Cu-doped KCL unfolded band structure and optical properties studied by DFT calculations

César Castillo-Quevedo, Jose Luis Cabellos*, Raul Aceves, Roberto Núñez-González, Alvaro Posada-Amarillas*

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The unfolded band structure and optical properties of Cu-doped KCl crystals were computed by first principles within the framework of density functional theory, implemented in the ABINIT software program, utilizing pseudopotential approximation and a plane-wave basis set. From a theoretical point of view, Cu substitution into pristine KCl crystals requires calculation by the supercell (SC) method. This procedure shrinks the Brillouin zone, resulting in a folded band structure that is diffcult to interpret. To solve this problem and gain insight into the effect of copperions (Cu+) on electronic properties, the band structure of SC KCl:Cu was unfolded to make a direct comparison with the band structure of the primitive cell (PC) of pristine KCl. To understand the effect of Cu substitution on optical absorption, we calculated the imaginary part of the dielectric function of KCl:Cu through a sum-over-states formalism and broke it down into different band contributions by partially making an iterated cumulative sum (ICS) of selected valence and conduction bands. Consequently, we identified those interband transitions that give rise to the absorption peaks due to the Cu+ ion. These transitions involve valence and conduction bands formed by the Cu-3d and Cu-4s electronic states.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4300
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
Issue number19
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020

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  • DFT calculations
  • KCl
  • Optical spectrum
  • Unfolding band structure


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