Electron density and energy density view on the atomic interactions in SrTiO3 Article (Web of Science)


  • The results of topological analysis of the electron density in an SrTiO3 crystal based on the experimental (at 145 K) and theoretical data are presented and discussed. The features of the electron density lead to the conclusion that the Ti—O interaction is of the partly polar covalent (or intermediate) type. Complicated atomic shapes defined by the zero-flux surfaces in the electron density are revealed. It is found that, in general, they are far from spherical and have very slight asphericity in the close-packed layers. The topological coordination numbers of Sr and Ti are the same as the geometrical numbers, whereas the topological coordination for the O atom (6) differs from the geometrical value (12). The latter results from the specific shape of the Ti-atom basin, which prevents bond-path formation between the O atoms. The analysis of the kinetic and potential energy densities derived from the electron density using the density functional theory formulae revealed the stabilizing crystal-forming role of the O atoms in SrTiO3. Structural homeomorphism between the experimental electron density and the potential and kinetic energy densities is observed.


publication date

  • 2002

number of pages

  • 8

start page

  • 567

end page

  • 575


  • 58


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