Relativistic first-principles study on spin and orbital magnetism of mattagamite (CoTe2)
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We have demonstrated electronic and magnetic properties of CoTe2 compound in the framework of relativistic density functional theory using generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The spin and orbital magnetic moments of Co and Te atoms were obtained using full-potential local orbitals band structure scheme. We have found a partially quenched orbital moment of 0.096μB for Co atom in the local spin density approximation. In order to improve the intrinsic deficiency of local density approximation for describing orbital magnetism, an orbital polarization correction was applied to CoTe2 and a significant orbital moment of 0.153μB was found for Co atom in this compound.
Keywordsorbital magnetism relativistic DFT paramagnetism
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