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It is shown that the magnetic moments of Sc atoms can be significantly enhanced by combining them with alkali atoms. We present results of first principles electronic structure calculations of ScNa(n) (1 < or = n < or = 12) clusters that indicate that a ScNa(12) cluster consisting of a Sc atom surrounded by 12 Na atoms forming a compact icosahedral(More)
The quantum states in metal clusters bunch into supershells with associated orbitals having shapes resembling those in atoms, giving rise to the concept that selected clusters could mimic the characteristics of atoms and be classified as superatoms. Unlike atoms, the superatom orbitals span over multiple atoms and the filling of orbitals does not usually(More)
Structure and electronic properties of neutral and cationic pure and Ni-doped Ge clusters containing 1-20 Ge atoms are calculated within the framework of linear combination of atomic orbitals density functional theory. It is found that in clusters containing more than 8 Ge atoms the Ni atom is absorbed endohedrally in the Ge cage. Relative stability of(More)
First-principles density functional calculations reveal that aluminum can form planar chains in zigzag and ladder structures. The most stable one has equilat-eral triangular geometry with four nearest neighbors; the other stable zigzag structure has wide bond angle and allows for two nearest neighbors. An intermediary structure has the ladder geometry and(More)
The relative stability of Sc, Ti, and V encapsulating Ge(n) clusters in the size range n = 14-20 has been studied through first-principles electronic structure calculations based on density functional theory. Variations of the embedding energy, gap between the highest occupied and the lowest occupied molecular orbitals, ionization potential, vertical(More)
Anion photoelectron spectroscopic experiments and calculations based on density functional theory have been used to investigate and uniquely identify the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of both neutral and anionic (Rh(m)Co(n)) and (Rh(m)Co(n))(-) (m=1-5, n=1-2) clusters, respectively. Negative ion photoelectron spectra are presented for(More)
Adsorption of Fe, Co and Ni atoms on a hybrid hexagonal sheet of graphene and boron nitride is studied using density functional methods. Most favorable adsorption sites for these adatoms are identified for different widths of the graphene and boron nitride regions. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of the TM-adsorbed sheets are then studied in(More)
KO2 is a molecular solid consisting of oxygen dimers. K present in the lattice donates an electron which goes on to occupy the O p levels. As the basic electronic structure is similar to that of an oxygen molecule, except for broadening due to solid state effects, KO2 represents the realization of the doping of oxygen molecules arranged in a lattice. These(More)
Adsorption and diffusion of silver adatoms and clusters containing up to eight atoms on an HOPG substrate with an armchair step are studied using density functional methods. Step edges act as attractive sinks for adatoms and clusters. The diffusion barrier of an Ag adatom along the step edge is much larger than that on a clean terrace. At zero temperature,(More)