Electronic structures of lanthanum, samarium, and gadolinium sulfides

Lu Wang, Chris M. Marin, Wai Ning Mei, Chin Li Cheung

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In this study, we report our efforts to elucidate the electronic structures of two lattice structures of lanthanide sulfides (LnS and Ln3S4) and for three lanthanides (Ln = La, Sm and Gd) using density functional theory calculations performed with the CASTEP code. A DFT+U method was used for the corrections of on-site Coulomb interactions with U = 6 eV. The calculated electronic structures show that both lanthanum and gadolinium sulfides have metallic properties, consistent with the available experimental results. However, the calculated electronic structure of Sm3S4 is considerably different from those of the La3S4 and Gd3S4 and is predicted to have semiconducting properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-105
Number of pages9
JournalAIMS Materials Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


  • Density functional theory
  • Density of states
  • Electronic structure
  • Lanthanide sulfides
  • Metallic
  • Semiconducting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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