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Chin. Phys. B, 2020, Vol. 29(4): 047101    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ab7223

Ab initio study of structural, electronic, thermo-elastic and optical properties of Pt3Zr intermetallic compound

Wahiba Metiri1, Khaled Cheikh2
1 Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences, Université 20 aoȗt 1955-Skikda BP 26, Route El-Hadaiek, 21000 Skikda, Algeria;
2 Département de Technologie, Faculté de Technologie, Université 20 aoȗt 1955-Skikda BP 26, Route El-Hadaiek, 21000 Skikda, Algeria
Abstract  Structural, elastic, electronic and optical properties of the Pt3Zr intermetallic compound are investigated using first principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and the local density approximation (LDA). The Pt3Zr compound is predicted to be of cubic L12 and hexagonal D024 structures. The calculated equilibrium ground-state properties (lattice parameters a and c, bulk modulus B and its pressure derivative B', formation enthalpy ΔH) of the Pt3Zr compound, for both cubic and hexagonal phases, show good agreement with the experimental results and other theoretical data. Elastic constants (C11, C12, C13, C33, C44, and C55) are calculated. The predicted elastic properties such as Young's modulus E and shear modulus GH, Poisson ratio ν, anisotropic ratio A, Kleinman parameter ξ, Cauchy pressure (C12-C44), ratios B/C44 and B/G, and Vickers hardness Hv indicate the stiffness, hardness and ductility of the compound. Thermal characteristic parameters such as Debye temperature θD and melting temperature Tm are computed. Electronic properties such as density of states (DOS) and electronic specific heat γ are also reported. The calculated results reveal that the Fermi level is on the psedogap for the D024 structure and on the antibonding side for the L12 structure. The optical property functions (real part ε1(ω) and imaginary part ε2(ω) of dielectric function), optical conductivity σ (ω), refraction index n(ω), reflectivity R(ω), absorption α (ω) and extinction coefficients k(ω) and loss function L(ω)) are also investigated for the first time for Pt3Zr in a large gamme of energy from 0 to 70 eV.
Keywords:  density functional theory      intermetallic      density of states      L12      D024      optical properties  
Received:  11 November 2019      Revised:  28 January 2020      Published:  05 April 2020
PACS:  71.15.Mb (Density functional theory, local density approximation, gradient and other corrections)  
  71.20.Lp (Intermetallic compounds)  
  71.20.-b (Electron density of states and band structure of crystalline solids)  
Corresponding Authors:  Wahiba Metiri, Khaled Cheikh     E-mail:;

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Wahiba Metiri, Khaled Cheikh Ab initio study of structural, electronic, thermo-elastic and optical properties of Pt3Zr intermetallic compound 2020 Chin. Phys. B 29 047101

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