Density-functional study of Fe3AL: LSDA versus GGA
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Citation:Lechermann, F., Welsch, F., Elsasser, C., Ederer, C., Fahnle, M., Sanchez, J.M., Meyer, B. 'Density-functional study of Fe3AL: LSDA versus GGA' in Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 65, (13), 2002, pp 1321041-1321044
The local-spin-density approximation and the generalized-gradient approximation ~GGA! are used to perform density-functional total-energy calculations at zero temperature for Fe3Al in the ordered D03 and L12 structures. Our calculations show that commonly used GGA functionals fail to predict the experimentally stable D03 structure as the one with the lower total energy. This qualitative discrepancy with experiment is attributed to an overestimation of the magnetic energy in GGA. The calculations were carried out using the mixed-basis pseudopotential ~MBPP! method in the frozen-core approximation and the full-potential linearized-augmented-plane-wave ~FLAPW! method, both with and without spin polarization. Although there are small differences in the magnitudes of the magnetic moments and the magnetic energies obtained with MBPP and FLAPW, both methods yield the same qualitative result.
Publisher:American Physical Society
Series/Report no:Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics