Structural, Elastic, Electronic, Thermodynamic, and Optical Properties of Layered BaPd2As2 Pnictide Superconductor: a First Principles Investigation

30 Oct 2018  ·  Parvin F., Naqib S. H. ·

BaPd2As2 belongs to 122 pnictide group, famous for exhibiting superconductivity at high temperatures and other electronic correlations. Unlike the 122 iron arsenides, BaPd2As2 exhibits superconductivity at low temperature when realized in theThCr2Si2 type structure (I4/mmm)... We have performed density functional theory (DFT) based calculations to investigate the structural, elastic, electronic, thermodynamic, and optical properties of BaPd2As2 in this study. The structural, elastic, and the band structure features are compared with the available experimental and theoretical results. Pressure and temperature dependences of various important thermodynamic functions, e.g., bulk modulus, specific heats at constant pressure and volume, coefficient of volume thermal expansion, and Debye temperature are studied in details for the first time. The optical parameters of BaPd2As2 are also studied in details for the first time. The optical properties compliment the electronic band structure characteristics. Optical constants show significant dependence of the state of polarization of the incident electric field. BaPd2As2 exhibits high reflectance in the infrared and near-visible region and strongly absorbs the ultraviolet radiation. The relevance of the electronic energy density of states and the characteristic phonon frequency to superconductivity in BaPd2As2 is also discussed. read more

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