The electronic structure of LaCo2B2
College of Physics and Information Engineering, Henan Normal University - Xinxiang, Henan 453007, PRC
Accepted: 24 May 2011
The electronic structure of the recently discovered LaCo2B2 was studied from first-principles calculations. Our results indicate that the hybridization between Co-3d and B-2p is much stronger than that between Fe-3d and As-4p in LaOFeAs and BaFe2As2, which removes the magnetic ordering of Co ions. Therefore, the ground state of LaCo2B2 is nonmagnetic. At the Fermi level, the density of state of La-5d is very high and here are four bands cutting across the Fermi level, which are mostly derived from dz2−3r2 and dyz/zx orbitals. Such results are different with both LaOFeAs and BaFe2As2. The substitution of La by Y atoms would not change the ground state, while substitution of La with Sc atoms might induce a magnetic moment on the Co atom. Comparing with LuNi2B2C2, we classify LaCo2B2 as a BCS superconductor.
PACS: 74.70.-b – Superconducting materials other than cuprates / 74.25.Jb – Electronic structure (photoemission, etc.) / 74.25.Ha – Magnetic properties including vortex structures and related phenomena
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