X-ray photoelectron spectrum, X-ray diffraction data, and electronic structure of chalcogenide quaternary sulfide Ag2In2GeS6: experiment and theory
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We report measurements of the X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectrum on single crystals of Ag2In2GeS6. We also present first principles calculations of the band structure and density of states using the state-of-the-art full potential augmented plane wave method with different possible approximation for the exchange correlation potential. In this paper, we make a detailed comparison of the density of states deduced from the X-ray photoelectron spectra with our calculations. The theoretical results of the density of states are in reasonable agreement with the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (VB-XPS) measurements with respect to peak positions. The calculated density of states shows there is a strong hybridization between the states in the valence and conduction bands states. We have calculated the electron charge density distribution in the (100) and (110) planes. In the plane (100), there exists Ag, In, and S atoms, while the plane (110) Ag, S, and Ge atoms are present. The bonding properties are obtained from the charge density distributions. The calculation show that there is partial ionic and strong covalent bonding between Ag–S, In–S, and Ge–S atoms depending on Pauling electro-negativity difference of S (2.58), Ge (2.01), Ag (1.93), and In (31.78) atoms.
KeywordsLocal Density Approximation Conduction Band Minimum Full Potential Linearize Augmented Plane Wave Exchange Correlation Potential Augmented Plane Wave Method
This work was supported from the institutional research concept of the project CENAKVA (No. CZ.1.05/2.1.00/01.0024), the Grant No. 152/2010/Z of the Grant Agency of the University of South Bohemia. School of Material Engineering, Malaysia University of Perlis, Malaysia. SA would like to thank NPL for the J C Bose Fellowship. For I.Kityk, his work was supported by Polish National Science Centre (under Project No. 2011/01/B/ST7/06194).
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