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    CO on Pt(111) puzzle; A possible solution

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    CO adsorption on the Pt(111) surface is studied using first-principles methods. As found in a recent study [Feibelman, et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 105, 4018 (2001)], we find the preferred adsorption site within density functional theory to be the hollow site, whereas experimentally it is found that the top site is preferred. The influence of pseudopotential and exchange-correlation functional error on the CO binding energy and site preference was carefully investigated. We also compare the site preference energy of CO on Pt(111) with the reaction energy of formaldehyde formation from H2_2 and CO. We show that the discrepancies between the experimental and theoretical results are due to the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) treating different bond orders with varying accuracy. As a result, GGA results will contain significant error whenever bonds of different bond order are broken and formed

    Anisotropic Local Correlations and Dynamics in a Relaxor Ferroelectric

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    Relaxor ferroelectrics have been a focus of intense attention due to their anomalous dielectric characteristics, diffuse phase transitions, and strong piezoelectricity. Understanding the structure and dynamics of relaxors has been one of the long-standing challenges in solid-state physics, with the current model of polar nanoregions in a non-polar matrix providing only a qualitative description of the relaxor phase transitions. In this paper, we investigate the local structure and dynamics in 75%PbMg1/3_{1/3}Nb2/3_{2/3}O3_3-25%PbTiO3_3 (PMN-PT) using molecular dynamics simulations and the dynamic pair distribution function technique. We show for the first time that relaxor transitions can be described by local order parameters. We find that structurally, the relaxor phase is characterized by the presence of highly anisotropic correlations between the local cation displacements. These correlations resemble the hydrogen bond network in water. Our findings contradict the current polar nanoregion model; instead, we suggest a new model of a homogeneous random network of anisotropically coupled dipoles.Comment: We combine our manuscript and supplementary information in one file. 5 pages and 3 figures in main text. 3 pages and 3 figures in supplementary informatio

    Accurate construction of transition metal pseudopotentials

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    We generate a series of pseudopotentials to examine the relationship between pseudoatomic properties and solid-state results. We find that lattice constants and bulk moduli are quite sensitive to eigenvalue, total-energy difference and tail norm errors, and clear correlations emerge. These trends motivate our identification of two criteria for accurate transition metal pseudopotentials. We find that both the preservation of all-electron derivative of tail norm with respect to occupation and the preservation of all-electron derivative of eigenvalue with respect to occupation {[Phys. Rev. B {\bf 48}, 5031 (1993)]} are necessary to give accurate bulk metal lattice constants and bulk moduli. We also show how the fairly wide range of lattice constant and bulk modulus results found in the literature can be easily explained by pseudopotential effects.Comment: submitted to Phys. Rev
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