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Structural Design and Characterization of BaMg_{x}Co_{2-x}Fe_{16}O_{27} Hexaferrites Based on ab initio Computations

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Structural design of barium hexaferrites BaMg_xCo_{2-x}Fe_{16}O_{27} (x=0.0, 1, 2) has been studied, and the magnetic and electronic structure of that has then been investigated using first principle total energy calculation. All calculations are based on the density functional theory. In order to improve the description of strongly correlated 3d electrons of iron, the general gradient approximation plus Hubbard U (GGA+U) method is used. We found that in the lowest energy configuration Mg and Co ions preferentially occupy the 6g sites. With the increase of Mg content x, the energy gap of BaMg_xCo_{2-x}Fe_{16}O_{27} increases but the lattice constant of unit cell decreases. The magnetic moment of the unit cell for Mg content x=0, 1, and 2 are calculated to be 52, 49 and 46 μ_{B}/cell, respectively, in agreement with previous experimental results. The substitutions of Mg and Co at the BaFe_2^{2+}Fe_{16}^{3+}O_{27} decrease electrical conductivity and transit it from a half-metal to semiconductor material. Based on our calculations on electronic band structure, the BaFe_2Fe_{16}O_{27} (BFFO) is a weak half-metal, but BaMg_2Fe_{16}O_{27} (BMFO), BaMgCoFe_{16}O_{27} (BMCFO) and BaCo_2Fe_{16}O_{27} (BCFO) are semiconductors. The electrical resistivity increases by increasing Mg and Co contents due to increase in porosity which prevents the hopping of charge carriers.
  • Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Arak University, Arak 3815688943, Iran
  • Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Arak University, Arak 3815688943, Iran
  • Department of Chemistry, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
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