicane significantly lower than those on silicene. Similar diffusion energy barriers of alkali metal atoms on silicane and silicene could be observed. However, the diffusion energy barriers of alkali-earth metal atoms on silicane are essentially lower than those on silicene due to the small structural distortion and weak interaction between metal atoms and silicane substrate. Combining the adsorption energy with the diffusion energy barriers, it is found that the clustering would occur when depositing metal atoms on perfect hydrogenated silicene with relative high coverage. In order to avoid forming a metal cluster, we need to remove the hydrogen atoms from the silicane substrate to achieve the defective silicane. Our results are helpful for understanding the interaction between metal atoms and silicene-based two-dimensional materials. Project supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province, China (Grant Nos. 20152ACB21014, 20151BAB202006, and 20142BAB212002) and the Fund from the Jiangxi Provincial Educational Committee, China (Grant No. GJJ14254). Bo Xu is also supported by the Oversea Returned Project from the Ministry of Education, China.

  2. Spin-polarized two-dimensional electron gas at GdTi O3/SrTi O3 interfaces: Insight from first-principles calculations

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    Betancourt, J.; Paudel, T. R.; Tsymbal, E. Y.; Velev, J. P.

    2017-07-01

    Two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at oxide interfaces have been a topic of intensive research due to their high carrier mobility and strong confinement. Additionally, strong correlations in the oxide materials can give rise to new and interesting physics, such as magnetism and metal-insulator transitions at the interface. Using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory, we demonstrate the presence of a highly spin-polarized 2DEG at the interface between the Mott insulator GdTi O3 and a band insulator SrTi O3 . The strong correlations in the dopant cause ferromagnetic alignment of the interface Ti atoms and result in a fully spin-polarized 2DEG. The 2DEG consists of two types of carriers distinguished by their orbital character. The majority of the interface charge is strongly localized on the Ti dx y orbitals at the interface and a smaller fraction resides on the delocalized Ti dx z ,y z states.

  3. 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 [National Laboratory for Infrared Physics, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200083 (China); Wang, Xiaofang, E-mail: wxiaof66@mail.sitp.ac.cn [National Laboratory for Infrared Physics, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200083 (China); Chen, Xiaoshuang, E-mail: xschen@mail.sitp.ac.cn [National Laboratory for Infrared Physics, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200083 (China); Lu, Wei [National Laboratory for Infrared Physics, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200083 (China); Damewood, L.; Fong, C.Y. [Department of Physics, University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8677 (United States)

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Design of novel magnetic materials based on ZrCuSiAs-like semiconducting pnictide-oxides from first-principles calculations

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

    2010-11-01

    We assumed that significant enlargement of the functional properties of the family of quaternary ZrCuSiAs-like pnictide-oxides, often called also 1111 phases, which are known now first of all as parent phases for new FeAs superconductors, may be achieved by replacement of non-magnetic ions by magnetic ions in semiconducting ZrCuSiAs-like phases. We checked this assumption by means of first-principles FLAPW-GGA calculations using a wide-band-gap semiconductor YZnAsO doped with Mn, Fe, and Co as an example. Our main finding is that substitution of Mn, Fe, and Co for Zn leads to drastic transformations of electronic and magnetic properties of the parent material: as distinct from the non-magnetic YZnAsO, the examined doped phases Y Zn 0.89Mn 0.11AsO, Y Zn 0.89Fe 0.11AsO, and Y Zn 0.89Co 0.11AsO behave as a magnetic semiconductor, a magnetic half-metal or as a magnetic gapless semi-metal, respectively.

  6. 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).

  7. The role of acoustic phonon anharmonicity in determining thermal conductivity of CdSiP2 and AgGaS2: First principles calculations

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    Lei Wei

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Thermal conductivity of single-crystal materials is crucial in the fields of lasers and nonlinear optics. Understanding the physical mechanism of thermal conductivity in such systems is therefore of great importance. In the present work, first principles calculations were employed to study the thermal conductivity of the infrared nonlinear optical materials, CdSiP2 and AgGaS2. These compounds crystallize in similar structures but with an order-of-magnitude difference in thermal conductivity. The average Grüneisen parameters are −0.8 and −2.6 for CdSiP2 and AgGaS2, respectively; these values are indicative of the soft-mode phenomenon of acoustic phonons. Crystal structures are considered unstable at low temperature through the whole Brillouin zone, especially in the region from K-point X to Γ. Acoustic phonon anharmonicity is concluded to be the main factor that determines the magnitude of thermal conductivity.

  8. 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).

  9. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the MnGa(111)-1 × 2 and 2 × 2 reconstructions: Spin polarized first principles total energy calculations

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    Garcia-Diaz, Reyes; Cocoletzi, Gregorio H.; Mandru, Andrada-Oana; Wang, Kangkang; Smith, Arthur R.; Takeuchi, Noboru

    2017-10-01

    Using first principles total energy calculations within the periodic spin polarized density functional theory, we have investigated the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of manganese gallium (MnGa) alloys. Specifically, we explore the MnGa(111)-1 × 2 and 2 × 2 reconstructions. The surface formation energies reveal that selected substitutions occur under Mn (Ga) rich growth conditions. Structures with top layers missing all Mn (Ga) atoms and two layers deep substitutions are also investigated. However, the formation energy shows that these structures are less favorable. For the stable structures, the magnetic properties per layer are proportional to the Mn:Ga ratio. Also, the density of states shows that the MnGa surfaces are metallic. The projected density of states shows that the electronic states in the vicinity of the Fermi level are due mainly to the manganese 3d orbitals. However charge density plots reveal that Mn 3d electrons are closer to the nucleus than Ga sp electrons. Consequently, experimental scanning tunneling microscopy images reveal periodically-arranged bright features, corresponding to the Ga atoms.

