Structural, electronic, elastic and thermal properties of Mg2Si Article

cited authors

  • Yu, B; Chen, D; Tang, Q; Wang, C; Shi, D

fiu authors


  • First-principles calculations of the lattice parameter, electron density maps, density of states and elastic constants of Mg2Si are reported. The lattice parameter is found to differ by less than 0.8% from the experimental data. Calculations of density of states and electron density maps are also performed to describe the orbital mixing and the nature of chemical bonding. Our results indicate that the bonding interactions in the Mg2Si crystal are more covalent than ionic. The quasi-harmonic Debye model, by means of total energy versus volume calculations obtained with the plane-wave pseudopotential method, is applied to study the elastic, thermal and vibrational effects. The variations of bulk modulus, Gr√ľneisen parameter, Debye temperature, heat capacity Cv, Cp and entropy with pressure P up to 7 GPa in the temperature interval 0-1300 K have been systemically investigated. Significant differences in properties are observed at high pressure and high temperature. When T<1300 K, the calculated entropy and heat capacity agree reasonably with available experimental data. Therefore, the present results indicate that the combination of first-principles and quasi-harmonic Debye model is an efficient approach to simulate the behavior of Mg2Si. ¬© 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

publication date

  • May 1, 2010

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start page

  • 758

end page

  • 763


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