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Original languageEnglish
Article number011909
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


Osmium nitride belongs to a family of nitrides synthesized recently at high pressures from their parent elements. Here we show, based on first-principles calculations, that the crystal structure of osmium nitride is isostructural to marcasite. Excellent agreement is obtained between the authors' results and x-ray, Raman, and compressibility measurements. In the OsN2 marcasite structure single-bonded N-2 units occupy the interstitial sites of the Os close-packed lattice, giving rise to a metallic compound. A comparison between the formation energies of OsN2 and PtN2 explains the similar thermodynamic conditions of formation reported experimentally for the two compounds.

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