Observation of itinerant 5f states in thorium metal

B. W. Veal, D. D. Koelling, Arthur J Freeman

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Abstract

Normal-incidence reflectivity measurements between 0.5 and 6 eV on thorium metal reveal the existence of bandlike (or itinerant) f states several electron volts above the Fermi energy. The predictions of relativistic band-structure determinations are in qualitative agreement with experiment. This study provides the first direct observation and characterization of 5f electrons in metals as being itinerant in nature and unlike the 4f states in the rare earths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1061-1064
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume30
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1973

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Observation of itinerant 5f states in thorium metal. / Veal, B. W.; Koelling, D. D.; Freeman, Arthur J.

In: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 30, No. 21, 1973, p. 1061-1064.

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Veal, B. W. ; Koelling, D. D. ; Freeman, Arthur J. / Observation of itinerant 5f states in thorium metal. In: Physical Review Letters. 1973 ; Vol. 30, No. 21. pp. 1061-1064.
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