The influence of epitaxial strain on the electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of the distorted double perovskite Ca2FeOsO6 is studied. These calculations show that the compound realizes a monoclinic structure with P21/n space group from −6% to +6% strain. While it retains ferrimagnetic ordering with a net magnetic moment of 2 μB per formula unit at low strain, it undergoes transitions into E-antiferromagnetic and C-antiferromagnetic phases at −5% and +5% strain, respectively. It is shown that spin frustration reduces the critical temperature of the ferrimagnetic ordering from the mean field value of 600–350 K, in excellent agreement with the experimental value of 320 K. It is also shown that the critical temperature can be tuned efficiently through strain and that the spin coherence length surpasses that of Sr2FeMoO6 under tensile strain. An indirect-to-direct bandgap transition is observed at +5% strain. Localization of the valence and conduction states on different transition metal sublattices enables efficient electron–hole separation upon photoexcitation. The calculated spectroscopic limited maximum efficiency of up to 33% points to excellent potential of Ca2FeOsO6 in solar cell applications.
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Acknowledgements: The research reported in this publication was supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). For computer time, this research used the resources of the Supercomputing Laboratory at KAUST.