  10. Monte Carlo analysis of transient electron transport in wurtzite Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O combined with first principles calculations

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    Wang, Ping, E-mail: pingwang@xidian.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Integrated Service Networks, School of Telecommunications Engineering, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071 (China); School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071 (China); Hu, Linlin; Shan, Xuefei [State Key Laboratory of Integrated Service Networks, School of Telecommunications Engineering, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071 (China); Yang, Yintang [Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Wide Band-Gap Semiconductor Materials and Devices, School of Microelectronics, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071 (China); Song, Jiuxu; Guo, Lixin [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071 (China); Zhang, Zhiyong [School of Information Science and Technology, Northwest University, Xi’an 710127 (China)

    2015-01-15

    Transient characteristics of wurtzite Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O are investigated using a three-valley Ensemble Monte Carlo model verified by the agreement between the simulated low-field mobility and the experiment result reported. The electronic structures are obtained by first principles calculations with density functional theory. The results show that the peak electron drift velocities of Zn{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}O (x = 11.1%, 16.7%, 19.4%, 25%) at 3000 kV/cm are 3.735 × 10{sup 7}, 2.133 × 10{sup 7}, 1.889 × 10{sup 7}, 1.295 × 10{sup 7} cm/s, respectively. With the increase of Mg concentration, a higher electric field is required for the onset of velocity overshoot. When the applied field exceeds 2000 kV/cm and 2500 kV/cm, a phenomena of velocity undershoot is observed in Zn{sub 0.889}Mg{sub 0.111}O and Zn{sub 0.833}Mg{sub 0.167}O respectively, while it is not observed for Zn{sub 0.806}Mg{sub 0.194}O and Zn{sub 0.75}Mg{sub 0.25}O even at 3000 kV/cm which is especially important for high frequency devices.

  11. 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.

  12. High-performance thermal sensitive W-doped VO2(B) thin film and its identification by first-principles calculations

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    Wan, Dongyun; Xiong, Ping; Chen, Lanli; Shi, Siqi; Ishaq, Ahmad; Luo, Hongjie; Gao, Yanfeng

    2017-03-01

    VO2(B) is currently a preferred phase structure for the application as bolometer material, which, however, suffers from low temperature-coefficient-of-resistance (TCR) values and large resistances. Here we present the combined experimental and first-principles calculations study on both doped and undoped VO2(B) thin films enabling us to attain high TCR (-3.9%/k) and suitable square-resistance (32.7 kΩ) by controlled W doping employing the widely used magnetron sputtering technique. The TCR value is 50% larger than reported ones at the similar resistance. The underlying microscopic mechanism for the performance improvement was studied and results indicated that the introduction of extra electrons and the variation in the band structure resulting from the incorporation of W6+ ions in the VO2(B) crystal lattice contribute to the enhancement of the electronic conductivity. Moreover, the special two-dimensional octahedral structure of monoclinic (C2/m) B-phase VO2 favors the strain control with W-doping for achieving a large TCR, which overcomes the analogous predicament between the high conductivity and large TCR generated by dopants in the M-phase VO2. The present findings provides a facile and simple pathway for the design and fabrication of high performance W-doped VO2(B) thin films rendering superior optical and electrical properties for its wide applications in thermo-opto-electro sensing devices.

  13. CO2 Capture and Conversion on Rutile TiO2(110) in the Water Environment: Insight by First-Principles Calculations.

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    Yin, Wen-Jin; Krack, Matthias; Wen, Bo; Ma, Shang-Yi; Liu, Li-Min

    2015-07-02

    The conversion of CO2 by the virtue of sunlight has the great potential to produce useful fuels or valuable chemicals while decreasing CO2 emission from the traditional fossil fuels. Here, we use the first-principles calculations combined with the periodic continuum solvation model (PCSM) to explore the adsorption and reactivity of CO2 on rutile TiO2(110) in the water environment. The results exhibit that both adsorption structures and reactivity of CO2 are greatly affected by water coadsorption on rutile TiO2(110). In particular, the solvation effect can change the most stable adsorption configuration of CO2 and H2O on rutile TiO2(110). In addition, the detailed conversion mechanism of CO2 reduction is further explored in the water environment. The results reveal that the solvation effect cannot only greatly decrease the energy barrier of CO2 reduction but also affect the selectivity of the reaction processes. These results presented here show the importance of the aqueous solution, which should be helpful to understand the detailed reaction processes of photocatalysts.

  14. Polar phase transitions and physical properties in fresnoite A2TiSi2O8 (A= Ba, Sr) by first principles calculations

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    Song, Nayoung; Momida, Hiroyoshi; Oguchi, Tamio; Kim, Bog G.

    2016-10-01

    Polar phase transitions of fresnoites, Ba2TiSi2O8 (BTS) and Sr2TiSi2O8 (STS) have been comparatively analyzed by the first principles calculations. We show that both BTS and STS have a polar structure with the space group P4bm as a ground state, and there is a fictitious phase transition in the tetragonal space group from the nonpolar P4/mbm meta-stable phase to the polar P4bm phase. From the analyses of the two atomic structures, we find that a noticeable issue in the phase transition is bond length changes of Si-O and Ti-O which break the inversion symmetry, resulting that one of vertices in the edge-shared Si-O and Ti-O polyhedron is detached in the polar phase. The structural phase transition between the polar and the nonpolar states are discussed in terms of electronic structures and structural symmetry mode analyses. We evaluate the size of spontaneous polarizations of BTS and STS in the polar P4bm phases, and the correlation analysis shows significant contributions of the detached polyhedrons to the strong polar property. We also show second harmonic generation susceptibilities of BTS and STS as a candidate for second-order nonlinear optics materials. Our quantitative studies can provide full understandings of atomic and electronic mechanisms of their polar phase and nonlinear optical properties.

  15. Anomalous thermodynamic properties and phase stability of δ -Pu1 -xMx (M =Ga andAl ) alloys from first-principles calculations

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    Li, Chun-Mei; Yang, Rui; Johansson, Börje; Vitos, Levente

    2016-12-01

    The composition-dependent crystal structure, volume, elastic constants, and electronic structure of δ -Pu1 -xMx (M =Ga and Al,0 ≤x ≤0.1 ) alloys are systematically studied by using first-principles EMTO-CPA calculations. It is shown that the fcc and L 12 structures co-exist in the alloys with x ≤0.04 whereas for x >0.04 , the L 12 structure is more and more preferable and around x =0.1 , it tends to be stabilized alone. The evaluated V ˜x of the L 12 structure, being negative deviation from Vegard's law, turns out to be in good agreement with the experimental result. For x ≤0.04 , the estimated E , G , ν , and Θ of both the fcc and L 12 structures are in line with the measured data, whereas when x >0.04 , only those of the L 12 structure are close to the experimental results. The electronic hybridization between Pu and M atoms is dominated by Pu for the s ,d , and f states but M for the p state. The strong interactions between Pu and M atoms in the same site of the L 12 structure should be responsible for its relative stability in the alloys with x >0.04 . The electron-phonon coupling further decreases the phase stability of δ -Pu1 -xMx with increasing x .

