Ab initio study of Fermi surface and dynamical properties of Ni 2XAl (X = Ti, V, Zr, Nb, Hf and Ta)

Srinivasa Reddy, P V and V, Kanchana (2014) Ab initio study of Fermi surface and dynamical properties of Ni 2XAl (X = Ti, V, Zr, Nb, Hf and Ta). Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 616. pp. 527-534. ISSN 0925-8388

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A detailed study on the pressure and temperature effects on ternary Ni-based inter-metallic compounds Ni2XAl (X = Ti, V, Zr, Nb, Hf and Ta) have been carried out using density functional theory. The calculated ground state properties are in good agreement with experiments for all the investigated compounds. The band structures and Fermi surface topology is found to be quite similar for all the compounds except for Ni2NbAl, where we find an extra band to cross the Fermi level under compression resulting in a new electron pocket at X-point. Ni2NbAl is found to be a superconductor with superconducting transition temperature of 3.1 K which agrees quite well with the experimental value and the calculated Tc is found to vary non-monotonically under pressure. From the calculated phonon dispersion relation, we find all the investigated Ni-based Heusler compounds to be dynamically stable, until high pressure. The ductile nature of these compounds is confirmed from the calculated Cauchy's pressure, Pugh's ratio and Poisson's ratio. In addition, the thermodynamic properties show Ni 2TiAl to have lower specific heat and entropy but higher internal energy and free energy among all the investigated compounds. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electron-phonon interactions; Electronic band structure; Phonons; Thermodynamic properties; Transition metal alloys and compounds
Subjects: Others > Metallurgy
Divisions: Department of Physics
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2014 10:44
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 04:47
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/925
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2014.07.020
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0925-8388/
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