First-principles study of structural and electronic properties of Laves phases structures YM2 (M = Cu and Zn)
Laboratory of Study and Discovery of Materials, Unit of Research Materials and Renewable Energy, University of Tlemcen, Algeria
First-principles calculations have been carried out to investigate the structural properties and electronic structure of the main binary Laves phase YCu2 and YZn2 with C14, C14, C36 and CeCu2 structures in Cu-Y-Zn alloy, respectively. The total energies of Laves phases with various occupations of nonequivalent lattice sites in all four structural forms have been calculated Ab initio by a pseudopotential VASP code. The optimized structural parameters were in very good agreement with the experimental values. The calculated heat of formation showed that the CeCu2-YCu2 and YZn2 Laves phase was of the strongest alloying ability and structural stability. The electronic density of states (DOS) and charge density distribution were given.
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