SOMMADOSSI silvana Andrea
Ab initio study of the structural, thermodynamic and electronic properties of the
S. RAMOS DE DEBIAGGI; G.F. CABEZA; C. DELUQUE TORO; A.M. MONTI; S. SOMMADOSSI; A. FERNÁNDEZ GUILLERMET
JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS
ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2010 vol. 509 p. 3238 - 3245
The physico-chemical properties of the intermetallic phases in the CuIn system have been a matter of considerable theoretical and experimental interest in connection with, i.a., the application of InSn alloys as lead-free micro-soldering alloys. Recently, a new binary compound with the chemical formula Cu10In7 has been detected in a study of the -phase field. The structure of the Cu10In7 phase has beendetermined as closely related to that of the Cu11In9 compound occurring in the phase diagram, but no experimental or theoretical information on its electronic structure, thermodynamic and equation of state properties has yet been reported. In the present work we report the lattice parameters, bulk modulus, energy of formation from the constituent elements and the electronic structure of the new phase, calculated by applying an ab initio density-functional-theory method. Our calculation technique uses the projector augmented wave potentials and the exchange-correlation functions of Perdew and Wang in the generalized gradient approximation. The present results for the Cu10In7 phase are compared with the experimental data available, and with the trends in structural and thermodynamic properties emerging from ab initio calculations also performed in the present study for various structurally related and neighboring compounds in the CuIn phase diagram, viz., the ideal B82Cu2In, B81CuIn, B82CuIn2 phases and the Cu11In9 compound.