Electronic topological transition in LaSn3 under pressure

S Ram, V Kanchana, G Vaitheeswaran, A Svane, SB Dugdale, NE Christensen

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Abstract

The electronic structure, Fermi surface, and elastic properties of the isostructural and isoelectronic LaSn3 and YSn3 intermetallic compounds are studied under pressure within the framework of density functional theory including spin-orbit coupling. The LaSn3 Fermi surface consists of two sheets, of which the second is very complex. Under pressure a third sheet appears around compression V/V-0 = 0.94, while a small topology change in the second sheet is seen at compression V/V-0 = 0.90. This may be in accordance with the anomalous behavior in the superconducting transition temperature observed in LaSn3, which has been suggested to reflect a Fermi surface topological transition, along with a nonmonotonic pressure dependence of the density of states at the Fermi level. The same behavior is not observed in YSn3, the Fermi surface of which already includes three sheets at ambient conditions, and the topology remains unchanged under pressure. The reason for the difference in behavior between LaSn3 and YSn3 is the role of spin-orbit coupling and the hybridization of La 4f states with the Sn p states in the vicinity of the Fermi level, which is well explained using the band structure calculation. The elastic constants and related mechanical properties are calculated at ambient as well as at elevated pressures. The elastic constants increase with pressure for both compounds and satisfy the conditions for mechanical stability under pressure.

Translated title of the contributionElectronic topological transition in LaSn3 under pressure
Original languageEnglish
Article number174531
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume85
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2012

Keywords

  • NUCLEAR MAGNETIC-RESONANCE
  • INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS
  • OSCILLATORY DEPENDENCE
  • CRITICAL TEMPERATURE
  • CU3AU-TYPE ALLOYS
  • BAND-STRUCTURE
  • GROUND-STATE
  • SUPERCONDUCTORS
  • IMPURITIES
  • NUMBER

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