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We investigate the band structure of Fe-based superconductors using the first-principle method of density-functional theory. We calculated the band structure and the density of states at the Fermi level for ReFeAsO (Re = Sm, Er) superconductors. Our calculations indicate that the maximum critical superconducting transition temperature T_{c} will be observed for compounds with Sm and Er at 55 and 46 K, respectively.

The discovery of a new class of high-temperature superconductors—Fe-based layered compounds—aroused a significant interest at the beginning of 2008 and gave hope for a progress in the synthesis of novel high-temperature superconductors (HTSC) up to room-temperature superconductors [1,2]. The important role in the explanation of physical properties of superconductors is played by calculations of the electronic structure from the first principles. It is worth noting that one of the basic properties of high-temperature superconductors is the presence of many bands [

In the present work, we investigate the band structure of some Fe-based compounds, by using the first-principle method of density-functional theory. Compound SmFeAsO showed the evidence of superconductivity at as high as 55 K. Also the superconducting ErFeAsO has recently been found [

These superconductors have a complicated multiband structure. We calculated the band structure and the density of states at the Fermi level. Our calculations indicate that the maximum critical superconducting transition temperature T_{c} will be observed for compounds with Sm. We obtain that T_{c} = 46 K for the compound ErFeAsO.

The novelty of this work is that we are having band calculations from first principles and using a magnetic pairing mechanism makes the assessment of the superconducting transition temperature T_{c}. We first present the band calculations of superconductor ErFeAsO, which isopened much later than other iron superconductors.

We calculate the band structures of HTSC, by using the Band Lab program. This program is designed for Windows computer systems and performs calculations of the electronic structure of crystalline solids.

The bands are calculated using the method outlined by Pickett [

Starting with the N-electron problem in the field of ionic potentials

with the ions at static positions R_{m}, we have the Hamiltonian

Here, is the electron density operator at r, and is the Coulomb interaction.

Hohenberg and Kohn established that there is a oneto-one correspondence between the ionic potential V_{ion} (to within an arbitrary constant) and the ground state density n, so that the many-body problem can be considered as a functional of the density, rather than a functional of the potential [

Hohenberg and Kohn [^{2}. The resulting variational principle allows one to accurately obtain numerical results.

The energy functional has the form:

where is the kinetic energy of the system of interacting electrons with the density, and is the exchange-correlation energy. If one has adequate approximations for and, the energy can be obtained directly from relation (3), by the minimization with respect to.

The energy functional is minimized by the density functional described by the above-presented relations, by performing iterations to attain the self-consistency.

Within the density-functional theory, the one-electron eigenvalues and eigenfunctions have no physical meaning and are not physically realizable. Some reviews containing discussions of applications of the density-functional theory, as well as the generalization to spin-polarized systems, are given, for example, in [

The crystal structure of compound ReFeAsO is shown in

In many works, the increase in T_{c} which is caused by the replacement of La by other rare-earth elements is frequently named the “chemical” pressure [_{c}. We may consider the magnetic mechanism of pairing in Fe-based superconductors. Spins of rare-earth ions interact strongly with spins of

iron and can essentially influence the spectrum of spin fluctuations in FeAS planes, which increases T_{c} if the magnetic mechanism of pairing is dominant.

We have carried out ab initio calculations for a number of oxyphictides ReFeAsO in the framework of an approach based on density-functional theory. The results of calculations are presented in Figures 2 and 3 for the band structure and the density of states in ReFeAsO. At a comprehensive study of the density of states, the relationship of the density of states at the Fermi level and the value of T_{c} is revealed. When comparing the band calculations Figures 2 and 3 shows that the density of states at the Fermi level is much higher in _{c}, we used the BCS-like formula for the magnetic mechanism [

where θ-energy of spin fluctuations , V-attractive pairing potential acting between electrons, -density of states on the Fermi surface.

The discovery of a new type of high-temperature superconductivity in a FeAs system generates expectation of the appearance of novel superconductors with higher T_{c} by means of the doping that consists of the substitution of the atoms lying outside of the principal layers comprising FeAs. In FeAs, such a doping is favorable due to

the easy replacement of chemical elements. In compounds ReFeAsO, the substitution of the rare-earth element is of special interest. We have carried out ab initio calculations for a number of oxypnictides ReFeAsO in

the framework of density-functional theory. Our results indicate that the maximum critical superconducting transition temperature will be attained for compounds with Sm and for ErFeAsO.

The authors thank Profs. Yu. Matsuda and K. Bennemann for their continued encouragement and helpful discussions. This paper is supported by Korea-Ukraine project of MEST in Korea, and MIT Creative Research Project in ETRI.