The α → γ transition in Ce: A Theoretical view from optical spectroscopy

Kristjan Haule, Viktor Oudovenko, Sergej Y. Savrasov, Gabriel Kotliar

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Using a novel approach to calculate optical properties of strongly correlated systems, we address the old question of the physical origin of the α → γ transition in Ce. We find that the Kondo collapse model, involving both the f and the spd electrons, describes the optical data better than a Mott transition picture involving the f electrons only. Our results compare well with existing experiments on thin films. We predict the full temperature dependence of the optical spectra and find the development of a hybridization pseudogap in the vicinity of the α → γ phase transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number036401
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 28 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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