Pressure-induced structural phase transition in the half-Heusler compound CaAuBi

Lilia S. Xie, Leslie M. Schoop, Sergey A. Medvedev, Claudia Felser, R. J. Cava

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We report a structural phase transition of the ternary compound CaAuBi under pressure, from the known cubic half-Heusler phase to a hexagonal LiGaGe type phase, based on synchrotron X-ray diffraction patterns taken under pressures up to 18 GPa. We report lattice parameters and atomic coordinates, and perform total energy calculations for both the cubic and hexagonal phases under different pressures. Finally, we present a structure map that places CaAuBi in the context of related 18 electron XYZ ternary systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Sciences
StatePublished - Apr 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • CaAuBi
  • Half-Heusler
  • High pressure
  • X-ray diffraction


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