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Absolute evaluation of magnetic ordering in correlated f-electron systems

For partially delocalized correlated f-electron systems, the key aspect of the electronic behavior is the hybridization of f electrons with the non-f-band electrons. This gives unusual properties including suppressed crystal-field splitting and highly anisotropic ordered magnetism. To improve the general understanding and to make the theory materially predictive, a technique is being developed to evaluate absolutely the parameters of the correlated electron model Hamiltonian, and then to use these to predict observed phenomenology including details of magnetic ordering such as magnetic structures and transitions between structures. The most difficult quantity to predict is the magnetic ordering temperature, among other reasons because it depends on the hybridization strength in a highly nonlinear way. Previously Wills and Cooper have reported on a technique involving a nonconventional electronic structure calculation based on treating the/electron as a resonant state in a solid-state environment to evaluate the hybridization. As an independent check on the evaluation of hybridization, here a conventional tight binding parametrization scheme was used to evaluate the hybridization. These results are compared both with previous results and with experiment for the magnetic ordering temperature and crystal-field dressing of Ce compounds, and the situation introduced by the relative degrees of nonlinearity for the crystal-field and magnetic ordering response to the hybridization strength are commented on.

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