  16. The effect of electronic orbital interactions on p-type doping tendency in ZnO series: First-principles calculations

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    Zhang Fang-Ying; You Jian-Qiang; Zeng Zhi; Zhong Guo-Hua

    2007-01-01

    The electronic structures and optical properties of B3 ZnO series of Zn4X4-yMy(X =O, S, Se or Te; M = N,Sb, Cl or I; y = 0 or 1) are studied by first-principles calculations using a pseudopotential plane-wave method. The results show that Zn d-X p orbital interactions play an important role in the p-type doping tendency in zinc-based Ⅱ-Ⅵ semiconductors. In ZnX, with increasing atomic number of X, Zn d-X p orbital interactions decrease and Zn s-X p orbital interactions increase. Additionally, substituting group-Ⅴ elements for X will reduce the Zn d-X p orbital interactions while substituting group-Ⅶ elements for X will increase the Zn d-X p orbital interactions. The results also show that group-Ⅴ-doped ZnX and group-Ⅶ-doped ZnX exhibit different optical behaviours due to their different orbital interaction effects.

  17. Anionic or Cationic S-Doping in Bulk Anatase TiO 2 : Insights on Optical Absorption from First Principles Calculations

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    Harb, Moussab

    2013-05-02

    Using first principles calculations, we investigate the structural, electronic, optical, and energetic properties of S-doped anatase TiO2 bulk systems. To ensure accurate band gap predictions, we use the HSE06 exchange correlation functional, and the absorption spectra are obtained with density functional perturbation (DFPT) theory by employing HSE06. Various oxidation states (anionic and cationic) of sulfur are considered depending on the location in bulk TiO2: in interstitial position or in substitution for either oxygen or titanium atoms. Among the explored structures, two anionic and one cationic configurations induce an improved optical absorption response in the visible region as observed experimentally. Moreover, we undertake a thermodynamic analysis as a function of the chemical potential of oxygen and considering three relevant sulfur chemical doping agents (S 2, H2S, and thiourea). It highlights that cationic configurations (S4+ and S6+) are strongly stabilized in a wide range of oxygen chemical potential (including standard conditions), whereas anionic species are stabilized only at very low chemical potential of oxygen. The metastable cationic Ti(1-2x)O2S2x system involving the presence of S4+ species in substitution for Ti 4+, with the formation of SO2 units, should offer the best compromise between the thermodynamic conditions and the expected optical properties. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  18. First-principle Calculations of Mechanical Properties of Al2Cu, Al2CuMg and MgZn2 Intermetallics in High Strength Aluminum Alloys

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Structural stabilities, mechanical properties and electronic structures of Al2Cu, Al2CuMg and MgZn2 intermetallics in Al-Zn-Mg-Cu aluminum alloys were determined from the first-principle calculations by VASP based on the density functional theory. The results show that the cohesive energy (Ecoh decreases in the order MgZn2 > Al2CuMg > Al2Cu, whereas the formation enthalpy (ΔH decreases in the order MgZn2 > Al2Cu > Al2CuMg. Al2Cu can act as a strengthening phase for its ductile and high Young's modulus. The Al2CuMg phase exhibits elastic anisotropy and may act as a crack initiation point. MgZn2 has good plasticity and low melting point, which is the main strengthening phase in the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu aluminum alloys. Metallic bonding mode coexists with a fractional ionic interaction in Al2Cu, Al2CuMg and MgZn2, and that improves the structural stability. In order to improve the alloys' performance further, the generation of MgZn2 phase should be promoted by increasing Zn content while Mg and Cu contents are decreased properly.

  19. Fundamental reaction pathway for peptide metabolism by proteasome: insights from first-principles quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical free energy calculations.

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    Wei, Donghui; Fang, Lei; Tang, Mingsheng; Zhan, Chang-Guo

    2013-10-31

    Proteasome is the major component of the crucial non-lysosomal protein degradation pathway in the cells, but the detailed reaction pathway is unclear. In this study, first-principles quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical free energy calculations have been performed to explore, for the first time, possible reaction pathways for proteasomal proteolysis/hydrolysis of a representative peptide, succinyl-leucyl-leucyl-valyl-tyrosyl-7-amino-4-methylcoumarin (Suc-LLVY-AMC). The computational results reveal that the most favorable reaction pathway consists of six steps. The first is a water-assisted proton transfer within proteasome, activating Thr1-O(γ). The second is a nucleophilic attack on the carbonyl carbon of a Tyr residue of substrate by the negatively charged Thr1-O(γ), followed by the dissociation of the amine AMC (third step). The fourth step is a nucleophilic attack on the carbonyl carbon of the Tyr residue of substrate by a water molecule, accompanied by a proton transfer from the water molecule to Thr1-N(z). Then, Suc-LLVY is dissociated (fifth step), and Thr1 is regenerated via a direct proton transfer from Thr1-N(z) to Thr1-O(γ). According to the calculated energetic results, the overall reaction energy barrier of the proteasomal hydrolysis is associated with the transition state (TS3(b)) for the third step involving a water-assisted proton transfer. The determined most favorable reaction pathway and the rate-determining step have provided a reasonable interpretation of the reported experimental observations concerning the substituent and isotopic effects on the kinetics. The calculated overall free energy barrier of 18.2 kcal/mol is close to the experimentally derived activation free energy of ∼18.3-19.4 kcal/mol, suggesting that the computational results are reasonable.

