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1 Dpto. de Física Fundamental II Universidad de La Laguna. Tenerife.
Fonones y Elasticidad bajo presión ab initio . Alfonso Muñoz Dpto. de Física Fundamental II Universidad de La Laguna. Tenerife. MALTA Consolider Team Canary Islands, SPAIN

2 Plan de la charla: Introducción : Ab initio methods Fonones. Propiedades dinámicas. Ejemplos Elasticidad estabilidad mecánica bajo presión Conclusiones.

3 Ab initio methods State of the art Ab Initio Total Energy Pseudopotential calculations are useful to study many properties of materials. No experimental input required (even the structure). Only Z is required. They can provide and “predict” many properties of the material if the approximations are correct! DFT is the standar theory applied, it is “exact” but one need to use approximations, XC functional (LDA, GGA etc…), BZ integration with k-special points, etc. (some problems in high correlated systems, f-electrons etc..). DFPT also available, allows to study phonons, elastic constants etc… More elaborated approximations are also available, like LDA + U, MD, etc.. Many computer programs available, some times free (Abinit, quantum espresso, VASP, CASTEP, etc…) Ab initio methods provide and alternative and complimentary technique to the experiments under extreme conditions.

4 "Those who are enamoured of Practice without Theory are like a pilot who goes into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty of where he is going. Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of Theory.“ Leonardo da Vinci, ( )


6 Well tested:

7 . “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future”. Niels Bohr ( )

8 Fonones y espectroscopía, ¿para que?
Thermal Expansion Superconductivity Thermal Conductivity Elasticity - deformation

9 Lattice Dynamics Lattice Potential: Harmonic approximation:
Hooke’s law! IFC March 31st, 2008 ISVS: A hands-on introduction to ABINIT

10 Phonons: linear chain of atoms
Harmonic approximation: Ansatz: => March 31st, 2008 ISVS: A hands-on introduction to ABINIT

11 Phonons: linear chain of atoms

12 Linear chain with two different "spring constants"
two atoms per unit cell Ansatz: March 31st, 2008 ISVS: A hands-on introduction to ABINIT

13 Phonons Linear chain with two different "spring constants"
Two solutions: acoustic (-) and optic (+) branches March 31st, 2008 ISVS: A hands-on introduction to ABINIT

14 3D Phonon Dispersion Relations
3THz ~ 100 cm-1 ; 1meV ~ 8 cm-1 j = 3N branches Si THz G. Nilsson and G. Nelin, PRB 6, 3777 (1972) W. Weber, PRB 15, 4789 (1977) 3C-SiC J. Serrano et al., APL 80, 23 (2002) cm-1 LO TO March 31st, 2008

15 Polar crystals: LST relation
Ionic crystals: Macroscopic electric field Lyddane-Sachs-Teller relation Born effective charges X. Gonze and C. Lee, PRB 55, (1997) March 31st, 2008

16 Anisotropy: crystal field
GaN T. Ruf et al., PRL 86, 906 (2001) March 31st, 2008

17 Anisotropy: Selection Rules
Not all modes are visible with the same technique! B1: SILENT modes Not all allowed modes are visible at the same time! J.M. Zhang et al., PRB 56, (1997) March 31st, 2008

18 Elasticity h-BN Christoffel equations
A. Bosak et al., PRB (R) (2006) March 31st, 2008

19 Vibrational spectroscopies
Probes: Light: photons Particles Brillouin spectroscopy Raman spectroscopy Infrared absorption spect. Inelastic X-ray Scattering electrons: High Resolution e- Energy Loss He: He atom scattering neutrons Time-of-flight spectroscopy Inelastic Neutron Scattering March 31st, 2008 ISVS: A hands-on introduction to ABINIT

20 Vibrational spectroscopies
March 31st, 2008

21 Vibrational spectroscopies
Raman spec. 1meV-eV Excitations Optic phonons at the center of the Brillouin zone High resolution Different selection rules X-ray scattering Excitations ~ meV, ~ Å-1 whole BZ available No kinematics restrictions Dispersion + r() Energy resolution ~1meV Optic b. Neutron scattering Excitations ~ meV, ~ Å-1 whole BZ available Dispersion + r(w) Kinematical limit: vs < 3000 m/s Acoustic branches Brillouin spec. Excitations of 2meV-0.6meV Acoustic phonon branches at low q (sound waves) Information: E  Vs (sound speed) linewidth Atenuation March 31st, 2008

