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DFT Insights into Noble Gold-Based Compound Li5AuP2: Effect of Pressure on Physical Properties

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posted on 2023-04-20, 12:36 authored by Gokhan Surucu, Aysenur Gencer, Ozge Surucu, Md. Ashraf Ali
In this study, the Li5AuP2 compound is investigated in detail due to the unique chemical properties of gold that are different from other metals. Pressure is applied to the compound from 0 to 25 GPa to reveal its structural, mechanical, electronic, and dynamical properties using density functional theory (DFT). Within this pressure range, the compound is optimized with a tetragonal crystal structure, making it mechanically and dynamically stable above 18 GPa and resulting in an increment of bulk, shear, and Young’s moduli of Li5AuP2. Pressure application, furthermore, changes the brittle or ductile nature of the compound. The anisotropic elastic and sound wave velocities are visualized in three dimensions. The thermal properties of the Li5AuP2 compound are obtained, including enthalpy, free energy, entropy × T, heat capacity, and Debye temperature. The electronic properties of the Li5AuP2 compound are studied using the Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof (PBE) and Heyd–Scuseria–Ernzerhof (HSE) functionals. The pressure increment is found to result in higher band gap values. The Mulliken and bond overlap populations are also determined to reveal the chemical nature of this compound. The optical properties, such as dielectric functions, refractive index, and energy loss function of the Li5AuP2 compound, are established in detail. To our knowledge, this is the first attempt to study this compound in such detail, thus, making the results obtained here beneficial for future studies related to the chemistry of gold.

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