Density-functional investigation of the rhombohedral to simple-cubic phase transition of arsenic

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Density-functional investigation of the rhombohedral to simple-cubic phase transition of arsenic

Post by Algerien1970 on Sat 23 May - 0:28


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We report on our investigation of the crystal structure of arsenic under compression, focusing primarily on the pressure-induced A7→simple-cubic sc phase transition. The two-atom rhombohedral unit cell is subjected to pressures ranging from 0 to 200 GPa. For each given pressure, cell lengths and angles, as well as atomic positions, are allowed to vary until the fully relaxed structure is obtained. We find that the nearest- and next-nearest-neighbor distances give the clearest indication of the occurrence of a structural phase transition.

Calculations are performed using the local-density approximation LDA and the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof and Perdew-Wang generalized gradient approximations GGA-PBE and GGA-PW91 for the exchange-correlation functional. The A7→sc transition is found to occur at 211 GPa in the LDA, at 281 GPa in the GGA-PBE, and at 291 GPa in the GGA-PW91. No volume discontinuity is observed across the transition in any of the three cases. We use k-point grids as dense as 666666 to enable us to present reliably converged results for the A7→sc transition of arsenic.


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