22 Infrared Spectroscopy
Absorption spectroscopy: dipolar selection rules Target: polar molecular vibrations, determination of functional groups in organic compounds, polar modes in crystals March 31st, 2008 ISVS: A hands-on introduction to ABINIT



25 Interatomic force constants
Born-Oppenheimer approximation In the harmonic approximation, the total energy of a crystal with small atomic position deviations is: where the matrix of IFC’s is defined as:

26 Physical Interpretation of the Interatomic Force Constants
The force conjugate to the position of a nucleus, can always be written: We can thus rewrite the IFC’s in more physically descriptive fashion: The IFC’s are the rate of change of the atomic forces when we displace another atom in the crystal.

27 Dynamical properties under pressure..
The construction of the dynamical matrix at gamma point is very simple: Phonon dispersion, DOS, PDOS requires supercell calculations. Also DFPT allows to include T effects, Thermod. properties, etc…

28 Relation between the IFC’s and the dynamical matrix
The Fourier transform of the IFC’s is directly related to the dynamical matrix, The phonon frequencies are then obtained by diagonalization of the dynamical matrix or equivalently by the solution of this eigenvalue problem: phonon displacement pattern masses square of phonon frequencies

29 Phonon band structure of α-Quartz
SiO2 9 atoms per unit cell Nb. of phonon bands: Nb. of acoustic bands: 3 Nb. of optical bands: Polar crystal : LO non-analyticity Directionality ! [X.Gonze, J.-C.Charlier, D.C.Allan, M.P.Teter, PRB 50, (1994)]

30 LO-TO splitting High - temperature : Fluorite structure
( , one formula unit per cell ) Wrong behaviour  Supercell calculation + interpolation ! Long-range dipole-dipole interaction not taken into account Calculated phonon dispersions of ZrO2 in the cubic structure at the equilibrium lattice constant a0 = 5.13 Å. [From Parlinski K., Li Z.Q., and Kawazoe Y., Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4063 (1997)] DFPT (Linear-response) with = = and = LO - TO splitting THz Non-polar mode is OK

31 Thermodynamic properties
In the harmonic approximation, the phonons can be treated as an independent boson gas. They obey the Bose-Einstein distribution: The total energy of the gas can be calculated directly using the standard formula: Phonon DOS Energy of the harmonic oscillator All thermodynamic properties can be calculated in this manner. Note: 2 April 2008 ISVS 2008: Phonon Bands and Thermodynamic Properties

32 Even with f electrons (PRB 85, 024317 (2012)
TbPO4 , DyPO4

33 ZnS, Phys. Rev B (2010) Cardona, …Muñoz . et al.


35 Spin-orbit, phonon dispersión, temperature effects, etc…. DFPT
Inverted s-o interaction. Contribution of the negative splitting of 5d G15 states of Hg wich overcompesate the positive splitting of the S 3p.

36 CuGaS2 electronic and phononic properties
Eficient photovoltaic materials. (Phys.Rev. B 83, (2011) ) Chalcopyrite tetragonal SG I-42d Few it is know about this compounds. We did a structural , electronic and phononic study of the thermodynamical properties Two main groups of chalcopyrites: I-III-VI2 derived from II-VI zb compounds (CuGaS2, AgGaS2..) II-IV-V2 derived from III-V zb comp.ounds (ZnGaAs2,….) Two formula units per primitive cell We will focus on the study of some thermodynamics properties, like the specific heat with emphasis in the low-T region where appear strong desviation of the Debye T3 law, phonons, etc…

37 silicon zincblende, ZnSS chalcopyrite, CuGaS2


39 Elastic Constants Cij (no experimental data available)

40 5 Phonons Starting from the electronic structure we calculate the phonon dispersion relations with density functional perturbation theory. We compare them with Raman and IR measurements at the center of the BZ (see Figure). comparison with Raman and IR measurements () shows good agreement inelastic neutron scattering data are not available as yet CuGaS2

