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

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

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

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

11 Linear chain of atoms

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

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

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

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

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

17 March 31st, 2008 Anisotropy: Selection Rules Not all modes are visible with the same technique! B 1 : SILENT modes Not all allowed modes are visible at the same time! J.M. Zhang et al., PRB 56, (1997)

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

19 March 31st, 2008ISVS: A hands-on introduction to ABINIT Probes: Light: photons Particles Vibrational spectroscopies 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

20 March 31st, 2008 Vibrational spectroscopies

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

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



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

26 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 IFCs in more physically descriptive fashion: The IFCs 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 28 Relation between the IFCs and the dynamical matrix The Fourier transform of the IFCs 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 29 SiO29 atoms per unit cell [X.Gonze, J.-C.Charlier, D.C.Allan, M.P.Teter, PRB 50, (1994)] Nb. of phonon bands: Nb. of acoustic bands: 3 Nb. of optical bands: Polar crystal : LO non-analyticity Directionality ! Phonon band structure of α-Quartz

30 30 LO-TO splitting High - temperature : Fluorite structure (, one formula unit per cell ) Supercell calculation + interpolation ! Long-range dipole-dipole interaction not taken into account Calculated phonon dispersions of ZrO 2 in the cubic structure at the equilibrium lattice constant a 0 = 5.13 Å. DFPT (Linear-response) with= 5.75 = and= 5.75 LO - TO splitting THz Non-polar mode is OK Wrong behaviour [From Parlinski K., Li Z.Q., and Kawazoe Y., Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4063 (1997)]

31 2 April 2008ISVS 2008: Phonon Bands and Thermodynamic Properties31 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: Energy of the harmonic oscillator Phonon DOS Note: All thermodynamic properties can be calculated in this manner.

32 1.Even with f electrons (PRB 85, (2012) TbPO 4, DyPO 4

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


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

36 CuGaS 2 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-VI 2 derived from II-VI zb compounds (CuGaS 2, AgGaS 2..) II-IV-V 2 derived from III-V zb comp.ounds (ZnGaAs 2,….) 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 T 3 law, phonons, etc…

37 silicon zincblende, ZnSS chalcopyrite, CuGaS 2


39 Elastic Constants C ij (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 CuGaS 2

41 PDOS (states / formula unit) 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). 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 7 Ga- Cu Cu- Ga sulphur- like 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 CuGaS 2 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 γ qj : 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 V o 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 CuGaS 2 versus AgGaS 2 peak at ~ 20 K in C P /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 8 Debye (0) = 355 K

49 Comparison of calculated and measured specific heat Extension to AgGaS 2 and AgGaTe 2 lattice softening by Cu Ag replacement lattice softening by S Te replacement 9

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: E 0 is the zero-point un-renormalized gap energy, A 1 is the contribution to the zero-point renormal., n B is the Bose-Eisntein function.

51 AgGaS 2 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. Temperature dependence of the energy gap of AgGaS 2 with two-phonon fit. CuGaS 2 Temperature dependence of the energy gap of CuGaS 2 with two-phonon fit.


53 Elasticity - deformation ELASTICITY

54 σ ij = C ijkl ε kl VOIGTS NOTATION (only two index)


56 Some examples of elasticity under pressure


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

59 YGa 5 O 12 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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