Title: Nonmagnetic ground state of PuO2
Authors: SHICK Alexander B.KOLORENC J.HAVELA LGOUDER ThomasCACIUFFO Roberto
Citation: PHYSICAL REVIEW B vol. 89 no. 4 p. 041109(R)
Publisher: AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC88750
ISSN: 1098-0121
URI: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevB.89.041109
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC88750
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.041109
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The correlated band theory implemented as a combination of the local density approximation with the exact diagonalization of the Anderson impurity model is applied to PuO2. We obtain an insulating electronic structure consistent with the experimental photoemission spectra. The calculations yield a band gap of 1.8 eV and a nonmagnetic singlet ground state that is characterized by a noninteger filling of the plutonium f shell (nf ≈ 4.5). Due to sizable hybridization of the f shell with the p states of oxygen, the ground state is more complex than the four-electron Russell-Saunders 5I4 manifold split by the crystal field. The inclusion of hybridization improves the agreement between the theory and experiment for the magnetic susceptibility.
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