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Title: Using first-principles calculations to screen for fragile magnetism: Case study of LaCrGe 3 and LaCrSb 3

In this study, we present a coupled experimental/theoretical investigation of pressure effect on the ferromagnetism of LaCrGe 3 and LaCrSb 3 compounds. The magnetic, electronic, elastic, and mechanical properties of LaCrGe 3 and LaCrSb 3 at ambient condition are studied by first-principles density-functional theory calculations. The pressure dependences of the magnetic properties of LaCrGe 3 and LaCrSb 3 are also investigated. The ferromagnetism in LaCrGe 3 is rather fragile, with a ferro- to paramagnetic transition at a relatively small pressure (around 7 GPa from our calculations, and 2 GPa in experiments). The key parameter controlling the magnetic properties of LaCrGe 3 is found to be the proximity of the peak of Cr density of states to the Fermi level, a proximity that is strongly correlated with the distance between Cr atoms along the c axis, suggesting that there would be a simple way to suppress magnetism in systems with one-dimensional arrangement of magnetic atoms. By contrast, the ferromagnetism in LaCrSb 3 is not fragile. In conclusion, our theoretical results are consistent with our experimental results and demonstrate the feasibility of using first-principles calculations to aid experimental explorations in screening for materials with fragile magnetism.
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  1. Ames Lab. and Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)
  2. Ames Lab. and Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States); Univ. of California Davis, Davis, CA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950; PRBMDO
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 97; Journal Issue: 18; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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OSTI ID: 1435678