Structure determination of the 4d metal diborides: a quantum mechanical study.

Abstract

Metal diborides (MB(2)) often have interesting thermal, mechanical, and superconducting properties. MgB(2) was put into focus some years ago for its high transition temperature (39 K) in combination with its simple AlB(2) structure. The boron structure in MB(2) is assumed to be dependent on the electron transfer from the nearby positioned metal atoms. An… (More)

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