  20. Comparative study of the absorption spectrum of Li 2CaSiO 4:Cr 4+: First-principles fully relativistic and crystal field calculations

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    Brik, M. G.; Ogasawara, K.

    2007-11-01

    Systematic analysis of the energy level scheme and ground state absorption of the Cr4+ ion in Li2CaSiO4 crystal was performed using the exchange charge model of the crystal field [B.Z. Malkin, in: A.A. Kaplyanskii, B.M. Macfarlane (Eds.), Spectroscopy of Solids Containing Rare-earth Ions, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1987, pp. 33-50] and recently developed first-principles approach to the analysis of the absorption spectra of impurity ions in crystals based on the discrete variational multielectron (DVME) method [K. Ogasawara, T. Iwata, Y. Koyama, T. Ishii, I. Tanaka, H. Adachi, Phys. Rev. B 64 (2001) 115413]. Using the former method, the values of parameters of crystal field acting on the Cr4+ ion valence electrons were calculated using the Li2CaSiO4 crystal structure data. Energy levels of the Cr4+ ion obtained after diagonalizing the crystal field Hamiltonian are in good agreement with those obtained from the experimental spectra. The latter method is based on the numerical solution of the Dirac equation; therefore, all relativistic effects are automatically considered. As a result, energy level scheme of Cr4+ and its absorption spectra in both polarizations were calculated, assigned and compared with experimental data; energy of the lowest charge transfer transition was evaluated and compared with theoretical predictions for the CrO44- complex available in the literature. The main features of the experimental spectra shape are reproduced well by the calculations. By performing analysis of the molecular orbitals (MO) population, it was shown that the covalent effects play an important role in formation of the spectral properties of Cr4+ ion in the considered crystal.

  1. Structural, mechanical, thermo-physical and electronic properties of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 intermetallic compounds: First-principle calculations

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    Yang, Jian; Huang, Jihua; Fan, Dongyu; Chen, Shuhai; Zhao, Xingke

    2016-05-01

    First-principle calculations have been performed to investigate the structural, mechanical, thermo-physical and electronic properties of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 intermetallic compounds. The results indicated that, the doped Ni atom can not only enhance the stability of the η‧-Cu6Sn5, but also improve the mechanical and thermo-physical properties, which are more dependent on the Ni atom doping number than the doping position. In all the η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5, Cu3Ni3Sn5 (Cu1+Cu3 site) shows the best stability, the most excellent deformation resistance and the highest hardness. The Cu6Sn5, Cu3Ni3Sn5, Cu4Ni2Sn5, Cu1Ni5Sn5 and Ni6Sn5 are ductile while the Cu5Ni1Sn5 and Cu4Ni2Sn5 are brittle. The anisotropies of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 are all mainly due to the uneven distribution of Young's modulus at (001) planes, moreover, the anisotropy of Cu1Ni5Sn5 (Cu1+Cu2+Cu4 site) is the strongest while that of Ni6Sn5 is the weakest. The calculated Debye temperature and heat capacity showed that Cu4Ni2Sn5 (Cu2 site) possesses the best thermal conductivity (ΘD = 356.9 K) and Cu2Ni4Sn5 (Cu1+Cu2 site) possesses the largest heat capacity. From the electronic property analysis results, the Ni s and Ni p states can replace the Cu s and Cu p states to hybridize with Sn s states at -7.98 eV. Moreover, with the increasing number of the doped Ni atom, the hybridization between Cu d states at different positions is receded, while that between Ni d states is enhanced gradually.

  2. Structural, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of AuIn{sub 2} crystal under pressure: A first-principles density functional theory calculation

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    Yu, Ching-Feng [Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China); Cheng, Hsien-Chie, E-mail: hccheng@fcu.edu.tw [Department of Aerospace and Systems Engineering, Feng Chia University, Taichung 40724, Taiwan (China); Chen, Wen-Hwa, E-mail: whchen@pme.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • The mechanical and thermodynamic properties of AuIn{sub 2} are reported for the first time. • The calculated lattice constants and elastic properties of AuIn{sub 2} are consistent with the literature data. • The results reveal that AuIn{sub 2} demonstrates low elastic anisotropy, low hardness and high ductility. • It is worth to note that the anisotropic AuIn{sub 2} tends to become elastically isotropic as hydrostatic pressure increases. - Abstract: The structural, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of cubic AuIn{sub 2} crystal in the cubic fluorite structure, and also their temperature, hydrostatic pressure and direction dependences are investigated using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The optimized lattice constants of AuIn{sub 2} single crystal are first evaluated, by which its hydrostatic pressure-dependent elastic constants are also derived. Then, the hydrostatic pressure-dependent mechanical characteristics of the single crystal, including ductile/brittle behavior and elastic anisotropy, are explored according to the characterized angular character of atomic bonding, Zener anisotropy factor and directional Young’s modulus. Moreover, the polycrystalline elastic properties of AuIn{sub 2}, such as bulk modulus, shear modulus and Young’s modulus, and its ductile/brittle and microhardness characteristics are assessed versus hydrostatic pressure. Finally, the temperature-dependent Debye temperature and heat capacity of AuIn{sub 2} single crystal are investigated by quasi-harmonic Debye modeling. The present results reveal that AuIn{sub 2} crystal demonstrates low elastic anisotropy, low hardness and high ductility. Furthermore, its heat capacity strictly follows the Debye T{sup 3}-law at temperatures below the Debye temperature, and reaches the Dulong–Petit limit at temperatures far above the Debye temperature.

