Metal-Encapsulated Caged Clusters of Germanium with Large Gaps and Different Growth Behavior than Silicon

Vijay Kumar, Yoshiyuki Kawazoe

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Abstract

Metal ([Formula presented])-encapsulated caged clusters of Ge are studied using the ab initio pseudopotential plane-wave method and the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation energy. Depending upon the size of the [Formula presented] atom, we find Frank-Kasper polyhedral [Formula presented] for [Formula presented], Zr, Hf, and capped decahedral or cubic [Formula presented] and [Formula presented] clusters for several [Formula presented] atoms. The growth behavior differs from the one found in [Formula presented] clusters. The highest-occupied–lowest-unoccupied molecular orbital gaps are, however, similarly large or even higher in some cases. [Formula presented] and [Formula presented] are magnetic. The weak interaction between the clusters makes such species attractive for cluster assembled materials.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume88
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan 1

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