First principles study on the structural, electronic, magnetic and thermoelectric properties of CoX′NbGa (X′ = Cr, Mn, Fe) quaternary Heusler alloys★
Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Madras, Guindy Campus,
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Received in final form: 8 March 2019
Published online: 15 April 2019
In this report, the structural, electronic, magnetic and thermoelectric properties of CoX′NbGa (X′ = Cr, Mn, Fe) quaternary Heusler alloys are investigated using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave method in combination with the semi-classical Boltzmann transport theory. The exchange and correlation effects are treated using generalized gradient approximation and modified Becke-Johnson scheme. Our results reveal that CoCrNbGa and CoFeNbGa are half-metallic ferrimagnets satisfying the well-known Slater Pauling rule Mt = Zt − 24 from the analysis of electronic and magnetic properties. The half-metallic behaviour of CoCrNbGa and CoFeNbGa are robust against hydrostatic strain for a considerably wide range of lattice constants which makes them potential candidates for spintronic applications. CoMnNbGa is a non-magnetic 24 valence electron semiconductor and has better thermoelectric performance than CoCrNbGa and CoFeNbGa.
Key words: Computational Methods
Supplementary material in the form of one pdf file available from the Journal web page at https://doi.org/10.1140/epjb/e2019-90663-3.
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