Prasenjit Sen

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The quantum states in metal clusters are grouped into bunches of close-lying eigenvalues, termed electronic shells, similar to those of atoms. Filling of the electronic shells with paired electrons results in local minima in energy to give stable species called magic clusters. This led to the realization that selected clusters mimic chemical properties of(More)
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)
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)
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)
First-principles density functional calculations reveal that aluminum can form planar chains in zigzag and ladder structures. The most stable one has equilateral 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 is(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)
Evolution in the atomic structure, bonding characteristics, stability, and the spin magnetic moment of neutral and cationic AgnV clusters has been investigated using first-principles density functional approach with gradient corrected functional. It is shown that at small sizes, the V 4s states hybridize with Ag states to form 1S and 1P like superatomic(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 of pre-formed Agn clusters for n = 1 - 8 on a graphite substrate is studied within the density functional theory employing the vdW-DF2 functional to treat dispersion interactions. Top sites above surface layer carbon atoms turn out to be most favorable for a Ag adatom, in agreement with experimental observations. The same feature is observed for(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)