First-principles study of the structural stability of L11 order in Pt-based alloy
We investigate in the framework of density functional theory the structural and electronic properties of stoichiometric L11 ordered transition metal alloys of Pt and the 3d transition metals Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Cu. A marked dependence of the energy difference between L11 and L10 structure on the valence electron concentration is encountered, with the L11 order being the preferred structure for CuPt, whereas the other alloys favor the L10 arrangement. The changes of the electronic density of states on composition are well represented within a rigid-band-picture, while the transition from L10 to L11 order is accompanied by a characteristic redistribution of the minority spin states around the Fermi level.
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