Structural stability of atomic environment types in AB intermetallic compounds

Ying Chen, Shuichi Iwata, Jingnan Liu, Pierre Villars, John Rodgers

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A simple model is presented for studying the structural stability of atomic environments of AB intermetallic compounds. The relative stability of the four most common atomic environment types (AETs) has been systematically calculated within a tight-binding model. The calculated three-dimensional structure map using the difference of the valence electron orbital energy of an atom, AE, the distance between atoms, d, and the average number of electron per atoms, N, shows good agreement with the corresponding semi-empirical quantum structural diagram (QSD). This three-dimensional structure map is for the global understanding of structural trends shown in d versus ΔE plots at constant N̄v (with constant power indexes λ of the repulsive potential term) and in ΔE versus N̄ plots at constant d and λ. The approach used in this paper provides a possibility of classifying intermetallic compounds into AET with systematical tight-binding calculation by extending to different kind of interaction systems, which might be taken as one step towards setting up a knowledge base of crystal structure prediction for materials design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-348
Number of pages14
JournalModelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jul


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