The electronic and magnetic properties of two isoelectronic layered transition-metal fluorides (AgF2 and CuF2) are considered in the context of high-temperature superconducting cuprates. The properties of AgF2 are found to be cupratelike comprising a layered spin-12 system with strong p-d hybridization, and a large two-dimensional antiferromagnetic superexchange interaction, comparable to cuprates. Contrary to its Ag-counterpart, CuF2 shows a small degree of p-d hybridization and a superexchange interaction one order of magnitude smaller than in cuprates. Within the Zaanen-Sawatzky-Allen model AgF2 and CuF2 could be classified as a charge-transfer and Mott-Hubbard insulator, respectively. As a consequence, this work further demonstrates the promise AgF2 holds as a parent compound to a new class of Ag-based superconducting materials, whereas CuF2 is not promising as a cuprate analog.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics