The electronic structure of the ordered Zintl (B 32) phase of LiAl has been studied in a molecular-cluster model within the framework of the Hartree-Fock-Slater theory. Li5Al4 and Al5Li4 clusters were embedded in a potential field representative of the alloy environment; energy levels and wave functions were obtained by self-consistent iteration. Density-of-states and charge-density results are used to interpret NMR and electrical-conductivity studies. The case of a single Li vacancy was also treated, and discussed in the light of positronannihilation data.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics