Chemical‐Strain Induced Tilted Dirac Nodes in (BEDT‐TTF)2X3 (X = I, Cl, Br, F) Based Charge‐Transfer Salts – R. M. Geilhufe, B. Commeau, G. W. Fernando (2018)


The identification of novel multifunctional Dirac materials has been an ongoing effort. In this connection quasi 2‐dimensional (BEDT‐TTF)‐based charge transfer salts are widely discussed. Here, we report about the electronic structure of α‐(BEDT‐TTF)2I3 and κ‐(BEDT‐TTF)2I3 under a hypothetical substitution of iodine with the halogens bromine, chlorine, and fluorine. The decreasing size of the anion layer corresponds to applying chemical strain which increases tremendously in the case of (BEDT‐TTF)2F3. We perform structural optimization and electronic structure calculations in the framework of density functional theory, incorporating, first, the recently developed strongly constrained and appropriately normed semilocal density functional SCAN, and, second, van der Waals corrections to the PBE exchange correlation functional by means of the dDsC dispersion correction method. In the case of α‐(BEDT‐TTF)2F3, the formation of over‐tilted Dirac‐type‐II nodes within the quasi two‐dimensional Brillouin zone can be found. For κ‐(BEDT‐TTF)2F3, the recently reported topological transition within the electronic band structure cannot be revealed.


Physica Status Solidi (RRL)