  3. sp2/sp3 hybridization ratio in amorphous carbon from C 1s core-level shifts: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles calculation

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    Haerle, Rainer; Riedo, Elisa; Pasquarello, Alfredo; Baldereschi, Alfonso

    2002-01-01

    Using a combined experimental and theoretical approach, we address C 1s core-level shifts in amorphous carbon. Experimental results are obtained by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) on thin-film samples of different atomic density, obtained by a pulsed-laser deposition growth process. The XPS spectra are deconvoluted into two contributions, which are attributed to sp2- and sp3-hybridized atoms, respectively, separated by 0.9 eV, independent of atomic density. The sp3 hybridization content extracted from XPS is consistent with the atomic density derived from the plasmon energy in the EELS spectrum. In our theoretical study, we generate several periodic model structures of amorphous carbon of different densities applying two schemes of increasing accuracy in sequence. We first use a molecular-dynamics approach, based on an environmental-dependent tight-binding Hamiltonian to quench the systems from the liquid phase. The final model structures are then obtained by further atomic relaxation using a first-principles pseudopotential plane-wave approach within density-functional theory. Within the latter framework, we also calculate carbon 1s core-level shifts for our disordered model structures. We find that the shifts associated to threefold- and fourfold- coordinated carbon atoms give rise to two distinct peaks separated by about 1.0 eV, independent of density, in close agreement with experimental observations. This provides strong support for decomposing the XPS spectra into two peaks resulting from sp2- and sp3-hybridized atoms. Core-hole relaxations effects account for about 30% of the calculated shifts.

  4. Structural studies of technetium-zirconium alloys by X-ray diffraction, high-resolution electron microscopy, and first-principles calculations.

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    Poineau, Frederic; Hartmann, Thomas; Weck, Philippe F; Kim, Eunja; Silva, G W Chinthaka; Jarvinen, Gordon D; Czerwinski, Kenneth R

    2010-02-15

    The structural properties of Tc-Zr binary alloys were investigated using combined experimental and computational approaches. The Tc(2)Zr and Tc(6)Zr samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy, electron probe microanalysis, and transmission electron microscopy. Our XRD results show that Tc(6)Zr crystallizes in the cubic alpha-Mn-type structure (I43m space group) with a variable stoichiometry of Tc(6.25-x)Zr (0 Tc(2)Zr has a hexagonal crystal lattice with a MgZn(2)-type structure (P6(3)/mmc space group). Rietveld analysis of the powder XRD patterns and density functional calculations of the "Tc(6)Zr" phase show a linear increase of the lattice parameter when moving from Tc(6.25)Zr to Tc(4..80)Zr compositions, similar to previous observations in the Re-Zr system. This variation of the composition of "Tc(6)Zr" is explained by the substitution of Zr for Tc atoms in the 2a site of the alpha-Mn-type structure. These results suggest that the width of the "Tc(6)Zr" phase needs to be included when constructing the Tc-Zr phase diagram. The bonding character and stability of the various Tc-Zr phases were also investigated from first principles. Calculations indicate that valence and conduction bands near the Fermi level are dominated by electrons occupying the 4d orbital. In particular, the highest-lying molecular orbitals of the valence band of Tc(2)Zr are composed of d-d sigma bonds, oriented along the normal axis of the (110) plane and linking the Zr network to the Tc framework. Strong d-d bonds stabilizing the Tc framework in the hexagonal unit cell are also in the valence band. In the cubic structures of Tc-Zr phases, only Tc 4d orbitals are found to significantly contribute near the Fermi level.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  6. Enlightening the ultrahigh electrical conductivities of doped double-wall carbon nanotube fibers by Raman spectroscopy and first-principles calculations.

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    Tristant, Damien; Zubair, Ahmed; Puech, Pascal; Neumayer, Frédéric; Moyano, Sébastien; Headrick, Robert J; Tsentalovich, Dmitri E; Young, Colin C; Gerber, Iann C; Pasquali, Matteo; Kono, Junichiro; Leotin, Jean

    2016-12-01

    Highly aligned, packed, and doped carbon nanotube (CNT) fibers with electrical conductivities approaching that of copper have recently become available. These fibers are promising for high-power electrical applications that require light-weight, high current-carrying capacity cables. However, a microscopic understanding of how doping affects the electrical conductance of such CNT fibers in a quantitative manner has been lacking. Here, we performed Raman spectroscopy measurements combined with first-principles calculations to determine the position of the average Fermi energy and to obtain the temperature of chlorosulfonic-acid-doped double-wall CNT fibers under high current. Due to the unique way in which double-wall CNT Raman spectra depend on doping, it is possible to use Raman data to determine the doping level quantitatively. The correspondence between the Fermi level shift and the carbon charge transfer is derived from a tight-binding model and validated by several calculations. For the doped fiber, we were able to associate an average Fermi energy shift of ∼-0.7 eV with a conductance increase by a factor of ∼5. Furthermore, since current induces heating, local temperature determination is possible. Through the Stokes-to-anti-Stokes intensity ratio of the G-band peaks, we estimated a temperature rise at the fiber surface of ∼135 K at a current density of 2.27 × 10(8) A m(-2) identical to that from the G-band shift, suggesting that thermalization between CNTs is well achieved.

  7. 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.

  8. N–Mg dual-acceptor co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} studied by first-principles calculations

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    Xu, Ying, E-mail: 1080071@hnust.edu.cn [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Nie, Guo-Zheng [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Zou, Daifeng [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Nanobiomechanics, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Science, Shenzhen 518055 (China); Tang, Jing-Wu [School of Physics, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan 411201 (China); Ao, Zhimin, E-mail: Zhimin.Ao@gdut.edu.cn [Institute of Environmental Health and Pollution Control, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2016-11-25

    In this paper, N–Mg dual-acceptor co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} is investigated by first-principles calculations. The electronic structure and formation energies of Mg substituting Cr-site, N substituting O-site, and co-doping of both Mg on Cr-site and N on O-site in CuCrO{sub 2} are calculated. It is found that the structure with N and Mg codoped at the nearest sites has the lowest energy due to a modest attractive interaction between the two dopants. Compared with single N or Mg doped CuCrO{sub 2}, the N–Mg codoped CuCrO{sub 2} has a lower formation energy and shallower transition level. In addition, the total density of states (DOS) analysis shows that more hole states appear above the Fermi level and higher DOS for N–Mg co-doping is obtained in the N–Mg codoped CuCrO{sub 2}, which is good to enhance the p-type conductivity in CuCrO{sub 2}. - Highlights: • N–Mg dual-acceptor co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} is investigated. • N–Mg complex has a lower formation energy and shallower transition level. • More hole states appear above the Fermi level for N–Mg co-doping. • N–Mg co-doping in CuCrO{sub 2} can be expected to have more stable p-type conductivity.

