Electronic structure and stability have been determined from first-principles calculations for the magnesium nitride-fluorides Mg2NF and Mg3NF3, as well as for the binaries MgF2 and Mg3N2. These calculations show that the compounds are ionic to a first approximation. In the nitride-fluorides the valence bands are mainly determined by the N 2p states while the F 2p states are well separated from the N 2p bands and lie 3.5-5.1 eV below the Fermi level. The bottom of the conduction bands is determined by the empty 3s states of the anions. The energy gap decreases steadily with increasing nitrogen content.
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- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry