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Electronic origin of the phase transition in ternary alloy
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FIG. 1.

supercell (left) and supercell (right). Dark large circles and light small circles represent Mo and Si atoms, respectively. Dark small circles indicate the lowest-energy positions for Al substitution. Lattice sites are marked by Arabic numerals 1–12.

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FIG. 2.

vs with different : (a) 0 at. %, (b) 8.3 at. %, and (c) 16.7 at. %. The black circle and red (gray) square represent and , respectively. is the equilibrium volume of . of is set to zero.

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FIG. 3.

DOS of (a) and (b) structure, respectively. From bottom to top, DOS of , 8.3 at. %, and 16.7 at. %, respectively. The peaks of reduced subbands are indicated by arrows for both structures. Insets are the enlargement of the DOS near the of both structures for . is set to zero, and represented by the vertical line.


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Table I.

The total energies with different occupation position of Al. The abbreviation “Num” means “the number of Al–Al pairs with distance shorter than ” and “Dis” means “the nearest distance of Al–Al pair,” respectively. In each case, the ground energy is set as zero.

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Table II.

The bulk modulus (Mbar) of and with different . The optical phonon frequencies of structure. Values in parenthesis are from Ref. 18.


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Scitation: Electronic origin of the phase transition in ternary alloy Mo(Si1−x,Alx)2