Electronic structure of the ternary Zintl-phase compounds Zr3 Ni3 Sb4, Hf3 Ni3 Sb4, and Zr3 Pt3 Sb4 and their similarity to half-Heusler compounds such as ZrNiSn

P. Larson, S. D. Mahanti, J. Salvador, M. G. Kanatzidis

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The Zintl-phase compounds Zr3 Ni3 Sb4, Hf3 Ni3 Sb4, and Zr3 Pt3 Sb4, are the first compounds discovered in this crystal structure not to contain Y or an f -electron atom. We have attempted to understand their electronic structure by comparison to the more extensively studied half-Heusler compounds such as ZrNiSn. While the half-Heusler compounds have more ionic bonding in its stuffed- NaCl crystal structure compared to the covalent Zintl network, several similarities were found between the calculated electronic structures. These similarities include the nature of the bonding, the formation of the ternary compound by adding Ni (or Pt) atoms into the octahedrally coordinated pockets of a known binary compound, and the gap formation due to Ni (or Pt) d-Zr d hybridization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035111
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 24 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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