  9. Predicting impurity gases and phases during hydrogen evolution from complex metal hydrides using free energy minimization enabled by first-principles calculations.

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    Kim, Ki Chul; Allendorf, Mark D; Stavila, Vitalie; Sholl, David S

    2010-09-07

    First-principles calculations represent a potent tool for screening metal hydride mixtures that can reversibly store hydrogen. A number of promising new hydride systems with high hydrogen capacity and favorable thermodynamics have been predicted this way. An important limitation of these studies, however, is the assumption that H(2) is the only gas-phase product of the reaction, which is not always the case. This paper summarizes new theoretical and numerical approaches that can be used to predict thermodynamic equilibria in complex metal hydride systems with competing reaction pathways. We report thermochemical equilibrium calculations using data obtained from density functional theory (DFT) computations to describe the possible occurrence of gas-phase products other than H(2) in three complex hydrides, LiNH(2), LiBH(4), and Mg(BH(4))(2), and mixtures of these with the destabilizing compounds LiH, MgH(2), and C. The systems under investigation contain N, C, and/or B and thus have the potential to evolve N(2), NH(3), hydrocarbons, and/or boranes as well as H(2). Equilibria as a function of both temperature and total pressure are predicted. The results indicate that significant amounts of these species can form under some conditions. In particular, the thermodynamic model predicts formation of N(2) and NH(3) as products of LiNH(2) decomposition. Comparison with published experimental data indicates that N(2) formation must be kinetically limited. Our examination of C-containing systems indicates that methane is the stable gas-phase species at low temperatures, not H(2). On the other hand, very low amounts of boranes (primarily BH(3)) are predicted to form in B-containing systems.

  10. Promoting alkali and alkaline-earth metals on MgO for enhancing CO2 capture by first-principles calculations.

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    Kim, Kiwoong; Han, Jeong Woo; Lee, Kwang Soon; Lee, Won Bo

    2014-12-07

    Developing next-generation solid sorbents to improve the economy of pre- and post-combustion carbon capture processes has been challenging for many researchers. Magnesium oxide (MgO) is a promising sorbent because of its moderate sorption-desorption temperature and low heat of sorption. However, its low sorption capacity and thermal instability need to be improved. Various metal-promoted MgO sorbents have been experimentally developed to enhance the CO2 sorption capacities. Nevertheless, rigorous computational studies to screen an optimal metal promoter have been limited to date. We conducted first-principles calculations to select metal promoters of MgO sorbents. Five alkali (Li-, Na-, K-, Rb-, and Cs-) and 4 alkaline earth metals (Be-, Ca-, Sr-, and Ba-) were chosen as a set of promoters. Compared with the CO2 adsorption energy on pure MgO, the adsorption energy on the metal-promoted MgO sorbents is higher, except for the Na-promoter, which indicates that metal promotion on MgO is an efficient approach to enhance the sorption capacities. Based on the stabilized binding of promoters on the MgO surface and the regenerability of sorbents, Li, Ca, and Sr were identified as adequate promoters among the 9 metals on the basis of PW91/GGA augmented with DFT+D2. The adsorption energies of CO2 on metal-promoted MgO sorbents for Li, Ca, and Sr atoms are -1.13, -1.68, and -1.48 eV, respectively.

  11. Phase Stability,Elastic,Thermo-physical and Electronic Properties of Hexa-(Mo,Cr,W)2 C from First-principles Calculations

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    Di WU; Wan-tang FU; Yong LI; Chun-xu WANG; Jing-lin TANG

    2016-01-01

    Phase stability,elastic properties,thermo-physical properties,as well as electronic properties of hexa-(Mo,Cr,W )2 C carbides were investigated by first-principles calculations.The results indicated that the Mo8 C4 , Mo7 Cr1 C4 ,Mo7 W1 C4 ,Mo6 W2 C4 ,and Mo6 W1 Cr1 C4 are stable and the stability follows the sequence:Mo6 W1 Cr1 C4>Mo7 W1 C4>Mo7 Cr1 C4>Mo6 W2 C4>Mo8 C4 .Mo6 W1 Cr1 C4 shows the highest stability,deformation resistance and hardness.G/B (shear modulus/bulk modulus)and Poisson′s ratio of the stable hexa-(Mo,Cr,W)2 C are all larger than 1.75 and 0.26,respectively,which indicates that they are all brittle.The anisotropies are mainly due to the dif-ferent Vogit shear modulus/Reuss shear modulus;the mechanical anisotropy of Mo7 Cr1 C4 is the largest,and that of Mo8 C4 is the smallest.Moreover,the obtained Debye temperatureΘD and heat capacity Cp indicate that Mo6 W2 C4 possesses the best thermal conductivity (ΘD=497.72 K),while Mo7 Cr1 C4 and Mo6 W2 C4 possess the largest heat capacity when the temperature is in the range of 0-10 K and larger than 10 K,respectively.From the electronic property analysis,the doped Cr and W atoms can not only participate in orbitals hybridization themselves but also enhance the orbitals hybridization between Mo and C atoms,which can reinforce the interatomic interactions.

  12. 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.

  13. Effect of β-stabilizer elements on stacking faults energies and ductility of α-titanium using first-principles calculations

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    Salloom, R.; Banerjee, R.; Srinivasan, S. G.

    2016-11-01

    The effect of W, Mo, V, Ta, and Nb, five common β-stabilizing substitutional elements, on α-Ti stacking fault energy has been studied using first principle calculations. The generalized stacking fault energy (GSFE) curves have been determined for different concentrations of β-stabilizers at the fault plane using supercells with up to 360 atoms. Both basal and prismatic slip systems with the stable (γSF) and unstable (γUSF) stacking faults and twinning fault energies were determined. All the alloying elements reduce the stacking fault energy for Ti for both basal and prismatic slip. At higher concentration of 25 at. % of V, Ta, and Nb at the slip plane, the basal slip becomes more favorable than the prismatic slip in Ti. Ti-Mo and Ti-W systems also show a significant shift in the GSFE curve towards a higher shear deformation strain along due to the change in bond character between Ti and those two elements. Using Rice criterion, which employs γS/γUSF ratio to estimate ductility, we show that all the alloying elements likely improve the ductility of α-Ti with Ti-25 at. % Nb exhibiting the most ductile behavior. However, according to the Tadmor and Bernstein model, all the alloying elements considered here do not improve the partial dislocation emission or the twinning propensity in spite of decreasing the stacking fault energies for α-Ti and. Hence, a better empirical model that incorporates changes in the character of directional bonding upon alloying is needed to estimate how alloying influences ductility in hcp metals.

