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Traditional strengthening ways, such as strain, precipitation, and solid-solution, come into effect by pinning the motion of dislocation. Here, through first-principles calculations we report on an extra-electron induced covalent strengthening mechanism, which alters chemical bonding upon the introduction of extra-valence electrons in the matrix of parent(More)
Beryllium is a simple alkali earth metal, but has been the target of intensive studies for decades because of its unusual electron behavior at surfaces. The puzzling aspects include (i) severe deviations from the description of the nearly free-electron picture, (ii) an anomalously large electron-phonon coupling effect, and (iii) giant Friedel oscillations.(More)
When doped with oxygen, the layered Y2 O2 Bi phase becomes a superconductor. This finding raises questions about the sites for doped oxygen, the mechanism of superconductivity, and practical guidelines for discovering new superconductors. We probed these questions in terms of first-principles calculations for undoped and O-doped Y2 O2 Bi. The preferred(More)
By means of first-principles calculations, we have systematically investigated the structural, elastic, vibrational, thermal and electronic properties of the ground-state phase for the intermetallic compound U2Mo. Our results reveal that the previously synthesized I4/mmm structure of U2Mo is a metastable phase and unstable, neither thermodynamically nor(More)
By means of first-principles and ab initio tight-binding calculations, we found that the compound of NaBi is a three-dimensional non-trivial topological metal. Its topological feature can be confirmed by the presence of band inversion, the derived effective Z2 invariant and the non-trivial surface states with the presence of Dirac cones. Interestingly, our(More)
At P = 1 atm, the only stable compounds in the Na-Bi binary system are Na3Bi and NaBi, which have recently been discovered to exhibit intriguing electronic behaviour as a 3D topological Dirac semimetal and a topological metal, respectively. By means of first-principles calculations coupled with evolutionary structural searches, we have systematically(More)
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