The coexistence of ferromagnetism and superconductivity in RuSr2GdCu2O8 was reported both from experiments (by Tallon et al.) and first-principles calculations (by Pickett et al.). Here we report that our first-principles full-potential linearized augmented plane wave calculations, employing the precise crystal structure with structural distortions (i.e., RuO6 rotations) determined by neutron diffraction, demonstrate that antiferromagnetic ordering of the Ru moments is energetically favored over the previously proposed ferromagnetic ordering. Our results are consistent with recently performed magnetic neutron diffraction experiments (Lynn et al.). Ru t2g states, which are responsible for the magnetism, have only a very small interaction with Cu eg states, which results in a small exchange splitting of these states. The Fermi surface, characterized by strongly hybridized dpσ orbitals, has nesting features similar to those in the two-dimensional high-Tc cuprate superconductors.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Feb 24 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics