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Materials Science and Engineering

2013

Ames Laboratory Publications

Materials Science and Engineering

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Low-Energy Planar Magnetic Defects In Bafe2as2: Nanotwins, Twins, Antiphase, And Domain Boundaries, Suffian N. Khan, Aftab Alam, Duane D. Johnson Nov 2013

Low-Energy Planar Magnetic Defects In Bafe2as2: Nanotwins, Twins, Antiphase, And Domain Boundaries, Suffian N. Khan, Aftab Alam, Duane D. Johnson

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In BaFe2As2, structural and magnetic planar defects begin to proliferate below the structural phase transition, affecting descriptions of magnetism and superconductivity. We study, using density-functional theory, the stability and magnetic properties of competing antiphase and domain boundaries, twins and isolated nanotwins (twin nuclei), and spin excitations proposed and/or observed. These nanoscale defects have a very low surface energy (22–210 m Jm−2), with twins favorable to the mesoscale. Defects exhibit smaller moments confined near their boundaries—making a uniform-moment picture inappropriate for long-range magnetic order in real samples. Nanotwins explain features in measured pair distribution functions so should ...


Native Defects In Tetradymite Bi2(Texse3−X) Topological Insulators, Linlin Wang, Mianliang Huang, Srinivasa Thimmaiah, Aftab Alam, Sergey L. Bud'ko, Adam Kaminski, Thomas A. Lograsso, Paul C. Canfield, Duane D. Johnson Mar 2013

Native Defects In Tetradymite Bi2(Texse3−X) Topological Insulators, Linlin Wang, Mianliang Huang, Srinivasa Thimmaiah, Aftab Alam, Sergey L. Bud'ko, Adam Kaminski, Thomas A. Lograsso, Paul C. Canfield, Duane D. Johnson

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Formation energies of native defects in Bi2(TexSe3−x), with comparison to ideal Bi2Te2S, are calculated in density-functional theory to assess transport properties. Bi2Se3 is found to be n type for both Bi- and Se-rich growth conditions, while Bi2Te3 changes fromn to p type going from Te- to Bi-rich conditions, as observed. Bi2Te2Se and Bi2Te2S are generally n type, explaining observed heavily doped n-type behavior in most samples. A (0/−) transition level at 16 meV above valence-band maximum ...


Stability Maps To Predict Anomalous Ductility In B2 Materials, Ruoshi Sun, Duane D. Johnson Mar 2013

Stability Maps To Predict Anomalous Ductility In B2 Materials, Ruoshi Sun, Duane D. Johnson

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While most B2 materials are brittle, a new class of B2 (rare-earth) intermetallic compounds is observed to have large ductility. We analytically derive a necessary condition for ductility (dislocation motion) involving ⟨111⟩ versus ⟨001⟩ slip and the relative stability of various planar defects that must form. We present a sufficient condition for antiphase boundary bistability on {11¯0} and {112¯} planes that allows multiple slip systems. From these energy-based criteria, we construct two stability maps for B2 ductility that use only dimensionless ratios of elastic constants and defect energies, calculated via density functional theory. These two conditions fully explain and ...


Chapter 14 – Evolutionary Algorithms Applied To Electronic-Structure Informatics: Accelerated Materials Design Using Data Discovery Vs. Data Searching, Duane D. Johnson Jan 2013

Chapter 14 – Evolutionary Algorithms Applied To Electronic-Structure Informatics: Accelerated Materials Design Using Data Discovery Vs. Data Searching, Duane D. Johnson

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We exemplify and propose extending the use of genetic programs (GPs) – a genetic algorithm (GA) that evolves computer programs via mechanisms similar to genetics and natural selection – to symbolically regress key functional relationships between materials data, especially from electronic structure. GPs can extract structure–property relations or enable simulations across multiple scales of time and/or length. Uniquely, GP-based regression permits “data discovery” – finding relevant data and/or extracting correlations (data reduction/data mining) – in contrast to searching for what you know, or you think you know (intuition). First, catalysis-related materials correlations are discussed, where simple electronic-structure-based rules are revealed ...


Site-Preference And Valency For Rare-Earth Sites In (R-Ce)2fe14b Magnets, Aftab Alam, Mahmud Khan, R. William Mccallum, Duane D. Johnson Jan 2013

Site-Preference And Valency For Rare-Earth Sites In (R-Ce)2fe14b Magnets, Aftab Alam, Mahmud Khan, R. William Mccallum, Duane D. Johnson

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Rare-earth (R) permanent magnets of R2Fe14B have technological importance due to their high energy products, and they have two R-sites (Wyckoff 4f and 4g, with four-fold multiplicity) that affect chemistry and valence. Designing magnetic behavior and stability via alloying is technologically relevant to reduce critical (expensive) R-content while retaining key properties;cerium, an abundant (cheap) R-element, offers this potential. We calculate magnetic propertiesand Ce site preference in ( R1−xCex) 2Fe14B [R = La,Nd] using density functional theory (DFT)methods—including a DFT + U scheme to treat localized 4f-electrons. Fe moments compare well ...