Compressibility and electronic structure of MgB2 up to 8 GPa

T Vogt, G Schneider, Joseph Hriljac, Guang Yang, John Abell

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The lattice parameters of MgB2 up to a pressure of 8 GPa were determined using high-resolution x-ray powder diffraction in a diamond anvil cell. The bulk modulus, B-0, was determined to be 151 +/-5 GPa. Both experimental and first-principles calculations indicate nearly isotropic mechanical behavior under pressure. This small anisotropy is in contrast to the two-dimensional nature of the boron p states. The pressure dependence of the density of states at the Fermi level and a reasonable value for the average phonon frequency (omega) account within the context of BCS theory for the reduction of T-c under pressure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2205R
JournalPhysical Review B
Early online date1 May 2001
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2001


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