Electronic band structure, fermi surface, and magnetic properties of palladium metal

A. J. Freeman*, A. M. Furdyna, J. O. Dimmock

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The electronic energy bands of Pd metal have been determined using the nonrelativistic A.P.W. method. The Fermi surface, which consists of two hole surfaces and a compensating electron surface, agrees very well with the de Haas-van Alphen data of Vuillemin and Priestly. The electron surface is centered at Γ and contains approximately 0.3 electrons per Pd atom. One hole surface consists of a small pocket centered at X. The other hole surface is open along the [100] directions in agreement with galvanomagnetic measurements. The Fermi energy lies slightly above a maximum in the calculated density of states N (E) as expected from studies of dilute alloys. Using the computed N (E F) we obtain an electronic contribution to the specific heat which is only about half the observed value, indicating an electron-phonon enhancement typical for d-band metals. The computed paramagnetic susceptibility χ(T) is much smaller than the experimental value, emphasizing the importance of exchange in markedly enhancing χ(T), particularly at low temperatures. A full account of this work will be submitted to the Physical Review.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1256
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1966

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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