Six low-strain zinc-blende half metals: An ab initio investigation


A class of spintronic materials, the zinc-blende ~ZB! half metals, has recently been synthesized in thin-film form. We apply all-electron and pseudopotential ab initio methods to investigate the electronic and structural properties of ZB Mn and Cr pnictides and carbides, and find six compounds to be half metallic at or near their respective equilibrium… (More)


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