Title: Neutron Inelastic Scattering Experiments on Semi-Metallic Actinide Compounds
Authors: LANDER Gerard heathSTIRLING W.g.COOPER B.r.
Citation: Canadian Journal of Physics vol. 73 p. 718-725
Publication Year: 1996
JRC N°: JRC12240
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC12240
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This paper traces the development of the study of the dynamical properties of the semi-metallic actinide compounds with the NaCl crystal structure from the first experiment with a triple-axis spectrometer at chalk River nat. lab. in 1976. The important realization that the excitations could be overdamped even in an ordered magnetic material, such as UN, because of the interaction between the 5f and conduction electrons remains one of the unique aspects of the physics of these materials. Later experiments on UTe and the transuranium material PuSb are discussed, together with the theoretical concepts that have allowed these results to be understood in terms of the hybridization between the 5f and conduction electrons.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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