• G P Das

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    • Atomistic simulation of epitaxial interfaces and polytypes

      G P Das

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      In this paper we discuss howab initio local density electronic structure calculations can be used to investigate extended defects such as interfaces and polytypes. LMTO-supercell calculations have been performed to understand the nature of bonding in epitaxial metal/ceramic interfaces such as Ag/MgO(001) and Ti/MgO(001). Cohesive and electronic properties of hexagonal polytypes of diamond, with different stacking sequences, have been predicted for the first time and compared with the available experimental data. The relative stabilities of 4H, 6H and 8H diamond polytypes have been calculated using a generalized version of force theorem.

    • Ordering in Ni-Mo alloys—First-principles calculations versus experimental observations

      S Banerjee A Arya G P Das

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      An extensive amount of experimental work has been reported in the literature on the ordering behaviour of Ni-Mo alloys containing 8–33 at% of Mo, which exhibit both short-range and long-range ordering phenomena and a competition among several fcc-based long-range ordered structures. We have used local-density-based tight binding linear muffin-tin orbital (TB-LMTO) method in conjunction with ‘augmented space recursion + orbital peeling’ (ASR + OP) for the determination of ground state energies of these superstructures in terms of effective pair interactions up to the fourth nearest neighbour pairs. The ordering behaviour of the four competing fcc-based superstructures has been studied using the mean-field-based ‘static concentration wave’ (SCW) model in terms of the free energy-order parameter plots (Landau plots) and the free energy-composition plots. The instability domains with respect to concentration fluctuations, both short wavelength (ordering) and long wavelength (clustering) have been identified from these calculations. This information has been used to predict the sequence of transformation events in the Ni-Mo alloys undergoing ordering and/or clustering and the results are compared with those obtained experimentally.

    • GMR in Ni/Cu multilayers: an electronic structure study

      S K Ghosh H G Salunke G P Das A K Grover M K Totlani

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      Ab initio self-consistent semi-relativistic spin-polarized TB-LMTO energy band calculations have been carried out on Ni/Cu(100) multilayers, to study the in-plane as well as perpendicular to plane giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effects. The magnetic interaction energies, evaluated as a function of layer thickness, indicate that the antiferromagnetic ordering is a possible ground state for manifestation of GMR. Using the density of states at Fermi level and the Fermi velocity, GMR has been estimated as a function of the Cu spacer thickness.

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