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Interplay between Magnetic and Orbital Ordering in the Strongly Correlated Cobalt Oxide: A DFT + U Study

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The strongly correlated CoO is investigated by means of DFT + U calculations to elucidate the origin of the cubic-to-monoclinic distortion observed below TN for that system. An effective Ueff value between 4 and 5 eV is required to reproduce, in the meanwhile, the monoclinic symmetry, the band gap, and the type-II antiferromagnetic ordering of CoO. The extraction of the exchange coupling constants combined with full structural relaxations allows the interpretation of the low-temperature structure of CoO. An interplay between magnetic and orbital ordering is shown to be responsible for the peculiar structural behavior of CoO. For Ueff < 4 eV, the magnetic driving force dominates over the Jahn-Teller effect, leading to a rhombohedral structure. In opposition, the Jahn-Teller effect is predominant for Ueff > 5 eV, leading to a tetragonal structure.
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hal-00538418 , version 1 (22-11-2010)

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Anne-Laure Daleverny, Jean-Sébastien Filhol, Frédéric Lemoigno, Marie-Liesse Doublet. Interplay between Magnetic and Orbital Ordering in the Strongly Correlated Cobalt Oxide: A DFT + U Study. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2010, 114, pp.21750-21756. ⟨10.1021/jp108599m⟩. ⟨hal-00538418⟩
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