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Ab initio study of the nature of the chemical bond and electronic structure of the layered phase Ca10(Pt4As8)(Fe2As2)5 as a parent system in the search for new superconducting iron-containing materials

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Ab initio calculations were used in a detailed study of chemical bonding and electronic structure of the recently discovered superconducting tetragonal phase Ca10(Pt4As8)(Fe2As2)5 (TC 25 K). The Ca10(Pt4As8)(Fe2As2)5 phase is metal-like, mainly due to the Fe3d states of the (Fe2As2)5 blocks. The electronic spectrum of the (Pt4As8) blocks is similar to a semi-metal with very low density of states at the Fermi level. Chemical bonding in Ca10(Pt4As8)(Fe2As2)5 may be described as a mixture of anisotropic contributions of covalent, ionic, and metallic interatomic and inter-block interactions.

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Correspondence to A. L. Ivanovskii.

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This work was supported by the Russian Basic Research Fund (Project No. 10-03-96008).

Translated from Teoreticheskaya i Éksperimental’naya Khimiya, Vol. 47, No. 5, pp. 279-282, September-October, 2011.

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Shein, I.R., Ivanovskii, A.L. Ab initio study of the nature of the chemical bond and electronic structure of the layered phase Ca10(Pt4As8)(Fe2As2)5 as a parent system in the search for new superconducting iron-containing materials. Theor Exp Chem 47, 292–295 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11237-011-9217-7

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  • Ca10(Pt4As8)(Fe2As2)5
  • electronic properties
  • chemical bond
  • ab initio calculations