Physical Review B

DFT+DMFT calculations of the complex band and tunneling behavior for the transition metal monoxides MnO, FeO, CoO, and NiO

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We report complex band structure (CBS) calculations for the four late transition metal monoxides MnO, FeO, CoO, and NiO in their paramagnetic phase. The CBS is obtained from density functional theory plus dynamical mean field theory (DMFT) calculations to take into account correlation effects. The so-called β parameters, governing the exponential decay of the transmission probability in the nonresonant tunneling regime of these oxides, are extracted from the CBS. Different model constructions are examined in the DMFT part of the calculation. The calculated β parameters provide theoretical estimation for the decay length in the evanescent channel, which would be useful for tunnel junction applications of these materials.