First-principles investigation of superconductivity in the body-centred tetragonal LaRu2P2

Karaca E., Karadag S., Tutuncu H. M. , Srivastava G. P. , Ugur Ş.

PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE, vol.96, no.19, pp.2059-2073, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 96 Issue: 19
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14786435.2016.1192723
  • Page Numbers: pp.2059-2073
  • Keywords: Ab initio, density-functional theory, electronic properties, phonons, superconductivity, PHONON ANOMALIES


We have investigated the ground state and electronic properties of structure using a generalised gradient approximation of the density functional theory and the ab initio pseudopotential method. We find that the calculated electronic properties of exhibit three-dimensional rather than two-dimensional characteristics in spite of the apparent two dimensionality in its atomic structure. An interesting feature of the phonon dispersion curves is the phonon anomaly in the lowest transverse acoustic branch as well as the longitudinal acoustic branch. We have shown that these phonon anomalies give rise to large electron-phonon interaction, as is evident from the calculated Eliashberg spectral function. By integrating this spectral function, the value of average electron-phonon coupling parameter is calculated to be 0.85, from which the superconducting critical temperature is estimated to be 3.74 K, in gratifying accord with its experimental value of 4.0 K.