  14. Energetics and kinetics of Cu atoms and clusters on the Si(111)-7 × 7 surface: first-principles calculations.

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    Ren, Xiao-Yan; Niu, Chun-Yao; Chen, Wei-Guang; Tang, Ming-Sheng; Cho, Jun-Hyung

    2016-07-21

    Exploring the properties of noble metal atoms and nano- or subnano-clusters on the semiconductor surface is of great importance in many surface catalytic reactions, self-assembly processes, crystal growth, and thin film epitaxy. Here, the energetics and kinetic properties of a single Cu atom and previously reported Cu magic clusters on the Si(111)-(7 × 7) surface are re-examined by the state-of-the-art first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. First of all, the diffusion path and high diffusion rate of a Cu atom on the Si(111)-(7 × 7) surface are identified by mapping out the total potential energy surface of the Cu atom as a function of its positions on the surface, supporting previous experimental hypothesis that the apparent triangular light spots observed by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) are resulted from a single Cu atom frequently hopping among adjacent adsorption sites. Furthermore, our findings confirm that in the low coverage of 0.15 monolayer (ML) the previously proposed hexagonal ring-like Cu6 cluster configuration assigned to the STM pattern is considerably unstable. Importantly, the most stable Cu6/Si(111) complex also possesses a distinct simulated STM pattern with the experimentally observed ones. Instead, an energetically preferred solid-centered Cu7 structure exhibits a reasonable agreement between the simulated STM patterns and the experimental images. Therefore, the present findings convincingly rule out the tentative six-atom model and provide new insights into the understanding of the well-defined Cu nanocluster arrays on the Si(111)-(7 × 7) surface.

  15. Defects-assisted ferromagnetism due to bound magnetic polarons in Ce into Fe, Co:ZnO nanoparticles and first-principle calculations.

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    Verma, Kuldeep Chand; Kotnala, R K

    2016-02-21

    Zn0.94TM0.03Ce0.03O [Zn0.94Fe0.03Ce0.03O (ZFCeO) and Zn0.94Co0.03Ce0.03O (ZCCeO)] nanoparticles were synthesized by a sol-gel process. Elemental analysis of these nanoparticles detects the weight percentage of Zn, Co, Fe, Ce and O in each sample. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction pattern obtains the occupancy of dopant atoms, Wurtzite ZnO structure, crystallinity and lattice deformation with doping. The Ce doping into ZFO and ZCO form nanoparticles than nanorods was observed in pure ZnO, ZFO and ZCO samples that described due to chemical and ionic behavior of Ce, Fe, Co and Zn ions. The Raman active modes have peak broadening, intensity changes and peak shifts with metal doping that induces lattice defects. Photoluminescence spectra show blue-shifts at near-band edges and defects that influence broad visible emission with Ce doping. An enhancement in ferromagnetism in the magnetic hysteresis at 5 K is measured. The zero-field cooling and field cooling at H = 500 Oe and T = 300-5 K could confirm antiferromagnetic interactions mediated by defect carriers. The bound magnetic polaron at defect sites is responsible for the observed ferromagnetism. The ac magnetic susceptibility measurements determine the antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic transition with some magnetic clustered growth in the samples and reveal a frequency independent peak that shows the Neel temperature. Weak room temperature ferromagnetism and optical quenching in ZFCeO are described by valance states of Fe and Ce ions, respectively. Using first-principle calculations, we studied the occupancy of Ce (replacing Zn atoms) in the Wurtzite structure.

  16. Tuning band gap of monolayer and bilayer SnS2 by strain effect and external electric field: A first principles calculations

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    Rahman, Abeera; Shin, Young-Han

    Recently many efforts have been paid to two-dimensional layered metal dichalcogenides (LMDs). Among them MoS2 has become a prototype LMD, and recent studies show surprising and rich new physics emerging in other van der Waals materials such as layered SnS2 [1-4]. SnS2 is a semiconducting earth-abundant material and Sn is a group IV element replacing the transition metal in MoS2. SnS2 shows new possibilities in various potential applications. However, the knowledge on basic properties of layered SnS2 is still not well understood. In this study, we consider two types of structures; 1T with P 3 m 1 (164) space group and 1H with P63 / mmc (194) space group. Our first principles calculations show that the 1T structure for SnS2 is more stable than the 1H structure whereas latter is more stable for MoS2. Moreover,in contrast to MoS2,SnS2 shows an indirect band gap both for 1T and 1H structures while 1T MoS2 is metallic and 1H has a direct band gap. We also study strain effect in the range of 0-10% on the band structure for monolayer and bilayer SnS2 (both for 1T and 1H structures).We find significant change in their band gaps. We also investigate the bilayer SnS2 with and without out-of-plane stress. This research was supported by Brain Korea 21 Plus Program and Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and future Planning (NRF-2014M3A7B4049367, NRF-2014R1A2A1A1105089).

  17. 第一性原理计算软件包在GPU集群上的加速%Accelerating First Principle Calculation Package on GPU Cluster

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    赵慰; 赵永华; 刘晓辉; 何力新

    2014-01-01

    第一性原理计算软件在密度泛函理论的发展中起着重要作用。相比平面波方法,局域轨道法更适合处理大规模多体问题。随着问题规模的不断增大和计算机计算能力的提升,软件的并行加速成为一个重要课题,MPI(message passing interface)结合GPU(graphic processing unit)实现的异构并行是一个新的解决方案。基于局域轨道法的第一性原理计算软件MESIA(massive electronic simulation based on systematically improvable atomic bases)经过MPI+OpenMP+CUDA三级并行,单GPU取得了约15倍的加速比,同时表现出了良好的可扩展性。测试结果同时验证了使用GPU计算可以保证计算精度。%First principle calculation package plays an important role in the development of density functional theory. Local orbital method is more suitable than plane wave method when calculating big system. Parallelism of the pack-age becomes more and more important as the increasing of system scale and the development of HPC (high perfor-mance computing). The combination of MPI (message passing interface) and CUDA (compute unified device archi-tecture) is a new way to accelerate the package. Accelerating the MESIA (massive electronic simulation based on systematically improvable atomic bases) package based on LCAO (linear combination of atomic orbitals) method with MPI+OpenMP+CUDA provides 15-fold speedup per GPU and good scalability. The test results also prove that computing with GPU can keep the accuracy of results.

