We report on a detailed first-principles local-density-functional investigation of the structural, electronic and dynamical properties of a (formula presented) free surface in both unreconstructed ideal terminations and in the case of Na coverage. Our study shows that in the case of a B-terminated surface the density of states at the Fermi level is significantly larger than in the bulk, a behavior that might lead to an enhancement of superconducting properties. We find the Mg-terminated surface to be the most stable structure in the whole range admitted by the chemical potentials, in agreement with very recent experimental results. The Na-covered surface is just slightly less stable than the Mg-terminated one in B-rich conditions and cannot be ruled out as a potentially relevant metastable structure. We rationalize the thermodynamical trends and the dynamical properties of the surfaces considered in terms of the (formula presented) state filling; in particular, we find that the larger the filling the more stable the surface and the higher the frequency of the vibrational modes localized at the crystal surface. © 2002 The American Physical Society.

Electronic and dynamical properties of the (formula presented) surface: Implications for the superconducting properties

Profeta, G.;Continenza, A.;
2002

Abstract

We report on a detailed first-principles local-density-functional investigation of the structural, electronic and dynamical properties of a (formula presented) free surface in both unreconstructed ideal terminations and in the case of Na coverage. Our study shows that in the case of a B-terminated surface the density of states at the Fermi level is significantly larger than in the bulk, a behavior that might lead to an enhancement of superconducting properties. We find the Mg-terminated surface to be the most stable structure in the whole range admitted by the chemical potentials, in agreement with very recent experimental results. The Na-covered surface is just slightly less stable than the Mg-terminated one in B-rich conditions and cannot be ruled out as a potentially relevant metastable structure. We rationalize the thermodynamical trends and the dynamical properties of the surfaces considered in terms of the (formula presented) state filling; in particular, we find that the larger the filling the more stable the surface and the higher the frequency of the vibrational modes localized at the crystal surface. © 2002 The American Physical Society.
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