Journal of Electronic Materials

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 705–715 | Cite as

Electronic, Optical and Elastic Properties of Cu2CdGeSe4: A First-Principles Study

  • Tuan V. VuEmail author
  • A. A. Lavrentyev
  • B. V. Gabrelian
  • Khang D. Pham
  • Chuong V. Nguyen
  • Khanh C. Tran
  • Hai L. Luong
  • M. Batouche
  • O. V. Parasyuk
  • O. Y. Khyzhun


Using the augmented plane wave + local orbitals method with different approximation functionals, we investigate systematically the electronic, optical and elastic properties of stannite-type Cu2CdGeSe4. Among different approximation functionals, the modified Becke–Johnson (mBJ) potential with Hubbard-corrected parameter U (mBJ + U) gives the most reliable results on the electronic properties of Cu2CdGeSe4 in comparison with the experimental data. Elastic modulus, elastic constants and the Poisson’s ratio of Cu2CdGeSe4 were calculated using the Elastic software package. Optical properties such as wide spectrum of absorbed photon energy, namely 1.3–27.2 eV, high absorption coefficient (above 104 cm−1) and optical anisotropy suggest the application of Cu2CdGeSe4 in solar cells.


Optical materials ab initio calculations electronic structure optical properties elastic properties 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tuan V. Vu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • A. A. Lavrentyev
    • 3
  • B. V. Gabrelian
    • 4
  • Khang D. Pham
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chuong V. Nguyen
    • 5
  • Khanh C. Tran
    • 6
  • Hai L. Luong
    • 7
  • M. Batouche
    • 8
  • O. V. Parasyuk
    • 9
  • O. Y. Khyzhun
    • 10
  1. 1.Division of Computational Physics, Institute for Computational ScienceTon Duc Thang UniversityHo Chi Minh CityVietnam
  2. 2.Faculty of Electrical & Electronics EngineeringTon Duc Thang UniversityHo Chi Minh CityVietnam
  3. 3.Department of Electrical Engineering and ElectronicsDon State Technical UniversityRostov-on-DonRussian Federation
  4. 4.Department of Computational Technique and Automated System SoftwareDon State Technical UniversityRostov-on-DonRussian Federation
  5. 5.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringLe Quy Don Technical UniversityHanoiVietnam
  6. 6.Faculty of Materials Science and TechnologyUniversity of Science, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh CityVietnam
  7. 7.Department of PhysicsHo Chi Minh City University of EducationHo Chi Minh CityVietnam
  8. 8.Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et de Modélisation MathématiqueUniversité de MascaraMascaraAlgeria
  9. 9.Department of Inorganic and Physical ChemistryLesya Ukrainka Eastern European National UniversityLutskUkraine
  10. 10.Frantsevych Institute for Problems of Materials ScienceNational Academy of Sciences of UkraineKievUkraine

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