X-ray magnetic circular dichroism in d and f ferromagnetic materials: recent theoretical progress. Part II (Review Article)


  • V.N. Antonov Institute of Metal Physics, 36 Vernadskii Str., 03142 Kiev, Ukraine
  • A.P. Shpak Institute of Metal Physics, 36 Vernadskii Str., 03142 Kiev, Ukraine
  • A.N. Yaresko Max-Planck-Institut for the Physics of Complex Systems, D-01187 Dresden, Germany



Ключові слова:

electronic structure, density of electronic states, x-ray absorption spectra, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, spin-orbit coupling, orbital magnetic moments.


The current status of theoretical understanding of the x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) of 4 f and 5 f compounds is reviewed. Energy band theory based upon the local spin-density approximation (LSDA) describes the XMCD spectra of transition metal compounds with high accuracy. However, the LSDA does not suffice for lanthanide compounds which have a correlated 4 f shell. A satisfactory description of the XMCD spectra could be obtained by using a generalization of the LSDA, in which explicitly f electron Coulomb correlation are taken into account (LSDA + U approach). As examples of this group we consider GdN compound. We also consider uranium 5 f compounds. In those compounds where the 5 f electrons are rather delocalized, the LSDA describes the XMCD spectra reasonably well. As example of this group we consider UFe2. Particular differences occur for the uranium compounds where the 5 f electrons are neither delocalized nor localized, but more or less semilocalized. Typical examples are UXAl (X = Co, Rh, and Pt), and UX (X = S, Se, Te). The semilocalized 5 f 's are, however, not inert, but their interaction with conduction electrons plays an important role. We also consider the electronic structure and XMCD spectra of heavy-fermion compounds UPt3, URu2Si2, UPd2Al3, UNi2Al3, and UBe13 where the degree of the 5 f localization is increased in comparison with other uranium compounds. The electronic structure and XMCD spectra of UGe2 which possesses simultaneously ferromagnetism and superconductivity also presented. Recently achieved improvements for describing 5 f compounds are discussed.


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Як цитувати

Antonov, V.; Shpak, A.; Yaresko, A. X-Ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism in d and f Ferromagnetic Materials: Recent Theoretical Progress. Part II (Review Article):. Fiz. Nyzk. Temp. 2007, 34, 107-147.




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