Theoretical investigation of superconductivity in SrAuSi3 and SrAu2Si2
Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
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The structural and electronic properties of BaNiSn3-type SrAuSi3 and ThCr2Si2-type SrAu2Si2 have been investigated by using the planewave pseudopotential method and the density functional theory. The electronic structures and phonon dispersion relations of these two materials have been analyzed with and without the inclusion of spin-orbit interaction, and similarities and differences highlighted. By integrating the Eliashberg spectral function α2F(ω), the average electron-phonon coupling parameter is determined to be λ=0.47 for SrAuSi3 and 0.42 for SrAu2Si2. The largest contribution to the electron-phonon coupling for SrAuSi3 comes from the Si p electrons near the Fermi energy and Si-related vibrations. Using a reasonable value of <-sup/inf>μ∗=0.12<-sup/inf> for the effective Coulomb repulsion parameter, the superconducting critical temperature Tc for SrAuSi3 is found to be 1.47 K which compares very well with its experimental value of 1.54 K.
This work was supported by the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) (Project no. MFAG-115F135).
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from the publisher via the DOI in this record.
Available online 8 April 2016
Vol. 95, pp. 65 - 73