The atomic and electronic structure at a ∑3(111) grain boundary in BaTiO3 was investigated by the first-principles band-structure DMol3 total energy/atomic force method within the local-density approximation. Our first-principles calculations indicate an expansion of the nearest Ti-Ti spacing across the grain-boundary plane and a contraction of the nearest BaO-BaO spacing, in excellent agreement with the experimental observation of Jia and Thust [Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 5052 (1999)]. An additional attraction of oxygen atoms to the nearest Ti atom pairs, as well as a small volume expansion, are also found at the grain boundary. The atomic displacements were explained with an electronic structure analysis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics