Ground-state electronic and cohesive properties of the pure compounds GaAs and AlAs and of the (GaAs)1(AlAs)1 (001) superlattice are investigated using a highly precise local-density all-electron total-energy band-structure approach the self-consistent full-potential linearized augmented-plane-wave (FLAPW) band method to obtain the energy bands, density of states, and total energies. The effects of Ga 3d states, spin-orbit interactions, and pressure on the energy gap are analyzed quantitatively. The energy gap of the (1×1) superlattice is found to be direct. The instability of the (1×1) superlattice relative to the constituent pure compounds at T=0 is determined from total-energy differences to be 13.5 meV.
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- Condensed Matter Physics