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Superconductivity in Layered Binary Silicides: A density functional theory study

Authors: J.A. Flores-Livas, R. Debord, S. Botti, A. San Miguel, S. Pailhès, and M.A.L. Marques

Ref.: Phys. Rev. B 84, 184503 (2011)

Abstract: A class of metal disilicides (of the form XSi2, where X is a divalent metal) crystallizes in the EuGe2 structure, formed by hexagonal corrugated silicon planes intercalated with metal atoms. These compounds are superconducting like other layered superconductors, such as MgB2. Moreover, their properties can be easily tuned either by external pressure or by chemical pressure (i.e., by changing the metal), which makes disilicides an ideal testbed to study superconductivity in layered systems. In view of this, we present an extensive density-functional theory study of the electronic and phonon band-structures, as well as the electron-phonon interaction of metal disilicides. Our results explain the variation of the superconducting transition temperature with pressure and the species of the intercalating atom, and allow us to predict superconductivity for compounds not yet synthesized belonging to this family.

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.184503

URL: link.aps.org

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