Structural and electronic properties of α,β-(BEDT-TTF)2I3 and κ-(BEDT-TTF)2X3 (X=I,F,Br,Cl) organic charge transfer salts – B. Commeau G. W. Fernando, R. M. Geilhufe, G. W. Fernando, A. V. Balatsky (2017)


(BEDT−TFF)2I3 charge transfer salts are reported to show superconductivity and pressure-induced quasi-two-dimensional Dirac cones at the Fermi level. By performing state of the art ab initio calculations in the framework of density functional theory, we investigate the structural and electronic properties of the three structural phases α, β, and κ. We furthermore report about the irreducible representations of the corresponding electronic band structures, symmetry of their crystal structure, and the origin of band crossings. Additionally, we discuss the chemically induced strain in κ−(BEDT−TTF)2I3 achieved by replacing the iodine layer with other halogens: fluorine, bromine, and chlorine. In the case of κ−(BEDT−TTF)2F3, we identify topologically protected crossings within the band structure. These crossings are forced to occur due to the nonsymmorphic nature of the crystal. The calculated electronic structures presented here are added to the organic materials database (OMDB).


Physical Review B