Ames Laboratory; Physics and Astronomy
Ames Laboratory, Physics and Astronomy
Journal of Applied Physics
Using genetic algorithms for an unbiased structure search and first-principles total-energy calculations, a stable manganese nitride, Mn3N, is discovered. Mn3N is a nonmagnetic metal and isostructural to superhard Re3N. Mn3N exhibits a large bulk modulus and incompressibility comparable to that of the ultra-incompressible OsB. We show that the large bulk modulus can be attributed to the strong covalent bonding in this system. Phonon calculations and analysis confirm the dynamical stability of the Mn3N compound. We also show that weak electron–phonon coupling leads to a small superconducting transition temperature for Mn3N.
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