A comparative ab initio study of superconductivity in the body centered tetragonal YC2and LaC2
Journal of Applied Physics
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Ab initio studies of the electronic band structure and phonon dispersion relations, using the planewave pseudopotential method and the density functional theory, have been made for the superconducting materials YC<inf>2</inf> and LaC<inf>2</inf>. Differences in the phonon spectrum and density of states both in the acoustical and optical ranges between these materials are investigated and discussed. By integrating the Eliashberg spectral function α<sup>2</sup>F(ω), the average electron-phonon coupling parameter is found to be λ=0.55 for YC<inf>2</inf> and 0.54 for LaC<inf>2</inf>, indicating these to be weak-coupling BCS superconductors. It is established that about 60% of λ is contributed by acoustic phonons in both materials. Using a reasonable value of μ=0.13 for the effective Coulomb repulsion parameter, the superconducting critical temperature T<inf>c</inf> is found to be 3.81K for YC<inf>2</inf> and 2.44K for LaC<inf>2</inf>, in good agreement with values reported from experimental measurements.
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