First-principles calculations of the electronic structure and pressure-induced magnetic transition in siderite FeCO(3) Journal Article uri icon

DCO ID 11121/2522-9456-4846-7829-CC

in language

  • eng

year of publication

  • 2008


  • Rhombohedral siderite FeCO(3) has been studied by using density-functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). In order to take into account the strong on-site Coulomb interaction U present in FeCO(3), we also performed the GGA+U calculations. We observe a pressure-induced magnetic transition (high spin -> low spin) at pressures of 15 and 28 GPa, which are underestimated with respect to the experiment, for the GGA and GGA+U calculations, respectively. This phase transition was with a volume collapse of 10% around, also accompanied by increases in bulk modulus, Young's modulus and sound velocity. The electronic density of states and charge-density calculations revealed that the magnetic transition was due to the pressure-induced Fe 3d electron delocalization.


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