Electronic Properties of the ChalcopyritesAgFeS2, AgFeSe2 and AgFeTe2 Compounds

N. N. Omehe1, D. N.Nwachuku2,*

1Physics Department, Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

2Physics Department, College of Education, Agbor Delta State, Nigeria

Adv. Mater. Lett., 2021, 12 (1), 21011597

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2021.011597

Publication Date (Web): Dec 09, 2020

E-mail: ngozinwachuku1@gmail.com

Abstract


The electronic properties of the ChalcopyritesAgFeS2, AgFeSe2and AgFeTe2have been investigated using the pseudopotential method within the density functional theory (DFT). The LDA+U technique and the projector augmented waves (PAW) were used for the electronic band structure calculations, while the norm-conserving pseudopotentials were used for the structure optimization. The calculated results showed that AgFeS2, AgFeSe2and AgFeTe2are semiconductors with energy bandgap values of 3.33 eV, 0.05 eV and 1.30 eV respectively. The transition points in the band structure were all notable because of the narrowness of the bands about the Fermi level. The total density of states and their corresponding partial density of states were also computed.

Keywords

AgFeS2, AgFeSe2, AgFeTe2, electronic band structure, chalcopyrite materials.

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