Orbital Effects in Actinide Systems

  • G. H. Lander
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 117)


Actinide magnetism presents a number of important challenges; in particular, the proximity of 5f band to the Fermi energy gives rise to strong interaction with both d and s like conduction electrons, and the extended nature of the 5f electrons means that they can interact with electron orbitals from neighboring atoms. Theory has recently addressed these problems. Often neglected, however, is the overwhelming evidence for large orbital contributions to the magnetic properties of actinides. Some experimental evidence for these effects are presented briefly in this paper. They point, clearly incorrectly, to a very localized picture for the 5f electrons. This dichotomy only enhances the nature of the challenge.


Form Factor Hyperfine Field Neutron Inelastic Scattering Orbital Moment Magnetization Density 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. H. Lander
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  1. 1.Argonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA

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