Electronic structure calculations of the phenalenyl-based neutral radical conductor bis(9-cyclohexylimino-1-phenalenyl) boron
2006 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 74, no 15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The solid state of free radicals of bis(9-cyclohexylimino-1-oxyphenalenyl) boron is one of few neutral molecular systems which exhibit high conductivity at room temperature. The system is crystalline but highly anistotropic. We have performed band structure calculations based on the density functional theory on this system. It is evident from these studies that the system is quasi-one-dimensional with strong intermolecular interactions along one crystal direction. The bandwidth is 0.424 eV along this direction as compared to 0.055 eV perpendicular to it. Despite the quasi-one-dimensional character of the system, no signature of a Peierls distortion towards a dimerized state is observed. We argue that this is due to the fact that the Fermi energy lies slightly below the middle of the conduction band. In this case the electronic driving force for the distortion to occur is weakened and overcome by the restoring force of the lattice. Also the optical properties of the system have been investigated and the origin of the low lying excitations in the system has been clarified.
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2006. Vol. 74, no 15
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50104DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.74.155111OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-50104DiVA: diva2:271000