Aitor Bergara

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High-pressure structures of germane (GeH4) are explored through ab initio evolutionary methodology to reveal a metallic monoclinic structure of C2/c (4 molecules/cell). The C2/c structure consists of layerlike motifs containing novel "H2" units. Enthalpy calculations suggest a remarkably wide decomposition (Ge+H2) pressure range of 0-196 GPa, above which(More)
Following the suggestion that hydrogen-rich compounds, and, in particular, silane (SiH4), might be high-T_{c} superconductors at moderate pressures, very recent experiments have confirmed that silane metallises and even becomes superconducting at high pressure. In this article, we present a structural characterization of compressed silane obtained with an(More)
A way to circumvent the high pressures needed to metallize hydrogen is to "precompress" it in hydrogen-rich molecules, a strategy probed theoretically for silane. We show that phases with tetrahedral SiH4 molecules should undergo phase transitions with sixfold- and eightfold-coordinate Si appearing above 25 GPa. The most stable structure found can be(More)
Experimental studies established that calcium undergoes several counterintuitive transitions under pressure: fcc --> bcc --> simple cubic --> Ca-IV --> Ca-V, and becomes a good superconductor in the simple cubic and higher-pressure phases. Here, using ab initio evolutionary simulations, we explore the behavior of Ca under pressure and find a number of new(More)
There is great interest in the exploration of hydrogen-rich compounds upon strong compression where they can become superconductors. Stannane (SnH(4)) has been proposed to be a potential high-temperature superconductor under pressure, but its high-pressure crystal structures, fundamental for the understanding of superconductivity, remain unsolved. Using an(More)
The mechanism of proton pairing in dense solid hydrogen, and its progression with density, are both studied using effective potentials between protons which include electronic response up to quadratic terms. For high pressures nonlinear effects originating with different pairs are crucial in establishing the net attraction within a given pair, and in this(More)
Julen Ibañez-Azpiroz,1,2 Asier Eiguren,1,2 and Aitor Bergara1,2,3 1Materia Kondentsatuaren Fisika Saila, Zientzia eta Teknologia Fakultatea, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, 644 Postakutxatila, 48080 Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain 2Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal 4, 20018 Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain 3Centro de Fı́sica(More)
We report large-scale first-principles simulations of melting of four different phases of Li at pressures ranging from 0 to 50 GPa. We find excellent agreement with existing experimental data at low pressures, and confirm that above 10 GPa the melting line develops a negative slope, in parallel to what occurs for Na at 30 GPa. Surprisingly, our results(More)