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The electronic and optical properties of sodalite (Na(8)Al(6)Si(6)O(24)Cl(2)) from first principles

Solid State Communications
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  • Sodalite
  • First Principle
  • Electronic Structure
  • Optical Properties
  • Physics
  • Condensed Matter
  • Physics


This study reports the results of ab initio electronic and optical calculations for pure socialite crystal using the linear augmented plane wave (LAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT). The calculated electronic structure revealed predominantly orbital characters of the valence band and the conduction band, and enabled us to determine the type and the value of the fundamental gap of the compound. The imaginary part of the dielectric tensor, extinction coefficient and refraction index were calculated as functions of the incident radiation wavelength. It is shown that the O 2p states and Na 3s states play the major role in optical transitions as initial and final states, respectively. The absorption spectrum is localized in the ultraviolet range between 40 and 250 nm. Furthermore, we concluded that the material does not absorb radiation in the visible range. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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