Publications in Scientific Journals:
J. Atanelov, P. Mohn:
"The electronic and magnetic properties of anion doped (C, N, S) GaFeO3; an ab initio DFT study";
Computational Materials Science,
In this study we present ab initio DFT calculations performed on stoichiometric and anion doped GaFeO3 substituting O by a C, N and S atom, respectively. Stoichiometric GaFeO3 has an antiferromagnetic (AFM) ground state. The Fe atoms of the sublattices Fe1 and Fe2 couple antiferromagnetically via the O atoms through the superexchange mechanism. Replacing the superexchange mediating O atom with p-elements of a different valence electron configuration changes the underlying magnetic exchange mechanism and influence the ground state properties. This may be used for tuning properties interesting for technical applications. Four different doping configurations were examined revealing a cell site dependent influence on the magnetic properties. Carbon, for example, changes the AFM coupling present in the Fe1-O-Fe2 configuration into a ferrimagnetic exchange for the Fe1-C-Fe2 bond. Depending on the respective cell site C substitution introduces a ferrimagnetic or AFM ground state. Nitrogen alters the ground state magnetic moment as well and sulfur introduces large structural distortions affecting the band gap and the overall AFM coupling inside the doped GaFeO3 simulation cell. We give a detailed discussion on the respective magnetic exchange mechanisms and electronic properties with regard to applications as photocatalysis and use the predictive power of ab initio DFT simulations that may trigger future experiments in the very promising field of tunable multifunctional devices.
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