Superconductivity in Diamond-like BC3 Phase

M. M. Ali, A.K.M. A. Islam, M. Aftabuzzaman, F. Parvin


Two possible phases of superhard material BC3 originating from the cubic diamond structure are investigated by ab initio pseudopotential density functional method using generalized gradient approximation (GGA). We calculate their elastic constants, electronic band structure, and density of states (DOS). Full phonon frequencies, electron-phonon coupling constant and possible superconducting Tc of the metallic phase with tetragonal symmetry (t-BC3, space group P-42m) have for the first time been investigated at 5 and 10 GPa. The calculated electron-phonon coupling (0.67) and the logarithmically-averaged frequency (862 cm-1) show superconductivity for the undoped t-BC3 with Tc = 20 K at 5 GPa, which decreases to 17.5 K at 10 GPa.


Keywords: Superhard BC3; Band structure; Phonon spectra; Superconductivity.


© 2010 JSR Publications. ISSN: 2070-0237 (Print); 2070-0245 (Online). All rights reserved.

DOI: 10.3329/jsr.v2i2.2638               J. Sci. Res. 2 (2), 203-213 (2010)







Superhard BC3; Band structure; Phonon spectra; Superconductivity.

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