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First-principles study of fcc-Ag/bcc-Fe interfaces
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.
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2013 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 87, no 22, 224104- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Ab initio calculations are employed to determine the lower and upper bounds of the interfacial energy and work of separation of a fcc-Ag/bcc-Fe interface. The strain-free interfacial energy of the coherent interface is taken as the lower bound and the interfacial energy of the commensurate incoherent interface as the upper bound of the interfacial energy of a realistic semicoherent interface. The latter is estimated by applying an averaging scheme based on the interfacial energies obtained for the coherent interfaces. Similar calculations are performed for determining the bounds of the work of separation. We justify the use of the averaging scheme by carrying out large supercell calculations for a semicoherent interface. For a Fe(110)/Ag(111) semicoherent interface, we show that taking either Fe or Ag as the underlying lattice, our averaging scheme can yield a reasonable estimation of the work of separation of the semicoherent interface. However, when taking Ag as the underlying lattice, the averaged interfacial energy of the semicoherent interface is significantly underestimated due to the magnetism. The structure and magnetism at the coherent and semicoherent interfaces are discussed.

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2013. Vol. 87, no 22, 224104- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-204111DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.224104ISI: 000320164500003OAI: diva2:637797
Available from: 2013-07-22 Created: 2013-07-22 Last updated: 2013-09-27Bibliographically approved

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