Wyckoff R W G
Crystal Structures 1 (1963) 7-83
Second edition. Interscience Publishers, New York, New York
Cubic closest packed, ccp, structure
Simulated Powder XRD using VESTA:
X-Ray Wavelength: 1.54059 Angstrom
Simulation 1: GGA-Spin Polarized
PP Type: Ultrasoft
Exchange Correlation Functional: PBE-GGA Spin Polarized
Non-linear core corrections are used.
Wavefunction Energy Cutoff: 42 Ry
Charge Density Energy Cutoff: 462 Ry
k – mesh: 8x8x8
Run Type: GGA-PBE
Starting Magnetization: 0.8
Total Energy vs Cutoff:
Cutoff(Ry) Total Energy(Ry)
In order to perform spin polarized calculations set the
nspin parameter to 2.
Then as explained here, set a starting magnetization to break the symmetry. The calculation should find the lowest-energy spin state compatible with the given crystal structure and not orthogonal to initial conditions (e.g.: if you start
with a FM alignment, you will hardly find an AFM final state even if it exists). Perform several calculations at different starting magnetizations, choose the one with smaller energy as ground state. The system must be in all cases treated as a metal, whether it is or not. In principle, you should use pseudopotentials with the nonlinear core correction.
The following shows the total energy for different values of starting magnetization. NOTE: Starting magnetization is given in fractions, ranging between -1 (all spins down for the valence electrons of atom type ‘i’) to 1 (all spins up).
Total Energy vs Starting Magnetization:
SM Total Energy (Ry) Tot. Magnetic Mom/Abs. Mg. Mom. (Bohr Magneton)
0.1 -402.29944015 2.45/2.78
0.2 -402.29943963 2.45/2.78
0.3 -402.29944012 2.45/2.79
0.4 -402.29944012 2.45/2.79
0.5 -402.29943998 2.45/2.78
0.6 -402.29944016 2.45/2.78
0.7 -402.29943952 2.45/2.79
0.8 -402.29944019 2.45/2.78
0.9 -402.29944019 2.45/2.78
1.0 -402.29944012 2.45/2.78
Clearly, a starting magnetization value of 0.8 gives the lowest energy.
Now, we perform optimization of geometry.
Optimized Coordinates and Lattice Parameters:
3.510370 0.000000 0.000000
0.000000 3.510370 0.000000
0.000000 0.000000 3.510370
Ni 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
Ni 0.000000 1.755185 1.755185
Ni 1.755185 0.000000 1.755185
Ni 1.755185 1.755185 0.000000
Total magnetic moment for optimized system: 2.43 Bohr Magneton.
Since there are 4 Ni atoms in our FCC lattice, therefore, the total magnetization per atom is 2.43/4=0.6075 Bohr. Magnt. which is astoundingly very close to the experimental value of 0.6 B.M.
Magnetic moment per atom= 0.6075 B.M.
Density of States(DOS):
I acknowledge the use of the following tools and packages in order to produce the above simulations.
Quantum Espresso(for DFT based simulations): http://www.quantum-espresso.org/
BURAI(for visualization and as a GUI for QE): http://nisihara.wixsite.com/burai
VESTA(for visualization and XRD simulations): http://jp-minerals.org/vesta/en/
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