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Electronic structure, first and second order physical properties of MPS4: a theoretical study


We have calculated the electronic structure and physical properties of metal thiophosphate compounds InPS4 and AlPS 4by means of pseudopotential density functional theory (DFT) coupled with the modern theory of polarization. The targeted physical properties are first and second order optical properties as well as elastic, piezoelectric and electro-optic coefficients. Furthermore, population analysis is presented in order to evaluate the covalent-ionic character of the constituent bonds. The calculated elastic constants, refractive indices and second order optical coefficients of InPS4 are in good agreement with experimental values. With the absence of any theoretical or experimental physical properties of AlPS4, we predict that this compound has high piezoelectric coefficients with d14 = − 73.82 pm/V, d25 = − 10.96 pm/V and d36 = 28.19 pm/V.

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Materials Sciences, other, Nanomaterials, Functional and Smart Materials, Materials Characterization and Properties