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Title: First-principles calculations of the electronic, vibrational, and elastic properties of the magnetic laminate Mn₂GaC

In this paper, we report the by first-principles predicted properties of the recently discovered magnetic MAX phase Mn₂GaC. The electronic band structure and vibrational dispersion relation, as well as the electronic and vibrational density of states, have been calculated. The band structure close to the Fermi level indicates anisotropy with respect to electrical conductivity, while the distribution of the electronic and vibrational states for both Mn and Ga depend on the chosen relative orientation of the Mn spins across the Ga sheets in the Mn–Ga–Mn trilayers. In addition, the elastic properties have been calculated, and from the five elastic constants, the Voigt bulk modulus is determined to be 157 GPa, the Voigt shear modulus 93 GPa, and the Young's modulus 233 GPa. Furthermore, Mn₂GaC is found relatively elastically isotropic, with a compression anisotropy factor of 0.97, and shear anisotropy factors of 0.9 and 1, respectively. The Poisson's ratio is 0.25. Evaluated elastic properties are compared to theoretical and experimental results for M₂AC phases where M = Ti, V, Cr, Zr, Nb, Ta, and A = Al, S, Ge, In, Sn.
Authors:
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  1. Thin Film Physics Division, Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22305941
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ANISOTROPY; CARBON COMPOUNDS; COMPRESSION; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DENSITY; DISPERSION RELATIONS; DISTRIBUTION; ELASTICITY; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; FERMI LEVEL; GALLIUM COMPOUNDS; MAGNETIC MATERIALS; MANGANESE COMPOUNDS; PRESSURE RANGE GIGA PA; SPIN; VIBRATIONAL STATES; YOUNG MODULUS