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Pressure-induced phase transitions of AX(2)-type iron pnictides: an ab initio study.

Authors
  • Wu, X
  • Steinle-Neumann, G
  • Qin, S
  • Kanzaki, M
  • Dubrovinsky, L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal
Publication Date
May 06, 2009
Volume
21
Issue
18
Pages
185403–185403
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/21/18/185403
PMID: 21825462
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

An investigation into the high-pressure behavior of AX(2)-type iron pnictides was conducted using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. Our results demonstrate that a phase transition from the marcasite to the CuAl(2) occurs at 108 GPa for FeP(2), at 92 GPa for FeAs(2), and at 38 GPa for FeSb(2), accompanying a semiconductor-to-metal crossover. A linear relationship between bulk moduli and the inverse specific volume is proposed to be B(0) = 17 498/V(0)-45.9 GPa for the marcasite-type phase and B(0) = 31 798/V(0)-67.5 GPa for the CuAl(2)-type phase. According to the observed structural evolutions, we claim that the regular marcasite transforms to the CuAl(2)-type phase and the anomalous marcasite transforms to the pyrite-type phase at high pressures.

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