Neutron-diffraction study of UO2: Paramagnetic state

G. H. Lander*, J. Faber, A. J. Freeman, J. P. Desclaux

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The magnetic form factor of the induced moment in UO2 has been measured in the paramagnetic state at T=64 K with polarized neutrons in an applied field of 50 kOe. The theoretical form factor is derived with the tensor-operator method and the ji integrals for U4+ derived from relativistic Dirac-Fock wave functions. Three models for the electronic state are considered: (i) the free-ion U4+ ground state, (ii) the H43 Γ5 crystal-field ground state, and (iii) the Rahman and Runciman mixed-J Γ5 ground state. The calculation of the magnetic scattering in the presence of intermediate coupling and J mixing is discussed. Whereas the experimental data are unable to distinguish between the small angular differences predicted for the three models, the radial dependence of the magnetic scattering is found to be in good agreement with theory and confirms the validity of the Dirac-Fock ji integrals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1177-1182
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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