Effect of electronic correlations on the electronic structure, magnetic and optical properties of the ternary RCuGe compounds with R = Tb, Dy, Ho, Er

Alexey V. Lukoyanov, Lubov N. Gramateeva, Yury V. Knyazev, Yury I. Kuz'min, Sachin Gupta, K. G. Suresh

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Abstract

In this study, the ab initio and experimental results for RCuGe ternary intermetallics were reported for R = Tb, Dy, Ho, Er. Our theoretical calculations of the electronic structure, employing local spin density approximation accounting for electron-electron correlations in the 4f shell of Tb, Dy, Ho, Er ions were carried in DFT+U method. The optical properties of the RCuGe ternary compounds were studied at a broad range of wavelengths. The spectral and electronic characteristics were obtained. The theoretical electron densities of states were taken to interpret the experimental energy dependencies of the experimental optical conductivity in the interband light-absorption region. From the band calculations, the 4f shell of the rare-earth ions was shown to provide the major contribution to the electronic structure, magnetic and optical properties of the RCuGe intermetallics. The accounting for electron-electron correlations in Tb, Dy, Ho, Er resulted in a good agreement between the calculated and experimental magnetic and optical characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3536
JournalMaterials
Volume13
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Electronic correlations
  • Electronic structure
  • Intermetallics
  • Magnetic properties
  • Optical conductivity

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