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"Interplay between structure, magnetism, and correlations in molybdate and nickelate perovskite oxides" by Cyrus Dreyer (Wed, 13 Jul 2022)

We would like to invite you to our next ICMAB Invited Seminar by Cyrus Dreyer from Stony Brook University (New York)

08 July 2022

The seminar will take place at the Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles and online:

Interplay between structure, magnetism, and correlations in molybdate and nickelate perovskite oxides

by Cyrus Dreyer from Stony Brook University (New York)

Wednesday, 13 July 2022, 2:30 PM
ICMAB-Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles and Online by Zoom. Register here to attend by Zoom.


Perovskite oxides, with the ABO3 chemical formula, are the archetypical “quantum” materials, i.e., exhibiting an interplay between structural transitions, magnetic ordering, and electronic correlations, all occurring at similar energy scales. I will discuss two such examples where first-principles methods can be used to elucidate this interplay. First, I will discuss the case of rare-earth nickelates, which host a combined structural and metal-insulator transition with temperature, as well as the formation of long-range magnetic order. The nature of the complex antiferromagnetic (AFM) state in these materials is under debate experimentally, and often is not correctly reproduced with density-functional theory plus Hubbard U (DFT+U) calculations.

By constructing ab-initio spin models via the local force theorem approach, we demonstrate the mechanisms for the formation of the AFM order, and the reasons for the experiment-theory discrepancy. The second example is that of molybdate perovskites such as SrMoO3, which has attracted attention for its record low room-temperature resistivity among perovskite oxides. Even though this material is considered weakly to moderately correlated, we show in this case via DFT plus dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) calculations, that correct treatment of the Coulomb interactions and paramagnetism is crucial for accurate structural and spectral properties.


Cyrus Dreyer earned a B.S. in Engineering Science and Physics, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia. He earned a Ph.D. in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and then was a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers University. He is now an assistant professor at Stony Brook University in New York, and an associate research scientist at the Flatiron Institute Center for Computational Quantum Physics. His research involves developing and implements first-principles techniques based on density functional theory to determine the properties of electronic materials.


Hosted by Massimiliano Stengel, Materials Theory and Simulation Group

Register here to attend by Zoom.

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