Cohesive energies of crystals

B. Farid, R.W. Godby

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We comment on the controversies that seem to exist about the experimental value of the cohesive energy for silicon. We argue that this can be safely taken to be 4.62±0.08 eV/atom. We conclude that, whereas in the case of diamond the cohesive energy predicted by recent variational quantum Monte Carlo pseudopotential calculation is in excellent agreement with experiment, for silicon there remains a discrepancy of 0.19 eV/atom. To clarify these points, we mention briefly some fundamental principles of the measurement of cohesive energies and explain how they can be obtained from the thermodynamic tables.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14248-14250
Number of pages2
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 1991

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