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©2013 American Physical Society
Abstract or Description
We explore the stability of structures exhibiting hybridization gaps across a broad range of binary and ternary intermetallic compositions by means of band structure and total energy calculations. This search reveals previously unknown metal-based insulators, some with large gaps exceeding 1 eV, such as Al2Fe and Al4IrRe. We confirm large gaps using a hybrid density functional including exact exchange, and predict a gap of 2.2 eV for AlMnSi in the Pearson type tP6 structure, which is a chemically ordered ternary variant of the prototype MoSi2(Pearson type tI6) structure.
Physical Review B, 87, 100201(R).