First-principles calculations of the structural, electronic and optical properties of AgGaS2 and AgGaSe2

A. Chahed, O. Benhelal, S. Laksari, B. Abbar, B. Bouhafs, N. Amrane

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The structural, electronic and optical properties of two chalcopyrite crystals, AgGaS2 and AgGaSe2, are studied using the full potential linearized augmented plane waves method within the local density approximation. Geometrical optimization of the unit cell (equilibrium volume, c/a ratio, internal parameter u, and bulk modulus) is in good agreement with experimental data. The energy gap is found to be direct for both materials and the nature of the gap crucially depends on the manner in which the Ga 3d, and Ag 4d electrons are treated as core or valence states. Results on band structures, density of states, and charge-density distributions are presented. We report also our results on optical properties like the complex dielectric functions and the refractive index n of the AgGaS2 and AgGaSe2 crystals. We analyze in detail the structures of the dielectric function observed in the studied energy region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-151
Number of pages10
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Density functional theory
  • Electronic structure of semiconductors
  • Local density approximation
  • Optical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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