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An ab initio study of PuO 2±0.25, UO 2±0.25, and U0.5Pu0.5O 2±0.25

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-113
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Physical Journal B
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Hybrid density functional theory has been used to systematically study the electronic, geometric, and magnetic properties of strongly correlated materials PuO 2±x, UO 2±x, and U0.5Pu0.5O 2±x with x = 0.25. The calculations have been performed using the all-electron full- potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbitals basis (FP-L/APW+lo) method. Each compound has been studied at the ferromagnetic (FM) and anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) configurations with and without spin-orbit coupling (SOC) and full geometry optimizations. The optimized lattice constants, bulk moduli, and band gaps are reported. Total energy calculations indicate that the ground states are AFM for all compounds studied here and the band gaps are typically higher than 1.0 eV, characteristic of semiconductors. The total energy is lowered significantly and the band gaps increase with the inclusion of SOC. The chemical bonds between the actinide metals and oxygen atoms are primarily ionic in character.