Theoretical investigation of mechanical, optoelectronic and thermoelectric properties of BiGaO3 and BiInO3 compounds

Rasul Bakhsh Behram, M. A. Iqbal, S. M. Alay-E-Abbas, M. Sajjad, M. Yaseen, M. Imran Arshad, G. Murtaza

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The cubic BiGaO3 and BiInO3 perovskite oxides have been investigated for their structural stability, mechanical and opto-electronic properties by employing the density functional theory. The exchange-correlation effects have been modeled with Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof generalized gradient approximation, while the improved evaluation of electronic properties has been achieved by using the Tran-Blaha modified form of semi-local Becke-Johnson functional. Structural properties are calculated and the thermodynamics stability of BiGaO3 and BiInO3 in the cubic perovskite structure has been established in terms of enthalpies of formation. Furthermore, elastic coefficients such as Cij, bulk modules B, anisotropy factor, shear modulus G, Young's modulus Y, Poisson's ratio ν, and B/G ratio are predicted. Band structure calculations reveal that investigated compounds have an indirect band gap between the occupied O 2p and unoccupied Bi 6p orbitals. The optical response of BiGaO3 and BiInO3 are also inspected by computing the complex dielectric function, refractive index, absorption coefficient, extinction coefficient, reflectivity and optical conductivity for radiation with energy up to 16 eV. The important thermoelectric properties of the compounds are described in terms of thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient and figure of merit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-303
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Science in Semiconductor Processing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Electronic properties
  • Optical properties
  • Thermoelectric properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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