41 Phonon Density of States
Through BZ integration of the phonon dispersion relations the phonon density of states (total or projected on the individual atoms Cu, Ga, S)) are obtained (see Figure). 7 PDOS (states / formula unit) sulphur-like below 120 cm-1: essentially Cu- and Ga-like phonons above 280 cm-1: essentially S-like phonons midgap feature at ~180 cm-1: Ga-, Cu-like Cu-Ga Ga-Cu The partial density of states are useful for calculating the effect of isotope disorder on the phonon linewidths

42 Two-phonon No second-order Raman spectra available. The calculated sum an difference densities will help to interpret future measured spectra. It is posible to establish a correspondence between the calculated two-phonon Raman spectra of CuGaS2 and other two-phonon measured spectra of binary compounds.

43 The effect of phonons the on Vo(T) for a (cubic) crystal can be expressed in terms of mode Grüneisen parameters γqj : Due to the large number of phonons bands, a first approximation is to use only the values at the Zone center for the evaluation of the termal expansion coefficient. The temperature dependence of Vo for q= 0 is: Or from thermodyn… using S(P,T)



46 Heat capacity The phonon DOS allows to calculate the Free Energy F(T), and the specific heat at constant volume And the constant pressure Cp can be obtained:


48 Comparison of calculated and measured specific heat
8 Comparison of calculated and measured specific heat CuGaS2 versus AgGaS2 peak at ~ 20 K in CP /T 3 representation from Cu/Ga like phonons (ratio 1:6 to low-frequency peak in phonon DOS) ABINIT LDA reproduces peak position, but absolute value at peak ~20% lower VASP GGA reproduces peak position and magnitude qDebye(0) = 355 K

49 Comparison of calculated and measured specific heat
9 Comparison of calculated and measured specific heat Extension to AgGaS2 and AgGaTe2 lattice softening by Cu  Ag replacement lattice softening by S  Te replacement

50 Even more properties? Inclusion of Temperature effects is computationally very expensive, e-ph interaction,… Many experimental results of T dependence of the gap in binary and ternary compounds. The degree of cation-anion hybridization on the electronic an vibrational properties, leads to anomalous dependence of the band gaps with temperature. The presence of d-electrons in upper VB lead to anomalies, like negative s-o splitting. For example in Cu or Ag chalcopyrite, the other constituents correspond to decrease the gap, but Cu or Ag tends to increase. The sum of boths effects generates a non monotonic dependence of gaps with T. It can be fitted using two Einstein oscillator according to: E0 is the zero-point un-renormalized gap energy, A1 is the contribution to the zero-point renormal., nB is the Bose-Eisntein function .

51 The admixture of p and d electrons in the valence bands produces anomalies e.g. in the temperature dependence of the energy gap: at low T the gap increases with T (up to~100K) presumably because of the presence of d-electrons. Above 100K it decreases. Detailed theoretical explanation not yet available. AgGaS2 CuGaS2 Temperature dependence of the energy gap of AgGaS2 with two-phonon fit. Temperature dependence of the energy gap of CuGaS2 with two-phonon fit.


53 Elasticity - deformation

54 σij = Cijkl εkl VOIGT’S NOTATION (only two index)


56 Some examples of elasticity under pressure


58 Mechanical stability criteria Born Generalized Criteria
Pressure 0 GPa Born Criteria Pressure P ≠ 0 GPa Born Generalized Criteria

59 YGa5O12 garnet (160 atoms unit cell)

60 CONCLUSIONS: Ab initio methods can provide interesting and useful information of the physics and chemistry of materials properties under high pressure, from small system to big systems. Phonons and elastic properties provide interesting info, dynamical and mechanical stability Temperature, S-O etc…T effects can be included. These techniques can help to design and to understand problems in experimental interpretations. But remember!!!!! WE USE APPROXIMATIONS

61 “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field”.
Niels Bohr ( )

62 Physics is to mathematics like sex is to masturbation.”
—Richard Feynman, ( )

63 Thank you for your attention!

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