Optoelectronic properties of XIn2S4 (X = Cd, Mg) thiospinels through highly accurate all-electron FP-LAPW method coupled with modified approximations

Masood Yousaf, S. A. Dalhatu, G. Murtaza, R. Khenata, M. Sajjad, A. Musa, H. A. Rahnamaye Aliabad, M. A. Saeed

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We report the structural, electronic and optical properties of the thiospinels XIn2S4 (X = Cd, Mg), using highly accurate all-electron full potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital method. In order to calculate the exchange and correlation energies, the method is coupled with modified techniques such as GGA+U and mBJ-GGA, which yield improved results as compared to the previous studies. GGA+SOC approximation is also used for the first time on these compounds to examine the spin orbit coupling effect on the band structure. From the analysis of the structural parameters, robust character is predicted for both materials. Energy band structures profiles are fairly the same for GGA, GGA+SOC, GGA+U and mBJ-GGA, confirming the indirect and direct band gap nature of CdIn2S4 and MgIn2S4 materials, respectively. We report the trend of band gap results as: (mBJ-GGA) > (GGA+U) > (GGA) > (GGA+SOC). Localized regions appearing in the valence bands for CdIn2S4 tend to split up nearly by ≈1 eV in the case of GGA+SOC. Many new physical parameters are reported that can be important for the fabrication of optoelectronic devices. Optical spectra namely, dielectric function (DF), refractive index n(ω), extinction coefficient k(ω), reflectivity R(ω), optical conductivity σ(ω), absorption coefficient α(ω) and electron loss function are discussed. Optical's absorption edge is noted to be 1.401 and 1.782 for CdIn2S4 and MgIn2S4, respectively. The prominent peaks in the electron energy spectrum situated between 15 eV and 23 eV for the herein studied materials indicate a transition from metallic to the dielectric character.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-187
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Ab initio calculations
  • Band-structure
  • Optical properties
  • Semiconductors
  • Thiospinels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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