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Publication Detail / Abstract

A. Hampel, J. Lee-Hand, A. Georges, C. E. Dreyer

Correlation-induced octahedral rotations in SrMoO3

published on Physical Review B on July 1, 2021
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Distortions of the oxygen octahedra influence the fundamental electronic structure of perovskite oxides, such as their bandwidth and exchange interactions. Utilizing a fully ab initio methodology based on density functional theory plus dynamical mean field theory (DFT+DMFT), we study the crystal and magnetic structure of 3. Comparing our results with DFT+U performed on the same footing, we find that DFT+U overestimates the propensity for magnetic ordering, as well as the octahedral rotations, leading to a different ground-state structure. This demonstrates that structural distortions can be highly sensitive to electronic correlation effects and to the considered magnetic state, even in a moderately correlated metal such as SrMoO3. Moreover, by comparing different downfolding schemes, we demonstrate the robustness of the DFT+DMFT method for obtaining structural properties, highlighting its versatility for applications to a broad range of materials.
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