  18. Extremely confined quantum-well states for (2×2)-K and (3×3)-K on graphite: First-principles calculations

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    Chis, V.; Walldén, L.

    2011-10-01

    We report on the atomic and electronic structure obtained by first-principles density functional theory calculations for a (2×2)-K monolayer as well as a (3×3)-K monolayer on graphite represented by an 11-layer carbon slab. In both cases, the calculations predict that the K atoms reside above hollows [2.93 Å above the surface atomic layers for (2×2)-K]. The electronic structure is characterized by a partially occupied, free-electron-like overlayer quantum-well (QW)-state band (EF-0.76 eV at Γ¯, 1.14me) and one empty QW band (EF+1.7 eV, 1.0me), for (2×2)-K. The partially filled QW band, which has an energy and dispersion close to that which has been experimentally observed, provides examples of extremely confined states with nearly all charge (93%) deposited in the overlayer. In the substrate, the layer-confined σ bands are rigidly downshifted, by 0.6 eV for the outermost carbon-atom layer and by 0.14 eV for the second layer. For the π electrons, downshifted bands are split off from the ladder of closely spaced band energies, which approximate the continuum of states in a thick graphite sample. The splitting off can be regarded as the formation of a QW state, since the electrons are found mainly in the outermost layer of carbon atoms. The split-off band is not obtained via a downshift of the band with the lowest energy among the closely spaced states, since the band-edge states of the bare substrate have only a small amplitude in the outermost layer of carbon atoms. The high degree of confinement for both the K overlayer states and the C underlayer π states should make the system of interest for studies of the excitations of two near-two-dimensional electron gases at short distance.

  19. Calibrating transition-metal energy levels and oxygen bands in first-principles calculations: Accurate prediction of redox potentials and charge transfer in lithium transition-metal oxides

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    Seo, Dong-Hwa; Urban, Alexander; Ceder, Gerbrand

    2015-09-01

    Transition-metal (TM) oxides play an increasingly important role in technology today, including applications such as catalysis, solar energy harvesting, and energy storage. In many of these applications, the details of their electronic structure near the Fermi level are critically important for their properties. We propose a first-principles-based computational methodology for the accurate prediction of oxygen charge transfer in TM oxides and lithium TM (Li-TM) oxides. To obtain accurate electronic structures, the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof (HSE06) hybrid functional is adopted, and the amount of exact Hartree-Fock exchange (mixing parameter) is adjusted to reproduce reference band gaps. We show that the HSE06 functional with optimal mixing parameter yields not only improved electronic densities of states, but also better energetics (Li-intercalation voltages) for LiCo O2 and LiNi O2 as compared to the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), Hubbard U corrected GGA (GGA +U ), and standard HSE06. We find that the optimal mixing parameters for TM oxides are system specific and correlate with the covalency (ionicity) of the TM species. The strong covalent (ionic) nature of TM-O bonding leads to lower (higher) optimal mixing parameters. We find that optimized HSE06 functionals predict stronger hybridization of the Co 3 d and O 2 p orbitals as compared to GGA, resulting in a greater contribution from oxygen states to charge compensation upon delithiation in LiCo O2 . We also find that the band gaps of Li-TM oxides increase linearly with the mixing parameter, enabling the straightforward determination of optimal mixing parameters based on GGA (α =0.0 ) and HSE06 (α =0.25 ) calculations. Our results also show that G0W0@GGA +U band gaps of TM oxides (M O ,M =Mn ,Co ,Ni ) and LiCo O2 agree well with experimental references, suggesting that G0W0 calculations can be used as a reference for the calibration of the mixing parameter in cases when no experimental band gap has been

  20. First principles simulation of the electrochemical behaviour of lithium battery materials; Modelisation du comportement electrochimique de materiaux pour batteries au lithium a partir de calculs de premiers principes

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    Rocquefelte, X.

    2001-10-01

    The functioning of a positive electrode in a lithium battery is based on the reversible intercalation of lithium. In some cases, such a reaction can lead to important structural modifications and therefore to an amorphization of the material. A theoretical approach is presented here that leads to structural predictions and simulations of electrochemical behaviour of positive electrode materials. In the first part, DFT (Density Functional Theory) formalisms and the respective advantages of FLAPW (Full potential Linearized Augmented Plane Waves) and PP/PW (Pseudopotential / Plane Waves) methods are discussed. In the second part are given some fundamental electrochemistry considerations related to the intercalation process, thermodynamics aspects and relationships with electronic structure. Then, an approach combining experimental data and geometry optimisation of structural hypotheses is given. This approach was first applied to a model compound LiMoS{sub 2}, and has been then generalised to systems of industrial interest such as Li{sub x}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} (0 {<=} x {<=} 3). The simulated X-ray diagrams of the optimised structures for LiMoS{sub 2} and {omega} - Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} are in good agreement with experimental data. In the case of Li{sub x}V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, the first discharge curves starting from {alpha} - V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and {gamma}' - V{sub 2}O{sub 5} were then successfully simulated. A chemical bond analysis was carried out to help understand the origin of the distortion in LiMoS{sub 2} and the voltage variations in the electrochemical curves of Li{sub x}V{sub 2}O{sub 5}. This study clearly demonstrates that an approach combining first-principle calculations and available experimental data is invaluable in the structure determination of poorly crystallized compounds. Such a procedure contributes to the understanding of the phase transitions induced by the lithium intercalation in vanadium oxide compounds and can really be used in the research