We report computer based simulations of energetics, spectroscopy, and electron-phonon interaction of americium using a novel spectral density functional method. This approach gives rise to a new concept of a many-body electronic structure and reveals the unexpected mixed valence regime of Am 5f6 electrons which under pressure acquire the 5f7 valence state. This explains the unique properties of Am and addresses the fundamental issue of how the localization delocalization edge is approached from the localized side in a closed shell system.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)