9-13 July 2012
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) study of Pressure-induced B3-B1 phase transition in GaAs

12 Jul 2012, 17:30
2h
IT Building

IT Building

Poster Presentation Track G - Theoretical and Computational Physics Poster Session

Speaker

Mr Cecil Ouma (Student)

Level for award<br>&nbsp;(Hons, MSc, <br> &nbsp; PhD)?

PhD

Main supervisor (name and email)<br>and his / her institution

Dr Walter E Meyer
wmeyer@up.ac.za

Would you like to <br> submit a short paper <br> for the Conference <br> Proceedings (Yes / No)?

No

Apply to be<br> consider for a student <br> &nbsp; award (Yes / No)?

YES

Abstract content <br> &nbsp; (Max 300 words)

We have investigated the transition pressure, pt , of bulk GaAs from the zinc blende (B3) to the rocksalt (B1) structure using the local density approximation (LDA), generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA) and diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC). We took into account finite temperature effects (zero-point vibrational effects) as well as finite size corrections. DMC projection starting from GGA trial nodal surface supports the higher value of the transition pressure (∼ 17 GPa) than the lower value of (∼ 12 GPa), both of which are experimentally reported values. This projection increases the transition pressure, pt , from DFT predictions, being of the same tendency as that for Si bulk crystal. The choice of the XC functional in DFT was found to significantly determine the phase transition pressure, DMC gave more accurate results for this transition pressure.

Primary author

Mr Cecil Ouma (Student)

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