Using scalar relativistic density-functional simulations, we have performed a detailed study of the structural and electronic properties of CAu16q(q=-1,0). We have discovered that the most stable configurations of both the neutral and anionic C-doped gold clusters are not endohedral structures but distorted close-flat cages, in which the carbon atom prefers forming covalent bonds with its four nearest-neighboring gold atoms. Despite the geometrical similarity between the CAu 4 and SiAu 4, the lowest-energy CAu16q(q=-1,0) show a square-pyramid local structure around the dopant carbon just like the cases of GeAu16- and SnAu16-, displaying different photoelectron spectroscopy with those of isomers with a dangling gold atom atop carbon.
Physics Letters A
- Pub Date:
- October 2008
- Spectroscopy and geometrical structure of clusters;
- Stability and fragmentation of clusters;
- Charged clusters;
- Density functional theory local density approximation gradient and other corrections