Roy, Amritendu and Mukherjee, Somdutta and Gupta, Rajeev and Auluck, Sushil and Prasad, Rajendra and Garg, Ashish (2011) Electronic structure, Born effective charges and spontaneous polarization in magnetoelectric gallium ferrite. Journal Of Physics: Condensed Matter, 23 (32). 325902 . ISSN 0953-8984

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We present a theoretical study of the structure–property correlation in gallium ferrite, based on first-principles calculations followed by a subsequent comparison with experiments. The local spin density approximation (LSDA + U) of the density functional theory has been used to calculate the ground state structure, electronic band structure, density of states and Born effective charges. The calculations reveal that the ground state structure is orthorhombic Pc 21n having A-type antiferromagnetic spin configuration, with lattice parameters matching well with those obtained experimentally. Plots of the partial density of states of constituent ions exhibit noticeable hybridization of Fe 3d, Ga 4s, Ga 4p and O 2p states. However, the calculated charge density and electron localization function show a largely ionic character of the Ga/Fe–O bonds which is also supported by a lack of any significant anomaly in the calculated Born effective charges with respect to the corresponding nominal ionic charges. The calculations show a spontaneous polarization of ~ 59 µC cm − 2 along the b-axis which is largely due to asymmetrically placed Ga1, Fe1, O1, O2 and O6 ions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Applied Physics/Condensed Matter
Depositing User: Mr. Abhishek Yadav
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2012 12:30
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 12:30

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