Pressure-induced phonon softening and electronic topological transition in HgBa2CuO4

D. L. Novikov*, M. I. Katsnelson, Jaejun Yu, A. V. Postnikov, A. J. Freeman

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Total energy local density calculations for the effects of pressure on the lattice parameters, bond lengths, electronic structure, and A1g phonon frequency in HgBa2CuO4 have been carried out in order to understand the role of pressure in increasing the Tc of mercury-based superconductors. Theoretically determined zero-pressure lattice parameters and phonon frequencies are found to be in good agreement with experiment. An electronic topological transition is found to occur when the van Hove singularity (vHS) is shifted close to the vicinity of EF by pressure which causes considerable phonon softening and anomalous behavior of the c-axis length, the Hg-O(2) bond, and the Ba z coordinate. A set of experiments that might be able to detect the presence of the vHS close to EF is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1313-1319
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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